Sunday, July 23, 2017


It went fast!! 4 weeks in the making.

My boy went into tryouts saying he just wanted to be in the ensemble, he didn't really want a speaking part.  

HAHA!!  He got the part of UGLY!!! Not only a speaking part but several solos. 

I hate to say the lead role but really it was.  My boy learned so much over the last 4 weeks.  He made his momma so so PROUD!!

He made many new friends.


SWAN!  The story was so sad and sweet.   I may have cried at EVERY.SINGLE.SHOW!  Like lots of tears!  PROUD! PROUD! PROUD!

Friday, July 7, 2017

A little update on our journey:

We got licensed on May 19th at about 4 pm.  We got our first call about 5pm.  Yep it took all of one hour.  I said no as we had too much going on.  My hubby is a Rock Star and his band had a gig that night.  Something we had been looking forward to for a while (Ok, maybe star is a little exaggerated, he is my star (sorry to make you vomit))

Of course said child is heavily on my mind.  I decided to call in the morning and if she hadn't been placed she could finish up the weekend with us.  As you can see a month and a half later she is still here.

It ain't easy!  Kids from hard places are hard to parent.  Really what it is is we have to be 100% on ALL THE TIME.  The moment I feel like throwing in the towel I get a sweet note under my pillow or a big ol'hug or a "you are a good mom and dad"  (as in she has never had one of those before)

It is really hard on my kids. I am not seeing the sweet, loving side of my children as of late and that is hard to watch.

We keep on keeping on.  We can do hard things especially with sweet moments sprinkled in.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Foster Care

Well . . . we went and submitted our application to become a foster family back in March.  Today our homestudy is done along with our CPR and training requirements.  We just might be licensed by the end of the week.

About 5 years ago I had a little prayer/nap time one afternoon.  I often pray for God to use me. PLEASE. and if he wants to use me  PLEASE!  make it very obvious.  Anyway I was startled out of my prayer/nap time by the door bell.  It was the scheduled furnace maintenance guy.  I showed him to the furnace and apologized for the amount of toys that were on the rec-room floor.  After he did whatever he was doing to my furnace he said "don't worry about the toys, I have 6 kids".  We only had 3 at the time.  I responded with something like "Wow that is a crazy amount of kids but I LOVE it!"  He  went on to tell me that a couple were foster kids and that the need is great.  We chatted for a good 15 minutes.

So you get it.  The seed was planted many years ago.

I still want more from China but for right now I know this is exactly where we are supposed to be.

I am scared
I am excited
I am terrified
I just want to get this started.

If you see me out and about with a little person please respect their feelings.  We were told during training by a former foster child how much they hated the questions. You are welcome to ask me in private.   Thanks!

Saturday, March 25, 2017



These two girls make my heart melt.

JOY is the first word that comes to mind when I think of her. 

She is equally beautiful on the inside and outside.  
She came from a hard place and is really one of the sweetest people I know and that continues to blow my mind. 

 This girl loves blue and panda bears.  She loves life, her family, friends and teachers.   She loves well.  She has taught me so much about life and given me endurance to do hard things.  

 Happy Birthday to our daughter!  I am grateful she calls me mom.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Zach made me a mom.  He changed my entire life.  Oh how I love this kid!  It hasn't always been easy but I am so grateful for my boy.  

I can't wait to see all the great things he will do.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Surgery - thoughts

The walk into the hospital is not done easily by this girl.  It is hard, so hard that her daddy gets to carry her.  

Checking in - she is hopeful that maybe just maybe she can hide and sneak away.  Sorry babe!  You sure look cute down there on the floor.

She perked up when that special daddy of her found a nice quiet place to color.

I got several hours of this girl all curled up on my lap.  She had this warm vacuum contraption thing.  Apparently by increasing the bodies temperature blood flow is increased reducing infection.

Here she is once we got to our room.  The lovely Children's hospital always pages me to come back to the recovery room to be with her just before she wakes up.  It really is so important to my girl.  I am so grateful that they "get it".  My girl has some deep trauma from her first hospital experience in China.

I couldn't resist her cuteness.  I LOVE LOVE these precious little eyes.

I am deeply grateful that I get to be this girls momma, that I get to be the one to care for her in the hospital.  That Pete and I get to be her parents. It is pretty special to see Pete be such a good daddy.  For us to do this together.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Surgery went well

Surgery started several hours late.  We have a meticulous surgeon and he had a hard case ahead of us.  It was hard on our girl but was out of everyone's control.  A price you pay for having such an awesome surgeon.  

Surgery took just under three hours.  This was her second bone graft so we know the drill.  

She has a tummy ache so I am feeding her chicken noodle soup.  Noodles and broth.  She is a good slurper.  

Thanks for all the prayers.  This was by far the easiest as far as her anxiety.  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bone Graft Surgery

This girl of mine is getting her "other side" done tomorrow.  

She really is not a fan of surgery.  She tries with all of her being to escape the operating table.  

Pray for my sweet girl and the dr's and nurses.  

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!