Thursday, January 31, 2008


As a huge adoption advocate, I saw this on another blog and thought I'd share this....

You know you are an adoptive mother if...

1. The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to kiss them goodnight has ever made you lose sleep.

2. You realize DNA has nothing to do with love and family.

3. You can't watch Adoption Stories on TLC without sobbing.

4. The fact that if 7% of Christians adopted 1 child, there would be no orphans in the world is convicting to you.

5. You spend free time surfing blogs about families who have experienced the blessing of adoption.

6. It drives you crazy when people ask you about your adopted child's "real" parents.

7. You have ever been "pregnant" with your adoptive child longer than it takes an elephant to give birth (2 years!)

8. You had no idea how you would afford to adopt but stepped out in faith anyway knowing where God calls you He will provide.

9. You have ever taken a airplane ride half way around the world with a child you just met.

10. You believe God's heart is for adoption.

11. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart and family is one of the most important legacy's you could ever leave on this earth.

12. You know what the word Dossier means and you can actually pronounce it!

13. You have welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of your life.

14. You shudder when people say your child is so lucky that you adopted them, knowing full well you are the blessed one to have them in your life.

The Good Ol' Days

As a Journalism-Advertising major in college, I loved that some of my homework assignments were to watch, how awesome was that?!?! My poor little room mate would be studying like a mad woman for dosage calculations tests or pharmacology exams and my tough assignments were to come up with one-liners or examine the brand placement on ads. Tough life, I know. We actually watched an entire class of Super Bowl commercials once...yep, those student loans were worth every penny.

So I came across this Justin Timberlake Super Bowl commercial and thought I'd share my love for funny yet "memorable" advertising...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

"Big Girl" Construction has Begun!

Sneak Peak at her new "Big Girl" room currently under construction

New Bathroom Digs...Green Polka Dot!

Lovin' bathtime in her new bathroom

And yes, we are fully aware we are creating a monster. We can't stop ourselves, litle girls are too much fun!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I just don't think...

this child can get any funnier.

She's the next Gracie Allen. I totally get what I deserve.

The next video is for Grammy Re and Pop-Pop. Being from the Sichuan area of China, this chic can handle some heat. Over Christmas Leah was at their house and eating some spicy cheese spread and every time she ate a cracker, she would say "first you spread it, then you eat it, and then it's spicy!" Every time they tried to get her little commercial on film, she clammed up. Today, she was in the mood eating some classic string cheese.

I Will Wait for You

Today marks the 9th month of our dossier being logged in China's Center for Adoption Affairs, and over a year since we started the paperwork for baby Kate.

It's especially funny now, because I remember back when we adopted Leah and we waited for nine months from LID to seeing her referral picture, which was three months longer than predicted, it was unbelievably stressful and felt like an eternity. It's all relative.

This wait for Kate has been just the opposite, completely laid back. It has absolutely nothing to do with wanting her less but everything to do with chasing a two year old around and satisfying that initial need to parent a child. And through the long struggle to become parents, I also learned the hard lesson of really letting go. God's timing is wondrous & impeccable. I would not have this absolutely precious child so truly PERFECT for our family had the first wait been "on time".

So with that, we truly celebrate this day...because no matter how long the road to Kate will be and how bumpy and curvy it will probably get, we will wait, knowing God is at work creating another perfect match.

And it will be so worth it.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Child of My Heart

Child of the world,
Into my heart you came —
Bringing sun into my life,
making family our name.

Thought I'd share one of my most favorite gifts this year from Leah (with help from Daddy) to my fellow adoptive moms...a new Willow Tree sculpture representing adoption. I just love how these figures symbolize the phases of your life--I had one previously given to me when I married Shawn that I still cherish.

These simple wood sculptures make wonderful, personal gifts and are so touching. It's a must have, in my humble opinion, for any adoptive mommy. Most corporate Hallmark's sell these figurines as well other sources online, including ebay, for around $20.

You'll love this as much as I do.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

Bring on 2008! I've never been a big resolution person, but I have committed to do a few things this year to improve our quality of life...and unfortunately, it's the usual suspects...better diet, better exercise, better organization.

All I could think of during Christmas was that I was going to need some serious storage for all of Leah's new toys. Santa might have over done it a bit, and forgot to take into account that Miss Thing has very generous, doting grandparents that love to spoil her. The word of the week has been "storage bins" around our house, as I've accommodated the new toys, books and dress up clothes into Leah's new and improved playroom.

I am so looking forward to all the wonderful memories that will be made, all the new adventures that we will take, and all the hope that a new year brings. Happy 2008!!
Here's a look back on how much Leah has changed over the past year: