Thursday, December 30, 2010

Emily is Behind the Darling in the Blue Dress

I'm hi-jacking my other friends' pictures of Miss Em. How tacky is that? Anyhoo...until I get on the faster computer (not this one), I'll just have to wait to post the newest pics. Emily (1/2 of face showing) is wearing her new white Chinese outfit that KK brought her all the way from The Motherland. Aren't the children all just sweetie pies?

In the bottom right corner...that's Cheng Cheng/a.k.a. Alex. We met him for the FIRST time in China when I was there on my journey to meet Emily. His mom, Pam, was on my flight out of the U.S., and go figure: she was from my hometown - less than a mile as the crow flies. We met again in Japan and then in Guangzhou with differing flights. So, we feel a bit of a special bond with him and his family just because of the circumstances under which we met. His mom and aunt hooked up with Christy, Emily, and me at the White Swan for dinner one night while we were all thousands of miles away from our homes.
Happenings like that sorta make you think the world is not so big after all.

Well, we ran into Mr. Alex, his mom, and his sister and brother at the grocery store yesterday morning. Pam and I just jabbered in the cold while the kids ran slap happy. They were too cute being excited about merely 'coming across' one another unexpectedly. We had such a good time chatting that we followed them to their house and let the fun continue for about another 45 minutes. Seize the opportunities when you can, right?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

This video by Steven Curtis Chapman is still one of my favorites. Brings back memories of when I'd watch it 8 gazillion times a day....waiting, and waiting, and waiting for all my papers to make it safely around the United States and land precisely where they needed to be in China.

I so appreciate all that the Chapman family has done to bring awareness about the plight of children needing families -- here in the U.S. and everywhere around the world.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from Emily and a Few of Her Buddies

Yes...all in matching shirts, leggings, the whole nine yards. Aren't they adorable?
Praying God's blessing on you and your family during this time of celebration -- the birth of our Savior.
"...good tidings of great joy for all people!"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Go there again and vote...please.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

See Rina's comment below - coinciding with the post below.
Only U.S. citizens can vote.

Rina Needs Our Help. Please Read Her Message Below.

Below is Rina's Message to Me, Nanny Carol, and Anne (mutual friend). I know she'd appreciate any "forwarding of information", voting, prayers. To the side you'll see a recent pic of Miss Myah.
Thanks, ya'll!
Side Note: We canNOT get the link below to "go thru". I've emailed Rina to change that link (for voting) IF, IF there's something that needs to be changed.


Well Myah developed another tumor about 4 inches away from the last incision. It's much bigger and causing a great deal of pain. She is on 4 antibiotics to get the inflammation and infection to a minimum...they don't knowhow to proceed yet. Going to re-evaluate in 1 week once she is done with meds. Her belly is very large, and she hasn't eaten anything in 3 days. She manages to get liquids down so we are giving her Ensure.

If there is a silver lining in all of this...well it's this...about 1 month ago I was reading about this contest in a family magazine about funny potty/toilet stories. One came to mind and I gingerly jotted a paragraph quickly and submitted it. Out of 41,000 entries, I was one of the 6 finalists. It is done by voting. The prize is a trip to NYC and a $5,000 makeover. How ironic that we wanted to re-do our bathroom and put in a special toilet for Myah to help with her needs. I spoke to the marketing people and asked if I were to win -- can I stay longer than the 4 days that is given?? They said yes...Well it's a blessing because we wanted to see her surgeon but couldn' tafford to get to NYC...and this way we would all be able to go. They pay for 4 tickets. Hank and I can pay for 2.

So please call in the prayer warriors and have them vote for Myah. We NEED to win this trip to get to NYC. Wish we can say it would be for fun. I am leaving this in GOD's hands...HELP US..out of 41,000 entries we were 1 of the 6 finalists..PLEASE VOTE FOR US...Please forward to your friends and family...