Tag: Julianne

llama lovin’

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 …

the hardest day. ever.

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 …

mommy & daddy

I was unloading the dishwasher (oh, the glamour!) and happened to overhear a sweet voice playing in the room next to the kitchen. PS- Locating the playroom right next to the kitchen?  Pure gold.  I LOVE being close to where my kids play all the time!  Bonus:  there are doors that shut and block the …

oh, my heart…

I need some help, friends.  Like, big time help. Not so long ago, I saw this little cherub’s face pop onto my computer screen. And just like that, a piece of my heart was gone. Stolen. Just. Like. That. I’ve seen many an adorable face waiting for their family, and they all wreck me.  But …

Mommy, you love me?

My daughter has started asking, “Mommy, you love me?” like she’s just not sure.  She’s reaching the point where the words, “love you” are starting to mean something.  For months she has said, “wuv you!” in response to our I-love-yous, and although it warmed my heart to hear it, I knew that she didn’t mean …

first day of PRESCHOOL!!

Today is a big day, y’all. This little peanut?  She is officially a PRESCHOOLER!! To Julianne’s China-mama, should you ever wonder… this baby girl is doing so well.  During these big “firsts” for her,  I always feel a twinge of loss layered softly beneath the joy because there is emotion on the other side of …

How Going to China Changed My Life

We have been home for six months and this is the first time that I’m actually sitting down and processing our trip to China. For a while, it was just too fresh, you know? The thought of any attempt in organizing my thoughts made my brain hurt, and so I just didn’t. But now, I think …

Can I?

I hear this question more times per day than I care to count. Me to the four kids: “It’s time for lunch… let’s sit down at the table.” Julianne: “Can I?” Me to the four kids: “We’re going to go to the pool…let’s get our bathing suits on.” Julianne: “Can I?” Me to the four …

Julianne {6 months home}

HALF A YEAR, Y’ALL!!! The other day the autocorrect feature on my phone made me giggle a bit… I was sitting in a chair in the playroom with two other empty chairs to my left.  Julianne came over and was insistent that I move over and let her squeeze onto the chair with me. “Mommy, move!” Of …

July Gifts {Day 5 & 5 months home} + some extra sparkle

Day 5 = 3 Gifts in Persistance I apologize for the awkward title; there are so many things that need to be celebrated today!  I’m also sorry-but-not-really-sorry that my gifts seem to be mostly adoption-related.  Let’s face it, that has been our reality for the past FIVE months.  That’s right.  Today marks FIVE months since …