Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Our first visit was Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Very interesting places but waaaayyy too many people and waaayyyy too humid to spend 4 hours at a snails pace. (Sorry that sounds a bit complaining and ungrateful - definitely not intended, just keeping it real.). It was hard on Megan but she was a trooper. It for sure is an amazing place and so vast it's hard to truly capture its size and the grandeur it once held within China. One fact ...there are 9,999 1/2 rooms within the Forbidden City (that 1/2 a room really would have made this palace a little too big) (lol).
We enjoyed a rickshaw ride through the Hutong region of Beijing. This is the ancient city where more than a million people still live. A local family prepared an amazing meal for us. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures as it was raining quite hard. The afternoon consisted of a visit to CCCWA (China Center for Child Welfare and Adoption). This is where all adoption paperwork is processed. I really thought it would be much larger than it was, but it's only a few dozen people. We were able to see Megan's file but Nat's file has advanced to the archives. The girls participated in a Chinese painting class and then it was on to Peking Duck dinner. Good, but the local family meal was much better. It was an extremely busy, interesting, hot, great day!
Want pics? You'll have to see my FB page. For whatever reason, all the devices I got to make this easy has turned into a pain!! Sorry.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017
|Megan 6th China Camp|
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
As I sit here thinking back to my last post which was last April, there are so many things that go thru my mind it's hard to sort it all out. So, I'll try. But, it may end up kinda all jumbled and in mulitple posts.
Last May Natalee performed at Tulip Time in the new Kinder Dutch Dance program. She was a "boy" and they have their own costumes and dance different than the high school/alumni dancers. She had a lot of fun, and we did too as we watched her and the Calvary group perform. Her first performance was cold, in fact we were in winter coats, hats, gloves.... everything.... it was brisk! By the end of her performances a week and half later, we were worried about the girls getting heat stroke and being dehydrated it was so hot. That's Michigan weather for ya.
We enjoyed a vacation to Gulf Shores at the end of May. It was a much needed break and a beautiful get-away!!!
June brought Megan's 6th birthday! I know everyone says, "how can she be 6 already"? We wonder the same thing. The past couple years have gone so fast. She has grown and changed so much it's really astonishing. She chose a Toy Story theme for her birthday party and instead of cake, which isn't her favorite, she wanted root beer floats.
July we went to Nashville for our China reunion with Natalee's adoption group. We always have such a fun time! We all just pick up where we left off from the last time and we laugh and reminisce, it really is a special bond we have together. Life long friends!
Oh, in June the girls and I participated in our first ever China Heritage Camp sponsored by Families for International Children. It was awesome! I volunteered to teach the Kindergarten class, figured if I'm drivin' to GR everyday for a week and have to be there by 8am, I might as well help out. They needed a teacher - I love to teach - win/win. It was so much fun and so very well put together. Not only is there a China camp but also a Latin America camp, Korea camp, Eastern European camp, preschool multi-cultural and teen camps. I can't wait for this year! I'll be teaching the 1st grade China camp. The girls really enjoyed it too and are looking forward to this year again. They made some great new friends.
This spring/summer I began watching my two beautiful nieces (home from Ethiopia since Feb) a couple days a week. It was such a blessing to be able to pour into their early beginnings at home and help them learn. My girls loved being "little mommies" and helping me with them. We got to do some fun stuff like going to Dutch Village, playing on the swings and wading pool, reading books and just laughing together. It really was a neat opportunity.
Although it's been two years since Megan has been home, this summer we have very much experienced the "post" honeymoon stage. Do ya know what I mean? That time when the person realizes "wow" this is for real, no turning back. This stage has had a very "ugly" side to it and has presented several challenges. Ya know, I'm going to save the rest of this for another post where I can devote more to it and share more about what we've learned.
Right before school started (Megan Kdg & Nat 4th) the girls needed haircuts. Natalee has been growing her hair out for almost two years, maybe even a bit longer, in order to donate it to Locks of Love. So... finally the time came. Here's the pics... aren't they just beautiful girls!
Well, for not having updated in the past year... that's a glimpse at the first half of our 2011. I'll try to post update #2 soon so I can get to the more current events. Thanks for joining us on our journey.
Monday, April 4, 2011
April 3, 1993 – our wedding day! Now, 18 years later we are still happily married, enjoying time with each other, learning to parent together, having fun doing ministry side-by-side and incredibly blessed!
The girls desperately wanted to watch our wedding video, so on Friday night we had a “slumber party” and snuggled together watching the video. It has been a long time since we’ve watched this and it was a little funny to see the styles and various people from 18 years ago. During the video the girls kept asking, “when are you going to have the wedding?” Not knowing exactly what they meant, I explained about the ceremony and such but that didn’t answer their question. Finally, Nat said, “No, when are you going to KISS?” Oh, so that’s all that really mattered to them was the kiss.
Then, the girls wanted to take a picture of the “happy couple” on our anniversary so this is the best snapshot they got. Thanks girls!
Friday, March 25, 2011
For Megan's Gotcha Day celebration, she decided she wanted to play at the famous fun place with the crazy mouse and greasy pizza. You know that place. Well, it was fun. During the day there really aren't many people there so she was able to play lots of games. As we were eating lunch, she noticed something fall onto the seat. She picked it up, set it on the table and said, "look it's my tooth!" Her first tooth fell out! She was so excited! She has had two loose teeth on the bottom since February. Daddy has tried several times to get them out but she just wouldn't let him, she was too afraid. So today, at the famous CEC, she lost her first tooth! Way to go Megs!!