Monday, January 21, 2013

Meet Madeline!

I was not as nervous with meeting Madeline as I was with the other two but...
 it was every bit as exciting! 

I am always amazed at how our God works and know that in every way HE IS IN CONTROL!
We are just so thankful to HIM!
We think we have just the right combinations of personalities after today!

We went to the civil affairs office and sat down- she was there playing in the playroom behind the curtain...
And when it was time they brought her out!

This was the beautiful face that looked back at us!
Madeline is so precious! She is just as sweet as can be!
No tears and she went straight to her Babba!

She seemed so peaceful and happy! She loved that so many people had come to meet her!
With so many sisters from China she felt comfortable right away!
They had 5 bags with her! All the gifts we sent, extra clothes, the photo album, school work, artwork, stuffed animals and MORE!!
Each adoption on this journey has been so different and unique.

She has just gotten over chicken pox- poor dear! 
And now has a bit of a cough and lingering cold.

Madeline sat next to Babba on the way back to the hotel.
He decided he was going to hold this one right away before she was afraid of him- she loves it when he carries her! Hey- if the youngest one isn't afraid of Daddy how can the others be? 
Maybe they will follow along!

While hubby did paperwork with our guide, we played!
She loved the sticker book we brought for her!

These two played war with the cards! They saw Hubby and Sarah do it so they copied it- so cute! Mia shuffled the deck and she had cards going every which way ;-)
They had to ask us which one was worth more the jack or the queen?

I was happy that she allowed me to snap some pics of her!

And this pic above is solely so you can see the set of eyelashes on this girl! Sarah noticed them right away! Oh, how we would all love to have eyelashes like this!!

 I think ya'll are beginning to get to know our Melissa!
She pretty much dances her way through the day!
Right now she is trying to teach Mark Chinese! She is hysterical!
We could fix her hair another way BUT pigtails are "who she is"! They fit her perfectly!
I have never met such an animated little girl!

And this one is about as sweet as they get!

Already their competitive sides are coming out!
Mia had a much better day- praise God!
Although hubby and I are not on the top of the "like" list, she is having a hard time not liking the rest of the family!
We skyped with everyone at home and she pretended not to be too interested but got lots of peaks in at the family at home!

And then the neighbors stopped by!! (Vickie and Susan's family!)
They are leaving on Thursday and we will really miss them ;-(

After the impromptu party we went to the garden outside!

I will post another time on the fun we have had at the garden!

Feeling VERY thankful to GOD!


Karin said...

Oh my goodness...what a sweetie pie!! Their personalities are really obvious from the pictures. :) They are all going to fit into their special niche in your family that God has ordained for them. Melissa will come around when she decides not to be left out of the fun. :)

ChouchouPoussin said...

Very beautiful girl !
specialy in her chinese dress !

Erin Schmidt said...

So excited to read this post and see Madeline in your family! She is beautiful, and I noticed her eyelashes in the second picture you posted of her. WOW! We will continue to pray for all the girls and their transition. But we will especially lift up Mia that her heart will be softened toward you and that she will be open to and accepting of your love and guidance.

Sherri said...

WOW!! What a real beauty she is, I am so excited to see this post as I knew it was Madeline day! You have such an amazing family and are truly Blessed! How awesome for her to take to Daddy, i'm sure she will open up the other two seeing her with him. Mia will come around, she just needs time.

Nancy said...

Yay! You made it through all three adoptions!

I was so confused when I recognized Chloe in the photo, and thought perhaps I just wasn't awake enough.

Love all the photos and descriptions of the personalities. You are right - all three have such different experiences they bring with them.

It's minus 10 degrees right now, so enjoy any warm weather that comes your way while you are still there!

Nancy Mc

Angie said...

My, she DOES have long eyelashes. It's the first thing I noticed when I looked at that photo. So glad all your girls are with you now!!

Nikki said...

Amazing!!! What a true blessing they all are going to be for your family! God bless!!!

Debi said...

Congratulations! All three of your new daughters are just precious and SO beautiful! I really enjoy reading your blog and following along from Michigan. (We have a daughter, 7, and a son, 6, from China.) You really know how to handle anything that comes your way. Praying that the rest of your trip goes smoothly.

Jennifer P said...

Wow, Jean. Thank you for sharing this journey. You can really see the girls' personalities through your words and pictures. Great advice for us all in establishing boundaries from the beginning especially with older child adoptions.

Jodi said...

Congratulations!!! How wonderful is our God!!!! Praying for y'all as you get to know each other! And thanks for checking in with Rebecca for us! :)

Gina said...

She's so beautiful! So glad it was a good day, and thank you so much for taking the time to share.

thesleepyknitter said...

Oh, she's precious!

Thankful to hear that all went well with meeting her today, and that Mia had a better day.


Hanna said...

Congrats! Madeline is so pretty and wow yes she has so long eyelashes! I have never seen an Asian child has long eyelashes like that before. God bless you all.

Vicky said...

Love, love, love your girls all being together! I love how God always puts the right children together!

Sarah said...

Oh my! She is darling! Well, they ALL are!!!!

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


Hearing your daughters responses, personalities, and can't wait for them to be HOME!!!

Your family is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Anonymous said...

This is so lovely and beautiful. Thank you for giving these three darlings a home and a family!

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Sally-Girl! said...

YOu were the topic of our conversation at our home visit today!!! Three girls!! WOW!!! Love being on this journey with you my friend!

Chris said...

congrats on bringing 3 new girls into your family-truly a journey that won't be forgotten.
And keep on doing what you need to do to establish boundaries. It is sooo much harder if you ignore stuff while in country, and then try to make changes later-earlier is definitely better!
I suspect Mark is having a blast=and seeing the Safari Park giraffes thrilled me-it was such a fun day for us last year!!

Eileen said...

Congratulations on yet another beautiful, precious girl! Even before you pointed it out, I noticed her gorgeous eyelashes!

Melissa is exactly how I imagined her when we were reading her referral information. What a fun girl! BTW, a friend of mine just adopted a friend of Melissa's from her orphanage (only a week or so before you). She said her daughter was so excited to see your blog and see photos of Melissa!

Rebecca said...

Loving the updates!!! Prayed for you guys today while you were sleeping;) I'm so glad to hear that Mia's enjoying her new sisters...

Wendy said...

What a darling child. Her eye lashes are amazing. All three are beautiful children. Can't wait to see them with the rest of the group. Prayers for continued healing of Mia's heart, that she is willing to accept parents and know that she is loved.

Difference2This1 said...

Beautiful stories every day even on the "steps backward" days. You doing such a great job setting up boundaries that will help you once home. Prayers for peace and continued wisdom the remainder of your time there.