Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Wedding Prep and Something Very Cool

Wedding prep is in full mode. 
 
 
I am happy to report we have dialed in our punch recipe.
 
I am sorry to report I am feeling very unorganized (I even found an invite I forgot to mail!)! 
 
I am happy to report I got my "power control shapewear" ordered!  I figured I was entitled to it after attempting to tummy tone after my 5th C-section for the past 14 years!  (Perhaps my once-a-month-abs-of-steel-workout isn't enough?)
 
At this point the wedding will be here Saturday, ready or not.  I am UBBER excited to see so many people that we know and love.  Kim will be surrounded by her "Fan Club 5,000." 
 
And you know what's really awesome?  If you read the link above, you will see how a sermon on John 6:1-15 brought our sweet Kim HOME 18 years ago.  And that message from God was delivered in the same church Kim will be married in. 
 
How cool is that?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sometimes Turning 14 Is Tragic

Vu just turned 14.  As I shared in my last post, his special day was filled with fun and I loved reflecting on my sweet little boy who is growing up into a young teen.  Patrick is just a few weeks behind Vu and Lan Lan hit the big one-four in June.  We'll soon have THREE fourteen-year-olds in the house. 
 
 
 
But what has become tremendously stuck into my heart in this season of birthdays is that 14 is SO YOUNG. 
 
And 14 is the age at which children "age out" in China.  The day of their 14th birthday they can no longer be adopted.  And soon after that day, if not before, they will no longer live in the orphanage.  The future for a child who remains an orphan is very bleak.  We can only imagine the traumatic life that often occurs for children who are on their own at such a young age.
 
It's heartbreaking.  It's reality.
 
For many children, turning 14 is tragic.  Please consider adopting an older child. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Happy Birthday Vu!

Happy 14th to my little boy who's suddenly growing up so fast!
 
 
 
Love you so much and can't imagine life without you sweet Vu!  You are loving, kind, empathetic, wise and fun.  I love your passion for music and trying new things.  Enjoy your new set of wheels and thank you for the great suggestion of ice cream sandwich cake.  It was delicious with the Kit Kat and caramel topping.  Yum!  Enjoy your trip to the science museum tomorrow!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

$5,000 Grants For Our Waiting Children!

I am SOOOO excited to share that ALL of the children we worked with in China have been given $5,000 Special Blessing grants.  Holt will apply these grants towards the adoption fees for these children.  Each and every one of these children is a precious gift from God and they ALL want the love of a family. 
 
 
 
 
This is great news and will hopefully mean the difference in finding families for these sweet kids!  And this includes our precious "Phillip" and "Ione."
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you would like more information on individual children please visit Holt's website or call Jessica at Holt International.  There is a limited timeframe to place these children. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof mascara.  It's on my shopping list.  Because I'm gonna need a lot of it these next three weeks.  Much wedding craziness in our midst--and in that, sadness that our little girl is growing up so fast! 
 
Kim has always seemed so little.  So young and innocent.  I thought she would live at home for at least a couple more years--and now she is almost married!  Sob!  I will just start those wedding tears now!
 
I know that Kim is wise beyond her years, happy, resilient, and a wonderful listener with thought-provoking advice.  She is great with kids--she is going to make a fantastic mother. And she's in love.  I think she is ready to be all grown up. 
 
I just don't think I'm ready.
 
But ready or not . . . here we go!  The wedding is in full gear!  I am happy to report that it just might be possible to plan a wedding in less than six weeks.  We've checked a lot of boxes and laugh at books that say things need to be planned a year out (though books are helpful in learning what to do, when, why, where, how and who). 
 
Kim and I went to breakfast to discuss all of the above.  I've been to many stores, and websites, and borrowed many items.  My daughter-in-love is helping tremendously from afar!  Cookie is our unofficial wedding planner!  It's all coming together.
 
 
I can't give away too much but I will share that her colors are red, white, and black.  Red has always been Kim's favorite color.  Red roses and white lilies.  Beautiful.  Bridesmaids in knee-length black dresses with patent leather red shoes.  Pop! Granddaughter is the flower girl.  Need even more waterproof mascara!  Love! 
 
 
I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot.  After all, I forgot to include the TIME on the invites.  But never fear!  An insert glued onto the back fixed that!  We have the church, minister, photographers, wedding party, flowers, and guest list all figured out.  Food is coming along.  It's a small-ish wedding that seems to be growing by leaps and bounds.  Kim and K have a rather large fan club! 
 
Stay tuned for more wedding craziness.  Less than three weeks!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Mei Mei

It's true that life sometimes just isn't fair.  Poor Mei Mei has had more than her fair share of medical and dental challenges.  Mei Mei's impacted wisdom teeth had to be pulled because they were dissolving the roots of her other molars.  She doesn't like to miss school so we decided to do it the only day they had available, December 30.  Happy Birthday to me.  (You know you're getting older when you're willing to take your child to get their wisdom teeth pulled even though it's your birthday!)  Vu went along too for emotional support.  Sweet boy.
 

What a nice Christmas present for Mei Me, huh?  And because of insurance deductables, I had already scheduled several other appointments for December.  In the last month alone this poor child had the following appointments: 2 doctor, 1 eye doctor, 2 additional visits for immunizations, 1 orthodontist, 4 speech, and 2 oral surgeon appointments.

I am happy to report that Mei Mei recovered quickly.  We spoiled her with Jamba Juice, milkshakes, a new cozy Olaf blanket, a Star Wars pillow, and her choice of something off Amazon (she chose a Darth Vader charger and his eyes light up). Shhhh.  Don't tell Hubby we bought her so much stuff.  I may have gone a bit overboard as a way of assuaging my guilt. 

She recovered so well that we were able to join my mom, and sister's family for a special dinner at Spaghetti Factory.  Yum!
 
 
 
Love Mei Mei so much and I hate to see her suffer!  I think she's is now free of any appointments for the next several months!  Whew!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Starting 2016 With Exciting News!

Some exciting and surprising news!  We're going to be grandparents again!


Kim and her boyfriend are expecting a baby in June.  Actually, I should say, Kim and her fiancĂ© are expecting a baby.  Kim and K. are getting married January 30.


Yes, in 30 days.

Much craziness to ensue!

This could go two ways.  Either you won't hear from me at all as I will be gorilla-heart-attack-esque consumed with wedding planning.

Or, you will hear from me a lot and become my psychological outlet and counselors.  It's emotional having my baby girl grow up overnight!

Life is never boring around here!