Friday, December 16, 2011

I NEED a baa-baa...

These were the first words that my darling baby Keshawn said to me today, right after he hugged me, patted my back, and said he was glad that I was home.  He also showed me his casted arm and asked me to kiss it.  After I fed him his bottle last night, just hours after we came home with our two newest children, Keshawn then threw up his supper and his bottle all over his blue casted arm.  (Laughing) I am so glad to be home!!!!  The warm “mothering”feelings that I haven’t felt for a few days, came rushing back up like a spring out of the dry ground.  
Noelani and Clive did “pretty” good on the way home.  I cried when the USA stamped their pass ports and said “They are now American citizens.”  
I want to thank you all for your prayers, and sweet encouragement to us.  You up held me while I was there.
Guess what we received today?  Just hours after being home, we found out that our family had been nominated and received the support of our church to be gifted with a Walmart gift card for several hundred dollars AND we got to “shop” in the church lobby for Christmas gifts given by the church for families.   Because of different things, we really weren’t going to give the children Christmas gifts.  How fun it was for Steve and I to look at all the toys and games and choose things that we knew the children would enjoy.  We were a little afraid when we first walked in and the lady asked us how many children we were “shopping” for.  Steve laughingly said “ummmmmmmmm, we have 13 children, but we could just pick for 10 if that is O.K.?”  The lady was sweet and said “That’s fine, we have your family down for 12.”  Even though we didn’t pick things for 12 children, it was certainly a blessing to pick things for the children.  
I am so tired!  LOL  Steve and I were up with Clive and Noelani most of the night.  I have not slept well for weeks!  When Steve took Clive down stairs around 5 a.m. I fell ASLEEP for the 1st time in almost 3 weeks.  And boy, did I sleep.  I kept thinking that it was may be 10:00 a.m. and then Steve came in and said it was 1:00 p.m. and he was afraid that if I didn’t get up, I wouldn’t sleep tonight. 
So, tonight, I am so glad to be home!! And to be with my family again.  
Please PRAY for my mom (Gommy) and my dad (Dandy).  A very heavy box fell on Dandy today, and at first he thought his leg was broke.  We are praying that it is just badly bruised.  And after years of favoring the one leg that was not damaged in the accident, Gommy found out that the “good” knee has pretty much collapsed.   She needs a surgery to replace that knee.  It had to support so much for so long that it just gave out.  We are praying our way though Christmas.  We are suppose to leave next Thursday for Texas....
I have so many thoughts about that and China.  I am praying to have time to write them down here in the next few days.  
BUT for now, there is a little baby boy, with his arm in a cute little blue cast, that NEEDS his baa-baa...
so I will write more soon.


  1. So glad to read you made it home...prayers for some rest (is that even possible???)...or at least some quiet moments as you work to establish another "new" normal in the next few weeks!

  2. So glad you and Kalyn are home ... in the loving arms of your family.

    Can't imagine that you are planning to head to Texas next week. Can't the TX family come your way instead???

    Praying for you all, in this difficult time of transition.



  3. So, so good to hear that you are home, surrounded by love and support!

    Please pray for us, rumors, lies and deception has led to threats of taking away some of our children.

    Clinging to Jesus and His promises.


  4. I am so happy you are home!! You were on my heart and mind so much. We came home with our sweet boy the week before you left. Your blog led him to us, and I am so thankful.

    Praying for you!

  5. Ohhhh Shonni - I'm so glad you are home! Praying for y'all! ohhh sweet Keshawn - he so needs his momma! Praying for your parents as well!

  6. Oh, Shonni...I am SO glad you are home safely to your family! And what a joy for you to get to sleep until 1 PM uninterrupted! I'm sure your bed never felt SO GOOD!

    And, WOW, what a blessing to receive all those toys and Walmart gift card! God is so good!

    I will continue to pray for you as you transition into a new normal, friend!

  7. Welcome home my precious friend! Continuing to pray for your family!!!

  8. WELCOME HOME sweet friend!

    Much love and Merry Christmas!

  9. Thank you for the update Shonni!
    I will continue to pray for you all ~ that this time of transition goes smoothly!
    I hope you get to catch up on your sleep & have a wonderful Christmas with your precious family!

  10. Thanking Jesus your children are safely home. Will be praying you are able to get more sleep and for God's healing in little hearts and minds....
    Merry Christmas,

  11. Thankful you are home! Can't wait to hear more so we know how best to support you other than prayer as you continue this journey!!!

  12. Welcome home :) Praying for your family during this transition.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...