• I-800A Approval!!!

    After 99 days, it’s finally here! This is the FINAL piece of paper needed to complete our Dossier before it goes to China. I literally got goosebumps when I retrieved it from the mailbox today at 5 p.m.! In Zhengzhou, the time was 6 a.m. on Sunday. I thought to myself as I was opening… [Continue Reading]

    I-800A Approval!!!
  • Living in Two Time Zones

    This is the wallpaper on my phone. Each time I look at it, I am propelled into another Time Zone. A Time Zone where as the sun sets here, it rises there. A Time Zone in which lives a little treasure who has a piece of our hearts. That little heart dweller’s name is Selah… [Continue Reading]

    Living in Two Time Zones
  • Pinterest Meal #3: Parmesan Crusted Salmon and Quinoa-Spinach Pilaf

    This is definitely my favorite meal so far this week! I followed the salmon recipe I found on Pinterest *almost* to the letter – complete with the homemade mayo. It was great, and my only complaint was that the particular fillet of salmon I used wasn’t top-notch. When it comes to seafood, it is worth… [Continue Reading]

    Pinterest Meal #3: Parmesan Crusted Salmon and Quinoa-Spinach Pilaf
  • LOA! LOA! LOA!

    We received our LOA last week; on Day 50 of our wait! In adoption lingo, simplified, this means that the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) has issued our Letter of Acceptance seeking our signatures and confirmation that we will, indeed, proceed with the adoption of Zhou Ai Jing. Of course, we checked… [Continue Reading]

    LOA! LOA! LOA!
  • Farewell to Summer 2013 on the Prairie

    We are ten days into October and we have nothing to complain about here on the plains of North Dakota. Sure, we got a few inches of snow a week ago! :) But it melted away quickly, and the days since have been warm enough for towels to dry on the clothesline. In memory of… [Continue Reading]

    Farewell to Summer 2013 on the Prairie
  • Meeting Merilee

    If you follow the muddy Missouri River just 50 or so miles south of where we live, you’ll soon realize just how diverse the landscape of North Dakota truly is. Pasture lands and rolling plains are interrupted by a butte, here and there at first, and then suddenly, you realize you’ve entered rugged – and… [Continue Reading]

    Meeting Merilee

Purposeful Parenting

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12 Signs Your Child May Need Glasses

With 4 of our 7 kids in glasses, you would think I would’ve had our little guy, Seth, to the optometrist by his 1st birthday. But I didn’t. Fortunately, our pediatrician suggested we get Seth’s eyes checked at his 2-year well-child visit. We’d seen some of the signs and symptoms: head tilting (chin to chest) […]

Whole Foods Living

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Cauliflower Soup: Delicious & Easy

This is one of our favorite soups – and a quick and easy way to use up a head of cauliflower. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 head of cauliflower, washed and cut in small-medium sized pieces 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon thyme 2 cups chicken stock 1 […]

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