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.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Superbowl and A LOT of bonding in this house!

I am healing up nicely since the surgery and we have been doing a ton since I got home. Not exactly what I call good for healing but I am praying that the Good Lord will allow me to heal on the run! Not exactly wisdom  to live by but what is necessary right now.  We were supposed to have a nice sized Super Bowl party on Sunday and with me getting home from the hospital on Saturday that put a damper on the party. Tom cancelled the party and we had our own little celebration.  Aaron was brought home to see Luke by one of our angels from our Victory Assembly of God church family and was able to meet his new brother. I would like to say that they hit it off beautifully! Luke is quite a tech kind of guy. So him and Aaron hit it off well! He looked up to his much older and crazy taller brother! The guys all donned their Steelers gear and mom donned her Pj's (only thing that didnt hurt my stomach) and we got our food ready (Football essentials such as wings, pizza, chips, dips and such). Toms mom, sis and his niece came over for the festivities!  We were ready for the first game and Luke couldnt wait to see what all the hub bub was about. To say Luke LOVED watching football was an understatement. He was right there with his dad and brothers watching the game, yelling at the TV, waving his Terrible Towel and having a blast like no other! Tom  was not thrilled with the Steelers playing but watching Luke and Tommy, and Aaron have fun made it worth watching the Steelers not play well. Over all it was a very male bonding kind of night!

Since then we have been running to different schools to try and figure out where we will place Luke for school. This is not going to be an easy decision as the closest school for the deaf is 40 minutes and we wont put him that far away from us.  So we arent left with too many options here in good ol NJ.  Dont know if I mentioned in my blog before or not (probably not as it wasnt something we wanted to advertise too much) is that Luke had no language when we met him. We were told he knew Chinese sign language and that he could read and write Chinese. None of those are true and Luke came to us with nothing. He is picking up sign language at a rate that is ASTOUNDING!!!! We are having amazing conversations with him and he is understanding more then should be possible at this moment.  To say that his not being taught anything in China upsets me is an understatement as it is obvious to everyone that meets Luke that he is very very bright and extremely teachable and wanting to learn.  I am thrilled he is picking up ASL at an amazingly fast rate (we really just sign to him and have since the 1st week we got him) and he doesnt have any Chinese sign in his head to confuse him so he is picking up ASL fast, but that being said he has not been educated at all so school is going to be extremely difficult. We dont know where to place him or what to do right now but I am praying that the good Lord will show me the way and help me to know what is right.

Our house has been forever changed by Luke being here and the change has been amazingly huge. Luke's joy and happiness is truly contagious, you cant be in a bad mood around him as isnt possible. Everyone that meets Luke is immediately taken by him and falls in love with him like we have. Luke has blended into our family with ease (actually so much so that it is a little scary). Watching Luke wait with joy for 2:30 when Paige comes home and then 3:30 when Tommy comes home is a riot, the boy just cant wait to see them again and then the playing begins.  Him and Tommy have become good wrestle partners and it is funny to watch them wrestle each other.  Paige and Luke get along so well and he is such a helper with her. He even helps me read stories to her at night before she goes to bed. 

We have been truly blessed and are grateful as a family could be for our blessings.  This weekend Luke should meet my parents if all works out well and I am excited for them to meet him as he is gonna love them and them him.  This weekend we will also take Luke to church for the first time and I am excited to see how he handles that and what he thinks of our church and our church family. I think he is going to be in for a good weekend. This Saturday we are also taking Luke to Tommy's wrestling match, (were supposed to do that last Thursday when I got rushed to the ER.) and I know he is going to love watching the wrestling match! I will write more soon, but so far so good. We are loving life! Thank you to our Heavenly Father that watched over our little blessing for 10 years and kept him safe and his heart ready for a family and prepared his heart for his new life and new family here in America! 

                                                 Getting ready for his 1st Superbowl
                                               Brothers getting ready for the big game!
                                                                 They truly are pals!
                                       Tommy and Aaron getting ready for the Steelers!
             The Worrell Family men! Man I am so lucky to have such a handsome group of men around me!
                                                              Gooo Steelers!
                                                       Let the games begin!
                       Luke was just a tad excited for the game (can you tell? heheh)
                 Aaron, Aarons friend, Nick and Luke chowing on some good Superbowl food!
                                                        These wings ROCK!
                                   Aaron showing Luke how to play some games on his Laptop
                                         Luke with his older brother, Aaron
             Dont know if the Terrible towel doubles as a skirt or not but Tommy thinks it does
     A little ballet action from the Princess amidst the football guy, testosterone filled night
                                                   The boys checking out some games
                                              Baby Katelyn loves the Steelers too!
                                                   DO you see the resemblance?
                                           We love each other and Love Football too! 
                                                Yeahhhh Steelers.. Wave that Terrible towel!!
                                                          Loving the game!!!!!
                                                              Go Steelers! GO GO GO
                   Luke learning the art of "yelling at the TV to make the team play better!"
                                                          A great time was had by all!!!!!!!!


China Dreams said...

It certainly looks like you had a great time!


Sue said...

Tracy, I am glad you are healing now. Glad to hear how well Luke is doing and with the ASL, Erin was quick on picking it up and she came with little language too.

Kendra said...

I am so glad that things are going good with luke home and that you are healing well, I can't wait for luke to come experience god's love!!! It will truly be an amazing weekend, I will see you soon, Can't wait!! Love you <3

Aus said...

Great stuff - glad ya'll enjoyed the game!

And as for healing on the fly - yeah - it's called parenting! But don't fly too much - they need you well more than they need you 'now'!

Couldn't be more proud of Luke - and you guys - great stuff in this family!

hugs - aus and co.

Myra said...

Fabulous pics!!! Loved the one of Tom, Luke and Tommy with arms crossed!!! TOOOO funny! He's such a funny happy guy! It was great to skype and chat with you guys! lets do it again soon!


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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