Monday, March 28, 2016

Alex Li Bao Bao

This is Alex and the boys.  He is a happy child.  Holly says he picked them.  I don't know what that means exactly.  He is liking the boys, burger king, soccer, and  the swimming pool.  I'm posting this for her.  She says he is a good fit for their family.  Honeymoon period is on.  Holly's mom.  Sue

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Bao Bao

A week from tomorrow, Lord willing, we leave for Beijing
to add this little guy to our family.
He looks up to the challenge, don't you think?

Life will change completely for him.
New: language, food, family, culture, school, smells, 
even a new name,
Alex LiBao, if he chooses to use it.

Alex/BaoBao is described as being self motivated, a good helper, ready smile, clever, energetic, talkative, gets along well with others, sometimes obstinate, loves to look at books and be outside, fond of listening to music, deep sleeper, active, concentrates and participates in school and his favorite toys are balls and stilts.

March 26 - we should get to Beijing.
March 27 - bullet train to Taiyuan, Shanxi
March 28 - Meet Alex
We hope to go to his hometown Yangquan during the week while officials get his passport ready.

April 1 or 2 we take the train to Guangzhou where the US consulate that handles adoptions is located.
We'll be there for around a week getting medical and visa paperwork done. 
April 9 we start the loooooooong flights home.

This will be the weirdest trip for me.  The boys are going along to ease the transition for Alex.  They'll help model relationships between parent and child and between siblings.  Also, kids tend to bond with kids faster than adults.  The girls are here and going with the Minnesota grandparents to see the Florida grandparents and taking in "Dizz -We - World" according to Emily.  So I'll be on a trip with kids...and won't be taking anyone ALONG TO THE BATHROOM!  In the land of squatty potties, I am blessed!  I can't wait to watch Kenton escorting multiple kids to the bathroom as I go solo!  Woohoo!    

I bet Alex will hate this picture when he's a teenager.
But since we have less than a dozen pictures to help him remember the first 7 years of his life, each one is a treasure.  


See the little treasure in the blue shirt and yellow shorts?
He's almost ours!

Lisa told Lena that this is the boy our family is going to adopt.
Lena said, "That's why he looks happy."

We hope she's prophetic.
Please continue to pray for Alex and all the changes that he's going to be experiencing, that God will continue to prepare his heart for a new home.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Thoroughly Chastened

Words of wisdom from James 4

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Lesson #1 for today and many yesterdays.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Trending at our House

Davis has the farming equipment and the train set up in their room

Going into the boys' room after dark is quite the obstacle course.
Steel-toed boots are recommended.

I'm specializing in surgery today.
I reattached one leg to a bear,
I sewed up a neck wound on a cow,
And I reattached a foot to a leg.

All my patients lived to be loved and hugged for awhile longer. 

The little girls are ready for Disney when we finally leave for China.
(The grandparents are taking the girls to Disneyworld 
while the boys are going to China to help the transition with their brother.)

Megan was a bit alarmed when she saw me making these and informed me that
I wish I had it on tape that she once requested 
matching mother-daughter dresses.

Imagine the horror!