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.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Our newest news !!!!

                         Tom and I just minutes before we head downstairs to meet our son!
                                              Our first few minutes with Luke!
          Signing the paperwork to start to make him officilly ours, he was SOOO curious!!
            At Civil affairs office siging his name saying he officially "agrees" to be our son!
  practicing writing  his name in English  and learning the differecne between Chinese and American alphabets
                                   Our first picture together as mother and son!
                                                Daddy and his new guy!!!
                 Learning the alphabet in English and ASL- the boy is a QUICK learner!

              all tucked in and ready for bed and checking out his book and practicing his signs!



Wow where to start!! We met our son on Monday at about 10:00am. He looks exactly like his pictures! he was afraid to be with us in the beginning but quickly adjusted. He is very very curious and wants to know what everything is.  At first it seemed he was not going to be able to communicate with us, but within a few hours we were communicating amazingly well! Yesterday he started writing his name in English letters and went through the whole entire sign language packet I brought for him (it was huge) and practiced writing every letter in English, he probably knows about 50 signs in ASL already, it is crazy how bright he is!!! We show him an ASL sign once and he uses it from then on and uses it appropraitely! He is such a fast learner and is like a sponge,  and wants to know what everything is, he seems unable to beleive that we are able to communicate with him.

Luke went to bed last night like he has been with us forever and slept as peaceful as one possibly could. He woke up this morning sooooo happy and has been laughing with us for hours. Our guide cannot beleive how happy he is. She said it is amazing to see him this happy and just laughing and laughing with us and he seems pretty comfortable with us.  Yesterday when we went somewhere he wanted to hold on to our guide, today he held on to both of us (hey our guide is a pretty young girl about 24 years old, this boy is no dummy heheh) and yesterday when we left our guide he was upset she wasnt coming with us, today he told her goodbye and asked her to leave hahah.

This boy can eat.. WHOA Tommy better watch out as his brother has a huge appetite and seems to eat just about anything and not care what it is.  Today he ate a huge breakfast and then was ready for lunch just a few hours later... we might need to get a second refrigerator!

Today we took him shopping to get some things (the games we brought with us to play seem to be the only thing that "disappeared" from our luggage during the flights here :( Bummer as we bought good stuff that we cant seem to find here!  So today we bought him a remote control car (oh man does he love that) and some coloring books (connect the numbers then color) and he knows his numbers in English up to 50 already which Tom just taught him about an hour ago and he is whizzing through the book like he has known how to count in English for years!!! I am telling you this boy is smart!

Tom and I are so blessed and SOOO happy, we are truly in love with our new son! He could not be more of a joy and a blessing to us. We have been able to skype with some of our family back home (Mom you seem to not be answering yours when I call so keep an eye out tomorrow your time about 6 at night) and he is so excited to see our family. He loves seeing Tommy and Paige on Skype and asks for them constantly. He bought a book for Paige today while we were shopping, Tommy he wasnt sure what to get you yet and said he will keep looking hehe.  he is a very thoughtful boy and seems to want to please us as well. He is also not afraid to tell us if he doesnt want to do something (which makes me happy as I would be afraid if he is too much of a people pleaser). 

Tom and him are sitting on the bed working on his coloring and his numbers. We are thinking of trying the pool later but showed it to him yesterday and he was not thrilled so we shall see how that goes. It is more then obvious he has never swam before. I will update you later  and let you know if we try.  We are enjoying our time here and loving getting to know Luke, he is truly a joy. The boy has an amazing sense of humor and him and Tommy should hit it off well.

Ok I am off so I can spend some more time with him and Tom. I will try and update later after he sleeps but Tom and I are normally exhausted early as we are not on Chinese time yet, even though we are trying.  Keep praying for us as all of the prayers are truly being felt and we cannot beleive how amazing our God is!!!!

Please pray for Luke tomorrow as we will visit his orphange and I am afraid this is going to be tough for him as he gets nervous everytime we go somewhere and gets very nervous if he cannot find Tom.  I pray he understands this is just a visit and doesnt think we are sending him back there. Pray for peace and protection for our son as we go. Pray for the children that are still there and yet to have a mamma and a babba! I pray for Daleea's baby girl Isabella as she is still in the orphange and her momma will be there in February to bring her home, I pray they let me see her to give her some love and to let her know her momma is coming soon!

Signing off for now, A very happy and in love momma in China!







18 comments:

China Dreams said...

What a wonderful post, Tracy. Sounds like Luke was worth every minute of stress, worry, fundraising, and crazy paperwork! Congratulations.

Ruby

Cynthia said...

How amazing! God is good! I will continue to pray for Luke's transition and the family bonding and everyone's health!

Just precious! Thank you for sharing! We are paperchasing for our 2 yr old little girl who is deaf! So we are anxious to get started learning sign ourselves!

Aus said...

WOW wow wow - it sounds just exactly super!! Couldn't be happier for you guys! As fast as he is progressing in language I'm having a little trouble believing that he wasn't exposed to a lot of english....is he "sandbagging" you and really understands what you are saying in English? :)

Prayers that things continue as well as they have - oh - most Chinese folks have never been exposed to the past time of Swimming - so he 1) probably won't be able to swim and 2) probably will be a little afraid of it - follow his lead on that one and you'll be just fine - he may well be very happy to watch you swim and not want to get in himself!

Great joy for you guys - hugs - and prayers for continued blessings!

aus and co.

Aus said...

PS - GREAT IDEA using ASL - we did that with both of our last two adoptions - it's a GREAT idea no matter how young the child (2 year olds can learn to sign!!)

hugs - aus and co.

A Brothers said...

God is good! God is good!!! So, happy for all of you! Luke is SOOOOO smart! I am continually amazed at the strength and resiliency of these kids. You are both doing a wonderful job! Continuing to pray and hoping you get to see Isabella and get some pictures for Daleea too.
Hugs!
Joy

Kaitlynsmama said...

Tracey, Tom, and Luke
We truly serve an Amazing God! Who would have thought that in 2007 as my husband and I prayed and then as I cried many nights when we realized "Boyd" was not our son and then prayed and cried for 3 more years that he would end up not only in the PERFECT family, but that our family would joyously be allowed to observe this perfect union?!
Swimming? lol, he probably has not even been in a bathtub full of water so don't let him dictate that he won't swim; if the water is great and Tom is going in, encourage him to try :)
Happy dances, joyful tears, and a grateful heart to a Father who knew what He was doing when He said "no, you are NOT his family but they WILL come forward- you just need to pray for this boy!"
Many hugs to each of you
Tamm

Jewels of My Heart said...

I'm in tears................
Thank You Jesus! Oh, Tracy, your son is truly handsome and just has this sweetness that we can see just from the pictures.
I am in awe in the way the Lord has so faithfully and lovingly answered our prayers.... I am so thankful that he is learning so quickly and that the 3 of you are able to communicate so well.... what a precious gift from the Lord and that he is already bonding with his mom and dad and feeling so safe and secure.... yep.... It's a "God" thing for certain....
I am so happy for you all.
Thank you for thinking of our Isabella and of me during this amazing time. You are too sweet! Julie emailed me and said she would try to see Isabella too.... oh, how I pray that at least one of you will be able to wrap your arms around my baby. (and get a picture for her mama who is dying to see her!)
I still am a bit sad that my little pearl and I won't be joining you all and Julie, her husband, and Max at breakfast in the morning..... I am going to ask you to do it to.. when you and Julie see eachother please give one another a hug from me!
Love you sister.... sleep well....
will be praying and praising!!!!
Thank You Jesus!
Love,
Daleea

Kim said...

Tracy I am so happy reading this about my new nephew. I am beyond excited that he is already communicating with you and understand ASL. That is huge! I can't wait to meet him, tell him his aunt kimmy says hello and that I love him!!!

One Happy Momma said...

So wonderful!

He is so handsome Tracy!

Glad to hear he is doing well and learning so quickly.

Blessings -

Cathy

ameig said...

God is so good! Thanks so much for the update. We have been praying like crazy for you. We are so thrilled for you. Enjoy this special time with your boy.

Amei

God's Grace said...

Oh Wow Oh Wow! Tears....how God brought you together is amazing. Praise Jesus! His life is forever changed. Yours too! Tears again....Terry

Jewels of My Heart said...

Is it time to go see my daughter yet???!!!!!!! Ok.... so it is only 2:36 in the morning... I can't help it.... I am soooooooooooooooo excited!
heehee
love you and hope you three are sleeping well!
Oh! the pic of Luke signing his name and giving consent to being adopted... priceless.....
so happy for you all!

Jo said...

What great pictures! He sounds amazing and so smart! We adopted our Jing Jing from Jinan in 2009 when she was 2 and taught her some ASL because she wasn't speaking yet. These days she talks a mile a minute and still uses some signs. Sounds like things are going so well! We're very happy for you all! Hoping your swi visit and the rest of your trip go well!

rachel said...

Tracy your updates make me want to cry tears of joy! I am so very blessed and happy to hear how things are going. I honestly cannot wait to meet him. Blessings..prayers..and safety to you all..keep posting :) love you all!!!

Kendra said...

Wow, Our god is truly SOO good!! tears of joy run down my face many of the times I read your posts. Tracy + Tom you have such a precious gift from god!! Luke I can't wait to meet you buddy. I love you all and miss you. Praying for you!

Anonymous said...

God is SO GOOD! YAHOO! Thank you for sharing this beautiful testimony of how God loves the orphan! PRAYING you get to hug little Isabella:) Mama D. cannot wait to follow your journey too!

Sammy said...

He just looks like a great kid!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Praying your day has been filled with love and laughter my friend.
Julie saw my Isabella!!!!!! She sent pictures.... oh, I hope you were able to see my baby too.
Somehow with having you two there and seeing her it feels like she can almost feel me there too.
love you

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Our little boy!
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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!

福新

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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