Today marks the day when we saw Julianne for the first time face-to-face.  We had loved her from afar for nine long months, and finally, we saw her.  I will never forget the feelings from that day.  The way my fingertips felt numb with anticipation and nerves.  The way when we rode the elevator to …

Last year?  Last year we skipped her preschool Christmas program because last year?  It would have been too much.  Just. Too. Much.  She would not have been able to process the amount of sensory input flooding her system.  She would have freaked out to be completely off of the “normal” schedule associated with a day …

Many people who haven’t adopted and admire those who have think that we have rescued our child. Truth is, we’re the rescued ones. Rescued from selfishness. Rescued from anger. Rescued from a worldview that says doing “fun things” is more important than adding more kids to the family. Rescued from believing it’s all about us. …

first friend

These two faces. Be still my heart. Today was our last time to get together and play here, because Miss G and her family are moving to another state in a few days. It absolutely broke my heart to see these sweet two hugging for the last time today.  The sweet clinging to each other, …

“Mom?  Why you keep me forever?” The question is happening all the time now.  She loves to retell the story about how we went SO FAR, allllll the way to China to get her.  How we saw her and said, “awwww”, and how we said, “Yes!  We want HER!” She knows we did.  She wants …

We are ALMOST to the fifteen month mark having Julianne home with us!  It seems like a long time and a short time all at once.  At this point, I don’t remember much of what our life was like before we had her.  Four children is definitely a norm now, not something that surprises me. …

Last year, Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year) fell on February 19th.  We arrived home on the 5th.  Needless to say, our minds were far from a celebratory mode; we were more in, “please let this child fall asleep in less time than an hour” mode.  For the record, it didn’t happen. 😉 This …

Little Sprout

So yeah. A couple of weeks ago this fad hit China hard-core. Plastic sprouts. Clipped on your hair. Men, women, children, young & old. None were immune to the lure of the sprout. It quickly became plastic flowers, mushrooms, breakfast foods. You name it. I knew I had to have one. So, thanks to the …