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May 03, 2009

I ♥ Faces with Hats!

Maddy's hat

Our little Madeline always makes me laugh.   Today, we were driving around in our van and the girls were begging for gum.  We're not picky about treats in our family but gum is something that Mommy retains as a reward for only the very best behavior and the girls are never ever allowed to ask for it! 

I explained once again that they couldn't request gum but could only partake of it's fruity sugar-free goodness by being VERY well behaved and then Mommy - without any prompting from them - would magically produce it as a reward for their self control and impeccable good manners (laughing to myself as I said this).  I knew that eventually I'd be giving them some gum but I hoped they'd be inspired to behave for as long as possible. 

Well, many minutes of blissful silence passed before a small voice (Maddy's) whispered out from the back seat: 

"Mommy, I'm not asking for gum."

Daddy and I looked at each other and just cracked up!  We love our children so much and right now we're thrilled that we can completely control our two youngest with a 12 cent stick of sugarless gum!  As veteran parents of a full grown son, we know it doesn't get easier than this, folks.

May 02, 2009

My Bonny Girls in their Bonny Bonnets

We Picture {this} (A Mamarazzi blog) has a really fun theme this month:  Hats

I'm a very humble contributor there and I'm personally challenged each month to post my best photos and put them up against the phenomenal talent of the other 24 contributors.  (You can contribute too!)

When I first learned of this month's theme, I knew exactly which hat I was going to have Maddy wear.  I've been wanting to put her in her Gotcha outfit one last time before she outgrows it. It was a big baggy dress back in 2006 when we adopted her but today that dress fits her more like a shirt and the hat almost doesn't fit at all.

The hat is so cute. She was wearing it the very first time we saw her beautiful face and that image is forever etched into my soul.

Here she is last week. Our Madeline Abigail and her sweet, sweet smile: 

Maddy's Gotcha Hat

Maddy picked these flowers because she thought they looked like the ones in her hat.  She has amazing attention to detail and I've come to respect her eye for art.    (Note to self:  post some of Maddy's recent art on the blog)

That sure is a pretty hat, Maddy!

She's watching her sister swing and has a beautiful peace about her.  She was so happy to be here with me even though most kids her age might prefer to leap to their feet and run off and swing too!  But I was able to steal this special moment with her and I'm so grateful because peaceful moments are few and far between around here.

Hats 157

Maddy changed into play clothes and grabbed this old floppy hat and was so eager to be Mommy's model (again)!  At least for a minute or two!  I loved the way this one came out.   Usually, I straighten my photos but this one practically begged me not to.  

Then it was Gwen's turn for hat photos:

profile of a cutiepie       pretty girl with the backwards hat

This hat is fun for so many reasons.  I love the hot pink lining and the skull and crossbones -- with a big pink bow!?  Such a playful blend of many contrasting themes that seem to contradict each other but (strangely) work perfectly together.   A glorious mix!  Like our Gwen; Our Beautiful Mysterious Tomboy Princess!   

I think I relate to this so well because I was once so much like her.  I was a no-nonsense Army officer (later a cop) by day but just as emotionally comfortable in old denim, silk & antique lace most of the rest of the time.  I think she'll be like that when she's grown up.

Gwenny chillin' in the grass

Here she is chillin' in the grass.  She looks so comfortable --  about ready to fall asleep! 

I love the hole in the knee of her jeans that she got riding her roller skates.  Other parents buy jeans with fashionable holes already in them but my girl makes her own.  She fell so many times while she was learning to skate but just got up and wiped off the blood and kept going with a huge smile on her face!  This child is tough as nails! (unless you scold her -- then she just turns to jello).

Mom, this grass sure is soft!

We played in the grass for a while then she rolled over and gave me this incredibly beautiful smile!  Even though her hat is barely holding on, this is one of my all-time favorite "hat" photos!  

I love that I was able to capture the true sparkle of Gwen's personality here.  This is our girl!  Isn't she amazing?  How blessed I am to have such an amazing family to love and laugh with!

Please tell me which one of these photos you like the best. 

I'm allowed to enter just one photo in the I faces contest this week and this week's theme is, ironically, also "hats".  I just can't decide which photo to enter!  I've been participating in this contest for months and never even received so much as honorable mention.  I think I'm choosing the wrong photos to enter!  Please let me know which one you like best and that will be the one I'll enter tomorrow night.  :)

May 01, 2009

What if you found out your child still has siblings at her orphanage?

Well my friends Ron and Vickie, who adopted their first child from China (Maddy's orphanage) in 10/2006, just found out that their newest daughter was abandoned with her two brothers.  The orphanage didn't send their paperwork to CCAA as siblings so their files went to different agencies and one of the boys actually aged out of the program and is not eligible for adoption.   Try as they did, they weren't able to return home with all of the kids but they're going back!  For ALL of them!  At least, that's the hope!   

For the full story, and to help this amazing family bring two more children home, visit their blog here:  http://wwwourchinagirl.blogspot.com/

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