Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26

As we walk through this adventure called life, we remind ourselves that we are all precious children of our Father-- those of us who have walked a little further down the road striving to guide those who have been entrusted to our care for a time. Here is our journey down this path.



Friday, April 30, 2010

Field Day

The boys have looked forward to this day for weeks/months...OK, since last year's field day!! They have been preparing for a long time and were ready for this big day. It was Samuel's first time to participate...the school is divided in half to make the Blue v. White competition--luckily their classes were both on the same team....GO WHITE!!!

Opening ceremonies.... On your mark, get set...
GO!!!!!!!!!!!



We had a bit of entertainment for the down time...


Softball throw.........
There is always a 'soccer kick off'. 5 students try to kick goals as 1 from the other team defends the goal.......look who is the 1st grade goalie! He did great!

High 5!

The seasoned fan......
It was a fun morning.....and the field day continued in our back yard when we got home! I think they will be talking about this one until next year!! (PS...White won!!)

Visit

Yesterday, the boys had a long awaited visitor at school. The third grade class was so cute...when we walked in the door, there was a collective "aaaawwww" Then, we headed downstairs to the 1st grade. We met this gang as they were coming back from art.

So many of these precious children have been so supportive, encouraging and sweet through this process. Many parents have told us how their kids have prayed for Cynthia and our family...I am humbled by the love they have shown as part of the body of Christ!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thomasism

"Mommy, is she ever going to be not too cute to get mad at?" :)

Monday, April 26, 2010

What do you see?

In the back of our neighborhood, near the pool where we spend many summer hours, there is an empty lot. The other day, I ran down this street and noticed how many dandelions there were.

Most people probably look at this lot as an 'eye-sore' in the neighborhood, but I knew I had a girl who would think differently....
"Oh, Mommy, it's so beautiful! I have never seen a field of flowers like this!"
"Look at me run through all these flowers!"
I think there may have been a little "The hills are alive, with the sound of music....."
"How did God make this so beautiful?"
I'm not sure how, but I know why.....


"...put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment." 1Tim 6:17

"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." Luke 19:40

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Noodles and more....

Here are a few fun pics from the last few days. I think it would be safe to say the favorite item on the menu around here is noodles!
And it seems to be catching!


Signs of summer---boo boo knees!
We received an great gift of this stroller from some very sweet friends...we somehow had worn out the old one(s)!
And who could waste a perfectly good box?

Molly was so sweet. She kept saying, "Mommy, this is awesome! How did you think of such a good idea?" "Really, how did you think of it?"

Thanks, babe!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

She is quiet!

OK, so most everything about this adoption has gone amazingly smoothly. Much more than we anticipated or expected or even hoped.
Everything, that is, except bedtime.
The first couple of nights we had C in China, it was a little eerie how she went to bed. Like she had been trained. I put her in the crib, she looked at me, turned her head, closed her eyes and went to sleep. Strangely easy.
That lasted about 5 days.
Then came the kicking, fighting, screaming, clinging to the crib so she couldn't even be put down night. That one ended with me standing next to the crib, rubbing her tummy and finally her falling asleep. We were in 1 hotel room, so what else could I do?
Well, since then we have had bedtime issues. And we have done exactly what not to do--stood by her bed until she fell asleep. Trying all the time to slowly move away, removing myself slowly....well, it was only getting worse.
With our other 3, I 'taught' them early to get to sleep themselves. I remember difficult nights standing outside of their doors, listening to them cry, crying myself at first, but it worked, so I pressed on.
Somehow, I haven't been able to push as hard with her. Is she scared? Does she think we will be gone when she wakes up? What is going through her little sweet head?
Well, tonight we decided it was cry-it-out time. Our sweet little girl has a definite stubborn side! She screamed--loud! 2 of the 3 other children were complaining loud!
I went in quickly a couple of times and put her back down from her standing, gripping the rail, crazy mad screaming and as soon as I walked in, there was quiet, so that spurred me on that this was stubborn, not scared.
She gave it her all.
But, we held out, and--chalk one up for Mom and Dad because she is asleep in her crib. :)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words


Hold me.

We had a step in bonding last evening. Previously, Cynthia had been doing great with all of us, but definitely preferred Mommy over anyone else if Mommy was around. She was fine with Daddy if she couldn't see Mommy, or if Mommy was gone, but last night when Daddy came home from work, he sat down to help Thomas with something and she walked over and raised her hands to him to be picked up!!



I guess she is figuring out what we all already know--he is a pretty good guy!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

First Grocery Trip

Our grocery girl showed her little sister the ropes of a grocery trip.....
Including the free cookie from the bakery!


YUM!

Appointments

Wanted to update those who have asked about Cynthia's appointments. First, on Tuesday, we saw the Pediatric Neurologist to evaluate her spinal defect. He actually saw her toddling around at church on Sunday and told us she looked great. In his office, his neurologic evaluation agreed. She has no apparent consequences from the defect, which is most likely a meningoceole--a defect in the closing of the spinal column. In her case, the most likely situation is that the coverings of the spinal cord and possibly some spinal fluid is bulging out from the defect. This area of her upper back has a finger-like projection that does not seem to bother her at all. She sleeps on her back and doesn't really react if it is touched. The neurologist is going to talk with a neurosurgeon and discuss when would be the best time for repair. The thought is that it does need repaired at some point in order to avoid any trauma to the area in the future with sports, etc. She will need an MRI before surgery to evaluate the defect further, but the surgeon will likely want it done at his own institution, so we are on hold for the moment with that until we find out more from him. All in all, it seems we have a correctable problem that will not have any long term consequences...what a blessing!
Wednesday we saw our Pediatric Dentist who said her teeth look great! Hooray!
2 great reports!

Another First.....of many

Part of being a little sister is watching your big brothers play sports. We had soccer games Tuesday night, so Cynthia got her first taste. The weather was really nice, so it was a good day to be outside. Here she is with the star....
We had some Cheerios for refreshments....
OK, I know this is a REALLY bad picture. (We had to walk quite a hike to get to this field, so I didn't tote the camera...I was taking these with my phone and kept missing her clapping, so this was me holding the phone out in front of us...just pretend you can see her eyes!) She would look around at all of the people when they clapped or yelled and do the same...not sure if she was yelling any Chinese words, but.....
Here is the 'pro' little sister at the game...crown included! Someone found a catepillar and she played with it almost the entire time! (look on her shoulder)



And not to leave him out---Samuel had a game at a totally different location, so Jeff was with him. The score was 0-0 until the last minute of the game when a winning goal was scored....by SAMUEL!!!!!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Week 1!

Well, we are all, I think, readjusted to life on this side of the globe! We have had some fun 'firsts' for Cynthia--thought you might like to see a few pictures. She is adjusting incredibly well. She is sleeping great (minus 1 night we had some trouble--for 2 hours!!), eating really great, playing well and doing a good job of wrapping everyone around her little finger!

Here is the first artwork:

Bubbles: (We took some to China, but they didn't 'bubble' very well.)






First Dress up: I heard Molly talking to her a lot in their room and she came out like this! Molly had undressed her from her clothes and put her in this! Sisters!!! (?happy?)

That's better!
The weather has been beautiful this week, so we have gone on several outdoor excursions--this one for the boys to ride bikes at a bike track:
Playing with flowers:
Generally being cute!