Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Our family- finally a family of five!

My whole family at Thanksgiving.

Feiley with Bobby and Louise- my sisters inlaws.

My sister Jennny and her family.

Fei fei with cousins Cade and Luke.

Feileys First Thanksgiving

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

update on Feiley

Hello family and friends,
We just returned home from meeting with the surgeon who will preform Feileys open heart surgery. As long as she stays healthy, the surgery is scheduled for next Thursday, December 10th around 7am. He feels confident in all aspects of the surgery as well as her recovery. She should be in the hospital for 3-7 days. We asked for your continued prayer and support during this time as we take care of our little girl, as the doctors take care of her and that the Lord's peace would be abundantly surrounding us. Please pray for Josh and Zach to be well taken care of as I am sure they will be with my mother in law and parents coming to town. We will keep everyone updated as the days go along with news on how she is doing. Thank you all for your support. 

Cathie and Chris

ps. this might be our christmas picture if I am ever able to get it printed and sent out- if not, enjoy. 

Monday, November 16, 2009

First Month with Feiley

So, when I first met my mommy on Gotcha Day, I had a dumb dumb sucker in my hand. I carried it around all over China until I finally lost it. We met some nice friends who gave me a whole bag. Now, mommy makes sure she has one handy all the time. There my fav.

Can we please stop with the camera- enough already.

Sleeping in my bed. I LOVE my room. Mommy was so happy to finally get to paint with pink and green.

Just waking up.

Mommys friends came over to put my name on the wall- pretty sweet.

Seeing these eyes every morning makes mommy very very happy.

I love being outside - all the time! Wonder how this is going to happen when this thing called "winter" comes with all its white snow and ice mommy keeps telling me about. Its 70 degrees year round where I come from. I'm not sure I'm going to like it here anymore.

My bubba Zach plays with me all the time. He helps me to walk around the house. Sometimes bubba Josh plays with me too, but I think that Zach and I are more on the same level.

Well, if I can use you as a pillow to lean on, I guess you can stick around. Maybe you will be just what I need once that "winter" thing hits around here too. Something big and fluffy to keep me warm.

Me and Mommy. Mommy and Me.

Me and bubba Zach again. I promise I have another brother named Josh. Oh, he is in the yard playing football again. Guess we can sit and watch.

First Month with Feiley

And noone thought I ever smiled- mommy just can't usually catch it on camera.

This is the proud look I do when I stand by myself. I usually want mommy to hold my hand.

Do I really have to live with this oversized fluff called a dog? And why does she always lick my face?

Nothing new here. Just standing thinking I'm hot stuff in this cute dress mommy got at a consignment shop.

Oh yea, now I do look cute. Its pretty sunny outside today and mommy and bubbas Josh and Zach are getting ready to go to the park.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

thank you and update

Hello family and friends,
I wanted to thank you all for your prayers, well wishes, gifts, visits, meals and everything wonderful in between over these last few months. I am usually very organized and good at remembering and personally sending thank you notes. Regrettfully, I have not been able to set aside the time to do that right now so therefore I am writing you all via email. I am embarrassed to do this and please forgive me as I know it is not the proper way to say thank you. The shower that was given to Feiley and I a while back was so beautiful. I appreciate all the hard work that went into organizing it and for everyone who was able to come or send their good wishes. We love all gifts from the cute dresses to the wooden cart that Brian Kilgus spent hours putting together. She loves pushing that thing around! The gift cards were greatly appreciated and have been spent on more clothes and obviously diapers! Guess I shouldn't think about the potty training thing until she is walking better and her heart is stronger. The meals were so greatly appreciated also as everyone knows cooking is not my forteit, my kids are picky eaters, and trying to find to time to whip up a meal holding a 19 month old is not easy. We are doing very well over here. She is adjusting better than expected to have only been home almost 3 weeks now. She absolutely loves her brothers. And Macy, she actually likes her now too. Our greatest struggle is still this cough which she has had since we got back. We have been to the doctor I don't know how many times. We went back again today and they think the cough may be due to her heart and the fluid that is around it. They increased her two heart meds and the cardiologist is now going to see us on Monday instead of two weeks from now. They are not sure if it is a secondary cold she caught, or if this is her heart getting worst. The pediatrician said today that she is so glad Feiley is home now and that if it is her heart getting worst, that she got home just in time. While we are praying she will not need surgery, it looks as though she will. Continue to pray for her, for us and that all will be well. I hear the song "It is well, It is well with my soul" and it is. God has brought her this far and he will carry her through. Thank you all so much for your friendship and prayers. We love you all.
Cathie, Chris, Josh, Zach and Feiley

Monday, November 2, 2009

Finally pictures- enjoy

First Halloween

Mommy wouldn't quit taking my picture- She must think I look cute or something.

Home sweet home

Feiley loving her new brother Zack- aka "bubba"

It took a whole 10 days for Feiley to finally come close to our dog Macy. I have a feeling they are going to be best buds in a matter of days.

Hanging out on the front porch watching all the boys in the neighborhood play football. Got my cookie- all the kids love me - life is good.

Pretty outfit mommys friend Heidi have me.

I LOVE food! Tiny little thing can eat like a mad women- don't know where it all goes. Feiley is all of 17 pounds at 19 months old.

At the airport getting ready to leave China!

Another new friend Eden (and big sis) was adopted that week.

Out to dinner the last night at our favorite Italian restaurant Dolce Viva.

This is our hotel in Guangzhou- The White Swan. This is inside the Lobby area. Very beautimus.

These are our new friends who were also adopting this week and are with our agency- BAAS. We miss them already.

Mommy and Fei Fei.

Feiley loving the view from our hotel room.

Even us girls have to take a break from shopping- next, the pearl store where daddy bought mommy and Fei Fei pretty necklaces.

Finally more pictures of China and Feiley

So, its almost 10:00pm Monday evening and I am finally getting a chance to post some more pictures. We have had Feiley for 3 weeks today and it already feels like forever. Here we are on a river cruise in Guangzhou sightseeing in the pouring down rain.

The famous "red couch photo". Feiley obviously wanted nothing to do with that.

Our buddies at the White Swan- Sophia, Natalie, April, and our sweet Fei Fei.

Getting ready for dinner after a long day of roaming the town.