Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

In LOVE!!!!!

He has the sweetest little voice, a little raspy, and a charming smile. Look out ladies!

(He and the driver were a little late, due to the snow. And, the poor fellow was car sick and threw up two times on the way from the orphanage. He wasn't happy when he found out he would have to ride in a car again when we left.)

He quietly entered the room where we were sitting and followed the director, barely looking our way.

When we spoke to him, he came over. He let each of us hold him--well, he tried to hold Ellie. And, he let us kiss him. He didn't say a word.

Stan gave him cars and he opened them. Instead of playing with them, though, he put them in his pockets. He had to be coaxed to play with them. While the others in the room worked on papers, we just played, kissed, hugged. Qing Zhuang said almost nothing.

He was asked by one of the civil affairs officers, "Mama, Baba, hao bu hao?" (Are Mama and Daddy good or not good.) He said, "Hao," one of the first words we heard. The word was, "Good," and we are glad.

We are back in the hotel room, and he is beginning to talk and play. His voice is raspy. I think he and daddy are going to be best buddies!!! I love it. Everything daddy says, Qing Zhuang says. Everywhere Baba goes, Qing Zhuang follows.

He is beginning to talk a lot, just 3 hours after we met him. We have no clue what he is saying, and for now, he is okay with that. He occasionally shouts, "Mama!" to get my attention. I love it.

Josie-Tatum keeps saying things like, "I can't believe we have a brother." And, "Zeke is so adorable."

Ellie was having a good time until we asked her to let Zeke hold her camera. She is now sadly lying on the bed. I think she is overly tired. I asked her if I could lie down with her and she shook her head no. I must seek God's wisdom to make her feel special this week, too.

I leave you with this one video clip. He was practicing everybody's name, not very good at saying Ellie or Josie-Tatum (JT) but he has decided he likes calling Baba...Mama instead. He loves his own joke.


Aus said...

Morning guys - wow what a trip!! Great joy for you guys - and little dude has a sense of humor...oh man I love that - and love that video!!


hugs - aus and co.

Sabrina said...

Oh, sister! How very precious, and what a special blessing! So good to hear you all laugh. Love you!

Kim K. said...

SQUEAL! He's so precious. I'm just so happy for you, Robbie. Big hugs to your girls too.

Emily said...

Crying tears of JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE IS A DOLL!! PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!

Jolene said...

Oh, girl I have tears...just tears. The Lord is SOOO very good! Praising Him with you right now and praying for the precious hearts of all your children!

Anonymous said...

AAWWWW! The three of them look SO SWEET together! Your young man looks like he has a beautiful sweet spirit! HAPY GOTCHA DAY!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Been following and praising God that you are in CHINA! Zeke is precious! I continue to pray for all of you!!

In Him,

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