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.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I've got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart!

 We are so so so so so blessed! The last few days have been completely amazing! The days just get better and better, which is pretty mind blowing since they have been amazing since day 1!  Luke has been doing wonderful and is such a joy to be around. We have spent much of this week running to meetings to try and figure out what to do for school for Luke and as of right now I have no clue so I am praying as hard as I can on this one for some wisdom from my Heavenly Father as I just don't know what to do, we don't have many options and I am not liking the options we have, so what does a mother do?..... pray


Friday night we took the kids bowling with a few friends of ours and we had such an amazing time that I totally didn't even take one picture. I was having such a good time just having a good time that I didn't even think to take a picture. Not sure what that says about me but I got home and was like.. whoa I didn't even take one picture.  Tommy and Paige were so excited to show Luke how to bowl and get a chance to show him their own skills. Paige bowled so good for a 30 lb 4 year old that it is sort scary. Tommy should be in a league and I am thinking I see father-son league in the future.  Luke LOVED it! He had such fun and actually loved watching Tommy and Paige bowl too! Our friends 2 children bowled too and it was so cute to see all the kids having a great time.  We even hit Mc'D's after bowling and sat there for well over an hour just chit chatting with our friends.  We are so lucky to have such good friends and wish we all didnt work so much so we could see them more often. Love you guys!


Yesterday Luke went to Tommy's wrestling match and although it was a LONG day he loved watching Tommy wrestle and daddy coach! He hung in for the 5 hours we were there and even ate his first hot dog while there.. he was desperate for food and they didn't have much else haha, but he loved it! Paigey is always a dream at Tommy's wrestling she just plays and sits and watches and plays. Aunt Amy and mom-mom and Katelyn  were there and we got to spend some more time with them too.


Today we took Luke to church for the first time, I wasn't sure what he would think of church or how he would react to all of those people. HE LOVED IT! He seemed so at home and just wanting to check everything out. He remembered meeting Pastor when they came to the house to see me after my surgery and he had met Pastor Maria 2 times and a few other people from church and that seemed to help relax him and he just loved being there. The minute we went down to take our seats he stood up and started signing the songs for worship, he copy-signed Nancy so beautifully that the boy is natural!  Seems only fitting with the name sign he picked for himself.  "L" signed like Lord or King.  He picked it 3 days ago and doesn't even know what it means. I think it is an amazing choice, since he is such a gift from the Lord. Luke certainly seemed at home and church and told me he really liked it when we got home. He didn't understand much of what was signed as it is in lightening speed for him but he kept asking Ms. Julie what was being said and she would so patiently try and re-explain at a slower speed and more in words he might get. Not sure exactly what he got out of today but he knows it is a place with a lot of people and a lot of love and a place we love to come to!


After church we came home and Luke got to meet my parents. His Nanny and Poppy and his cousin Lyla. He has been waiting and waiting. Luke and Nan and Pop and Lyla hit it off great! He cant believe that his nanny has 14 yes 14, yes 14 oh did I say 14 cats!!!! (not hey don't all live in the house, just 1 spoiled queen does heheh, but there are still 13 others outside). Nanny gave the kids a little bag with some Valentines gifts in them and a card and Luke was so excited and over joyed, he officially got his first card ever! He loved his bag with goodies so much that he is sleeping with it in his bedspread (his new bedspread has a pocket on the front) and he showed me the bag in there and said "My Nanny gave this to me and she said she loved me" then he did his Victory dance and squealed with delight. Tommy says "wow mom that bag sure did make him happy, don't get me wrong I love my bag but it is cool to see Luke get stuff!"   


We are truly in love with our new addition and I cant say again how we could not have MADE a better match for our family if we tried! We cannot Thank the Lord enough for the joy that Luke has brought us and I cant believe that we haven't even known him 1 month yet.  We have had a little less then one month of pure joy and blessings! Luke's signing is increasing in leaps and bounds but we have hit the point where he is asking me questions that require answers that he doesn't have the language or knowledge for me to give him answers to yet. But tonight he let me open the CD that the orphanage gave me of him while he was there and there were 96 pictures on there of him.(he threw the CD in the trash in China and got upset anytime I took it out so I put it away until tonight) He sat on my lap and we looked at them together.  He didn't seem to like to many of the kids in the orphanage for when I ask him if someone was a friend he says "no they were mean and bad" A few of the kids he said "yes that is my friend and they were nice" but not too many.  He was shocked to know that the cake and gifts for his birthday this past September were from me and his daddy. He said he had no idea who there were from. Of course he didn't as not one soul in the orphanage could communicate with him after 10 years of him being there (yes I am bitter and I am trying not to successfully to deal with it). He was so happy to show me to pictures of him looking at the pictures of me and Tom and me and the kids. I asked him if he knew why he got those pictures, did he know he was coming to America to a family and he said no, I had no idea why I had pictures of you.  We have some pictures of him in this really fancy room with all these toys and decorations and I didn't see anything like that in the orphanage and I asked him where that was and he said "we take the elevator to another place and they take pictures and then we leave" I asked if they actually played there and he said no, he looked sad that they didn't.  He also saw the picture of the package we sent him at Christmas and he said I took pictures with the camera (we sent him a little camera) and gave it to the lady when I was done (we got the camera back with a note attached saying it broke and he couldn't take pictures) he also saw the remote control car in the picture and said " I did see that.... they gave it to me and I played for 5 min and then I gave it back and it was gone forever".  That kind of stuff gets my gut  and I am happy that he is out of there but it breaks my heart for the hundreds of children that are still in there just hoping and praying for a momma and daddy to save them!


Ok on a positive note.. Thank you Lord more then I could possible say for this joy in our lives that we call Luke Worrell! This week is sure to bring more blessings and the kids have a short week due to Presidents weekend. I am hoping we get to make some good fun plans for the weekend. I cant wait for the weather to warm up as Luke is asking to see the beach (I showed him pictures of it and after getting over the fact that he had to believe mom that we are not swimming in dirt and dirty water) he has decided that he cannot wait to see the beach (this warms my heart for if you know me even a little you know I am a complete beach bum along with my hubby and 3 kids!).. Yahooo many more amazing memories to come!


                                     Luke and his Big Brother, Aaron
                  Luke couldnt wait to give Aaron the anime he bought for him in China
                                       Ahhh Can you say Pocky???
                                    Checking out Aarons new instrument!
                 Coach Worrell chatting with future assistant coach Worrell heheh
                      Luke taking in all the wrestling, he actually loved watching it
 Ok so not good of Tommy but good for mom-mom, me and Amy and Katelyn was sleeping heheh
             Luke took this of me and my sweetheart and best-est friend, my Paige
                            Luke taking some photos of Tommy wrestling
                                                      Go Tommy go!
                                         Tommy wrestling his 2nd match of the day
                                                      Luke with Lyla and Paige
                                                   Lyla, Paige, Luke an Tommy
                                                         Luke and Lyla
                                                     Luke and his Nanny
                                                            Luke and his Poppy
                                                       Luke with both his Nan and Pop

7 comments:

China Dreams said...

Glad that you are doing better, that Luke is so happy, and that everything is going so well.

Ruby

Aus said...

Well ya'll seem to be back on your feet - glad to see that!!

And yeah - we'll never really know the difficulties of our kids because they were too young at the time to have the language to share the memories.... While I so feel and understand your pain (and would have as much trouble accepting it as you do!!) - at least you can 'know' some of it, ours will always be left to imagination....

So happy for you guys - great joy - hugs - aus and co.

Darlene said...

Amazing to hear how wonderfully he is adjusting but heartbreaking to hear of the realities of orphanage life.

We think we are leaving to pick up our son next month as we are just waiting for TA. We were told he has been taught no sign language so now I am assuming that is really the case.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better and that things continue to go so well. Love reading how happy Luke is. So sad to hear how it was in the orphanage. Blessings, Cathy

debra said...

I am happy to read ur awesome story ..Luke is so special kid .. He is blessed by ur wonderful family..

debra said...

I am so happy that Luke is doing well with ur family . He seems easy well adjusted guy . I know u will enjoy spend quality time with ur kids rest of ur life .. Me too I love my kids , too .my email addy is zaylee517@gmail.com.Hope that we can chat on video phone and meet my 4 chinese deaf kids .

Chasing Starshine said...

Such a joy to hear how Luke is soaking up all the love of his new family! What a treasure!

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!

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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