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Friday, November 9, 2007

FASHION HAIR DAY ...











Breakfast, Embroidery Factory, MacDonald's for our 1st fry and ice cream cone, shopping for oil for Maggie's skin and back to room for her 1st meltdown ... She cried uncontrollably for about 45 minutes ( I remember when Emily had hers in Changsha also) ... It is amazing how God wires children... She was testing me to see if I really do love her before she gives her heart away ... I just rocked her and told her I loved her and she calmed down ...

We are also working on hair dos ... Feel free to vote (Gretchen .. thanks for noticing the comb over in the last picture ...lol) ... I think I like the side pony ....

We are playing soccer in the room right now ... Hoping good sleep for all tonight .. I am not sleeping well !!!!

love you all !!!

45 kind words.:

holly m. said...

Oh,Gwen!! Maggie's ponytail is perfect! What a little dolly!!
It's around 5:00 AM, I'm up for the moment and praying for sweet, much needed sleep for you.
Take care, take it easy,as easy as possible, that is...:)

Laura said...

Maggie has the sweetest smile! It's amazing the transformation we're seeing right before our eyes. Maggie is so lucky to be able to call you mommy! Praying that she'll come to realize that you love her forever and aren't going to leave her.

Steffie B. said...

I love the hats and scarves! There isno doubt she can sense your love! Hang in there my friend....home is not too far away! ;)

Just reminding you that David and I are leaving today for the weekend. I will try to get to the business center and see if I can get on a computer.

Just know that we are praying for you and I will be back, checking in on Monday!

Hugs....
S*

mommy24treasures said...

love that smile!!!! Love the icecream one!!!!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Maggie is starting to trust you more and more...
You can see it in her face and her smile...
She knows that MOMMY is going to be there..
Love her little outfit and her little scarfs and hats...
I love her little smile.. she is adorable..
Try to get some sleep... you will be home soon..
Hugs to you
Kim

Anonymous said...

Gwen,
We're loving the Jim Chapman doo-rag! :) Emma Kate keeps asking to see pictures of "Maggie and the ferocious beast" (if you've seen that children's show).
We can't wait to see you next Sunday at the airport!
Love you,
Kimber

Sara said...

Gwen, I don't know if you'd remember me or not from Asian Invasion, but Kimber, told me about the site, and I've read the entire thing from beginning to end! Amazing journey you're on! Little Maggie is just as absolutely precious as she can be. I am in love!!!! I vote on the cap! And I dooooooo love the kerchief from earlier in the week. Although she looks mighty cool in the do rag and layers there at Mickey D's.

What's the plan on hair at home? Are you serious about a wig? How does locks of love work? How many inches do they need off of how many girl's heads? Wonder if we couldn't do a group cutting?? Could be quite an adventure!

Sara Olson
Mom to Oodles of Olsons,
Including one Jianxi Jewel

jennifer said...

Love seeing her smiles. Looks like she's doing well. What a blessing.

Anonymous said...

What a precious child Maggie is. I can't wait to meet her. I am praying for you all. I love all the hair sytles.

Kristi R.

nikki said...

Gwen, she looks so beautiful in all of her pictures - I loooove that little smile!
The hair dos are all stylin', but that last picture does it for me - love the whole outfit (Lily has that same shirt in both green and pink)...
And as far as the meltdowns go: You know I can SO relate to those! Takes me back!
Miss you girlie! Big hugs to ya! Hope you are able to get some sleep one of these days.

emily said...

Avery loves the hat, Hill and Wick vote for the do-rag and I'm sure if Issy were awake she would like the side pony! I love how her smile has grown, she is transforming before our eyes.

Praying for a great day sweet friend.

Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

Praying for you this morning (especially for some much needed rest)! Her smile is captivating...I love it! I am a fan of the hat...it is so cute!! The kids are all doing great...we are going to have a b-day party for Joshua tonight (he is 2 today)!!

Love, Lindsey

dreamingBIGdreams said...

I am loving the hat too!

She is looking so happy and joyful. YOu are radiating too.

Looking forward to seeing you a the airport!

ChatterboxLS. said...

i don't even know who you are, but liked here from another blog (a friend of mine) - we're praying for the transition to be an easy one for everyone

lori (http://fromourbunchtoyours.blogspot.com/)

LaLa said...

Love those grins on that sweet girl...Mama you are working your magic! That piggie is too cute : ) Oh, and I really love that Children's Place ensemble (yeah, we have it too ) Hurry home!!

Kim said...

This is such a sweet journey to follow you on. I can't get over the transformation that Maggie is going through! I keep scrolling down to the earlier pictures and then back to the present ones. She is such a beautiful little girl! I love what your doing with her hair and the hat. She is looking so much healthier too! Her facial skin looks so much better. Your doing a great job Gwen! We will pray that the Lord will give you the rest that you need and stregnth to keep going. Escpecially now that Maggie is starting to feel that loving bond that's growing between the two of you.
Praying rest for Gwen,
The Medlin's

Kim said...

P.S. Where's the comb? I can't find it!! =]
Kim

Anna said...

I like the comb over you put on her on the last post it looks good...I also like the hats you put on her...I really like your shirt you have on in the picture too...

gretchen said...

Side ponytail! It's gotta be coming back, eh? I love it. And I'm so glad to see you've got that girl in tights!!! Hang in there. You'll be home in no time. Don't forget the diet coke! Is Chinese Idol on TV?

kenzsethia said...

Found your blog from Emily's. We were traveling to China around this time last year to get our sweet baby girl. So emotional to see you with Maggie! She is adorable. I will be praying for your travel home and continued attachment. Sounds like things are going great! Thanks for letting us share your journey.

aimee

Kristi Hend. said...

Gwen, I have given up mascara this week as I am a mess after reading your blogs and watching Maggie bloom before our eyes! We will pray for your sleep as that was my problem when we were in China. I would fall asleep for a few hours then wake up for the rest of the night...even after sleeping pill! I feel your pain and will pray, pray, pray for sleep for you!!

Angie said...

Praying for peaceful days and rest for the both of you. Those beds are so incredibly firm! Love you Gwen and Maggie.

Angie

Leigh Ann said...

Bless her heart...no one has passed the test before you!
Love ya'll,
Leigh Ann

KKamholz said...

Still praying over here; I like the hat and the doo rag. How'd she like her first fry and ice cream? awesome choice for a first timer, also. love mcd's fries and ice cream also.

Kelly said...

I vote for the side pony. TOO Cute :0) Praying for you.

Laura Nipper said...

Oh I love the one with the hat on her head. She is soooo cute. I love that she is eating ice cream and loving it. Your doing and awesome job with her.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, Gwen, Maggie just looks so happy... it makes my heart smile.
I love all of her hats and scarves. The pony tail is darling... she just can't help it she is cute as a bug's ear.
Will pray for you to sleep well and so glad she trusted you enough to fall apart for a while.
God's Peace
Daleea
(Oh, how I miss China... my heart yearns to return for another little miracle from the Lord... He is able. If it is His will, one day)

Amy said...

You know me, I LOVE the hat! What an angel. I can't wait to see her in person (and you too). Give her a kiss from her Aunt Amy and a hug from Jadyn too. With every picture, the transformation is incredible. God is just amazing! Love you both,
A

Cate said...

It has abeen amazing to watch her love transformation.

By the way, I vote for the doorag!

Nicole said...

I just got back into town and I am SO glad to see she is in your arms and happy. I cannot believe someone allowed anything to happen to her, but even with the bruises, she's so precious and beautiful! I can't wait to hear how the rest of your time goes while you are there! I'm praying for her to continue to accept what is happening and to realize just how much she is loved!!

Verna said...

Oh Gwen, Mags is sure coming out of the proverbial shell. Time is healing wounds. Love the crocheted hat but who can have just one. The pony on the side is cute too. Loving the updates. Have you met up with the shocks?

Holly said...

How cute! It sounds like Miss Maggie is starting to ajust well! She has the most precious smile.

Brenda said...

Your pictures tell the story :)
Maggie does look really cute with any head dress :) and the pony is adorable!!

Anonymous said...

Gwen,
Maggie is so precious, what a transformation in a few days. I love the hat! It is 4:00am and I woke with you on my mind. I am praying for all you, there and here! Your heart is amazing and Maggie is so incredibly blessed to be the chosen addition to your family. Another example of God's perfect plan!

Mommy Spice said...

She's just so cute. You can do anything you want with her "do's" and she's going to be just as cute. The side pony tail is adorable, but the hats are cute as well.

~Amy~ said...

Those pictures are incredible. Maggie is just too precious for words. Coming from a "hair persons" point of view...I love the side pony! ;) Toooo cute!!!!

Praying for safe travels!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Just thinking about you and Maggie...
Hope all is well , can't wait for new pictures of Adorable little Maggie..
You will be home soon girly..
Hugs to you both.
Kim

Beckyb said...

I wondered when you would start in with the fancy hair do's - I always remember Emily's fancy "do's" in China - the gel - the whole bit!!! You are such a sweet Mommy - she will feel that love and I am just praising God for the wisdom He keeps giving you!! Hey girl - didn't they ALL have meltdowns in Changsha?!?! I'm thinking Chloe had about 10!!!!

redmaryjanes said...

I cannot believe the change in her. Look at the joy in her face. I just love you Gwen. When I pulled up that picture with her side pony, my heart smiled down to its core. You are pure magic. Maggie's Momma. Hang in there! I got an e-mail from a friend of yours wondering if she could still send a shower gift and what she should send. Is there still anything you need?

KKamholz said...

I'm getting kind of concerned that we haven't heard from her since Friday. I'm sure she's swamped with the paperwork, etc.; so I'm not panicing yet; just worried.

Kimber said...

I am praying for you and adorable Maggie! She is beautiful in every photos. I love the hat!

Kim

The Shingletons said...

Love all the smiles! She is precious! shawnah

Emmie said...

oh Gwen she's she is such a little cutie! I love all the pictures. That little hat is very cute as well! ;) Still keeping you in my prayers...hang in there...
sending hugs your way..<3

Ruth said...

Oh I love the pictures. You guys look so happy. She has such a cute smile. I know you are tired but thank you for posting it is so exciting to get on see how things are going for you. Praying daily for all of you. Get some rest. She looks so cute in all her little hats. I love hats on kids. Love the side pony tail reminds me of the good old 80's. Love ya!

holly m. said...

Thinking of you, Gwen and praying all is well...