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.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ella's Musical Debut

Our little Ella had a big night on Tuesday. Her class participated in the fine arts night at school and she was up there with all the other kiddos singing her heart out.

How appropriate that the theme for the night was America. I was one proud mama watching my little American singing with the rest of them with a big smile on her face. She even had her own special dance part in one of the songs and her grin was from ear to ear when it was her time to dance.  Way to go Ella!

While at the program, we met a number of parents with children in Ella's class.  Every one of them said something about how excited their child was to have Ella in their class.  The school has been so welcoming to her and really has made her transition so much easier. 

She is really doing well with her English also.  They have provided her with an iPad in class so she can use Google Translate to communicate with the teacher, but she rarely needs to use it herself - they really are only having to use it when they need to give her very specific instructions.  She seems to understand quite a bit when we are talking around the house, and she is starting to say a few phrases in English.

And most of all, she really loves school.  She has a smile on her face each morning before she leaves and gives me a thumbs up when she gets home.  Almost sad that next week is spring break and she'll be stuck home with me during the day.

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