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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Holloween!

Pin It I heard some buzzing in the Garden this morning so I went outside to check it out!

 Yep, its a BEE!! Look at that little stinger! My Mom made this darling costume for her!

It was serious bzzzzzzz ness for this little bee. I tried everything to get some smiles but she was to bzzz y collecting her grass and leaves and flowers to even look at me!! I think she is the cutest bee ever!

And we can't forget the big kids! The girls don't trick or treat but Brady did and his Mad Hatter costume ROCKED!

                                                      Trying so hard to "Stay in character"

On the Great Wall Last Year on this day! Making our most SCARY faces in honor of the holiday!
Our 2009 Travel group.

Ni Hao Y'all
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

On this day last year

Pin It On this very day last year....... we were putting the locks on our luggage and feeling so proud that we were able to fit almost everything we needed in a 40 pound suitcase. We were both anxious and excited, anxious about leaving our kids for (what turned out to be almost 4 weeks) so long, excited about meeting our new daughter! Oh boy was the journey ever different than we had envisioned, but on November 11, 2009 we were blessed with our daughter and she is truly more of a blessing than we could have ever imagined.
  I remember this night like it was yesterday. My mom flew in, she would be staying here with the kids. We all had a sleepover in the basement that night. I wanted to be with the kids every last second and they were so excited about their sister finally coming home. We pulled out the luv sacs and the sofa sleeper and we just cuddled up and couldn't sleep!! Bryan and I were leaving at 4 am to catch a 6am flight. I don't think I ever closed my eyes that night. Looking back now, it was actually a good thing because we wanted to put ourselves on China time as soon as we got on the plane. It worked and we had no jet lag while in China! Pin It

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Reunion of the S's

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Shaelee's Dedication! The girls thought it was a giggle party and were just in their own sweet little world, wrestling all over the floor in their beautiful dresses, giggles coming from every direction, running, skipping, jumping. They were all doing what little girls do when they are really happy! Do they look happy or what??? Pin It

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Showered with gifts!

Pin It God has showered us with so many  gifts. The gift of Love, the gift of many new friends, the gift of health and miraculous healing, the gift of togetherness and the gift of forgiveness, the gift of family and the gift of hope, most importantly the gift of our salvation. The gifts continue to flow and we are so grateful. Tonight the gifts continued to flow as some very special people arrived in AZ. We had the honor of meeting them at the airport and having dinner together. Tomorrow we will probably all be bawling as we worship together and then share in the joy of a very special dedication at church. If you have followed my blog you have heard the story and will probably want to skip this post, if not, I will share it again.
When we were in Changsha waiting for Lexi, we were skyping with our kiddos back home. Our son told us that they had prayed for us at church that day and when one of the kids heard that his parents were in China getting his baby sister he said that his parents were also in China getting his sister! Well you know kids say things and China is a pretty big place and we hadn't had much sleep those past few days so we kind of went "oh uh huh neat" thinking, really what are the chances... Well that next day we got our baby girl and while were playing in the famous Dolton Hotel Play Room, I got bold and asked  a group of people also playing inside if any of them were from Arizona. Sure enough one woman said yes! And sure enough she was from our church!!! She was so lovely and so kind and we became fast friends. She is now a dear dear friend and it is because of her daughter that Diana is here visiting. The little girl that my new friend (Jill) adopted was next  door neighbors (the girls were both in foster care) and best friends with the little girl that Di adopted. These women met because Di was one of the sponsor that made Foster Care possible for Jill's daughter and was also interested in adopting her. God used Shaelee, Jill's daughter, to lead her to her daughter (Sienna). When an updated photo arrived to one of these mom's and both girls were in it, it was incredible!! These girls love each other so much and they are still able to see each other and keep a piece of their past! That in itself is a miracle! Di had hoped to adopt Shaelee, Jill had already locked her file. Then the Lord then led her to Sienna, and she understood that this was his plan all along and it was a very very good plan. One that was God breathed and God orchestrated. Sienna is such a gift. Oh if you could see this child in person. Who would think that with pictures like the beauties that Di takes, this child could be even more gorgeous in person? Well she is! Her eyes will make you butter in her hands. Seriously I would not be able to discipline this child!!! She is just stunning, sweet sweet sweet and precious! And Ruby, oh little Ruby is CUTE in all CAPS!!! I think she might just be pictured in the dictionary next to the meaning of the word cute! Yes sir ee she could just light up the room when she smiles. In fact she did when I told her there was one more dumpling on my side of the table! Oh what a fun week we are in for!

Ni Hao Y'all
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4 days at the cabin

Pin It We had such a great time enjoying the cool weather at the cabin last week! We are back home in the heat and tonight some very... very special guests arrived! Back to the cabin pictures for now. Oh, and a sneak peek at the girls from tonight to follow ;)

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 Luv's for big sister Cassidy. The pictures with her sisters really show her "peanut size"

 So proud of herself!! The ball hung so low that she could actually hit it!

Becoming more and more indipendent

 Needs a hand for comfort still. Nobody minds around here :)
 Oh that face, her eyes and her smile just radiate joy!

 Blowing dandelion's with Quincie
 Walking with the big girls!
 Afraid of nothing!

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