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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some Other Gotcha Day Celebrations

We stopped by Papa John's pizza that night and picked up a pizza in honor of the dinner we had the first night we spent with Lotus in our hotel room. Instead of going out to dinner that night we ordered Papa John's pizza and ate in our room. This will be a tradition every year until Lotus tells us to stop it is corny. I think we will get her photo by the sign every year too!

Thankful Thursday

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I am thankful for the unconditional love of my family.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It Only Takes a Second......

Last Thursday night Lotus and I were enjoying the night together. We had ate dinner, had a bath, made some cookies for daddy, and were just doing some things around the house before bed. It was supposed to be an early night since Lotus had school the next day and I had a huge presentation to give at work. I had called Lotus into her room to have her pick out her clothes for the next day. She didn't come right away, just as I was going to get her, I heard one of our dogs growl and snap, then Lotus screamed and came running out to me. At first I thought maybe he frightened her. I picked her up, checked her face, all was OK. Then she showed me her hand. One of our dogs had bit her hand, at first I could not tell how bad it was because of the amount of blood. I quickly wrapped her hand. And tried to call my brother-in-law (he is a nurse). I could barely dial the phone. He was on his way and then I called Kevin at work who was going to meet us at the hospital. Once we got to the hospital, they took us back right away. They looked at her hand, she needed to get the wound cleaned out (because dogs mouth are not as clean as everyone thinks) and get stitches. They needed to papoose her so she would not fight and move. I only wished I could take the pain away from her, that I could trade places with Lotus. Once she had her stitches, she started to calm down and then we waited for the antibiotics. Finally, it was home to bed after midnight. I share this story with you, to remind you, that dogs are dogs. They can be unpredictable. Lotus has been taught early on to not pull tails or ears and to pet nicely. She has always listened. Our dog has been great with her, very protective actually. If Kevin plays too rough with her, the dog would bark at him to say "Hey Stop It". Unfortunately, this time, from what I can gather, she tripped over a sleeping dog and he thought the other dog was going after him. I am grateful that her hand is doing well and she will be OK. I am sad one of our dogs needs to find a new home. Please be careful with your children and your pets.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

One Year Ago Today! Hapy Gotcha Day Lotus!

One year ago today I woke up in our hotel room in Guangzhou China anxiously waiting to meet our daughter for the very first time after looking at her photo for 4 months. From the moment I first laid eyes on her photo, I knew I loved her. She was my daughter. Below is our Gotcha Day video, enjoy a flash back to a year ago today as we met our daughter for the first time.