Sunday, March 29, 2015


A diagnosis can't predict the extraordinary love you will have for your child. ~ Tara McCallan

Saturday, March 28, 2015

This Side...

This week our tiny P has been home, with us, for six months.

I love adoption...

I love watching a story unfold, and seeing what love can do to change a devastated, sad little person.

I love to be a witness to the change that happens over time, 

And I love to see the transformation,

Seeing our little person, who is so grief stricken, slowly begin to open up.

Like a little flower...

Seeing a glimpse of happiness...

Some smiles...

Seeing some joy come into such sad, dejected eyes...

And watching my baby finally start to relax into her new, forever family.

I love to hear the little giggles finally emerge,

And the language start to erupt.

The hugs, and the "I love yous" start to happen, without any prompting.

I love it all. I love to watch from the beginning, and be a part of such a happy, happy story...

But as much as I love the beginning... I adore being on this side of things.

The beginning is so beautiful, and broken, but this side... this side is filled with love, and happiness, and joy.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Half A Year!

So much can happen in six months, and so much has...

Six months ago we brought our baby home from China, and what a crazy roller coaster of a ride it has been since!

She spent the first four months in and out of the hospital, learning English, learning how to be part of a family, and learning to be happy.

She has been through so much, but she has changed so much, also... she is happy, and she is attaching to her family. She is funny, and she is learning to play. She hugs, and loves, and fights, and pitches fits, and cuddles, and laughs... with her family.

She has come so far from the forlorn, completely miserable girl we were in China with, and we are relieved and glad to see this transformation. She fits in with our family so well, and she is loved to pieces...

Happy six months, tiny P! We sure do adore you!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Man...

I really don't talk about the husband as much as I should... it's all babies, babies, babies on here (and me, me me, too), but today is the husband's birthday. So, it's only fitting that he should be talked about all day long.

The husband is a fabulous father, and an equally fabulous husband... I know you have seen glimpses of his fabulousness on the blog here and there, but he is amazing, and I really ought to be shouting his  awesomeness from the rooftops.

He loves his family... he loves us so well, and he adores his babies. He is patient and kind and makes life so fun for us. He listens to their stories, he answers their non-stop questions... he loves, and he does it so well.

Sure, he has some flaws, like sometimes he doesn't understand my design epiphanies, or my sudden desire to build my own countertops... but on an every day, every minute basis, he is stinking fabulous.

He is funny... did you know he has jokes? He loves to tease and play with our babies, and he makes me giggle on a daily basis. And he thinks I'M hilarious, and cute...that's rare, I think.

He is a darn good cook, and he enjoys cooking... He and little M cook together, and it is the cutest. They got in the kitchen last Sunday and made lasagna... I just cannot even stand that cuteness.

He is fun...he plays, he builds lego things, he reads, he watches ridiculous youtube videos with the kids, and he sings the songs from their favorite shows. He even dances the nutcracker ballet with little M just to make her happy. He runs races with baby J, and he teases tiny P... because it makes them laugh.

And our babies ADORE their daddy. There is no excitement like the excitement that ensues when daddy comes home.

He works hard for our family, and he has gone to the other side of the world to bring our babies home and love them unconditionally. He would (he does) do anything for us. He takes care of me...he will run out to get me Chipotle for dinner (my fave!), he lets me sleep in on Saturday, and he gets up with tiny P during the night to meet her needs, and love on her.

I love him more than anything, and I am so proud of who he is... I am so blessed to have him, and thankful that I get to do this life with him!

Happy birthday, husband!

Monday, March 23, 2015

She is...

She is beautiful and has the sweetest personality...

She is easy to love, and her smile makes us all happy.

She is funny, and she loves to tease.

She loves to be held, and her hugs are so precious.

She was born with half of a little heart, she has had to struggle through so many things just to be here with us now, and she will go through many more struggles...

But this little girl, our youngest baby, was made by God, she was formed by the creator, and she is perfect. God doesn't make mistakes... this little girl is fearfully and wonderfully made.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


She was formed by God's hands, dreamed up in his heart, and placed in this world for a purpose...