Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Perfect Fit~So Far!!

I'm so sorry it has taken me a few days to get another post written, the days are flying by so fast.
Yesterday Gary's trip to Weifang went well. He was able to deliver the goods to the orphanage director from the money our kids Sunday School class raised and our kids went and bought. They got lots of clothes, baby soap, some candy and some toys. When Gary got back he was telling us that it is mainly one family who runs the orphanage of 300 kids. Wow!
While Gary was gone the kids and I went to a park very close to our hotel and found a quiet corner (which is not easy) and blew bubbles..........
 Then we went back to the hotel for naps (well Gavin and me).
Today we went back to the park with Gary and saw a fountain show then went to Mc Donald's for french fries. We also walked along a canal that runs through the middle of the city.
 We now have all of the things we needed to get done here, so we are just killing time as a family before we leave on Friday. Gavin is doing so well and is very easy going. The boy is a chatter box, only we have no idea what he is saying. He also has one song he likes to sing over and over again. I would love to know what the song is saying, but we are going to try to video it soon. He eats everything, he is sleeping through the night and the boy is potty trained well. The family thinks he is a total mama's boy, but I think he does fine with Gary too. Avery is his favorite of the kids, but he copies everything Levi does. He likes to tickle LuLu every once in a while when she is watching T.V. (she found a channel in English) We have also been surprised that when other Chinese people come up to Gavin to talk to him he makes it clear to them that we are his parents by running to us and wrapping his arms around our neck. Once tonight some guys came up to him and he turned to Gary and gave him a big kiss and would not respond to the men. He is much more playful in our hotel room and sticks very close when we are out. When we are out we are still getting many, many stares and the kids were asked again tonight if they could have their picture taken with other people. We have also had a few people come up and watch us eat right next to our table~awkward! But what do you do?
Well any way things are going well and we just pray it will continue, but we also know that Gavin could hit a wall with us and get really frustrated one of these days.
I don't know if I will get in another post before leaving Jinan so until then,
Blessings,
Marla

15 comments:

WilxFamily said...

LOVE IT!!!!! He looks like he's doing fabulous...lovin' all the love and attention from his siblings. Are you in Heaven or what?!

So cool how God just gently kneads the knots of his little heart so that he molded right into your family.

Chris said...

He is just adorable!!
Congratulations!!

ClaUDIA/NANA said...

Again, I throughly enjoyed looking at the pictures. It felt like you 6 had been a family forever, as I was able to see Gavin's interaction with his new brother and sisters. I phoned Ang. & bethany as soon as I saw the blog, and called monte later when I thought he would be home and able to pull it up. We all LOVE hearing from you guys, and see all the great pictures. It helps us feel like such a part of his joining our bigger family.
Love and Hugs,will keep praying daily. Can't wait to meet you all at the airport. Mom and Dad

Abbie_Marie said...

I LOVE the pictures, Gavin looks so happy to finally be with his family...LuLu looks like she is really gettin the hang of the big sister role! Have fun!

Molly Gustafson said...

So funny that Lu is a BIG sister now. Who would have thought Gavin would be drawn to Avery most right away? I, too, LOVE the pictures... keep them coming, it makes you feel closer. Sending you love!

Anonymous said...

Oh my word you guys, makes my heart just pound, soooo happy for you all, what a handsome little chap he is, fits in perfect with your family, thanks for the updates and pictures, priceless and feel blessed to be able to share it with you, we will be praying for a smooth rest of your trip and a safe journey home:) LOVE TO ALL! Karen and Doug.

Serving the King said...

Precious!! Love it! So glad things are going well!! He looks like he's been with you forever! God bless ya!

Holly said...

Praise God for every progress made!!
with love from another WCF Mommy,
Holly

Tami said...

LOVE seeing all your kiddos together!! Praise God everyone is doing so well. Gavin looks like he's quite a sweet little boy;-).

God bless,
Tami

Amy and Amelia AiChun said...

So glad things are going well! That Gavin sure is a cutie-patootie. I will be praying as you leave his home province - it's always an emotional experience for the Mama as you realize your child is truly leaving one life behind for a new life. Love and blessings,
Amy B

Trisha Brink Design said...

Marla, We are all so happy for you! When you are all settled in please bring him by the store sometime this summer....we'd all love to meet him! Blessings and safe travels. May God work out all the kinks as you acclamate to home together. :o) Trish

BrOwN CiRcUs said...

So happy for you all! He sounds like he is doing so very well :)

kmake said...

I can't believe he is finally yours. How exciting. I am crying while I am reading your blog and looking at the pictures. He is so sweet looking. I am glad everything is going so well. Can't wait to meet him. Love, Aunt Chelle

Anonymous said...

Hi Avery and family! It's Mrs. Birkett. I have enjoyed the pictures and would like to share them with the class if that is ok with you. It looks like your new brother is very happy to be with you. He is a handsome little guy. Enjoy the rest of your stay and I look forward to hearing all about it when you get back.

Anonymous said...

So, it seems the 'little emperor' already has all of you right where he wants ya! Congratulations from the Hartwell Family!!!!