Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Wouldn't it be like Him to put
these words
in my lap this morning.

Why would I expect anything
other than timeliness from the Father.

Hmm. Wonder what
He's teaching me.


Today I was.
More than ever.
So many people to push through.

[ In New Town Plaza, the closest mall to where we live. I was trying to get through to the grocery store. Yep, trying. These crowds were everywhere.]

It caused me to go from semi-irritated to
full of water in my eyes mad.

I mean, what are these people thinking?
Don't they know the world revolves around me?
Go home so I can have a peaceful walk around City Super and Taste.

That was just the beginning of my snobby little thoughts going on this afternoon.

Peak into what my brain was saying to me today [the white words]. Then I bought my groceries and started walking. Answering my own thoughts, as you can see [in yellow].

  • Why the heck are there so many people out right now?
Because you live in Hong Kong, along with 7 million other people. Who do you think you are.
  • Excuse me, WOMAN. Can't you tell I have eggs in my grocery bag and you just squished the mess out of them. Move out of my way.
No. She can't magically see through your ugly green grocery bag. You move out of her way.
  • Yes, I'm standing right here. Don't push me.
Relax. It's just a little push. You probably needed it to get that pride up and out of you.
  • I want to cry. Right here and now.
Then do it. Who cares, you're in Hong Kong. Isn't that freeing?
  • Why is everyone buying groceries today. Don't they have leftovers from Chinese New Year? Ugh, these people.
Today is actually a holiday as well. Maybe they needed a little stroll outside of their apartment to find some smiling faces in the mall. But then they ran into you, Your Highness.

Bottom Line...

  • THE WORLD DOESN'T REVOLVE AROUND YOU. There's your answer, Cat.
It's like a terrible reminder of what was smashed into my head as a first grader, and every year after that. It was pretty much the answer for 90% of my questions.

"Catherine, the world doesn't revolve around you. That's why."

I was annoyed today.
Hello, wake up call to me.
I'm here to love the people.
Love the crowds.

[Without a doubt in me] the hardest, yet most valuable invitation:
Die to self. Die to self. Die to self.

Oh God, teach me.
May I fall in love with these Chinese crowds.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

For our Parents

Since they're probably the only ones who will care about these
blurry little things that hardly show much.

It is amazing, though, how fast our baby is growing.

I can actually make out what his tiny body parts are.

So starting from our first doctor's visit:

[We never showed you this one. Look inside the smallest black circle and you'll see a TINY white dot. That's him.]

Moving on to 10 weeks:

[You've seen this one. We put it on our support updates.]

Here is our last visit, finding out it's a boy:
[Isn't it amazing how the ultrasounds have changed so much? Just within weeks.]

I don't know if the picture makes any sense. But this is where Dr. Chan told us she thought he was going to be a "finker". His head is on the very right and his feet are up there on the left.

I love these little pictures.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

It's a BOY!

First thing's first...
Let me introduce you to Dr. Chan Fan:

SO MUCH details to share. Here's a few.
Appointment at Dr. Office: location is about 5 minutes from us.

So she started the ultrasound [which are given at EVERY appointment in HK] and Scott and I already were thinking we could tell that it was a boy. That little baby has already grown so much.

Me: Dr. Chan when will you be able to tell what the baby is?

Dr. Chan: Oh I already know. It is a boy. Here you see one leg. There is the other leg. And there you see "somefing" in the middle.

SO CRAZY. I am only 14 weeks. She said she was 100% sure, so we called our parents and just rejoiced over God providing a baby boy. Things are getting a lot more real. Especially when my dad is chanting over the phone...

"I'm gonna have a huntin' buddy. I'm gonna have a huntin' buddy."

We kept seeing his little hand touching his face.
Dr. Chan told us he is going to be a "finker" [thinker].

We REALLY like Dr. Chan. Out of all the doctors in HK, God allowed us to come in contact with her. So good.

Union Hospital
YES, we are having our baby in Hong Kong. May sound weird if you haven't visited this place, but it's super clean and similar to the U.S. [No worries.]
  • About a 10 minute taxi ride from where we live = awesome. I love a taxi ride.
  • Super clean hospital
  • Only 11 floors. Wasn't huge or intimidating at all.
  • They showed us our options of rooms. That was really fun to see.
  • No one was screaming in labor in the halls so that was comforting. Let me tell you, I had LOW standards so I wouldn't be disappointed... like I was picturing slight chaos and LOTS of people, but this hospital really is impressive.
  • They actually have options of different levels of rooms. SUPER. I wasn't really digging the "you are one of many in the room" kind of thing.

I'll put a picture of Noah in my tummy up later. It's starting to be noticable. Woo hoo! I'm ready for it to pop on out and quit looking like I just ate too much.