Big girl Belle

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Isabelle is (almost) potty trained! It was all her idea, she started coming to me to tell me she needed to go and then taking me by the hand and leading me to the bathroom So I figured we’d go with it and see how it went. She has been good about going #1 on […]

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Graduation Day

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On Saturday, Tori graduated from high school! It was such a special day. We attended the graduation and hooped and hollered for her when she crossed the stage. Afterward we had a celebration for her with some yummy food catered by one of our favorite local restaurants and a delicious, very chocolatey cake, just like […]

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Photos, Belle Style

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Well, it isn’t exactly what I was planning, but the opportunity came on unexpectedly and I couldn’t resist. I bought some cheapo goggles for the kids in the $1 section of Target yesterday and Isabelle has been wearing them every chance she gets. And for some reason, every time she puts them on (or I […]

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My mystery

I had big plans. Wonderful intentions. Today marks two years since we sat at the Civil Affairs Office in Nanjing, PRC and promised to do our very best to care for and provide for our new daughter, Isabelle. It was a day full of hope and wonder.Today I planned to honor that special day with […]

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Memorial Day fun

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On Memorial Day we did what most of America probably did, we went to a party. We were graciously invited to a fellow adoptive family’s house to celebrate with a cookout and pool party. It always amazes me when people invite us over. I mean, we’re NOT a small family. And half of our kids […]

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Balloons

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While we were down in Tampa, we went out to eat for breakfast one morning and the restaurant offered, interestingly enough, a balloon ‘artist’. She made a balloon of choice for each of the kids. The girls each chose a multicolored butterfly, Dalton chose a sword with a parrot for his shoulder, Asher chose a […]

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Jude’s blog is up again

Since we have received the coveted TA, I’ve made Jude’s blog public again. Check it out for some new pics of him! He’s getting so big!! Only 3 1/2 weeks until I will finally be holding him

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We’re goin’ to China, baybeeeee!!!

It’s been a whirlwind week, already!! I received the much anticipated ‘call’ on my cell as I was perusing WalMart of all places Click here for the full story. Anyway, we’re all freaking out because it’s actually almost time to go! We received our confirmed Consulate Appointment (CA) today so we’re ready to book our […]

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Shop for a REALLY good cause

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Love Without Boundaries is having their yearly Art Auction, right now! There are over 300 absolutely AMAZING items at auction this year, with every penny going to fund heart surgeries for Chinese orphans. With your purchase, it will give children the opportunity to grow and thrive, and perhaps even find a family of their very […]

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Beach ~ revisited

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Since we have a new Mac, I have been playing around with some of the pictures, seeing what I can do with what I’ve got. Tori and I decided we liked the pictures with a bit of fade and the edges blurred… gives the whole thing a more dreamy and weathered look. Here are a […]

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