About Me

My name is Tracy and I am married to an amazing man, his name is Thomas! We are a busy family that is always on the go between church, school, work and sports.... we are not a sitting around kind of family. We have 4 amazing children and are working on bringing home Elias to make 5. My hubby is Deaf and I am a sign language interpreter,we are very involved in the Deaf community and are excited to be adding another Deaf member to our family. Our kids, Aaron-19, Luke-11, Tommy-10 and Paige-5 are anxious for their new brother to be home. This is our second adoption and we are learning more everyday to lean on God, this journey is already strengthening our faith! We are working on learning how to turn everything over to God and know that He has a perfect plan and all will happen in His time! Good things come to those who wait.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Our last days in Guangzhou

Ahhh We have had an amazing time here in Guangzhou.. Our safari trip was just hands down amazing!!!! We took an open tram ride through a safari where the animals all ran wild and walked right up to the tram. WOW! Luke loved it and watched everything with such amazement and everything was new and exciting. I dont know if his eyes can even get any bigger then they did haha. We loved it! We went with our Madison adoption group of  4 out of our 5 families (Marcie and her Hubby and their daughter did not go as they have been here for 3 weeks).  We got to see so many animals and after the tram ride we walked around the zoo and saw some amazing animals. The safari park was more then I could possibly imagine it would be, we loved it and Luke was in awe the whole time, he kept asking me what everything was called and how you spell the name and the sign for it. He learned many many signs at the safari and we had the afternoon and morning of a lifetime.   We saw an elephant show that was phenomanl and a tiger diving show that was certainly something to talk about. Then the day ended with Myra and I doing our farewell Guangzhou dance on the stage of the theater (yes we really did this heheh) we were later joined by Luke (yes the boy has totally come out of his shell) and then later Madison joined us (Wayne and Lisa's little girl). I am pretty sure we have left a last impression on China as we know it has left one on us. We have enjoyed our travelmates from Madison to no end and today we said goodbye to Mike, Myra and Little man Will. It was not easy to say goodbye and Luke didnt handle it very well as he is very close to Mike, Myra and Will.. I do beleive I see a visit to Kentucky in my future ( no I have never been there and never thought I would but I sure do want to go there now!)

Last night we went to the river and took pictures of the beautiful river all lit up at night.Luke loved it and truly is starting to be a momma and daddys boy. He had me give him piggy back ride down there ( not easy  with him gaining several pounds since we got him a week and a half ago.. he is now 70lbs wow)  and then he was wanting hugs and kisses and love. He is starting to want to hold our hands and just be my pal. We are having the time of a lifetime and our boy has blossomed so much in almost 2 weeks that I cant imagine how life will be in a few months, years... He is so different already. Our son is the dream boy. .Everyone loves him (all of the families here..) and the Chinese people here love him too.. he got himself some free icecream last night and today a free lollipop from the lady that owns the shop downstairs because she thinks he is the cutest little boy ever heheh

We are all packed up and ready to fly tomorrow. Luke has been watching the calender for 5 days and loves that we are flying tomorrow, he is so excited he doesnt know what to do with himself!!!!!! He keeps saying " the 29th we fly to China, then hotel, then 30th fly again to America.. fly long long long sun up to sun down.. then I am in America and will see Tommy and Paige and everyone!!!"  the boy is sooo excited!  Good night Guangzhou and tomorrow is hello Beijing, then Sunday is hello America!!! When we land in Chicago as soon as we go through immigration Luke is an American Citizen!!! I cant wait for him to meet his brothers and sisters and the rest of his family!

                              Daddy and Son with a little arm wrestling!!
                                       My happy happy boy!
                                                  Daddy and his boy!
                       Our Madison gang out to dinner together with our guide Connie (she rocks!)
    Me eating the famous Pidgeon wings..they were actually very good, just not much meat
        Tom and I skyping with our little angel Paige at home, man do we miss our kiddos!
                                The heads of our pidgeon wings
                Luke with  his new backpack that he picked out himself!
                    Mike and Myra.. we do love these two....
                              Myra and my man Luke
                                         Our gang heading into the Safari
                                              Luke checking out the animals
      Luke petting one of the many bunnies in the park (2011 is the year of the rabbit!)
             One of the many Siberain Tigers, there were many and they were stunning
                                              Tom and Luke posing for a pic...
                                        Me feeding one of the giraffes..way cool!
                                                         Daddys turn
                         Me and the Panda (there were 12 of them!)
                               Daddy and Luke infront of the Panda bears
                          Mr. Wayne with the Panda.. he is soooo funny
                       Mommy and Daddy and Luke down by the Riverfront
                                                        Father and Son
                                                        Me and my gal pal, Myra
                                             The girls! Lisa, Tracy and Myra
 We didnt have the best of luck on the famous red couch.. this was as good as it got (Luke, Will and Madison)
                                  Lisa, Tracy, Madison, Myra and Luke
                                   Tom and I infront of the waterfall in the White Swan
                                      Mike, Tom and Wayne (pals for life!)
                                      Mike, Tom, Wayne, Luke, Will and Madison
Myra, Will and Mike

                         Some Anime Cosplayers during a photoshoot
                            Me and my pal Will... I am gonna miss my little kissy partner
                             Wayne and Tom.. the sure are gonna miss each other
                   Luke and his new pal, Will.. they are gonna miss each other too!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

our adventure continues

Wow oh Wow oh Wow.. where to begin!!

We have had the most amazing amazing amazing days here!! ( I truly dont beleive I have the vocabulary necessary to explain all that has happened here).  We are in love with our little man and today he is learning how to love back. He gave his first hug to Tom today after seeing Tom hug me (he was so not sure why we hugged) we told him we hug because we love each other.. he JUMPED up into Toms arms with his arms out saying  I LOVE YOU DAD!! then to me.. I lOVE YOU MOM!!! He is wanting to hold hands now and sign I love you a ton ( just since yesterday). Tom and I have laughed so hard the last few days we never ever imagined this trip would be like this. We thought it was going to be 2 long hard weeks of being with a stranger who doesnt really want us here. This trip for us couldnt be much further away from that.  God has truly made a match made in Heaven.  We are so in love and he cannot wait to get home and actually see his family back in America (other then on skype). Although he is quite addicted to skype!

We spent the last few days touring around Guangzhou. We hit a dried food market, a scarry scarry meat market, a pet market (Luke didnt know what any of the pets where called, not even in Chinese) You better beleive he knows the signs for them all now.  We spent yesterday at a park with our beloved pals from Madison. Another match that our Lord so made in Heaven. We have laughed and laughed and laughed some more with our Madison travel mates ( I am pretty sure our faces will be on posters here when we leave heheh). We have made friendships that without a doubt will last a lifetime. Luke is soo attached to the other 2 men in our travel group that he gets upset when he thinks of them leaving. He is such a guy... but a guy with a heart of gold. We are so anxious for our friends and family to see this blessing of a boy!!!

Today we had to stay in our room for an hour while our guide did our interviews at the Consulate and she called and said all was great and we are ready for our Consulate appointment today. We leave at 2 to head to the Consulate and take our Oath promising to always take care of our boy and to love him forever.. That is going to be the easiest thing I have ever done as we love him to pieces already. We truly didnt expect to feel for him how we feel now and it is mind blowing how well he is doing. He is pure joy from the moment he wakes until he goes to sleep. For a boy that knew nothing a week ago to a boy that  can have great conversations with us just one week later. His signing is still increasing at a rate that is astounding for me ( and I work with Deaf children on a daily basis) and we are watching his language blossom right before our eyes!!!

I have to get off to head to the consulate now and will try and post more later as soooo much has happend in the last few days (allll great stuff)

here are a few picks from our last few days will post more later...

       I am the pillow fighting champion of China!!! Whaoooo soon to conquer the world!!
       Some of the dried foods (if you can call them food) in the market we went to
                         Ohh man does he liek spaghetti!!
 It was a watch party! Luke got to pick out his very first watch and it was quite an amazing moment!
                         All the kids with their new watches!!
 The literal sea of people in the market, keeping an eye on 1 kid was not easy. whew
                                         Luke petting his first ever dog!
 Tom and I with our new found friend Jana, she just moved to China from NC and is Deaf, what a sweetheart
 Our little gang, part of theWorrell family but not the whole crew (soon my babies soon!)
                Luke and his daddy on the work out equipment in the park
                                                           He loves to exercise
 Tom and Wayne on some kind of Chinese exercise/ torture device heheh
 Me and Tom in the park, it was so pretty there
 us being goofy!!!
 We are some seriously strange people, we know!
 Luke and Wayne calling for Mike.. that was a riot

 Me and Ms Madison, my pal
 Tom and Luke on his 1st amusement park ride
 Mike and Wayne ( I am pretty sure they hate each other heheh ;p~)
                        The girls, Lisa, Madison, Myra and Me
                     Tom and Madison they sure are goofy
Hmmm what can I say.. We are enjoying each others company and there is ALOT of guy love to go around hahahah

Our little boy!

Our little boy!
Opening up my care package from my family!

Curious what he is thinking!

Curious what he is thinking!
Checking out my Family for the 1st time ever! (this pic is of my new Brothers and Sister!)

His first reaction after seeing us

His first reaction after seeing us
This is my Forever Family!

Some goodies from the care package

Some goodies from the care package
Some of my new books

This picture makes me cry every time I see it!

This picture makes me cry every time I see it!
My 1st picture of my mommy and daddy! They say I love to look at my pictures again and again!

Studying our faces....

Studying our faces....
Checking out my new family again!

Look at that face!

Look at that face!
Checking out my new books

Aaron's Graduation

Aaron's Graduation
We are so Proud!

Xin Hai's name in Chinese!


Fu XinHai

Xin Hai

Xin Hai
Isnt he the cutest ever?

Aaron's Senior Prom

Aaron's Senior Prom
My handsome Son, Aaron

Aarons prom

Aarons prom
Paige, Aaron and Tommy

My Family

My Family
The Worrell Family

Our Precious one

Our Precious one
Xin Hai in 2008 - so precious! Love that smile!

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