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!


China Dreams said...

What a great update! Hopefully you'll all stay in touch after you get home.


Anonymous said...

Have loved following your trip! So glad all is going well! Can't wait to see your whole family together! Safe travels!

Jewels of My Heart said...

It sounds like an amazing time you have shared. I know it is so hard to leave and yet so happy to come home too. Thank you for sharing your time in China with us.
So excited for Luke to meet the rest of his family and they him!
Love you and God's speed home....

Kendra said...

So glad this trip has been amazing for you guys, You truly have amazing blogs and it has been a blessing to be able to follow you in your journey. Praying for safe travels home, I Can't wait till your whole family is together. Thank you for sharing your journey with everyone!!! Love you guys <3

Sammy said...

Glad the trip was great. We got to travel with Lisa and Wayne last time. They are great people!

Myra said...

Fabulous pic tracy! Thanks for your post on my blog. We we knew Luke would be ok...but we were of course veryvery relieved to hear it...That was truly one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever seen! Poor little fella! I just love him to pieces and it broke my heart to see him hurt:( Skype us when you think it won't upset him! Email me for the address! We miss you all ready! HK is crazy but no chirping bunnies! Love you guys!

Myra and gang!

Aus said...

As I write this it is morning eastern time USA. Soon your boy will be an American - and we're oh so glad to have him! Safe travels - thanks for sharing your life with us - looking forward to seeing ya'll together!

Great Joy - fantastic - hugs - aus and co.

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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