Monday, January 24, 2011


Today is Emma's birthday, and I can't believe she is 5 years old!!  For her birthday, she wanted to do the same as Allie, and have Gemstone the Clown come to her party.  So, we got a room at a local restaurant, and had a few friends, and family, had dinner, cake, and presents, but also had a magic show, face painting, and balloon animals - all the kids had faces painted - even PaPa was Spiderman!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Our sweet daughter, LiYang turned 14 today!!  We celebrated her birthday, and our one month anniversary of having her as our daughter - we adopted her on December 20!!  She is a special young lady, and we are proud to call her our daughter.  We can't wait to see what plans God has in store for her - we just know they are HUGE!!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Since the weather was nice Saturday, we visited the Star at Mill Mtn.  We thought it would be nice to show the girls a view of the area where they now live -  it was a beautiful afternoon!! 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Home for 2 Weeks

We have been home for two weeks, now!  Hard to believe it's been that long.  The girls have continued to get along great and play together really well.  We have truly been blessed with 4 sweet girls.  The little ones love their Leapsters, and, play them a lot.  LiYang likes to watch some of her Chinese comics on the computer.  This week, Alyssa started school.  She is in the first grade, and is doing really great according to her teacher and the principal.  LiYang will go this coming week. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Smiles

We have had a great week home!  Both girls are registered to begin school - Alyssa starts tomorrow, and Liyang will start on the 18th.  The middle school is having exams next week, so she will start the first day of the second semester.  Alyssa will be in first grade, and Liyang will be in the 8th.  The girls have been amazing - all 4 of them.  They are getting along well, and so far, we've not had any problems!  We are loving having 4 girls (and our 2 boys, of course!!)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Christmas 2010

Since we spent Christmas in China, we had Christmas on New Years' Day - Santa made a special trip to our house on New Years' Eve, and everyone came over for Christmas dinner!! It was great - the girls had a wonderful time, and enjoyed spending time with additional family.
By about 8:00 we were all very tired - still re-adjusting to USA time, vs. China time, I guess!
God has richly blessed us this year (and every year) - our two best gifts were our two new daughters! Our family is now complete.edit

Our trip to China was wonderful - and long!!

We had an amazing trip to China to bring home our last two daughters!  Josh and I left on Dec 10, and got home on Dec 31 - a total of 22 days.  It was an amazing journey, and we have added two more absolutely precious girls to our family.  If you would like to visit our travel journral to read about our trip, go to