Journey to China

This blog documents the Spitlers' progress towards the adoption of Xia Ping He (Noah Spitler) from the PR China. It also documents Noah's medical process in pursuit of a total repair to his CHD (congenital heart defect).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

2012 Spitler Family Update

Hello Everyone,
I know you probably think we all dropped off the face of the earth but we haven't. We are still here in Statesboro living our everyday life...home, church, school, friends, family and oh, the drama that never seems to end. To catch you all up on how we all are, here goes...
Noah is doing very well. He is running around at the speed of light and never seems to stop. He has more energy than he knows what to do with. His overall health is very good. He continues to gain weight here and there and is growing taller. He is as handsome as ever and has a personality the screams, "Look at me"! He is enjoying first grade and has many friends. He has the best teacher EVER. She has worked very hard with him to get him up to speed in all aspects of his schooling. She is the most patient women I have ever met. Noah loves to play video games, swing outside, play with friends and with his sisters. It has been a challenge to help him understand that parents are in charge and not him :) We pray every day that he will come to truly grasp what it meant to live in a family, submit to authority, and learn about who Jesus is and his saving grace. We continue to ask you all to pray for us on these matters as we continue on this journey. Actually, sometimes it is more of a drama than a journey but you can use which ever word you like best.
Madison is doing well also. She is a thriving and beautiful 8th grader. I am so happy to be home to see her, and Olivia, after being gone for so long. Madison played volleyball at school while Noah and I were in California. She seems to really like playing. She also enjoys her art class at school. She is a very artistic girl and has ambitions of using her art abilities in the future. Madison loves hanging out with her friends, listening to music, dabbling on Pintrist, and being involved in the youth group at church.
Olivia, the princess, is having a great life...every day. She almost always has a smile on her face and loves to have FUN!!! She spends a lot of time playing with Noah and her friends. She loves to watch movies, play on the Wii (dancing of course), and reading. She is loved by all and loves all.
To catch you all up on the events of late I will add some pictures from various events and holidays so you can see the fun we have been having. Thank you all again so much for all of the prayers you have said for our family. The last year to two years have been the crazies roller coaster ride and our survival is only because of the Lord and you all. You, again, have prayed, made meals, sent gift cards, been a taxi driver, nanny, and so much more. We love you all and pray the Lord will bless you for all you have done.
Last but not least, I want to say a BIG thank you to my husband, Adam. There are no words that can ever truly show how much I love and appreciate you. You are my best friend and supporter. You did so much while Noah and I were away. You truly came to know how it would feel to be a single parent trying to do it all. It was so much work but you did a super job. Thank you love. You deserve a major vacation to some exotic place...oh, and I of course will join you :) THANKS!