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Mollie pics….:)

I realize I have not blogged in forever!!  I just do. not. have. time!!

But I also realize that there are other people that view my blog not wanting to know what I have to say, but to see pictures of a gorgeous Asian/American girl!!

And to you, I apologize.

I realize you are not able to get Facebook where you live, and I have done a horrible job in keeping you on the “up and up” of Mollie’s life.

So here you go, a few pictures of our beauty…..

She is beautiful, that is a fact.

She is adored, she is cherished, she is loved.

Thank you for loving her before I could.

I am forever grateful.

This was one day at the library where she was just super cute and I had to snap her picture!!

The cutest “cowgirl” ever!!! This was a couple of Sunday’s ago at church!

Mollie and Daddy before preschool! She is too cute for words!

Kennedy, Mollie, and Taylor at the Athletic Banquet. She was so excited, she got to wear her Christmas dress again!!

 Do you think her brother and sister love her??  Absolutely, no doubt!!  These two adore her!!  And the feeling is mutual!!  🙂

The girl LOVES coffee!! I still wonder where she got this habit from!! 🙂



Please read Following The Read Thread to Scarlett.

I’m devastated about Shepherd’s Field.  I assumed they truly loved the children in their care.

How wrong I was.

How wrong I am to ever assume.

Mollie’s Gotcha Day video journey so far…..:)

Well, I finally got this done!! I haven’t been able to go back and look at our pictures of “Gotcha Day” because it was truly such a heartbreaking experience.

Mollie has brought such joy to our lives, I can not imagine life without her!! Thank you Lord for all 3 of my beautiful children!!

Jeremy and I are blessed, blessed, blessed!!

Enjoy the video, it’s only 10 minutes long!! 🙂

Count Your Blessings, Instead of Sheep

As I have now watched “White Christmas” more this Christmas than any other, one of the songs has embedded itself into my spirit, “Count Your Blessings, Instead of Sheep”.  One of the biggest blessings in my life is my children, all 3 of them!!  Taylor Brian, Kennedy Belle, and Mollie Elizabeth Jing Xiu!  The way the older kids love their little sister, is heart stopping!!  Taylor adores Mollie and watching Kennedy and Mollie do a remake of the song “Sisters” from the movie, makes my heart so full!!  I’ll post that video later!!  J

But I’m also reminded that while I have 3 beautiful, wonderful children, there’s a Mother across the ocean in Shanxi Province, China, who gave up her beautiful child.  We do not know the reasons why she was left at the Taiyuan City Hospital, and we probably never will.  Was it because her Mother knew she had a heart condition that she could not afford to have treated?  In China, you must pay before you receive medical treatment.   So by leaving her at the hospital, she knew her precious daughter would be taken care of.  Was it because she was a second child?  Was it because she was a girl?  Questions that will never have an answer.

I cannot imagine the grief the Mother went through as she placed her daughter at the steps of the hospital.  Did she watch her until she was found?  I can only assume she did, I would have.  As she watched, she had to know she would never see this beautiful girl again.  She was doing the only thing she knew she could do to save her precious child’s life.  She was laying down her life for her daughter’s.

So now it’s Christmas time, the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.  I know this Mother is thinking about her daughter.  Where is she?  Is she healthy, happy?  Is she safe?  Most of all, is she loved?

I will never get the opportunity to meet this precious, self-sacrificing Mother.  I will never get the chance to tell her “Yes, she is healthy, happy, safe, and most definitely is she loved.”  Also, I will never get to tell her “Thank you.”  I’m sure I would say all of these things through my grateful tears, because that is how they are written now.

So this Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us remember the sacrifice of others.  The Men and Women who serve in our Armed Forces, you are remembered and appreciated.  Also, the families that have lost their precious treasurers, you are in our every prayer.

I understand that I am a very blessed Mother; the Lord has been very gracious to me.  So I “Count my Blessings, Instead of Sheep”.


Preschool Picture 2012

Seriously, could this girl get any cuter?!

Love her!

Halloween 2012!!

Um, yes, I am precious!!

Cutest Minnie Mouse, ever!!

Mollie’s first Halloween was a success!!  She had a blast!!

We had so much fun just watching her!!!

What a blessing this child is to our family!

Thank you Lord!!!

Happy 3 Month Gotcha Day Mollie!!!

It was 3 months ago today….at 9:30 a.m. when we walked into the Taiyuan City Civil Affairs office.

I was so nervous and scared. Almost 2 years had past since we started on this journey. We had looked at her picture for over 7 months and this day we would meet her face to face.

I saw her first through the window, she was already there. She was sitting perfectly still on a chair in the lobby, a sucker clenched tight in one hand.

I told my family, “she’s here” and started to cry.

When we walked in and she saw us, it was heartbreaking. She “knew” what was happening and she started to cry.

Jeremy and I tried everything to comfort her, but nothing helped.

Nothing would help for several days until Kennedy pulled out the iPod. CamWow became our best friend on that day.

She started opening up and not grieving quite as hard.

When you look at her today, you can’t even imagine she is the same girl she was 3 months ago.

She still has her moments of grief, but they are short and infrequent.

Happy 3 Month Gotcha Day Mollie!!! We love you and are so blessed God called you to be ours!! 🙂

Way to go Kennedy!!!

I’m going to be a super proud parent and post a video of Kennedy playing the piano for the Jr. High Choir Fall concert.

I’ll apologize in advance for the “shakiness”!!  I was trying to wrangle a toddler and hold the phone up so you could see over the crazy bar!!!

Also, you’ll hear in the video Mollie whisper “Jia Jia” and you’ll hear me shush her!!!

It was a great night and I could not be more proud of my daughter!!

Way to go Kennedy!!

Want a happy video?!! :)

I know, it’s been forever since I’ve posted!!!

I’m sorry!!!

Please forgive me!

My new saying is, “I’m a new mom, cut me some slack”!!

Mollie is doing so very well!!!

Preschool is going well….yay!

Church is going well, she is enjoying her Sunday School class and nursery buddies….yay!!

And guess whose she has decided isn’t so bad after all….Baba!!

So, all in all, I believe that God is answering prayers!!

She really is about the cutest thing that has ever come out of Ch*na!!

I’m going to let this video prove that!!