Friday, December 31, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Our cupcake turns six years old today!!! Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! The last of your birthdays without a forever family. To think that in just six short stinkin weeks (that will fly by due to the holidays) you will be forever in our arms!!!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Most likely our last update prior to bringing our cupcake home!!! That seems so hard to believe! Gracie is growing, but still a mini-cupcake since she will be 6 in less than 10 days! Looks like she is just a little bit bigger than Mr. B! She is 35 pounds and 42 inches tall. Report states that she is eager to meet her family! We are eager to meet her! To think that in less than two months we should be home with her is amazing!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
These three little letters may only have a value of three measly points in a scr*bble game but they have a value beyond measure in our game of life!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Gracie has her bags packed and baby doll in hand ready to come home!!! We are lucky to have another recent visitor send us these photos of our yummy cupcake!!! Truly these frequent photos and updates are what keep us going in the wait for Gracie!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Report from her baby home:
Everyone calls her Guo Guo and I really don’t know why. She came to us from the orphanage and they called her Guo Guo there. She knows her English name and says she likes it. I told her it sounds a little like Guo Guo. But no one calls her by her English name, but she does know what it is.
She has a leadership personality, no bossy, but she has no problem letting you know what she likes or wants. She compliant and is learning more and more to obey. She is a pleaser and loves it when rewarded with a hug.
She is doing well, she went to camp for one week and went swimming everyday. She really likes swimming. She runs, plays, jumps, seems to have no problem with balance or mobility.
She knows her family is coming, but she doesn’t seem anxious about it. She loves to have her picture made and to be measured. She basically lives in the here and now. She’s always happy when I arrive, calling me “nainai bao mu” (grandma babysitter). She’s the first child to call me this!
I think she sounds adorable and like she will fit in just fine in our home!!! This mama is missing this little one today!!! OUr home just doesn't feel complete without her! She is already ingrained into our lives!!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
- Came home picked up I800A
- Went to notary to get it notarized
- Drove 25 miles to downtown Sacramento to Secretary of State's office in Friday late afternoon traffic to get I800A certified
- I was the only person in line at 4pm so Gracie's forms were done in less than ten minutes giving me extra time on my meter to grab a quick decaf soy latte at the coffee house across the street to enjoy on my drive back home swimming upriver in the Friday traffic!
- Got back to our town, went to Fedex to photocopy all documents and ship off to our courier in San Francisco who will get overnight service at the Chinese Consulate for authentication of documents. She will them Fedex directly to our agency. We hope to be DTC by Friday!!!
- Back home to take on the littles and Nana to relieve Robert by 5pm!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Maybe we will end up in Beijing for Chinese New's Years again. And to think that I thought last year was a once in a lifetime event for us! Maybe we should make it a tradition! Just saying.....
Friday, August 20, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A few days ago our lives turned upside down. The same day we were told about Gio's Thalassemia being more severe is the same day we were told by the doctors to get hospice for Robert's terminally ill mother. We have since moved her from two hours away to our home. She needs 24 hour care at this point.
So why am I telling you all this on Gracie's blog? Trust me there is a delightful story behind the pain of the last few days. Remember me telling you about Robert not being ready or open to a child with Down Syndrome in our past adoptions? Clearly that has changed since we are adopting Gracie, but it gets better.
I was a tad overwhelmed with the big changes going on regarding Gio, Bryson's seemingly never ending needs and MIL wondering how on earth can we fit Gracie into all of this right now. I brought it up to my hubby wanting to get his thoughts and truly wanting to take his lead even if he agreed it was too much and we needed to back out of this adoption. As hard as that would be, I was preparing myself for it.
But instead what I got was MY great hubby and father who's heart has not only changed for adopting a child with Down Syndrome but one who is now advocating for her as well. I was weak and he was strong!
My love for him grew tenfold (hard to imagine, I know!) when he told me that once his mom passes that we would have regrets for not adopting Gracie. He told me that he has already started bonding with her and that she is meant to be our daughter. When I reminded him that she has Down Syndrome, his reply was "Yeah, she will probably be our easiest one! She won't need blood transfusions. She won't need us to carry her or need additional surgeries. It doesn't matter to me that she has Down Syndrome."
We will stay the course with adopting Gracie. We will take each day as they come and live with no regrets caring for his mother during her final days and no regrets for NOT adopting Gracie because of it!
Gracie Mae, one day soon you will see just how very much we love you and are willing to stay the course regardless of our adversities right now! You are ours and we are yours!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
She is very little even though she looks bigger in photos. Her measurements are just a little bigger than Bryson who is a super peanut. She is 39 inches tall and weighs 33 pounds.
Can ride a tricycle
Can run and jump without falling
Can go up and down stairs
Likes to clean the house and set the table
Can wash face and brush teeth
Can speak clearly
Can call all people by their names
Likes to read books with pictures
Can count from 1-10
Can say simple poems
Likes to ask questions
Has a sense of time regarding today, yesterday and tomorrow
Can button a shirt
Can recognize sizes and shapes
Likes to help with chores
LIkes to learn new games
Likes to be funny
Has a great imagination
Can recognize gender
Has a sense of self
Likes to play mom and dad
Knows how to take turns but is still learning to be patient
Likes to tattle tale
Afraid of the dark
Understands right from wrong
LIkes to trade toys
Likes to be rewarded
Likes to make parents happy
Likes to share family stories with others
Likes to play outside
"Her nickname is Guoguo. We all love her very much. She really likes to go outside. If visitors come, she gets her shoes and starts to prepare to go out. She also gets the other bigger kids ready. She also like to feed and help the babies. She is a real helper. She realizes she has a new family and has asked for photos of them."
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
This adorable photo is the one I found on the website of her baby home. I can't enlarge it, but she is so stinkin cute in this picture. It is one of my favorites! The following report is from March 21, 2010. Honestly, if you did not know she has down syndrome you certainly would not know by this report! She sounds like a typical child, bless her precious little heart!
"Yu continues to grow taller and taller. She is more and more vocal and loves to sing songs and quote some Chinese poems. She is wonderful at copying others in movements and facial expressions. She loves to write and has become better and better in her fine motor skills.
She is so excited to have longer hair that can now be pulled back into a ponytail. She doesn't like to wear shoes and socks but we make her. She prefers dresses to pants and is really quite the little lady. (Marissa and her can be girlie together in their dresses!)
She often goes home with some of the nannies to their local villages. She enjoys being outside and pouts if anyone is leaving and she doesn't get to go along. (This means we might have a spoiled girl to deal with :-), I can deal with that much better than not being taken care of! )
She is a great organizer and always tells me what is going on with the other children. She is definitely the "ring leader" at the big kid house. She loves being a big sister to the little ones and is very kind and loving." (Yep, that's my girl!)
Oh my goodness, I could just eat her up!!!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
This report is from July 2009 after she had been in the baby home for a 5 months. She was 4 1/2 at the time.
Yu (Gracie) arrived on 2/18/2009. She manages to make us all feel happy about life each day. She has adjusted well to her new environment and we feel she will benefit from more personalized attention. We have found a foster family for her. It is a lady she already knows. She loves eating, music, and writing, even though her fine motor skills need improving. Her language is good and she makes her desires known easily. She gets along well with others and is very caring of the other children.
She never actually went to a foster home as the report says. But I love that she makes life happy for so many. We are pretty certain she will do the same for us! My next post will be our most recent report from two weeks ago. Let's just say that she continues to amaze us!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Most of you know that my job has been up in the air all year as far as WHAT I am teaching for next year. Well about 3 weeks ago, I was officially offered a kindergarten for moderate to severe students. Actually they are creating the kindergarten so I can stay on the dreaded second part of my job, being on a district assessment team for all incoming three year olds.
Monday, April 5, 2010
So our new agency's heart has changed so much that they were crying on the phone to me today in relief that Gracie finally has a family!!!!! They have already contacted Reece's Rainbow so her bio and photo should be moved to the "Committed Families" section soon!!! They have taken her off their private list of available children AND they are contacting the baby home where she is living to let them know they can start calling her Gracie Mae. They can start preparing her tender little heart for her forever family. They are encouraging us to send packages back and forth. Letters and pictures from our current kids, anything we want to send her while she waits for us. This is beyond yummy!!! I can hardly stand it!! I want to stand on the highest mountain and tell everyone "How Great is Our God!" Only through Him could all of this have happened!!!