Saturday, October 31, 2015

1,000 steps

Took a hike today, to a trail called 1,000 steps.  PHEW.

I have news--- it's more than 1,000 steps up.  And it's hard to take a kid who is legally blind on uneven stone steps.  But trooper DAD, as he always is, handled Phoebe while I kept up with the speed girlie, Kat.

Worked out well and we all made it to the top and more.  Trails after we got to the top and amazing views.

I'll leave you with picture proof---- God's amazing creation for us to enjoy, WOW.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Birthday and Anniversary

Yes, the party (ha ha) continues around here.

This week was my birthday-- 48 years young, feeling like I don't know how that happened?  Where did my 30's go?

On my birthday I hit 80 lbs of weight loss.  Yes, I did.  And yes, I had it to lose. That seems to be a big thing everyone says "I didn't think you had that much to lose."

 Okay, I did:)

And I'm happy to say it's gone. Continuing on to my healthy lifestyle, no magic around here. No pills, drinks, surgery, nada.  Exercise and eating healthy.

Can't say it enough that the benefits are HUGE for this family to have me as healthy as possible.

And then today we have a wedding anniversary-- 16 years for me and hubs.

Now it's not always been smooth sailing through blending of families, adding in more, adoption, fostering, just writing it seem like a bunch of crazy. 

 But it's one thing that's been so solid and good. Hubs and me. We both had been deeply hurt before and it was hard on us both. 

We have one of the neatest " love stories" because we dated very young then went our separate ways and met up years later then married. 

I believe we have always appreciated each other more because we knew what we had was special and I couldn't love this guy more.

I thank God for the blessing of him in my life:)


Saturday, October 17, 2015


Our 2 precious later October birthday girls--- Malaree is now 24 (today) and Kat is 12 tomorrow.  So this evening we had M & M ice cream cake and pumpkin pies:)

Both girls are special TREASURES to us, no matter how they came to be family members. They are close to each other, just like their birthdays and have always had a special bond from first becoming sisters.

Happy Birthday girls!  We love you both sooooooo much. You are wonderful blessings to us!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mid Autumn Moon Festival and October Birthdays begin

We couldn't see the "blood" moon because of the clouds but it was no less special that Mid Autumn Moon time was here.

I had the moon cakes all ready. No trying to make them for me this year, they were purchased at a local Asian store where the lady who rang up my purchases was given the story of our kiddos. 

Not something I usually share randomly but when I told her I couldn't read the sign in Chinese of pricing for the moon cakes but my kids could (none  of the kids were with me, wanted them to be a surprise) she wanted to know how that was.

And she said she had thought about adopting a child herself. I just love when God plants a seed :)

So we had our kumquat, green tea and orange moon cakes. YUM.

Next was the first birthday girl of October, there's FOUR of us birthday girls this crazy month of October as well as a wedding anniversary (WHY NOT? I said as we planned that) for us. 

Crazy, I tell ya.  I didn't even factor in football and field hockey would be up and running within October as well. But as we always do, we manage.

Paisley was the birthday girl up first, if you were wondering.  18.  Yep, I know, hard to believe. She's still (and will always be) the size of a 9 year old. I do believe her face is maturing though, but that might just be because I know she is 18.

Most people don't believe it. In a way that's good for her, because the maturity is not there.  Just isn't caught up yet and may never be. It's part of older child adoption, the endless "catching up" that never quite gets there.

Add in any issues of any kind-- attachment, physical, learning, intellectual delay--- even just orphanage care for so many years and you are going to see this lack of maturity for a long, long time.

Even so, there's a ton of good within this child/ now called adult and she had lots of room to grow. We love her unconditionally and now can show her that even though we are not legally required to take care of her any longer, we will be continuing to take care of her.

Sounds kinda weird huh? But seriously, this is a HUGE way to show her what being a part of this family means.

 She will continue to receive the care and love that she needs when we do not HAVE TO do it.  It was a big eye opener for Chase when we continued to love and care for him though some really rough waters even after he was 18.

Paisley has been making more effort to increase her strength lately, and we are thrilled to see her doing more.

A monumental birthday for our precious Paisley girl. 

18 years old.  WOW. She's an amazing person, stoic and strong in so many ways.

We love her and hope she enjoyed her 18th birthday celebration!!