Sunday, February 19, 2017

She Fell Asleep Reading

I had just read a Bible story to Miss Mary.
The one where Jesus encouraged the little children to "Come" to Him...
how He touched them and welcomed them, made them feel loved --
and how we should follow His example.

Then I read a book about Tow Mater from Cars 2 movie.
I was reading our devotional to Emily and Molly when little bit drifted off into la la land.

This is Marlene's childhood book - that she passed down to us
** Mar is one of my besties. **
Her mama wrote Mar's name inside the book a long time ago.
Sweet memories, huh?

Copyright 1955

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day

The girls made chocolate truffles.

Mary picked flowers for me.

Mom came over and we chowed down!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Cultural School Saturday

We had a tea ceremony.

Listening to Instructions 

Making Dumplings - Adults and Big Kid Helpers

Terra Cotta Warriors - Their Art Work

Rooster Art Work

Traditional Chinese Food

Mary's Art Work

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Stopping By Water on a Wintry Day

No worries.
The car was stopped.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

-- Honor Roll
-- Student of the Month
-- Citizenship

Mary Won 3 Awards Today

Mary's Teacher (blonde) and Assistant Teacher (below)

Principal (my boss) (below)
So sweet to care for my kiddos as she does 
She's been a blessing for the past 11 years!

Assistant Principal (my other boss)
I love her dearly, too!!
Been at my school for 2 years

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mary's Artwork During Devotional Time Last Night

I was reading a short teaching lesson about a scripture, and as the older girls listened....Mary drew.

I encourage her to show her love for the Lord through her writing and coloring.

I asked her, "What are you drawing below?"
Her reply, "Bethlehem."

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year! Year of the Rooster

-- walked in a parade
-- visited with friends
-- ate egg rolls, fried rice, chicken wings
-- talked Chinese adoption (with a newbie's mom....the little guy up above in photo -- 3 years old; only been home since September 
-- laughed at Dr. Jane who was dressed up like a rooster

Great day for a celebration!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Mary with Chase and Peanut

Toys I provided for my kids - for the tube - when little.
That'd be Emily and now Mary.
Molly came taking showers. 

I know. I know.

Geometric shapes 
The blue cube holds water and bubbles.
Mary stacked these.

I love tub toys.

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.