Gazing Upward



Virginia Grace is making so much progress! It’s amazing how far she has come in just the last two weeks home.
– She lets Scott hold her and even let him give her a bath AND put her to bed last night!
– She let my MIL hold her for a few minutes last week while I was holding Carter. This was huge!
– She no longer cries when I hold Carter or when Scott hugs me.
– She isn’t eating quite as much food. (Though she does play with it a lot.)
– Yesterday, I happened to be watching her on the video monitor during naptime when she sat up in bed, looked around for a few seconds, and laid back down to sleep. Before then, she would always cry as soon as she awoke and saw I wasn’t in there with her. This means that her room now feels familiar, and she knows I’m close by even if she can’t see me.
– When we pull into the garage, Grace usually cries if I try to get Carter out of his carseat first. Today, he had fallen asleep on the way home from MDO. I opened his door and told her I was going to take him up to his bed and then come back for her. (Like she would understand this.) I paused inside the basement door and didn’t hear any crying. A few minutes later, I came back down, opened her door, and received a happy, content smile. She hadn’t shed a tear!
– She is not afraid of Jackson (our dog) at all. In fact, she’s pretty bossy with him and tells him how it is if he takes any of her crackers.
– She understands “all gone.” As in, all the Puffs are gone and I have no more to feed you. As you might recall, she went ballistic on me at the Kunming airport (in front of tons of Chinese observers who could do nothing but stare at us) when we ran out of yogurt melts. Now, I can show her the empty container and she gets it. She’s fine and moves on.
-As of this weekend, she will finally finish a bottle. I am so thankful she’s getting enough liquids now.
– She understands A LOT of what we say.
– She doesn’t always throw a fit when we tell her “no.”
Mother’s Day was so special yesterday. I haven’t forgotten past Mother’s Days when I longed for children or mourned those we’d lost, thinking of how old they’d be that day. I haven’t forgotten last year when I so desperately wanted to expand our family and yet lost 3 babies in months prior. I still hope and pray for more children, but I was so grateful to sit on the deck with Scott and watch our kids play. I love being a family. But my heart goes out to any of you who shed tears yesterday because you longed to be celebrated as a mom. Or because you’ve lost children a long the way. It’s a hard day, I know.
I so badly wanted a good picture of me with my son and daughter, but it was quite a challenge. Neither of them wanted to stand still. Or stand next to each other, for that matter. They were into pinching, pushing, and pulling…all the lovely activities you hope for on Mother’s Day. 🙂 If only you could see how many pictures we took trying to get just one good one with both kids looking up. I wasn’t even asking for a smile.
Here are some candids (and attempts as posing) from yesterday…

The best pics of the day were really of Scott and the kids. 🙂


  • Comment by Deann Scholl — May 11, 2010 @ 1:55 am

    I am thrilled that Grace is doing so well and is adjusting so easily. I am still enjoying reading your blog and I check it daily. I am so happy that you had a good mother's day. I enjoyed mine as well, I have a 6 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. Your children are beautiful and I am still amazed at your journey.

  • Comment by Shannon and Clint — May 11, 2010 @ 1:59 am

    So glad she is adjusting so well! I love that she and HG played so well together 🙂 So sweet!

  • Comment by Whitney — May 11, 2010 @ 2:00 am

    Your story continues to put a smile in my heart. I am so excited to see how God is working in your lives – and in mine – through this experience. You have one beautiful, Spirit filled family. I pray he continues to bless you and sweet Grace as she explores and discovers more about what Christ has given her. Thank you, thank you for sharing.
    *It was a treat to get to meet her yesterday. Tears of joy were ready to pour. Is it selfish to say that I was so uplifted? Thanks be to God.

  • Comment by Design A-Peele — May 11, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    Happy Mothers day! It seems Grace is doing amazingly well! I am so thankful for that! I know that God is working in and through your family. Definitely gives me hope each day I read your story 🙂

  • Comment by The Hamiltons — May 11, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

    Don't worry Kelley – Grace not wanting to pose for pictures just means she is a happy, busy and opinionated 17 month old who knows her mama loves her and will always be there for her (with a camera in her hand!) Trust me, I deal with it just about every day 🙂

  • Comment by Brittany — May 11, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    I love the candid photos, they are the best! 😉

    So happy that sweet little Grace is adjusting so well! She is precious! just precious!! I love all of her beautiful outfits!

    Are you guys coming to KY this summer?

  • Comment by Brittany — May 11, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    Happy Mother's Day to a MOM OF TWO!!! Doesn't that sound wonderful!?

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