Saturday, July 21, 2018

Our Birthday Girl

Happy 9th Birthday, Sweet Girl

This is a pic from last photo of our precious 8 year old.

Nut Bucket wanted her Flamin' Hot Cheetos bag in pic.
It's one of her presents.
We don't buy that stuff....but hey...she wanted some.

More later as we celebrate Mary Grace!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Early Birthday Outing for Mary

Blurred picture in dark movie theater

We saw a 2.00 flick - Ferdinand the Bull.
Marlene and Nanny Carol joined us.

As soon as we got home from my job this morning, we hit the trail (cuz we all have to go back this afternoon).

Next - The Happiest Place on Earth...
Chick Fil A

We tried to get wet at the local splash pad, but it was not splashing.
We attempted this last year with the same end result.

So - home to play Legos and then to the park.
Playing is always a good thing.

The 3 Amigos on a jungle gymn....

Cropped Close Ups of photo (so we can see their cute faces and grins)

The BIG day is Saturday, and I'm off work. 
Whoo hoo.
Celebration time.

Monday, July 16, 2018

"Combined Trees"

That's Mary's description of this tree covered road we traveled to get to VBS last week.

Combined Trees.

Gotta love it!

Took Mary to Bookstore Giving Away Ice Cream

Sunday, July 15, 2018

You Say Car Wash. I Say Field Trip.

Our friend Marsha....her hubby manages this car wash part time.
He's retired.
He's a nut! Funny.

Psychedelic colored soap made going through the automated washing bay a lot of fun.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

More Chinese Church VBS Pictures

Mary and Mrs. Noel

Little fella in front of Mary obviously didn't wanna give up his sucker.

This is the full class photo.
Molly is on far left.

Pic of a Polaroid pic...
Little M painting her birdhouse during craft time

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Curiosity and the Cats

Emily took this photo of our kitty cats congregating at the window.

This is the creature that was seizing their attention.
It was a good size's on a brick so it's not a monster.
He's a hefty fella.

I think it's adorable!

Emily said, "Mom, WHAT is that?!"

Maybe a salamander type thingy?
Just a guess.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

More VBS Fun at Chinese Church

Water Activities

Wet Kiddos

I read Chinese perfectly.
The Mandarin says, "Pink Lemonade".

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Chinese Church VBS

Scripture focus for the week

Noel - a kind Chinese mommy - invited our Mary to VBS at the Chinese Church.
This is their 1st summer to have the event. Pretty exciting.

I filled out all the forms as Molly translated some parts for me. It started on Monday.

Molly offered to volunteer and help out in any way. She's working on her Mandarin conversation skills with adults, using this as an ineractive opportunity to develop socially, and sincerely wants to be of service.

 She and Kourtney went to a volunteer meeting a few weeks back.
Kourtney (30-ish y/o) is the daughter of my friend, Karen.
They both went with Emily and me to China when I adopted Molly.
Both Kourtney and Karen are ABC....
American Born Chinese.

Kourtney has been taking my bunch to VBS cuz I'm still at my summer job when it all begins in the mornings.

So - Molly is helping out in Mary's class - translating the English instructions of the teacher into Mandarin for the kiddos who speak zippo English.

Both English and Chinese are being spoken at VBS.

Mary only speaks English.
Emily only speaks English - but is learning Espanol.

Molly speaks English and Chinese - because she was older when she joined our family. Since she could read, write, and speak Chinese....she's been able to retain it (with the help of reading Chinese books, using apps on the iPad, conversing with other Chinese folks, Skyping with dear friends in China, and practicing writing her Chinese).

Precious time for Mary to interact with other younger Chinese kids as they learn more about The Saviour and His love for them.
She said they acted out the story of "Lazer-eth" (I think that's what she said...). They wrapped a little fella in toilet paper, put him in the closet, placed a black exercise ball in front of the closet....and after the character Jesus wept, the stone was rolled away, and  Lazer-eth (Lazurus) was called forth.

Don't you know that was fun for them!

The staff is feeding lunch to all the attendees. Even have free, extended day activities (childcare). 
They want to be a blessing to parents who may work in Chinese restaurants from sun up to sun down.

So thoughtful!!!
Truly letting their light out the gospel.

Noodles....but Italian spaghetti -- not Chinese dish
Love those slurping manners of Miss M!

Her water has a label that she colored.
It says, "Jesus Cares for You".

I'm so glad He does.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

"The mother's heart is the child's classroom."


Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Blog Title Changed Last Night. We Finally Added Mary's Name.

Heck it was a few years after Molly came home before I added her name up top.

At least I'm consistent.

One of my mottos: 
I get around to it....................eventually.

Mary's handprint - on "heat board" at neighborhood library.
Whatever images are pressed into the board, they stay for about a minute.

This, however, is a light board. She got it for Christmas.

Roses Are Red

Mary was feeling whimsical with her princess hairstyle.
Flowers are always a delightful addition.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The girls' handprints are on board in background - heat images.

10 Years Ago Today I Announced the Beginnings of a New Season in Life

I told the world...well...I told people who knew me...that I had received my referral for Emily.
The blog began -- thanks to Rina.

This is the text I sent her this morning:

Hello Far Away Friend! It's Vicki.
Wanted to say an eternal thank you for setting up my blog 10 years ago. My first post was 6/30/08...announcing the upcoming adoption of sweet Mei Xia Ying - Emily. It's still serving as a journal of my daughters' lives, and I owe all the great joy of this documentation to you (our Italian spitfire and world changer). I could never express what a gift it has been to have the blog, have it printed/bound in several volumes, and have it as a record of words and photographs that define who my girls are and what their daily lives have "looked like".
Happy 10 years with your darling Myah!!
Much love.

It's hard to imagine that it was 10 years ago today that I sat at the computer at mom's house and began pecking out the life stories of my growing family.

I truly DO rember it like it was yesterday.
I was transitioning into motherhood, and it was miraculous.

I am so incredibly blessed to have my girls' lives published in book forms-- sitting on top of the piano next to "baby shoes" that I bought in each girls' homeland area within China.

I've written about silly stories, daily activities, and monumental events in our lives.
Many have made me laugh.
Some have made me cry.

When I go back and read entries or see posted photos ---OH.HOW.MY.HEART.RACES.

Time has seemingly flown, 

An entire decade has gone by...and I so much want time to stand still.

But -- each day is a gift.
I earnestly anticipate The Lord's great plans for our futures.

So I'll keep posting the pictures and stories....threads that are weaving the tapestry of my daughters' lives.

What a tale to tell!

Post from June 30, 2008

It's Official - I Have a Daughter 

Somebody slap me and wipe this grin off of my face!!
It's true. It's true.

TODAY I officially received my referral from China for Mei Xia Ying - soon to be named Emily Meilynn. She's a darling 6 1/2 year old living in Meizhou, People's Republic of China.

Her new middle name is part of her present name Mei -- pronounced 'May' -- and my middle name -- Lynn. It's a blending of our names and our lives. I've consulted with several international doctors, and once she makes the transition here in America, I will begin the process to have her eyelids surgically repaired. This is to make sure her vision is not impaired in the future.

Here are a few things I know about her:
1. She's a petite thing and is somewhat shy. My mother jokingly said, 'Oh dear...and she has to fit into OUR family?'
2. She loves helping the nannies at the orphanage with the younger children and babies. What a sweetheart.
3. She is currently in kindergarten. Children in her area do not attend school until they are 7 y/o. I'm envisioning a Learning Center set up in the long hallway at our (not MY...OUR) house. How fun! Leap Frog I come!!
4. She speaks Hakka - a dialect of Mandarin Chinese. How will we communicate? As I told one friend's daughter, 'I'll get back with you on that!' Ha.
5. She loves to choose bright, pretty clothes to wear. From someone who loves wearing black 7 days a week, I'm feelin' a change of style comin' on!! Do they make a grown-up Garanimal clothing line?
6. Her favorite toy is a rag doll. Sniff. Sniff.
7. She is loved more than words can ever express. When will I travel to China and meet her/bring her home?

Well, thanks to the Olympics in August, I cannot travel until the falldeerah is over. (WHAT country was in 2nd place to host these dang games? They should've tried harder!) China is restricting travel into the country during the next 2 months, but I'm assuming I'll travel anywhere from September on. That timing is actually perfect because I'm taking classes all summer for my Specialist Degree Mon.-Fri. and working every weekend at the M.S. ($$).

All that said and done, I just want to thank you folks for the words of encouragement, prayers, and pats on the back during this time of waiting. There is a scripture in Hebrews (Message translation) that has been an anchor for my heart:
 'He promised, and He meant it!' I knew the Lord would lead me to where I needed to be, and that is where I found my daughter.

Big hugs to all, Vicki

'You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you.You have to go to them sometimes.' ~ 
Winnie the Pooh

Historical Sites in the South

Impressive buildings with state and national significance 

We had a guided tour - with a Social Studies major college student giving us a one on one history lesson.

Experienced the beauty of patriotic stained glass 

Rode an old elevator with a real attendant operating it.

Missy girl used her own money to buy this souvenir -- Liberty the Eagle.
This is her "trick"....Master Liberty balancing in her arm.
She has his feet tucked into a pony tail band on her arm.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Blueberry Pickin'

Zoo-ed It Up On Our Day Off

Petting Rays 


Looks like a 3-headed giraffe 

Stampin out a zoo penny souvenir 

Tell me THEY are NOT some of God's funnier about sense of humor.

Sweet baby!