Wednesday, April 24, 2013
If you all would like to see updated pics and and such of our newest blessings, please check out my oldest daughter, Alexis' blog HERE. You can also read all about her adventures with the crazy crew while I was in China. I am so proud of her!
I promise I will post a long awaited update in the next few weeks! We are just in the adjustment stages and I want all my energy and attention on my newest kiddos and my family!!!
Thank You everyone who has helped us make this all a reality!!!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday was Zekiels Gotcha Day and once again I did not sleep much waiting for my little guy and wondering all the things about him. We were at the office for a 10 am pick up and paper signing. We finally seen him arrive from outside and were so excited to see them come through the door. He came over with a huge smile on his face and his nanny had him talking in Chinese and he even said "momma" in english. He was super smiley and you could see his amazing, happy personality and his dimples that are huge!
He came right to me and kept smiling and was pretty happy for about 5 minutes while my friend Wendy and our translator asked his nanny lots of questions. That was pretty much it, and things went downhill from there!! He began screaming for his nanny who quickly came over and took him. I then filled out my paperwork quickly so we could leave. We tried to mingle a bit but he just screamed so we left. He pretty much screamed the entire way back to the hotel and he is strong and certainly did not want met all! He then fell asleep in my arms after finally giving up once close to the hotel. I carried him right to the crib and hoped to see that smiley boy when he woke up.
He woke up with a smile but was still pretty uneasy with us as you would expect. He played a bit but we could see his struggle with us. He is also struggling to move since he is VERY big. He is very overweight for a child this young with dwarfism. So much so that he can barely move and its very hard to breathe sitting still. He also has a pretty large head that makes his mobility much harder. He is not very stable moving about and we figure he sat most of his time at the orphanage. He has beautiful teeth unlike Miss Rowyn. His legs and back look pretty strait even. I just know his weight was a big concern but in time, he would be fine, especially keeping up with all his crazy brothers and sisters and some physical therapy to strengthen his muscles to make moving easier for him, just as Kullen needed.
We gave him and Rowyn a bath that night which he loved and going to bed seemed pretty easy for him but our night was anything but good.....it was very hard on this mommas heart. It seems that Zekiel has some awful self soothing issues from being in an orphanage. He rocks his whole body and literally bangs his head into the mattress and on the crib railings. We now figure this is where the scab on his head came from. This is so very hard to explain and so hard as a momma to watch. Mommas are supposed to fix things and I cannot fix this, I can only protect him from hurting himself while hes doing this. It also makes an awful noise as the crib literally moves with him. Anyone that knows me, knows I am a super light sleeper so there was no sleeping this night either. I just feel so helpless knowing he has learned this because there was no one to hold and love him at night when he needed it. Would love some prayers and suggestions for my little guy. God is bigger and I know he will guide us along this path in helping Zekiel heal the damage to his little heart.
Tuesday was Adoption Day where you go and sign all the official paperwork. We headed out pretty early and super sleep deprived. Once we got there Zekiels nanny was there with a big smile and I totally cringed knowing this was not going to be good for him. Our guide, Nancy quickly went and asked her to go in the other room so he did not see her but I am certain he already did, not to mention she kept looking out and he seen her then too. He cried and it was pretty much a Screaming day again. I just felt awful as all the other parents there were so happy and their kids were not crying and my guy cried, or rather screamed both days! Our Adoption Day photo is of me, looking very frustrated and a screaming Zekiel o my lap.
Once back in the hotel he was settled but still a bit shy and off. I cannot wait to see my boys shining , happy personality the nanny described how he is daily. I know he will settle in and finally trust us but oh my heart hurts right now! We really could use lots of prayers right now. I had a little bit of a meltdown after he fell asleep this afternoon, I am just so exhausted, missing my family terribly and worried about this precious little boy and how I can help him......
Hoping the next few days look better...........
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I am totally missing home, not really my house but all the people that fill it! Its great seeing new things and learning so much about the culture here but I miss them so so much and its incredibly hard being away. I continuously pray for Gods help in getting me through this and home. Wendy has been a great help as well but she too is missing her family. We could totally use some prayers right now as we have been gone from our family over a week now.
Rowyn is doing great and we see a little bit of her personality each day. Shes very stubborn and strong willed but I am used to that! She has been saying lots more english words and can even say all the kids names! She does have a hard time pretty often as she looks out the window and gets a bit teary eyed. I can only imagine whats going through her head.
We flew to Zekiels providence yesterday and she did pretty good on the flight. For the record....I still HATE flying!! Shes had a tough time with the move and has been quiet. She was just getting used to there a bit and now we move again. We will get Mr. Zekiel tomorrow morning at 10 am! I am so so excited but so nervous once again. Please pray for our lil guy.
Also, since we have had such crazy internet service here, I finally was able to read my daughter Lexi's posts from how things are going back home! I gotta be honest here.......It brought me to tears, alot of them! I am so thankful that they are being loved and taken care of by such an amazing big sister while daddy is working. I am so proud of her! Please check out her blog HERE
Thank you alll so much for your continues prayers and support! I promise to find a way to add pictures tomorrow so you all can see my little man......
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
We drove all over in the morning doing official paperwork. Rowyn is officially
Rowyn Dan Zhen Sharp and we are the most blessed parents in the world! She truly is amazing!
So much of her little or shall I say BIG
personality is coming out! She's very smart and can copy things I write on paper such as a circle and triangle! She is super active and very spunky! Her laugh is just so funny and she keeps us laughing at everything! She is just one amazing girl!
We have also seen her stubborn side and we think she was pretty used to getting her own way. She is also testing everything to see what she can get away with and what's not allowed.
She has a very hard time eating since her teeth are so bad! She will put things in her mouth and leave them in her cheek to soften before chewing and swallowing. She's a very slow eater because of this too.
She also has been using the potty and has had no accidents although we are using pull ups anyways. She does not tell us she's gotta go yet but we have just been taking her. She will get it I am sure once she can figure out what to say.
She has said no English words but listens to everything! She will speak in Chinese quite a bit but we have no idea what she's saying most of the time.
As far as her dwarfism is concerned, she looked wonderful! Her legs are super strait as well as her back. Her body proportions are very different than Kullens. She has longer legs and a longer, thinner torso. She has a very skinny tummy. She sure has the little Acon bottom and fingers! She looked to be taller than Kullen but I am not certain. She weighs 28 lbs according to the scale here in the hotel.
Thank you so much everyone for your continued prayers! God has truly blessed us with this amazing girl and she will fit perfectly in our family! I miss my family so much so please pray for them too!
Please also pray for a special adoptive family we met here as they are going through a difficult time. I won't mention any names. They were here to bring home their sweet little girl and she was not what they were expecting as there was so much more going on with her. She went the dr here and they re diagnosed her and their agency told them she needed to be released since their home study was not approved for such severe issues. I cannot imagine their heartbreak as they now go home without the little one they worked so hard for, prayed for and loved. I know God has a mighty plan and I am sure he will guide them! I want them to know that we are praying for them along this difficult journey!
Here are a few pictures but please be patient since we don't have the best Internet things have been hard.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Our guide, Mary got to our hotel at around 2:30 since she needed to get paperwork done. We went through papers I brought and with all the craziness.... I did not realize I was supposed to bring 2 pics of George and 2 pics of myself! Ahhhh.... I started to panic! Mary assured me that we could fix this and will have George send us one of him by email and we could take one of me and just print them out! Whew! There has been so much paperwork and I really thought I did everything needed!
We had to wait until 3 pm for them to bring her to our hotel. The wait was awful as I had to be in the lobby early so we could see her brought through the hotel doors! Then she arrived at a little after 3 and she's just so so beautiful! She was covered in sweat from the 4 layers of clothing she had on.... Yea...4 layers! Little ones with dwarfism sweat alot and get hotter than most so I smiled knowing why!
I then was given her by one of the nannies and quickly realized that I was holding my girls bare butt! They put what they call split pants on kiddos here and basically not undies so its easier to go to the bathroom!
She went right to me and was very shy but she did not cry. She was curious and just kept looking around. We asked a few quick questions and then they were off to take a little girl to her new parents at another hotel.
We went to our room with our guide Mary and talked a bit. She tried to be so tough but just ended up crying.... Really crying and kicking her feet yelling "an nah" ... Not sure if that's what she called her foster momma but we guessed so.
She then stopped, warmed up a bit and played with a ball. She was so funny and she even smiled and laughed, which was so amazing since every picture we have of her she was not smiling!
We tried to get her to eat and she was not having that. We also kept trying to get her to go potty but she would not and quite honestly, I was afraid she would pee on me.
We did end up showing her the water in the tub and she got super excited so we figured that I guess it's bath time. She then gladly helped us take off her clothes so she could get in! She was so silly wiggling all around with her arms and legs. She loved playing with the stacking cups and got me really wet!
She's then was so so tired and we could tell as her little head kept dropping as she fought sleep. So aunt Wendy made her a bottle of formula and she gladly took that since she's still very used to them. We also noticed that this is prolly why her poor little teeth are in the shape they are! They are really bad, what's left of them and that's no exaggeration! Our dentist is so wonderful and she is certainly going to be needing to be seen ASAP!
I held her while she dozed and tried laying her in the crib they put in our room and she screamed and wanted down. She then pointed to the bed so I tucked her in and she was asleep! As I sat her writing this she moved alot and we were afraid she's going to fall off the bed so I gently put her in the crib where she whimpered until I rubbed her back a minute. She's now asleep and wiggles quite a bit.
i don't know how tonight will go but please say some prayers for my girl! She is struggling and is trying to understand so much change that's happened so very fast! She's absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait to see that spunky little personality that we have seen some of come out! We have lots of paperwork early in the morning so I have got to get to bed........
I know..... You all want pictures! Lol
Saturday, March 16, 2013
I can't believe I am actually here!
I hoped flying would be better this time but, nope.... I still totally hate flying! Between getting car sick from movement and I have issues with my equilibrium, which makes me dizzy and George would say all those equal to me being blonde.
Our first flight was pretty rough and bumpy due the plane being one size up from a crop duster. Second, from
Rochester to Beijing was so incredibly long at 13 hours. Sitting in a cramped seat was not easy and there was no way you could get comfortable to even sleep if you wanted to. I truly envied the first class passengers and wished I was one of them! Wonder how much it would cost to get an upgrade for our long flight home with 2 kids? I don't know how this is going to happen! I also felt awful sitting next to a lady that thought it was okay to gag everyone around her when she kept spraying her perfume to cover up someone's gas, most likely her own. This was a perfume that smelled awful and burned your nose when you breathed, I would have preferred to smell the other, that's how bad it was!
Beijing airport is huge and totally confusing as we had to go from floor to floor to do this or that. We were also crazy hungry for real food
And they would only take Chinese currency in the airport which meant Wendy had to rough it and go back through security to have her second full body pat down! I I love her so much for volunteering to do this because I was so tired and needed to sit down! What a great friend. And I am so glad she's here to share this all with me!
So, now that we are on our hotel room and have met our wonderful guide Mary. There are A lot of differences in China, many I has not expected! First, the beds are hard, not comfy and soft. I really thought all beds were like ours, once again I was wrong. The beds are also funny sized and I don't know what size you would call them since they are too big to be twin size and too small to be a full size.
The hotel has an amazing breakfast buffet, and I mean amazing!
There is stuff on there that you would eat for dinner and there are tons of choices, problem everything you can think of and more, not to mention things you have no idea what they are!
Our guide, Mary took us for a walk around town. Wow.... Things are very different here as she explained that this was a poorer providence where the rest is pretty rural. There are scooters/ motorcycles everywhere and I mean everywhere! They drive along the roads weaving in and out and even on the sidewalks as they beep away at people walking. There is no parking lot at the local store, they simply pull up on the sidewalk and stockpile the motorcycles/ scooters side by side.
I had heard about our next shock and thought I had prepared myself but no... I was still shocked at this one. Walking down the busy street, filled with people shopping a little boy about 3 or 4 years old pulls his pants down and just poops! I could not believe it! It was just like a dog and the parents just left it there and walked away! We will NOT be carrying on the Chinese tradition once home!
I totally miss my husband, George and kids back home and I am sure it's going to be a long few weeks! We have been able to Skype but it's hard since there is a 12 hour difference in time. We are also working on ways around things since Facebook is blocked here! Ugh so please be patient as we figure things out, once again I am glad to have Wendy here since she knows computer stuff. I am writing this blog post on her phone even which is kind of a pain.
Please continue to pray for us, my family back home, Wendy's family back home, and Rowyn and zekiel.
We get Rowyn tomorrow... Sunday! So, when you get up Sunday morning, we will have my girl! I can't wait and they are even bringing her directly to our hotel!
Oh and my oldest daughter, Lexi who is holding down the fort at home is going to be adding her own blog posts from home, this could be interesting as I tried telling her I needed to approve of what she writes first but she insisted that censorship was not necessary! Lol
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
WE ARE GOING TO CHINA TO GET OUR BABIES!!
When you may ask?
We are working on the details now!
We do know that we should leave next week sometime, maybe Friday or Saturday!
Oh my goodness.....next week!!!
I cannot believe it!!!
We should know all the details of who we get to pick up first....
We should know for sure by this weekend!
Next Sunday or Monday I will be holding one of our little ones!
I am so excited...I think I said that already!
We are still desperately in need of last minute funds and we could use all the prayers we can get!
We need it fast and God knows our need.
He wants our little ones home, with their family!
Where they belong.......finally!
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18
If you would like to help our family,
Our Sponsor page on Reeces Rainbow
I am in tears each time I see our FSP move, and its because of so many great , loving people.
Once again I would like to Thank ALL the people who have helped our family!
You all are so amazing!
We cannot thank you enough for you generosity .
Here are my babies that I will get to bring home
because so many people love us and have supported our journey!
Sorry this post is kind of a ramble but my mind is pretty crazy right now.
So many worries, so many things on my mind.......
Friday, March 1, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Trying to enjoy my family.
That is a full size bed on the bottom and a full size bed on the top.
Its not completely finished but the girls are still sleeping on it.
It lacks the ladder which is almost complete and
a big drawer that is going to go underneath the bed.
This is for Mavis, Matayah and Rowyn.
Check out the cute little steps so Rowyn can get in bed!
washing up everything we think will fit them.
We just need them to be home now.
I still cannot believe that they will be sleeping in these beds, being loved by us in such a short time!
God is Good!!!
If you would still like to help our family bring Rowyn and Zekiel home,
Our sponsor page is HERE!
Once again, I want to thank each and every person who has donated, shared our story,
prayed for our family and our adoption journey!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
She has also graciously given us this card back to use for more fund raising efforts!
Thank You so much Lynette. We are extremely grateful!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Here is Today's picture!! Monday Feb 11th
Obrion and Taegan so excited to see all the LOVE on our wall!
Check out today's LOVE for Rowyn and Zekiel!!!
We are also going to make this a little bit sweeter!!
A great friend of mine donated a $100 gift card for Subway.
So, for every dollar you donate, your name will go into a drawing to win this!!
So, every dollar counts!! Its a chance to win Subway!!
$10...gets 10 chances!
$5...gets you 5 chances!
$1 gets you 1 chance!!!
Here is todays picture, Tuesday Feb12th
NO new HEARTS and NO LOVE to add to the wall!!!
We got quite a few more today( Wed, Feb 12th) and I cant wait to see what tomorrow brings since its
Feb 14th, Thurs, Valentines Day brought Rowyn and Zekiel only 1 more heart!!
We really thought today would have been the BIG day!!
Feb 15th, Friday was an AMAZING DAY!!
The girls added lots of hearts/ Love today!!!
This has been the most amazing day ever and we even needed to buy more red paper for hearts!
Check it out!!
The little kids were so excited to see all the hearts today!
Feb 16th, Saturday. We got a few more hearts to add!!!
And Sunday we not NO new Hearts to add!
Sorry it took me a few to add our updated pictures!
It was a very busy weekend at our house! Thank You to everyone who has donated or shared!
You are all amazing!
Friday, January 25, 2013
I cant wait to share the next step of our journey with you all as we bring home our 2 sweet little ones. We are still lacking quite a bit of funds so if you would like to donate to help, Here is our REECES RAINBOW SPONSOR PAGE. Its also a tax deduction!!
We are so busy preparing our home for their arrival with Making 2 sets of new bunk beds, moving kids rooms around and working on getting a couple new dressers! Its been hard as we juggle the kids daily activities, our household and preparing for them. We also just realized that they are going to need carseats! I dont know how I forgot about that! We have clothes, shoes and coats that they will need since we save things to hand down to the next one.
Ahhhh.......so much to do and so little time! We really appreciate all your prayers right now. Prayers for Rowyn and Zekiel as they have no idea how their lives are about to change, and that we can get everything in order for them, including funding, which has been difficult. We are still praying that we are accepted for a couple grants! Thank you so much!