...finally a family of five. ...looking forward to what lies ahead. ...attempting every minute of every day to focus on our great and gracious God. ...learning more, doing more, serving better, and most importantly, LOVING one another.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Happy Birthday Grannie!
Another early start to the day, but this time it was Maggie’s fault. I guess 12 ½ hours of sleep isn’t required on back to back nights, so 8 ½ hours had to suffice last night. Unfortunately, that 8 ½ hours of sleep started at 7:30PM and ended at 4:00AM. Yaaaawwwwn….streeeeeeeeetch. On the plus side, we were able to Skype with the boys while Maggie was wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. We also came to realize, thanks to a thoughtful little 8 year-old that has apparently been paying attention to the time difference, that we were experiencing Grannie’s birthday before she was. Happy Birthday Grannie! We got you a present, but we’ll have to wait until the end of the month to let you hold her .
Maggie spends fewer minutes each morning looking at us like we’re aliens and pulling her hands and arms away with that “don’t get too close to me just yet” look on her face. She just sort of stares at us like we are a couple of crazy people that won’t go away (now she knows how her brothers feel). But those moments in the morning are getting shorter and shorter, and pretty quickly laughter fills the room, followed by the occasional, VERY strong-willed, but very short –lived “I don’t want that” or “I don’t like that” hissy. She doesn’t cry or yell, just hits at it or throws both arms at it and shakes her whole body no. It’s actually pretty cute. Even before time began, God knew this little survivor would steal our hearts…well, I’m here to tell you that it has come to pass. Every little woo, every little laugh, even every little fit, deepens the love we have for this child of God. He has been, is and continues to be so good and faithful in orchestrating this plan…thanks be to Him for bringing her into our lives!
Well, it’s back to the Civil Affairs office today for a few things and then we have several free days and tour days…the Great Wall tomorrow, Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City on Sunday and the Temple of Heaven on Tuesday. Wednesday we pick up her passport and fly to Guangzhou for the remainder of the trip.
Love to all. Thank you for your continued prayers.