I've eaten at all of the good places, I've finalized the adoption, I've bought a few treasures for my children waiting at home, and I've visited the orphanage. Just let me go home now! LOL
Ellie cried hard on Skype last night. I miss her, too. And my baby! Ethan is so little and I need me some "nuggles" from him!
But here, on the China end of things, we are doing really well. Thank you for all of your excellent advice. I especially loved the tip to read Isaiah 43! I read it today, during my quiet time, and it was a tremendous encouragement!
Johanna had a wonderful day. The "issue" we had yesterday presented itself again today, and she obeyed this time :) Such a blessing!!!! I told her how proud I was of her and I wish you could have seen her smile.....
We had some lovely tickle-chase-pillow-fights today! Johanna LOVES for me to chase her and tickle her. It may seem rather "childish", but these older kids missed out on the "normal" stages of childhood. Often, they will revert back and work through many of those missed stages once they are adopted. So it is completely normal for her to act younger than she is for awhile. I think it's adorable. She just laughs and laughs! What fun we will all have when all of the children are together at home!
Oh, dear, there I go again, thinking about home. LOL Can you tell I just talked with my Hubby and I'm missing him
I asked Johanna via google translate if she is excited to go home to America. She said, "yes". Then tonight, Ellie showed Johanna her dolls (they're the Elsie Dinsmore dolls from the Life of Faith collection) and explained that one doll was "Johanna's doll" and one doll was "Ellie's doll". Johanna clearly understood and got SO excited I think she would have grabbed the doll through the screen if she could have.
Made me wonder: Has this child ever even owned a doll?
Think about that one for a while, especially the next time you're annoyed at how many of your children's toys are on the floor.
I know I'l be thinking about it, both tonight, and for some time to come.......
"Oh, God, help us to make a difference, one child at a time....."