Tuesday, February 24, 2015


This little punk went and turned 15 on me.  I can't take it!!!

He melts my heart . . .  my first born

This sweet little boy is now a freshmen in high school.  NO!

I hate that so much time has passed.  BUT.  I can't wait to see what is yet to come. 

I love this kid of mine!  
 Happy Birthday Z

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Day to Celebrate

We have so much to celebrate EVERY Single DAY! 

Yesterday we had a few anniversary's to celebrate.

January 18th was the first day our Evelyn walked on US soil.  The first day she became a Chinese American.  The first day she met all these special people who have loved her from miles away and now witness her spunky sweet self in person. 

We also celebrated YeYe/my Dad turning another year older.  We are blessed to have him in our lives.

We got to watch an incredible football game with my family.  The best part is
The SEAHAWKS are going to the SUPERBOWL.

See  - I told ya we have so much to celebrate.  Life is full and we are blessed!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One Year of Forever

It wasn't easy or always pretty.  But it is BEAUTIFUL.

It boggles my mind to think that We were handed a 9 year old little munchkin.  We were supposed to love her, care for her and call her our daughter.

You know what?

We did that.  Yes it is 100% possible to fall in love with a 9 year old that often acted like a 2 year old on crack.  Those first few weeks she touched every on off switch about 521 times each day,  She was loud (still is), she was scared (still is at times)

By the Grace of God I think she knew that our family was her family.  She has let me kiss her from week one and still plasters my face with kisses every night before bed.  She is helpful, her English is AMAZING, she is reading, she loves school and home, she LOVES her people (family and friends)

Sometimes I think we should have named her JOY.

January 6th 2014

January 6th 2014

Now just look at my beautiful girl after a year of love.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Piano Recital

 These two had their very first piano recital last night.

These two amaze me.  

Her beauty takes my breath away and brings me to tears. 

Sorry for the blur (phone photos in a darkish room) but just look at the pride on her face. 

This young man has an ear on him, music is his thing and I couldn't be prouder.

Darling, sweet girl. With oh so much wild.

They each played two songs, along with 15 other kids.  It was so so sweet. 

They introduced each song then played their little hearts out.  

Waiting her turn, looking down at it all.  I melted.  This little face, not even a year ago had not enough food to grow, no clothes to call her own, no family to love her.

Now she is fiercely loved, protected with a full belly and a beautiful dress.  Playing piano on a lovely baby grand.  Dreams do come true . . . at least for me they do.

Monday, December 8, 2014

USA Adoption Day

We all raised our right hand and promised to tell the truth.  

I tell you this adoption stuff ain't easy but it is beyond BEAUTIFUL.   If you are on the fence, I beg you to get off and take the next step.  I absolutely love and cherish this crazy road we are on.  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gotcha Baby!

6 years ago!!

This precious baby girl was given to me.  What a gift she is to our family.

Some don't celebrate Gotcha day and I don't blame them.  Our gift of this precious girl comes from pain and hurt for another mother, her mother somewhere out there.  It comes from an incredible loss a loss that I will never know.

We choose to celebrate because we have to much to be grateful for.   Thank you Jesus for my Naomi.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


 to my man.  

I couldn't imagine spending my life with anyone else.    Grateful to tackle life's challenges and celebrate life's rewards with this fabulous man.