Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Year of the Horse

We all had a great time last weekend as we celebrated Chinese New Year.
















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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Let it snow!

We all enjoyed a real treat today!

It is so rare to see any snow in the Deep South.

So, when we do, it gets pretty crazy!

Schools close, cars slide all over the roads and kids go wild playing in the rare white stuff falling from the sky.

Since we homeschool, I had told the kids last night that if the local school district closed today, then we would too.

Imagine their delight when they rubbed their sleepy eyes to take a peek out of the window.

SNOW!

So, snow day it was!







































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Monday, January 27, 2014

Go Wheelcats!

This past Saturday was incredible!

Sam David recently joined our state's only youth wheelchair basketball team.

His team is composed of boys ages 4-18.



Watching the two teams work so hard and play with such effort was quite a sight to see!

The game was a nail biter that kept us on the edge of our seats.

Our hard working team ended up coming just a bit short, but only after going into double overtime!!!







Just look at that smile!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Left Ya Hangin'

I know, I know....

It has been FOREVER since my last post.

I am reminded almost daily that I desperately need to update the ole blog.

Well, you know what they say - Life Happens!

And, life surely has been happening in the Phelps household!

But, it's also hard to process everything that is floating around in my head since returning home from China with our precious Emma Claire.

God is working on me and I am just trying to sit back, relax and listen.

That is hard.

I've actually started the same post numerous times and just couldn't really get out what I was trying to say.

I know that He has burdened my heart for orphans worldwide and what road that leads me down, we shall see...

But, for now, check out our first official family portrait. Finally Complete!





And, of course, here all of the kiddos in their beautiful Chinese Silks.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Home Sweet Home


 
Well, we made it home just over a week ago and all is going so well.

During our time in China, Emma Claire did not like anything involving transportation.

Cars

Vans

Trains

Airplanes

This held true as we made the long journey home.

She started off great.





But, as time progressed, she became more and more restless.

But, thankfully, after almost 24 hours of traveling....we made it safely back to Mississippi!

We were greeted by many wonderful friends!



And, of course, Mike and the other kiddos were there and ready to meet Miss Emma Claire.










Two of my best friends in the whole wide world were there to join in the celebration. (Kelly, you were missed! But, I know you were there in spirit.)




This past week has been absolutely perfect as we all settle into our new normal.

I know it sounds cheesy, but it really does seem like Emma Claire has been with us forever.

She is our missing puzzle piece that we have waited for so long.

She is comfortable in her new surroundings and absolutely adores each one of her siblings.

The other kids, even Sam David, have made the transition beautifully without skipping a beat!

We feel complete.

And, we all are forever grateful for the honor of being able to claim Emma Claire as ours!


I have been working on a post in regards to our precious time spent at Emma Claire's foster home.

But, I don't want to rush it as I have so many things to say.

I will say this...we are forever grateful for the wonderful love and care our Emma Claire received.

I want to provide just a little glimpse into the miraculous work that these precious servants of God do on a daily basis for so many beautiful children.



Until then, enjoy just a few more pics from the past week...

















Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Soaking it all in

Today is our last full day in China.

It is a free day, for the most part.

The 3 of us spent the morning walking the streets around our hotel once more.

We truly love this place. We love the sights. We love the action. We love the people.

Don't get me wrong, we are definitely ready to have all of our little family together again!

But, we will certainly miss this place!



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Consulate Appointment

This morning we had the very important US Consulate Appointment.

This is where all parents take the oath to care for their newly adopted children.

We also turn in our official paperwork and Emma Claire's Chinese passport in order for it to receive a visa to travel to the USA.

Since cameras are not allowed, we took a picture in our hotel room just before going to the consulate appointment.



Emma Claire has been in the most wonderful, happy mood all day long!

She really has settled in quite beautifully so far.

She regularly calls for mama and Jie Jie (big sister) at appropriate times.

We are so thankful for her smooth transition and cannot wait for her to officially meet her daddy and other siblings. She already loves talking to them through skype and FaceTime and calls them by name!


We enjoyed luch at Pizza Hut near our hotel.



We had boring pepperoni pizza, but did you know that you can order a nice big steak at Pizza Hut in Guangzhou?





After lunch, we ventured over to the island again.


Heidi was in need of some Starbucks. :)



Cheesecake, Tiramasu and Mocha Frappuccinos, what more can you ask for?





We are settled back in the hotel room now so Miss Priss can get a nap.


Ta Ta for now....

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