Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Finally - a snow day in the North!

The 1 or 2 people who actually check my blog will fall over when they see I've posted! To say I am a "bad blogger" is an understatement. I would rather check all of my favorite blogs than write something myself I guess.

Anyway.....We have been jealous about all of the snow our southern neighbors have been getting (at least at this house). What fun is winter and cold temps if you can't enjoy playing in the SNOW? So, finally, today there is some snow on the ground! Since I homeschool, I don't give the kids a snow day (I know - mean). They do, however, get to enjoy "snow day" lunch whenever the schools are closed. We make toasted peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwiches - so yummy!
Today we tried a recipe from my friend, Kari's, blog ( It was a hit and the kids have convinced me that it should be our traditional "snow day" dessert!
So here is the recipe for "Snow Ice Cream": 1/2 c half and half, 1/4 c sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla - mix together until sugar is dissolved then add 4 c snow! Thanks Kari!
Getting ready to try...

Eli gave it the "MMMMMMM.........." approval!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Happy Gotcha Day, Joey

We received our referral for Shi Wen Bo, our Joey, in April 2006. This was our first look at him. It would be 4 long months before we got to hold him in our arms. We met Joey in a hallway of the Civil Affairs office in Xinjiang Province, NW China on August 7, 2006. He wandered into the hall when we got there and looked so small and lost. He wouldn't look at us and tried so hard not to cry. It was absolutely heartbreaking. He greived and greived and we felt so powerless.
God has brought our family together and He is so good. We watched Joey's heart heal and we watched his ability to trust and love us grow over the next weeks and months. A beautiful thing to see and experience. The joy in his laugh and smile are such a gift.

What a difference a year makes - this is our 12 month post-placement photo.

Just because I find him to be just plain crazy cute...

Ready to love a little brother...

We love you so much JoJo. You are sweet beyond words and you have added so much to our lives these past 3 years.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Please go and read Katie's post from yesterday, August 4, 2009. Let us all be moved to action on behalf of the poor and the fatherless.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Happy Birthday to Anna...

I am posting this a day late - Anna's birthday was actually yesterday. Hard to believe my little girl is 6! She enjoyed being queen for the day!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

One Year Ago Today In Ethiopia.....

.....we met our son, Elijah. What a beautiful, indescribable day it was. This is the moment we met him - he is not so sure, but he didn't cry. He came to us and let both of us hold him for a long time the first day and finally fell asleep on my shoulder. So much love and we didn't even know him yet...

Soon after coming home - brothers and best friends - only God could have orchestrated this!

We are learning Eli's large and sunny personality.

Turning 3...

Home 1 year. The time has flown by and it feels like Eli has been home forever. We thank God every day for the blessing of our family that He has sewn together from around the globe. The things we would have missed if we hadn't followed God's leading down this road of adoption...

We are in love with you, our precious boy!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Part of the family

We have our 12 month post placement visit with our social worker this morning. He has been to our home to visit us, either for homestudy visits or for post placement visits, at least once a year since 2003. I think this qualifies him as part of the family! He does adoption work in his retirement after a career of investigating abuse. He finds this work to be inspiring and enjoyable. With no adoptions on the horizon at this time, we will miss him - he really is a wonderful man.

Friday, June 26, 2009

New tradition

We found this book at the library and had such a fun time reading through it together. It tells traditions from all around the world relating to what kids do when they lose a tooth. We've decided "out with the old and in with the new"! Goodbye toothfairy. We will go the way of the Far East... Since we have 2 little ones from China, we thought it would be an easy, fun way to integrate some Chinese culture into our home.

In China, an upper tooth gets put at the foot of the bed, or placed on the ground (our place of choice) and a lower tooth gets thrown up on the roof. The hope is that the new tooth will grow in toward the direction the old one was thrown!

Now, we wait for someone to lose a tooth.......