Thursday, February 28, 2008

Home 6 months!!!

Well, this week we celebrated being home 6 months and Grace turning 10 months!!! Man... time has flown by. It's a little sad, really. Where did my little baby go?? But, even though she's growing and developing like a weed, we're counting our blessings for such a happy and healthy baby girl. In the 6 mo. she's been home, Grace has gained 11 lbs., grown 5 in., found out she's allergic to cow's milk, grew out of her reflux, and hasn't had an Upper Respiratory Infection since Nov.!!!! We finally have a very healthy girl on our hands, Praise God!! Mike and I were talking over the weekend and looking back through some of our paperwork (we're finally doing our readoption-- that's another post-- it's very complicated and we're trying to do it ourselves-- and no one at the court seems to know how to help!!!)... but, we were looking at Grace's referral pictures and some other early pictures of her and we both finally verbalized that we had our major doubts that Grace would even survive till we were able to pick her up!! We prayed like crazy for her, but I'm actually glad that Mike never told me that he was scared.... I think that would have sent me over the top (which, he knew would have)!!!!! And then, when we finally made it to Ethiopia to get her, we really enjoyed our stay, but we both just really wanted to get her home and healthy and strong! There was a bad cold bug that was just starting to go through Hannah's Hope.... that cold bug put Grace in the ER when we got her home..... we hate to think about how her little body would have handled that cold if we weren't able to travel when we did! So, we're counting our blessings every day and thanking Jesus for this perfect baby girl that He saved for our family. Most of the time, I truly don't feel worthy enough to even be called her mommy, but He has the perfect plan for our Grace and I'm just striving to be the best mom that I can for her. But, I do have to say that I'm wild and crazy in love with this sweet, funny, and HAPPY little girl!!!!!!

Grace at 7 weeks- 4.3 lbs., 17" (our referral)In Ethiopia: 3.5 months, 9 lbs 22"Grace at home, 10 mo., 20lbs 27"


Our journey said...

WOW! 6 months home already. God's plans are awesome and always bring wonder and amazement to me in how perfect they are and especially planned for each of us. What a blessing that you have Grace in your life and that she is so healthy now!


TedTracie said...


I am so sorry I haven't called you back. Call me again :-)


God Gift From Ethiopia said...

Definitely she is a blessing.

Mark and Sarah said...

Wow! that is incredible. What an amazing little girl!

In regards to the readoption process in our county--Mark and I did it ourselves with some help from a gal on the peninsula who did all the legal paperwork for $50!! Email me if you want more information, I'd be happy to share.

Jill Coen said...

Wow! Grace's name is fitting and she is thriving.

I got my Lovie yesterday and I love it! Thanks. :)

the Steiger's said...

She is SO cute.
Lenka from AWAA
(I got your blog from Jill.)

Michael and Michelle said...

Wow, she was tiny!! And so sweet! I can't believe that same tiny, sweet, little girl has the cutest chubby cheeks right now! What a joy and blessing she must be to your family.
Thanks for celebrating with me. I sure do love being a number!

Heber and Chalonn said...

What a sweet post! She is right where she belongs!!

The Gresham Clan said...

This is such a beautiful, honest and real post. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Grace is absolutely beautiful and it is amazing and wonderful to see how God has used you - her parents to help her through this journey. What a wonderful story - I can't wait to see what God continues to do with your family!


Just thinking of where Grace started and where she is now gives me goose bumps! God IS hope!
Smiles and joy,
jen in MI

DrewCareyShow said...

How unbelievable those pictures are!!! She is a precious little miracle! And she looks so full of life and such fun!


Suzi, do you have my email so I can answer your homeschooling question?

Renee said...

The pictures are just amazing and she is so precious. Looking forwad to meeting you at the blog union!

Coming to Amharica said...

Wow, what a fighter! Little Grace began her life with a battle bigger than most people have in a lifetime. What a blessing for all of you!

Dee Dee

P.S. I just emailed about a blankie!! Too cute.

Birch Famiy said...

We're so happy that Grace is a beautiful, happy and healthy little girl. You are both such wonderful parents and people that is no wonder she is doing so well! Congrats on reaching the 6 month mark!!

Love, Heather, Logan, Mason and Ellie


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