Well, it has officially been one year since I have seen my friends and family back home. One year in China...One year of amazing blessings, challenges, new friendships, new sisters in Him and basically having my life in China completely ruined into HIS plans and not mine. I had no idea one year ago that I would be sitting here with a baby rolling around beside me and looking up at me and smiling and getting to be his Momma. Oh how the Father wants to call us into his plan and He wants to see us be obedient to His call. This has been one of the hardest things I have ever done...move to China, make friends, build relationships, settle in to a wonderful community and then be uprooted to a place where I live with 15 children and a couple that is not even from my own country. Not to mention, has never been to Texas or even know Texan lingo!!! LOL:-) But my life could not be better:-) Don't get me wrong....just today I thought "Can I really do this?"...it has been a little hard the last few days but I am reminded of HIS faithfulness and HIS goodness to meet me where I am. I have so much gratefulness to HIM for how HE is molding me and shaping me and also for HIS patience....I think I may be the most stubborn person to "mold and shape"! But everyday it is a surrender. I long for my family...my friends and at the bare minimum someone whose native language is English:-) I don't even know if I could have a whole conversation anymore without fighting inside over which language to use. I am in a constant state of confusion:-) It is a wild ride...but I am a wild girl:-)
How can you not fall in love with this face???? This is Daniel and he is one of the cutest little boys I have ever seen:-) He smiles ALL the time and loves to be held by his favorite people and loves to cry when he someone he doesn't know tries to hold him:-) He is precious!!
You never know what you might find when you walk out of your room in the morning....the Ayi wanted to make wise use of her time at the market and bought he fish to take home after work...But he died during the day and she had to cut him up at our house:-) Oh CHINA!
We spend most every morning at the "local" park!!! It is beautiful!!!! The children love it and I love getting out of the house....I mean of course there are the random times you are holding a child in the car and he goes to the bathroom all over you....Oh that was a super fun day:-(
The Children love the water:-)
Yao Ling and Ruth were enjoying the view!
The Ayis are such a blessing at the park:-) we all have 2 children and walk all around together.
Rejoice Also likes t be held and not to walk the whole time...Oh boy:-)
Sissi is such a precious girl:-) She is just about as normal as they come for a 6yr old. She loves to play and run and sometimes be quiet:-) She is very calm and loves to be loved:-)
Ruth on the other hand could be a poster child for Down Syndrome:-) She LOVES to de stubborn and get her way...and I love her soooooo much....there is something so special about this child:-) She has quite the personality and is very clever:-)
Rejoice is my little dancer:-) She will dance any time she gets the chance:-) Every thing is done the way her mind likes to think it should be:-)
XingXing is one of my favorites:-) I know we aren't supposed to have them but she has won my heart:-) She is very smart!!! She loves to sing and do hand motions to all the songs I have taught them. She thinks that "smile" means to point your finger at your mouth:-) Ha...I have tried to teach her it's the action of your mouth moving into a new position....but she loves to learn and also has a very clever mind of her own:-)
This day we took the little kids to the park:-) It was so much fun!
We were invited to an English Corner for children and the girls that were older went with us...they had a great time with the other children!!
Ruth is my little buddy:-)
XuWei is such a big help!!! She loves to help with the little ones. Rosa is quite the stinker and such a lovable little angel:-)
This is Yao Yao and she was Marianne's first child:-) She is very sweet-)
Moxi lives with sooooo many girls and he is ALL boy!!!! The girls love to pick on him:-(
This is my sweet Sammy:-) This was one of the first few days I had him...He has changed so much and gotten so much healthier!!!! thanks so much for all your PRs!!!!
The 3 big girls and I go to the local dance group at night:-) They love to dance and the ladies love to have us with them:-) Chinese women do this ever night with each other:-)
This is Bei Bei:-) She is such a cutie:-) I love her so much!!!!
Daniel and his cute smile:-)
I have been paining the girls nails for some one on one time with each of them:-)Yao Ling LOVES this!!!! She loves one on one time!!! She also like to look cute:-)
Ok...The next few are SAMMY!!!! He is really getting a personality!!! HE loves to play and he plays well alone since there are so many children to care for he has to play alone sometimes. But he smiles so much and his new thing is laughing really hard when I feed him dinner...it is so funny....I laugh so hard I cry...then I really cry out of gratefulness that I get to care for this little blessing:-)
He is sporting his wife beater int his one:-)
He loves to make this cute face:-)
Xing Xing and Rejoice love to play with my camera:-)
We baked Sugar cookies and I let the children decorate them to give to their friends:-) It was so fun!!!
Ok so I just had to put this pics in because I miss these people so much and I am soooo grateful for you ALL!!! You have all blessed me with your faithful PRs and ork for the children and me. Thank you for blessing me all the way from home!!!
The PRs of my friends and family mean so much to me!!! Love you all!!!
I am Headed to Wuhan on Sunday for a wonderful week with my friends there and to watch my amazing friends 2 little girls. I am sooooo looking froward to seeing everyone and for some rest:-) Love you all and just know how grateful I am for you:-)