A bit about the Himsels

In July 2011, we were drawn to a posting by our adoption agency of a little girl that was soon to "age out" of the orphanage in China, and they were hoping to find her family before her birthday in February, when she would no longer be eligible for adoption. After reviewing the information, giving it alot of thought and prayers, we knew she was to be our daughter. So we started the paperwork chase to bring her home. But God had a bigger plan in mind for the Himsels. Along the way, we decided to pursue adopting a little boy, and that journey actually led us to two little boys, who are 18 months and 14 months old. All three children are located in the Guizhou province. We are excited to be so close to bringing home Ella (Jinglan), William, and Ethan, and we hope you follow along with our journey.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Our little Ethan - oh boy are we in trouble!

Yep, we were pretty sure that Ethan was going to keep us on our toes and we certainly haven't been disappointed. This little guy is a ball of laughing, giggling energy. Well, until he's not. He definitely has his two extremes. But the ugly Ethan really only peeks out when he's tired. The very vocal Ethan shows up when he's hungry and when he he wants something William has (which is pretty much anytime William has something). Otherwise he's all smiles and laughs. Of course, Ethan knows how to turn on the charm - I'm pretty sure it served him well in the orphanage. For example, he's our food thrower. If he doesn't like something or he is done eating it, he tosses it wherever he can. We've been working on it, and if caught in the act he will flash me the biggest Ethan grin ever, and then attempt to put it in his mouth as if he was never intending to throw it in the first place. I'm on to you kiddo - that isn't working with mama (well, maybe a little - I just love my Ethan grins!) with all the food throwing, you can understand why he has become Mahli's favorite - she hangs out under Ethan's high chair at every meal and just waits for the treats to fall - and Ethan has yet to disappoint her! I've also had to put enough distance between his and William's chairs to keep Ethan from stealing food from William. And sometimes he steals it just so he can throw it - guess he figures he knows better when William is done eating too.

We're working to schedule the next round of doctor appointments. It's going to be a busy few months - and we may wear out the route from Fort Wayne to Cincinnati, but it will be good to have him evaluated by the neurosurgeon to see if he needs an additional surgery on his forehead. He has an MRI scheduled during spring break so they can get a better look at what was corrected when he was just 6 months old, and determine what our next steps are. He's adjusting so well, that I really hope we don't have to put him thru too much. Oh I almost forgot - our little guy took his first steps on Mar 2 and now he's a definite walking ball of energy. He is so cute toddling around with his arms flapping to keep his balance. And he definitely is proud of himself. And he's not the only proud one!

Cousin Emily getting some Ethan loving!
"Yep, I'm pretty sure I can steal that cup while William's not looking"
There's that devilish grin he does so well.
Having fun with Ella instead of eating - and just waiting for the opportunity to start throwing
Yep, he's a perfect 7-cup size head!
And he wears his "hat" every chance he gets unless there is something else to wear ...
See what happens when you let the two older ones watch Ethan

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