Friday, March 26, 2010

Morning Call

I found this little clip (along with another) that little Miss Isabella had video'd of herself. I knew she was on the phone- but had no idea she was taping the whole thing! That's what I mean about watching her at ALL TIMES!
(Yes, that's me sitting beside her in my purple, froggy robe). Thank God she didn't go any higher with the camera!
Something's up when she looks at me while chatting and then starts talking about me. I believe she's making plans without me knowing!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


When she first saw us pray she really watched and was wondering what the heck we were doing.
I know she still doesn't understand what prayer is, but she has went from watching us, to doing the motions with us. Last night she stopped Trent so she could say the prayer. Not only did she pray once- but wanted to pray twice!
It's so sweet to see your kids want pray- and much sweeter to HEAR them pray!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


XiaoHua had her first appointment at the Children's Hospital in Denver yesterday. Trent and I were very impressed with everyone we met with. (And we met with ALOT of people!)
We saw a Speech Therapist, Social Worker, Audiologist, Geneticist, Pediatrition, ENT Specialist who also does plastic surgery and a Pediatric Dentist. The only one we didn't see was the Orthodontist.
Her hearing test revealed very limited hearing in her right ear. So, first on the list is to get tubes put in her ears and we are praying that helps with her hearing loss.

So, below are pictures of our day at the hospital. It was a long day and she did great!

These three are at the end of the day and we had sat
in this room for about 2 1/2- 3 hours. We were getting
tired and bored. So, her and Trent made a game.
She told him to go to sleep while she hid somewhere in
the room. Then he would wake up and look for her-
they had a blast and it was funny to see her hiding under
the table while thinking he couldn't see her.

Some updates on Isabella Hope XiaoHua~

1. She is putting words together-
one more
no more
I love you
sings all the Barney songs

2. I don't have to watch her EVERY SECOND of the day now.
Only every minute.

3. Her hair is growing and she lets us know it every day!

4. She can count to 5, skips 6 and says 7, then goes straight to 8, 9, 10 in Chinese.

5. Still calls herself XiaoHua. And we like that.

6. Finally lets BaBa hold her and kiss her. She will even take short trips to town with him!

7. Doesn't have to pack her bags and take one every time we leave the house. She now knows we are coming back home.

Monday, March 1, 2010

I absolutely LOVE this woman, Karen Purvis. She is amazing.
All of you, PLEASE watch this. Really listen to what she is saying.
We can be this.
We need to be like this in our churches.
The orphans need us.
ALL of us.

Creating a Healthy Adoption Culture in Your Church from Tapestry on Vimeo.

Wesley aka Big GeGe

We had a wonderful weekend in Manhattan this weekend.
Isabella and Wesley got to spend some time getting to know each other.
By the time we left, she was thinking he was a pretty cool brother who spins and flips her around.
Johnnye also got to attend her first college course. Macroeconomics. Ewww.
Aunt Lisa heard we were close to KC- so she made the 2 hour trip to meet her new niece. That was pretty nice of her.

We had so much fun we can't wait to go back!