Saturday, October 23, 2010

Best Buddies and BFFs

2 precious girls from China find their way to America and to 2 families who love them so very much! Such a gift is theirs, to be forever friends, to know they will always have each other, and to know that both of their families are forever blessed and amazed that they can share in the sweetest of miracles.

I love you Tung Tung,
From your friend,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Shaelee's Special Day

This Sunday, we celebrated Shaelee's Dedication to the Lord. She was surrounded by many of us who love her and who appreciate her very much. I am not sure that she really knew how serious it was, because as you can see from the pictures, with all those kid's around, there was a lot of laughter. But as we were all gathered around her and prayed for her, she looked at me and whispered in my ear and asked me "Momma why are you crying?" The only answer I had was that I loved her very much. Such a sweet peanut. What a special Dedication ceremony.

I am so grateful for this special child, as well as for her brothers and sisters. She has blessed our family so much, and we love her with all of our hearts. I am also grateful that she has such special family and friends that were able to join us. Aunt Kim and Uncle Chris, who are so amazing to these kids and who always take the time to share in their lives. Thank you for being such amazing Godparents.

Emma, who is like our daughter. Karen, who is a special friend to me.

Brian, Mary and your beautiful family, who are such wonderful friends as well. Thankful always that we found each other in Changsha, and that we are able to be a part of each others lives here in AZ.

I am also so thankful that Shaelee's best buddy Sienna could be here with her on her special day, and her beautiful sister Ruby. There were a few tears shed over the beautiful story of the 2 S's (well maybe more than a few, and a few more as I type this). So incredibly happy that Shaelee's Godmother, Diana could be here to share in this very special day. To see God's plan for our families come to fruition was both awesome and humbling. You have been such a blessing to our family over the last year.

It was a very special weekend, and a very special day with very special people who we love very much! We are incredibly blessed with 5...

Friday, October 15, 2010

One More Sleep!

Ms Shaelee (and all the other C's) have been counting down the day for the R's to visit us here in AZ....and tomorrow is the big day! The girl's are getting ready for bed, and here they are, celebrating that Ms Tung Tung is on her way to see Ms Shaelee! Forever blessed by the friendship of Tung Tung and Nadi! Have a safe flight girls....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Little Culture Fest

It has been a very busy weekend. Today, Emily, Quinn and Shaelee enjoyed a little Korean culture complete with music, dancing and food. Quinn was loving every minute of it. We met a young lady who had spent 5 months in Korea volunteering at the orphanage with all of the babies. She was a very brave 25 year old, who did it on her own with the hope of helping the children and the agency that arranged her adoption.

As you can see, when asked for volunteers, all three of the C's were all over helping out. Little Shaelee got to pull out a name for a prize. The girl's did a little climbing, and a little bit of acrobatics. Ms Shaelee is seen here attempted a cartwheel, and she can get halfway up that pole.... Ms Emily continues to be as strong as can be, and can make it all the way up.

We had a really wonderful time.
Vincent and Claire were at home helping Dad with his new tool/toy. He was steaming grout today. Unbelievable what that new toy can do.

We are very excited to see the R's next week. Shaelee cannot stop talking about Tung Tung! What a blessing those 2 little peanuts are to their families. Can't wait to see you all!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Claire's Meet

Clarie always takes our breath away. She works so hard, is very serious and is so committed to her sport. She is beautiful to watch. She teaches everything she can to her 2 little sisters. They are blessed to have such an amazing big sister. Thanks for all you do Gym Girl!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mr Frugal

This wasn't the most glamorous of weekends. Ralph went to a gymnastics meet out of town with Claire, and I was alone with the 4 pack. Not a bad thing, they mostly crack me up. We woke up Saturday and I thought I was so prepared for Quinn's soccer game. I had the grapes bagged, the gatoraid cooled, and ice. We were in good shape. We loaded up the Camry and started off to the field.

I will just say that my husband is frugal. I will be thankful someday when I can retire, and all the kids are through school, but Saturday, I wasn't loving frugal. One way that Ralph keeps us frugal, is slightly used (well at some point they were), cars. Ralph had my Volvo at Claire's meet. I was left with the 1994 Camry (200,000 plus miles) and the 2000 Blazer. I remember buying that Camry right before we adopted Claire. We needed a 4 door with a new baby. I also remember buying that Blazer. Quinn was barely home from Korea, and it was our first new car (and our last). Anyway, we keep them in repair, and they are paid for.

So, I was barely around the corner in the Camry, and the power steering was not working right. I had just gotten a clean bill of health on that car 2 weeks ago, and a very nice bill I might add. No worries, there was another car at home. We unloaded one, and loaded up the other.... off we went. 4 kids and the team snacks that everyone was counting on. It was also picture day (and I forgot the checkbook). We happily arrive ready for a great game.
Except that when I came back after the pictures to get the snacks out, the key fob wouldn't work. So I used the key and the car alarm began screeching. (I call Ralph who tells me that I have the wrong key fob, I need the one I left at home) The car will not move. How would I know that?

So, another soccer mom called another soccer dad and off we went back to the house. I found the correct keys and yes, I had found the right key fob! I was able to unload the snacks, and after the game get the kids and I back home. We went to see Karate Kid....loved it, and went out to dinner. And then, yes, the second key fob failed. Luckily, we had not locked the car door during dinner.

Today, we went to Church, and once home, Quinn hit the auto lock. Well, there was no going anywhere. Those key fobs were not working. So, AAA arrived at our door, hauled one car away, and showed me how to shut off the alarm manually. Vincent was in heaven. He was waiting at the door for the tow truck. He loved every minute of it. So, here is my thought, Mr Frugal needs to pony up a new car or a bus, which is what we really need!

The good news? Quinn won his soccer match, Claire placed on beam, Vincent had a great time looking at the big truck, the 4 pack had a great time with Brian and Mary and their kid's.....(and we had a little time to plan a few adventures for some special friends that we hope to see in a few weeks).

And the biggest blessing of all, Sienna, Shaelee's best buddy came through her surgery with flying colors! Ms Shaelee is very relieved....
Not a glamorous weekend, but certainly an eventful one.

Ralph and Claire are home, the boys are asleep, and the little girls are chatting quietly in their room. I can hear them trying to be very quiet. All is well and good with the world...even if we have a few frugal issues that crop up here and there!

Oh, and we did a little laundry too. And check out who was hiding underneath it all. Funny girl.