My name is Mary Susan (but in blog world I most often go by my nickname, ‘Mae’ or as my little sister calls me, ‘Mae Mae’.) I have a lifestyle blog at Two Hoots & a Holler where I write about everything from growing up on farm with a Bed & Breakfast, to being married to a musician, to most recently adopting our baby girl, Abiella, from Ghana. Abiella has suspected Cerebral Palsy and Microcephaly and we can’t wait to get her home!
Throughout this process, Ni Hao Y’all has been such an encouraging blog to read and I especially love how so many readers are advocates for children with special needs. I’m thrilled to be sponsoring Ni Hao Y’all this month and look forward to “meeting” some of you, too.
I discovered Juice Plus after my husband and I adopted our first child from China in 2006. The year after Madolyn came home, she was on antibiotics six times in one year. My husband and I were totally overwrought knowing how bad this was for her body and decided that it was time to try a different approach in the form of stronger preventative measures. And it worked like a charm. Four years later, I am hard-pressed to remember when our daughter was last at the doctor with the exception of a well-visit. She hasn’t been on antibiotics since she started taking Juice Plus fruit and vegetable soft-chews, and this past year, she did not miss one sick day of Kindergarten in a new school facing all new germs. This is just one of the many amazing testimonials that I take pleasure in having.
Juice Plus has followed our family through on two additional adoptions to China, and we consider it to be a tremendous asset to our family’s health. Juice Plus will always be a nutritional staple in our home. 7 – 13 servings, my friends. That is how many fruits and vegetables we should be eating every single day in order to maintain optimum health. But most of us don’t, can’t, or won’t. That’s why my family takes Juice Plus, an all-natural whole food nutritional product that backed by real science proving that it actually works, unlike traditional, synthetic multivitamins. And with the new school year right around the corner, it’s not too soon to start boosting those immune systems.
So, if you would like to consider an extra “insurance policy” for your family’s health, please do contact me. I will give you all the details about our product line of capsules, soft-chews, and protein powders. It would be my pleasure to serve you.
This is a story for my daughter who somehow ended up in an orphanage in Beijing, China.
She started questioning her past.
What did her birth mom look like?
Who took care of her?
How did she get to the orphanage?
Huge gaps of her life are missing.
And I can’t fill them in.
So this isn’t really my daughter’s story. It’s her “what might have, what could have, what maybe happened” story.
It’s a story that every child who comes from China is missing. Thanks to the work of my wonderful friend and artist Cassie, my daughter now has a picture of a young Chinese woman holding a baby. Of nannies in the orphanage. Of me waiting for her at home.
Of the tears that came along with that.
Because adoption is sad, joyous, exciting, hard, heartbreaking, overwhelming, and a hundred other emotions all rolled into one.
And I wrote it, because my daughter, who I cried for every single day she waited for me sick and alone in the orphanage, deserves to have a “what if” story to help her fill in those gaps. Because there are some things we will never know. And as her mom, it’s my job to help her fill in those gaps.
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