We are so enjoying everything that Abby is doing, she is now 17 pounds and 28 inches long. She is 9 1/2 months old and is such a little sweetie. She now gives us open kisses and loves to talk and makes tons of noise. She does a move now, that we call popping, if you ever watched, so you think you could dance, you would understand.
It’s so nice having my girls, talking to them in adult conversations about hurts and things that are important and having Abby’s little noises and new things going on at the same time. My life is so rich, with my husband and all 4 girls. I feel truly blessed beyond measure. Sometimes I hold Abby and look at how beautiful she is, and I just find myself crying. All of our girls are unique and each one is a beautiful gift to us.
The video is of Abby doing a little jig. Tiffany, Abby’s sisters mom, now has another baby in her home. She will be her foster care parent and hopefully her mom one day. I can’t wait to meet this new little one, who could become a sister, to our girls. She is only a little over a week old and I pray that Tiffany gets the rest that she needs. Also that God would do what he needs to do, for this little girl. I am so proud of Tiffany, walking forward for another child, to love this child like a mother would. I pray for love, joy and hope for this little miracle child. That you would bless her like you have blessed our Abby and Gabby.
I encourage everyone who has a home and love, that they consider this gift. We started on this road thinking of blessing a child and taking her out of a life of pain. But we have been so blessed in doing this, in opening our hearts and souls. We are so ready to become her legal parents, and it looks like it will happen by October. It is truly amazing, to see all our girls coming home from work, driver’s ed, friends, or coming to visit from their own home, and see them with Abby. To see them make her laugh and talk to her, to see them working at her saying their names. To see love, love pouring out of each of us, beyond measure. What a miracle and privilege to see.
I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. Psalms 119:60
This weekend we went camping with our church. There were about 8 different families there, in Port Hope County Lighthouse campground.
We decided to rent a cabin since we don’t have a tent or camper and also since Abby may be loud in the middle of the night. I found out a few days before our leaving that there was no bathroom, so it turned out to not be a problem, it was just a short walk. We also thought the bedrooms would be separate but when we got there, we found out we all had to sleep in the same room. Michael and I had a double bed, Lizzy slept in the bunk beds and Abby had a portable crib to sleep in.
We had a really wonderful time, ever since the wedding last year, we wanted to get away, just somewhere quiet and peaceful. We really want to camp again but next time I would want a cabin with a bathroom and better to have separate rooms, when you have a baby. The first night Abby woke up in the middle of the night and she seemed freaked out, like where am I. She acted like she didnt’ know the daddy and was afraid of the wall behind our bed. I was laughing saying to Michael, she thinks I have some other man in my bed. So cute!
We also ate fresh caught fish, that some of the men went on a fishing trip. Lake trout was so yummy, it was worth it and not fishy tasting at all. It was nice camping with our new friends from church and also Beka and Dustin came too. Thursday when we were driving in it was really storming and when we got there, it rained for a little while but then stopped. We had perfect weather the rest of the time. Had the best first corn of this summer, cooked in the fire.
It is so nice to get refreshed and relax, without worrying about the day to day things. It is hard now traveling with a baby, but Abby is usually so easy. She did decide to start cutting another tooth while we were away. So now she will have 4 teeth, two up and two down. It was nice talking to the other mothers that had gone camping, they are so nice. I can see some friendships blossoming and I am ready to camp again. We are considering getting a tent and using it next year, by then Abby would be a year older too.
I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. Psalm 119:7
Abby is now 9 months old, it’s so amazing to us all that in 3 short months, she will be a year old. Wow, does time fly by, sometimes so quickly that you can’t believe it and sometimes so slowly, when you are waiting for something. Not too long ago we were waiting to adopt a child and then started the process to foster/adopt. We never thought we would have that child in our home, now it seems like such a short time Abby’s been in our lives, but so long too. All of us, even the girls, can’t imagine Abby not being in our home everyday.
She is a part of this home and family. We all look forward to seeing her in the morning and seeing her laugh and smile. She is ingrained into our hearts and soul. When I look into her beautiful face, with her big brown eyes and the longest eye lashes, I no longer see an orphan or a child of another. I see our baby girl, our daughter, sister, grandchild, niece, cousin, Abby.
Abby turning 9 months old is bitter-sweet for me, my mind goes back to where this whole thing started, little baby Sharon. She is older now, walking, talking, she has hair now. I have seen pictures of her just recently and she is beautiful and it still does something to my heart. I think part of it is because when I was in China, falling in love with her and all the other children and having God change everything in me, Sharon was 9 months old too. Part of me is sad for her, because she is still without her life long family, she is still at the orphanage. I take comfort that a family is in the making, some day and God will pick the right one for her. That she is loved by her nannies and taken such good care of. I guess when I hear Abby call me mommy and Michael daddy and she looks for Aubrey, Lizzy and our dog Cody, I know that Abby knows we are hers. I just want Sharon to have the same, and in time that will happen. In his timing, in his will.
Abby is such a sassy baby, she is scootching and getting into everything. We had to drop her mattress down because she is starting to get on things and either kneel to hold on or trying to stand up. The latest thing she is doing, is she puts her hand up by her head and we have to say soooo big. It is amazing how each little precious child has their own personality. Abby also for a while now, gives us love. She rubs her head by our head or neck and opens her mouth fully, like a kiss. Pure bliss!
Aunt Debbie came over this last week and we had a nice sister day. Debbie, Matthew, Abby and I went out to lunch, it was so nice spending time all together. Very soon, maybe this month, we will be signing papers to become Abby’s legal guardians. The agency finally received the birth certificate and some other paperwork they were waiting for. Everything is falling into place in his timing, his way. I take comfort and rest in that everyday, that I don’t have to worry or get stressed by delays. God will make Abby our legal daughter on the day he chooses. Peace, what more could one ask for.
“Ah, sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17
Our first July 4th weekend with Abby was so much fun. We went swimming to Aunt Barb and Uncle Jerry’s and it was such a beautiful warm sunny day. I thought Abby may enjoy the water, since she loves her bath time. We put her
in her floatie and she was in the pool for hours, she loved it. She was content and everyone remarked at her little feet kicking the whole time. I think we found a little fish, who loves the water. Most babies fuss when you are trying anything new, even seeing the floatie and trying to get them in it for the first time. Not our little Abby girl.
I also noticed Uncle Jerry calling our little Abby by a new nick name, Absters. So cute! I just had to also include this picture of my crazy husband, putting my bathing suit top on. I actually told everyone I better look better in it, than he does. Of course he hinted around that he looked better, the little brat.
On Sunday Uncle Gregg and Jenny came over. They love dessert so we always ask them to bring it, they brought a very yummy cake. As you can see Abby really enjoyed it very much. Every time Uncle Gregg tried to talk to Abby, she would get upset and cry.
I was thinking after our day in the pool that she would sleep all night long, but she woke up a few times. I at first thought, maybe she was in the sun too long. Well, I found a tooth coming in, one of her top teeth. We love seeing Abby’s top gum when she smiles, it is so sweet. Even Aunt Barb was joking around saying, she looks like a granny without her dentures in. She is almost 9 months old, in about 4 days. She weighs almost 17 pounds and she is pure joy.
In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4