Monday, September 21, 2009

An Amazing Girl

Thankfully we all got a good night's
sleep last night!
I could sit here and write a book about
all that's happened since yesterday when
we first met our darling daughter.
I choke up with tears just writing this because Shu Li
is nothing short of a miracle from the Lord.
I am so thankful and in awe
that God chose us to be her parents.
His favor is on us and I'm am so very grateful.
She giggles and smiles easily...
she folds her dirty clothes...
 makes her bed...
and brushes her teeth without being told.
Just to name a few things.
Kiddos back home....heaven help you.
K-man is showing her the little electronic
translator we bought, but ummm...
she can read the sentences that we put in...
in English!!
Probaby a waste of money but who knew.
we asked her about her name.
We suggested Macy and she had a look of confusion
and said,
"I already have an English name...Katie."
So we asked her if that's the name she wants to keep
and she very confidentally said yes.
Katie Shu Li it is.
She just now put into her translator....
"I very much glad to become your daughter."
I'm a bucket of tears.
She is adorable.
Have I mentioned that??
Thank you, Jesus....THANK YOU!!!
Sorry I can't tell about each pic but the one
with the backpack and bag is what she came with.
I'm dying to know what's inside but she hasn't offered
to share so I will let her do that in her own time.
I think that peace sign will be with us for some time!


Nancy said...

I, too, am in tears as I read your post. What a sweet, sweet, young lady.

Lynsay said...

Oh you guys. I've been bawling since I read your post last night! I had about an hour yesterday afternoon that I was home and was waiting for some news, but didn't get it till late last night. She is absolutely amazing! I'm so excited for you guys! Praying for you like crazy! Love you and miss you already!

Holly said...

Wow. There are just no words, exept what you've already said. "Thank you, Jesus!!" What a precious post and a precious girl. :)

Also...we got our TA and CA! We are traveling on Oct. 14, and it looks like we are going to be getting Sarah on MY BIRTHDAY! How cool is that??

quilt-n-mama said...

Ok, I'm crying too! Katie is beautiful! Glad things are going well, thanks for your obedience to the Lord... looking at His blessings of your amazing daughter!

Chris said...

wow! I'm amazed!God definitely working behind the scenes long time already.

Anonymous said...

Oh Lori! She just seems so amazing! You are very lucky to have such a blessing! Her English sounds amazing! Especially considering it seems rare that the older kids know any English at all, and if they do, it's just a few words or sentences! Katie is blessed to have such a great family. She's going to love it with you guys. God bless you guys! I love seeing the pictures of her with you guys! She looks so skinny though.. But seems so happy! I hope you guys have another great day! God bless!

Mandi said...

How blessed you are to have such a sweet daughter. Isn't God amazing how He knows exactly where these children belong.


Karin said...

Oh wow...what a touching post...wahhhh!! I am SO deliriously happy for you all! :) I can't even think of anything to write...I am just so happy for you! Thank you, Jesus!! :))

Oh...the peace sign....we had some Chinese students stay with us for a few weeks and they did the peace sign in every picture we took of them. When we asked them why, they shrugged and said that everyone in China does that. :)

Nicole A. said...

Big smiles for you all from way over here in Ohio! We are happy that things are going well, and hope you have a terrific time for the rest of your trip. What a sweet girl she is! Such a blessing!

All the best,
Nicole A. in OH

Tracey and Chuck said...

She sounds like she is an amazing girl!! So glad to hear things are going well for you and hope things move quickly and you can bring her home to her new family very soon.

Safe travels.


Tony and Rett said...

GRRRRR, I'm crying here!!! She sounds like such a sweetheart! I'm in awe...and showing Tony. Big sister...I want my girls to have a big sister too... any of her friends want to move to Indiana?

Martha said...

Hey Lori,

I have been obsessed with checking for any news - thanks for the great photos and updates!

Katie is adorable, bet she is one smart cookie!

Know that so many are thinking and praying for you.

Blessings to you all!


mardee said...

Dearest Lori & K-man, I have been reading your blod since beautiful Lucy and never stopped. I cannot tell you how happy I am for you and Katie Shu Li; what a beautiful name! I brought my dtr home from Hunan in early 2005 and know the depth of the blessing our Lord has provided your family AND it's newest member. God bless you as you continue your time in China.

Jean said...

It is so amazing how our dear Lord knows where each and very child belongs! You have an amazing daughter! And she has an amazing family!
And for the 4th time - it's amazing!! ;-)

I started out serious be when I saw all those amazings I had to just go for more!! ;-)

I'm loving reading your posts- keep em coming! And let us know what is inside of that bag!!

Of course I'm lovin her name!!

Cari Bacon said...

overflowing with joy for your family! PTL!! How wonderful that Katie Shu Li already has a jump start on English. YES...thank you, Jesus, for this special daughter for this special family!

Loving all the pics and posts!!

Lisa said...

Our God is so good and knows all. She seems just perfect for your family. You guys look like you have been together for a long time. Continue to enjoy your time together.

Neark, Ohio

Debby said...

Lori; Katie Shu Li seems so amazing!! Thank you for allowing us a front seat view as she joins your family. I feel like I'm watching a love story of the grandest kind unfold right before my eyes. You are blessed. She is blessed.

What does she think about gaining her siblings back home???

Karen said...

What an awesome daughter you have!!! I would have lost it when she typed into her translator about being your daughter. What a blessing!! She is adorable. She does look tiny though. Congratulations on your precious daughter!!!

Suzette said...

What a blessing from the Lord. Katie is beautiful and looks like she is thrilled to have a forever mom and dad! Our sweet little girl also was showing the peace sign in her pictures. I just can't wait to put my arms around her. I love following your journey and am making notes and praying we are in China quickly. This wait is so tough. Have a blessed trip and savor ever moment with your new daughter.

Susan said...

Praising God for your wonderful blessing! That is awesome about her English. I am enjoying following along. Thanks for sharing with us.

Hezra said...

Awwww. You made me cry! Katie is beautiful. She is just absolutely adorable. I melted at her gratefulness. You made me miss my girls I haven't even met yet. We are busily prepping our paperwork!!(oh my goodness there is a lot of it!!) But you are giving me hope and reminding me that it has a point. And a very precious point indeed. Two little girls waiting for their mom and dad. Thank you for sharing.

Adeye said...

Tears, tears, tears, friend! What a HUGE answer to prayer. What an incredible testimony. Oh how I wish more and more people would take the leap of faith and GO!!!! God is so going to use your story.
Katie is such a beautiful name. Suits her perfectly :) She sure does sound like one smart little girl. By the way, I have no idea how old she is--can you tell us?
Sending you a HUGE hug from snowy CO.

Sally- That Girl! said...

How great is our God that he places the right children into our homes. I tried to read your post to Lauren and my hubby and couldn't even talk I was so choked up. I think our next adoption after Gio of course may be a 13 year old girl!!!!

I have always thought her name should be Katie. I am so glad that she is able to keep something that she has already attached to and as far as the other Katie in your life you are going to have to look at this as God blessing you with your own Katie now!

He has great plans for this Katie of yours!!!

Janet said...

Lori- I;m so glad everything is going so smoothly for you! You will continue to be in my prayers.

Shelley said...

So you've made a lot of people cry with that post. God is so good. And Katie is beautiful! Keep the posts have quite a following!

Susan said...

Oh my!!! We are so awestruck by her sweet spirit! What a blessing you have just added to your already precious family!
Warmly from home! Welcome Miss Katie!!!

Sharla said...

Wow...what a blessing to see her with you! She is just beautiful and she sounds like such a gift!

Many blessings,

carie said...

i am in amazement at God's work for you all and for KATIE. what a blessing for your family. so excited for you. xx

Melissa said...

God is good! Im so happy for you all! What a blessing for all of you!

Lacy said...

Lori you made me cry too!!! It really sounds like the Lord has prepared her heart for you well. God is so good!

I love her name. Of course I am a little partial to the name Katie:) She does look so tiny. She is very beautiful. I can not wait to see Lucy with her big sister...

trina said...

Lori, she's precious! An amazing little girl. Your posts always have me laughing and crying at the same time. I'm so happy for your family. PTL! Does she know that you are blogging about her? Tell her that I think she is so beautiful and a very sweet daughter.

Mom Of Many said...

Katie?? That's perfect!!! You should see me huddled in the dark of our RV...just got the kids tucked in and now I had to see what was going on in Ch*na!! So thrilled for you. What an amazing God we have!! Yippee Jesus!

Stefanie said...

How I love seeing God at work in your precious family!!
I am SO happy for all of you :) Katie IS one amazing girl!!
Praising HIM for all He is doing!!

Shanna said...

God is clearly at work! I am so blessed with each post!! May God continue to carry you and your precious new daughter.

Sarah the Kool Kid said...

aaaaah! I'm going to cry!!! That is so sweet!

Rachel said...

Oh friend, I'm so happy for you. Something about the picture of Katie in her pjs is so endearing...sniff sniff. Praying God's Presence to be heavy over all three of you like a blanket!
Brian and I prayed for you on the way to our anniversary dinner! (Our first outing w/o Gracie in tow!) was 2 hours & she was with her siblings & I missed her like crazy!:)

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