Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Conversation

Amarin's language skills are really blossoming. It's amazing to think that he's been with us for only 6 months, and he is able to communicate so much in English. Even when he's alone, he's speaking English. Yesterday at rest time, I stood outside his door and listened as he "talked" to his Mickey Mouse stuffed animal. I was waiting to hear some Thai, but there were only sound effects (typical boys noises) and English words. Part of me is bummed that he's losing his Thai language. But really, there is no where around us that would provide language lessons in Thai. On the other hand, I'm thrilled that he's learning English so quickly, and that we can have conversations.

Really, with an older child, they have so much to say and share...memories from their lives before family. Yesterday, Amarin and I were looking at a picture of Shasha. He knows that she's coming home at some point, and he's very interested. Even this past week as Jamie had been away on business, Amarin asked if he was getting Shasha. But, as we were looking, our conversation went something like this:

A: That Shasha.
Me: Yes, that's your new sister, Shasha.
A: Shasha talk? (I'm assuming he's asking this since Laura does not talk).
Me: I think Shasha talks, but in Chinese.
A: (after being quiet for a minute) Shasha not have anything.
(My heart just ached when I heard this).
Me: No, Shasha doesn't have much.
A: Shasha have Christmas?
Me: No, I don't think so.
A: Why not?
Me: I don't think they celebrated Christmas there.
A: I have Christmas.

Wow. All the thoughts that must be running through his head. I would love to know if he's associating his life in the orphanage with Shasha's life. Does he see how little he really had in Thailand, compared to what he has now? Is that why he knows Shasha doesn't have much? I hope he continues to shed some light on his past, his emotions, his memories, as his language develops. God has blessed our family with such an amazing little boy!

Friday, January 29, 2010

99%

Do you see that nice big A and the 99% on this math paper? Jacob was literally a-jumpin' up and down to see these marks on his final fourth grade math test! He works really hard in math...he has to...it's not a subject that comes particularly easy for him. History...now that's a different story. But math takes time and energy...but he can do it!
So, Jacob was wondering, since he finished his 4th grade math so early, can he have the rest of the school year off from math? Ummmm....I don't think so! We're on to grade 5/6 ABEKA math...well...as soon as I get it ordered!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Happy Birthday, Shasha!

Happy 3rd birthday to our little Mei Mei in China.
We sure wish we could celebrate with you, but it won't be long, baby girl!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Vacation Rental-FL

We have a vacation rental at Ron Jons in Cape Canaveral, FL, that
we are going to rent out this year. Here's a little info:

It is one hour from the Orlando airport and attractions/Disney, and on the ocean side. It has wonderful ammenities for families. Some of the ammenities include an onsite water park with lazy river, toddler splash area and 5-story slide, pool, movie theater, indoor playground (like a huge McDonald playland), putt putt, and basketball. It is handicap accessible, and they have beach wheelchairs available. You can see the Kennedy Space Center from the facility, and can walk the beach...albight a long one...to Cocoa Beach.The condo can sleep up to 10 persons. It has a full kitchen, washer, dryer, balcony. It also has another mini-kitchen for those who would like to travel with another family or parents.
If you are interested, comment on this post with your email, and I'll get back to you!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Skiing

Jamie and Jacob took off skiing yesterday. There's a cool program in Michigan right now for fourth graders in order to promote kids skiing. The 4th graders get a ton of free lift tickets at a variety of resorts around the state. So, off they went.

They haven't been skiing for a couple years, anyway, and they both had a great time...along with some sore muscles. I remember when Jacob first starting skiing. We were living in Germany, he was only three years old, and we were in the Alps. Oh, man. Talk about awesome skiiing and beautiful scenery. Though, I've heard that the Rockies are just as great for skiing. Don't know...never been there! Someday, maybe...

Next time, I think the younger boys and I will join them since ages 8 and under ski free! I'll just hang out on the bunny hills...ya know...to help the younger ones. Uh-huh.




Friday, January 22, 2010

Our Sweet Shasha

Permission granted to share our new daughter's photo...
our sweet Bi Shasha!


Bi Shasha is her Chinese name, and it means "beautiful."
That she is! Shasha will be 3 years old
next Tuesday.


We are getting really close to having our dossier finished, and
getting our paperwork off to immigration.
Praying Shasha will be home by the end of this year!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Littles

Friday mornings we have time to make pancakes for breakfast.
Charlie wanted to help.

Preschool two days a week, and homeschool with mom
on the off days. I love these bears!

Laura's enjoying her magn*-d**dle. She's
discovered that she can make marks on it!
I love my pictures!



Saturday, January 16, 2010

Canine News!

We have news about Laura's canine friend. You can read it HERE.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

PA, Baby!

And, no, we are defintely NOT talking about Pennsylvania! Yes, that's right, folks! We have hopped aboard the adoption train one more time. Woot, Woot! And just who might this precious little one be? Well, she...yes, SHE...is a sweet little one waiting for us in China. She has the sweetest smile! Our dossier is already 1/2 way finished. See, we knew about this before Christmas. But, we chose not to share anything until our PA arrived. So, get ready to read adoption posts all over again. Didn't we just do this?
The kids' responses were so sweet. Jacob's mouth hung open for a moment in shock. Then he promptly asked if he could travel to China with us. Amarin...well, he just smiled. Not sure he totally understands what's happening yet, but he's happy about whatever it is! Charlie...so sweet. He wants his baby sister (yes, Charlie will be a big brother) to sleep in his bed against the wall, and he will sleep on the outside so she doesn't fall out and get hurt. And, she should have a monkey from Build-a-Bear just like his. I have a feeling that this little girl, just like Laura, is going to have some pretty doting brothers!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Another First

Today we were invited to a birthday party. Well, actually just Charlie was invited, but we all tagged along to play. His little friend from preschool had her 4 year old party at McD's, and since there was a playscape...it's game for everyone! So, this was Charlie's first birthday party that was just his...his friend...his invitation. And, this was Amarin's first time in a McD's playscape. I'm not a fan of these germ-pits, but hey, germs build up the immune system, right? And they get to run off some energy. They had a great time playing, and I had fun chatting with the moms.
I think he likes it!


It's really loud in here, mom!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Back to School, again

We're back in full swing this week...preschool for the little ones, homeschool for the boys,
piano. It's been a busy, but very productive week. I think the Christmas
break was good for all of us.
Here's a belated Christmas present from Charlie.
He had croup the week of his Christmas party at preschool,
so he brought this home for us Tuesday...little angel! And
I love the fingerprint light bulbs!

Here are the boys coloring pictures of Vivaldi, the composer.
They listen to Vivaldi's music while coloring...pretty relaxing, I think.
But why do kids insist on barefeet in the middle of winter?
"I can read lots of books!"

I came home yesterday from picking up Laura,
and Jacob was in the kitchen mixing up blueberry bread.
Love a kid who can cook for me!

And this is Laura's fan club...her brothers. They all
ran across the backyard when they heard Laura
and me knock on the window. They greeted her and
she just smiled.




Dizzy Girl

This is what happens when mommy spins me too much on my sit&spin. I fall right backward until my head stops spinning. Can you believe Mommy thought this was so funny that she ran to get the camera and did it again...just to share with her bloggy friends? I'm not sure I like being the source of all the amusement! (I do think being dizzy is funny, though). (and for those who think Mommy has a sick sense of humor, my OT says this is good for my equilibrium!)



On a happy note about school, the teachers said I've had a great week. I even walked all by myself to circle time yesterday when they called me. I just prefer to do things in my own good time! After all, I am the princess around here!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Orphan Care Ministries


So, we have approximately 163 million orphans in the world per the latest data from the government. Obviously, there's no way that we can curb that number much as individuals. That number is growing faster than the government can process I800s! I think this has been a key reason that so many churches are now forming Orphan Care Ministries...to serve children domestically as well as internationally.


But how do you start one? How do you find the church's vision for this...or does it start with an individual that has a passion for the orphans? What if you don't attend a massive church? What if your church is struggling at times just to "make ends meet?" Can that church still serve the orphans?


I'd love to hear comments about this. Maybe your church has an Orphan Care Ministry. Perhaps they participated in Adoption Awareness Month this past November. What has been the fruit?