"He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. " Philippians 1:6

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Two More Photos!!!

Just found two more recent photos of Gracie on the website. This is just more than my heart can handle!!!! I love being able to see her in new photos so often. It makes my connection to her so real!

I will have to figure out how to scan the photos and put them on here. It was a smilebox slideshow thanking all the volunteers who act like mothers at the orphanage. Let me tell you my heart cried, my eyes filled with crocodile tears reading the caption under the photo of her holding a baby, another orphan. As this is what it said in regards to our Gracie Mae:

"This little girl is already a great mommy. She has a forever family and will be adopted soon!"

All because He called us to adopt her and we were not afraid to obey Him nor were afraid to challenge the adoption agency, she will now have a mommy and daddy who will love her forever!!! Tears continue to flow.......... This sweet child's adoption is a testimony to what our Father's love can do for you!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Moving Along!

This photo was taken in March of Gracie!

Sorry to keep you waiting, but everything is moving along just fine with our adoption process of our sweet Gracie Mae. Honestly, there is not a day that goes by that I don't yearn for her to be home with us.

Our agency has given us their "official" approval to proceed. We are gathering all documents and our plan is to be DTC by August 1st. We have to wait until Gio is home to complete the homestudy, but even that our homestudy agency is NOT making us do anything new other than meet Gio for our homestudy since our last one is so current!!!

We have even told my "old school" parents about Gracie and have their blessings! This is just an adoption that is meant to happen for our family!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

An Organized Ring Leader Like her Mama!


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

She's Got Personality Galore!



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

Okay Some More to the Amazing Story!!!


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.

Anyhow, I already have a girl with down syndrome placed in my class for next year. It is actually turning out be more of a high functioning class. The point to this story is that when I do go back to work after getting Gracie, I will not only get to be her mother, but her teacher!!! She can be placed into my classroom. It will be perfect! I will be able to assess her skills for the rest of the year and be able to make the best recommendation for her for first grade!

Are you seeing God's hands all over this adoption yet??? Does it get any better? Yes, there is even more!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

More to the Story!

The first picture we saw in September 2009
Simply Adorable!!


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!!!

There's even more to the story, stay tuned!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Welcome to the Family!






Welcome Gracie Mae to our family! We can't wait to come and bring you home!!
We are hopelessly in love, AGAIN!!