Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Wo, Mimi! Wo Mimi!

Yesterday as Quan and Kimmie were getting ready for their bath, Quan took all his clothes off and put them in the dirty clothes. Kimmie needs extra help with her shirt, but this time I let her keep trying by herself to pull down her panties. It is a skill she needs to learn so she can eventually go potty by herself! The three of us, (Me, Kimmie, and Quan) stood outside the laundry room. Kimmie kept trying and trying to get those little hands in that elastic so she could get a good grip and pull down. Quan and I watched. Every once in a while I would say "You're doing it! You almost got it! Come on!" It was painful to watch; I wanted to help so badly! Kimmie never lost her will, though. She kept at it, without batting an eye. It was like she never even had the thought that she COULDN'T do it! After a couple of minutes Quan started chanting "Wo, Mimi! Wo Mimi! Wo Mimi!" while clapping his hands. I joined in and soon her four older siblings joined the chanting. After five more minutes, she DID IT! She was so proud, but didn't gloat long as she raced to the dirty clothes basket and then to the bubble bath to be first!
What impressed me the most though, was her brother Quan, being the first to cheer her on. He is not the type to waste time watching someone pull down their panties. Yesterday though, you would have thought he was watching a monster truck race or something. He was SO into it, and SO sweet chanting "Go Kimmie!" in his own little way. I love these glimpses the Lord gives me of his gentle heart and his love for his ol' playmate in China, who is now his baby sissy!
Above in China, while we were waiting.....below in Alabama!

25 comments:

Dollar General said...

What a sweet little man!

mommy24treasures said...

oh so precious, thanks for sharing it.

Sherri said...

Wow, Laine. What an incredible little story. I have a feeling I would love your little Quan. When I was a teacher, my favorite kids were always those spunky little boys.

We have the same kind of issue with Mia. She can potty by herself as long as she is wearing tights and dresses. But jeans, that's another story. If you haven't read the book "No Excuses" by Kyle Maynard, you should. It will encourage you as a parent.

I want to meet your sweet babies!

Sherri

The Young's said...

What an amazing story. That is so huge for Quan to do. I wish Silas would do that!! We really need to foster some "teamwork" within our kids. I feel like they are all competing against each other for one thing or the other!! What a great illustration of how you guys are fostering that teamwork!! I LOVE IT!!!
Buffi

Southern Cheesehead said...

oh I just love that! They've also grown so much comparing those pictures which is amazing to see! I'm so proud of you guys and how you've learned from this and proud of them in how far they have come as well. The Lord is so awesome in how He knits everything together so perfectly whether it be in the womb or with a family!

Meredith Teagarden said...

This story reminds me of the little baby bird that must peck its way out of its shell to gain the strength to live. How precious your little ones sound as they try so hard to learn and encourage the other :)!

DeEtte said...

Oh Laine, I LOVE this post! It brought tears to my eyes - both Kimmie trying SO hard and Quan being so encouraging! I hope that's how Hannah and Sadie will be!! Wow! You made my day with this post!
love, DeEtte

Journey to Lilly! said...

aww that is very precious! Quan does have such a very big heart. I am so proud of Kimmie!! Everytime I think of their story in China & now as a forever family I have to give God glory! What an awesome miracle!
lv u,
Kim

Stefanie said...

I LOVE BOYS!! What a precious big brother to cheer his little sister on like that. Makes my heart skip a beat... he's gonna make someone a fantastic husband someday!!
And like Quan said, "Go, Kimmie!!" What a determined little spirit she has! Praise God, those babies of yours are fearfully and wonderfully made :)

wareaglefam said...

I just love that sweet boy! Give him a big ole kiss from Mrs. Tracy!

Mike and Barb said...

That is so sweet!!!
And you know what just dawned on me when I looked at his picture? He looks like ROB!!!!
And the determination of little Miss Kimmie.... that sounds sooo familiar... Alex is the same way! They try so hard, and they WILL succeed!
Barb

Anonymous said...

What a sweet, sweet spirit Quannie has and Kimmie will never let ANYTHING stop her from doing what she wants to do. They have come soooo far thanks to loving and nurturing parents and loving and caring older siblings. What an awesome God we have to have brought these two precious children into your lives and into our lives as well. You will never know how many lives have been changed because of you and your family. Love ya Ethel

Jan said...

That is just the sweetest little story! Who would think two little kids could teach us such a great lesson about perserverance and selfless love for another :-)

Kimmie and Quan will be alright in this world!

Love,
Jan

mommyofmany said...

What a wonderfully sweet picture of what family is all about!

Tammy said...

How precious! I hope it's just a glimpse at the closeness they'll share in the future.

Lisa said...

What a precious story! Sounds like he has a huge heart. Yea Kimmie on the accomplishment.

Jana said...

agghhhhh .... stop already with the precious posts - you're killing me. I want SO BADLY to meet these two sweeties in person!! They are too much for words. We take so much for granted and seldom seek to find pleasure in the small things. Thanks for keeping us humble.

Anonymous said...

What a great event! Yeah Kimmie! I do struggle inside while watching Joshua struggle to take on and off his clothes and try other tasks. He is getting better and his determination to "do it self" is growing. We met with the hand surgeon for the first time today and have his first surgery scheduled in April. I will need some encouragement as the date approaches on how to handle having your little one "go under the knife". I do hope you all will be available to get together with us in Feb when we come to Birmingham.
Love,
The Hands

Sonya said...

Awwwwww! That is just priceless!

The Princess's Mommy said...

That is just the sweetest thing ever! Just makes me want to cry...
Love,
Monica

Barbie said...

Isn't it such a joy to see these little ones support one another. To encourage the other one. Your two little ones are a real blessing. And they see that in one another. What a gift!

Family4Liv said...

Tender indeed! What a relationship they will share, I can see the support system now. YEAH kimmie WO MIMI! She has the will, determination and family to see her through any challenge!

Thanks for sharing!

christine said...

Hi Laine,
Your blog continues to inspire me. WE are finally getting our fingerprints done monday. Lifeline has been great. Karla thinks so highly of you. We are hoping to be DTC in March. The wait continues. Your video was so moving, thanks for being so real. God is being glorified.
Blessings,
Christine

Jodi said...

What a great story! Definitely one for the baby books. =) It's so good to hear that he's cheering her on.

Walker said...

Just adorable!