Welcome to our blog...we hope to be pros at this in time to go to China so we can keep connected on the trip of a lifetime. Please see the end entry if you haven't been thanked for all the support over the last few years. Jenny

Monday, August 24, 2009

Yesterday had some firsts...

We had an unseasonable cool weekend and what a blessing that was. We started yesterday at church and Shelby did great for her 2nd week in a row. I keep wondering when we will have to make a quick get away out of the sanctuary but haven't had to yet (what an angel!). Then it was home for a nap. I was in the next room and heard a loud thud...my heart stopped. Poor Grams was on the phone and just heard me say "I think she fell out of the bed I'll call ya back?". Sure enough she was on her back in the floor crying her eyes out. It took awhile to get her calmed down but it appeared nothing was hurt. So I have converted her crib to a toddler bed. As I was looking at the directions I noted that it said for use no younger than 2 1/2 years old...great the one thing I didn't need her to be advanced at was climbing. I think I need the prayers for nap time today as it should be interesting. We ended the afternoon with her first trip to the Nashville Zoo. We went with our friends the Haddocks and Madison showed us the ropes. Shelby Marie and Shelby Grace just kept checking each other out...can't wait for them to be ready to play with each other. Shelby liked the big cats the best and was rambling in Chinese about them (using the correct Chinese name for the big cats of course). She also really enjoyed the petting area except for the dirt getting in her sandals...she is so funny about her feet and toes or as she calls them her oohh lalas. Can't wait for our next new adventure.

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Still waiting for Shelby...

Our wait for Shelby began on September 13, 2005. We are now very close to being with our angel. We hope to travel in early 2009. This has been a journey filled with many highs and lows. I want to take this oppportunity to thank everyone who has stood by me and prayed for us. My mom-she has been on this roller coaster from the first informational meeting and we take turns keeping each other grounded, my family-my grandma who helped me have the best nursery ever and my LA gang-for not giving up that they will soon have another niece and cousin, friends-way to many to name but I'm going to try (and if I leave someone out don't fret we will call it a paper pregnancy moment)-Lauri (all the cards), the Wardskis, Jen., Lisa, Sheri, Tiffany, my Hillcrest UMC friends...always patiently letting me cry, vent, and forever guess at what China will do next, and last but not least my work family-I can't even begin to express how they have kept me lifted up...from Sally starting her hair bow collection, Chinese New Year celebrations, Sebrina always keeping up with the rumor queen and marking the days off as we get them, and finally all the cards and pick me ups left quietly on my desk at the most needed times. They always know when the end of the month comes (referral time) I need a shoulder and pep talk and never waiver in staying positive. So thank you all again for what you have done and all that I know you will do until we have "Shelby Marie from Tennessee" (from the famous ? my dad had for her in her quilt scrapbook "Shelby Marie are you really from Tennessee...you look Chinese to me")