May 29, 2009

Are you kidding me????

Look to the left....see that ad for wild olive???? These are the coolest tees around AND now they are giving away 75$ worth of their merchandise. It can't get any better than this. Go there and see what it is all about.

May 28, 2009

Two and one half

Mesmerized by Elmo

Loving the new scooter

Looking cute in China

How did this happen? He is 2 1/2 yrs old today. He was 13 months when we first had an update. He is such a little man now. I wish I could freeze time.

May 26, 2009

A boy and his scooter

Our beautiful boy

Never gets tired of riding

Even likes watching Elmo on it.
Both Claire and Hannah have scooters. It had to be done, we found a Spiderman one at Wal Mart. From the second it was put together he has wanted to be on it. He is so proud of the new scooter. It hurts my soul to see how proud he is of new things. If we buy a new pair of shoes, he will walk around in them for hrs and continue to say (in his own way of course, only understood by his family) "Kevin's scooter", almost as if he is continually assuring us or himself that it is really his. I wish for him to know that there will always be things JUST FOR HIM and there will always be love JUST FOR HIM. He always rushes to give kisses and hugs when his sisters do. You can tell he is sometimes fearful that we won't kiss or hug him. We continue to pray that the Lord will ease his spirit and allow him to integrate into our family as God intended. He is mostly a happy and playful child. He is learning new words everyday. He loves to "practice" talking and repeating most words we say. He now puts two words together....YEA!! He continues to be such a blessing to our family.

May 23, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Please say a prayer for those whose loved ones are gone.

May 22, 2009

What to think

This only happened when he went to sleep. He popped the thumb in when he was in bed, only. About 3 wks ago he was having a hard time....not a real meltdown, but close to it. He just couldn't get over the "sadness". I asked him if he wanted to suck his thumb. He nodded yes and popped it right in. I held him "like a baby" and let him suck away. He now has the thumb in watching Elmo or just walking around....bored.

Let me tell you something, I have always been one to let them soothe how they want to. Claire continues to love her jersey lip rub often. I don't think adopted children should have to go through ANY more change than absolutely necessary. I think my concern is that if he begins to have his thumb in his mouth ALOT, he will not attempt to speak. He has really begun to speak more words....sometimes 2 together, and I would hate for that to decline.

He sure looks cute though doesn't he.....

May 21, 2009

She was a poet and didn't know it

We already knew she was brilliant.

Her poem was about the Jewish Holocaust and it was from a child's point of view.
"Why do we have to be treated differently?" We are sooooo proud of her.

May 20, 2009

Half way to 90

To me, happy birthday to me....

Little ones at the ranch.

Ready to climb up and bounce

Today I turn 45. I am ok with that......I will celebrate with family and friends.

May 11, 2009

My Wuxi Rockstar.

This is what happened in a park in Wuxi. We weren't ever really scared.....just nervous about the kids following us everywhere and leaving the group they were in. I just stood back in awe.

May 8, 2009

Ending the week

Fun with glasses.......

We have come to the end of another week. We have learned about fire ants and why we must leave the lid on the sandbox.....dogs+teeth=loss of sand toys. Claire walks around saying...."if we lose toys, you won't buy anymore." Such a smart girl. Kevin is still learning about grass and swings, so sand isn't high on his list. He will endure for Claire but doesn't go there first. On the flip side, he could swing for ever. He truly doesn't want it ever to stop. He just lays back and enjoys the scenery and the wind in his face. He has remained bruise free this week, so professional pics may be in the works for after Mother's Day. I have ordered a Chinese dress for Hannah and after it gets we go.

I feel Hannah growing up more and more everyday. She is going to have a part time job this summer watching her siblings while I work and Daddy sleeps. She is excited about having her own money and being able to do what SHE wants with it. I will help, of course, but the decision will be hers. She continues to be patient and kind with her little brother and sister, but still wants her alone time. It will be nice to be able to have alone time with her when we are shopping. I want her to know that she is still loved and cherished in this family. She is the person who taught me how to be a mother. She needs to know that she is still my special girl.

We are making decisions about the future. God has been good to answer my prayers in such a way that I have no doubt at what the final answer will be. I have always said.....I need CLEAR and LOUD signs from God to help with decisions.....I am not the quickest horse in the barn. He has made his will known and for that we are very grateful. Please continue to raise us up in prayer that we have the strength and courage to listen.

We may have to break out the Wal Mart is going to be 100 degrees today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Every call has a beginning. A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother’s heart . A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey set before him. A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns… Casting its first light on a chosen threshold. A gentle knock..a closed door opens, a sacred invitation sent by the Father.. leads to the other side of the world. Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows praying for someone to care.. and then one morning, on an ordinary day an orphan’s life changes... God sends them a second chance...Through you..
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We are a family now, a whole,of which you are a part,and you are just as much our child as any in our heart. We do not love you differently,nor would we give up less of all that life has given us to bring you happiness.There is no limit to our love,no boundary you might cross,no price you may be asked to pay,no need to fear its loss. We are now one, the five of us,windows of one home. As long as we have life and breath,You’ll never be alone.~Nicholas Gordon

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