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, November 28, 2011

Almost 10 months and life is GOOD!!!

November 30th will be Luke's 10 months at home day!!! I cant believe it was 10 months ago that we first brought home this skinny little boy that had no language and no education. He has grown SO much and is maturing daily and is truly the GIFT of a life time! We had a few rough spots over the summer but since Luke started school in September he has matured and grown into an amazing young boy! ( I wont say young man as he is 11 and is still mommas little boy ;) 

Luke has become the biggest social butterfly. Truly I believe the image of the butterfly fits perfect for Luke has he has emerged as a gorgeous human being over the last 10 months and I don't just mean his looks (although he is one handsome boy!) Luke is a very confident, funny, social, goofy boy! He loves people and loves to socialize! Luke's language is literally flying through the roof!!!!!!!!!! My husband and I literally are blown away every day when having conversations with Luke. It doesn't even seem real to be having the conversations we can have. Luke and I can talk about ANYTHING!!!! and we DO talk about anything and everything. He is a great conversationalist and loves to chat which makes momma happy as I LOVE TO CHAT!!!!  Luke is one of the most caring people I have ever met. His heart is huge. He loves to help and give and just DO for others! God has amazing plans for this boy and they are starting to unfold for sure! Luke helps Usher at church now sometimes and LOVES doing this! He is trying hard to help in anyway he can. I do believe he is going to be involved in Mission work at some point as his heart is so generous and caring and open to helping others.

Luke has just melded right into our family. Luke and Aaron have gotten along since day one! Luke looks up to his big brother and loves when Aaron comes home from college for visits. He is crushed when Aaron goes back to school, but handles his coming and going quite well.  Luke is happy to just sit in Aaron's room and watch him do his homework if he can. He truly looks up to Aaron and cherishes every moment he can grab with him.

Luke and Paige are just the cutest brother and sister ever. They truly do love each other and play so well together. They spend hours playing together every day and Paige totally has Luke wrapped around her little finger.  I love watching them play and communicate together. Wayyy too cute! I am so glad that they get along as they do and that they cherish spending time together.

Luke and Tommy were best buddies when Luke first came home, then about 4 months later they entered into a battle over everything (including the air they breath). Life became a constant battle for attention and position in the family between the two of them, this lasted for a few months....They are now friends and brothers as of this point. For the most part they get along amazing and then once in awhile they have those brother moments and argue a little. But now when they disagree it is short lived and always ends with hugs and forgiveness and life goes on. It is nice to see how supportive Tommy is of Luke and how he tries so hard to help him and be there for him. They have come a long way in a short time, I am super proud of them both.

Luke has many amazing  qualities about him but one of the qualities that blows my mind is his self motivation. I truly wish I was as self motivated as Luke is. He is so determined to do well at things that he gives 110% always. I am blown away with how well Luke does in school. For a child that didn't go to school or have the experience of school until this year I would think school would be so overwhelming that it would shut you down. YET...Luke LIVES to go to school and learn. He cannot wait to get there everyday and is beyond excited when he comes home to share what he has learned everyday.  Luke also does a TON of extra supplemental work with me (his own wish to do so!) Luke is doing so well in school that I am amazed. He loves his school, his classmates, teachers and all staff there! He is extremely happy there. Sending him to DSD was the best decision we could ever have made as his parents for his education!

10 months of joy, struggles, amazement, learning, adventures, patience, laughter, tears, and TONS of LOVE!!!!!

                                         They truly are pals and love each other immensely!

                           The love they have for each other is genuine! Brothers forever!


                                                           My beautiful babies!!!!!


You wouldn't have convinced me years ago that you can take a "total stranger" and bring them into your life and they would become a most valued, cherished and loved member of the family! Of course God knew this all along, but I had no clue until recently! Thank you Lord for opening my eyes!!!!Thank you Lord for allowing our family the gift of adoption! Thank you for allowing us to see the world and life itself through Luke's eyes! Thank you Lord for watching over my baby all those years in China and protecting his heart, mind and soul from all the craziness that happened to him so that his heart wouldn't be hardened and he would be as loving and caring as he is now!!!!                                         

                                                      Thank you for Our Luke!!!






4 comments:

Aus said...

Morning Tracy - I'll just say that while you guys didn't 'know' each other - you weren't 'strangers' - I really believe that from the moment we are all born we are meant to be the members of the families we are in...adopted or otherwise!

hugs - aus and co.

IlliniAmy said...

That is just so beautiful! Well done!

Tracy said...

You are totally correct Aus.. I KNOW we were not total strangers but from most peoples perspective that is how it is looked at..(hence the air quotes hahah) I know that Luke was destined to be my child from Long ago. :)

Jewels of My Heart said...

Luke, you just make my heart smile! Keep shining bright!!!
Thank You Jesus for answered prayers!!!

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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