Monday, August 1, 2011

The Last few Weeks

Sorry it has been so long since I posted,but we have been busy with life.  Keane and Liam are doing fantastic.  Keane loves his American name and is such a joy.  He has been to the beach twice and starts guitar lessons this week.  We have a Christian Chinese tutor coming to the house twice a week and Keane is learning English quickly.  He was able to connect with his friend from his orphanage that was adopted last year, and they talked to each other on the phone today.  He calls his friends in China on skype, and we are amazed how happy he is.  He is now our official phone answerer, and everyone who calls knows it is Keane and he loves it.

Liam is funny,outgoing and a big tease.  He has the greatest belly laugh ever and loves to be chased and tickled.  Some how we got the two easiest, happiest kiddos ever.

We have had a few issues when it comes to work and reading, which Keane does not find to be the most enjoyable activities.  Today he asked Rylan to read sitting next to him while he read, and that worked out great. He is amazed that we work out in the yard in 90 degree heat,but he worked along side Mike and they got some yard work done.  We are doing well using the translator and telling him why it is important to work before play and that reading will allow him to learn so much.  I don't think he was pushed to work or to do his school work in China or maybe he was told we Americans sit around and relax all day. He is super neat though and cleans up after himself.  He now knows to clear his plate after dinner and help all the boys with the dishes. Keane said he had never taken a bath before and now he has taken a bath every night since we got home.  He is super sweet and caring.  One of our boys was crying about a writing assignment that needed to be turned in and Keane came over and gave him a glass of water and a tissue.  He has also told Mike and I, I love you in English,which melts my heart. He made me the best card ever for my birthday with pictures of he and I, and it said, I love you!! I still can't believe what a great kiddo he is, God has truly blessed us!!!  He is so perfect for our family.

Mike's parents came to visit from Alabama and Keane was so excited to meet them.  He played cards with Nanny and swam in the pool with Papa everyday.  He can now make it all the way across the pool without having to be saved in the deep end.  Keane has a great sense of humor, and we are starting to have jokes among ouselves that he gets, and we all do a lot of laughing, plus the charades we all do to communicate is always commical.  I'm sure he can't believe what a crazy family he has. 


  1. What wonderful news and uplifting stories. Thanks for sharing, Jenn. I will continue to pray for your family.

  2. I started following your blog when you were in China. Mainly to see how the older child adoption unfolded, as we are bringing home an almost 12 year old this winter. We already have 5 children, so our house is pretty crazy too! I SO love reading how the boys are doing, especially Keane...the stroy behind his adoption is amazing. God is awesome!!!!!! How has his response been to the Gospel, if you can share that. Has he been to church....does he understand anything about God? I keep praying that our daughter's heart s being changed so that she would be open to the Great News, the message of salvation through Christ. I jsut wonder if she will think we are even crazier :) Keep updating - it is a blessing to those of us who wait :)

  3. I also started following your blog when you were in China. It looks like Keane is adapting well, and Liam seems to fit right in too. We are hoping to travel in December to get our 2 boys from Qingdao (7 & 9). We have only raised daughters so I hope our 2 boys are as happy as Keane and Liam are! We are still trying to decide what to do about school for them. I may email you privately with some questions if you don't mind. Keep the updates and pictures coming. We are almost DTC so we still have a while to go but these blogs really do help those of us who are still waiting.