Archive - March 2013

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Minor Surgeries and Major Love
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Happy “Gotcha Day” to Liam
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Care Package
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Love Big: The Result
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We received our LOA!!

Minor Surgeries and Major Love

My sweet Liam has been plagued by double ear infections. We have records of ear infections before he came home and he continued to have them after homecoming as well. We have done everything, all the natural stuff, all the med stuff… all of it. We were out of options and I knew the best thing for him would be tubes. In fact, when the surgeon came out to speak to me, he confirmed what I already knew. He commented that many of the children he sees could perhaps do without tubes, but Liam needed them badly. He just wasn’t going to be well without them. The surgeon went on to explain what Liam’s little ears looked like inside. It’s really nice to feel reassured that you’ve made the right decision for your wee one.

Rewind to this morning. Liam is a bear in the morning. Until he has breakfast that is. He just has to have it, and right now!! I was not looking forward to the no food after midnight rule for him. However, this morning went very smoothly. We got him up at 6:45, changed him and put him right into a warm, waiting car and away we went. He even sang to himself on the way to the office! No food. Still happy. This was a miracle. The miracle continued as he remained happy and loving as we cuddled in the waiting room. They called us back, I signed forms and the nurse was ready to take him. Um. what??? Take him!?? Not ready for this. I’m still, even a year later, not okay with a stranger taking my son from my arms and walking away. So I looked at her weirdly and just paused, feeling really apprehensive about the whole thing. I was not okay with this. She prompted me again, telling me it wouldn’t be long until I saw him again. I reluctantly placed Liam in her hands and watched as he was carried back. He looked at me, and did a little wave, and then started to not look so happy. At that point I was quickly ushered into the waiting room where I proceeded to bite off all of my nails.

Seeing him carried away still makes me a little sick as I sit here typing away. Fortunately, about 20 minutes later they allowed me to go back and join him in recovery. The nurse was holding him and he wasn’t crying, just really out of it and kinda woozy looking. But the second I opened the door he popped his little head up and moved his wobbly little arm in my direction… “ma ma!” his little drunk sounding voice… “ma ma!” Melt me to pieces, I tore him out of that nurses arms and we rocked and cuddled until he was more awake. But man, we got some serious mama/Liam time there in that recovery room.

All is well. We are home. But there was something very special spoken into my heart when my son said my name today. Just really special, something only the heart of an adoptive mom can truly understand. He is mine and I am his, and it was overwhelmingly evident that today he knew that without a doubt.

Happy “Gotcha Day” to Liam

March 19th is the day I walked back into Liam’s orphanage. It’s also the day I walked out of the gates, with my son in my arms. An incredible day full of sorrow and happiness, and plain joyfulness as well. You can read about our day here. Liam has been home for a year now. A year that has been filled with great strides and hard periods of time as well. I still wake up in awe of the way God has shaped our family. I have 3 wonderful little creatures running around the house, I love them more than anything. So thankful that this has been my path.

March 19, 2012 (Gotcha Day)

March 19, 2012 (Gotcha Day)

March 19, 2013 (home one year)

March 19, 2013 (home one year)

 

Care Package

After receiving our RA (LOA) we were allowed to arrange a care package for Lola. We could have done this by simply sending a package in the mail and crossing our fingers in hopes that it would reach her… but we learned of a great organization that helps adoptive families send care packages for their children in China. Families are able to send family photos for an album and you can also order several items for a package, and viola! They get it to your child in just a matter of days. We sent Lola a cake to celebrate her adoption with the other children in the orphanage and she will also receive a photo album (yes we realize she has a visual impairment, but I still felt this was necessary), a warm outfit as it is still cold in Yueyang, a panda bear stuffed animal, a letter from our (her) family, and a jump drive for the orphanage to upload pictures or files or whatever they may have that digitally belongs to our girly. I’m SOOO excited that she will have a little love from us in package form. I’m still planning to send a package from here, but so glad I had this option to get something out to her quickly!

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Love Big: The Result

Many of you became a huge part of our Love Big campaign with 1907 Apparel and Project 615. Many of you do not know that this campaign was unsolicited by our family. Meaning… they called us and asked to do this for us. Adoptive families out there… how many times does that happen?? Very rarely.

The campaign was an amazing success. Together 1907 and 615 raised $2,000 for Lola’s adoption. The timing could not have been better. Shortly after receiving the checks we had to pay a $2,000 agency fee. Shortly after that fee was paid, things really began to move. We received our LOA in record time which has now catapulted us into travel expenses and a whirlwind of emotions and excitement. Having the gift from 1907/615 decreased the money stress in a huge way during this crazy (love) time. We know God is working! We received our LOA in about 19 days. This does not happen. A normal wait is 30-60 days and many families have waited 70-80 days. I have to believe there is a reason our daughter needs to get home quickly, and now, God willing, we will see her in June!!

So 1907. 615. How can we say thank you for your help when we just don’t have the words? What you did for our family was brave, unselfish, kind, loving, Christ-like and above all VERY giving. We pray that your business and ministry will reap blessings as you have so obviously reached out to bless others. You will always have our family and friends in your cheering section. Keep doing good work!

We received our LOA!!

Happy News Friends!!! We received our LOA. That means we have received our official acceptance in China for the adoption of our daughter. We will be in China this June to bring her home!! I can now share her sweet face with all of you. So without further delay, please meet our beautiful daughter Lola Clare Ho. She is five years old and has stolen our hearts. As we prepare for Lola to come home we will be reaching out to services in our area and connecting with families who are also raising children with blindness. Feel free to send any and all resources our way! The more we can learn in the next two months the better!!

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