{Love Others}

{Love Others}
seems to be a saying…that keeps popping into my mind as we wait for our sweet boy. Our son was born with biliary atresia and has had the Kasai surgery. He is doing extremely well. But we are not living in denial that he may most likely need a liver transplant someday. However…
We are fundraising like crazy and have received the Brittanys Hope grant but we must raise $2500 to receive the full $5,000.
My awesome friend Shari, from Personalized Prints donated 100 shirts for free. She is an awesome friends who I virtually met online while in process to bring Mia home. We just missed meeting each other in Korea to get our daughters and twice now we have just missed each other in Nashville.
 She created this fabulous tshirt for us to raise funds for Cade’s adoption fees.
 Sizes available are:
 Youth XS-S-M-L and Adult XS-S-M-L-XL-2 XL-3XL-4 XL-5 XL 6XL

 FOR ONLY $10!!!!!!!!!!
 Shipping is $3
Yes you read that right!!! $10!!!!!! We were given 100 free shirts!! Which means if we sell them all we raise $1,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Praise the Lord!!!!
Please comment here what size you would like and how many!!! Please gift to wendimelinda@gmail.com. Or message me on facebook!
Or email me at wendimelinda at gmail dot com


~Happy Birthday My Precious Little Girl~

Words can’t describe the longing in my heart, to have you home on your special day, your very special and ONLY 4th birthday. I promise you I have great plans for your 5th birthday.

I hung an ornament yesterday in your honor. I know you aren’t here with us in person, but you have no idea how deep you are in my heart. I said yes to you on July 18th. I wasn’t kidding. I wish they would see the seriousness in my longing to hold you in my arms.

I don’t have the words to tell you how sorry I am I have not come sooner, or why am I coming when it’s almost too late? All I know is Jesus doesn’t push us, he wants us to choose and I took a long time. I knew he was pushing me and I was wrong. He was pushing me so hard to come for you and Mia. I wasn’t listening. I was actually running the wrong way, in fact, I am sure Satan was pulling the other way. But then one day the Good Lord gave me the extra SHOVE I needed. I thank him every single day. I pray I will never ignore a nudge, push or shove again.

Here is my prayer for you today: “Dear Jesus, I ask that your arms would be wrapped tightly around the one you picked for me and please guard her in Korea untill I make my way, and then in my arms forever she’ll stay.”

I will forever be asking my girls to forgive me that I didn’t come for their perfectness any sooner. I am so thankful for the love and care that they are recieving in South Korea. Thank you Lord.

~Guess What Came In the Mail for Mia Grace~

Two days ago we got an email from our agency CHSFS that Mia’s foster mom had sent a gift for her. We were so excited and Mia was ECSTATIC!!!!

So when the mail came today…and there was a box for her. She started running around the house screaming Omma…Appa…present..!!!!

She dove right in….

Aw….a letter my favorite part. Our agency had translated it but we have the original. I was so excited for a letter!!! Be still my heart….I just feel such a connection with her foster mom. I know the same love she felt for Mia. It just kills me to think of her loss.

Her beloved Pororo cell phone!!! The one we bought her in Korea had broke…she was soooo happy!!!

Oh yes and Perdy socks….!!!!!! Her favorite Pororo character!!!

And Mia’s favorite part….the pictures of her beloved Omma and Appa….She was immediatly pointing out to us who was who…not that we didnt already know. I have to say that we were afraid Mia may forget her foster parents and not recognize them. NOT A CHANCE….I am amazed how many times a DAY…she will rattle something off about Omma and Appa in Korea. She is so smart!!

Oh how happy she was…..:):)


Thank you!!!!
Not sure how this translates but here goes:
당신의 사려 깊음에 대해 너무 감사합니다. 단어는 내가 미아 그레이스 에 대한 당신의 사랑을 위해 내가 얼마나 감사 설명할 수 없습니다. 그것은 그녀가 그래서 한국에서 사랑받는 것을 알고 훌륭합니다. 네가 쓴 편지는 정말 의미가 항상 소중히 것입니다. 당신이 우리가 배려되고 말 감사하지만 전 언제나 우리의 딸을 위해 당신의 사랑을 위해 충분한 감사하는 길밖이 없다 생각합니다. 우리는 지금 당신을 위해 무언가를 준비하고 있으며 곧 그것을 보내드립니다. 그것은 앞뒤로 선물을 얻으려면 약 6 주가 소요 보인다. 정말 감사!

~Gotcha Day~

Waiting at the Starbucks, close to SWS….getting very nervous! Our shoes lined up outside the SWS playroom…

Mia loves her toys! She said Bye, she was going to her house, while we were filling out paperwork!

Mia’s forever parents and foster parents.

In the cab ..having a good time.

Getting a kiss from Daddy, as she is warming up to him.

Unloading at our hotel…

Gotcha Day will be forever known as June 2nd, 2011 for Mia Grace Heimee. She came to us a little tearful but we had to wait for a cab outside of SWS, because someone grabbed our cab just as we were coming out. THey called us another…This happened to be the craziest cab ride I had EVER taken..we were flying and honking and zipping thru traffic like crazy! I dont know if they told him to get out of there quick. But Mia loved it!! We laughed and played all the way here and went straight to our hotel room. She skyped with her brothers and sisters and a few friends. She was doing so great, I was really impressed. And then naptime came, and the grieving began. It took 45 minutes for her to take a nap and then she napped for an hour and a half. When she woke up, she was really grieving for her “Omma”. We then walked around Seoul for 3 hours, her in the carrier with me when she was happy and as soon as she would start to get upset she would want Kenny. I am trying to figure that one out, my only guess is when she is happy she doesnt feel like she is betraying her Omma with me but when she is sad she does feel that way and wants her Daddy. As soon as he reassures her, she jumps back to me. This is going to be very interesting to see HOW this unfolds.

The foster parents sent us with bags and bags full of her clothes, food, drinks, winter coat, shoes, gifts for us and for the kids. I will try and take pictures of it all when we get home. Mia wasnt doing well seeing her stuff so we had to cover it all, she was just trying to hold everything and sob. It just breaks my heart.

It is 8am here, she has been asleep since 8pm. She has cried out for Omma a few times, but I feel blessed she has been able to sleep so well. Praying the sleep will help her have a great day!

She is potty trained which we werent expecting. In the midst of her grieving, she still was asking to get on the potty! I was so proud of her. She is so smart.

She is so tiny! All the 18-24months I brought just fall off of her! I should have brought 12 or 18 months. My vote is 12months at this point.

I have been very emotional since we got her. My emotions remind me of how I felt when I had each one of my biological kids(dont be scared..not that bad). Thank you for all your prayers, comments on facebook, private messages and words of encouragement. This has been such a awesome and life changing experience and hearing from you throughout this week has been such a blessing.

~Seoul Day 5~

Day 5…about to leave our hotel. I am sad to say that we have been so jetlagged and getting our barings around the city, that we didnt get any of sights we were hoping to see today!! With 5 kids and many other to bring souveniers to, and plus all the things we wanted Mia to have. View out of our hotel…notice on gray and white cars…odd…sometimes a blue truck.

Another view…

Roses are in ful bloom here and beautiful!

A cool looking building…

Worlds biggest Ipads! No this is just an interactive map of the mall we were in. Korea is technology crazy…I love it!!!

Get ready Blake and Paul!! Coming soon to America..Super Mario Bros 2 for the Wii.

World Trade Center…very cool!

Insadong….loved shopping here!!! I have another blog coming with all our purchases!

We purchased Mia a name chop, it is the way Koreans sometimes sign there names. It says Heimee and in Hangul.

A hoteok…can you say AWESOME!! Full of honey, brown sugar and peanuts!!!

Kenny is quite the superstar..I came out of the store to this…these girls were doing a school project ( I think)…when I said good luck with your project they laughed!! When Kenny introduced me as his wife..the mood changed a bit. The handsome boy comments stopped..:)

This was what Summer’s friends were doing..LOL!!!

And then one girl introduced herself to me as Heimee and asked to have her picture taken with me…I said we are adopting a little girl names Heimee…she said Oh no not me..I am a big girl.. :):)

My friend from the Subway, very interested in us and what we were doing, if we knew Hines Ward. He was so sweet!

It was a great day! We didnt get to do all the things on my list, but I know there will be a next time!!!!