Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's Official

It's official.  Mei Mei and Annie are becoming sisters.  Mei, like a true big sister, has a love that is steadfast and unwavering for little Annie.  Annie, well it depends on the moment.  But, the good news is that most of the time, Annie really enjoys Mei Mei now.  I am hearing more and more giggles between the two of them and Mei Mei is overjoyed.  As I am witnessing this blossoming relationship, I can't help but be in awe of the joy and the loving heart that Mei has.  Many times I hear, "I'll protect you Annie" or "do you want me to hold your hand?" or "don't be afraid, Annie, I'll protect you" in her sweet little voice.  I marvel at how far we have come with Mei Mei in 3 years-- it is amazing.  It can be fragile though, always requiring vigilance.  She has also regressed in other areas though, wanting a sippee cup with Annie most of the time-oh well, why not?

Just as an aside:  I am an optimist.  I don't try to be and I am not sure if it's nature or nurture but I can usually find good in most situations or people.  Yep, I have cruddy days but you can usually find something good in them.  I am blessed, I know.  And I never want this journaling to sound like our kids, me, or our family are perfect--far, far from it.  I just find beauty in a lot lately and it's not because they're my kids.....I am just really grateful to God for all He has given me.  I know that family and love is not a given for a lot of people in this world.  Since adopting, I just have a new appreciation for its importance and a sadness for the gravity of its absence.

It was so cute this morning.  We were a little late dropping Mei Mei off at school so she hugged only me and ran off to join circle time.   Annie looks at me and says, "Mayyyyy, no kiss Annie?"-- I promised her we'd get one at pick up.  She really looks forward to picking her up and asks frequently if it's time.  Annie started singing "Twinkle Twinkle" and "Teddy Bear" with me this week--it's so cute.  I'll try to post video soon.

Everyone else is doing well.  It's been FREEZING here......-8 temp on the way to school the other morning so we've been staying in.  Jeff was in Orlando all weekend and returned a few days ago.  He had the flu for 90% of his trip-yuk! Cole is in Washington D.C. at the March for Life for a few days and then we have our last Mother/Son dance this weekend.  Hadley is starting Rugby practice indoors (Rugby-that's a post in and of itself.) Ethan is starting piping lessons again soon and lacrosse will be here soon for him, Cole, and Mary Claire, as well.  Mei Mei is starting gymnastics again next week and has been counting the days.  We have really enjoyed having a low key winter around here with less activities but will enjoy getting back into them soon.  I will probably regret typing that.

That's all for the Baker crew for now.  Have a great weekend!!

Annie's little snowman

 This morning's beautiful sunrise

 Friday dance party

 Annie loves Cole's truck

Press On!  Deb

1 comment:

  1. You say "press on", I say "post on." I love the pictures and reading about the fun ya'll are having as a new family of 8. It should be quite interesting in Feb. when we come and visit...16 people all weekend under one roof :)

    I love ya and can't wait to see you,