Saturday, May 16, 2015

It happened... We bought a van!!

For months now we've been discussing my current SUV's lack of space & functionality and debating whether we should jump into the deep end and buy a van....

But after the stress, general frustration, & ridiculousness of Matt's car hunt mere months ago, I was in no hurry for round two.

Still, with every trip to the grocery store, having to rearrange the seating- folding back down the 3rd row seats & squishing Katie between 2 car seats in the 2nd row it became more clear that this set up was exhausting.  Add a road trip where we had Kate in half a third row seat, suitcases wobbling in a stack next to her, & a double stroller on the roof and well... I had to admit this was getting ridiculous...

God & I had a chat... I told him that I could keep driving my car that was nearly paid off or if he saw fit to bless us with a van, I needed him to make it easy & stress free.

So I was sitting in the Kia dealer last weekend, getting some warranty work done on my sorrento, when I decided to look up the guaranteed price on the van I'd already test drove months ago, as I waited...  And then I took another look... And then I talked to the salesman... And then I asked what they'd give me for trade... (You know, just cause I was there anyway ;)

The price was CRAZY good...
The offer for my trade was 3k higher than I expected...
And when I decided to apply for a new loan w my bank to see how the rate was, it was the best rate I've ever had...

That does seem easy God.  So after consultation w the hubby & kids and a test drive- we decided to make it ours!!!

That's right! I drive a van... Wow!! And there's extra seats now... Hmmmm


And it turns out that the dealer made a mistake... A $2400 mistake that they decided to honor rather than going back on the price... Wow!!!  The GM didn't even tell us til we were signing the papers.  I had thought that price was CRAZY!! 

So blessed and still in shock that I drive a van!!! ��

Looking forward to years of family time in it!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

6 months home! WAIT- Make that 7 or 8??

So I was SO GOOD and got that girl out there on the exact day that she hit 6 months of forever...
And getting her to take a picture was a challenge.

Toddlers are so easily distracted...

And don't follow directions very well...

But we still nailed it!!!  And then Mama didn't even put them up on the blog... It's not like three kids is that busy right??

So here's my sweet girl, who just turned FOUR, and has now been our daughter Almost EIGHT months!!!
She is a joy
and a challenge.
She is very funny, talkative,
and rotten to the core!

She loves her siblings
And going places with Mommy.
She often calls me 'Mom'
Like her big brother & sister
which makes me laugh!
She's still teeny, tiny and 
I have to buy size 18 mo shorts
cause anything larger falls
off her.
She hates wearing dresses 
but has compromised to
a dress every other day 
schedule. ��

She has rocked our world!!  We love her so much!!

Happy Almost 8 months Laila!!!

We love you more and more every day!!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

The best things come in twos

No- this is definitely not an announcement of another adoption!!!

But last month we celebrated TWO Birthdays, and it also happened to be their first birthday parties since coming home from China.

They were both unbelievably excited to have a birthday party! And a bounce house.  And presents.  And a cake!! Their smiles said it all...

We invited Chengbin's class which worked great.  The girls sat at Laila's table & the boys sat at Chengbin's table.

This is of Laila telling Chengbin 'no!' when he wanted to check out her new girl color Lego set from her grandparents!! Haha!

Even Laila had a sweet friend who can to the party for her! ;) She had been sick for days but powered through the party.  This was toward the end and she was posing in between coughs! 

Yep- our China babies had a blast celebrating their birthdays together! We are all so blessed!!

Thanks for stopping by,
The Crazy Wilks Crew

Friday, January 23, 2015

Laila's First Four Months

Yesterday we celebrated four months of forever with Laila.  On 9/22 this little baby girl toddled into the room at the civil affairs office in Nanning and proceeded to show us how unwilling she was to be friends!!  She grieved SO hard in those first few weeks in China.  And while I knew that it would get better, I'd be lying if I didn't say it was still difficult.  Very difficult.
This little daughter of ours was so much like a one year old baby in spite of her chronological age of 3 1/2 years old.  She didn't feed herself.  She didn't dress herself.  She could barely walk.  She certainly couldn't run or jump. She didn't talk. She'd spent her whole life so far struggling to survive.  We knew we had a long road ahead of us with this little girl. 

Once we got home, she started feeling more secure.  She started trying to feed herself bites of her food.  She started sitting in her own seat at the table rather than on Mommy or Daddy's laps as she was spoon fed part of our dinner.  And she made great physical progress, learning to walk steadily and even run as she chased after that new big brother and big sister!!

And now here we are with four whole months of forever in the books...
She is now talking!!  Yes, talking!!!  And not just one word here or there, but actual short sentences.
"Let me see."  "Give me that."  "Mommy I hungry."  "I want water."  "Baby needs go sleepy."  and my favorite one of all..
 "I wan go go home."
She knows where her home is and cheers every single day when we pull back into the driveway after daycare!

She can undress herself & get dressed again all by herself!!  (though admittedly, buttons are still a wee bit tricky;)
She's also jumping!  And climbing!  She can climb up the rock wall of the playground outside all by herself!! 
She's almost completely potty trained!  We've had many days with no accidents all day long! :)
She's getting all the medical care she needs.  Her transfusions are giving her energy she has never had before!!  And all that great blood & good nutrition has caused another amazing thing...
She's growing!!  Over 2 inches in her first 3 months home!!

This adorable girl is very quickly progressing in so many ways!!

I'll be honest though... It's been tough.  Parenting a toddler is tricky already, but parenting a toddler with food issues, security issues, and developmental delays is even harder and more stressful than it was for a bio kid.  There are times when she screams and screams and screams and screams in ways that are beyond normal toddler tantrums.

Daycare transition was extremely difficult and so many times I felt like a horrible mother, leaving her there when I could hear her screams outside of the building.  I praise God everyday that she's gained the confidence and security to know now that "Mama always comes back."

And I still feel a little heartbroken when I see a "real" 3-4 year old walking around talking to their mama in Target and look at my sweet girl who has SO MUCH catching up to do.

But she IS making huge strides!!  Strides that are celebrated by every member of our family!!
Adoption is a beautiful thing to live.  We get to witness big & small miracles every day with this girl.  We get to see her learn to trust, learn to share, learn to listen to rules, learn to calm herself down, learn to accept love from siblings, and witness "first" after "first".

She is a little miracle and we love her so much!!

Once again, thank you to so many people who helped get Laila home!!!  We love you all and are forever grateful that you said "yes" to helping this sweet girl come home. :)

Thanks for stopping by,
Fannie, Matt, Kate, Chengbin, & Miss Laila