Wednesday, April 6, 2011


We're trying to settle into our "new" normal. We're all trying to adjust and adapt to having a new little blessing in our home. I started back to work this week (part time) and have had to cope with all the feelings that go along with going back to work. Hoot is trying to cope with sharing daddy's attention and Lambert and I are trying to adjust to all the new responsibilities that comes with parenting two children. We thougt we were busy before, but now the thought of raising one child seems easy breezy. Hoot is an easy kiddo too so we had it pretty good. The Doll wants daddy's attention 24/7 and Hoot has always been Lambert's world. So sharing his time between the two of them has taken some getting used to. He's such a good daddy and has already made modifications to our routine so that he and Hoot can have some one on one time. Libbie is warming up to me day by day and I have learned that she operates on HER time table. She cuddles with me now (which you know I love) and she likes to give me kisses (I love that too). We visited the doctor last week and found out that she indeed does have a form of Arthrogryposis. We will visit a pediatric orthopedic surgeon next week as well as a physical therapist. Her doctor indicated that Libbie has GREAT potential and a long road of therapy ahead of her. All I can say is that she is one determined little fire cracker. She rarely uses her walker at home anymore. She thinks it gets in her way. She has the confidence to walk around our entire house without assistance. Now with that said... she has had MANY falls. She is never discouraged. She gets back up (crys sometimes) and keeps going. She is picking up new words every day too. She repeats everything we say and she is speaking some three word sentences. I am encouraged daily by his mercies. As I struggle and doubt, His truths come to me through his word just as I need them. His word is fresh and new daily and i realize now more than ever that His word is truly our daily bread. If I miss even one day of spending time in the word, what I feasted on the day before becomes stale and I quickly take my eyes off of Him and on to my circumstances and struggles. Psalm 27: 13-14 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD






  1. What a precious lil cutie. I am sure this new normal is challenging. Kate has asked me EVERY single day this week when Libbie is coming:) See you soon:)


  2. Cora was looking at your beautiful photos, and I reminded her that she was looking at Libbie, our new friend. She walked off to do something else and repeated, "Libbie is my friend." I love it! She looks even more precious every time I see her.

  3. So great to hear how you are doing since being back at home. Does she love her room? I know it has to be a challenge for all of you guys. You are right about finding our strength in HIm. I will pray for you with going back to work and all that is going on at home! So happy you are getting some lovin!

  4. Oh that pucker pic is adorable! Praying for everyone's adjustment into the new normal.

  5. Oh What precious pictures of Libbie! LOVE HER OUTFIT! TuTu CUTE!!!! All of the pics are without a dobut beautiful but pic #5 is my favorite!

  6. That is my kind of girl....wearing a tutu to church!!!!! I love her!!!!
    I loved our day we spent together...never thought a little girl letting me put her clothes on her would be such a huge thing but it was!
    Your words are so true too!!

  7. I love reading your updates. With the Arthro diagnosis, I hope you are able to stay in touch with Lia's mom in Illinois. If you want her contact info - send me an email at Love the Pictures!

  8. She is so beautiful! It is amazing to see how she has opened up and blossomed in the short time she's been here! Be patient on adjusting to your new schedules. It will even out.

  9. I admire your faith and courage. What a beautiful little girl! We are in the process of adopting a little girl from China, also. Just turned in our dossier to our agency this week! Tell me more (when you have time) about your adoption experience and travel home--how long did you take off work and what kind of arrangements did you make for Libbie for care? Thanks and congratulations!

  10. oh these pics are so adorable...the one bending over her walker is precious! In your loving home, Libbie has the world at her fingertips!