Monday, September 10, 2012

Do they sell Calgon in China?

My goal is always to keep it real, so keep that in mind as you journey through yet another day in China with us. I realize we are in the home stretch here, but it feels as though Friday will never come! It is close quarters around here everyday. I am have company in the shower and every bathroom stall. The squatty potty situations are the most fun! Don't get me wrong, I adore my girls, and I am so thankful to be with my Maggie Grace, we are just sharing a lot of "togetherness".
I made the mistake of telling the girls I needed some time to not be bothered. Maggie continued yanking on my arm asking, "Huh?, Ma, huh?" Haddie decided to step in and pull her sister off of me saying, "Mama needs a break, no more mama!" I soon realized not the way to communicate mommy needs some space to the newly adopted child who is digging having a mama. All is good now, and the girls are bouncing around the room with balloons. They are loud, but no one is touching me or asking me for something and I am hanging on for 2 more hours till this:

They are precious!
This morning my little FAITH builder, Libi had a seizure. Nothing makes me feel further from home than knowing my precious girl is struggling, and I can't be there. I trusted in the One who was with her, and was not taken by surprise at the circumstance we found ourselves in. It is no coincidence that the night before the Lord was washing me with these words, "On my bed I remember you; I think of You through the watches of the night. Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings. My soul clings to You, Your right hand upholds me." Psalm 63

All is well with little Libi Love. It seems that she may be coming down with a cold. So thankful for my amazing man who is doing a phenomenal job holding down the home front!! Can't wait to be in his arms soon and introduce him to our new daughter!

Last night was Pizza Hut for dinner. It was a busy place, and we found it difficult to receive service, which is surprising considering we held the attention of most patrons in the place. The menu was quite extensive for a Pizza Hut and included some interesting toppings such as, corn, and pepper steak.
On the agenda today was the Safari Park. Maggie was very excited! She shared with our guide that she had never even been to a zoo.

As we rode through the half of the park that was navigated by tram, Maggie kept tapping Jacob's leg and pointing. She wanted to share her excitement with Jacob, not wanting him to miss a single animal.

After we acknowledged seeing the animal as well, she would clap her hands with delight!

Jurassic Forest was a new addition and ended up being one of the best parts of the park for all of us except Haddie. Picture Jurassic Park meets a children's zoo, China style!

Maybe this mama should have paid more heed to the "Gentle Reminders":

As we entered, Haddie's apprehension was grew more intense. Not mattering how I tried to reassure Haddie, her imagination outweighed reality. Walking along the path, sounds of roars and heavy footsteps loomed in the air. Maggie was so excited, and Haddie was terrified!

Every time Maggie looked over at Haddie she busted a gut at how frightened she was. Jacob and I were laughing so hard at Maggie, it was difficult to be a comfort to Haddie.

Haddie just kept her head down, and I kept telling her to look at the ground.

The end was almost too much for her to take, and she bolted for the exit. Poor girl!

The dinosaurs were okay for Maggie, but the giant Lion mascot, not so much.

You can figure this one out for yourself, I am still working on it.

Feeding the giraffes was yet another highlight of the park. Haddie found a baby to care for, which is not at all surprising. Her heart was just made to nurture!

Jacob had to help Maggie, because the giraffes were a bit too powerful for her to keep ahold of her branch. She is a tiny little thing!


Even the Pandas were on ice!! It was the hottest day yet, and I am pretty sure Maggie walked miles. Jacob and I kept trying to carry her, but she would not have it. She is a fighter!

Haddie passed out on the way back to the hotel, and once again Maggie thought her sister was hilarious! She tapped me, pointed to Haddie and just giggled her head off!
Some more REAL...
I am still amazed at how comfortable life with Maggie feels. She fits in beautifully, yet there is a bit of apprehension in my spirit when I think about life at home with two girls who are physically handicapped. Honestly, some real fears creep in of what it will require for their care. Maggie often leans on me for assistance when walking. She can walk independently, but it is easier when she has a hand to hold or an arm to grab onto. Getting dressed is more labor intensive as well. Things that the reality of living with her 24x7 have allowed me to see more clearly. It will not be all butterflies and rainbows, nor did I expect it to be. I am thankful that God has blessed me with another daughter, another child to mother; however, I am well aware that the road ahead will have difficult days.
Think of what Maggie's future could have been. There are times in China when the reality of it stares me right in the face. We pass by many who are lame on the streets here in China. This is not a country that has much to offer those who are disabled, or without family.
Last night we passed a gentleman who walked on his hands, literally wore shoes on his hands to move about. The girls were filled with concern for him, and carried money over to his box. I wondered if he too had once lived as an orphan. Is that what landed him in this place of hopeless desperation? A product of the system he lives in? Had he simply "aged out" to be destined for this life he now lived? I cannot just look away. I cannot ignore, even if it is just one. A difference for just one! Just one!
I do not have a photo of the gentleman we met, he deserves more dignity than that, but I have photos of these:
Little boys who could one day find themselves on the street, begging, lonely, and hungry.
Be a the difference for just one!


  1. Sitting here thinking about your new post deep in thought. You are right. Things are going to take longer with Maggie. I sometimes forget with Olivia and don't plan enough time. Ugh! A year and I am still learning. But Oh the progress she has made. AS you well know, Easter Seals has been amazing. Jillian will have here more independent in no time. We head to Gillette next Monday for our Gate Analysis and Botox injection (the next step). I look forward to sharing with you all that we will learn. God has a plan for these little lame girls we have adopted, Amy. The sweetness of their temperments just blows me away. How quickly they both warmed up and willingly are ready to walk away from everything they have ever known after a couple of days, for the love a good mama. God is so faithful. He truly is replacing the spirit of fear in your little girl by his spirit of adoption. This is a scripture the Lord gave me while in China. God is fulfilling this in our homes.
    "Behold, I am going to deal at that time with all your oppressors, I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will turn their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you in, even at the time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will give you renown and praise among all the people of the earth, when I restore your forunes before your eyes, says the Lord." Zephaniah 3:19,20 The Lord is using you and Brad as His instrument to restore Maggie's fortune! What an amazing thought that the maker of the whole universe is taking common people like you and Brad and John and me to restore His fortune to His precious daughters Libi, Haddie, Maggie, Hannah, and Olivia. It just amazes me. I feel so honored and privileged as I know you do to. Well done sister! The Lord is pleased with you today. He sees your weariness, hears your concerns, and understands. He is smiling on you today and saying, "Amy, I have this. I have equipped you and Brad for such a time as this. I have and will give you everything you need, by the power of my Holy Spirit. Dine with me each day and I will fill you to overflowing so you will have more than enough to give to all your children." Oh, what a promise! He is faithful! He is an amazing Papa who knows exactly what we need and when we need it. Thanks for being real and sharing. You know my real moments as well and have been there to encourage me through the overwhelming trials. Praise the Lord He is there to give us exactly what we need. I will keep lifting Libi up in prayer. Praying for a quick healing. Love you friend!

  2. Amy,
    Love following your journey. I would have a hard time staying in Guangzhou that long but you make it look easy. You are so blessed with Maggie's transition (and obvious credit to you)! Maggie is a dream come true! She is gorgeous and just looking at her, it's obvious the gifts she will continue to bring. Haddie too cute for words and Jacob doing so great. All our love and best,
    Christy Schraeder

  3. Oh Amy! I am just now catching up on your whole trip and i am praising God and feeling emotional about it all! I love you - I love your sweet girlies! so so thankful!