Wednesday, December 5, 2012

So grateful to be home...

Taiwan has new adoption laws.  Families must travel twice.  Adoptive and birth families meet and both go to court.  It seems that extra steps were added in without taking any away.

From what I understand, Rossi was one of the last babies to leave our orphanage on old laws.  I am so thankful we made the deadline.  It was close.  Rossi's birthmother missing for that period really slowed our process down.  I'm so grateful it didn't somehow push us in the new law category.  If it had though, I would have packed bigger bags and done what all these other mommas and daddies are doing.  I'd move there forever for my baby.  I'd love and care for all the babies and kids.  I think about our experience often.  I wonder how the babies I changed, fed, and loved on are doing.  Several have gone home. Some, still there.  A bunch of new ones.  I think about "Debbie" and wonder how she is.  I think of them all.   God-loving, selfless people. 

I'm reading my new friends/adoptive mommas blogs.  A couple are just staying in the orphanage and daddies have flown back home.  They Skype with daddies while waiting for final decrees.  One daddy stayed and now missed his plane to bring his baby home today.  Stomach flu has gripped the orphanage.  (Keep them in your prayers.  They have a bunch of babies and fewer hands to help.)  One momma and daddy met, loved, and bonded with their baby and now have flown home.  They have to wait on more paperwork and approval.  My hearts go out to them all.  Cannot imagine, either way.  They are tough cookies and very faithful.  These babies are loved and cared for... so that helps.    I know many countries have to travel even 3 times before bringing their babies home.  Tough stuff.  Rossi and I were snuggled up in our "drawer-tails" around 12:00 today, sharing a poptart.  I just kissed on her.  I'm so grateful we are home.  I would have done the same things these new mommas/daddies are doing without a second guess.  Help me pray for them and the process.  Pray for Ted, Bev, nannies, workers, everyone.

A couple pictures from the orphanage in June.  God Bless Them! 
I've never met more unselfish people.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

5 months!  We've been home 5 months and I can't imagine my life before this precious gift.  Tonight I'm working on her Shutterfly book.  Before we left for Taiwan, I started this book.  I have her monthly updates and pictures from the orphanage.  She was so loved then and I ALWAYS want her to know how special her first 7 1/2 months were.  And now, she's home.  She's 1.  Her birthday party packed the house with love.  I choked up during her birthday song.  I wasn't sure we'd get to sing this song.  We waited and waited.  Birth mom took off.  Things could have gone badly.  I honestly thank God they didn't.   
Like I said during Rossi's dedication, "God picked her for us and us for her."  I have no doubt about it.  I've learned... I would learn so much through this process.  I appreciate her.  I cry when I rock her sometimes.  I love her more than anything on this Earth.  I'm a better momma than I would have been.  I'm older.  I don't take one second for granted.  I get to stay home from work this year and take bond with her.   I read to be the best momma I can.

 My little "Gracious Plum" is blossoming.  She is such a happy girl.  Her smile jolts my heart.  I love seeing her smile behind her paci.  Her eyes even smile.  She's a very headstrong little girl, too.  I'd always heard about her easy going, play by herself, complacent"ness".  I still see this side some.  I also see her determination climbing steps.  Her outstanding memory when I take something from her and hide it.  She has a temper.  I'm actually glad to see it.  I want her happy and strong-willed, like her momma.  We are learning each other.  I swear she understands my sarcastic "eye cut" grin.  We giggle at things others probably don't get.  I bet I kiss her 1000 times a day and tell her I love her 1000.  She is loved.  We are so grateful.  Glory to God.

Jason is just beside himself about her.  He wants his bonding time.  Rossi giggles at his dance moves.  She lights up when he gets home from work.   He works to provide for us. We are good partners.   I thank God for him.  I truly thank God for him.  He also wanted her sleeping with us, since we got the call last November.  You can see, he got his way.  He and I set up a protective circle around her in bed with our arms, hands, legs, and feet.  A protective circle...of love. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Rossi is 10 Months Old!

I cannot wait to get Rossi's pictures I ordered.  We had 4 outfit changes.  I just can't wait to hang our big one in living room.  Look at her!  She's perfection.

She's 10 months old.  We are planning a birthday party.  Halloween birthday parties will be so fun.  We're going to do a hayride and roast hot dogs/marshmallows.  We were matched when she was 8 days old.  What a whirlwind.  Jason is fantastic.  He wants to hold, feed, and play with her when he gets home in evenings/weekends.  She loves to see her daddy come in the door from work.  I normally tear up seeing her face light up.  We just celebrated 13th anniversary.  I've never loved him more.

She's pulling up.  She's trying to walk with me holding her fingers.  She's exploring.  She's saying Momma.  She also has a little cold going on.  I've done all the tricks I've learned about.  Hoping she's back to normal soon. 

I think about her future.  I pray about it.  I wonder what she'll be when she grows up?  I wonder if she will build on our land like I built on land connected to my parents. 

I swear I have to pinch myself sometimes.  Glory to God.  She's MINE!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother...

                                           Momma's Favorite Rossi Angle

Momma's most-treasured time...
Rocking, Soothing, Singing, Bonding.

     Knew I'd love you.  DIDN'T KNOW how deeply.  Didn't know it was possible.  Patting you, you patting me.  My eyes well-up with tears.  I close them and thank God for choosing me to be your mother.  I love you Rossi Quinn Whitmer. 
When our eyes meet.  Trust is earned.  Love ricochets back and forth.
 I've never...


     It honestly seems like yesterday that Ted called.  I'll NEVER forget the feeling when I heard him introduce himself.  I've forgotten the anxieties and tears.  I've forgotten how I checked my email hundreds of times a day.  I'm breathing now.  I'm loving like never before. I'm back to smiling and laughing.  I'm BREATHING!

     We are so grateful for your prayers, support, homecoming plans.  What a homecoming we had.  People - it was just awesome and we will never forget.  God's timing has been perfect.  From...Ashley being here the day Ted called, and me being off work.  To...Jason's promotion.  Momma gets to stay home with her baby and actually be a momma.  (I proofread and realize how many times I said momma.  I like saying momma.;)) 

     I've always known blood isn't always thicker than water.  I love Jason and my best friends, like blood.  Our daughter was produced by OUR faith and love.  I have no doubt.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Daddy's Blog

Well Rossi week is finally here. We cannot wait to meet and touch our little angel. I absolutely cannot wait to be the best daddy I can for her. She already has brought such joy to our lives. I would like to say thanks to all the many people who have made our dreams start to come true. Also to all the family members and friends that are like family, thanks so much for all the help and encouragement through out the last seven months and all the years before that we struggled through. Now I'm off to assemble some baby toys. Thanks to all again and we love u all so much and Rossi will too.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ok.  I guess I wasn't finished tonight. 
     My child, my daughter, my baby.  That just feels so awesome to say.  I've always pictured my daughter with blonde curls bouncing, blue eyes, a pretty good future cheerleader/softball player. 
     I got pregnant so easy and fast the first time.  I pictured natural curls like Jason and I both have.  I knew he/she would have athletic ability.  Jason's wonderful memory.  My gift of being able to read people. 
     Bloods not always thicker than water.  I love Jason more than anything. I can't wait to touch her soft, black hair.  I always wanted straight hair.  I always wanted a dimple.  My Rossi Quinn has both.  She may not have feet like Grandma Opal, dad, and me.  She may not have Jason and Christy's sweet smile.  She will have a village behind her.  She will be loved more than anything I've ever loved in my life. 
     I give God the glory.  He had her picked for me.  I swear I would go through it all again for her.  I hope this inspires people to adopt.  I feel nurture is more important than nature.  Rossi will be in my arms before she is 8 months old and that is wonderful.  Our process slowed down because of paperwork.  Birthmom was missing.  But I pray others will adopt.  I'll be glad to talk with anyone.  Pray about it, sponsor a child, donate to an orphanage, would ya?
Me, "Jason, can you tell a difference in my attitude?"
Jason, "OH, YEAH!!!!" (I didn't realize it was THAT bad.  Well, maybe I did.)
     I'm breathing, sleeping through the night, laughing, smiling, breathing.  I don't think I realized how I haven't had solid peace... in years.  My last 2 shopping trips proved... I've improved.  There are young, young, young pregnant girls out there, everywhere.  Not sure if "16 & Pregnant" show is the popular thing to mock these days.  I personally think they need to mock the early 90's and go to Health Departments and get birth control.  A year, 6 months, well...a month ago I would have been mad, mad.  I would have cried when I got in car, or home.  Questioned God's purpose in all of the grandparents raising these children.  I would have wanted to ask for their baby, knowing that baby will probably not get the attention, love, support he/she deserves.  I know of a few in middle school who are pregnant.  A month ago, I considered contacting one. 
     Yesterday, no tears.  Can't lie...I did feel sorry the situations.  I have peace.  I can breathe.  Rossi Quinn Whitmer will be in my arms next week!  The good Lord knew when I'd be best at being a mom.  I will be an unselfish mom.  A patient mom.  A consistent mom.  A thankful mom.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hey Mama and Daddy! I am kinda like the energizer bunny, I just keep growin,
and growin! I now weigh 19.8 lbs and am 28.1 inches long. I got my first 3
teeth this month! A couple weeks ago my bottom 2 came in, and then just a
couple days ago my first top one poked through! I am getting even better at
eating my solid food now too. I eat like a champ, even if I get a bit messy
sometimes! I am getting very good at sitting up on my own, and very rarely
fall over now. I love all the books you sent, especially the 2 with your
voices! I get very happy whenever I get to read those, which is pretty much
every day. My bed probably has more stuff than anyone else's because of all
the stuffed animals, but I love them! I play with them when I wake up at
night, and I like to hear my bunny sing Jesus Loves Me when I go to bed at
night. I'm so excited to finally meet you, only a couple more weeks!!!
Love you!!!
Rossi Q.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I can breathe!!!!  I've realized, I can breathe!!!  Ted emailed this morning that Rossi's paperwork is in and he'll be scheduling our AIT interview in Taiwan.  I can breathe!  Did I mention that?  Praise God!!!

A narrative from this morning..

I've had great feelings this week.  Been praying each morning for my people on my list and had a nice peace about my personal request.  Jason felt it was this week.  Then Melinda texted and said it was.  Prayers have been exploding.  This morning.  I got out of the shower and went straight to Rossi's nursery crying, hit my knees, arms up, and pretty much begged God out loud for paperwork to come through. 

Got to my teacher meeting this morning.  I had to reorder mom and dad's James Taylor tickets because internet went down for a few, and it didn't take first time.  I talked with Ticketmaster.  He said, "I'll email your tickets to your AOL account now."  I hung up the phone, drinking my coffee, and prepared for New Standards and revising units.  My email dings, I go and check for my tickets.  It wasn't Ticketmaster, it was Ted from the orphanage.  He always leads in with scripture and I'm always hoping it is Proverbs 25:25 for good news because leading "An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips." has meant "nothing new" or even "bad news" is to follow.  It was Proverbs!!!!  It is all shady at this point.  I wanted to scream, maybe I did.  I got up.  Trying to focus.  Trying to breathe.  Trying to compose myself.  I just hit my knees right there.  I lost it.  Sweet mothering teachers/friends gathered.  One set off to find my mom in the other room.  Stacie heard me next door, scared, and came right to me.  I knee-wobbled over and squeezed her. I really felt out of my body.  I got up (finally) and had to call Jason.  Mom is there.  We lose it.  Renee is coming down the hall.  Lose it, again.  Kelly and I lose it.  I just can't tell you how many precious hugs and pats I got.  Who says you can't have church at school????

I had to get outside and call Jason.  We cried and squealed.  It was just unreal.  I called Ashley.  Neither of us could talk.  She answered with squeaks, grunts and sounds and I replied with squeaks and grunts.  (Mom had already called her.  Ash and I just now talked again and laughed because I said we sounded like Ewoks communicating.  But, we communicated.  I guess only sisters can do that.)

I sat outside on a bench for a bit to text quickly.  I go to the restroom to check face.  Makeup is everywhere.  I clean myself up.  Hug mom again and again and join my body.  My mind is racing.

Kelly had Rossi cakes brought for our lunch.  It was just awesome.  I got awesome Facebook messages, texts, and prayers.  Jason texted, "What time will you be home?  I'm ready to hug momma."  So, he just walked in.  I'm in Rossi's nursery in my rocking chair.  Our brains are tired and we both have headaches.  We are so overwhelmed and grateful.  We are ecstatic!!! I think we're going to make a pallet in the floor in Rossi Q's room and take a nap (or try to to get rid of these headaches).  I've read Ted's life-changing email over and over.  We replied that we'll see if he can get our AIT scheduled and learn some dates.  If it is going to be awhile, I'll fly on over alone and stay in orphanage.  We had talked about this to Ted/Bev in February.  Ted was smart and said to hold tight until we get 100% for sure. TODAY,  his last sentence said, "If Tara wants to come on, she can."  So Proverbs 25:25 is right.  "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land."  Glory to God!!!  We are truly thankful.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ok. Vented a little this morning.  (See below.)  I guess I'm giving Jason a break by doing it on here.;)  Speaking of Jason.  Have I told you how grateful I am for him?  I love him with my entire heart.  We've been married 13 years this summer and I still can't get close enough to him.  We both took days off yesterday.  We soooo needed it.  Got out of bed late, coffee, cooked breakfast together, gathered with friends, etc. etc.  We talked more than once about how thankful we are for all we have.  So many strive for a marriage like ours.  We have wonderful, nice paying jobs.  We have healthy families.  We have the best of friends.  I know I gripe about this Rossi process.  I get down.  I'm back up.  Back down.  Mad.  Happy.  Sad.  Scared.  Excited.  Although gripped onto this handlebar of adoption, I'm so thankful for all I have.

Perfectly Said

"Oh my, I can speak to this. First, forget whatever timeline you were given at the beginning. Forget you ever heard that. Put that in the trash can. Adoption will change, shift, slow down, hit snags, be weird, be difficult, take longer than you think, take longer that you can stand. This will happen. This is the normal thing. When someone gives you a timeline, say, "Thank you for that cute little sentence. Flush." Potential adopters, let me tell you this: Get your "YES" straight at the very beginning. Decide on it. Roll around in it. Put it on the table and shellack it. Because you cannot let every delay and snag derail your certainty about adoption. When you say YES, you are saying YES to enter the suffering of the orphan, and that suffering includes WAITING FOR YOU TO GET TO THEM. I promise you, their suffering is worse than yours. We say YES to the tears, YES to the longing, YES to the maddening process, YES to the money, YES to hope, YES to the screaming frustration of it all, YES to going the distance through every unforeseen discouragement and delay. Do not imagine that something outside of "your perfect plan" means you heard God wrong. There is NO perfect adoption. EVERY adoption has snags. We Americans invented the "show me a sign" or "this is a sign" or "this must mean God is closing a door" or "God must not be in this because it is hard," but all that is garbage. You know what's hard? Being an orphan. They need us to be champions and heroes for them, fighting like hell to get them home. So we will. We may cry and rage and scream and wail in the process, but get them home we will."


Woke up before 4 (as usual), checked my email first thing (as usual), and got frustrated this morning.  Sometimes, I get sad and cry.  Sometimes, I'm OK and think "tomorrow".  Sometimes, I'm numb and get on my knees.  Today, I'm frustrated. Thanks for the following Lori Cobb. 

There are women who become mothers without effort,
without thought,
without patience or loss,
and though they are good mothers and love their children,
I know that I will be better.

I will be better not because of genetics or money or because I have read more books,
but because I have struggled and toiled for this child.

I have longed and waited.
... I have cried and prayed.
I have endured and planned over and over again.

Like most things in life, the people who truly have appreciation are those who have struggled to attain their dreams.

I will notice everything about my child.
I will take time to watch my child sleep,
and discover.
I will marvel at this miracle every day for the rest of my life.

I will be happy when I wake in the middle of the night to the sound of my child, knowing that I can comfort, hold, and feed him and that I am not waking to take another temperature, pop another pill, take another shot or cry tears of a broken dream.
My dream will be crying for me.

I count myself lucky in this sense; that God has given me this insight, this special vision with which I will look upon my child.

Whether I parent a child I actually give birth to or a child that God leads me to, I will not be careless with my love.

I will be a better mother for all that I have endured. I am a better wife, a better aunt, a better daughter, neighbor, friend, and sister because I have known pain.

I know disillusionment, as I have been betrayed by my own body. I have been tried by fire and hell that many never face, yet given time, I stood tall.

I have prevailed.
I have succeeded.
I have won.

So now, when others hurt around me, I do not run from their pain in order to save myself discomfort. I see it, mourn it, and join them in theirs.
I listen.
And even though I cannot make it better, I can make it less lonely.

I have learned the immense power of another hand holding tight to mine, of other eyes that moisten as they learn to accept the harsh truth when life is beyond hard.

I have learned a compassion that only comes by walking in those shoes. I have learned to appreciate life.

Yes, I will be a wonderful mother.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tomorrow...oh, tomorrow.  Anything can happen at this point.  We're feeling it's soon.  We've been packing.  We've been praying.  Rossi is 6 months old tomorrow/Tuesday.  (She was born on a 31st.) We sure hoped to have her home by now.  Thankfully, she's in a wonderful place, nurtured, loved, fed, etc. etc.  I keep reminding myself (and Jason) that when we started this process for Nepal - we signed up for 18 month old.  Yeah, again...we controlled all we could - paperwork, etc.  But, it's out of our hands and has been the entire time.  I was raised to be strong, independent, self-sufficient.  Sometimes, a lesson will sure put you back in your place showing you have NO control.  Birth mom being missing for a good while has snagged the process, but we honestly believe Rossi Quinn Whitmer is ours.  We honestly believe she was chosen for us.  We've told the orphanage we are prepared to leave in one day.  No big notice required.  Looks like we'll be flying out of Evansville, to Chicago, to Hong Kong, to Taiwan.  If you have flown with me, you know I'm uneasy.  (Control thing, I guess.)  I can't WAIT to step aboard this one.  I've even said I'll come alone if it's going to take time for our AIT interview in Taiwan.  Keep praying for this process to speed up.  What a Mother's Day it could be...holding my baby I've prayed for, for 12 years.  Until then, I'm sitting and listening for my email to ding.  Monthly update should be soon. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

I Saw God Today...


Home sick today.  I've had this sinus/head/throat mess for months.  Went to doctor yesterday.  We've decided my not sleeping and my worry are getting my body down.  Things could be so much worse.  I'm so grateful for my family's health and safety.  An awesome email about travel could sure make things better.  I got down on my knees in Rossi's room again this morning.  Praying I get to love on her and kiss those precious cheeks soon.  I have faith, but can't help but get scared sometimes.  Jason keeps saying, "No news is good news."  Surely, it's soon.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


We just cried listening to this closely the other day... We know once we get Rossi in our arms, it will be worth it.  This kink in our process that has slowed us down is hard, hard.  Momma isn't sleeping.  Extra prayers please.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


"Things could always be worse."  I've lived by this motto.  And, it is so true.  I most always cry during church.  I have a feeling tomorrow will bring extra tears.  I really felt we'd have Rossi Q. home and at church on Easter for her first outing.  God's timing, Tara... We certainly know many families are actually suffering over a tragic loss, life-sentence diagnosis, etc.  We are truly blessed and don't want to take it for granted.  I know it will be perfect when we get our hands on her.  This longer-than-normal wait is tough.

We mailed her Easter dress, goodies, and a new book with our voices reading it.  Jason and I talk about her constantly.  This whole Florida trip, we'd say NEXT YEAR.  NEXT TIME... NEXT TRIP...So thankful she's loved, fed, cared for.  We're just ready to be doing it...  (This is picture of her Easter dress we bought a few months back.  Hope we get a picture.)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happy 5 Months to our Gift!

Hey Dad and Mom! 
I'm still growing! I now weigh 17.25 lbs and am 26.1 inches long. I've been
pretty busy this month. I got my first and second tooth through on bottom
for one thing! I've been really good with this teething thing, and have
still been sleeping and eating well. I have been enjoying standing in the
hop n pop and the walker, even though I can't really go anywhere in the
walker yet. I did start rolling over, so I'm getting around some on the
floor, which is really fun! My hair is thicker than ever, and whenever
anyone plays with my hair I just relax and get so happy! 
Love, Rossi
We love her so much. We are so thankful she is being loved and taken good care of. You see our pictures and her toys Aunt Ash and Mamaw bought (that we'd slept with) in her crib.I'd be sick otherwise. We had a scare this week. Birth mom couldn't be found to finish up paperwork stuff. Prayers started exploding to Heaven and guess what? She was found the next day. Our process will slow down because of her being gone for awhile, but I have a needed peace now. Isn't she precious? Cutting teeth. Rolling over. She has her momma's head full of hair.;) She has her daddy's calmness. (Except for here in a few hours when FinalFour comes on.) Daddy has been so precious these last few days. We are so in love with her. Praying I get to take you to church on Mother's Day. What a Mother's Day it will be!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Still Waiting...

     Kelly Melton bought us a Plum Tree.  Rossi's birthname means "Gracious Plum".  We are so crazy about this tree and can't wait to get pictures made in front of it for birthdays, family shots, etc.  Thanks again Kelly.
     We mailed Rossi's Easter package today.  It was bittersweet.  Can't wait to see her in that purple Easter dress.  I sure would love to be holding her on Easter. We sent another recorded book with us talking and reading to her.  We also glued a new picture of us in front.  We were told she loves to look and listen to our Christmas one we sent.  I'd love to see her smile and giggle while looking at it and listening to it.
     We're feeling like when that "paper" finally gets finished, we'll be traveling fast.  Lord, I hope so.  We're praying like crazy.  I'm checking email like a madwoman.  We tear up and hug often.  Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers.  Give us an extra one, would ya?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rossi Update!!!

Isn't she perfect?  Aunt Ash got her the outfit, of course.  Guess she was playing dress up with the hat.;)  We are so ready to board the plane.  More than ever.  Momma is trying to hold on.  Hope March's update is from our living room.

Hey Dad and Mom! I now weigh 15.14 lbs and am 25.5 inches long. I am getting so busy! I love to talk and laugh! I have learned how to stick my tongue out, and I do it a lot.  I’ve been drooling a lot, and it feels like I have 2 teeth that are about to come through!  I chug my milk like a hungry girl, and I sleep really well at night. I’m going 6 hours without waking up! I’m totally a morning girl, and greet everyone with my sweet little dimple when they get me out of bed. The weather is starting to get warmer here, and sometimes I get to go outside! I really like that. I hope you’re great!
Love, Rossi Quinn

Monday, February 13, 2012

First Baby Shower...

We've been waiting years... over 12 to be exact!

     It really was perfect.  (I can say that because I only had supply the home, make teas and coffee.)  We were packed, luckily it was an Open House shower. People have touched our lives.  We're so thankful for people who have journeyed with us.  Grateful.  We really want to thank Regina, Donna, Christy, Mom, and Ashley.  They came early, bought cakes, flowers, plates and the works, cleaned up, hung up clothes, made punch and mints, diaper cake.  Amber made awesome cheesecake stuffed strawberries.  Sara brought nuts.  Grateful.  I'm working on Thank you notes.  Thrilled to do it.  Wait until you see them.;)  (Thanks Christy.)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Trying to keep busy.  Going to the gym.  (Not tonight, sick on the couch.) Hanging with friends.  Going to see Loni Love in Lexington.  She cracks us up.  When I hear my email ding at school, I lose my breath.  Praying.  Trying to stay calm.  In the meantime, appreciating the wonderful things we have.  Awesome family, great friends, etc. etc. They surprised us at Mike and Mary Jean's Sunday with some Rossi-Daddy gifts.  Look at this cheerleading uniform Billy Mike and the kids got us.  Momma's heart is really aching to hold her, love her.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

February Package

Can't wait for our Valentine to get her February Goody Box.  Couldn't believe the Valentine's card I found - so appropriate, "In my heart".  Aunt Ash bought her the Auntie BFF shirt and elephant that we've been sleeping with.  Sent her a searching for my Valentine's book with a mirror in the back.  Goodnight Moon, new pacies.  A heart bib.  Aunt Ker Ker is here now.  She brought Rossi the sweetest pj's, dress and headband.  We all love Rossi so much already.  Can't wait for our first shower Sunday!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happy 3 Months Baby Girl!

Hi Dad and Mom!
I am growing so much! I now weigh 13.5 pounds and am 23 inches long. I am
getting more expressive every day, and love to kick my feet and wave my arms
around. I am still eating well, and sleeping well too. I sleep in my bed
most of the night now! I really like sitting in a Bumbo, and as you can see,
napping in one sometimes too! I also really enjoy being read to. I'm a super
happy girl when I get up for my early bottle, and I like to talk, even if no
one understands me yet!
I hope you had a blessed Chinese New Year!
Love, Rossi

Monday, January 23, 2012


We've been working on your bed baby.  We can't wait to see your sweet self in it.  (Although Papaw Louie said you'll be in it 5 minutes and then in bed with mom and dad.)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Shopping for you!

Rossi, we bought and registered some awesome things for you tonight.  Daddy and I went to Outback and then spent over 2 hours in Babies R Us.  We found baithing suits, coverups, sunglasses and flip flops for the lake.  We found your Easter dress.  We bought sleepers, a new purple blanket.  We talked and talked, kissed and kissed, and smiled and smiled about you tonight.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rossi...even closer to ours!

"Things went well in court today. I don't think there will be any hang ups." Music to our ears.  I refreshed email countless times. Got back on my knees.  Kissed and hugged on Jason.  Made chili, cleaned up the house, kept busy.  Birth mom waved her 10 days to change her mind.  We're thanking God.  We're texting each other over and over so excited.  We're ready for Babies R US!!!  Look at this perfect picture we got last night!  We're both smiling and planning our Saturday night date night to Babies R Us and Outback to celebrate!
Next steps - Social Worker will get first decree, Rossi will have physical for Visa, paperwork, 2nd decree and then we're heading out once our interview is scheduled and we get the word.  I'm looking at baby formula, sweet frills, decor for that hair!!!  Keep us in your prayers.  Thanks for all the support.  Many have asked where we are registered - we started putting registries together at Babies R Us, Target, Wal Mart and soon On Main.  Baby shower in the works.  We may even wait and do a meet and greet when Rossi Q is in Graham and settled in for a few weeks.  THANK YOU LORD!!! OVERJOYED.  MY CUP IS BUBBLING OVER!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Rossi - bought you another book tonight.  We bought one for your buddy Luke, too.
Official website for Searching for the You We Adore, a children's picture book for adoptive families. By Valerie Westfall, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey.

Rossi/Momma Song

 Loving this.    Thanks Kelly.

Process Update

Just emailed some with Ted.  He said the birth mom is coming tomorrow night to see Rossi in orphanage.  This is Taiwan's law that I'm just learning about.  I've put myself in her shoes over and over - can't imagine.  Pray for her.  Also learned tonight that "This Year of the Dragon" is when people want to have sons.  A study was done in 2011 and they found 3000 abortions were based on gender.  I'm so thankful Rossi's birth mom didn't make that choice. 

Ted said offices close Friday and don't open back up until 30th.  There is quite a bit of process, paperwork, Rossi's exam for her Visa, etc. that will take place BEFORE we learn when we're traveling.  He said even after the court date, it could be 2-3 months before she's home.  So please, pray for the process to speed up and each step speeds up and processes quickly.  I'm so ready to board that plane.  And if you know me, I fly but don't like it.  We knew this would take more time than we ever wanted, but I'm praying this holiday may speed up first decree and be a good thing. 

So, just pray.  Court date is this Tuesday at 8pm.  (Taiwan's Wednesday at 10am.)  He said he'll contact me when he returns.  It will be later Tuesday night.  I'm going to Hot Yoga and Zumba Toning - as I do on Tuesdays.  Pray for me.  Pray for us.  We'll be nervous.  I'll probably take Pepto to work or something.  But, at the same time - we know she's ours.  Church was perfect today.  I can't wait to hold her, kiss her, nuzzle her.  Love her. 

So, what am I doing in the meantime?  Working in her nursery.  Reading every book on being a momma I can get my hands on.  Been on my knees praying.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Learned a couple things... Trying not to worry.

***Edit 1/4/11: There was a little miscommunication. The ten day waiting period does not start until the first papers have come back from the courts (which we are still waiting on). Pray all of this goes quickly. I want to hold my daughter so badly it hurts!
I copied/pasted this from a friend's blog she posted yesterday.  Their courtdate was on December 13, they are waiting on paperwork before the 10 extra days for birthmother to change her mind EVEN begin.  This scared me a little.  I've also learned Jan. 23 starts their huge Lunar New Year holiday.  Government offices, etc. close for 1 or 2 weeks.  I'm praying this will speed things up.  But, can't lie.  Nervous. So thankful she's in a wonderful place, loved, fed, and taken care of.  I don't know what I would do otherwise.... Please join us in praying for proficienct, speedy process.  Pray for us to be holding our baby in February/soon. Pray for me to keep calm and busy.  No kidding...
Pray for my new friend who is waiting longer than she suspected.