April 16th 2014…646 days

Today marks a special day, a very special day in the lives of our girls.  They don’t know it nor do they understand what today means yet but today is the day that Jenna and Quinn have been with our family longer than they have been away.  They have been a part of the Yoder family longer than they have been an orphan.  They have slept in the same home longer than anywhere else in the world.  They have lived 646 days without us and 646 days with us.  For a total of 92 weeks and 2 days or 1 year 9 months and 1 week they lived somewhere else.  That is a long time to be without a family.  But I am happy to say it’s going to be a lot long with a family…. more days, more weeks, more months, and more years with a family.  Our girls are lucky.  We are lucky.  IMG_8259These past 646 days have not been easy.  In fact I think they have been some of the hardest days of my life, of our marriage.  I am sure it has not been easy for our children either.  I would like to say that we have it all together now but we don’t.  There are still huge language issues that cause a lot of frustration on both the girls and my part.    There are things that a normal 3 1/2 year old should understand, should know how to do, should be able to communicate yet Jenna and Quinn continue to struggle.   It has been a very hard 646 days with a lot of temper tantrums, a lot of lost patience, a lot of over-reacting on everyone’s side but we are still a family.  A family who loves each other, who cares for each other.  A family with as many tears of pain as there are tears of joy shed.  A family who is trying to lean on God and listen to His voice.   My dear Jenna and Quinn who were hand picked to be part of this forever family….welcome home.IMG_8268


About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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One Response to April 16th 2014…646 days

  1. Congratulations on celebrating this milestone. Your girls are beautiful.

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