Friday, June 25, 2010

Claire's 14th Chinese Reunion: You Ladies are Beautiful!

In May of 1996, 14 families traveled to Nanning Guangxi China to adopt 14 amazing babies.
Every year we get together to celebrate our girls. This year 8 families found their way back to each other for our 14th China reunion. Blessed our we, to have been able to adopt these beautiful young ladies, and to share and to be a part of their lives. These families are a part of our family now, bonded in China by 14 precious babies that have grown to be such special young ladies. These families went on to adopt other siblings. Today, the adults were outnumbered by their children. What a beautiful day in Chicago!

Tomorrow we are so excited to see our friends Matt and Christine, Josie, Anna and our beloved Kate, who was our social director in China. Cannot wait to see how Josie has grown, and Emily is thrilled to meet yet another 7 year old with dimples!

Love the picture of the "little girls", check out the boy in the background (:

Shaelee anxiously awaits Monday, when she will see her own China best buddy Ms Tung Tung. Only 2 more sleeps little girl.....

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Fathers Day

Just a quick post to thank all the fathers in our lives. Grandpa, Papa, and Daddy Ralph!
We had a great time celebrating just being a Dad yesterday. Thank you to our friends Mary and Brian and family for all the fun in the sun together! Have a great week everyone.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sisters Are So Special (pics by Claire)

Everyday we thank the Lord for 5 children, 4 countries and 1 family. Love these pictures that Claire took while Mom was in TX.

You have a wonderful gift Ms Claire! (Our Child Whisperer)
Happy Birthday Grandma Edith, we love you!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Beautiful Day at the Zoo

It was a beautiful day, not too hot, and just perfectly nice! Claire and Dad went to NM for a wedding, and Mom was alone with the littlest C's. Emma came for the weekend to hang out, and she was the biggest help ever (so Mom really wasn't alone)! Love the chin ups Ms Emily was doing! The 2 guys standing behind watching her were in awe of her strength. And Ms Shaelee, couldn't decide if she should milk the cow, but she finally just had to give it a try. Meanwhile Vincent loved up the goats, and Quinn was our resident climber and chief stroller pusher. After the Zoo we had a great lunch, at you can guess, Red Lobster, where they got to meet a real lobster up close and personal. We ended the day with a movie and popcorn! Emma, thanks for all of the help, the kids love being with you! Hope everyone had a great weekend.
A special shout out to Ainsley, hope you had a great Birthday!
And to Meg and Charlie, Have a wonderful life together!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Photo Shoot by: CC

This my very first post of my pictures. Hope you enjoy them.