Sunday, July 28, 2013

Lotsa Little Eyes at the House Now

Mercy me. I do believe we've been to about 7 doctor appts. in the last week; however, it's all good. These are just maintenance appointments - eyes, physical therapy/chiropractor, teeth, and my yearly check ups. Oh.The.Joy.

Both girls not only have glasses....but both have braces, too. The pic above was taken before Thursday's orthodontist session - 3 hours. I took a pillow, little quilt, and did my best relaxin' on the couch at the orthodontist's office.

The glasses - for the girls - are only needed for distance, not everyday kinda specs.

Looks to be a busy week again this week. We head back to Shriner's to do the final fitting for Molly's prosthetic shoe/shoes. We fly out Wed. morning EARLY (yawn) and arrive home late Thursday night.

The Nanny Carol Taxi service will drop us off/pick us up - once again. Thanks, Mom.

Also - Sweet Samm (our "China Cousin") has had surgery for mouth and nose. Please pray and agree with us that he heals perfectly and completely and that all goes according to the doctor's plan. We love our guy, Samm, and his mom and dad...even tho' they do live in Kansas....The Land of Dirt! Gotta get them down south for some trees, shade, and unbearable humidity!

Gotta run. Church is about to begin.
Blessings to all!

Ice Cream at Mickey Dee's (a.k.a. McDonald's)

A few Saturdays ago I had the FUN honor of "taking on" 6 kiddos for 1/2 day of fun and frivolity. Robin and Forrest - who are ever faithful friends - helped me get the computer at mom's house fixed up. She loves watching her teaching sessions on the computer while she exercises. (Joel Osteen, 700 Club) I use that computer too whenever necessary. SO Robin and Forrest did us a HUGE favor. Forrest is an IT guy to the 10th degree (meaning...he's a cowboy at technology), and his darling wife is Mrs. Worker Bee, All Round Super Mom - homeschooling, cooking, running that household!! Just love this family.
Anyhoo...I insisted that they take a Date Day away from their little Asian Tribe. Nanny Carol went at 11:00-ish and started the Date Day, and I followed behind her by about 1 1/2 hours to pick up from that point on. I was at a Reading Conference and arrived later to man-the-post with Robin's 4 kids and my 2. Mom is always sooooo wonderful to help out in any way she can.
It was a great day of playing, eating, playing at the park, heading out for ice cream....but little Shaun and I did manage to get our naps in for the day. LOL.
It was a great time!

Ceramics Class

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Signed Them Up for Sewing Classes. Great Brain Connections!

Lots of fun, too.

Sewing Class - Making a Darling Dress

...and I am NOT the teacher of this skill. Thank heavens.
The girls would end up with nothing by the end of that class!!
I have other gifts and blabbering.

Time with Cookie - Southern Memories at their Finest

Me and Da Posse of Scrapbookers. I'm Holding the Owl. Hoot. Hoot.

Visiting Mrs. Anne's House - Picking Carrots

We love you, Anne, and your dear sweet mama and daddy.
So glad life is moving forward - miraculously - for all.

All God's Children Do Schoolwork at Our House

Reading Em

Molly Being Fitted for Orthotic Shoe

The long and the short of our "current and future plan" is:
1. We were advised locally - by a wonderful, cracker jack pediatric orthopedic surgeon - to pursue limb lengthening procedure for Molly's leg.
I said waaaaay before we ever consulted him that I did not see HOW her leg could sustain this procedure. I also commented to an orthodpedic doc - with whom I consulted in May - how wonderful it would be IF orthotics alone could remedy the situation at hand. I chalked it off to "wishful thinking" and even wondered if I was being selfish - looking for an easy out. The ped ortho doctor here is phenomenal at his job. No doubt. I just had concerns. I had a 2nd opinion scheduled at renowned Shriner's Hospital in Houston, TX. That medical center is top notch for ped ortho issues as well as cleft lip/palate corrections.
At one point I even put the airline tickets on hold. I was just going to go with the limb lengthing procedure. (I am a member of a Yahoo Group - Adopted Children with Limb Differences. I get ALL the perspectives from parents around the country.)

2. We flew to Shriner's Hospital in Houston. Spent a wonderful time with Cindy, Hubbie, and new friends - Amy and Millie....their family and other kind souls. Amy and Millie hosted a little dinner for the girls. I'm tellin' ya...we were sooooo honored!!

3. We had the privilege of consulting with the Chief of Staff of Shriner's - a doctor who seemed to be about 65-ish years old. Been there. Done that. For years and years. With kids. Of all kinds. With all types of issues.
He said that the surgeries Molly rec'd in China were actually done quite well.
He felt that the limb lengthening procedure would be "opening a landmine of potential problems" for Molly's leg/foot because of the extensive-ness of her leg/foot challenges.
His recommendation: orthotics.
Later...possibly limb shortening of the other thigh - the stronger/non-affected one. It's somewhat debated by John Q. Public, but on the Yahoo Group it's talked about openly, freely, etc.

4. Molly was fitted/casted for orthotic shoes.

5. I cancelled her limb lengthening surgery.

6. I continue to pray and seek the Lord's wisdom about the steps to take. I am at peace.

Folks In Houston Treated Us Like Royalty - FUN!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July - Homemade Ice Cream in Hand

At Mrs. Helen's - Picking Blueberries

Dressed for July. Goofiness Abounds!

In the Country - at Local Festival

Dynamic Duo at Ceramics...And Yes. Someone Brought a Puppy.

Life Gets in the Way of Typing...

Ah. July.
Here we are.
1 post in June.
As the Post is titled: Life Gets in the Way of Typing.

The girls and I have been happy and healthy.
As Donna's mother used to say -- with her Auda-isms & mis-slips of speech -- nobody's had a "science infection". (a.k.a. sinus infection)
Wait. I think it was Donna's aunt that would say this.
Auda, D's mom, once said, "Oh girls. I've got something new called Surely It's Not Butter. You've gotta try it."
Uhm. She meant I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.
Or she'd say "towel papers" for paper towels and called knee highs "knee hose".
We love us some Auda!!

I've got 2 little girls around MY house that are pretty good at these little mis-slips, too.
Emily says she goes to a "plublic school".
Molly will shyly say, "I lack that." Meaning: I LIKE that.
CanNOT blame her. She's come late to this table of King's English.
She's reading her little Pre-K primer books with stories a la Rachel, Miriam, and Peter, and Andrew.
These are books written by, I think, some Amish type folks. Emily went thru the series.
Same song. Second verse for Molly.
She's also reading a little Bible for kids - English, but she reads the Real Meal Deal Bible in Mandarin Chinese.
Big girl stuff there!
We all re-visited Psalm 23 and memorized it.
When Molly quoted it, Emily said, "Mom. That's not fair. Molly might be saying ANYthing in Chinese and you just don't know it."
Ah. Siblings.

We all finished English as 2nd Language Summer School in June. I taught the 1st graders, Molly was in the older kids' group, and Emily (who tested out of ESL a year ago) chimed in to have fun, play games, and read-read-read! It was a great time for all, and I actually got paid for it. Amazing.
Well, friends like Janice write the grants to provide these learning opportunities for kids from other countries who attend our public schools in the area. I have the distinct honor of just being a small part.

In summer school the girls:
- visited the local Farmer's Market
- toured and played in the Children's Museum
- scoured local bookstore and earned a free book for reading
- made healthy snacks with pretzels, nuts, and peanut butter
- played UNO
- completed little art projects
- and socialized in a caring, educational setting

We've been out and about during the other hours of the days. Our agenda has included:
- visiting an older lady friend out in the country and picking blueberries
- swimming
- playing in the park with other little girls from China (I'm all about some sun, shade, and vitamin D!)
- working on small amounts of math, language, reading, and cursive handwriting
- making Chinese dumplings with another adoptive family, playing Twister & Cat in the Hat challenge game
- attending patriotic musical at church and eating homemade ice cream with Marlene & Nanny Carol
- going to the chiropractor 3x/week for Molly's adjustments - to help hip/spine
- going to BIG doctor's appt. - to schedule surgery for leg lengthening procedure in September (more on that later)
- heading to Houston this weekend to Shriner's for 2nd opinion -- visiting with Cindy & having fun
- going to a festival in another southern town (People around here celebrate any fruit or vegetable that might happen grow this time of year.)
- girls watching Black Beauty, newer version of Pollyanna, The Secret Garden, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Stuart Little, A Little Princess, Little House on the Prairie: The Lord is My Shepherd (Notice the last 3 have "little" in the title....hmmmm. Strange.)
- me....napping every single afternoon! Amen.

As Bo and Hope and MacDonald Carey (on t.v.) have said for years, "These Are the Days of Our Lives".

The girls are doing well. They're still adjusting to one another, to me, to our little family.
There have been tears. Smiles. Notes written. Prayers. Talks. More talks.
Life is for learning and loving - first at home.
I'm learning, too.

I believe we're moving thru the phases of post-adoption scenarios....and right's becoming a place of better understanding.
Adoption of older children is unique.
Adoption of any child is unique.
Parenting a biological child is unique.
We're not to be set up on a pedestal as doing something wonderful.
It's a blessing to be called into the process. A blessing to travel the world over to bring sweet treasures home to their forever families.
Some people would rather arm wrestle King Kong than adopt an older child.
At times...I totally understand that.
But see, I figure IF I arm wrestled King Kong, I'd win.

A precious mom, Rene, sent me the link to this blog recently, AND Janice had just told me about this blog.
Jen Hatmaker.
She's hilarious at times - a shall I say this....well, she 'speaks her mind' at other times. Realistic. A pastor's wife. Mom to 3 bio's and 2 kids from Ethiopia. A published writer. Been on the Today Show.
Anyhoo...I'll put her blog link on here.
Rene wanted me to share with me about Jen's 1 year adoption/post placement visit - with the Social Worker.
Her story is not my story, but I can relate to many things she says on several different levels.

Happy 4th of July to All!