Waiting For Ladybug

Monday, December 04, 2006


What an incredible day! Where do I even begin? We arrived in Nanning at 11:00 am. We checked in at the hotel, and waited until we were to meet our translator at 2:50. This was the moment that we had been waiting for. As we entered the Civil Affairs building, I heard a conversation being had concerning Ning Yi (our AbbyGrace), and then our translator shared with us that the Foster Parents were there and wanted to meet us. What an absolute joy it was for us to be able to meet them. The family that has cared for our daughter as their own for more than two years. It was with great joy that I was able to hug the neck of the Foster Mother, and share with her my sincere thanks for her motherly care of my daughter. It was an unexpected pleasure. Then we went upstairs to a private playroom where they were to bring the children to greet us. Ning Yi was first. She entered the room running, and barely stopped. There was a slide that she had her eyes set on. As she begin to climb the stairs, we were close behind her trying to get her attention withoug scaring her. One of the orphanage workers called her nickname "LiLi" and asked her who we were. She turned, looked me in the eye and said "Mama", and then to Ethan "GeGe", and to Robert "Baba". Then she quickly went about her playing. We played for several minutes until we were told that it was time to leave. I was certain that the tears would begin then. But they didn't. I simply scooped her up, and out we went, while she still laughed and giggled. And to this point, there has not been a tear. I understand that there is still great possibility that the grief will come. However, I believe that the prayers of so many that have joined us in praying that the transition would be made easy for our daughter have been answered. Thank you, Lord! We are completely smitten with this beautiful gift from the very hand of God.
And now, what you've all been waiting for, the pictures!


Anonymous Melody said...

Dear Family, God is so faithful. I am crying enough for all of you. I remember the feeling that I had with our foster parents, and the bond that we felt when we met them as well, what a wonderful experience for you. The pictures are great. You stay in our prayers and in our hearts, much love, Melody and family

6:02 AM  
Blogger Margo said...

Oh Shannon thank you so much for sharing your journey while there with us. I just wish I was closer to see your beautiful baby girl. Man has Ethan grown I sure do miss you guys. Oh and tell Robert he looks great as do you. I just can't help crying when reading this and looking at the pics.
Love you guys

6:36 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I am so thrilled and overjoyed to see AbbyGrace in your arms! And how exciting to see AbbyGrace holding Mulan! Paige kissed Mulan when we put her in the envelope to mail her to you, and to see her in AbbyGrace's arms is killing me! Happy tears are being shed for you all! YAY!

6:41 AM  
Blogger McRae said...

Shannon, Robert & Ethan:

I am SOOO excited for all of you! And, AbbyGrace, I cannot wait to meet you!!! What a beautiful family! I'd love to be able to see all of you when we travel through there for Christmas.

I'm glad your wait is over and you have your family of 4 together. What a wonderful Christmas gift!

Love ya and miss you terribly!

7:03 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

She is beautiful Shannon!

I pray that things keep going so smoothly for your family.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Mrs gesner said...

I Cried as I read your post. Thanks for sharing your Joy with us . May God continue to bless and guide this precious life.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Shannon- She is beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing. I am really happy for your "new" family!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Shannon I'm so happy for you all. She looks great! What a happy day!

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Johnson's said...

HOW WONDERFUL! We are so thrilled to see AbbyGrace and to see that she is happily adjusting to life with her new family Can't wait to see her in person.

Shannon - YEAH! for the hairbow story - your dreams have come true. I'll have the barrettes and ribbons waiting at the airport!

The Johnson's

4:07 PM  
Blogger majoreb said...

Our dear family,
Dad and I just came home from a Corps party. Of course we shared with everyone all day as well as tonight about our new grandaughter! I told them the story that you shared with us about telling AbbyGrace that she is loved. And told that she is the perfect gift to us that shows again the love of God to us His children. It is wonderful to know that she will be told everyday that she is loved, and that she will be raised in a christian home, being taught the love of God. Wow! Your Dad and I are overwhelmed with His goodness. Take care, come home safely. See you soon! We love you all (4 of you now!!) Mom and Dad. xo xo

6:33 PM  
Blogger matt said...

WOW! What a beautiful niece God has given me. Of course you are already aware of this, but you are very blessed. I'm so happy for all of you. Now you know what Penney was doing with all of those bows for every outfit.

7:31 PM  
Blogger penney said...

Shannon,Robert,Ethan and AbbyGrace we are so excited for your family. Man... Our family is really growing with two new additions to this year. She is adorable. Aunt Penney can't wait to see her and put a bow in her hair. I am missing that this time around with 'lil' Nate. God is so good. Children our such a precious gift. Megan wants Ethan to know that being an older sibling is awesome!! We will continue to pray for your safe journey home!!! Give her and Ethan hugs and kisses from us.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Ang said...
Praise God, all things are possible through Him! You Guys are going to give her so much love, the tears will be filled with joy. Congratulations, I knew when we became friends You, Shannon, and your family were blessed by the Lord. This is a true merical with blessings abounding. No doubt you will be a great Mom, Dad, and Big Bro God willed for her. Keep in touch, Bring her to see us!!!
In Christ

2:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shannon, remember that I told you I have been waiting for that one photo- the one of your AbbyGrace, finally in her mommy's arms!! Well, I can't tell you the joy I feel to see that now. She is beautiful and though the wait was hard, it was worth every moment to see her with you now. Be blessed!!!

Erin Hunlock

9:18 AM  

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