Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Dou Dou

Woo Hoo!!We have finally heard something about Sophie. No new pictures, but that's okay. It has been over 6 months since we were first matched with her and have heard nothing about her since then. That is a long time! Our update says that she is doing very well. Her nannies have given her a nickname. They call her Dou Dou. Many times the children are called their first name twice. Ella's name is Fu Li She. "She" is her first name and the nannies called her She She. (Pronounced like the beginning of the word should). I was surprised to see Sophie's nickname. Her Chinese name is Shao Fuwang. Fuwang being her first name. I have learned that they call her Dou Dou which means "sweet pea" and this nickname is "a very cute and popular nickname only for the lovely girl". The nannies think she is a "very lovely girl, so they love her very much and play with her a lot". They are showing her our pictures, too! I have used their wording. Lovely in China generally refers to sweet. I pray everyday for Sophie's nannies to love her and meet her emotional needs as well as her physical needs. Thank-you Jesus!


Sunday, May 27, 2007

Ella's First....

Ice Cream Cone....solo

Breakfast with Pooh Bear

Much more interested in my friend K than Pooh Bear


Happy Anniversary - 19 Years!


And Now....


Happy Memorial Day

As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our service men and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.
We also remember the families of our troops, and ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes and your peace, provision and strength to fill their lives.

May the members of our armed forces be filled with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.


Thursday, May 24, 2007

How do you eat YOUR Cheerios??

Ella found the chopsticks in the drawer a few weeks ago and sometimes requests them to eat with! Something tells me that when we travel to China...she will be showing me up big time when it comes to using chopsticks. She has such a vibrant personality. She is just full of character and IS such a character! She is talking quite a bit and comes out with the funniest things, she does not miss a trick -EVER, she gets into as many things as she possibly can and loves to make messes and really is a very happy, go lucky kid. She keeps us laughing and brings so much joy to our family!



Thanks to everyone for your concern and caring about our dog Katie! I had to stop updating about that on Sophie's website, because it was getting a bit depressing. Katie is doing great now as you can see in the photos. The surgery that she had for her leg amputation did not go as it should have and she ended up having to go back for a second surgery the week after her first one to close of a bleeding vessel. She came about as close to dying as one possibly can after the second surgery because of losing so much blood. The vet said her blood count which should have been up around 48 to 50 had dropped down to a 2. He had went in to check on her in the middle of the night. He had already given her all of the blood that he had in his clinic, so he drove in the middle of the night to an emergency clinic and picked up more blood to give her another transfusion. It worked and he definitely saved her life. After all was said and done and the lab was able to really do a thorough biopsy of the cancerous leg...the vet told us to "go home and enjoy our dog - she won't be with us much longer". That was about 2 months ago and she is doing great! So, we don't really know, but we are enjoying her and loving her. She is doing fine with only 3 legs! She runs around the yard and keeps up with us just fine. She has a bit of a strugle getting up stairs and getting up from a down position...but she still does these things. And she is still right by Ella's side when it is food time!


Monday, May 21, 2007

Race For Adam

Yesterday, there were more than 1000 participants in the Race for Adam! Adam's Dad(Sean) was Ryan's Boy Scout Leader for several years. His son, Adam was diagnosed with Niemann Pick Disease in which there is sadly no known cure. They are such a wonderful family and this race was to raise funds toward researching and finding a cure for this disease. It was so nice to see so many people there participating and supporting this important cause.
Ryan is the runner in our family. He placed first in his age group(under 14) and placed 13th. place out of the 1000 participants. Not everyone ran...probably about half of the participants walked. Way to go Ryan! It was a 3 mile race and Ryan did it in 21 minutes! Ry is wearing the black shirt. Adam is the cutie that is placing the medal around zryan's neck and his Dad is right there with him.I will post some photos below and if you would like to learn more about Niemann Pick - please go to .


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Care Package to Sophie

We met(via computer) a sweet lady who lives in China, named Ann. She puts together and ships care packages to orphanages for parents who are waiting to bring their children home. She had a pillow made with our photo on it, put together a photo album with many pictures of our family and bought some childrens books for all of the children in the orphanage. It cost us less for this package than it did just to ship our last one over. Shipping internationally is quite costly and since Ann lives there...the shipping is very inexpensive. She is very kind and will work with you to create a package just how you would like it. As you can see, we are trying to get as many pictures of us as possible to Sophie. We have no idea if the orphanage caregivers are showing her them or not...but we are praying they are.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Waiting....When Will We Travel?

Oh, do we wish we knew! Our dossier(paperwork) was sent to China
in March and the CCAA logged it into their system on 4/5/07. That
is called our log in date. We are now waiting for a LOA (Letter of
Acceptance) from China. They typically take about 3 months after
your LID(log in date) to arrive. That time does vary though, so it could be sooner or
longer than that. After the LOA arrives, we sign it, and it goes back to China. Our
TA will arrive within a month after that. Then we will know for sure when we leave.
Our best guess is August.


Monday, May 14, 2007

Check out my Slide Show!

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