Adopting a child won't change the world, but for that child their world will change.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

State Fair

The Missouri State Fair is always in August and usually the week before school starts.  Our oldest son Brian and his wife were going and asked us several times if we would like to go.  I asked Samantha, Riley and Maylin if they wanted to go and they said..."not really".  Then we planned to go to lunch with  Zane (SongSong) and his family so we decided lunch was more important and the kids didn't really want to go anyway.  Well...that morning Brian asked again, so Richard and I decided we would take Jayden since he LOVES the tractors and the animals.  So, we drove the two hours to Sedalia and let me just say, Jayden had a fabulous time being with Brian and Milana. We also took him to the rodeo and I believe his favorite event was the barrel racing.  He kept saying "more, more!"

Jayden loves, loves his stroller.  He is a bit big for it, but it was $5 at a garage sale
and you can't beat that :)

Sitting in a fire truck.  I think the steering wheel was as wide as he is tall 

Jayden and his oldest brother, Brian.

At first he would not touch the deer, but after Brian showed him it was
okay, he decided it was fun to the pet the animals.  

Papa and Jayden feeding the goats.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Four months

It has been four months since Seth and Jayden became a part of the Sanders family.  I can't say enough how blessed we are to be their parents.  Jayden feels like he has always been a part of our family.  He tattles on the big kids when they tease him.  He goes on and on trying so hard to tell you his story.  Usually there are one or two English words you can understand and the rest is baby talk because he is so excited about what he wants to say.  He wants so bad to communicate with us. He started sleeping in his own room a couple of weeks ago and is doing great.  He always comes down with a huge smile on his face like he knows he is so big for sleeping in his big boy bed.  

Seth also continues to make incredible strides.  He and Riley love to tease each other and we very often hear them tickling and wrestling upstairs. He is quite ornery we are finding which totally fits in to our family.  His daddy is always teasing someone :)

The next four photos are from this past Saturday.  We met Zane's family and had Chinese for lunch.  I wish we would have taken more pictures, but we were enjoying visiting with Zane's parents so much we forgot.  In this second photo, Seth is sitting by his older brother Brian and Zane is sitting by his older brother Oscar.  

Seth was trying to avoid dad taking his picture.

He does like ice cream, but it has to be chocolate.  

Seth's coveted chicken feet.  Thank you so much to Zane's family for bringing several packages of these back for Seth.  He loves them!!!

Seth's Chengdu mom sent a care package to him.  He received a Rubix cube and an algebra book.  He loves to do math in his free time.  Crazy right?!  That is why he is so smart.   

Monday, August 6, 2012

Zane (Ned) is home!

Ned finally came home last night at 11:00 p.m.  I have never seen Seth so excited.  Riley and him laughed and giggled most of the way to the airport and once we got to the airport, he would not sit still. 

In sixteen days we will be back at the airport because Jaxon (Lucky) will be coming home.  Jaxon will meet his family Tuesday morning around 1:45 a.m. our time so keep them in your prayers, but from what Seth has told me Jaxon is very excited to be coming to the U.S.   

I love this picture!  Neither one of them knew dad was behind them.
Diana is one of Zane's new sisters.

Zane and Seth together again.

They did not hug when they first saw each other.  Dad asked Seth to stand by
Zane so he could take a photo and he thought dad said to give him hug because of the hand motion Richard used.  

They were talking Chinese soooo fast!

    It was awesome to see them together again.