Thursday, December 31, 2009

We interrupt our regular posting....

To announce.....
That today at exactly 11:01






We got an email








While eating in Bojangles
(We had to get some shots at the Dr. this morning hence the Brunch)








That would forever change our day







and life









It had just become 2010 in China










Pretty Special







Because






that email






said something



Very special

















Woo Hoo!!! I think 2010 is already looking like a really good year!

Here is a video just so you can see some Anna Grace cuteness.... (:


We leave on January 19 and come home on February 5!!!!
We will get Andrew on January 21!!! woo hoo!

Continue to pray and please pray for our safety and health!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Say What?!?

So Anna Grace has gotten into saying the funniest things! They are hilarious! She calls everyone Sweetie. Everyone. i.e. "Sweetie would you like me to wear a bow?" Hilarious. Where she gets it from? No idea.
She is in LOVE with Pandas. She is a Baby Panda, I am a SissyPanda, Mommy is a MamaPanda, and Daddy is a DaddyPanda.
All of us say the same thing (MamaPanda, SissyPanda, & DaddyPanda) which is "I will never, never, ever leave you. Pretty sweet huh? Best Part. She came up with all of it. The names and what we say everything. But what does she say "I love you so, so, so very much!"
She also has her opinions on a new little one coming home. My Mom was talking about Andrew the other day and she has this conversation with her ::
AG :: Mommy I want a sister now.
MP :: Well Anna Grace you are getting a brother
AG :: Well MamaPanda I would love a sister
MP :: I know sweet girl but you are getting a big brother
(she thinks he is a baby...heh. Not quite he is a whole 5 weeks older! ;)
AG :: Can't we just go get a gewel instead
MP :: No, we can't.
AG :: Fine, I will just have to go with Andrew I guess.

She also loves herself. Which is a good thing. I guess. High selfesteem she does have.
On Christmas Day she walked around in her *New HoHo (Ni Hao Kai-Lan) panties and some high heels. heh. She is a keeper alright.
She also got a HoHo baby. It is her baby. She rocks him and holds him and talks and talks to him ;) quite cute! She will make a great little sister and Mommy. great.

Here is a very special video of her singing "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift......She knows EVERY word. This video does not how truly amazing she is! (Now this might just be me being her sister and thinking she is amazing when she walks...but hey, I think it pretty awesome a 3 year old can do this....Oh and enjoy my back -up singing (: I know, it is a-w-f-u-l )



Have a Happy Monday!

Sunday, December 27, 2009


So I decided that each Sunday I would update about the previous week.
I figured this would be a way to keep everyone updated. So I will go day by day.

Sunday :: We had a family Christmas party to go to and then I had volleyball-very low key day not to much fun to update about (:

Monday :: Monday was pretty lazy. We were all out of school and didn't do much. Our Article 5 came the Friday before so we were mainly stalking my Mom's email to see if something had come.

Tuesday :: "The Boys" had a day and "The Girls" did too. My Mom, Anna Grace, and I went shopping with my Nana and well i'm not completely sure what all the did. ( A lot of video games most likely )
Wednesday :: Our sweet friends, Jodi and her kids:Max, Cole, & Kamden came over and we baked Christmas goodies! Then our family went to look at Christmas Lights! It was so much fun! I love Christmas!

Thursday :: We invited our whole family over to our house for a Christmas Eve celebration and my Uncle Johnny's birthday (yes, he was born on Christmas Eve)

Friday :: Our day started at 7:06 (wow we got up late this year!) when we got to see what Santa left for us! Then we headed to my Nana's house for some more fun! Ooh Christmas!

Saturday :: We spent most of the day at home cleaning Christmas stuff up. Then at about 5:30 we went to Frank*es Fun Park and celebrated Adam's Birthday (Dec. 17)

So there is our weekly update. I know you are probably mumbling to yourselves at the moment "Really? That is pretty boring. I don't know how worth it that is"
But my hope is that it will get more interesting once we are in China and then when Andrew comes home.
Please continue to pray for us as we prepare to bring him home!

P.S I am going to be updating our trip to China on ANDREW'S blog. I will not be able to update two blogs so we are sticking with one and because this is our Journey to Andrew it will be on Andrew's blog (: But once we get home a new blog will be created so I can update about both of these precious kids. (I can hear your shouts of joy about another blog to track down. not) If you have any advice on what to do once he is home, PLEASE tell me!

Oh and in about 3 weeks we will be in China (:
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pictures of my Family (well the siblings - one!)

Here are some NEW pictures of my siblings and I (: Enjoyyyy


Very very favorite!





sisters (:



brothers (:



Me
(Ashton, the author of this blog) (:



Adam
(Sports lover and has the smarts)



Hayne (think the Hanes brand minus the s)
(X-men and power ranger fanatic. Always smiling.
Everyone should have his outlook. Oh to be 7 again.)



Anna Grace
(Sweet Princess lover of everything in the world--especially Princesses!!)





Sunday, December 20, 2009

We wish you a Merry Christmas!


*Click to Enlarge*
I figured I should go ahead and wish you all a very Merry Christmas saying we will be very busy in the upcoming days.
Please continue to pray for us and our trip to China for Andrew that is coming up! We will be there in 17-30 days! (wow!)
We have some friends coming in tomorrow
and staying for a few days then it will be Christmas
and I know all of you will be equally busy!

So we are sending our love and wishing you a Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nothing Much (:

Well we have been up to "Nothing Much" as Anna Grace might say (:
We are waiting on our TA now because as of yesterday our Article 5 has been signed and is at the CCAA! aaammeeennn!
Here are a few pictures !!'









Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Blog!

Hey guys! So I have set up a blog all about Orphan Awareness and such with my friend, Anna! It is going really well and we would LOVE for you to stop by! If you just click on the button below---- (YES, I learned how to make the buttons!! hehe)


So please stop by! we would LOVE for you too!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

"The Perfect Family"

So I have been thinking lately.....
My life was pretty normal when I was a little girl. I had a wonderful Mommy and Daddy and it was, in my opinion, what people would consider "the Perfect Family"
In 1992 my parents got married. They wanted 2 kids a boy and a girl, or as some would call it here in the U.S.A. "the Perfect Family"

3 years later in 1995 they had a little girl...me. Then in 1998 Adam was born. Perfection. A girl and a boy and a mom and dad. "The Perfect, typical American Family."
They were done.....or so they thought (:

In 2001 a surprise came.....John Hayne! Now they were definitely done (snicker) not quite Mom and Dad. In 2005 my Mom went to get a massage that my Dad had been begging her to get but she let the certificate expire. God thing. So he called the place and got them to let her go. There all the lady could talk about as she was doing her massage was her amazing journey to China to get her little girl. door opened. When my Mom left she called my Dad and jokingly (or so she says) said "Hal, I think we have a daughter in China." he then replied "I have been praying you would say that when it was the right time." amazing right? So they started the journey to their newest little girl, Anna Grace! In 2006 our sweet 3 year old, Hayne was attacked by a dog. He was just like a cleft baby. God was working, preparing hearts and we did not even know it. After waiting 2 long years we went to China and brought her home. God has done miraculous things and the miracle of Anna Grace has so blessed us and I could not imagine a day without this little girl. But we were done for sure. Completely. No getting around it, done. {Hello God does have a sense of humor!} When we came home from China I begged and pleaded for another child from China! I knew (or hoped) that we would go back. "Nope your not" I kept protesting and they would disagree whenever I said so I prayed because I found begging didn't do to much and I should leave it to God. But when I would ask all my Dad would say was "If we ever do go back, which I doubt, I want a little boy 3 years old because I do want to retire at some point in life." and my Mom would say "I want a little girl with a cleft lip and palate"
I just continued to pray and believe.
In May of 2009 my Mom decided to look at the HOPE list with our agency...NOT looking for a child just looking at the children for leisure. Well she opened the list and started at the bottom. #46 was the first number she clicked on and she lost her breath. He was 2 1/2 soon to be 3 and had a cleft lip/palate. wow. God. So she went to my Dad's work and showed him the list. They both agreed that they wanted more information on this child. So they requested his file. We were already on a list. So we figured it was not meant to be. Then on June 5, 2009 (A MONTH LATER!) My Mom received an email that said "Hope Child #46 for your review" she was at My Dad's office and was crowded with customers and she starts shouting "No, No, No. They already said it was most likely not going to happen he can't be ours. God did not want this....etc." We figured that for this precious little boy to still be available God had his hand in this and it might just possibly be meant to be.
So we opened the file and fell head over heels in love with a little boy that will soon be called Andrew Hudson! On June 15 we accepted his referral and since then we have been working hard to get him home!

God is so amazing.
We can now say 147 million orphans minus 2.

I have come to terms that I like God's plan for our "Perfect Family" much more than societies.
So if you ask me,
Yes we have
The Perfect Family.

and who knows maybe the perfect family won't be 7 but 8 or 9 maybe just maybe 10....hmm.
But who knows??
Just saying though.
(Not pushing Mom...just saying)
(:


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Not sure what to call this.....


Here are some pictures of Anna Grace! I adore this dress! Is it not precious?

This Thursday I am ever so Thankful that we have 6 more days until Christmas Break!!
*humming to Christmas Christmas time is here....*
hehe

Ooh and

SURPRISE!

Anna Grace is going to be Mary in the Christmas play at her "school"

Hope you have a great week!1

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Snapshot Sunday

Ni Hao Y'all


Ok so saying that I am not a Mommy and just a Big Sister I am going to tell you a little bit about each of my siblings.... So this Sunday it is all about....

Hayne


He is sweet.

Loving, oh so loving. and a Rockin' AWESOME swimmer!!

Probably the most caring little man I know (:

I love him....Even when I don't always show it

But hey, he is my little brother...I can't make it too easy on him!


He is a miracle...see here.

And can not wait to be a BIG brother to Andrew!!

New Post HERE at the Andrew Blog
(:
Gosh I love this little boy! so much.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Favorite Foto of the Week!


How much Cuter can it get?