Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Mary-isms....From Her Early Days Here

These are notes I've written and kept since 2015 - Mary came home in Nov. of 2014.
I kept little phrase "logs" on the 3 girls cuz I thought it was sooo cute what they'd say as they were learning English. I also knew if these were not written down, they'd be forgotten. I'm still writing down current Mary-isms. Maybe I'll post those on the blog before she's 21.
"Scared of a moose?"
from a book Groucho's Eyebrows (about a cat)
Mary said, "No. God 'tects' us."
(Meaning - God protects us)
"Yesterday night" 
(Meaning - last night)
May 13, 2015
Talking about our cats when they were kittens...
Mary -"Can I be their mama?" 
Me - "Yes. You are like their mama. (She  gives me a big hug)
"I like being their mama. It's so precious."
"Pickle me up."
(Meaning - Pick me up.")

"No put the eyes down."
(Meaning - Don't go to sleep.")

"Will you give for me?"
(Meaning - Will you forgive me?)
"Oh my goodness stars."
(Meaning - combo of oh my goodness and oh my stars)

Me at swimming pool, 
"Be careful."
Her reply, 
"I am be careful-ing."

Oh. Nevermind.
Mary said she didn't cry when she got a shop in China.
(Shop = shot)
Summer, 2015
Mary - "I "uh" a puppy."
She's playing like she's a little puppy who has come to live at our house.
Mary - "You got to say 'come here little puppy' ".

I was fixing coffee last night at Mom's house - for Mom's next morning coffee time.
Mary saw the blue lights on mom's pot (on/off). 
She looked at me and said, "Mama - your lights are green on yours."
Yup. Thought that was perceptive that she had noticed.
I figured that's also the reason the clock on my coffee pot was 1 hour later yesterday and 2 hours earlier this morning.
My best guess is that little fingers have been pushing the buttons near the little green light on my coffee pot. 
Uh huh.

She made up my bed. 
Did a great job.
She said, "You got to cry in me."
In others words, be so elated as to cry.
I said, " How did you know how to make up that bed?"
Her reply, "Just does."

Friday, April 13, 2018

Met Some New Homeschooling Friends

Sweet Little Blondie, Morgan, has a 16 y/o brother and 18 y/o sister.
We went to their farm to meet, visit, talk about horses, watch 18 y/o sister ride, help her groom her horse -- and just be around a fun family.
The mom, Renee, is sooo kind and full of good advice (about 4H horse program and other club type options, i.e. Photography).
This family is part of our homeschool group, but because I work full time - our opportunities have been limited. We think things will be more open during the next school year.

Monday, April 9, 2018

“If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile,
the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.” 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Past Week

Piano teacher rescued a young soon to be mama kitty...

Celebrating Anna Katherine's Birthday

Canadian Goose sitting on her eggs

Gifts from Sophia 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Good Friday

Mary sketched this out....

We assemble this little crucifixion design each year. 

Real dirt
Real sticks
Real Savior


I later placed a stone over the opening of the tomb.
It'll be rolled away on Sunday, tho.

As I said....REAL Savior!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

My Older Girls Hunted Eggs with Younger Kiddos

So sweet of them to do this!
I had to take their pics!

Shawn - one of Robin and Forrest's kiddos  

Friday, March 23, 2018

Mother Hen

Low Riding and Running Shoes

Peanut in one of Mary's creations...

This "get up" with Peanut was on the back of a little plastic riding toy that I got at Goodwill when Mary 1st arrived from China.
She still likes to goof around on it.

She was riding around our SMALL house, but hey...she was having fun.
I think the pupper was enjoying the attention.

Em got some running shoes for her birthday. Cookie got them. So generous and kind of her. 
We got Emily fitted - precisely- at a specialty store that sells running/walking gear.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Molly's 5 Year Gotcha Day - March 18

Reading her cards....
What a joy, our Miss Molly!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Sweet 16, Precious Emily

Emily wore that pink birthday headband for her 9th birthday.
We took it out for sentimental reasons.
Maybe I should say I took it out for sentimental reasons.

Someone told me -right after Emily came home from China - "The days are long, but the years are short."
I understood what they meant and have pondered those words in my heart.

I can still look at an old toy Emily played with or a craft she made (tucked away in her storage containers outside), and I'm immediately transported back in time.

I - just this week - handled the little storage bag that went on her first bicycle. 
It's a tiny purple, Princess bike that had training wheels.

Mary was riding that bike until last year.

But I showed the little storage bag to Emily as I was tucking it away....and I could just sense the days gone by. I could have easily teared up. Actually I think I did.

I could feel those seasons of life, those years - all the fun, all the adventures, all the family and friends.

It literally makes my heart beat a bit remember and mentally re-live the moments when she was younger. When we were all younger....

I cannot bemoan the passing of time...quite frankly because there is nothing I can do about it. 
We always strive for joyfulness, contentment of the moment, of the day.

With 3 adoptions of daughters who had lived lives in China before they ever came home to our family, it's always made me keenly aware to treasure each "day that the Lord hath made" -- with us together.

But I have a strong connection to the past. Very strong.

What  I can do is rejoice in every single moment of time we have now -
-- to cherish these days together with all my girls...with family and friends...and to live our lives as gifts.

Emily is developing into such a silly, caring, helpful, disciplined, lovely, bright 16 year old. The joy she brings to us is overwhelming and exciting.

My little Mei Xia Ying is growing up, and I'm so grateful to our Heavenly Father that we have grown together.

Happy Birthday, my precious, precious girl.
I love you.

Marlene snd Nanny Carol joined us for Emily's Golden Birthday...16 on the 16th.

9 years old with same pink headband 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring Break for Girls

Riding bikes in a small the cemetery -- basically no traffic

We did chat up an older gentleman who was etching a death date in a tombstone. (Dec., 2017)

Molly is way back in her pink jacket.
Sunny and cool....Lovely

Mary and Emily

Nanny Carol and Cookie

We took lunch to Cookie's house, ate, rode, chatted, and scurried back to "other job". Been here since last Thursday afternoon.

Gotta seize the day (hours, minutes).

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Bubbles With a Buddy

That's Adam.
Mary told him, "When you grow up and get married, you need to call your wife Eve."

I'm certain he'll hear that a gazillion times on his life.
Sorta like, "Mary? Mary had a little lamb."

His dad is from China.
Mom from America.

They work on some weekends where I work, too.
Sweet little family.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Three Phases of Thinking - Learning to Play Chess

Ah. Let's do this.

Hmmm. Wonder what the strategy will be?

Are you kidding me?!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

She Puts "Bridles" On Any Critter

Headbands on the horse

Shoelace on the pig

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Christopher Churchmouse Stories

Mary is reading aloud - in the bed at my weekend job.
She has a Coleman bulb operated lantern providing light.

This set of books is The Christopher Churchmouse Classics.
I have no idea where they came from - but I'm sure they were free (given and second hand).

I almost missed these little gems. I was going to consign them at the recent missions event.

I didn't realize they were stories based on Bible Scriptures - stories of a little mouse and his family living in a church.

We had never read these so I figured "move them on"...but I'm so glad I didn't.
They're sweet, and Mary and I are enjoying them as bedtime stories.

She could easily read chapter books, but as I was with I am with Mary.
I want her to read AS MANY children's books as possible while she's young.
There are so many good ones.

Molly arrived in our family at age 11 - turning 12. She was past the stage of these type books; however, we chose classics like Heidi, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables.

Their Abeka Literature classes provide absolutely phenomenal works for them to read. I don't think I could be any more pleased with another Grammar/Lit/Spelling course than this one we've been using for 4 years.
Same goes for the Math, too.

I digress.
Back to what I was saying...

Emily just finished a book called What Katy Did and really enjoyed it. We plan for her to read other books in that series and by that author. It'll have to be in the summer. 

She read an excerpt from Tom Sawyer (aloud to me) last night (for her literature class) and chuckled often. 
It was the story of Tom giving Aunt Polly's medicine potion to the cat.

We had started reading Tom Sawyer last year (minus derogatory terms)) but never finished. We may go back to it this summer - with me reading it aloud. 

Mark Twain had a way with spinning tales, but they're almost funnier to read when you're older and the humor is more easily understood.

Lest anyone think we are only "children's classics folks", excerpts from The Merchant of Venice were also on tap for reading (The Quality of Mercy is Not Strained).

Emily and Molly's devotional resources are definitely geared toward young adults.

Christopher Churchmouse and His Mommy

I know. 
I'm old fashioned
Or maybe headstrong and determined --
to make sure my girls experience all the glories of childhood (and life in general) they can through 
-- good literature
-- enriching experiences
-- meaningful relationships
-- deep thinking
-- simplicity

Time for "sleepy-la" Emily would say when she was little and new from China.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Goodbye Frosty! Hello Spring.

Mary's creation from several months ago - almost looks like a duck
- carrot nose is headed West
- only 2" high

I absolutely treasure kiddie art.

The Girls with Sophia

There's a 5th grader at my Schawlow needs to grow in her English skills. 
I don't teach her but thought it would be a great opportunity to sorta take her under our wings.

Her mother brings her over to our house or meets me at my weekend job.
I work with her for about an hour.

I think she enjoys being around my girls, and it's just "good" - all around.
They've got the Lego vintage picnic basket out and are building.

Her mom works at a medical research center, father is in Canada -- but the entire family will likely return to China in a few years.

I guess we only have to look around in our own world to find those with whom we can be friends.

Sophia wasn't smiling TOO much...but she is here. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Happy Chinese New Year...The Year of the Dog

With Rene's girls at CNY celebration

KK and Tricia - cooking....yum!

KK gave my girls a traditional and symbolic Red Envelope with 10.00 inside (always an even number value of the bill)

We saw these darling poochies.