Thursday, December 27, 2007
Well, there ya go!! I don't have any pictures to post from Aly's Gotcha Day because I still don't have anything from my old hard drive. (Hopefully we will get all of that done this next week!!) Anyway, please take a moment and stop by our travel website to read about our journey to Alyson and see all of the pictures from our trip!!
I can't even believe we have had her as our precious daughter for THREE YEARS!!!! How amazing our God is to give us such good and wonderful blessings!!!
I am now going to go try to hook up the old video camera so we can watch her Gotcha day video!!
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!
In HIS Mighty Grip~
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Our company made it and we are getting ready to have a late lunch and then make plans to go look at Christmas lights tonight!! WHOOO HOOO...I love to go look at Christmas lights!!!!
Have a wonderful day everyone!!
In HIS Mighty Grip
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Free Glitter Graphics
I may or may not be around too much over the next week...time will tell. Okay...so you know that I will be posting on Aly's Gotcha Day (27th) and her 4th Birthday (29th) and my birthday (31st), but anyway!!!!
Seriously, I hope that you have a wonderful blessed Christmas and that God will bless you with an extra dose of His loving care this coming year!!!!
In HIS Mighty Grip...
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
It's amazing what changes occur in a year. It is hard to imagine our lives without our Liliana Grace MinQin Swindler. She has been in our arms for a year now. She was in our hearts a lot longer than that. The "tiger lily" has blossomed into a beautiful little girl with a little temper and a few tantrums here and there but more than enough love and smiles and laughter to make up for anything that might temporarily drive you batty.
We are sooooo blessed to have both of our girls. God is good all the time and He certainly knew what He was doing when He put us together. He certainly does have a sense of humor too. Lili and Aly are wonderful, amazing little creations and examples of His creativity. We can't wait to see what new and exciting things are ours for the coming New Year.
Last year this time we were in Nanchang. It was cold and we were anticipating getting our little Lili. I remember when I first met her eyes. There was a special connection there. I don't know how to explain it, there was just something unspeakable but that witnessed to my very soul about this little life that I now held in my arms. Maybe it was all the perfume the orphanage workers had sprayed her with that was clouding my mind. Maybe it was the lack of good sleep. I choose to think it was a "heart touch", a connection that only God gives. I don't remember feeling that when we first got Aly, it took some time to connect but boy when we did... Amazingly enough, after getting Lili I was sooooo angry that a new child was coming into our life and would interupt my relationship with my wonderful little girl. After all why messs up a good thing? Little did I know that God gave me a heart to love them both so far beyond what I had invisioned. I am ready for 3, 4, or 5 or as many children as He will give us. I would love to fill our home. I know Shelley would too. From my fingers to God's inbox.
What a ride!!!
David- for Shelley because she crashed her computer...AGAIN
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
So, I will check in on my email occasionally on David's laptop. See ya when "Bob" gets me up and running again!! :-)
In HIS Mighty Grip
PS...when you get a chance, go check out the "Company Girls" link on the right. Well, it isn't a link, but the address is listed there. Anyway, Rachel Anne is such a blessing and you will love her site!!!
Bye-Bye...off to call "Bob"
Saturday, December 8, 2007
So, are we blessed? Oh, YES!! Is God still in control? Oh, Yes Yes!! Is God Good to us all the time? OH MY...a RESOUNDING YES!!!! I hope you will take the time this Holy season to thank the ONE who blesses your life every day! The one who laid down the life of his only Son for you!! The one who is ALWAYS Good to you!!!!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Lili has some sort of thing for her sisters shoes. She takes hers off as soon as we come in the door, but will walk around all day in Aly's shoes. She LOVES them!! Of course they are also usually on the wrong foot! :-) But, hey!!
I'm not sure how she could walk with the thingy between the wrong toes!! OUCH She didn't seem to mind at all.
She has finally discovered the joys of the playground. For the longest time she would go to the park or playground and she *might* join in on something, but she was usually scared and just wanted to sit it out. Well, things have definately changed. She climbs, slides, runs, romps and plays with the best of 'em now! She is still terrified of the swing, but I suspect that will fall by the wayside soon too.
Her new buddy from the park
Aly is always dragging her somewhere!
This is at Chick-Fil-A. She got up in that little car overhead and refused to come down. Every time I would tell her to, she would just laugh and giggle and ignore me!! Yeah...real funny...ha ha!!
I have a video of her climbing this thing. It is a hoot! She just loved it. I was waiting for her to break her neck at any moment!!
We took the girls to look at some christmas lights in our neighboorhood last night and Lili was beside herself trying to see it all. Christmas should be a lot of fun. She loves the lights, the Santa's , the trees and it all!!
Well, that is about it from Lili-land today. We are off to the chiropractor today...PRAISE GOD!!!!! I'll will try to post some more later
In HIS Mighty Grip~
Monday, December 3, 2007
So I guess December will be very very busy...FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!! :-) I wouldn't trade it for anything. Yesterday was the kick-off day...Lili's birthday. She is finally TWO!!! I can hardly believe it. What a year! What an amazing series of changes for one little life!
Okay...without further adieu...here are the pictures
My beautiful China Angels!! What on earth did we do to deserve these amazing daughters!!
Oh yes...I'm a happy girl now...the gifts are coming and most importantly...FOOD!!!!!! I'm SO ready for this!!
My big sister "Ah-wah" gave me my very first baby doll. I LOVE it!! She also gave me a kiss and told me she loved me. I love my big sister!
The I got ANOTHER baby doll from my good buddies Joe and John. How cool is that!!
Oh yes...the cake!!! It's MINE...ALL MINE!! Okay, well maybe not ALL mine.
I can feel the sugar surging through my veins...I should be awake for at least 7 or 8 more hours!!
Maybe I should smear it all over my toes.
I would have to say that, all in all, it was a great day for turning two!!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
We used Aly's measurments and created this ...
Our stork...the DHL man. I forgot to get his name!!
the moment we had been waiting for...
Looking at the Beautiful Baby God had given to us!!
Before the Foundation of the World...God had planned this to be our child. What an amazing God we serve!!!! Our Alyson Ming-Lian at 5 months old.
Aly at 5 months...what a cutie pie!!!!!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Lili was a Special Needs adoption, so Travel Approval is different...for us it was China's official OKAY for us to Adopt her. We had accepted her referral some 70+ days earlier in August and had been waiting for China to tell us that we were approved to adopt her. Well, we got it one year ago today!!!!!
I remember whispering to David that it was AWAA calling and I grabbed the phone and ran out the door and into the parking lot. I couldn't believe it...China had actually approved us to adopt another one of their precious children!!!!!
Okay...well, this was more like our reality....
THIS is our reality
but lets not forget how it was in the beginning with this...
Hope you enjoy the pics and the videos...wow, what a year!!!
In HIS Mighty Grip ...
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007