Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wanna Meet Zi Yi?

She sure is a doll! Hope over to Piper's Promise to meet one of the new little ones at Eagles Wings 1.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Jenny, Piper and You Peng

Jenny Nai Nai sent me this picture too of the kids getting ready for the holiday celebrations. I think Jenny looks beautiful in this picture! Piper is wearing the sweater that we sent her and he is posing with her "best mate," You Peng.

You Peng is a darling little guy who is under school age so is with Piper during the day when the other little ones are at school. You Peng is waiting for a family to love him and choose him and has many special needs. Jenny said that he is beautiful with a face that a mother would love. She said that Piper sees beyond any of his physical differences and they are like two peas in a pod. She said they spend their days together, mimic each other and are each other's best mates. Please pray that You Peng finds a family. I remember his face and as I recall, he was with our agency but no one chose him as their child. It is heartbreaking to see a child's picture with a listing that their file is being sent back to China, but now that I "know" him it is even harder. So, please keep this little guy in your hearts. When we go to China to get Piper, he will be loosing his little friend. Rivers and two other little ones will probably also be leaving at the same time. For how hard it is to wait for Piper, I cannot imagine how hard it will be for the kids to be left behind.

Piper and Santa

Jenny sent me one more of Piper and Santa. This picture made my day!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008

It was late at night on Christmas Eve. Harrison was snug in his bed after a last minute need for a hot dog. The cookies and milk were waiting for Santa a.k.a. Mimmie, who hoped up on the table to play her part when we were not looking. Mommy and Daddy were able to sit and talk alone which is very rare with our crazy schedules. Of course, Hubs pulled his back out and can barely move which makes him a captive audience. As we prepared for sleep, we knew Piper was enjoying a day of Christmas parties. In fact, Santa was coming at 2.

Harrison woke up in the middle of the night to sleep on the couch and did not even notice the presents. This morning he woke us up with such magic in his voice. You see, apparently Santa was slow moving and Harrison caught a hold of him. Harrison's tale started with Santa coming down the chimney and Harrison pretending to be asleep. Then, as Santa was putting out the gifts, Harrison grabbed his coat and put him in the antique stove. As Harrison was looking over his presents, Santa slipped out. Harrison was so excited and made me feel many fabrics as he compared them to the feel of Santa's suit. Then, just like my sister and I used to do, he set about separating the gifts into piles.

As Harrison went to work, we started snapping the pictures. I am so happy to be able to capture this sweet picture of my girl on her 15th Christmas. It is our 14th Christmas together as I adopted her from the pound at 6 months. As usual, my sweet Mona Lisa loved to curl up in the presents, paper and fun when she wasn't curled up with us.

The opening of presents began and Harrison blessed us with one of his dances. Man, that boy can groove.

After the presents, fun and feast, I went to my computer. We had spoken to Piper Christmas morning. She was wearing the Christmas sweater we sent and the Rudolf slippers that used to be her brothers. They had already had one party and another one was coming up. Jenny Nai Nai was dressing up as Santa. Jenny was so sweet to send me my Christmas present in the form of pictures.

According to Jenny, my girl was a bit frightened of Santa. These pictures are priceless and we are so lucky we have the ability to talk to her and receive them. I cannot wait until she is with us for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Her Smile Melts My Heart

Jenny Nai Nai has been telling me how Piper is in love with the highchair. Apparently she wants to sit in it all of the time and when another child sits in it, she cries. We had been debating on whether we needed a "soft" highchair. We have a pressback reproduction highchair that I love, but it is not comfy like the more modern styles. When Jenny initially told me, Mike and I went to Babies R Us, but I did not see anything that tempted me to by a soft one. Well, this picture certainly did. I am hitting Tar-J sometime this weekend to buy my gal a soft seat.

Look below and notice that her shoes and socks are off. Jenny said she has a real issue with this. The floors are tile and it is freezing inside - literally - apparently icicles hang from the ceiling. Piper refuses to keep socks and shoes on. Jenny said she tries and tries and Piper screams, cries and takes them off. Sounds like a bit of a sensory issue to me. Anyone know? Guess I need to read up on that. Doesn't she look like a puffy marshmellow?

I also have to mention that the top photo is one of the very first pictures since Philip Hayden that I can see true unguarded joy in her face. Her walls are coming down. Please pray that we are able to comfort her as she faces yet another transition. I can only imagine how terrifying and difficult it will be for her. I cannot wait till I see that same sweet smile in our home.