Monday, February 6, 2012

Home...Where We Belong

I can't believe how fast time is passing already. We have already been home for two weeks and it has been amazing to put it lightly. Our first week seems slightly dreamlike in that we were so unbelievably jet-lagged and also sick. I think our immune systems were on total overload and had a total "meltdown" after all we had put them through. Mary Alan adjusted very quickly and only had about 3 nights of waking up around 1am and then falling back asleep. She actually handled it a lot better than we did. Several people brought meals to us, which was a total God-send and we were able to mend pretty quickly. We have also had a lot of "Show-and-Tell" times for the kids at school and needless to say, they are all very excited about their new baby sister. She has been a real "hit" with all of their friends and is fitting right in. She will be a little teenager before we know it. She already has a cheerleading uniform to match her big sisters and Ivy has been working on her heel stretches. She is VERY flexible and we all can't wait to see if she ends up dancing, cheering or doing gymnastics. She may just do nothing and be fine with that. Who knows? She also loves the piano and the guitar and is very fascinated with all forms of music. Maybe she will be a pianist. I would love that. She also went to church for the very first time last Sunday. Everyone was so excited and welcoming as we walked in. I felt like I was finally home with my spiritual family and so happy to take her to a place she will call her "family of faith" for much of her life. 

We are all amazed how quickly she has adjusted to her American way of life and her new family. She has come to her new home with all 5 dogs and 5 cats and 2 brothers and 2 sisters and acted like she has always been here. She pretty much owns the place now and seems right in her element. All I can say is how wonderful I think her foster mother was and how well she must have prepared her. I am just blown away by the whole thing. Mary Alan is so funny and keeps us laughing all of the time. Her personality is just precious, especially when she is comfortable around people. She is very happy most of the time and is a joy to be around.

I was telling a friend the other day how I was so afraid before we left for China that I would not be able to do this. I am almost 41 years old and I have been very worried if I would have the energy to keep up with a toddler again. There have been so many times I questioned myself and what I was doing. I discussed it with Kelly a few times and told him my worries. He always reassured me that God had this. He wasn't going to call us to do this and leave us hanging. We would be fine. Well, I am here to tell you that I have never had more energy than this and God has equipped me for this. I am amazed myself. I dreaded the fact that I was going to have to get up earlier every morning and fix breakfast right away for a toddler....again after several years of sleeping a little later. I wake up now, excited to face the day and see what all it has in store. I chase after Mary Alan constantly and am still on major danger patrol. I am loving every minute of it. It has been so much fun. I truly can't wait for her to wake up from her naps so we can play some more. I know this may sound crazy to some, but I am having a ball. I also highly recommend having a baby when you have teenagers. It is ten times easier now than it was when I had 3 babies who were 3 years old and younger. I don't know how I did that. With MA, I pretty much play with her until the kids get home from school and then I don't see her for a while. They highjack her right when they come in and she is MIA. It is great. For any of you who think this may be something you have thought about, but you are just "too old". Please get rid of that thought. God will make a way where there seems to be no way. I truly am blown away by Him and His blessings and how amazing this experience keeps on being. It just keeps on and on and on amazing me. INCREDIBLE!! 

Today in church we sang a song called "Our God Is Greater" by Chris Tomlin. As many of you already know, I am an extremely outwardly emotional person and slightly sappy. As we sang this song, my heart just melted and of course...I sobbed as we sang:
"Our God is Greater, Our God is Stronger, God You are higher than any other, Our God is Healer, awesome and power, Our God, Our God.....And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us, And if our God is with us, then who could stand against?"

He truly is greater than any other and if HE is for us, then by golly, WHO can stop us? And if HE is with us, then WHO can go against us? Just amazing!! Dear GOD.....I am so in Awe of YOU!! 
Have a great day!! Love in Him, 


Robbie Sanford said...

Mary Alan is a delight! What a joy for the Colbert family. One more comment, "feeling to old" come and talk to the Sanfords!!
Love from the Sanford family

Laine said...

Sweet beautiful family! I followed your journey on your website while you were in China! I am praising the Lord for sweet Mary Alan finally being home!
I echo SO MANY of your feelings in this blog post! Like being so thankful to New too! And loving having a toddler at 41 years old? me too! It is SO MUCH FUN! A JOY! And we have teens too and I think it makes it even MORE joyful!
Blessings to your family....

The Tucker Troops said...

Michelle, your family is beautiful and everyone looks so happy. Your sweet Mary Alan is so adorable. You wrote exactly how I was feeling 3 years ago...I was 43 when we adopted Miss Lucey...I had some fears...okay, a lot of fears. Our Lord is so sweet to provide exactly what we need and then some. I'm looking forward to following along! Beth