Sunday, October 21, 2007

Home is where your heart is.

Well we are home safe and sound. It was a longggggggggggggggggggg flight and going through Detroit well lets just put it this way I felt like cattle and it didn't matter that we had 3 small children one of which had a tummy ache and had to potty. We were held up in customs they made us go through then sent us to another line for Carlow. And the man was sooooooo slow he seemed not to know what he was doing, they finally called a second guy and thankfully he had more personality. This process took us 45 minutes to an hour we only had 2 hours to rush this and get to our gate.
After getting through there... I jumped into line with 3 kids and 2 strollers while Brad gathered our 6 bags. Okay right about now is where I think And a partridge in a pear tree would fit nicely
I have to tell you that after running through the Detriot airport I don't wish to ever enter through there again.
Okay now let me share that our trip was amazing I want to thank God first and foremost for allowing us to be the parents to this special little boy. And I want to thank our FTIA family and our families for suporting us through this adoption.
Our trip seemed more like a vacation it was so much fun thanks to Helen it was such a pleasure to see her when we were waiting for Judy in the airport in Guangzhou. We knew that we would have an okay time with Judy only because we had set it in our hearts this trip to make the most of things. But then Helen showed up and our hearts became light. Helen was there for the births of Katie and Cordie into our family. So her being with us for Carlow was just perfect and as things should be. It was our true pleasure because to us Helen is family and we were honored to meet her Family!
Helen please drop me a comment I have lost the paper with your email addy and name I really want to email you privately we are truely indebted to you and your family and thank yous just are not enough!
Well I'm going to go and maybe get to sleep another 2 hours the girls woke HUNGRY around 2 Am and now it's 5:22 AM and I have to be up about 7:30.
LOL after reading that it looks like a math problem and the trains left the stations at........
Night/morning to you all.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007

from 10-13

Besides a beautiful son and two beautiful daughters!Carlow said Mama okay it was after he said Baba but he is coming along those have been the only words we have understood and I'm so thrilled. He likes to color with his sisters andhe copies what ever they do. Just hoguth I'd share my first Mama with you all. I am so happy!! Bekah

Friday, October 12, 2007

From Bekah :)

Yesterday we went to the orphanage and it was about a 2 hour drive in one direction. The kids did a wonderful job on the drive everyone but Mommy got a nap. The orphanage Director greeted us and gave us a tour we were able to see the baby rooms but no pictures were allowed. All I could do was touch each tiny bed and tell the little occupant that their mommies were coming! There were two little babies about 1.5 yrs old maybe with albinism a boy and a girl who will be coming to waiting children lists very soon their papers were just sent to the CCAA. Please if your looking for your son or daughter watch the lists. There are many babies that are waiting for mommies and daddies, our prayers are they come home soon .We have a picture of Carlow Qi Zhi's empty crib, it was a tense moment when they put him in his crib for a pic which was never taken because he flipped out. We also got a picture with all the nannies and the director. We are very grateful to them all for loving our Qi Zhi and taking such good care of him while we waited for him. Our Guide and friend Helen Aiye, Helen to the girls stopped so we could have lunch in Dongguan, lunch was good but the watermelon and apple juices were awesome! Cordie and Katie had some really good chicken soup and they are such wonderful world travelers they ate chicken feet and were sad there was only one. They shared it and asked for more. The soups are so much better the flavor is clean not greasy like some soups we have had at home. We were also the center of everyones attention in the whole restaurant. The girls handled the attention well. This morning we visited the Buddhist Temple and learned about a 1400 yr old Temple and how fire had damaged it but it was repaired the pagoda temple in the center only looks like it has 9 stories but in actuality it is 17 stories there are floors between each level. they were having a ceremony this morning breakfast for the ancestors. The girls were very respectful and didn't touch the beautiful flowers that were left for ancestors. The Buddhist Priest blessed our family, we were told many times how we have good hearts to take orphans home. It was my pleasure to let them know how empty my heart was until the joy of my children filled it.We then went shopping and we got some movies and some clothes for the girls. Finding clothes for Carlow Qi Zhi is hard here. You will find most boys dressed like girls. Oh that is something I had not thought of most boys are dressed like girls! So that the evil spirits won't harm the little boys. After their naming ceremony on their first birthday they will dress them differently. Anyway that is about all. Carlow Qi Zhi is bonding well he is a stinker and loves his Jie Jie da. He listens most of the time he is small but eats great. He is healthy and very active. I am going to have to get bottles for home now and a crib. LOL. Miss you all!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

ok,, so how little is he??? LOL ok,, these sinks are small!!!!!!!!!!!

visit to the orphanage

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

post from Bekah lastnight

OKay I am alone the whole famiy is sleeping and I will be too soon
enough. I would take a soaking bath but any of you who have been to
China soaking in brownish water that smells is not as appealing as you
would think! HAHA
I have to admit I was not prepared as I was hoping I would be I
really had no idea that Carlow would be so tiny and in diapers and on
a bottle. But let me tell you he can hold his own with his sisters and
anyone else he is the sweetest little thing with the most winning
He has the sweetest giggles, he is not fussy and he blends right in
he goes to us both and will hold hands with the girls.He is not almost
3 there just isn't anyway he has to be 18 months to 2 yrs.
Anyway Life is awesome adn our days start at about 3-4 AM and we get
to bed around ( PM
I love you all thank you for your prayers!
with the three best kiddos! and one pretty great hubby LOL

new pic's!

Hi All! I missed Bekah this morning so I'll try to post later on if I get a chance to chat with her. Tomorrow is the orphanage visit. :) I know she is excited about that! I can't wait to hear how the girls reacted to the place, sights and sounds.
Hugs to you all!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Updates and Pic's!!!

Hi Gang! Just talked to Bekah, everything is going well. Carlow is adjusting wonderfully to his new family. And Bekah and Brad are adjusting to having a "baby" again. He is still in diapers, and on a bottle. She said he just doesn't get a sippy up or a straw yet. LOL Looks like the Thomas toddler bed is coming down and a crib is going up! I'm sure its going to be hard to switch gears from expecting a bouncing toddler to him being more like a baby. ( more like 18 months) But he has WONDERFUL parents who will nurture him and help him grow and be anything he wants to be. And lets not forget 2 cute sisters who he will have wrapped around his fingers in no time! Continue to say prayers. I know they miss being home and miss talking to everyone. Yesterday was adoption day! They went back to the civil affairs building and signed all the paperwork to make Carlow their child. Today (well tomorrow for them) will be visa and medical exam. Here are a few new pic's. :)

Monday, October 8, 2007

Just got this from Bekah, she says that he is quick and smiles like crazy! And EATS EATS EATS!!! I love it!!!!!!! And that he is VERY TINY! More like a 1 year old.


Hi all! I haven't heard from Bekah yet, but did get a peak at drop shots and of the newest member of the Vincent Family!!! What a handsome little man Carlow is!!! WOOO HOOO!!! Here is a few pic's of Carlow's Gotcha Day!!!!!