Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Baba's Shadow

About this time last year we were preparing to leave for China to get our sweet girl. So many questions lingered in my mind...there were no answers to find...just questions, on how everything would work out. Often I would talk out loud to my husband saying these things. You know how you will just ask a "what if" question, not really wanting an answer, just someone to ease your mind a bit and tell you all will be fine? One of those. I had said, "What if she doesn't like us?" and I remember Matthews answer, "I know she will like me." "What? How do you know?" " I just know." Hummm, I thought, we will see.

I be darned. He was right. I rarely admit it, but he was right. This child does not LIKE Baba, she LOVES Baba. I mean really, really loves him. I have never seen a kid this crazy about their Dad. It amazes me. She will do anything for Baba, but will fight Mama all day LONG! Its okay though. I am really glad that she loves him so much, and honestly it was instantly, from day one, just as he had predicted. Remember this picture I posted in China? See?

As I type Lilly is on the couch napping with him now. I beg, plead, and bribe her to take a nap. Does she? No. Baba says he feels like napping she curls up with him and sleeps like an angel. Its amazing, and equally baffling. I thought I would win her over eventually, and I have...a little.

If Baba says to do it, she does it. If Baba is doing something, she wants to help. The first words out of her mouth in the morning are, "where is Baba?" So I thought it was only fitting to dedicate a post to Daddy, who is Lilly's very favorite person.

I feel extremely blessed to be married to this wonderful Man. He has been a great provider, supporter, and friend. Wonderful father, and a faithful leader. And now he has a shadow. I think it is precious!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010



Lilly has been so excited that her birthday was coming that we have been counting down for months now! Today is finally the day! We actually had her a party on Sunday and she LOVED all of her gifts and was so happy that everyone came. Sunday night she told me " today was the bestest day ever Mommy, I am so happy that I had a party. It hard to believe at 6 years old this was the FIRST party she had ever had,and the FIRST birthday presents she had ever had. Needless to say we all made up for the lost time because this kid really racked up! She is already anticipating her next birthday....don't rush it Lilly....Mommy is not quite ready for you to grow up so fast! We got her a Barbie Jeep which she LOVES, and I keep thinking in 10 short years she can drive her own Jeep! I see that coming way too quickly!

Of course, I can't let this day go by with out thinking of "China Mommy". I wonder what she is thinking of today 8,000 miles away. Does she feel sadness? Oh I wish there was someway for me to tell her how happy her little girl is. How much love we have for her. How blessed we feel, and mostly how thankful we are that she chose life for her precious child, and how that decision has made all the difference for us.

Happy birthday sweet Lilly Yin, there are many, many more to come!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Deliquent Blogger = ME!

Okay, I admit it! I have been terribly slack about posting. I really have been busy. I will add some thoughtful words later, but for now, just pictures, which is what you all REALLY want to see anyway, right? I mean who could resist seeing more pictures of this precious child?