Friday, January 6, 2017

Forever Family Day - THREE years

The day we got Huai Dong Jiao.  3 years ago


We arrived at the civil affairs office and got to see this sweet family and their boy meet for the very first time.  Such a beautiful thing to watch.  


Then we got word that the fog was causing our girl a delay.  DELAY!!  really??!!

Her arrival




Zach and his new sister
 Jeez she was little!  


Bracelet making sure helped break the ice.  


The hand print


Pete and I on cloud 9

It didn't take her long to find my cell phone. She must have opened every door, drawer, cabinet  and flipped every light switch 63 times each.  She did not speak but squeaked instead.  We were a bit shocked.  

 We decided to head to the pool with our new daughter and new friends.  

She sat next to me for a good 20 minutes before she ventured into the water.  



The pool was a great way to get her relaxed and clean.  

All dressed and ready for dinner


 Dinner with friends.  Thank God for our friends.  


Matching P/J's - SISTERS!


I get all teary eyed remembering this day.  Truly one of the best days of my life.  I am so thankful for my family.    Every single one of them!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

TEEN!! Its official

He started out so cute a little.  This boy changed our world and I am so grateful he did.  

His first birthday cake was a snowman cake and he LOVED it! 

THIRTEEN!! 

My boy still loves Harry Potter and started Karate about 4 months ago and is working towards his blue belt.  He knows how to be a punk to his siblings but just the same knows how to love well.  

 I LOVE you my awesome best thirteen your old boy!  

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Giving Tuesday!!! Please Donate!

The VAN CAMPAIGN

I had the privilege of visiting an orphanage in Yunnan, China in May 2016.  You may remember this blog post from my trip with Agape Adoptions.   This orphanage desperately needs a van.   They need a way to get the kids to the doctors, the hospital for surgery and hopefully even out and about for some field trips to the market and park.

I am asking you to please donate to this very worthy cause.

Getting these kids out and about makes a huge difference in their lives.   Most of the kids only know the walls of the orphanage and to get them out is such an awesome experience.

The need is big but with your help we make this $10,000 van a reality!  Yep!  We need $10,000.   Any amount from $5-$5000 can make a huge difference for these kids.  Every dollar donated to the Zoe fund in the month of December will go towards the purchase of this much needed van.

Your donations are tax deductible, you will receive a receipt.  Don't forget to ask your employer if they will match your donation.

Donate Here!!!

or

Mail a check to:
Agape Adoptions
1410 Main Street
Sumner, WA 98391
And just to tug at your heart I will leave you with a few of the sweet faces this van will help.







Friday, November 11, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Apple Picking - I needed it!

So Many Photos

because these people make me happy

It makes my heart melt when this big brother loves on his siblings.



First time ever apple picking 










I needed this time outside with me littles,

My heart is a wee bit broken.  I made the very big mistake of falling in LOVE with a beautiful little girl.  Many of you know the story - we advocate every day.  We may even get to visit these precious orphans in their own country, I think I am one of the lucky few who got to do this.

Most we love and work hard to find families for.

But

Occasionally we start dreaming of a special one, one that just grabs our hearts a little harder than most.  We start  making plans for them, imagining how they will blossom and grow and flourish in our homes with the children that are all ready ours.   We fall in LOVE.  Sometimes our dreams get the best of us.

This is were I sit.  Broken.  She wan't meant to be ours.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

First Day of School 2016

Nathaniel is in 7th grade. 12 years old




Evelyn is in 5th grade. 12 years old



My little Na is in 3rd grade.  9 years old


I adore these beautiful girls



I may of shed a tear this morning when this punk DROVE off to his Junior year. 

Zach 16


Love my Peeps.