Thursday, December 25, 2008

And a Merry Christmas it is!!

What a wonderful Christmas this has been! We went to the 3:00 service at church. It was very crowded so the Mulvahill family sat in the back of the great hall and watched the service on a very large movie screen. We didn't mind- we had everyone together praising the birth of our Lord- What more could we want! The girls did great. They made friends with everyone around us!  Sarah only went to the bathroom once and the drinking fountain 3 times! after church we met the rest of my family at our house. we did a more relaxed hor de voures evening instead of a sit down dinner. everybody loved  sarah- she won the hearts of my whole family!   This was our first christmas without our mom and i must say our 2 little girls brought a lot of joy to the evening. even my brother warmed up to them !! kate, sarah and i did a bit of knock off shopping in china- all the girls loved their purses and wallets!! my nephew has white blonde hair- which amazed sarah, she took to him right away !! 

Little Anna started to come down with a fever after church. She was doing fine and BOOM it hit- 101 degrees. She slept in Dad's arms and then rallied later in the evening. She was sick last year, too. On Christmas morning she woke up with  fever of 103.6. She has been held most of the day and did not open gifts until the end of the day- poor dear girl. I am hoping she is on the road to recovery.

I started this post many hours ago- I don't seem to get a chance to start and finish in one sitting- so my thoughts might be jumbled. It is the end of the day now. Christmas went well for our family. I do look forward to spending time with the girls- without so much commotion. I think our dear Sarah needs that in order to really figure out that she has a mama that will stay with her forever. Thank you Jesus for our many many blessings.

will write more and pics too

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thankful Thursday- December 18th, 2008!

Hubby Jim is out of town, the girls are sleeping and Johnny is doing his homework- I finally have a moment to blog- Yippee! For an update on our little Sarah please visit my journal on journeytome. com

There is so much to be thankful for... so here goes!

1. I am thankful for my computer and that it is still working! It has had water spilled on the keyboard twice and sat in bubbles in China- Johnny, Anna and Sarah may have had something to do with it! I have now moved it off the counter in the kitchen. It has a new little spot on the side counter safe from the liquids!

2. I am thankful that the dear Lord matched us up with this incredible 8 yr old girl from China. She is awesome and everyday is an adventure with her!

3. I am thankful for our older children that take all this in stride! They are wonderful role models and such a huge help and always encouraging.

4. I am thankful for answered prayer! I usually am a nervous wreck about Christmas and often I don't even enjoy it but this year I feel the Lords peace and our expectations are very low! Thank you Jesus!

5. I am thankful that I actually am not minding the winter... so far! Okay, the garage heater may have something to do with it! It has been very pretty here in MN with the snow and holiday lights!

6. I am thankful for a little girl named Anna who has done very well with sharing her toys and her family with her new sister! Every once in a while I hear her say "My Mama"- it is pretty cute!

7. I am thankful for "take out" Chinese food. Dinner is so easy and we love it even more than Sarah does!

8. I am thankful for the adoption community in MN, the yahoo groups, the blogs, my JTM friends, CHSFS, FCC playgroup- they are so helpful and encouraging and they make this journey even more fun!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Random pics from China!

I am unable to post vertical picks on JTM so I am putting them on this site. They will not be in order. Each pic takes so long to post so I will do what I can!
Blessings from China! 

Monday, December 1, 2008

The countdown to home!

Hello blogger buddies- I am missing keeping my blog up to date. We have 3 more days in China and then we head home with our newest family member- alleluia!! We are looking forward to bringing her home. I have know idea how are days will go - Sarah is a lot of fun so I know it won't be dull. My biggest concern is teaching her english. We feel home schooling would be best for our bonding and for her BUT without all the kids in school to teach her english- I am not sure where to start or how to proceed.

Everyday before I get out of bed I give the day to our Lord and ask for his help. All in all things have gone well but I know I could not be doing this without him every step of the way. I am so grateful to our heavenly father for guiding us through this adventure! Thank you Jesus!

Jim is at the doctor's office now with Johnny and Anna- both of them are sick. I would love to be there to comfort them! Only 3 more days until we are homeword bound! I love your e-mails and comments- they keep us going and brighten our day! I would like to respond to all of them but I do not have time while in China! God Bless you for your thoughtfulness!