Friday, January 16, 2009

Challenging, but good day...

This is going to be really short because I'm exhausted tonight. It's 11pm here on Friday night and I'm ready to drop. Today we switched it up a bit and I took care of Lauren and Joe played assistant. Lauren had a couple of major meltdowns, but we also had some really good moments. Joe left the room for about an hour or so to run some errands and Lauren and I stayed in the room to play. She was smiling and even laughed a few times. I definitely got a glimpse of the sweet girl she is underneath all her grief.

We went out this evening with a couple of other families and had a great dinner and a nice walk along the water. I'll post more about our day later on. You can see our photos from the day here.

By the way, for OziMom, the weather here in Gaungzhou is GREAT. It's cold in the morning (coat and hat for the babies and a jacket for us) and by the afternoon it's perfect...mid 70's. I really don't think we could have picked a better time to come.

Chinese New Year starts on January 25th and the decorations have been going up all

18 comments:

Somewhere In The Sun said...

I love seeing the pictures of the decorations since that is when I was there last year.
I just love how you are so sensitive to Lauren's grieving. She's so blessed to have you and Joe for parents.
I'm glad you have good weather. Last year at this time was that huge snowstorm!

~Lynn

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Sandy said...

Donna, you and Joe are doing so well handling Lauren's grieving. Hang in there and feel the positive love and prayers that are being sent to you from half a world away. I really believe you guys will have a strong bond and attachment as you help Lauren pass through this really tough phase. I can't imagine how tough it is on you personally, so please know that my thoughts are with you. She is a beautiful girl and she's got a great set of parents!

Carol said...

Hope you get some sleep soon....hang in there!!

Love your photos....yeah you guys got the good providence.....it's 16 degrees here today.......whine, whine, whine.....

Amy said...

Today's pictures really made me smile. You've got a smart girl there. I loved seeing her curiosity bloom. She was enjoying all the different colors in the crayon box. And, she is drawn to the computer. :) Kids these days, its always about technology. Before you know it she'll want her own cell phone. Actually she is probably interested in it because she has seen you using it. Another good sign.

Stephanie said...

We are just loving the pictures... thank you for posting each day, even when you are so tired.

I think Qing Qing might be working on the blog, based on the pictures!

Stephanie

Anonymous said...

God has promised in Psalm 30:5 that "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." Know that the Lord is close to Lauren and the both of you at this time. Lauren is lovely! When she ready, she will really love you both.

Waiting Mother (Gotcha Day 2/2/09) in Washington

redmaryjanes said...

I heard a friend of mine got to see you briefly the other day :)

Karsynn's Mommy...Sammi said...

YEAH, how exciting! I knew she'd come around with time. I'm so jealous of the warm weather. It's about 8 degrees here in KY, well at least where we live. YUCK! Keep the pictures coming.

Lisa and Tate said...

So glad things are starting to get better! She really is adorable and you are an amazing and patient momma! Yesterday I sat with my mom and read the posts and looked at the pictures! She and I were in such tears feeling for you and anticipating our turn in China. Huge hugs and prayers for your sweet new family!

Lisa

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE the photos..
Looks like you are doing better and it will be different everyday..
I just love Lauren's pretty little face..
HUGS..

Catherine said...

So happy to hear that your day went well and that you were able to see more smiles and giggles from your baby girl. Praying her heart is beginning the healing process.

amyinbc said...

So glad to hear that day by day things are getting a bit easier all round. Hoping you got some much needed sleep! New motherhood is challenging, no matter what the situation. Sleep when you can :) She is beautiful..

Our Journey to Jadyn Nicole said...

Each day will get better. We will keep you guys in our prayers. Enjoy your time in China.

Tracy said...

Slowly, slowly. So glad to hear of those smiley times of the day. You've got a beautiful girl.

Reneeks@gmail.com said...

Awesome news, sounds like each day a little better. Also, each day you are getting more used to her and her little ways. Glad to hear you are enjoying China so much. How cool to be there for the prep of CNY!
Take care,
Renee

Christi and Abbey said...

Great idea to get you more in the mix today, you all will benefit from the balance. Red lanterns going up all over Shenzhen today too. I hear strength and hope for the future in your "voice", which is wonderful. We are all rooting for you! Now I need to go so I can look at all your photos.

OziMum said...

Thanks for the weather report! Will you still be there for CNY?!

I bet the place is buzzing!!!