Wednesday, November 14, 2018

On our way...Almost!

We got up this morning about 4am to make it to the Chicago airport for our 9am flight. On the way there, I saw a post from someone on Facebook who was going to be on our Detroit to Beijing flight. They were already on their way and had found out the our Beijing flight was going to be late.

So here we are at the Detroit airport...We almost could have driven here in the time we've been waiting. The plane is finally here and they say that we are going to start boarding soon - for an "on time" departure of 5:35pm - only 3 hours later than our flight was schedule for.

We've been sitting in the terminal trying to fill the time. We got all our books downloaded to our Kindles and tablets, ate Chik-Fil-A, and met a bunch of other families that are headed to China to adopt too!

Just about to board...more when we get to CHINA!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

On Our Way Soon!

I know that a lot of you have been asking about when we are heading to China and the answer is...
We're flying out of Chicago and heading to Detroit where we will get on a plane bound for Beijing. We have a busy first few days after we arrive. Here's a basic itinerary of what we'll be doing:

Wednesday, November 14 - Fly to China
Thursday, November 15 - Arrive in Beijing, China
Friday, November 16 - Visit Tangshan - Lydia's hometown
Saturday, November 17 - Tour Beijing - the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, etc.
Sunday, November 18 - Fly to Huhhot, Inner Mongolia

Huhhot is the provincial capital of Inner Mongolia, MeiMei's birth province. Because of the paperwork that needs to be processed, that is where we will meet MeiMei.

Monday, November 19 - Meet MeiMei
Tuesday-Wednesday, November 20-21 - Paperwork processing
Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving) - Visit Baotou - MeiMei's hometown and fly to Guangzhou
Friday - Wednesday, November 23-28 - Appointments and paperwork in Guangzhou, including at the US consulate.
Thursday, November 29 - Fly from Guangzhou to Beijing to Detroit to Chicago where we arrive around 9pm and then hopefully we'll get home and get to bed soon after that!!!

Please pray for smooth travels, good health, and quick jet lag recovery for the three of us traveling. Lydia is so excited, but she has such a difficult time dealing with life when she's tired. Pray that she will be able to adjust her body quickly to the huge time difference. I really don't think I can deal with her being emotional and then try to deal with MeiMei's emotions when we meet her. Also pray for all the transitions that will be taking place throughout the trip and coming home. MeiMei will be leaving all that she has known for the first 5 years of her life to move halfway across the world with a family that mostly looks, feels, sounds, and smells different than what she is used to. Pray that she would pick up English quickly and that we'll be able to communicate with her when she needs something.

Thanks for all the love and support from all of you. We will blog each night as we are able. I know that a lot of you will be looking for posts every morning. We'll try not to let you down. :)

Pictures added for cuteness!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Finally, A Sister

Well, it's only been five years since my last blog. I'm not so good at keeping things updated here. We used this blog the first time so everyone could follow our journey to Lydia. We're using it now so that everyone can follow our journey to our next Peterson Princess!
Surprise...For those of you who have not heard, we are about two months away from traveling to China to adopt a "MeiMei" (Little Sister). We've been in the process since November of 2017 and we're so excited. Lydia couldn't stop saying, "I can't believe I'm having a sister" for about a month after we told her. She is still excited, but is torn because she has heard from all her friends that little sisters can be very annoying. :) Brian and I are excited and busy at the same time. The paperwork keeps us on our toes.
For those of you who have done this before, or who are in it now, we are waiting for our I-800 approval. That is approval from the US government for our daughter's immigration. We need a few more things from the US and China before we can book our travel. Our agency thinks that the week after Thanksgiving is a good estimate for travel time.
We wanted to let you all know what was going on and give you a little glimpse at our MeiMei. I'll try to blog a little more in the next two months, and for sure, when we get to China.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

One Year Later...

What a difference a year makes...
Our first family photo with three, April 9, 2012
Celebrating Gotcha Day, April 9, 2013
Wow!  This past year has been an amazing journey.  We are so thankful for our daughter, Lydia.  She has brought so much joy to our life.  I look back at our pictures from our first days in China and I can hardly believe that this scared, timid little baby is our confident, friendly little girl.  She has grown so much and learned an amazing amount in this past year.  I am so glad that the Lord brought Lydia into our lives. 

We had a wonderful day celebrating our family.  We started off with a lunch at McDonald's.  I told Lydia while we were there that her first meal at McDonald's was ketchup.  Now she barely touches the stuff.  She loves McNuggets, fries and especially chocolate milk. : )  It was a fun lunch with Mama, Baba and Lydia's special friend, Miss Patti.  (It is because of Patti's prayers and faithfulness to God in their own adoptions that we saw God leading us to adopt Lydia.)
Lydia really wanted to go to the zoo today, but it was pouring down rain and cold, so after some convincing, we got her to agree to go to the children's museum instead.  We went downtown to the Betty Brinn Children's Museum and she had a blast.  We closed the place down!  She would have stayed a lot longer if she could.

We then went to "Bear Noodles" AKA Panda Express for some rice and noodles.  Lydia loves that restaurant and can spot one whenever we drive by.  She thinks it's so fun that there are pandas on the cups and decorations.  She even got a stuffed panda while we were there.
On the way home, we stopped at some friends so Lydia could play for "5 minutes" which really turned into more like an hour.  She had tons of fun with her China girl friends. : )
When we were in China we got Lydia a knitted Chinese doll with a silk outfit.  We gave that to her when we got home.  I think she likes it.  She asked if she could sleep with it and she's snuggled up with her now.  I also made her a Shutterfly book with pictures from the past year.  She looked through it and asked us about all the pictures.  She loves to look at pictures on the computer, so I'm sure that her book with get a lot of use.  I saved the book online just in case we need to get another copy someday!

As we put her to bed tonight, I just wanted to snuggle her and kiss her.  I am so amazed at God's faithfulness.  He provided for us throughout the adoption process, brought us to her in China and helped us to bond, and has given us the strength and wisdom that we need to be the best parents we can be.  I am so thankful for all that He has done throughout this past year...To God be the glory, great things He has done!!!!

Here are some pictures...just for fun. : )
Our family Easter picture

Easter Dress

Lydia and the cousins with Bestamor and Bestafar - Great Grandma and Grandpa Aunan

Lydia and Miss Patti

Super Cute!!!

Eating noodles is so much fun and yummy!!!

Lydia with her presents

Friday, March 1, 2013

Ok, so it's been a really long time since I've written a blog post.  Time just gets away from me.  When you have a three year old and teach kindergarten, there are very few dull moments. : )

Well, in honor of Lydia's second surgery, I thought I better post something!

Her first surgery went about as well as anyone could hope for.  She woke up from anesthetic and when I went into the recovery room, she had already eaten one Popsicle and was on her second.  It barely phased her that she couldn't do much with her right hand.  When she tried to wash her hand the first time, she asked Brian to take her cast off.  When he told her it had to stay on, she just went with it.  She didn't complain and just tried to figure out a new way to do everything.  She's pretty adaptable.

About a month later, her cast came off, which I think was more traumatic for her than the surgery itself.  She did not like the noise the saw made and when she saw her fingers were dirty, she was NOT happy.  She kept looking down at her fingers and saying, "Dirty".  We took her out for supper at the restaurant of her choice - "Bear Noodles" AKA Panda Express and then went home for a bath.  After she soaked in the bath and her hand was clean, she thought her new hand was pretty nice.  It took her a few days to get used to using her right hand again, but she has really enjoyed the extra movement that she's been able to have. 

Here we are again at the hospital waiting for Lydia's surgery to be done.  She had a sinus infection a few weeks ago and woke up with a cough the other day.  I was worried that she might not be able to have surgery because of that, but the nurse didn't seem to think that it was a problem.  The anesthesiologist resident made me a bit nervous by saying that sometimes it takes a month for airways to open all the way after an infection.  When the doctor came in though, she just asked about how long ago she finished her antibiotics and said that everything should be ok. : )

Last night at supper, Lydia asked Brian, "How long til March?"  (She knew that her surgery is on March 1st.)  He told her, "One dark-outside nigh-night."  (This is how she keeps track of time!)  After Brian told her that she started clapping and cheering.  She told us that she was "A little bit excited and a little bit happy" about her surgery.  For Lydia when she says "a little bit", it is so cute and it doesn't really mean a little bit.  She was so excited that I didn't know if she would even be able to go to sleep.  When I put her to bed, I told her that she had to go to sleep fast because it was still going to be dark outside when we had to leave for the hospital. 

This morning when we turned the bathroom light on, she woke up, but she said she just wanted to snuggle in bed.  She laid in bed for a little bit and then got up and got dressed and ready to go.  When we left for the hospital, she kept telling us that we needed a flashlight because it was dark outside. : )

We got here and got checked in.  The nurse in the check-in to surgery was the same one as the last time.  In November, she asked me a lot about adoption.  When we checked in today, she told me that she is engaged and getting married in November.  Because she is older she said they have talked about adopting!  She was concerned that she might be too old, but I told her she was well within the range to adopt from China.  She said they have already talked about saving their wedding gift money for adoption expenses. : )  I gave her our name and number and the names of our agency and some others that we know are good and work in China.  Who knows, maybe God put us here to encourage her toward adoption.  There are no coincidences in life - God has it all orchestrated. 

I'll post a picture later today of the "new cast".  Lydia picked out orange this time. : )

Here are some pictures...
First attempt at snow angels

Love playing in the snow
Chinese New Year party with some of our Chinese friends
Ready to go, even at 5am!!!  Baba isn't so sure. : )

"I like these jammies"

A little out of it after the goofy juice!