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Pequenopie “Little Feet” January 30, 2011

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Abby is growing up so quickly, right before our very eyes, she is the sweetest, and silliest baby we know. Everyday Abby is doing new things, she loves to play all the time. We are looking forward to warmer times, to walks, parks, the zoo, swimming pools and so much more. One morning I heard Abby in her crib and went to her and this was her hair, standing straight up. Reminds me of Pippi Longstocking, where her hair stood straight up. So sweet! Our days are made up of giggles, laughing and love. I can’t even remember what I used to do without Abby.

Anyone who has teens understands what I mean, they are pretty much independent. At least most of the time, they are on the phone, computer, or up in their rooms. Aubrey is 20 in a few months she will be 21, so things are different. She works full-time and has a boyfriend, so we are lucky to see her. Lizzy is now 16, a Junior in High School, she also has a job and has a  boyfriend too. She is home more, but has a very busy schedule. Abby keeps us on our toes, constantly touching stuff, she is very curious, which is a good thing. So life is good and we can’t wait to see what it will bring next.

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2

More to come!

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Pequenopie “Little Feet” January 23, 2011

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It happened over 10 years ago, it was a God moment, a total miracle. At the time we had no idea what and how it was going to happen.

 Lizzy was in preschool, was about 4 and really enjoyed many of  the kids but one was special to her. One day, a mother of one of students told me while she was obviously very upset, that her sister had a baby, who died and the hospital misplaced the baby’s body. It’s really weird since I really wasn’t close to her and to this day I can’t remember her name and she was such a big part of what happened, but I confided in her about how my sister Debbies’ little boy had died and only lived a month.

 Isn’t it weird at times, how you open your mouth and something comes out that you didn’t even expect and it helps the person at the time. I call that a God moment, I have seen it happen again and again. Anyway, some time went by and this mother again told me something, this little girl who Lizzy loved to play with at school, mother was expecting again. I’m not really sure how long went by after this but this same lady told the mother about my sister, wanting to adopt. She decided to give her baby to a family who didn’t have any other children, so I didn’t even mention anything to Debbie, why would I.

I think it was Memorial weekend and I received a phone call from that lady again, saying the mother wanted me to come over and speak to her about my sister. She was reconsidering the idea that the baby had to go to a childless family.

Gosh I remember all kinds of feelings, rushing through me. I knew how much Debbie hurt over her loss, she included me in her adoption paperwork, we were sitting on the beach at Houton Lake, and I was helping her answer these really tough questions. Pages and pages, of questions, about their family, their up bringing, their married relationship, so much. Here I was the baby sister and had 2 children before she finally got her Sarah. She went through so much with infertility to even get a pregnancy.

Michael of course was worried and cautioned what if the mother changes her mind, Debbie could blame you, hate you forever. Debbie and I are more than sisters, we are friends, confidants and so much more. I thought I’m going to call her, tell her what Michaels fears were and put it in her hands. So I called, we discussed it all and we decided for me to go talk to her. It’s been so long, I don’t know all that I said. I just know at the end she asked for Debbie’s phone number.

You will never guess, that child that was born is my nephew Matthew. What a miracle! God made it all happen in his way, his timing. Michael just commented last week, that adoption was even in our hearts then. He knew all along, he opened my mouth at the right time, he opened the door and Debbie walked through it.

So amazing how it all came together, piece by piece. Adoption and fostering are still a major part of my make-up. We received a call once again from the agency, to place a baby infant in our home. I guess we all have to know our own limitations, right now Abby isn’t even 2 yet. She is teething still and many days I’m wiped out. I just knew now is not the right timing, plus we are driving Aubrey to work, back and forth everyday. So it would work more easily once she can get a car. It was really hard to say no, but I know if and when we will foster a baby, it will have to be the right timing.

 I really like the idea of having a baby in our house fostering and then when the family gets the child back or is adopted to another family, we can close our house for a while and take a break. So we will see what God wants us to do in the future and keep our hearts and minds open to his leading.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

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Pequenopie “Little Feet” January 17, 2011

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Abby sure is growing quickly, right before our eyes, she is blossoming and changing everyday. Abby is starting to be more and more of a toddler and not a baby anymore. She is very inquisitive and noisy, wanting to touch everything. She is starting to get upset when Lizzy or Aubrey leave her, she is connected to us all.

Abby loves to play with Cody our puppy and really treats him well. Cody totally loves to lick Abby and give her tons of kisses. I heard a little rumor that Abby tried to lick him also.

I can’t believe how big she is getting to be, she is now 15 months old and growing and growing. She is already in size 24 month clothes and she seems to be getting quite tall. Abby has a big appetite, and loves to eat her num num. Lately Abby is getting teeth again, this time her 1 year molars, so far it’s been quite difficult. Both her and mommy are not getting a good night sleep. We’ve tried everything, and nothing seems to help, I feel so bad for her. Abby is usually a very happy baby, so you know it must really hurt when she is crabby.

Abby loves to play peek a boo, she at times will just turn her head away and since she can’t see you, that is still peek a boo to her. She is constantly doing new things, it’s been so long since we’ve had a baby, that I think you just forget all this. It’s so interesting dealing with baby and teen issues all at the same time. My sister just got some teen books and I was laughing that here i was reading on how to get your baby to sleep and stay asleep. Things sure have changed but we are grateful for all of it, even the hard sleepless nights, they are all worth it.

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify  the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

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Pequenopie “Little Feet” January 10, 2011

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This is a cute video of Abby laughing at our puppy Cody. We have so much fun almost every day, Abby is constantly doing new little things. We had a nice weekend, still recovering from all the company being in town last week. My brother Gregg and his girlfriend Jenny came over, it was so nice hanging out again. Gregg used to be a fixture in our home, he used to come over on the weekends and stay and hang out the whole time. We have really missed these times we shared with him. Times change and there are new memories to share and make.

We can’t wait to see Abby grow up through the years, to see her growing up so fast. This summer to see her in the pool and enjoying so many new things. Taking her to the zoo every summer, spending time with Gabby and all our family. Taking walks, going to the park, swinging on the swings. Going to the lake, so many awesome things to share and see. Hearing her continue to learn new words, I can’t even explain how it makes me feel to hear her call me mama. It is so sweet, so pure, so special, all at the same time.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

More to come later!

 

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” January 4, 2011

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Happy New Year!

Looking back at the last year so many changes and great things have happened to our family. Last year at the beginning of 2010 we were waiting to see what would happen with this little girl, would she end up being ours or not. I remember struggling with so many fears and worries and the not knowing.

I had a few people in my life that had been through the adoption process and held my hand and just held me up through it. Dawn, a lady I met in China when I was there and also my sister Debbie, plus Tiffany, all had been through this process of adoption. Each of them were there when I needed them to reassure me, to bring my focus off of my fears and worries but to trust in God and let him be the one to work it all out.. Thank you my friends. Also I must mention some friends that continued to be there for both Michael and I, through every crazy worry I had, every struggle, every tear. They continue to be a part of this and am so grateful for them and their support. Aunt Dennis and Uncle Sharon, now get to see Abby growing up and share every joy with us.

To see my family and Michael’s to accept our little Abby, not just as our little girl but as theirs. Their cousin, sister, niece, or grand-daughter. It still shocks me at times, that this child is so accepted. There is no question that she truly is ours, she is our daughter. At first you wonder how it’s all going to work out, within a few moments we were totally in love with this little one but you wonder how everyone else will feel. Seeing my girls play with Abby and Beka come over to babysit and see Abby, you just see it. You see the love, what more can I say, but that we are so blessed.

I also am grateful to my husband, that he listened and tried to understand this change that happened in me. That he prayerfully considered all that this would entail and he listened to what God says about orphans. You are the best husband and father a girl could ever want. When I see you kiss and play with Abby, it’s just like it was with our own children. How amazing how God opens our heart and soul and makes these children a part of us. She is imprinted and sealed in our hearts, in our lives.

 I am so excited to see what the next year will bring, Abby is growing up so fast. It’s hard to believe just last year she was just a few months old. I can’t wait to see Abby next year at Christmas, and eventually understanding Santa coming and all that fun and joy. It truly makes the Spirit of Christmas so sweet, when you have a little one.

Part of my heart and soul is still in China. I know where ever little Sharon ends up  she will always be a part of our family. I pray one day to see her again and maybe for Abby and Michael to also. How amazing how God used this child in China to change me and my husband and to make us a loving home for an orphan. To make this child our very own daughter. I love how God uses us to do what he needs to get done.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

More to come later!