Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cat's out of the bag




Yes, we are adopting again. We have PA for our little girl, Phoebe Hope.


She is 7, same as Kat. And she's gorgeous. As all our girls are:)



Now for the negative family members, and yes, I am pointing out that you are indeed, our own family-- please be advised that these are appropriate responses when speaking to us-



Congratulations. How nice. What a blessing she will be. How lovely. I'm happy for you all. I'm sure you can even read comments left on this post to see some great responses, right folks?




And if those things just can't seem to find their way to your lips, then there is always the option of saying NOTHING and keeping your issues out of our JOY.



Because she is, in fact, a joy, a blessing, a gift from God to us. ALL of us.



God has already shown us our daughter, given us the funding to begin the journey to her. We know she is meant to be one of our many crew, and we are honored to be chosen to parent her.




To answer other sure-to-be questions-



The kids are quite happy.



Yes, we have room in the new house for her. Kat and her will share a room and Kat is thrilled she will have a sister her age. She told me out of the blue yesterday "I will love Phoebe and be a great sister to her. I'll hold her hand so she doesn't trip to get on the bus."



We will be able to reuse the boys' dossier paperwork for those adoption savvy people, saving us $$ and time. Our LOI (Letter of Intent) went in before the boys 1 year anniversary date of adoption.



We don't know when we will travel yet, too early to guess with reusing the paperwork being new to us. Not sure who will travel either, me for sure, dad no.



We had our HS update done last night and it went very well. We are well prepared for this new precious gift of a daughter to love.



Will she be the last. YES. She will. 12, a dozen, nice round number. Done- on to focusing on raising the ones we have. It's tough to love one you can't touch, you can't see, you don't know if she is sick, or happy, or sad, or loved for months and months till we go get her.



We were surprised about this last one, but feel no less blessed to be chosen for her:)



As for making you wait, well, these hardworking construction dudes, they didn't realize we had the Internet/phone service connected and when they started working on Monday a line was in the way so one them snipped it. OIY. Just happened to be that cable! Of course it was. (Not lying MOM)



The work on the house has gone amazingly fast, the lower level is framed. The well was drilled yesterday. The electric guys are here now, the heat guys came and went. The plumber is due soon and more materials are on the way. The footer is poured for the garage. The dry wall that had to come down is down, walls out that needed out gone, the flooring is all out of the upstairs. I can't believe how much as been done in 3 days!



It might have something to do with me threatening to send these kids home with workers if they don't get our house done soon enough? I do know I went to buy paint and the woman overheard me talking on the phone to the contractor and told me her hubby was working here. I asked if he told her what a mess the house was- nope, he told her we had a TON of kids:)



12 to be exact. 10 here, 1 in heaven, and now #12, our lovely Phoebe Hope.


Can't wait to love on her!

54 comments:

Monica said...

Whooohoooo!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for her and for all of you! We so wanted to add to our family but we are too old. (Old?! How rude!) I live vicariously through you, so your joy is mine.

She IS beautiful! I can't wait till she gets home!
Monica

Suzanne said...

So happy for you guys!! Your family is truly blessed. Never forget that for one minute. All children deserve homes and if you are called to adopt and have a big family, then that is exactly what you should do! I'm sure no one ever went to their grave wishing they had less family to love!

Chad said...

YIPPPPEEEEEE!!!! I know that's not on the list of appropriate comments, but I felt safe. So proud for you (and Phoebe). Even more proud that now I can pay attention to the class I am sitting in. Blessings to you and ALL the kids here and abroad.

Charli's Dad

Jennifer said...
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connie said...

congratulations!!!!! so excited for you! And i LOVE your suggestions to the nay-sayers :) :) I soooo get that!

Lori said...

Wonderful news!!

What a surprise! Yet...not. :)

You're a great family and I am certain Miss Phoebe will fit in quite nicely with your fun crew.

She's darling!

Congratulations!!


**And sorry if those posted twice...I don't think it went through the first time. :)

Rita and John said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful surprise! Your children must be so excited to have a new sister on the way. She's absolutely beautiful. What a blessing for all of you.

Lillie's Mom said...

Congratulations! Excited to see God moving and building families. What a priviledge to follow along as you grow again! She's beautiful and I will be praying for her precious heart as she prepares to come home. I'm sure she has no idea what a fantastic family she has waiting for her!!!

Susan said...

Congratulations! I enjoying following your families adventures. I have also adopted some older children and we have some of the same issues. Can't wait to see your new home completed.

Regina said...

Congratulations!!! I can't wait to follow this journey as I followed your journey to the boys. Blessings to you and your family!!

Joy said...

How wonderful! Congratulations!

Laurie said...

She's beautiful! Can't wait to see a smile on her face and some hair on her head. Incredible! I love following your blog.

Laurie

Millie said...

Hi! I'm a loong time lurker (mostly for my poor english writing skills! LOL!) Afer a pretty bad day this news give me hope!!! I'm sooo happy for you and you're family!...I know that the Good Lord will grant you every blessing so you can be together soon!

Congratulations, Millie from PR

Cindy said...

Congrats on your new precious daughter! I love her name!!!!

(Please keep us updated on your home remodel too, and with pictures, how fun!) I guess your home just grew by TWO more feet! Congrats again to your family and the blessings you receive.

Jerry and Christy said...

Congratulations!!!! Such a blessing and so beautiful too. Can't wait to see Phoebe home with your family.
I'm so happy for all of you.

Christy

Sherrie said...

YEAH!!!!!!!! So happy for you and Miss Pheobe!!! Glad the house is moving along so quickly too, I hope your wait for your new little girl goes just as quickly!

Dawn said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! SURPRISED AND SO HAPPY FOR YOU ALL! Loved your message to negative group. You might also remind them that they should not forget that God calls us ALL to help the orphan. If you are not adopting just "What are YOU doing to help?" Pray for us too as there is one I would like to add to our family as well. And the fact that we are "Too old" does not seem to change my heart too much. ;-(

Love for Lilly Yin said...

THRILLED FOR YOU!

Vanessa said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! She is beautiful! I can't wait to follow your journey to Phoebe! What a blessing! I'm a long time lurker, but I just HAD to post my congrats because this is such JOYFUL news!

(We have 3 blessings from Korea and are waiting for #4)

Robyn said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new daughter! Can't wait to see more about your journey.

Julie said...

Congrats Vicki!!! I figured that this was your big announcement. This is awesome! She is beautiful too :) I always said that if my husband would let me I would bring 10 home. Good for you. I cant wait to follow your journey.

Sherri said...

Congratulations! I am thrilled for you guys!

Lara said...

WOW! Amazing, exciting, and unexpected news! I'm holding on to my seat to enjoy the ride. Seven-year-olds are super! Of course you know that already, but as I type my been-home-five-months daughter is lying on the floor screaming and crying. Why? Cuz she didn't get to drink out of her brother's, and I wouldn't stop and buy her McDonald's chicken nuggets. Loving life! Thanks for continuing to share your story. I continue to read because I need a break from my own reality some days. Continuing to pray for all your kids.

Ruthie said...

"Yayyyy another China girl! What she is 7, how jealous is me! Does Kat forget I am her 7 year old SISTER", me Narissa!
Not to be a nay sayer, just thought I would share an honest view of my Narissa's reaction that wishes she was getting Phoebe, or Kat!
We could not be happier for all of you, we know how loved she already is! Can't wait to follow along. Ruthie

lalalorlor said...

Oh my goodness! Is she an angel with albinism?!? My daughter Shae is 10 - she's from Ningxia and has beautiful white hair and blue eyes. I also have a son and a niece from Tianjin and Xiamen that are our strawberry blonde sweeties!

Congrats on your new daughter!!

Laurie

Andi said...

OH MY GOSH!!! I am sooooo happy you are adopting this beauty. I am not prepared to adopt again just yet, but have been peeking at the SN groups...Ya never know when God will speak. I had seen her file and said a quick little prayer..God please give her a family. I don't know why I said that prayer for her, but I did. He definitely heard and answered..PRAISE GOD. :)

Susan said...

Had a feeling that you were going to adopt again. Have been following your blog for quite a while and really admire how you handle your large family. The kids are so lucky to have found their forever home with you.

Shirlee McCoy said...

What wonderful news! You're right, she is beautiful just like your other girls.

And, she is perfect just the way she is.

Christine said...

Congratulations! I am very happy for all of you. She's precious.

sunflowermom said...

WOW CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'm so happy for all of you. God is blessing everyone!

Lisa

Chris said...

Beautiful!! Congratulations!!

Sorry there are people that can't get those words out.

Grandma Shelley said...

Cat's out of the bag? AWESOME! She is a lucky girl....you are lucky parents. It's a great match, made in Heaven. Thrilled for you!!!

Holly said...

I am soooo jealous!!! I want to adopt again so badly. Hubby says he doesn't feel it's the right time. Oh, how I am longing for it to be the right time! I am so happy for you guys!!! She is beautiful. Can't wait to meet her here on your blog! God bless you, sweet friend.

Sarah Oyer said...

Wow, Vickie, that is incredible news! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear all about her, how you found her, everything!
Sarah

Nancy said...

Congrats on your new daughter...she is beautiful...and don't be so sure Phoebe will be your last. Never say never.

Cayle said...

I am in tears! I am so happy for you guys and she is beautiful. I have this weird feeling she will fit right in and I can't wait til she comes home.

Didn't we already hear that Chloe was your last haha. <3 HUGS

Corlia said...

So happy for your family!! This is wonderful, looking forward to Phoebe coming home and seeing the siblings adjust and grow in the process. Lots of love

CherryBomb2 said...

Y E S ! And God will bless you 10,000-times.
When will you start a travel blog so we can all go with you and experience the Joy day-by-day ?

Can you add a third story to the "Castle" ? Might as well while the wprkmen are they anyway. Right ?

There is no family stronger than yours !

John C.

Heather said...

Wow! This is so exciting! I am so excited for Phoebe as I know she will just love being a part of your loving family! congrats, Mama!!!

Jenna said...

This just makes me smile from ear to ear!!! I am so excited to see this blessing bless your family. How precious is she! I was guessing this was coming, so I am so excited to see it!

Lori Lynn said...

Wow. I am blown away. Congratulations to you and your family! You clearly know what you are getting into, and you are willing to head down that path anyway. That is the most amazing news and I eagerly look forward to reading all about her as she discovers life with a family who loves her.

The Drinkwaters said...

Congratulations! Welcome Phoebe Hope!

Hunan Mommy said...

Another devoted reader! Such amazing news about your girl....another precious child home!Congratulations, and I can't wait to follow along!

Joy said...

Congratulations!!!! I am so excited for you. I am trying to convince Stefan to go back to China for a sister for Taylor.

Jennifer said...

What a lovely name for a lovely little girl! Congratulations - I cannot wait to watch this journey unfold. And I'm so glad you continue to share all the ups and downs. . . For those of us who went from being nosy lurkers, to inspired lurkers, to someday-hope-to-be-just-like-you - thanks! (Okay, maybe not JUST like you - 12 kids and all those teens. . . maybe not - but adopting precious kiddo(s) - yep, in the words of King Louie (Jungle Book) - I wanna be like you!

Krista said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
She is beautiful and I can't wait to hear all about her and the journey to you!!!
AWESOME!
Krista D

Difference2This1 said...

Congtatulations!! Yes, she will be a blessing to your beautiful family!! Jennifer

ashley said...

Been a lurker, but had to come out and say congratulations! Your daughter is precious! I absolutely love your blog and love your heart. Your family is so wonderful!

Shannon and Boyd Bringolf said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for your family!!! Can hardly wait to see your new daughter home with her new family! Fun times ahead!

Andrea Ansel said...

Congradulations on your daughter and you new house. She must be a precious little girl for you guys to have taken her in to your family. We will come up for a visit as soon as we can after the house is finished, and then again once Pheobe is home for good. I can't wait to see you all again!(I am sure my kids will love getting together)
Love you cousin,
Andrea

Mandi said...

I wondered how long it would take. I don't know why, but something told me this was coming. Congrats. She is beautiful, and definitely a blessing.

Jean said...

Yay God!! So happy #12 is coming home!! We are in process again, too!!

Love the part in the post regarding- if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all!!

Nothing should get in the way of you celebrating your new daughter!!

BigOrangeDog said...

Y'all rock! I'm so excited for you. (I get those comments from family too, and we are only have four!) Can't wait to "meet" the newest family member.

Desiree' said...

Congrats!! and I am gonna borrow your post for our family...have had PA for a month now and still haven't told them...that just isn't right...we are over the moon happy and can't share :(