Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time ~Oswald Chambers

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's Official!

We just returned from the civil affairs office where we finalized the paperwork.

She's officially ours.  Daughter. Sister.  Forever.

So many things continue to impress me.

She has one heck of a personality.  Last night at dinner, she was totally busting on Michael for not holding his spoon properly.  And she was right.  Who taught that boy table manners anyway?

We went to a Thai restaurant and ordered several different things off the menu just to get an idea of what she liked.  And what did she point to first?  French fries.  Which is fine with me.  I'm not much on chicken feet but Ore Ida?  Now your speaking my language.  So far she's been a great sleeper and eater.

She knows a lot of English words and repeats what we tell her.  I think she's going to be a quick learner.

She seems pretty modest but she did let me give her a bath last night.  She didn't seem to want a shower.  Still feeling that one out.

She's a lot taller than I expected.  But I think we've got enough clothes that we brought to work until we get home.

She's definitely a craft girl who loves drawing, painting, coloring, pop beads (thank you Angie :)  ) and wait for it....playdough.  You know, the pack that almost didn't make it through customs in Beijing.  That's a big hit.

Today we're going to find a playground and get some energy out.  It's much cooler than I thought it would be here but still warm enough to spend some time outside. 

In the van ride on the way to the Civil Affairs office, Lauren was showing her how to blow bubbles.

Listening to some music

Those are some good-looking kids if I do say so myself

She loves electronics and has had fun playing with Scott's phone

At the office today, we got to see Sonia's family again.  My kids LOVE her boys (all 6 of them)  and are somewhat stalking them.  We're planning on having dinner together tonight.  Party of 14 anyone?

This is Joey.  I told her he may totally end up in my extra suitcase on the way home.  Can't say I didn't warn you Sonia :)

Learning how to play the DS
The one frustrating factor right now is not being able to communicate with her.  We get the basics through gestures and the phrase book because she can read Mandarin but I really want to be able to talk to her.  All in good time I suppose.

There is a lot more to post.  Especially something significant sent with her by her foster father.  Hopefully I'll be able to later but the walls of our hotel room are starting to close in on us and the park is calling.

Thanks so much for all your prayers and sweet words of encouragement!


  1. Oh look at your three big girls with their matching shirts on! Does my heart good to see them already making sisterhood look effortless!
    I'm so dang happy for you guys! Can't wait to hear more!

  2. Yay-- more pictures!! The smile tees are totally awesome! :o)

    And she's a craft girl!! That's what I like to hear! I see Chinese New Year crafts in our future!!

    Have a fun day!

  3. What a beautiful post! It looks like she is adjusting beautifully. We just may run into you in Guangzhou.

  4. Sounds like things are going so so well!! I was thinking that it might be starting to get old being in the hotel, though. Bet you're thankful to have the other kids there to help with activities. I know everyone will be so glad to take Lily home. Oh yeah, and introduce her to Lia and Alex!! Joshua has been following your blog some with me and wondering about Alex's new sister!

  5. Big smiles here!!!

    I am so happy to hear that things are going well!

    Lily looks so happy! :)

  6. CONGRATULATIONS!!! :-) You all look beautiful together! So happy for you. :-)

  7. Congratulations Scott & Family!! So excited to see that everything is working out in your favor. Blessings to all of you as you adjust to each other, it looks like Lily will be a perfect fit!!

  8. This story just keeps getting better! Praying for communication for you. Fortunately love is a universal language and there's plenty of love going around! Miss you guys and so excited to meet your sweet Lily. The girls are already talking about their time with your girls...Lauren, Caroline, AND Lily!

  9. So eager to hear what the foster father sent your way!! She looks so happy with you all :) I love the pictures.

  10. To God Be The Glory! What a beautiful sight. I love all the pictures of our family. You cannot imagine how big my heart feels when I see and read what you describe about Lily and the children and you and Scott. Such a blessing to behold. Can't wait for you to come home. Keep the news coming until then. Lots of love, Mom

  11. All is amazing...STILL! So fun. So happy for you all. Happy Family Day Lily! Can't wait to hear about the special item from her Foster Father--what a treasure. favorite pic is of the girls--in their sister T-Shirts!!! Sooooo sweet! Love it!

  12. She is adorable!!! Love that sweet smile!!

    About Joey...Sonia's got 6!! She might not miss 1 being gone!! lol...I wish I could steal him too!!


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