Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Dinner out!

Thank you for your Christmas encouragement and ideas!! Hubby and I went shopping today and got most of it done! Praise the Lord! NOW, we can focus on the best part! 
Getting our heart ready for the birth of our Savior, Jesus and celebrating this joyful time!

One more thing to ask- a few more ideas for a 12 yr old girl who is at about a 9-10 yr old level and who has conservative parents (that would be us), any ideas!

It is so wonderful to see picture of our three new girls on the blog, I almost don't even want to post again so they can just stay there!

BUT, life continues and soon they will be on the blog a lot!
We cannot wait for you to be

Article 5 will be picked up on December 14th, YAY!

So next is our wait for TA!!

Whoa Nellie! Things are happening!

Praying that we get our TA asap so we can go to China and get home before CNY!

After Church today we went to our favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner!
Luke, Anna, Abby, Emma and... Hubby could not do chopsticks.

We promised we would have chopstick lessons at home soon!

Hubby is in training or he will be unknowingly on a diet once we go to China!

It seems that we are quite the spectacle now that we have a crew of 8 children.
The people that own the restaurant were wondering why...
"we were only a family of ten tonight"!

We explained that the big kids had other plans (okay, maybe we didn't invite them, whatever ;-)
and our three new children are still in China.

Our waiter was so nice. 
He knows exactly what we will be ordering- our favorites!
Of course the table next to us asked him about us.
We heard him saying that the children are adopted and that we are going back to China to bring three more children home.
and then they told the next table...
and the next...
and the next...

The table next to us started chatting with us.
They were very nice.
We did tell them that by February we will be needing their table too!
Because we will not be able to "all" fit on our table!

I starting taking pics AFTER EVERYONE left!
The children were amazingly well behaved!

I know this pick does NOT look like it BUT they really were...

One more time!
THIS happened after everyone was GONE!

Three families came up to us and said "you have a beautiful family and the children are so well behaved"!

They said all this before...
ahem, referring to the pic below and pics above!

I did mention to hubby...
I just want a quiet peaceful dinner, no extra attention...

And he responded,
My dearest darling wife, we have adopted 8 children from China... that is not possible!

Okay, Okay, Okay!
I get it!


Sarah said...

Love all these happy photos!

Things are moving right along for you...I'm sure you'll travel before CNY. I'll be praying!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

So EXCITED you are getting so close now!!! Won't be long :). I think we need to get together some day and all go out to eat. What do you think the waitresses would say?? he he he he he........

Sally-Girl! said...

I can't believe how fast the time has gone!!! I am so excited for you and a tad bit envious!!!

Gina said...

Some older girl gift or craft items, jewelry, hair things, camera, mp3 player with pre-loaded appropriate music, purse, games, something for their room.

Karen Twombly said...

I love craft items because then they can be creative. :)
I pray your 3 are home fast, fast!! God is good!!
Karen Twombly

Lori said...

Oh my word, I can't believe you are brave enough to take everyone to dinner! I feel like a circus act just having SIX kids! I need to take some awesome-mom lessons from you...or maybe that would be, crazy-mom-who-doesn't-let-things-grate-on-her-nerves lessons. :)

Looks like a great time!

Nikki said...

Love the idea of the jewelry making kits or crafty type stuff...huge hits around our house. Also, I LOVE games. There's nothing better than a good board game. I'm not sure which ones are good for older kids, but I'm certain there are good and classic ones!!! An inexpensive camera would also be fun. She could have so much fun documenting her life and do some writing projects about her day to day life.

Your family is just beautiful!!!! Kudos to you for going out to eat as a family. There are days that it's hard for our family of four to sit through a meal!!! LOL! It will come!!!

Jolene said...

If your 12 yr old is still into toys our daughter loved getting Littlest Pet shops last year...she was 9 and it was the first TOY she'd asked for in years!

Angie said...

What a great witness to others of Jesus' love for the orphan! I love hearing compliments from others...not for our glory...but to know that maybe we shined for Jesus just a little bit. As for gift ideas, how about craft supplies?

Jo's Corner said...

Hi Jean ~ I have a perfect gift idea! I really hope you'll check it out. I LOVE these soft Tween dolls and I have ALL of them. : )
They have a lovely Asian doll and they are not expensive. And, they are NOT like Barbie dolls or others that are just too mature for young girls. If you look at them, maybe you can share.

Your children are ALL so beautiful and I hope we will be able to meet someday. I live in MN., too and it seems like such a shame to NOT meet you all.

Love the photos! Hugs ~ Jo

Vicky said...

It is always a delight to see your beautiful children, what fun it will be when the other three join the family. Praying for a quick TA!

Megan said...

Just curious, which is your "favorite" local chinese restaurant?? Is it Tea House? We love chinese food!

So glad to see you're getting closer to bringing home your 3 girls. Hope to catch a glimpse of your beautiful family in church one of these days :)

-Megan (Lucius)