• We are HOME! :)

    Good morning! Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes. We finally arrived in Bismarck at 8 p.m. last night. Whew! International travel with young children is not for sissies, haha!  It’s almost 11:30 a.m. here on Saturday and Selah is STILL SLEEPING, almost 12 hours after we put her down for her first… [Continue Reading]

    We are HOME! :)
  • 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… [Continue Reading]

    Cauliflower Soup: Delicious & Easy
  • Monday in Guangzhou

    Happy Monday! We spent our Monday morning   in a Chinese medical clinic that conducts exams specifically for adopted babies and children and Chinese people who plan to immigrate to the U.S. All children age 2 and over must be tested for tuberculosis before entry into the U.S.  So Selah had the blood draw for… [Continue Reading]

    Monday in Guangzhou
  • The Visit to the Orphanage

    It’s Thursday afternoon here in China, and the princess has been down for her nap for 25 minutes. This is the first nap she’s taken with us; I can tell she is starting to feel more secure. Jing Jing has definitely picked me to bond with first. Mike’s not taking it personally, as we were… [Continue Reading]

    The Visit to the Orphanage

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12 signs

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) […]

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Cauliflower soup pic

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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