Sunday, July 07, 2013

Hot Tubbin'

It's pretty amazing to see how far Jillian has come in the last eight months.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Guitar Hero

The girls have been playing with our old Guitar Hero stuff and this afternoon I was listening to my new Jared Mahone CD when Jillian came in carrying the guitar and wanted to put on a show for me.
 
 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memories

On Saturday, Jeannette, the girls and I had lunch with my mom. We were making small talk and I wondered which was larger in land mass, China or the US. (They're about even, if you are curious.)

After this, a few minutes later, out of the blue and for the first time, Jillian started talking about China. (I am so glad Jeannette recognized it for what it was and didn't just ignore it as random babbling...)

First she told us that her home was small and that there wasn't much food. She told us she was hungry and then said, "Very hungry." We didn't get much else out of her but it was fascinating to get a brief glimpse into her perception of her previous life. I was sad to hear that she felt hungry often  but glad to know that we might someday get to learn more about her life before us.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Jameson Hits 17




Rookie of the Year

MelodyJoy had her first exposure to volleyball at Multnomah's free volleyball clinic today and seemed to enjoy it! She was the youngest and smallest one there but the MU volleyball team was great in working with her.



Friday, April 05, 2013

Down by the River

We made our first trip as a family down to the Columbia River a couple days ago, just to walk a ways along the water on the Vancouver side.  It'll be fun to go back sometime when the weather is warmer. Some amazing houses on the bluff overlooking the Gorge! Mount Hood was beautiful right behind the kids but it didn't show up in the picture, unfortunately.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Keepin' the Blog Alive

A couple of pictures today from the playground at Melody's school, just so the blog doesn't become completely comatose.



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fishin' Around

The girls got it in their heads that they wanted a pet fish so last weekend Jeannette took them to the pet store and they got two beta fish.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Jillian's Teacher

Last week, there was a Chinese New Year's celebration at Jillian's school. In the midst of all the madness, we managed to get a few moments with her teacher, Ms. Hu.
 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What happens to orphans who are not adopted?

Earlier today, a fellow adoptive parent, Shawnee Fleenor from Kentucky, wrote the following for her status update on Facebook.  I thought it was worth reposting here:

What happens to orphans who are not adopted? In many countries around the world, children without family are deeply disrespected, held in suspicion, or even considered to *be* bad luck, as in marrying an orphan brings bad luck to your entire family, and hiring one brings bad luck to your workplace -- this is the general opinion in many areas of China, for instance. For orphans with physical or mental challenges, the community spirit against them is even more intense. It is a common fate for a young adult who has grown up in an orphanage to fall into begging, prostitution, or other dangerous roles and to have no medical care, education, or people who love and care about him or her. This is, I don't know, just a "public service announcement" on my part to encourage anyone who reads it to maybe be open to helping orphans in one way or another, here in the States or elsewhere, through adoption or helping someone else adopt, through donating time or money to Christian orphanages, etc., if you aren't already involved. :-)  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Few Recent Photos

I'm back to having little motivation for keeping this blog updated.  Sorry!  Just to put something up here, I thought I'd post a few recent pictures.  This first one is from early January, when the weather was really nice and Jillian was wearing a cute outfit featuring a hand-me-down ladybug sweater from Melody . . .

I took this following picture just this afternoon.  I thought Jillian looked extremely cute in her denim and boots . . .

And here is a picture of Jillian on her "new" bike, which is actually Melody's old bike with new training wheels added on.  She does pretty well on flat surfaces but doesn't really have the strength and coordination yet to push uphill.

And here's big sister with her pink bike . . .

Monday, December 31, 2012

First Snow

Jillian grew up in southern China, where the weather is quite tropical.  Today, it snowed for the first time this year in Vancouver and I can only assume this was her first exposure to snow.  She was reluctant but I lured her outside for a few moments.  She hasn't been feeling too well today so she's a bit lethargic.  A few times, I've caught her just absently gazing out the window at the falling flakes.