Thursday, April 17, 2014

1 Year Later

A lot has happened since last year. We were just getting on the plane to bring Simeon home. We were so blessed to spend two weeks in Taiwan, visiting old friends and meeting new ones, saying good-bye to the special people who had loved Simeon while we were so far away. So much has happened. Here are some of the highlights:

On Mother's Day 2013 we found out I was pregnant. We were so happy that Simeon would have a sibling close in age because it has been such a blessing to Elisha and Judah to have a close friend.



Simeon celebrated his first birthday.


We got to see Ashleigh and Sara (and other families who had adopted from Taiwan Xi En) in Louisville, KY (they were visiting the USA for the summer).



Simeon learned to climb.


We went to the park.



Simeon got to know his extended family. He is especially fond of his two grandpas.



We moved to a new house to accommodate our family of (what would soon be) SIX.


We built snowmen.


We celebrated Christmas.


 We welcomed Talia Jane to our family.


Simeon is learning how to be a good big brother. He likes to hold Talia (for about 10 seconds at a time).


He has play tested many toys, but looks forward to testing more.  


He continues to climb.


 And he loves to fly. And he loves to dance.


I guess you could say nothing particularly profound has happened. And yet maybe it has. We are so thankful to have Simeon home. We grew from a family of four to a family of six in nine months. We are immensely blessed and our goal is to enjoy every day as we walk this crazy blessed life that God has given us.








Thursday, May 9, 2013

Family of Five

We have really been enjoying our time since we got home. Simeon has been fighting an ear infection since before we left Taiwan, but appears to be better. Everyone was sleeping really well at night from the first day back (I credit this to God's grace and our LONG trip with little sleep at LAX). We were blessed by friends who brought us meals our first couple weeks home - it was a huge relief to me that I didn't have to worry about getting  a meal ready each night.

Simeon  is walking all over the place now and has been to two of Elisha's soccer games. He's met almost all of his grandparents, but I still need to get pictures with everyone. Below are some pictures of the last few weeks. We are blessed.

At the soccer game

Four generations

Having big brothers is a good thing. :)



Simeon's room



Saturday, April 20, 2013

Home






We are blessed.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

On our last day in Taiwan, we were able to go to a Chinese Culture Village near LuoDong. There were different shops with various handmade items (woodworking, candy, toys, glass, pottery, etc.). There was also a 130-year-old Chinese house turned into a museum there.

Eating a tang hulur like Little Pear (in the book by Eleanor Lattimore)

The front entrance of the 130-year-old home

One of the exhibits

Bamboo!

Feeding the ducks and fish one more time at the lake near The Home of God's Love

Going on a walk with Mama Bev

Saying good-bye to Showhwa (who took care of Elisha as a baby)

Taipei Airport - ready to go

Everyone did well on the 12-hour flight to Los Angeles. We made it through customs and then immigration (where we turned in our paperwork so Simeon can become a United States citizen). We rechecked our bags and went through security, then looked for our gate. It was at that point (10:30 pm) that we realized our flight to Chicago was cancelled due to bad weather. We spent the next couple hours rebooking a new flight (for 7 am), trying to figure out if we needed to get our luggage and check it for our new flight, and go back through security. A kind airport worker got us some blankets and another kind stranger showed us to a quite place where we could sleep. The boys were tired and disappointed to be sleeping on the floor, but they took it really well. By this time it was 1:00 am, but before bed Elisha even prayed, thanking God for a long list of ways He had blessed us. 

 

 After a 3-hour flight, we were greeted at the airport by Donnie's family and one of my good friends.

The drive home from the airport


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

More Pictures

I have been posting pictures from our trip on Face book, but am posting some of my favorites again below for you're viewing pleasure ( right now Simeon is napping in my lap; life is good).