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, September 14, 2009

Shelby is 2 today!!!

Shelby is officially 2 years old today. We had a warm up celebration today that involved lunch with Aunt Lauri at Wasabis. It was delicious. She seemed to like the hibachi grill but thought the soup was better than the show of the cooking. We are going to open presents from Louisiana tonight as a practice run for her party on Friday night.

Our trip to Florida was wonderful. We spent most of our time visiting and getting to know cousin James. For the most part they played so well together (sharing is a new concept for them both and unfortunately for James Shelby was armed with fingernails and she wasn't afraid to use them...you should see his cheek...yikes). My favorite was watching them do lap after lap in his car. He loved driving her and she was so content to let him. We went to the Florida Aquarium and they both really enjoyed looking at all the fish (the big kids did too!). One of the funniest moments to me was when Shelby discovered Uncle David's chest hair and peeked in her shirt to see if she had any...to funny!! She also was amazed at Grandad and his snoring. She would point and just babble at him.

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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")