One Wild Ride

I am beginning to think we are on one wild roller coaster ride.

We did end up taking Evangeline in to Children’s today for her foot. She has only been walking on her foot since Wednesday and already she is developing an open wound which is draining. She’s back on the antibiotics and can’t walk on it any more. We will go back to CHOP on Wednesday and the doctor will schedule surgery.

She is such a little trouper though. She is really not happy about being back on crutches, but she is still her laughing happy self.


And so is Eliza!

Oh my goodness!

I think I have witnessed the metamorphosis.

I am amazed at this sweet child who is waking up here in our home.

Today we planned to take the girls shopping, but Evangeline’s foot kept looking more and more purple, and the doctors said we really needed to bring her in. So we had to change our plans, and we were so worried about Eliza.

We didn’t want to disappoint her, and we have been taking Evangeline to the doctor since the very first day we got her in China. We explained to her that we had to change our plans on the translator. We told her we were sorry, and she could still come with us.

She thought about it for a while, and then said she’d stay home. She opened her arms wide and hugged both of us goodbye! That is a first! She has never hugged me, but this time she even initiated it!

And since we have been home tonight she has been actively interacting with both of us. She even came in and sat with us on our bed for a while and talked about the week.

She’s bubbly, involved, connected, and breathtakingly sweet.

Wow. I just wish you all could see what a huge change this is. I can’t even begin to explain how detached she has been these past weeks.

Last week I was crying because I wanted so desperately to know my sweet Chinese daughter, and this weekend she has just blown me away with amazing leaps and bounds.

This has been one wild ride. I’m not sure i can remember when I have felt such extremes of emotion so close together before.

These two precious girls who came to us with such heavy burdens have blessed our lives more than I’ll ever be able to express.


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  1. aunt dot says:

    Wonderful news about Eliza, she is finally trusting all of you and has decided she will be happy … she needed some time and it has worked out beautifully. So worried about Evangeline, such a sweet girl and taking her medical problems surprisingly well. What a lovely girl. Hope things go well for her. With you and Mark behind her she is in good hands. And, please, keep second opinions as an option if the time comes.

  2. Stacey says:

    Good news about Eliza!! yay God!

    Praying with your for Evangeline. I just glanced over at your side bar and my eyes fell on 3 John 1:4, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

    Literal, physical “walking in the truth” on that foot! I’m claiming it!
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  3. Heather says:

    It sounds like Eliza is learning to trust you and to hear about the hug is fantastic…..hope Evangeline’s foot improves….

  4. Chantelle says:

    it’s the prayers – so glad you asked for them so we could lift her up to the Lord. She was really on my heart Sunday during worship time at our church and I just continually asked the Lord to change her heart and draw her close. So happy to hear this good report! I will continue to pray!

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