We have been very busy getting a home study update and last Friday our documents were received at the USCIS Immigration office. This officially starts the (very long!) countdown to bringing our little guy home. We plan to travel to China sometime this fall.
Anna is super excited to be a big sister! She carries a little laminated picture of Xiao Fu around and prays for him every night. She can't understand why he can't come home to play with her right now. It is so cute to hear her praying about what toys she doesn't want to share with him and that he won't be naughty! I'm sure they'll be best buddies and worst enemies. It will be an adjustment for our "little princess" to not be in the limelight so much, but we think she is going to love having a sibling who shares so much in common with her. They even both spent their first two years in the same foster home. Swallows Nest has been such a blessing to us. We are so thankful that Samuel is being loved on and cared for by such wonderful ladies until we can bring him home.
Anna continues to brighten our lives and challenge our parenting abilities! She is a clever little girl and we still can't believe her vocabulary. A few days ago she told K.C. that she was jealous of Esther and I because we went shopping without her. What three year old uses the word jealous in context!? She loves to be the center of attention and is so used to people commenting on her cuteness that she waltzes into stores and restaurants as if she is the queen happily saying hi and introducing herself to anyone that will listen. She currently uses forearm crutches to help her walk and really gets around so well with them. About a month ago she decided that she wanted to start feeding Chloe our dog. It is quite the process, but she loves to be independent and responsible. Here is the video clip.