"We are all handmade people created by a God who is not safe or small." Rend Collective Experiment

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Came Early~




We are so blessed to have our sweet Samuel HOME for Christmas!!!

We have been home with him for a little over a week. Jim and I spent two weeks in China-Beijing to Jinan to Guangzhou to Hong Kong and HOME again.

We kept a journal for our family here byplaneandtrain.blogspot.com

It was an amazing trip. Our first meeting of Samuel was like a dream. He is very sweet! He kept us laughing all across China with his funny personality and traveled like a champ.

Our homecoming was precious. We missed our children SO much, but our family did the most amazing job caring for them, and giving them love and parties, and the time of their lives. We can never thank them enough.


Samuel loves his brothers and sisters and all of the toys. Most of all he LOVES playing outside. He will just go and stand in the sun and let it shine on him.

He does not love the "medical tour" we have been on. Poor guy has seen 5 doctors already, and we have a few more to go.

You may notice in pictures.. he only has half a smile. His facial muscles on the right side of his face are paralyzed right now with what they think is Bell's Palsy. It may take a few months to resolve.


We have a TREMENDOUS praise in that he will not need another heart surgery until his teens. His heart is doing GREAT! Thank you Jesus!









We truly stand in awe over God's goodness to bless us with this amazing little boy. It truly is a wondrous gift!

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

James 1:17~

14 comments:

darci said...

oh Renee! Praising God with you! What a wonderful Christmas gift to be together as a family for Christmas!! :) I can't wait to go read the other blog. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family : ) Darci

Johanna said...

Praise the Lord for his blessing to you and your family! I have been following your blog since we first started our adoption paperwork in May of 2008 for a daughter from China. We are still waiting...but have recently changed our application to be more broad, so hopefully soon. It was a joy to read through your story and see all the pictures from your trip to China to get Samuel. He seems so precious!

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Rejoicing with you!!!


Laurel

BETHANY said...

So exciting! And I love that family picture. :)

Robin's Reports said...

Woohoo!!! I love the plaid for the Christmas card. I know you said that part of his face is paralyzed but if you didn't know better, you'd think he was throwing a wink under those sunglasses. I can't wait to meet him. Love & Blessings & Prayers.

Kristi said...

Our waiting dd is in Jinan! She will be 2 in February. Did you go to the CWI? Your son is gorgeous!

Claire said...

Congratulations on your newest little one! He is so precious.

We Are Family said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Merry CHRISTMAS!

globalmarketforchange said...

What a wonderful early christmas present. Such a great thing to have your newest son home with you. Praise God. Will pray the adjustment period goes smoothly for everyone!

Mama of 5 said...

So wonderful!! Beautiful pictures. Merry Christmas.
Becky

Kathy C. said...

Yay! I didn't realize you were that close!

stephanie said...

What a wonderful surprise to see this today! I'm so happy Samuel is home and doing well. Thrilled for you all!

Leslie said...

Congratulations!! What a blessing! We came home with our 3 year old son from Ethiopia in Sept. We are having so much fun!

Grateful for Grace said...

Oh, congrats!! I'm thrilled for you all!