She’s obsessed with knowing if she can do certain things, “when she gets bigger, like a mommy” Have kids Take care of her own boo-boos Make dinner Drive the car Do her own laundry Fix her own hair Miss Independent likes doing things for herself, but she’s also okay with having me do some things …

“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. …

The eyes are the window of the soul English Proverb On February 18th, I saw a picture, yet another picture of a little one without a family. Around the same time, I found out that the little one who had previously grabbed my heart and twisted it around her sweet dimpled fingers had a family …

This week has been a whirlwind.  So many things happening at once, events I don’t want to forget.  So a brief post, mainly because I seriously won’t remember some of this later on.  This is for real.  My memory is SO BAD.  I’m chalking it up to a lack of sleep and freakishly busy season …

Rupture and Repair

Rupture and repair is how, in the adoption world, we describe relationships when they experience a breaking and need to be mended. In some cases, it’s the child who is trying to understand the boundaries that are set, and whether or not we as the parents will still use the words, “I love you” if those boundaries are …

Created for Care {2016 thoughts}

It’s difficult to process something like the experience I had this weekend.  There are so many layers to it; peeling them off needs to be done gently and with care as to not disturb all that I want my less-than-stellar memory to try to hold on to. Created for Care. A retreat specifically designed for …

We had several of the “Llama Llama” books before we had Julianne, but out of all of our four children, she is the one who has bonded with Little Llama the most.  She LOVES the llama.  Loves him.  Every time she has a chance to choose a book, you can be assured that at least …

It has been 365 days, little family of mine. One full year since we were all together for the first time. I was privileged to grow three beautiful babies who kicked at and stretched me from the inside before they were born.  The labor and the pain to bring them into the world… it was …

Our trip to China for Julianne was challenging in so many ways. Culture shock?  Yes. Jet Lag?  Oh yes. Food challenges & wondering WHY Red Bull in China is not carbonated?  Yes, yes. Of ALL of our 13 days there, the most difficult, but far, was our Adoption Day, January 27th.  This is how it …