Monday, September 21, 2009

Gotcha Day!!

Woo Hoo!!
Our day finally arrived!
Our sweet girl simply couldn't be more adorable!
It's been a tad awkward at times but really,
she's easy to make laugh and seems to
understand much of what we say.
She even speaks a lot of English and when
I have tried explaining things to her,
she'll often say,
"yes, I know."
Such a teenager.
I'm sure she thinks I'm crazy for explaining
the simplist things to her.
Anyway, she's not near as shy as we
expected and that's been really nice.
She even grabbed my arm going to dinner
and held tight to me.
Oh my heart!
We went for Italian food for our first
meal together...go figure.
She actually seemed to like it but
didn't eat a whole lot.
I gotta go...
we are soooo tired!


Debby said...

O HYappy day. She looks very excited & happy to be with your family now. Congrats!!

Ann Marie said...

Congratulations!! Keeping you in prayer.

Leah said...

Oh Lori! She is beautiful!! Praise Jesus, she is finally free!! She looks peaceful. Apparently she was pretty well prepared for your arrival. It's great that she knows some English. That is one of my biggest concerns with our girl is being able to communicate. God has blessed you, my friend, and I couldn't be more happy for you!

Shelley said...

Oh Lori, she is beautiful! I am thankful that she is doing well so far. We will continue to pray for you as she adjusts to all the changes in store for her.

Mandi said...

Oh Lori, it is so good to see you with Shu Li. She is simply beautiful. Glad to hear things are going well for both you and her. I will be praying that everything continues to go well.


Janet and Kevin said...

This may be a duplicate comment, but when I tried to post before, it went blank - so here goes again!

We are so happy for you, and when I read your post, I wept tears of joy! (especially at the part where Shu Li took your arm when you were walking!!)

May God bless your bonding now in China and continue once home. Whenever I think about you guys having Shu Li with you now, I just have to praise Jesus for this wonderful blessing.

Hugs from Indy,
Janet, Kevin, Ted, Philip, and waiting for Eli

Cari Bacon said...

WooHoo!! I could NOT wait to get up this morning to check your blog!!!

YAY!!!!! Wonderful blessings!! :) I'm getting all teary eyed and I still need to get ready to take the kids to school and go to work.

Still praying and SO happy for you!

Rachel said...

Lori!!!! My heart is rejoicing with you & I am in awe of God's perfect placement of His creations into just the perfect homes.You both look beautiful in pink! I kept waking up thinking about/praying for you! Congratulations Mama!

Chris and Sarah said...

Shi is so sute! Congratulations, I know you have waited a long time for this day to come!

Tony and Rett said...

OH MY STARS..she's so pretty! And you look SO happy!

Praying for you, sweet friend. SO very very happy for you!!!


Mom Of Many said...

I am barely awake (actually only one eye is sort of open!)....but I had to run to see if you had posted yet. Yippee Jesus! ShuLi is beautiful and she is with her forever family! We are thrilled!

PS The look on K-man's face?? Eyes wide open like, "HUH?" Almost looks like he saw in the fine print that in turn for ShuLi they are going to make him rewire all of Ch*na. Made me giggle.

Jen said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Shu Li is just beautiful!!! So happy things are going well. Praying that all the bonding and transitioning continues to go well!!!

Tina said...

Just got up and had to run to the computer to see if you had "gotchaed" lol. SO happy for you she is beautiful I can't wait to see more pics and hear more about your exciting day! God is good!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! Praying that the bonding process goes well.

quilt-n-mama said...

We were gone without the computer this weekend so I am finally catching up...
What joy this morning to see pictures of your girl with her mama!
Praying for you!

Sherri said...

Congratulations!! She is one beautiful young lady. Praise our good Lord he has blessed your family. I'm very happy for all of you. She looks very happy to be with her new family and I can't wait to see more pictures.

hugs from Florida,

Tracey and Chuck said...

So exciting! I was hoping I would open up my computer this morning and see a post that you got her!!! She looks very happy.

Shonni said...

Praise the LORD...she is so cute! Will continue to pray for you all!

Michele said...

Oh Lori, what a blessing to see this post this morning. I am so happy for you all. Shu Li is gorgeous! Praise Jesus! I can't wait to hear all about your time together.

Elissa said...

"She even grabbed my arm going to dinner and held tight to me." And the tears erupted from my eyes! Glory be to God, from whom all blessings flow!!

We are studying John in our Bible study and we talked this morning about the important concept of belonging to Jesus. I teared up thinking about the importance of Shu Li now belonging to someone here on earth, and as huge as that is-- how much greater that she belongs to God! Thank you for sharing her with the rest of us. I wonder if she'll say "Yes I know" when you tell her she has blog stalkers? :)

Jean said...

Oh Lori- she is just beautiful!! I love the glasses- they are so cute on her!!

I am so excited for all of you!! God is so good!!

What a dream come true!!

Karen said...

Praise God!! I guess those late night prayers helped:-) How wonderful that she knows some english. Too funny about "yes I know". I don't have teenagers yet, but uh-oh I may be in trouble. She is precious. I love her glasses. She looks like she "fits" with you. Can't wait to hear more about her! BTW, what is her official name? Did you end up changing it? Congratulations!!!!

Adeye said...

wooohoooo!!!! I couldn't wait to get up and check your blog :) How absolutely wonderful that you have your sweet girl. She looks adorable--such a sweet smile. Oh my friend, my heart is singing for joy for you today. FINALLY the day arrived. PLEASE post heaps more pics when you're not so tired!
Sending you a HUGE hug across the miles.

Holly said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!! I am just so happy for you!!!

JR said...

YEAH GOD!!!! Congratulations!! I am thrilled that Shu Li has finally become part of her forever family! I'm so happy to hear that she does quite well with English - that's an answer to prayer! I will continue to pray for this transition/bonding time. Thanks for the photos - you look wonderfully happy!

Love to all of you!

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Congrats! What a beautiful girl!!

ronvic7 said...

All I can say is YEAH!!!! for you and your family, isn't it AMAZING?
I'm so happy for you she knows more English than Chloe did:)

Prayers continue for all

Kathy said...

Oh Lori, She is beautiful! Praising the Lord she
is finally with her forever family! What a blessing
she knows some english.
Can't wait for more pics!
Praying the bonding process continues to go well.

carie said...

i am thrilled for you and your family. what an example of you following God tugging at your hearts. thank you lori and kman for following God's leading in your life and blessing your children.
xx, carie

Jaime (@ fearfully and wonderfully made) said...

wah-hoo!!!! congratulations!
(i woke up at 2:40 this morning and wasn't sure why i was awake. i figured someone needed prayer but i didn't have that feeling of unease, it was a happy feeling and i figured it was probably intended to give God praise for building your family.)
oh... and just to torment you since blogger is blocked in China... you have an odd number of followers! na-ni-na-ni-boo-boo!

tinacd said...

Why do I always cry at other people's Gotcha Days? Congratulations, she's beautiful!


Nicole A. said...

Happy, happy day! Couldn't wait to check in this morning. You must be thrilled! She is such a cutie, and I bet that the language barrier will fade more and more each day. We are so very happy for you all! We will continue to pray for a smooth transition, many happy memories there, and safe travels home.

All the best,
Nicole A, in OH

Holly said...

oh Lori! The day finally came!!!!
She is beautiful as are you. I am so happy for your family! What an amazing journey!

Anonymous said...

Hey Lori! So far, so good on the hair.

Glad all is well. She's beautiful.

allisyn said...

yay! awesome news...praise jesus!

Lisa said...

SHe is beautiful. She looks so happy to be with you. Have a wonderful bonding time with her while in China.

Looking forward to your next post.

Newark, Ohio

trina said...

Oh Lori! She's beautiful. Tears. I'm so happy for your family. I know she will be a sweet blessing to you...and the difference you are making in her life is such a blessing to me.

Nancy said...

Hip Hip Hurray!!! She is beautiful. What a thrill.

Sarah the Kool Kid said...

AAAAHHHHHH! I'm so excited for you!!! She sounds great; I can't wait to meet her!!! So excited!!!

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