Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Here's a little video I made to celebrate Down syndrome awareness month.  Our girls are amazing little blessings and super cute, too.  We could not imagine our life without Down syndrome.  :)   Hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it together.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Parks and Pictures

I haven't been much of a blogger lately.  Well, I haven't been much of anything really...except a very busy mom with 9 kids at home, six of whom are under the age of 6.  :)   That explains it I guess.

Truth be told, I have been somewhat overwhelmed with everything lately. The last 2 1/2 months I've struggled a bit thinking I'd taken on too much or I just couldn't handle what I've been given.   :( 

This adoption has had a rough adjustment. Much much harder than any of our other adoptions.  Don't get me wrong, I love having all these little ones.  We feel completely blessed and lucky to have every single one of them!

But it has been tough.

It is not the girls themselves. They are great and seem to be adjusting amazingly well!  It's just the fact that we have so many "littles".  

When we brought Anna and Victoria home 2 years ago, it was BUSY!  It took us a good 6-8 months to feel like we were back to "normal".  This time we are just 3 months in, and the adjustment is definitely much harder. 

There is just not enough time in the day to get everything done.  And I mean that literally.  I know most people feel that way with 2 kids. I felt that way myself before as well -- when I had just 5 boys, or when we had 6 boys and one sweet little girl with health issues.  I am finding it hard to get anything done except the basic and immediate needs.  Lol

I pretty much cook meals, clean up after said meals, change diapers/go potty, get kids dressed and cleaned up, and try to find an activity to keep them occupied. Then it's time for the next meal where I again serve up 6 little plates, etc.  And on and on it goes.

Evenings tend to be alot harder as everyone is usually tired and cranky and we are juggling sports practices and homework as well.  :)  But I am thankful for the great husband I have who is super helpful getting kids ready for bed and most nights gets them into bed as well.

Well, enough of that boring stuff.  It is not all bad!  God has been working on me and I am trying to make sure I do it all as unto the Lord.   :)   And I do know it will get easier.  Right?

I am happy to say that we managed to get to the park today.  It was Ruby and Emmee Ai's first time and I think they had a pretty good time.  And I managed to get a few good pictures with my new lens. Yay!

Madalyn had a blast!  She was off and running everywhere.

So were the boys!!

Sorry... no pictures of Anna and Toria this time.  They weren't with us because they were at school and on a field trip visiting the pumpkin patch!  :)  

Next time a little update on all the kids....

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Happy 2 Years Gotcha

Gotcha Day October 14, 2010

 Town where the girls' orphanage was.  Thought the sign was cool.  

The orphanage

 Look how tiny Toria looks.  She is so sweet!!!

Our post from Oct 14, it here:  :)

These girls have been amazing since day one.  

Happy Gotcha Day 2 years girls!!  We love you more than words can say!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Two Months Home

We have been home with the girls just 2 months!  I can't believe how fast the time has gone and that we were flying home just 2 months ago today!  Wow!!  

The girls are both doing great.  They're still adjusting to this new American life, but making progress every day.  Looking back, I can definitely see a difference. Sometimes it feels like they have been here forever and they should be understanding more or whatever, but when I think they've only been here 2 months, I'm amazed at how great they're doing!  :)   They are still learning the language (+ sign language, too), adjusting to all the new sights, smells, foods, and siblings and learning to bond with us.  They really are pretty happy most of the time and we are very thankful for that! 

I thought I would post a few pictures from both girls' gotcha days and then a few recent pics.  It's hard to believe we were in China just 2 short months ago receiving these amazing blessings.  

Nanning, Guanqxi, China
My first picture with Ruby Mei  7-16-2012

Is she cute or what?!

Changsha, Hunan,China
My first picture with Emmee Ai  7-18-2012

Our little music lover.  She can't hold her body back if she hears just starts a'swaying.  Lol

My sweet son.  I am so thankful for our experience together in China.
Our first picture altogether.

And finally home!!!

Our sweet happy girls!!!

Oh and by the way, today is also the start of Down syndrome awareness month!  I hope that if you are reading our blog, we have made an impact (in a positive way) in your life and how you view people with Down syndrome.  Most of all I want people to know that these children have VALUE in this world! They are sweet and smart and funny and busy (like little tornadoes,,, ha ha), but most of all they are LOVED!!! 

Happy Down syndrome Awareness Month!!!
And your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it", whenever you turn to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21

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