Saturday, January 21, 2017

Readin' About Good Ole Ben - Gifted Hands in Dr. Ben Carson
So intelligent
So kind and soft-spoken
So much a servant to help others

....and he is SO chill!

Molly's Reflection - Trimmed Her Hair

Looks Like a Broken Zipper

-- Another one bites the dust

-- Ziplock  bag with tooth

-- "Mary, Mary - Workin' that tooth fairy!"

Friday, January 20, 2017

This and That

Mary's snow globe at school - "If I lived in a snow globe...."

Not uncommon that folks in her drawings are brown in color
Jesus, Joseph, and Mary

I love it!!

The girls are posing in front of the Treasure Island display at church.
Little Miss Pirate -- who will be singing in the large children's choir -- is showing her Cap'n Hook-type finger.
It's a Christian musical about finding the treasure of God's wisdom.

Emily and Molly both sang in these musicals when they were younger.
They went to choir at church -- weekly -- and learned the songs, little bits of choreography.
Learned English.
Met other children.
Learned about the Lord through song.

They were not overjoyed that I nudged them into participating.
Emily had only been in America about 9 months when she was in her first one.

Uhm....Molly was only here about 3 months.
She arrived in the U.S. At the end of March, and the musical took place at the end of May.
She was with Emily in the musical - so that helped.
We just told her to say "watermelon, watermelon" and it'll look like you're singing.
She did fine.

Mary - she's been here 2 years and not shy about being in the musical.

Back to weekend work job -- 

Monday, January 16, 2017

 By choice, we have become a family, first in our hearts, and finally in breath and being. Great expectations are good; great experiences are better.

~Richard Fischer

Happy Monday

Eye appointment 
"She's seeing better than the last time." (Per attendant who conducted some eye tests)

Shiyan came to visit while her dad helped with locks on doors - removing them and going with me to get replacements.
Thanks Forrest and Robin - such unselfish friends!

Emily and Max

Schools closed today - MLK Day

3 dentist appointments 
1 eye doctor visit
1 vet visit for Chase - bless his heart!

Church 2x yesterday
Pot Luck with Robin and Forrest on Saturday night
Finished Petsitting this morning 

Working on organizing clothes for church/missions (children's clothing and toys) consignment event coming up.

Em and Molly organize the clothes and toys we are consigning.
They'll keep part of the profit, the other part goes to missions, and any item that doesnt sell...we donate to the sponsored projects.

I'll type all the required tags with clothing descriptions - online with bar codes automatically assigned.
Very organized event - headed up by tech savvy young church members who are mission minded.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Petsitting and Library Visit

We're on a super plan - to do all we can (in the natural) to become debt free.

Add on job - Petsitting for friends who live close by

Max and Mary

As I said, the notion of a 7 year old and a dog in the same bed -- attempting to go to sleep in a timely manner -- FORGET IT.

Buster Boy

Looking up info on the library's computer 

Molly is doing research on Christopher Columbus. 

Emily -- she's reading Gifted Hands...the story of Dr. Ben Carson's life and is planning to write a report about him.

Mary picked out a few videos - Adventures in Odyssey and a children's cartoon book about Amelia Earhart. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Dynamic Duo

Garlic Crisp Bread

Chocolate Banana Muffins

These girls are learning!
They're bakers - using healthy ingredients.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Frosty's Head Took a Tumble her bathrobe being used for an outside jacket.... - for some odd reason - wanted to bring Emily's little snow man's head inside.
We put it in a Chinese take out container 
and stuck it in the frig.
Sounds creepy.
I know.
It's harmless.
We just love his cute little face.


I was getting something from the freezer, and...
You guessed it.

We laughed.
We are cooking a bean soup for supper and separating/rolling coins.
Time to cash in some "change" that we've been saving AND continue to teach Mary about money (nickel = 5 cents, etc.).

We played Mexican Train Dominoes on Family Night (Friday). We went to Nanny Carol's for the evening.
Walked in the sleet and ice.

We'd made a delish squash casserole and had a "one dish wonder" meal.
That's somewhat normal for us.
It was hot and yummy on a COLD winter night.

Who was the biggest loser at our 6-7 sessions of dominoes?

I'll never tell.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Guess What We Got?


Not snow....

Mary is wearing her red and gold Chinese vest.
I believe it was a hand me down from Emily who got it handed down from Anna E.

She has on her signature bike helmet.

We made this at Nanny Carols's front door.
Got out and walked all around in it.

This is probably Mary's first time -- likely -- to see frozen anything outside.
Kunming is somewhat tropical. 

Emily created this little fella on our front sidewalk.

1 1/2 weeks ago the girls wrote 2016 in the sand on the beach.
Today it's 2017 in the sleet.

So fun to have a day like today.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year's Day Movies

-Mom spent the night and was part of our celebration all day and did everything with us
-Went to church (latest service)
-Ate black-eyed peas and collard greens
-Took a short nap
-Drank coffe and had homemade pumpkin bread (organic mix) that Em and Molly baked
-Watched 2 movies

Amazing Grace - The story of William Wilburforce's unending quest to abolish slavery in England and end the acceptance of slave trade.

One of my favorite movies ever.
Bought it dirt cheap at over a year ago.

This is our traditional New Year's movie.
Love it so much.
A hobo and his dog go and live in a millionaire's home every winter - while the millionaire is away.
1947 movie - a fave/feel good story 
Donna and Marlene gave it to us several years ago.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Zai Jian - 再见 - 2016

This is our 11:59 p.m. photo.
Goodbye 2016.
Hello Year of the Rooster.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Lost Tooth on Last Day of Year

Yes I know.
Bloodied up mouth.
Precious to behold over morning coffee.

Had to round up some cash for the Tooth Fairy.
When one kiddo gets something, they ALL get something.

Molly is making up for lost time in China when no one saved her teeth and put money under her pillow. 

So there!
She'll have 1.00 under her pillow tonight, too.
As will Emily.

You might say...."for real?!?"

We continue to celebrate childhood no matter how old we are.

I may put a dollar under my own pillow AND Nanny Carol's.
She's spending the night.

Headed to a little New Year's Eve gathering tonight - Robin and Forrest's house).
American born citizens will be in the minority.
Chinese kids (mine and Robin's) will likely take over. Fun. Miraculous. 

Collard greens, cabbage, and black eyed peas simmering on the stove - for New Year's Day evening meal.

The girls and I have been chopping onions, washing these veggies, and stirring "to beat the band".

LSU won today.
That'll make 2016 a year end delight for the males in my immediate family.

It's been a fabulous year - each and every day.
Thank you, Lord, for being just who You are.
We love You.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Pics from Christmas Eve

Molly played Christmas songs.

Emily helped Mary write letter to Santa.
I helped bake the cookies.
Poured the milk.

Mary knows the true story about Santa...but we play make believe.

Just like we do with her stuffed animal, Hot Chocolate - the horse.

We pretend she is real -- wears a bridle, has to be fed, let out to pasture...the whole 9 yards.

Same with Santa.
She'll ask me questions, and I wink and say, "Oh. Mamas can't talk about those things around Christmas-time."

She'll say, "Mommy. I KNOW you're Santa."
I reply, "I'm not saying a word."

But I've always told my girls the true stories of St. Nicolas, the traditions...and they're none the worse for it all.

Same goes the Easter Bunny, too.

We have fun with it all.

Mary's little letter

Nanny Carol spent the night.
We watched It's a Wonderful Life.

It IS a wonderful life!!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Candlelight Service - Christmas Eve

Emily and Mary nearly worried the hair off my knuckles about these candles
Dropping them
Wanting the battery operated ones, too - that some kids had
Going to find and get the battery operated ones from an usher

I gave away these "for real" ones cuz the girls had gotten battery ones
Then Emily wants the real ones, too
I dropped mine and mom's (unlit) on the floor 
Mary crawled around trying to find them
Found mom's
Then I crawled around looking for mine

All to the tunes of O Holy Night and Joy to the World

I moved over and sat next to mom.
There was almost more silly than sacred...
But it was all good!

We had a wonderful time -
Hilarious skit
Creative presentations
Beautiful music
Inspiring message

One hour - eleven minutes 
Then it'll be Christmas.

"Hope for the hopeless
Was born on that night."