Tuesday, June 22, 2010

harmonious :)

today ming officially became abigail heming ranger :) the 24-hour harmonious period was over and all official documents were signed. she continues to just do amazingly well. from what we can tell on the outside, she has not looked back and has not had any problem adjusting to being rotten :)

after completing the day's paperwork, we went swimming. it was pure unadulterated joy. she could hardly contain herself. greg taught her how to splash the proper way and she thought that was the best! she will repeat anything we ask her to and she skips down the hotel hallways. she is eating like a horse and smiles a whole bunch. my heart hurt today for two moms that i had the pleasure of meeting and talking with. one just adopted a little girl, age 10 who looked about age 6, who has pretty significant hand and foot deformities. she is precious. the mom was crying because the way people look at her daughter, it is just tearing her up. the protective mama bear has already kicked in. and then a second mom cannot console her crying-a-whole-bunch little girl. satan was having a field day with her and it was my honor to remind her not to play his game, just as many of you reminded me when i fell into the trap of wondering if i had what it takes to be the right mom to ming.

adoption is an amazing and crazy and emotional and walk by faith journey. if you love roller coasters, you would be in heaven :)

and a big ol shout out to jeff frederick for taking a bunch of crazy boys to see toy story 3. you will never know how that blessed me. thanks bud.

thanks so much to all of those who prayed and continue to do so. i feel so undeserving of the support we have in you.


p.s. to karen cooper - i know you love me.

p.s.s. to my sister deb who is posting and caring for this blog since there is no blogger access (and many other sites as well....) in china - thank you :) xoxo


  1. Ranger Family! I have to tell you that I feel so blessed to read your blog and see all of these joyous photos!!! Abigail GENUINELY looks like she has always been in your family! She just fits so perfectly!!! God has a way of doing that, doesn't he? WOW! Blessings to you all!!!

  2. Such precious picture! I'm so happy to hear that things are going so well. My heart hurts for the two families who are having a difficult time. You are so right in blaming the enemy! I'll be praying for all of you!

    Thanks for the updates, I love it!!

  3. Wow, did she turn into an American cutie pie overnight or what?!!! She looks so different!! The girls look so pretty together!!! I bet she is really proud of her new clothes.... and family.

  4. Words fail me, I told my husband, come read this, everything is beautiful and special about this post, your words, the love, your daughter. Thank you!

  5. I'm so glad to hear everyone is doing well. Congrats on the "offical" adoption and welcome to Abigail. I can't wait to meet her in person. I continue to pray for you and think of you often. I love the photos. Continue to have a great trip.

  6. Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, there was no one there.......except pure joy:) so very happy for you..Love Ya!!! cathy

  7. So glad to get your updates! I will continue to pray for Abigail as she adjusts to her new normal.

  8. so happy to read about your joys and struggles right now! will continue to pray for your family- love you all

  9. Jan--I am amazing at how God has undertaken for you all! I love it! Counting down the days to we see the whole family together : ) Love you!!!

  10. Jan and Greg,

    You are being a great example of love for the vulnerable--faith, love and action.

    We will pray you home.

    Had great time with your kids today--that is the remnant left behind. I think Phoebe will one day run the world :)

    Byron and Marlene Jensen