Thursday, February 23, 2012
First swim lesson!
Yes - we are getting ready for pool season here in the South! The girls LOVED their first swim lesson and Sarah laughed continuously. She's hilarious. She was already in trouble by the end of the night for fighting over which seat she got in the car - but she always apologizes...AFTER steaming for a while.
Sarah also did a gymnastics lesson and enjoyed it - she's ready for bigger and more challenging things - despite the fact that she can't do the simple things they're teaching now (somersaults, etc.) haha!
Jenny is doing great and is such a lovie. She's always telling me she loves me and really craves affection. I didn't realize that in China as she was so outgoing with others, etc., and seemed a little aloof. She's still assessing the status of everyone's belongings in relation to hers (in quantity) so that's a little annoying - but we just tell her to stop and move on. She's a clever girl and will do well at anything she tries.
Rachel and Katie are beginning to enjoy their new sisters - but they are exhausting - particularly to Katie. She likes her quiet days - and this week has been anything BUT quiet! Did I mention I'm exhausted every night, too?! I'm hoping to get back in shape after my China "sit on the sofa, watch Chinese TV, and eat everything in sight" 3 weeks. Did I mention that the Chinese have absolutely mastered the croissant - every kind - including chocolate? I ate WAY too many per day - peaking at an even dozen one morning and feeling queasy the rest of the day. I had high fat overload, I guess, and I would definitely recommend limiting yourself at the breakfast buffet on your adoption trips...I should have stuck with the broccoli and coffee. Much healthier.
We're doing well - and missing our travel partners a bit - but having fun reading their blogs. I have a lot of work ahead as far as getting the girls up to snuff on American culture and education. I was a little stressed last night about 1am - and finally realized that I just need to take one step at a time. I'm always in a hurry - and I need to trust God and slow down. He's got a plan, and thankfully doesn't consult me often. He's always right, and I'm often wrong.
I'm LOVING my new girls - even when I have to make one miss Chik Filet because she spit on her sister. They're just so cute when they're not being naughty -it makes up for all the rest. Please pray that they'll begin to understand that there is a God who loves them even more than I do - and has been their constant advocate since the day they were born. Please pray for my Jenny's heart - so broken that she had to wait so long for a family. With barely any English, she was able to ask me, "why did Rachel get to come home as a baby, and I had to wait so long?" It breaks my heart - but we WILL make it up to her. She is ours and the Church's responsibility - and we DID wait too long. Praying others find homes more quickly. Blessings, Kim