Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone; but, still miraculously, my own.
Never forget, for a single minute you didn't grow under my heart, but in it.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Waking up in Taiwan! :) delayed post

This post was to go out Saturday Taiwan time but because of photo upload issues it is just now going out to y'all :)

Hello all :)



Well we are in Tainan, Taiwan so close to our sweet Panda boy! :) I can't WAIT to have Noah in my arms! We are 22 and a half hours away from when we will be at St. Lucy Center INSIDE the building to hold our sweet little panday boy. I pray Noah is being somehow prepared by God in his little spirit for all that is to come! :)



We awoke this morning in our wonderful hotel! :) I love it here :) the quilt and pillow are amazing! I really need to see about these bed pillows!! I LOVE THEM :) We went downstairs to the breakfast buffet that is HUGE and amazing and part of our cost for the room. Not a continental breakfast at all. It was amazing with tons of foods from multiple lands. We met my dear sweet adoption bloggy friend Jackie and her hubby Jeff for breakfast! It was so neat to meet her after all these months of reading about her and her family :) I have read her blog even before we found Noah! :) They are such neat people and we had a wonderful time together :) Feels like I have known Jackie my whole life! It is great to share and visit and our stories are different but it is so neat to see how our babies are so ours and how they fit our life experiencs and such with little details from our backgrounds and theirs! :) We loved our time with them and look forward to more time throughout the next few days in our time here in Taiwan! :) Here is a picture slide show of us from the morning of flight day till Sunday night. I will do a new one when we have pics of getting Noah!


Ok, now that I have FINALLY been able to get this to work I am goin to get ready to go to my LAST meal without Noah!

Noah honey, mommy is just hours away little boy! I love you more than you can ever know!!!!

WE ARE IN TAIWAN!!!

Just a quick note to let all know we made it safe FINALLY to Taianan Taiwan! :) We left Thursday at 2 on the plane from Shreveport and entered our hotel room at 1pm Taiwan time Saturday Afternoon! For those at home that is midnight friday night! So that was 34 houors door to door! We have been to St.Lucy Center to take pics outside. Now THAT was an experience. We hired a car from hotel so we could make a dry run and have the same driver take us monday. After almost getting in a wreck SEVERAL times! He FINALLY found it! My first THREE plane rides were quite something. Lets see plane number 1 out of shreveport almost killed the whole deal. I am already crying in fear and all and turn a corner into the tiniest plane I have ever heard of. Tiny in width. VERY narrow. Looked like goin through the lead in a pencil! Mrs. Claustraphobia about freaked! Inside a war began with myself of "I CAN:T DO THIS, I HAVE TO DO THIS! It was rough. Once we got seated and all it did not feel quite so bad as walking down that narrow plane with a seat on each side. eeek I was so scared yall. I can't even explain the fear that rose up in my chest as the plane took off. I prayed in the spirit and then I LITERALLY sang softly praise songs the entire one hour flight unless I had to answer Bobby with something. Tears coming on and off mainly when the plane shook! The other thing is headache dizzy and very sick to stomach :( not fun but I lived! Once we laned I was like I DID IT! :) heehee God is so amazing! I COULD NEVER HAVE done that without God! So then I thought ok, I got to do this again. Plane 2 was the flight from Dallas to San Fracisco. Longer flight now. Little over 3 hours. We had a layover in dallas so that kinda calmed me down and it was fun in DFW airport and all so we enjoyed that. Well, then time came to board the flight and I got so scared again! UGGH what is wrong with me. I have done it once why am I so fearful. So I cry all the way on the plane. This one is about double the size of the first one. Now granted that it was a little plane but compared to the shreveport one it was much better :) The nicest thing about this plane ride was one particular flight attendent took a real interest in me and Bobby had shared it was my 2nd flight ever and only a little bit after gettin off flight 1 and she was intersted in Noah and all that. Bobby and I had Gotcha Day tshirts on so we brough lots of attention the entire trip :) She and this whole flight crew the most! :) Anyway so that part was very nice. I did better overall with fear on this flight unless there was bumps and turbulance. I kept telling myself turbulance was potholes and bumps in the clouds! heehee but it wasnt working. Anyway i had the really bad ill feeling at takeoff and again at the beginning of decent but not as bad the rest of th etime. Ne issue came up. My legs go to hurtin and feeling so strange and turned bright red! It was a little over 3 hour flight and I was in tears because of my legs by the end of it. So then I began worrying about my legs on the next leg. I had the San Francisco to Taiwan fligh to go still and it was to be 15 and half hours! EEK So I was nervous. We had a very long layover in San Francisco too and had to wait in a line for over an hour to get checked in for Eva flight. Then we waited andwaited. We boarded the plane and walked through the doors adn I was like WOW! :) It was amazing! :) You can't even imagine :) Then the flight attendant leads us to our seats! They were the first row in elite class (THANK YOU TODD!!!!!) Amazing seats with tons of room and just comfort galore. A quilt and pillow awaited each of us. Now I am still tryin to figure out how to take home a quilt and pillow on the way home! heehee :) They chairs reclined some and like a reliner had where legs could go up, but not all the way which would have been helpful but this was better than nothing. This flight was the best and the worst all wrapped into one. First of all the sheer fact of me trapped on board that length of time was not good. There was some scary scary turbulance too though not really bad bab but one in particular I did not think I would be able to calm down from it scared me so bad. But they had these monitors with things to do, though none of hte movies worked. most were rated a way I was not interested. and they had no christian music which was a bummer nor any country, though I did have some fun listening to elvis and some olides :) They fed us a supper meal at like 2 am! heeheee :) Taht was good. I had pork and rice and a roll. :) and then they fed us breakfast. I had scarmbled egges, bacon , tator tots, roll, a peice of ham , and 3 slices of orange! :) very yummy :) The service was great. They would walk through and hand you a glass of juice! Well, what they called glasses. LOL to me it was a small bowl! very strange :) anyway they were wonderful too us and I DID SLEEP. I actually tried to sleep as much as possibl to make time go faster and not think of how long the flight was. Now on the way back I wont be able to do that! cuz I will have NOAH! But he should keep me entertained :) Though then I will be worried for him. The funny thing is that I really enjoyed the flying and seeing stuff from the plane and all. If it was not for the turbulance I would be over the fear part but when it gets rocky fear rises in me and I hate it ugggh. The other thing is my body is just not good to me on the plane. I had dizzy and sick on and off throughout the flight and leg pain towards the end, but considering how long I am blessed it was not till the end! Anywas I am so in awe that God took me on 3 plane rides!!! :) I DID IT but I KNOW I could not have without him. I Sang ALOT when scared and I prayed ALOT! good thing on that last flight there were only a few people who could understand me anyway :) heehee I am nervouse about having to fly back later but it is ok. :) I will tell you as we were flying into Taiwan and getting closer to the ground and seeing things I got so emotional! I just kept saying THANK YOU JESUS over and over and when we touched down I lost it bawling. Bobby was like WHAT! It was a sence of relief that it was over the long journey was over and we are HERE! We are here to get my panday boy! I cried and cried in thankfulness. And yes part was that we were physcially here and the plane touched down safe but not just the plane ride the entire 10 months of fundraising and praying and working so hard all flashed to me at that moment that God did it! This was real and we were really here to get NOah! I cried and cried and I do EVERY time I think about it! :) I am definilty pregnant! heehee Bobby says at least wait till MOnday when you get Noah to cry! I figure I will then too! :) I was so hoping to run into my friend Jackie who was flying in 30 minutes after me but never did. Praying we meet up soon. Jackie if you are reading this let me know if you want to get together. ok, back to story. So we decide rather than take a Taxi to the the High Speed Train station we will take a bus when we see a sign that says a bus goes there. So we ride this bus and show up to pick up tickets and realize we were at the wrong station. They did not take me to Taipei but to the HRT close to airport. LOL but it all worked out and we were able to get on the exact same train we would have been on and so we rode it down to Tainan! :) Really enjoyed the train and took lots of pictures :) When we got downstairs at the Train Station there was the guy from Tayih Landis holding a sign that said MRS. Tami Sisemore! :) so neat :) so they took us to hotel. For those who have not travled yet I HIGHLY recommend you stay here if you pick up at St. Lucy's :) It is wondeful and they treat you like a queen. We are just liek overwhelemd with it all :) very very nice and wonderful people and all :) I am gonna go nuts waiting for Monday morning. I have had so much fun saying we get Noah THE DAY AFTER TOMOROW!!!! :) Well, my short note turned into a long letter. sorry guys! I could probably share more and more but Ill wait for now. I may post some pics later but at the moment I want to talk to my DD on IM :)

Blessing
Tami
NOAH BABY BOY! We are HERE HONEY! Mommy and Daddy stood outside your orphanage today and it was so hard not to bust in and say let me hold my son! :) we were so close to you sweetie. Our hotel is not too far from you. Just rest sweet panda boy and know Mommy is so close and I am sending you kisses in the wind from the same town!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

NOAH here we come Panda Boy!!!!

Well, the day is here! I cannot even begin to express how I feel at the THOUGHT of it is happening! We leave at 2:05 Central Time to begin the flight to Taiwan and to our baby boy! THANK YOU JESUS!!! :) Please be in prayer for us! We will meet Noah @ 10 am Monday Sept 8, 2008 Taiwan Time (9pm Sunday Sept 7 central time! :) Please be praying that Noah tranisitions well! Pray for us on all the planes, Trains and automobiles! We have a laptop we are taking with us and plan to blog so BE WATCHING! :)

Blessings
Tami
MOMMY to Celeste and NOAH! :)

Noah,

Mommy and Daddy are on our way to get you little man! We love you more than you can possibly know and we can't wait to hold you in our arms! :) I am blowing you one last set of kisses in the wind Panda Boy! VERY SOON I will be giving you kisses in person.

I LOVE YOU PANDA BOY! Hang on WE ARE ON OUR WAY!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

WOW! It is SOO CLOSE!


Well, We are so incredibly close now! :) We drove away from Church for the LAST time without Noah! :) It is so wonderful and God is so cool! :) I can't believe that in 12 hours we will be at the airport! :) YIPEE!! CAN YOU BELIEVE I OF ALL PEOPLE AM SAYING YIPPEEE? lol I am doing pretty good with things. Every once in a while I have my heart leap in my throat and think OH MY GOSH I AM GETTING ON A PLANE! then I calm down! I KNOW God is Able and will be riding with us! THANK YOU JESUS! :) Please lift a prayer for me that I can do this and enjoy it and not be so fightend that I miss all the fun and the adventure Daddy God is taking me on!

I wanted to share a couple things with y'all. Below you will see AL! Al is Noah's friend! heehee A wonderful sweet teen friend from Church made it her goal to win AL for Noah in a raffle the homeschool group had! :) Meghan is such a dear and so near to my heart! We had a blase traveling together last summer when we took Celeste to school! Meghan has the honor of being the first teenager to get to hold Noah! :) Anyway, this sweetie bought raffle ticket upon raffle ticket with money she earned herself! :) And her mission was successful! Meghan's middle name is Alma so the name for this was easy! I present you with AL!

AL Sisemore! :)

Here is Meghan! :) Thank You Meghan for loving Noah so much! :)

We also received some new pictures of our Noah today! What a wonderful gift right before we leave to go and get that little Panda Boy! So I thought I would post the new pictures as well as the youngest picture we have of Noah! :)

Noah WesLee Sisemore 5 months old!

Noah WesLee Sisemore 16 months old!

Isn't he the most adorable thing!!! :)



Gotta love that face!!! :)

I am off to finish packing. Making sure our paperwork is in order, gathering copies of paperwork to leave with folks here and making itenerary's for folks here to pray and all and know where we will be when! :) I will try and post once more tomorow. We have to go to the bank and the DMV! EEEK My lisence expired! and then be at the Church at 11 am to be taken to airprot to wait for the flight! :) So excited and laying down fear!

Noah little man, we are on our way tomorow! Catch my kisses in the wind tonight my sweet man! I love you!

Dedicated to my First child! :)

I wanted this post to focus on Celeste! My first child. The Child of my youth! She and I have been through so much together and alot of times she was the only thing that gave me the will to keep going! I have loved being a mother and my love of having her contributed grately to my desire for more and more children! As we are rushing about preparing for our departure to go and pick up our Panda Boy I wanted to stop and give some honor to my baby girl! Please enjoy this glimpse at Celeste. I do not have young pictures of her on the computer so most of these are 2004 to present. Celeste is so excited to finally be getting the sibling she prayed for 20 years for. :) Enjoy:

video

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Packing and care packages :) heeheee













Ok, so I have no clue how folks that fly ever day do it! I am SOOO overwhelmed! I have NO CLUE what I am doing which does not help matters! And HOW on earth am I suppose to fit everything we need in 2 suitcases and 2 carryons and make sure that it doesnt weigh to much and UGGGH BUT at the same time I am TOTALLY THRILLED that we are at this point and I am having to do all this! I worry I wont be able to figure it all out or have everything we need but I am TRYING to lay down worry. I am trying not to worry about security at airport and if we mess up and dont do something righ they will be mad and make it yucky and all but again I am so excited to have to be concerned about all this! In addition to all this going on I had a nice break earlier! The UPS man came and delivered a care package from Lora! :) It included many nice for Noah and also a $50 prepaid mastercard to help with our trip! Below are pictures of the things from Lora and some packing pictures and all. I had Celeste do the pics for me so each thing in the care package is alone and the packing shows my messy house in background so try not to look at that! Seems the closer we get to going (day after tomorow by the way!!!!! :) the messier the house gets though I keep saying it has to be clean and cleaning but seems to not be working! ughh Oh well Celeste will be here while we are gone and may be givin the chore to get it back in order if it is not compleltely ready by takeoff time! Pray I can get my act together and get everything packed and get to library to some wireless so I can downlaod Yahoo to the laptop so we can message with the webcam from taiwan. I am gonna look into skype I hear about too I guess. not sure how that would work as we have no webcam at home or mic at home. On yahoo they can see us which is what matters :) them seeing NOah! :)

Well, better scoot :)

Pics follow






Noah honey, we are getting ready to come and get you as sono as we can Panda Boy!! :)
Big big hugs
and catch my kisses in the wind!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gracyn and Tiff and 1 week to this minute Jackie and US

Hi all :)

Well Right this minute 9pm central time Sunday night = 10 am Taiwan time Monday Morning Tiff should have Gracyn in her arms!! :) They are meeting RIGHT NOW!!! :) And Exactly a week to the minute from now LUCY will be in Jackie's arms and NOAH will be in mine! :) Can you believe it? After 11 months for Jackie and 10 for us! The time is coming finally! :) So excited for all of us. I can't wait to see pics of Tiff and Gracyn :) and to witness Jackie finally pick up Taiwan Lucy and to experience Noah's little body in my arms. To smell his sweet baby smell and nuzzle his sweet neck and just LOOK at him and watch him sleep and play and eat and just be with him FOREVER! Wow! I have been thinking ALOT about Noah's birth mother lately and the choices she may or may not have had. I found this song on You tube and it is uncanny how alot of it fits our situation as Noah's Birthmother was 16. And as I look at him I see Bobby's mouth and such so anyway I know she will never hear or see this but this is for Noah's birthmother



Now I have to time this so I hit send so it comes at EXACTLY 9pm my time :) heehee

Noah Mommy loves you baby boy! I pray Mrs. Tiff gets to hug you and talk to you a minute :) Hang on Panda Boy just a little while longer and catch my kisses in the wind for ONE more week!

Last Sunday going to Church without Noah

Well,

We are up and ready to head out the door to our last Church Service (in the states anyway) without Noah! I am so excited we have hit this milestone! :) It is a very special service as well as we are attending service in the building that was our church for years before God moved us to a new building and now we have a Spanish Mission in that Building. Today is the anniversary of the spanish Church beginning and our first Sunday in new building. Our Pastor is preaching at the old Building and the 2 Church Bodies will worship as one! :) And cookout to follow! :) We are praying to find a Church in Tianan to attend next Sunday the day before NOAH :)

hugs to all

Noah honey,

We are coming so soon Panda Boy :) Catch my kisses in the wind! LOVE YOU Panda Boy!
THE WAIT FOR NOAH IS OVER!!!! November 3, 2007~September 8, 2008 First heard about Noah~Noah in our Arms!
AND NOW THE WAIT FOR JEREMIAH IS OVER TOO!!!
April 1, 2009~ June 7, 2010 First committed to Jeremiah~Jeremiah in our Arms!

The FIRST Picture we EVER saw!

The FIRST Picture we EVER saw!
Noah WesLee 5 months old

The First Picture we ever saw of:

The First Picture  we ever saw of:
Jeremiah Harold Sisemore ~1 year


Kisses in the Wind

KISSES IN THE WIND
I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams.
You are here each day with me, at least that's how it seems.

I know you wonder where we are... what's taking us so long.
But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong.

Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin...Because tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.

May God hold you in His hand until I can be with you.
I promise you, my darling, I'm doing all that I can do.

Very soon, you'll have a family for real, not just pretend.But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.


May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight.
And let the angels bring the kisses that I sent to you each night.


When Love Takes You In!