Apr 4, 2009

Paperwork and Thai food

Kevin and daddy having a snack

Always ready to go with his stroller

Sweet Elaine, another veteran adopter. Her kids are precious

Paperwork posse

Outside our window in GZ

Julie and Diane, we went to Cow and Bridge today. How in the world did we not make it there last adoption????? Really good food. I was not as adventurous as Duane but still stepped a bit out of my comfort zone. Duane didn't see the 2 chili peppers by his order.....suffered somewhat but did make it through the meal
We did the infamous paperwork session today for our visas. Took picutres....no surprise Kevin didn't smile. He gives the best cheesy grins after the flash has gone off. He is opening up to me more everyday. He is very curious when I am not in sight but when I ask to hold him I get a big NO. We have learned that if Duane kisses and hugs me, Kevin doesn't like the competition and runs to me with his sweet lips out for a kiss and hug. We will get there I know.

We will begin our shopping tomorrow. It is everything I remember. Our guide here is really wonderful...how appropriate that her name is Grace. I was needing some of that right about now. I am still battleing bad congestion and some coughing. I have started antibiotics to keep my chest clear, please continue to lift us up in prayer.

I love watching families meld together. To see parents learn what their child needs and to see children letting their parents fill their needs. We still have problems with control issues, but we all understand it is ALL they have now.


Hannah said...

Sounds like dad got a little more than he's used to here at home! Glad to hear that y'all are having fun! Me and Claire miss you a whole lot! Loving you!

Hannah And Claire

Jerry and Christy said...

Boy does this all bring back memories.Glad to see everything is going so well. I will be praying for you to get well quickly.

Diane said...

we DID go to cow and bridge! were you not with us that night? i wish i was there with you. so glad Kevin is bonding well with Daddy, your turn will come!

Stacy said...

Oh Shelley, he will come around...remember Brie with Steven? Ugh, she hated him...at the very least Kevin is tolerating you. Soak in the kisses he does give and look forward to the oodles of kisses you're in for once you get home. I bet seeing you with Hannah and Claire will promote his attachment to you very firmly. After Brie saw Steven with Adyson for a while, she wanted some good Daddy hugs and kisses too. Soon, I know it's hard.
We also had many, many conrol issues...I think it's part and parcel to the chaos that is going on in their heads during this insane transition...and that too shall pass.
Thinking of you here in New York, and he is GORGEOUS!!!

Stacy said...

And I am so jealous you got to eat at the Cow and Bridge...it was my favorite meal in China!

Julie said...

I think we went to C&B twice where were you guys? You are on the home stretch now. Not much longer for Hannah & Claire to wait:):)

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