Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer Learning

I have been making the kids do about 30 minutes of reading or learning or something educational every day this summer.  Connor doesn't mind at all because he has been reading all the time anyway.  But, Kyle is a struggle.  We have to mix it up every day.  Some days we do ABCMouse, some days we do worksheets from the packet his teacher gave him for the summer, some days we read with first reader books.  Last night a friend gave me a game that her kids had outgrown that teaches reading and spelling three letter words, so today we played it.  He really enjoyed it!


This kid loves a cupcake!  Actually, he eats a cupcake the same way he eats a donut.  He only eats the top half!  He loves the icing and he thinks he is done after he eats the top!

China Reunion - July 2017

Two years ago we met some wonderful adoptive families in China.  We have been blessed to stay in touch with some of them over the last two years and we have gotten together with them twice a year since.  On Saturday, we headed to Atlanta to meet up with everyone for a pool day.  Originally we were supposed to go to the lake with everyone, but due to weather and other circumstances, we decided a pool day in Atlanta made more sense.  Unfortunately, Jeremy couldn't go with us at the last minute.  Our AC went out the night before (yes, in our new house) and we decided that he would stay home and have the AC repairman come so that we would not come home to a 90 degree house.  

We are so thankful for these two families and the friendships we have.  We love that Paxton can grow up knowing other little ones who were in China at the same time as him and who have experienced some of the same things as him.


We take this photo every time we get together to recreate one we took in China.  Do you think Paxton will still sit in my lap when he is 18!!??

Paxton Day Family Photo

In an ideal world, I would have had us all looking nice and coordinating, but this is us...in the real world...the way we look on a normal weekday evening!  I love our real life!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy Paxton Day! Two Years of Family!

We are so thankful that we became a family of five on July 13, 2015.  We are so thankful that God saw fit to bless us with the sweetest baby boy in China!  We are so thankful that God has given us two lightning fast years with Paxton!  

Paxton has grown and changed so much over the last two years and we are so thankful that we have been the ones who have gotten to experience all of the changes!  He is our persistent, independent, determined, brave, strong, funny, silly, exciting, strong-willed, happy, loving, kind little boy!  He fit into our family in away that we could never have imagined.  I don't think we could have birthed a child who fit as perfectly into our family as Paxton does!  We are so thankful that we have been able to hold this sweet boy in our arms for the last two years and we are so thankful that he made us a family of five!  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 4th

I am a few days late posting July 4th because we have been busy moving!

This is the last picture of our boys on the front steps of our old house...

We went over to Jane Anne's to meet my parents for swimming and dinner.  JA and her family were at the beach, but we used their pool and house since our pool was full of boxes!

After dinner, we headed to our favorite yogurt place for yogurt and for the perfect place to watch fireworks!  It was a simple, but good 4th of July!

Monday, July 10, 2017

No Hands But Ours

No Hands But Ours is a wonderful website aimed at families adopting from China or who have already adopted from China.  They do blogs almost daily regarding different aspects of adoption.  Each month they focus on different groups of special needs and July focuses on craniofacial needs.  Cleft falls into this category, so I was given the opportunity to write a post for the blog regarding our family story with cleft.  Below is a link to the post.  I hope that this post encourages someone considering special needs China adoption or a child with cleft lip and palate.  

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Don't Smile

I told them not to smile...then they couldn't help but smile or laugh at Jeremy in the background!