Family News From China

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    We’re Home!
    BY CSCOTTSHEPHERDON APRIL 2, 2014
    We’re home! We are SO sorry it’s taken us a few days to update our blog. We’ll spare you all our excuses (EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE GOOD ONES!) and get on with the update!

    First, you MUST hear the full airplane story:

    We were in Beijing and preparing for our LONG flight back to the US (13+ hours). In fact, we were third in line for takeoff when we noticed a passenger talking to one of the flight attendants. After talking to the passenger, the attendant looked out the plane’s window. Soon thereafter, she was on the phone with the pilot. Within 30 seconds, the pilot was looking out the same window!

    The passenger had noticed a puddle collecting under one of the plane’s wings. After some checking by the pilot and airport maintenance crews, the pool was determined to be jet fuel! The plane had a leak that was not discovered in the pre-flight checks. We ended up sitting on the runway for 3 hours while the plane was repaired. What was supposed to be a 13-hour flight became a 16-hour experience!

    We don’t want to speculate what would have happened if the leak had not been discovered before we began our flight home. We just praise God the passenger in seat 45J!

    We landed in Detroit three hours late, so we missed our connection flight to Nashville. Delta provided a hotel room for us for the evening, but we had take a cab to the hotel. On the taxi ride over, the cab driver was interested in hearing our adoption story. After we told him, he responded by saying, “My heart is full. I’ve never heard of someone adopting unless they were unable to have a baby. You adopted her to rescue her even though you aleady have children. My heart is full.”

    At the end of the cab ride, he would not accept our money. He said we had done a good thing, and he wanted to do a good thing for us. We were VERY touched by his kindness.

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    Grace, Iris, and Jordan

    After our travel adventure, we FINALLY made it home. But our first two days at home were really a struggle. Grace regressed and was acting much more like she did our first few days in China. She cried often, especially when she was tired. Our kids, though they never showed it, were probably wondering, “What have we gotten ourselves into?”

    Then, once again, everything changed. Our last two days (Monday and Tuesday) have been REALLY good! Grace is interacting beautifully with Jordan, Iris, and Gideon. In fact, I’ve never been prouder of them. They have given of themselves COMPLETELY to express their love and welcome to their new little sister.

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    Grace brushing Iris’ hair. (She LOVES her big sister!)

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    Grace and Iris’ model their new hairstyles. (Grace did them both.)

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    Grace enjoys running through the yard with the kids. (We’re not sure she’s even seen so much grass before.)

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    Iris’ loves her big brother and REALLY loves cats!

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    One of Grace’s first words was “flower.” She picks flowers everywhere!

    Grace also had a good first check-up at her Ophthalmologist at Vanderbilt today. The vision in her left eye is 100%, which is GREAT news since she has no vision on her right side due to the cancer she had as a baby. We have many more apointments in the coming days and weeks, but we are VERY encouraged by the good start.

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    Did the grass need to be mowed? Nope. But Grace sure enjoyed riding around with Dad!

    We have another REALLY AMAZING story to share in the coming days. In fact, we consider it the biggest miracle of our entire adoption journey! Stay tuned!

    Thank you for your love and prayers!
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    They do have a gymnastics place in Paris. Also, there are a few families who have adopted Asian children and they do meet together at regular intervals for the children to gather and be with one another.

    One cute story from that- after one of those meetings one of the adopted Chinese children asked her adopted mother why the other Asian children did not look like their mothers like she did....that is love....
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    When Scott gets some rest and some time I will get him to come in answer some of your questions. He is known around here as ParisGator.
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    Great story! Looking forward to hearing more.
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    Thank you for all the cool insights, GatorGrowl.
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    She looks like she's going to be a happy one (and a musical one!).
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    Airlie Meets Grace!

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    Three weeks ago today, some of our BFFs, Scott and Traci, were blessed with a beautiful, precious little gift named Grace. We were so excited to meet her yesterday! All day, Airlie talked about meeting her new best friend. However, when we stepped out of the car and she stood face-to-face with Grace, fear overwhelmed her. The kind of fear that made her cling to my leg and never let go. Airlie cried hysterically and it took at least 10-15 minutes for her to even look at my face. Her head was buried and tears flowed uncontrollably. I just held her tight and tried to hold a normal conversation with Traci. She finally settled down and began to play. Airlie and Grace had a great time, but the initial meeting was a shock to me. I had my camera all geared up for an exciting welcome, and it just didn't happen. I wonder what was going through her mind. All she has been able to tell me was that she was scared. The trauma these babies have experienced in their young lives, being moved between orphanages and hospitals periodically, is unforgettable for them. When they finally find a place to call home and a forever family to love them, I truly believe an insecurity lies beneath their happiness. A fear that they might have to let go. Our babies will NEVER have to let go...

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    Grace and Airlie walking on the balance beam!

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    Iris was so sweet to Grace. They were inseparable.


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    They had a blast hanging from the bar. I bet they had Scott put them on it no less than 30 times!

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    Sister love...

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    Airlie swinging with her new friend, Grace, beside her!

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    A million dollar smile!!!


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    Little Kian loves to swing.


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    Forever friends...

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    Gideon and Cavan decided to swing after we made them get out of the mud puddles...ha ha...boys!

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    Jordan jumps!

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    Airlie


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    Our beautiful new friend, Grace. What a blessed baby she is! I could hug her all day!

    I am so thankful for people like Scott and Traci who rescue these precious babies, give them a LIFE of love, a place to call home forever, and introduce them to a God that loves US despite OUR inadequacies. That's goooooood stuff!

    Be A Blessing,
    Stacy
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    Careful with this one. He could be a bad influence on Grace.
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    fraggle rock was totally awesome.
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    wonderful photos! congrats on the new family members!
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    Grace is so adorable......it's cool she's bonding with her sister.
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    That's what I was thinking. :)
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    USA Today Snapshots. 4.9.2014.

    Fewer Are Adopted In The U.S.A.
    International Adoptions Are Down 69% From The Peak In 2004:


    2004. 22,991

    2008. 17,456

    2012. 8,668

    2013. 7,094

    Source: U.S. State Department in March.


    I think it says a lot about the Shepherd family taking a lot of their time to help little ones from so far away to a have a wonderful new life with opportunities.
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    Took a quick break on the way home to try out Grace's new itty bitty violin. She is so proud and we can't wait to start practicing !
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