Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sorry and Goodbye China

Our last night in China.......... First off I am sorry for not posting more! I promise to make up for it once we are home! This has been an amazing but exhausting trip! Hard work as a single but I am not complaining cause she is so worth it!!!! :) I look at these first pictures and see just how far she has come. She went from a little scared baby to a mighty spicy toddler in just the 2 short weeks I have known her. It has been so much fun to watch her come into her own. Still counting my blessings and wondering how I got so lucky!!! OMG I love this little girl! I still tear up at times, especially when I see her first pictures of gotcha day and think of all that she has been through in her short little life. Such a resilient little one she is.




I also was so very lucky to travel with M and K! They are truly wonderful people and I so enjoyed hanging out with them. Abby 1 and Abby two were from the same province SWI and also shared a nanny. What a special bond these two have and they have been so sweet together we just hate to break them up. We will keep in touch for sure! Right guys??




Meema and Da had an amazing time! Abby already has them both wrapped around her finger! I am so glad they were able to come along for this journey of a life time. Love you guys!!




So sweet and pretty! I can't wait to introduce her to the rest of her family!



Red Couch Mayhem! It's a tradition to get a picture of all of the kids on the red couch at the White Swan hotel.






As you can see our group was made up of several ages! Every child was wonderful and just blossomed :) We had a fun group too!








This picture shows what it is all about :) Despite still no luggage for the entire trip I made it. I am leaving with two purchased suitcases and a carry on. Retail therapy is the best! I may have to burn my 2 outfits once I get home tho. Either that or write a book about "The traveling Purple Shirt" It's now 2: 32 am. We have to have our luggage out by the door at 550 AM. I will post from the flip side! Thank you China for the amazing gift that you have given me.....




31 comments:

kristie said...

what a beautiful smile. i always saw it in the pictures, but the 2nd to last one shows it all! i can't wait to meet miss abby. travel safe and we will see you SOON!!! welcome home little one=)

nursie said...

Jennifer, U did it! I have watched your site as if watching a movie! What a wonderful ending! Abby is a very special young lady like her Mommy! Some day she understand what u went through for her and come to trully know what a apecial and lucky lady she is. I am soooo proud of you. You deserve this happiness and nooo one or anything can take that away from u. Love Candy

Lisa and Tate said...

She ie sooooo cute!!! Man I admire you that you survived two weeks in China without your luggage!!! AND you did not rant and complain here on the blog about it.

Take it from me, (I work for an airline) insist the airlines give you something like 2 free airline tickets or value of two.

Can't wait for more psot at home with Abby.

Truly Blessed said...

The picture of Abby alone on the Red Couch is amazing. Not only is she beautiful, but just look at that smile! That smile started in her toes and worked itself out through her eyeballs! THAT is what having a Mommy who adores you can do for a child.

I'm smiling through my tears for you Jenny. And oh, so happy that Abby is coming to America to live forever.

Luggage, schmuggage. You did it. Abby didn't need much, she just needed a mom!

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Ava Baby said...

OMG, that smile- I just love it! Have a safe trip home and I look forward to hearing more about your trip and baby Abby.
Michele

Special K said...

You have a beautiful girl there. No doubt about that.

Have a safe trip home. And kudos to you for surviving China with no luggage! I guess I'll no longer stress over packing lists since you made it with nothing! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Jenny,
This post has captured the absolute beauty of life. To see the difference in you and Abby after a short 2 weeks is what life as a mother is all about. To quote a phrase from a Carrie Underwood song "when you figure out love is all that matters after all, it sure makes everything else seem so small" Including lost luggage!!! I know you have only begun to show her what love can do. Both of your lives have been forever changed. Thanks for sharing a piece of it with us. We love being part of your journey, and are so proud of you. Can't wait to meet her and see you both together.
Safe travels
Ellen

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OziMum said...

You are amazing!

Abby is just so adorable! I love her new red outfit!

Yep, Abby IS your daughter... forever. What a perfect pair you make!

Safe travels home!

Marla said...

Oh how beautiful she is!! I'm glad the trip has gone well and pray for safe travels getting home. Ugh @ no luggage! What a trooper you are!!

Shannon said...

She is soooo beautiful, Jenny! I'm here sobbing with happiness for you both! Can't wait to meet up! =)

Kristen said...

Can't wait to say WELCOME HOME....

and... you are now the QUEEN of travel. You have proved without a doubt that there is nothing so important that you can't do without. I'm rethinking the whole carry-on only concept after your 'rock-star' ability to adapt... you are amazing!!! and I agree with everyone.. get everything you can out of them for the inconvenience!!!

Have a safe trip home....

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

Have a non eventful flight home. Maybe you will find your own luggage at the airport!

You are my hero for travelling with zilch and making it all work. Abbey is so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jenny,

You both look SO HAPPY and content with each other....I am so proud of you and all you have been through to get this precious little girl!!! As I have said many times before..."she is one lucky little girl to have you for her mommy!"

Can't wait to see you and meet sweet Abby! Safe travels to all of you!

Love, Randi

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Okay.. you brought me to tears..
Abby is soooo beautiful.. her smile just lights up the picture..
I am sooo happy for you ..
Have a Safe travel.. and can't wait to see pictures of the trip when you get back.. The family is going to spoil Abby to pieces..
Hugs to you girly

Anonymous said...

Her smile melts my heart. Actually both of your smiles! You were born to be her Mommy and she was born to be your daughter!

Can't wait to meet Abby and welcome both of you back home...

Safe travels
XOXO Mary

Dale said...

Just amazing - everything. She is so adorable and looks so happy now in her red China outfit with tutu! And you are the trooper extrordinaire! I'm not sure I could have done that but I have learned from you to put a few things in my carry-on. Thank you and thank you for sharing your little muffin with us. May you have beautiful lives together. Hugs, Dale

RoLo said...

all the photos are lovely but that 2nd to last photo of Abby smiling speaks a 1000 words.

Jill, Mike & Maya said...

Beautiful...just beautiful!! And all without your luggage! Looks like you've got all you could ever need in that sweet smiling girl anyway.
Looking forward to reading about and seeing more of Miss Abby once you (and your luggage) are all home safe and sound. Congratulations again and happy travels home!!

Gail said...

OMG! I love the pic of Abby on the Red Couch. She is adorable!!
And those dimples!!!

Your comment about looking at her and it brings tears to your eyes made me cry!!
Here I am 4:30 a.m. (at work) reading your post and tearing up.
Then I couldn't help but laugh at your comment about the purple shirt.
I do admire you for surviving without luggage. That is tough.
Have a safe trip. Looking forward to seeing pics of Abby...finally Home!

Susan & Matt said...

The trip went by so fast. I can't believe you are on your way home already. It is now time to start a new chapter with Abby. She is so beautiful.

Susan

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

Thinking of you as you travel. I hope you are home by now. I can't believe you made it without any luggage the entire trip. Holy cow! I'd want a free trip for 2that nightmare!!! Hope you get some kind of compensation.

sea star said...

Awww, she has the prettiest smile ever! Home sweet home very soon!

Joannah said...

I'm so happy for you both! Best wishes for a safe journey home and a quick recovery from the jetlag.

i-Con said...

I still just beam every time I see your pictures. Looking forward to seeing you home and settling into your life as a family.

Momma and ZZ said...

Oh, her smiling red couch photo is so sweet! I'm so happy for you all. I cannot believe you had to do that with no luggage, you are amazing!!

krj said...

I'm so excited that you guys are coming home (or are home by now)! It was amazing following you to China, can't wait to hear more about your very, very adorable Abby!!

NANCY CLEMENTS said...

"THANK HEAVEN FOR LITTLE GIRLS!!!!"
YOU ARE SUCH AN AMAZING PERSON, JENNY. YOU BOTH HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH EACH OTHER. THE PEACE THAT IS ON YOUR FACES SAYS EVERYTHING.
LOVE YOU, NANCY

Debz said...

OH! What a sweet little thing! She looks like a cuddle bunny. Love the sweet red dress.

Colleen said...

OMG - I cannot believe I am so behind and this has all happened!! I cannot stand how cute she is. Congrats Mama!! And no luggage....2 weeks??? Rock on.