Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
It's been a long road, with appointments and specialists galore.
With no results. Me, being me, I researched on my own. I didn't feel the need to keep driving all over creation for the specialists to tell me to come back again and again.
Simply, I felt to keep billing our insurance. When I knew from my research, just one thing, one simple blood test would be all it took.
I went to my regular doctor and I requested this . She is amazing and will listen without judgement and then if I have a good suggestion, go with it.
What Rachel needed was this, a chromosomal karatype. Something very simple. Something that would save time, energy, money and needless other testing. A simple order from our doctor for a bood test. Something that would test our precious angel for over 130 different syndromes.
We have waited three weeks for the results. We have done research and looked into the two specific special needs we thought she may have. We were prepared. Nothing they could say would change how we feel for our beautiful girl though, regardless of the outcome.
After all, we had prayed for her and waited over a year to bring her home. She is ours, it didn't matter to us if she had some silly syndrome. What result on a piece of paper would change our love for her, our commitment or our passion to see that she gets everything out of life that she deserves?
not a single thing. We are her parents. Period. We will love her to the ends of earth and fight for our girl. End of story.
So, when I heard the phone ring on Friday and saw it was the doctor, I won't lie, I was nervous and scared, because with the two special needs we were told she may have, it would mean life changing things, but the one single sentence she said just made me break down and cry and fall on my knees.
"You have a 100% normal geneticly female girl."
She will still need several surgeries throughout her life for her special needs that we did know about but we will get through that with prayer and patience. And now we are educated about other special needs for whatever else may happen along .....
"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes. " ~Anonymous~
Monday, September 20, 2010
She is 13 years old and in Shanghai. She is an orphan living in an orphanage. Bella has six months to find a family. If this doesn't happen by February, she no longer be eligible for adoption. AT ALL, EVER.
Alice (sibling to Angie)
Hep b +
Angie (sibling to Alice)
Repaired cleft lip (bilateral)
The farm was a great stopping point and had homemade ice cream. Even for me being lactose intolerant the lemon chiffon was a dream...you could actually taste the lemon oils and pulp. So yummy.
Rachel enjoyed just bopping around and exploring. But she did taste every one's ice cream and chips and licorice and....
Hannah had the strawberry, it was even better than the lemon, if that is possible..
Grace of course is my chocolate girl.
Jake, he's our big boy. He had a super scoop of peppermint in a waffle cone. Pure yummyness with pieces of candy chunks.
The Little's enjoyed stopping every few feet to pick flowers and leaves with their mama.
And Rachel? She enjoyed stopping every step and just enjoying everything. She is my explorer, a girl after my own heart, just taking in EVERYTHING.
Isn't it gorgeous??
My princess, who didn't like the woods. She kept saying mama it's dirty and my shoes are getting ruined.
But she did like sitting on the rocks, as long as she didn't get sand, dirt or leaves in her shoes.
And the leader of the pack Hannah, showing us the way...
Tried to get a pose of the whole fam, but it didn't really work. With six kids, you just can't get them to all look or sit still at the same time.
My little poser. Every time he sees a camera he puts on the pose. I think he is destined for Hollywood. And his teacher's keep telling him that being an actor isn't a good career aspiration...sigh
Friday, September 17, 2010
It started simply, maybe when I was 20 or so and Kerry and I were talking marriage, kids, you know the whole plan.
We hopped a flight two weeked later to Xian. Kerry, myself and Hannah who was 10 at the time. We met her at the Xian Civil Affairs office on September 18 2006. She was 22 months old and terrified.
Everthing she had ever know was changing and she didn't like it, at all. But she slowly warmed up to us. Slowly...
Here is what my husband wrote in our travel journal from that day.
"I cried a bit this morning as I was holding Hope and thinking about all we had gone through to get here. It was never a question of whether it was the right or wrong thing to do. It has been clear from the beginning that adopting Hope was God's plan for our lives, Desiree had the vision placed in her heart and we followed the call. It's amazing what can happen if you listen to that still small voice that can be heard now and then."
We love you Hopey!! You have blessed us.
We've had many doctors appointments this week and last. I finally just asked our regular doctor to do all the genetics testing, otherwise we would be waiting until March of next year to even be seen. Which is just not an option.
Monday, September 13, 2010
And while I am venting I will also say I am SERIOUSLY disappointed in the FCC activities in our area. There is nothing...we are in one of the biggest metropolitan area's and there is no FCC group active...AT ALL.