Monday, July 30, 2012
These two little girls get looks and comments where ever we go. "Are they twins?" "Are they biological sisters?" "They are so cute!"
They are cute. They are not twins. They are not biologically related. But they are definitely sisters.
It took a bit of time for them to get to know each other when we first brought Zoe home. They have very different personalities. But over time, they have formed a sister bond that is very strong. It is rare that they argue or fight. In fact, they get along so well, that they most often band together and get into some trouble... usually at bedtime.
I am grateful that I had a sister to grow up with and make great memories with. I am glad that they will also have this... that they can go through the good times and the bad times together, that they can balance each other when needed.
Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer. ~Louise Glück
Thursday, July 26, 2012
While on holidays, I was contacted by a family that had adopted a little girl from Zoe's orphanage in Guang'an, Sichuan, one week before we adopted Zoe.
I remember hearing about this little girl, but never knew where she went or who she was adopted by. Her Dad found us by typing in the orphanage name and our blog came up.
When I asked Zoe if she new a little girl by this name -- her chinese name -- she said yes. I asked her where from and she said "China."
We have since asked her questions and shown her photos, but now she says she doesn't know who she is.
They were so young and it seems that both girls had very similar experiences, both at the orphanage and when joining their forever families. They both have chosen to forget the past and when they were adopted they never looked back.
We will likely never know if they really knew each other at that time or not.
The girls were wearing almost the exact same "gotcha day" outfit. Boy pants and a pink sweater. Both girls were described as "naughty". Both girls were covered in bug bites and had short hair. Both girls had a cleft lip and palate.
This orphanage does not do a lot of adoptions, they did a bunch about 10 years ago and then a couple more in 2010.
But what a blessing it is to have this connection from her past. We hope to meet this family at some point and will definitely be keeping in touch with them over the years.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Please don't mind all my vacation photos. I blog so that our families -- who don't live near us -- can keep up with all that goes on in our very busy lives. As well, I turn this blog into a keepsake book once a year. Our family memory books. The above photos are from the Painted Church. A little charming church, up high in the hills of Hawaii. This island is so different everywhere you go... one minute you feel like you are on the moon, all you see is black lava rock and the next you are in a lush rainforest, that is greener and more beautiful than anything you have ever seen before. Yesterday, we headed to see the Volcanos. We walked through a lava tube... And we hiked... Every morning we head out to the eel pond outside our door so the boys can feed the eels fish scraps we got from a local vendor. How blessed we are to be able to experience these things with our children. How much more they learn by being here, than they ever could from a book. It makes all the chaos of travelling with so many kids worth it!
Friday, July 20, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
We have finished our week in Oahu. We never even left the resort. We did nothing much but sit in a chair and watch our kids have a blast.
Josiah loves the water. They all do... but he loves the water sports and had a lot of fun on the boogie board. The older kids were pretty good at helping the littles on the boogie board as well.
We haven't had a day of bad weather yet. It has been consistent throughout the week.
Today, we left Oahu and headed to Kona on the Big Island.
It is a totally different feel here... one that we were looking forward to. With no high rises and no noise... just the sound of the ocean outside our door. Literally... right outside our door.
This 75 year old cottage is our new home for the week. It has it's own private beach. It is basic and old, but completely charming. There is no air conditioning, but windows open up everywhere and the breeze is amazing.
Today, my kids all wanted to spend time laying with me in the hammock.
We spent time at the beach, playing and swimming with the three turtles that call our beach their home.
Josiah is in his glory. He snorkelled out to swim with the turtles, following them. They are curious creatures and come right up to you in the water to check you out. They brush up against you and poke their heads out of the water to look at you. They even bite you, as Josiah learned... but it didn't stop him from swimming with them. After his shower tonight, he wrote a message on the mirror in the steam that said "Turtles make me happy=:)". You are not allowed to reach out and touch the turtles as it can harm them.
This is Josiah's favourite spot to sit, when he can't be in the water with the turtles... he can sit above the water and watch them.