We head home tomorrow!
It has been a roller coaster of emotions, a dance in bonding and
attachment, hard, good, sweet, sad, wonderful, and amazing! The moments
have been unpredictable and we have lived the past 2 weeks through
moment by moment grace from God! The past week has been much better
than the first week! Our girls are brave and smart and sweet and we
love them to pieces. We can't wait to introduce them to their brothers
and sisters at home!
Thank you for your prayers! And thank you Granmart for keeping our
kiddos for 2 weeks!!! You are the best ever!!!! (she really is!)
Welcome Cassie and Chloe to your forever family!!! We rejoice at the
amazing work the Lord has done today in bringing these girls to our
arms! We absolutely adore them already!
After bath time in matching pjs! Corrie LOVES the twins! And they
treat her like a little sister already! Cooper enjoys playing with them
too...but he is such a big boy now, he's not much into giggly girl
They came right to us. They seem to have been well loved, and well
prepared praise God! Cassie got teary eyed off and on, bless her. The
nannies really really loved our girls and sent gifts with them. Cassie
and Chloe came to us with all the clothes and things we had sent them,
plus gifts from their nannies. Soooooo sweet! Chloe latched onto us,
so love-hungry! And we certainly are giving her plenty of love!
Cassie snuggled up with Carlie...coloring on her iPhone. Both girls
come to me and Rob to show us pictures, to tell us what they need. It
is so good so far! They are little Chinese girls through and through.
So their Chinese language is excellent. So ours is not excellent. So
that poses a problem when they are desperately trying to tell us
something! KK has a translator app that works well when it wants to.
Otherwise we just act things out and laugh at each other!
YALL I don't know what we would have done without KK and Carlie today.
Since Chloe cannot walk or stand alone, we have to carry her onto the
bus, carry her when she has to use the restroom, etc...and when we have
Chloe's wheelchair (which she loves the one we brought for her!) and
Corrie's stroller, it makes getting to/from places a challenge. But
every time I have picked Chloe up today (and she is pretty solid!) I
have felt an overwhelming gratefulness that I get to be her mommy. And
she calls me mommy, not mama. I love it! I hope and pray I never take
for granted these 14 children the Lord has given us! They are all such
miracles and little blessings!!! How I long to get back home to my
babies at home!!! KK and Carlie have taken care of Cooper and Corrie
for us! What a huge help! Cassie walks, even runs!!!She does have a
limp, but it doesn't slow that girl down.
Cassie adored Corrie from the first moment!
What a day it has been! Amazing! I could go on and on, and forgive me for how choppy and all over the place this update is!
Thank you for praying friends!!! And praise the Lord for the twins He has brought to us today!!!
Rob, Laine, Carlie, Corrie and Cooper made it to China and were greeted by none other than KK. How awesome is that!
We are here praise the Lord! Our flights were so fast it seemed! We
had no layovers and just enough time to get to our next flights. There
may have been some running when we almost missed our flight to
Our first glimpse of KK waiting on us with our guide Aron at the
airport! What a huge blessing to be with our daughter again!! Oh how
we have missed her!
Shuttle bus ride to the plane! Chinese airports amaze me. You feel like
you are in a movie, walking down a tarmac to the metal stairs up to the
door of the plane where stewardesses are waving to you!
Singing Corrie! Happy Corrie! She and Cooper were awesome traveling buddies!!
Our party of 5 at the Birmingham airport. We seem so small! I am
constantly feeling like I am forgetting someone! Oh how we miss our 8
children at home!!
We will get our twins at 1:00 a.m. while yall are sleeping tonight!
Thank you so much for all your prayers! Cassie and Chloe's 11 years in
an orphanage is about to come to a screeching halt. New life is ahead
of them, and us! It is sure to be hard, but we know God is with us, He
is with Cassie and Chloe, He is with our 8 children at home. My friend
Rebekah once told me that when I don't know what to expect about the
future, I can always expect God to be faithful. Amen and amen!
We leave for China in 3 days! It is finally time to go and meet these girls who have been on our hearts and in our prayers for months and months! Gotcha day is October 13! Please pray for our twins' hearts..that God would supernaturally prepare them fully for this big transition, and that He would prepare each of us too! Some of our children will stay at home with my mom, and some will be going with me and Rob. A sweet friend has graciously offered to renew and refresh the blog while we are gone, so you can check here for updates on our journey! (Thank you Hannah!!!) Here we go.....
This book......has made my family very happy! It is a cookbook I bought from my friend Gia when she was fundraising to bring Fisher home. Fisher is Cooper's foster home buddy, and now that they are both home in Alabama, going to church together, they are still big buddies! Praise The Lord!
Gia has so graciously donated her cookbooks to us to sell! Y'all, I use it all the time! There are so many yummy easy recipes! And some of them are submitted by us as our family favorites! Like this one:
And this one:
Anyway, since we have absolutely no cost in this, we will accept any dollar amount if you would like a cookbook! And if you can't make a donation, but still want a cookbook, we will send you one!
All proceeds go toward bringing Cassie and Chloe home! Thank you Wanninger family for donating these handy dandy little cookbooks to sell! What a huge blessing!
Leave me a comment or send me an email with your contact info and we will ship you however many cookbooks you would like! They make great little useful gifts!
We are getting closer to Cassie and Chloe! We received our 800 approvals yesterday and are just waiting to be cabled, then article 5, then TA! Praise God!!!
Thank you for helping us bring them home! And for your prayers most of all!!!
Oh blog. Blog friends. How woefully neglectful I have been! I found Instagram, a much quicker social media, and I use the stuffing out of it to post updates. And I have forgotten my little blog over here. Kimmiequan blogspot. How much things have changed!!!
Life is a freight train! I am riding each day at warp speed, hanging on to moments and trying to soak up these children. In one month my oldest will fly the nest--and make her new nest in China for a short while, loving on babies at the foster home where most of our children have been cared for...
She's going with her long time friend Hannah...what a blessing these two are!
My teen boys are living out their dream of playing high school football on a homeschool league.
My middles and littles are growing up! Life is so full!
And these two below? Cassie and Chloe--Their wait for a family, and our wait for them, is coming to a close! We received our LOAs for them July 29, praise God!
We are in the thick of fundraising--our first event was a yard sale this past weekend that God used to bring us:
AMAZING! We are so thankful! We are praying about having another yard sale in September, among other things to raise those last few (more like fifteen) thousand dollars needed for travel. Not sure who reads my little forgotten blog anymore, but if you have any ideas--we'd love to hear 'em! :)