A glimpse at normalcy

On : 28 July, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

We have been home with Jian 4 weeks today, and just in the past few days I have seen a glimpse of our “new normal.”  It began when Jian allowed our little next door neighbor to play with her in the swimming pool while I spoke to the girl’s mom.  It wasn’t for very long, and afterwards, Jian […]

Fun at the dentist!

On : 24 July, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

Today Jian went to her first dental appointment in America, and it was very pleasant!  The hygienist was exceptional, showing Jian all of the tools and allowing her to play with them and see how they work. She understood and followed commands and allowed her teeth to be cleaned, flossed, have a fluoride treatment and […]

Neurology appointment

On : 23 July, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

Today Jian had her nerve conduction study.  At first, they did little “shocks” and eventually used needles in different muscles in both legs to determine which muscles are receiving input from her nerves.  They used gel with electrodes at first and used a little magic marker to mark where to apply the electrical impulse.  Every time […]

Great weekend!

On : 22 July, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

We have had a great time with Jian the past several days.  I was able to see a few home health patients on Saturday while Daniel took her to the movies.  She told me all about it and seemed to have a good time.  She says more and more words in English every day.  She […]

Peaks and Valleys

On : 19 July, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

This week has been filled with many ups and downs.  I have seen the greatest progress and the worst breakdowns from Jian.  Daniel feels better and has been able to work for 3 days this week.  She asks all throughout the day where he is and wants to make sure that he is coming back.  […]

Jian lost a tooth

On : 15 July, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

We had the visit with our post adoption social worker Friday, and it went very well.  She feels that Jian is right on track and where she would expect her to be at this point.  She said that the fact that Jian is uncomfortable around strangers is actually a good thing and much better than if […]

Learning daily

On : 11 July, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

If I thought that the year waiting for Jian was an emotional roller coaster, I now know it was only to prepare me for what was to come.  We have begun all of the appointments with doctors and other professionals.  She is basically going to have two appointments per week for the next several months.  […]

First time at Church

On : 9 July, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

Since Jian had such a great first week home, we went ahead and took her to church this Sunday.  We only went for one hour for her first visit.  Everyone there was so great and respectful of our situation.  They would peer over at her, smile, wave, and go to their seats.  No one bombarded […]


On : 6 July, 2013 | Category : Videos of Jian

Here is the link to the slideshow of our trip to China and bringing Jian home: http://vimeo.com/69769138 Here is the link to the slideshow of Jian’s life up until the point of her adoption: http://vimeo.com/64697136

First Movie

On : 6 July, 2013 | Category : Jian is home!

If you know Daniel very well, then you know that one of his favorite past times these days is frequenting the “Dollar Movie.”  (They actually charge $1.50 now which rubs me the wrong way, but that is besides the point.)  We decided that for our outing on Jian’s first Fourth of July, we would take […]