I had intended to let the girls wear their Chinese silks to school on Thursday.
The first day of Chinese New Year.
But it didn’t quite turn out that way.
I did, however, manage to get my rear in gear and get them outfitted on Friday.
The second day of Chinese New Year.
Why split hairs… it’s a 15 day celebration, right?
Because the girls?
Couldn’t have cared less about which day of Chinese New Year it was.
They were wearing their ‘silks’.
And they were jazzed.
They were even happy to let me snap a few pictures before the bus came.
In 5 degree weather.
Sans winter coats.
My girls are tough, I tell ya.
Oh. so. beautiful.
I love how they positively glow when they are wearing their silks.
Filled with pride for their birth country.
And their Chinese heritage.
And, I imagine, dreaming of going back to China someday.
And we will.
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Tina Michelle says
How cute!! I love those pics so much!
Dina @ 4 Lettre Words says
Stunning! I really LOVE the last capture. So, so sweet.
Wow, how incredibly beautiful your sweet girls are!
Also, I read your post earlier today about sweet vivenne but never got a chance to comment. I have a three year old little sister whom my parents just adopted from the foster care system, (along with her five-year-old sister). She has been in about 8 different homes and according to statstics shouldn't be trusting or loving us. BUT, God is bigger and she is so attached and bonded to our family. God can do anything! I am so glad that your sweet vivenne is bonding so well with your family. Sometimes those un-prompted "I love you's" are the best!
~Kylee (big sister to four adopted kids!)
Those silks are gorgeous! It's not hard to see why your daughters love them!
The snow makes a beautiful backdrop for their beauty!! Strangely enough, those photos together with your words make me feel weepy! I too long to take my Chinese children back to experience the wonders of China one day. But for now I wonder, will the ones left behind EVER ever EVER stop calling to me? Will I EVER one day feel my family is truly complete? I have no answers, only questions and a deep appreciation and longing for China.
Happy New Year. By the way, what in the world is a metal white rabbit?
Life with Kaishon says
They are so seriously gorgeous. Exactly! Who cares what day it was. So sweet that they were able to wear them to school. I love that they have pride in their country. And I LOVE that they have a Mama who cherishes that pride : ) and fosters it. So beautiful!
Beautiful girls….beautiful photos! I don't think I've ever seen silks that pretty.
Okay. I know that you know this. But your girls are stunning. Absolutely beautiful!!!
And where on earth did you find those silks? Because they are so much more elaborate and intricate than the ones we have.
My kids don't go to school yet, but they did wear their silks to church last weekend and may again tomorrow. They just LOVE wearing them too.
I love that your girls are so proud of their birth country and heritage! My oldest son is too and he actually wore his silks for his school picture this year even though I worried he'd be teased and tried to talk him out of it. He is made fun of at school but he doesn't let it stop him. Good for you for encouraging your kids to embrace who they are!
Coffee Break Mama says
Oh, they are beautiful indeed. And they obviously do not care what day it is…their delight is radiant and shines through these sweet photos 🙂
Wild Olive says
The girls are gor-ged! Love their proud, sweet smiles. Love that Vivi said "I love you" to her mama. That makes me smile.
And I LOVE you, yo!
Yes, they are gorgeous!!! Happy new year sweeties.
(would it be horrible if I sent the girls to school in their silks this coming Monday? Cause you know I didn't get it together yet…)
Veronica Lee says
How beautiful!!!! Love the pics.
They are just SO beautiful, Stefanie and much tougher than I would be in the snow!!! LOL!
Jerry and Christy says
Stephanie, Where do you get those beautiful Silks. We would love to purchase some for our daughters?
Isabelle et Stéphane says
They are so cute wearing their silks! Gorgeous would be more appropriate!
Your girls are so cute. Looks you had a winter storm too!
Your photos are beautiful! I love all the colors!
Love Letters To China says
They looks so beautiful with the snow in the background.
Your girls are beautiful! Their silks are awesome. Have a great day!
Food for Thought
LOOVE all your photos here! The snowy photos paired with the bright clothing is just perfect!
These photos are absolutely beautiful! I love the silks and your girls are gorgeous! As a young girl I remember dressing up in our Chinese outfits and loving it.
They look so pretty. And yes, they also look proud of their heritage. Beautiful.
Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com
a Tonggu Momma says
Gorgeous – the silks, your girls, the snow. I loved looking at these photos.
Rita and John says
They are so beautiful in their outfits! Happy Chinese New Year!
3 Peanuts says
Their silks are gorgeous! Kate wears hers to school (a few different ones) all week. She loves it. Bu I must say none of ours are nearly this beautiful. One of the disadvantages of me NOT traveling to CHina is that Dave did not really buy the stuff I would have bought. So, I go to CHina town each year to supplement but the clothes are very poor quality compared to what he brought back from China.
Your girls look so happy in these photos:)
Daisy Dreams says
Love their silks! I was just talking to some friends at dinner the other night about buying more silks….would love to find some as beautiful as these!
Sharon Ankerich says
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL girls in their silks!!! I dream of one taking our girls back too! Maybe even for another sibling!!! LOVE you photos!!!
Mama Zen says
What beautiful girls!
Football and Fried Rice says
Sophie & Isabelle look GORGEOUS in their Chinese Silks!! I can't blame them for being so smiley AND for ditching the winter coats 🙂 I would have too!! Happy CNY!
Kung Hei Fat Choy from Hong Kong,
Those silks are gorgeous!! They remind me of the Inner Mongolia area!! And I agree, the snow backdrop just makes those pics along with the girls' beautiful smiles!! Happy CNY!
They are GORGEOUS!!!!!!! and Tough!!!!!
Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! says
LOVE THESE Stefanie!! Your girls are GORGEOUS and the silks are beautiful! Are they tough or what? I am sure it was freezin out there!
These are beautiful shots! I love the contrast of the bright color against the snow. I am participating in Sunday Snapshot for the first time today with my photo blog. I don't have any children so my photos will be mostly other events in my life. Thanks for hosting!
Love these shots!! This is the first year that I haven't dressed my kids up in their silks. I guess having a kid in the hospital with a ruptured appendix DOES give me a legit excuse. I just may have to get them out tomorrow. 🙂 My older girls refuse to wear them anymore…sniff, sniff.
They are absolutely beautiful!!
Gosh those girls of yours are georgous! And those silks are amazing, Happy Chinese New Year!
The past week I have seen a lot of blog posts with beautiful chinese silk dresses. I just love all the patterns and the colors. Your girls look like little princesses in their silk!!!
gorgeous, gorgeous photos of two stunningly beautiful girls! love the snowy backdrop!
The silks are beautiful…just like your girls! You can see the sparkle in their eye and can tell how happy they are to be wearing them!
Love the contrast of the colorful silks against the snow – just beautiful!
The girls look so beautiful in their silks. Great photos!
Those are just gorgeous, the girls, snow, and silks! Did you find those in China? I don't recall ever seeing any like them.
I'm not sure how I ended up on your blog, but I did and it is so wonderful to see these children adopted from China in such a loving home. I live in China and weekly volunteer at an orphanage. My heart aches for these amazing kids stuck in the institution. The caretakers do the best they can with their resources and education but it is still not even close to what these precious children deserve. So, it is nice to see the lucky children who find a loving home. You're awesome!
seems to be a nice meme here..one of my blogs wants to join for fun!
thanks for hosting this..
you have very nice pictures of those girls..lovely!