Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Baby Joshua


This is my sweet nephew Joshua. You might remember the newborn photos I took of him here.



Oh, how I remember those days with babies… it wasn't that long ago! How one minute you could barely stand how cute they are and the next you just want one minute alone! Actually, I still have those days...



It is always nice to have a baby to cuddle and play with, but nice too when you get to give them back to their parents when they get fussy or tired.


Having a baby is one of the most wonderful things in your life, as well as the hardest thing in your life. ~Nuno Bettencourt

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozza Balls


This is a family favourite.

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One of my favourite restaurants makes this dish, and after craving it ALL THE TIME, I decided I should figure out how to make it.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Mozza Balls:

Wrap cocktail boccocini balls in long strips of prosciutto and fry in non stick pan, until the prosciutto sticks shut and the mozza is warm.

Tomato Sauce:

2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 can of olive oil and peppers diced tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, diced
2 medium onions, diced
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
chopped fresh basil

Saute onions and garlic in 3 tbsp. of olive oil until soft. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. (I use an immersion blender to make the sauce less chunky).

Put some mozza balls into a bowl and spoon sauce over top. Top with parmesan and serve with warm greek pitas.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Where are we at...


Hi Paige:

I have asked the status of LOA just before the Chinese holiday. Your status:
your document is in the administration office. We (I let my brother ) to
ask for it to speed it up, and the staff there know it. After the
Chinese holiday, we will ask for this again.

Best regards

Happy Chinese New Year!


Oh, how I love Yulin! Hopefully, this means that it will be done soon.

We are on day 67 right now, with the average being 60 days.

LOA means Letter of Acceptance, which is China's final approval for us to adopt Xingui. Once we have this, we will know when we will travel (4 - 8 weeks later).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Silas' Finding Ad


We received Silas' finding ad. He is the baby in the middle. It is very blurry and looks like he has no eyes, but he was found at ten days old in an underground tunnel and taken to the local police station.

He was immediately hospitalized for pneumonia and because of the cyst on his lower back.

This is the earliest photo we will ever have of sweet Silas.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!


This is the Year of the Dragon.



Water has a calming effect on the Dragon's fearless temperament. Water allows the Dragon to re-direct its enthusiasm, and makes him more perceptive of others. These Dragons are better equipped to take a step back to re-evaluate a situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other Dragons. Therefore, they make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. However, their actions can go wrong if they do not research or if they do not finish one project before starting another.

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This year it can be expected that the 2012 Year of Dragon would be a happy and joyful one especially for the Dragon people. It is also believed that the Dragon Year 2012 would bring for all of us good luck and charm.


We celebrated by inviting friends over for a celebration dinner. It may not have been the most traditional dinner. But it was good! Ribs, wings, rice, dumplings, steam buns, lettuce wraps, chicken chop suey... and fingerkilochi for dessert... we like to mix a bit of Mennonite in with our Chinese!



A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.-- Chinese Proverb

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With true friends...even water drunk together is sweet enough. --Chinese Proverb


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Eli is Eleven


Today, Eli is eleven.

What a joy this boy can be. I haven't always been able to say this about him. At times, he almost made me snap! But I knew that when he finally did start to mature, he would be one amazing kid. And I was right!

Eli amazes us.

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This boy can do anything he puts his mind to. And he does have to figure everything out. I wonder where he gets that from… not me.


All he wanted for his birthday was a bike, stuff for his guitar and dinner out with his family.


He got all three.


Now we just need the temperature to warm up and the snow to melt and my boys can head off to the skatepark once again...


We love you Eli! Happy Birthday.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Back on Skates


After a bit of pressure… Abby was convinced to get back onto skates after years of refusing to try it again.


This is what happened the last time she skated…


But when you have a boyfriend who loves to skate… I guess you have to be willing to try.


They were really cute…



They actually did a couple of laps around the lake… and she said she would go out again.



Sunday, January 15, 2012

Micah is Eight


I will miss the baby he was... but look forward to the man he will become.



Today, Micah is eight years old.


I feel like the eighth birthday is a big one. They seem to suddenly go from being a little kid, to a big kid.


When Micah was born, I knew he would be my last baby. I never wanted to put him down and I wanted to remember every sweet moment. Those dirty faces... the blankie... the goofy faces... the toothless grins...


He fills our lives with joy and laughter. He is a great big brother and a great little brother. He is full of affection and still loves to cuddle.

We celebrated his day with bowling and laser tag. Pizza, pop, cake kabobs and his favourite friends.


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“Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of 'you' to the world." -- Author Unknown

Happy Birthday Micah! We love you!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Care Package


We sent Silas a care package through Gifts to China with Love.


The cake actually says Happy Birthday… his birthday isn't until February.


He looks happy and well cared for.

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We ordered another of the lovely silk pillows, as we had for Zoe. The day we got Zoe, they said that she had brought it along, but had dropped it in the street. I am sure, somewhere in China, someone has a red silk pillow on their sofa, with a photo of Tim and I!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas in Phoenix

Was wonderful.



Was beautiful.


Was fun.




Was joyful.



Was all about family.


We didn't miss the snow and cold. We enjoyed the house and the pool. We loved hiking in the mountains and seeing the amazing sunsets. We loved the drive from Phoenix to Los Angeles.

Everyday, I was filled with gratitude to the One who has given this all to me.