Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We Are Breathing A Little More Deeply

There is so much I want to write about, but due to bad winter storms, we are being forced to pack up to leave tomorrow for our Texas Christmas as soon as Steve gets off work and then we will drive all night to get to Texas. 
Before we leave I wanted to write a few things...
-Thank you all for your comments on the last few post.  I can never truly tell you all how much your words of encouragement, support and prayers mean to me/us.
-Noelani and Clive are doing a little better each day, thus, I feel like we can breathe a little better right now.
-It is so cute because Noelani will look at Kiana (our other Chinese daugher, home since she was 11 months old) and talk to her in Chinese thinking that she will be able to translate, which, of course, she can’t.
-The children are really doing well with each other...Clive even began to play games with the children yesterday...big step for him.
-Clive has no concept of what will hurt him right now, and  accidentally  burned his cheek on the hot light shade...poor baby.  I must watch him even more closely, even though he was in the same room as I was.  I just had never thought of him climbing up on the back of the couch and touching the floor lamp with his face - honestly, I’m still not sure how he did it.
-There really are some pretty funny moments that come up with us trying to communicate with our new Chinese speaking children, but I’m to tired to think of an example right now.
-Which leads to the fact that I am may be getting 3-4 hours of sleep right now...I am so tired.
Again, thank you all for your prayers for us.  I am so grateful...I hope that I can blog more in the next few days...but I will as soon as I can.


  1. I'm praying that you get a good night's sleep tonight!

  2. Hope your time with family is BLESSED!

    We have a child who still, after 3 1/2 years, does not understand what can cause injury. She has had 3 concussions since she came home. Tough!

    :) :) :)

  3. Shonni, I am glad that you can take a breathe. I worried about our little guy acclimating but the "crowd" at home took care of that. Large families have lots of advantages, don't they? :) Travel mercies and be blessed as you strive to find your new normal. Prayers for you and your family.

  4. So glad you are breathing easier now! Things will continue in that direction...with bad days sprinkled in there...just cling to the Lord, good days and bad.

    I hope you can start getting more sleep soon! That will help greatly.

  5. So glad you're seeing progress! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and the new littles settle in quickly! So much change for them!

  6. Just catching up on your posts Shonni. Praying for you and glad to read that today was a better day for you.

  7. Hey, Shonni, glad to hear that things are feeling slightly easier! I was just sitting here with my mom telling her your story and how one of ours ("Lisa") is home with us now because of you. Our struggles with our oldest one have eased up in the last two weeks (thank You, God!!!), though she still throughly hates my husband. Sigh. "Give her time." :-) But otherwise, we are starting to breathe a little easier here, too. Blessings to you from God our Father.

  8. I keep checking back to see how you guys are doing. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your sleep schedule is back to some form of normal. We're considering taking a road trip to a family reunion in texas actually just a few weeks maybe a month after our adopted daughter gets home. I'm interested to hear how your trip went and if you'd recommend it.

  9. Oh Shonni...I am catching up on your blog and my heart is hurting for all you have been going through. I will be praying for you every time God brings you to my mind. Hugs!!


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