Thursday, April 30, 2009

Has it really been 5 years?

It is hard to believe that 5 years have gone by since we received our referral for our sweet baby girl. She looked so sad and we wanted to board the next plane to China. We feel so very blessed that God chose this precious girl to be our daughter. She is a ray of sunshine every single day. We love you Anna!

We had no idea, 5 years ago, of the journey we had started on, but adoption has taken us down one of the most beautiful roads there is to travel!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Joey's observation

Joey and I were getting ready to wake Elijah up from his nap. Eli has a cold and was breathing through his mouth resulting in chapped lips. Joey was quite concerned, telling me, "Look Mom, Eli's lips are getting old."

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Finally.....Spring is here in the North

This may not seem all that exciting, but we did have snow flurries last week. I am always ready for spring far before it is ready to come to us! I know it has to be here when my pear tree starts to flower!

But, it is also the season for dirty, wet, muddy dogs.........

.....and tadpoles. We always put some in a jar, but never quite succeed in keeping them intil they start swimming around. We have done our research this year and are ready....we'll let you know. My little kids call them "tadapolts" How bad is it that we don't correct them because we think it is so cute? Eventually they figure it out.....kind of sad when that happens.

Boys (and girls at this house) just love frogs. Just as long as they remember to wash their hands before dinner!

And, last but not least, I love when spring finally gets here because I LOVE to mow the lawn...and I LOVE my lawn mower! We mow a few acres and this sweet machine makes it pure pleasure!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

One year ago today....

One year ago today we got the call we'd been waiting for...our referral of our sweet son! As you can imagine, our hearts just melted when we saw his precious face for the first time. We were so excited to find out that there were families traveling to Ethiopia from our adoption agency that very weekend. They graciously said they would love on our son and tell us all about him. I can't imagine a sweeter gift than that for a mother's heart that just instantly longs to be with her child. Jill and Apryl, you will always be a part of our adoption story because of the blessing you gave to us from Ethiopia!

This is our precious boy now. What a crazy amount of joy he has brought to our lives. We love you, Elijah!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Please tell me someone can relate...

Let me start by saying, I used to be known as an organized person. There are people from my past who might be surprised to know that, try as I might, it just isn't happening anymore. I believe with the addition of each child, I have lost my ability to stay on top of things to a larger and larger degree!
That said.....we ran to town today and this is what my middle son ended up wearing. This was AFTER I sent him back inside to actually get shoes on. I do have a mudroom and a shoe rack. They are told, over and over "if you put your shoes away when you come home, you would be able to find them when it is time to go somewhere". Obviously #1-they do not listen and #2 this get up is perfectly fine to a 7 year old boy.

And, I have to note, better than what he wore (thankfully just around the house) yesterday!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Unsafe but sweet

I looked out the window and saw this.... I had to take a picture before I told L it probably wasn't the safest thing to do with his brother. He really is so sweet to him.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Touching story out of Ethiopia

I felt so blessed to have come across this on a friend's blog. It is well worth the time it takes to watch. As heartbreaking as it can be, I pray my eyes will always be open and that my heart will always be broken.

For more information, visit

Friday, April 10, 2009

Decorating Easter eggs

Every year we try to get together with all the young-ish cousins to decorate Easter eggs. This year, because of sickness and other things, it ended up being just us. My mom came to join the fun (chaos) and was so nice that she boiled all the eggs and brought all sorts of fun things to decorate with.
With 6 kids, each getting 6 eggs to color, that's a lot of egg salad next week! I have to make a map for myself when we hide them - that's a lot of eggs to find and so not fun if we miss one...

Monday, April 6, 2009


This is J today - such a ray of sunshine!

(I haven't quite figured out how to put my pictures where I want them in my post or I would have put this in the previous post.)

Three years ago today

Three years age today we received our referral for our little boy from China. It is hard to believe three years have gone by since we first laid eyes on this picture. We were expecting referrals to come in to our agency in mid to late April and were so surprised to hear from our family coordinater in early April. She shared all of the info she had (name, age, where from) and told us we could pray about whether to request the rest of the info. We had been praying for our son for months - we didn't need any other info to know he was the one God had chosen for our family. What a precious gift! There is no way to explain the feelings as you wait to see a picture of your son, having no idea at all what he will look like, be like, etc. It is thrilling to say the least. This is Shi Wen Bo at 18 months old living in the NW part of China. At the time, we could not imagine surviving the wait to go pick him up. We traveled to Urumqui in Xinjiang Province, China in August, 2006.

We love you so much sweet J. and can't imagine life without you in it!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Did I really have to Say That?

At breakfast: "E-Get your toes out of your cereal" I had to say it not once, but twice!

Great Movie

Bob and I rented Slumdog Millionaire last night. We both loved it from beginning to end-it was one of those movies that leaves you feeling like you are better off having watched it. Having been to Ethiopia this summer and seeing similar poverty first hand, and having been changed forever by it, we were rivited to the reality of the setting of this movie. We kept saying, "Does this happen in Ethiopia?" and the reality that it probably does was very sobering. Not only Ethiopia, but in any poverty stricken country in the world. The extent of our wealth and safety in America overwhelms me whenever I am reminded of it.

This is a thought provoking look at the way others around the world live.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A little bit about us

A little about us....I have been married to a wonderful man for almost 15 years and we have the 6 best kids in the world. We have 3 children through the miracle of birth, T-age 11, M-age 9 and L-age 7, and we have 3 children through the miracle of adoption, A-age 5 from China, J-age 4 from China and E-age 3 from Ethiopia. I am truly a blessed woman as I have had the privilege of being at home with my kids since my oldest was born. We recently (this is year #2) started homeschooling and I like that as well. It is a good thing we like to be together!

My sweet kiddos

New at this

I am addicted to other people's blogs and just have never taken the plunge to have one of my own. After being persuaded by a few friends, I have decided to take the plunge. We'll see how this goes. Truthfully, I almost quit when I got stuck on choosing a name for it. I would love a place to record the things I think I will remember, but then promptly forget. Here goes.....