Saturday, July 29, 2017


I've tried to minimize appointments/tutoring/lessons this summer and give us all a needed break, so we can have more family time.

I heart summer even more!  Mei Mei and Vu did have eye doctor appointments and their surgeries continue to be a big success!  We also went to the dentist, found out the kids have cavities from too much sugar, and celebrated with Frappuccinos!  Go figure.

I saw this poster in our doctor's office--good advice--

And these on Facebook--

Karyn Purvis is my hero.  She made a huge difference in the world and the lives of so many families. If you need a parenting boost today, read her book, visit her website, watch her videos (google--there are tons), or attend a conference which is often available in the community for a low-cost via simulcast.  Healing children isn't easy, but watching it unfold is the most beautiful gift in the world.

Taking time to enjoy each other and enjoy life!

Friday, July 28, 2017

On Pointe Collection

When Lan Lan was in Arizona, our friend, April, gifted her with additions to her special collection.

It's meaningful to gather special treasures.  I collect marbles, coffee mugs, and small glass boxes from journeys abroad.  And, according to one of my children with a dry sense of humor, I would also have to add "children" to that list.


But Lan Lan?  Her collection is truly unique, beautiful, and inspirational.

Here's a sampling.  See for yourself.

Lan Lan has always dreamed of becoming a dancer.  When she was a little girl in China, one of her classmates took ballet lessons.  Lan Lan could only dream of such a thing, and those wishes were shredded one day when the girl cruelly told Lan Lan she would never get to take ballet because she didn't have a mommy and daddy.

If she could only see Lan Lan now!  (Truthfully, the mama bear in me would like to hunt that mean girl down, shove some photos in her face, and show her how wrong she was!)

With a much more loving thought, look carefully at the last photo.  Another friend of Lan Lan's, who danced with her in the China Journey of Hope video, is now one of her best friends, living nearby, and taking lessons at the same ballet studio.  They dance together again! How cool is that?  I love the way God weaves the tapestry of our lives together!

Dreams do come true!

And speaking of dreams, I realize I never posted the photos from seeing Swan Lake.  It was amazing!

Yes, dreams really do come true!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sweet 16

It's been a wonky last few days with some issues requiring me to take Prednisone.  More on that later. The good news is I have lots of time to read and blog, because I can't sleep a wink when I take that terrible miraculous drug.  I am quite sure I will never grow up to be a meth user.  I like my sleep too much!

So here I am.  Awake at 3 am.  Why not celebrate birthdays? Lan Lan had a special Sweet 16!

She helped pay for her ticket to go to Arizona to see a very special friend.  Lan Lan and G were friends in China and danced together in an emotional adoption video when they were nine, waiting for families. Lan Lan is in the white pinafore and G. just to the left.

Their lives have changed in so many ways, but they remain close friends.  Lan Lan definitely has wanderlust and I see MANY travels in her future!  She had so much fun!

Lan Lan is a combination of spicy energy, compassion, creativity, intelligence, and humor.  She has a loving heart and desire to make a difference in the world. 

Lan Lan, I am so thankful and blessed to be your mom, you make the world bigger and brighter!  May this be a magical year!  Happy Birthday!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Cookie Monster Loves Cookies! But . . .

Cookie Monster loves cookies, but maybe not cake!

It was KJ's 1st birthday and we had a blast inviting a bunch of friends over for a bar-be-que.

Our gift to KJ is one we can also enjoy--a sandbox for OUR house!  At first he wasn't so sure, but soon he realized this is going to be tons of fun.

Lizzy made the awesome cakes including one for the "cake smash."  Do you all know about cake smashes?  I apparently live under a rock and it wasn't until Sweetpea had her 1st birthday that I was enlightened by my daughter-in-love.

Anyhoo, I don't think KJ thought too much of his.  It didn't start out well:

But then he gained some interest.

In the end, the singing and the sticky fingers were just too much!

Happy Birthday KJ!  I adore watching you grow and change.  I love doing things together, like going for a walk with Great Grandmother and hearing you say the word "stick" for the first time.

We are thankful to have you in our lives and we love you so much!!!

Happy 1st Birthday!