Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Red Couch Day and the Pearl Market

The kids in our group....ranging from 10 months to 6 years.

One store in the Pearl Market...the girls were showing us how they made necklaces and the different quality of pearls.

Today, our group met up to do the "Red Couch Photo." We made quite a scene in the hotel lobby. Afterwards we did some paperwork, as tomorrow our guide goes to the US Consulate on our behalf to get Rylie's visa. This afternoon, we headed to the Pearl Market....it is crazy. Think of a large 5 story shopping mall selling only pearls and other types of beads. I have never seen anything like it!

There's not a lot else to tell today. Tomorrow is pretty much a free day, and we are trying to figure out what to do so we don't go stir crazy.

I've always wanted to be pretty truthful on our blog, especially when it comes to this adoption. Right now, the truth is that we really need your prayers right now....we are all struggling. It is very apparent to us that Rylie has had no discipline or limit setting/boundaries in the past. It seems to us that there was a general rule of appeasement for her. She has a good 20+ tantrums a day, which is really wearing on us. They are generally over the tiniest of things....she just loses it any time she doesn't get her way. The issue is much bigger than just normal almost-2-year-old tantrums. It makes it difficult to bond with her, as all three of us are generally frustrated a majority of the time. We knew this would be a challenging journey, but it is proving much more difficult than we anticipated. To take a 21 month old and try to start over is really hard. Really, really hard. Please just pray for us....we would appreciate it so much. Thanks. :)
Jonah and Reagan: We miss you guys so very, very much. We can't wait to give you some big squeezes!! Only a few more days....we're trying to hang in there. Love you, love you, love you!!!


  1. DeAnn and I are praying for you. We are so proud of you and so happy for Rylie and your whole family!

    Hang in there and don't let anything come between you!

  2. You know I'm praying for you guys!

    And that pearl market. Isn't it insane?!!? I wonder if their goal was to overwhelm you, b/c they do a wonderful job at it. Ha ha! What did you end up getting?

  3. Praying for you guys. That has to be SO hard. Praying for your journey home so you can start a real routine with her.

  4. hang in there guys. we'll pray for you specifically about this concern.


  5. Jennifer, I will be praying for you guys! Thanks for being transparent and sharing your heart. Take care!

    Amy H.

  6. Standing with you my friend.

    You are going to make it - I know it must be REALLY tough right now.

  7. Praying for you all. I know how hard and frustrating that must be. Have peace in the understanding that this is God's plan and He knows and you know that you can do it. Look at the two beautiful children you have at home. You had to establish a routine and boundaries for them as well. Their temper tantrums were just new baby cries. With Rylie they are bigger and more exhausting, but in the end you will establish a happy, peaceful family. Thank you so much for sharing. I love reading it every day!!!


  8. Love her outfit. Give each other lots of hugs!