38 posts categorized "Family FotoFun Friday"

May 25, 2007

No FFFF this week

I should have explained why I posted about Maddy's finding spot right out of the blue yesterday.  I posted it because I just got the photos yesterday.  Another family was traveling to her city and agreed to take some pictures of her finding location for me.  I expected one or two but they sent me a dozen or so.  I'm incredibly grateful for their generous gift and I know Maddy will be grateful to have these pictures when she's old enough to understand the whole thing.

Today is Friday and I'm still feeling a little bit emotional about the photos and can't quite bring myself to play a new round of FFFF just yet.   It's Memorial Day Weekend and a time to reflect on the sacrifices of others.   So many people have given so much so that we might have what we often take for granted.  This week of FFFF silence is dedicated to them.

I was feeling a little bit blue so, before nap time, I took the girls out into the front yard for a quick game of hide and seek.  These cherubs are the best cure in the world for the blues!  Just look at those sweet faces!  Gosh, I love 'em so much!  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend.



May 18, 2007

My Mother's Baby

Family FotoFun Friday Challenge #32 
Post your pictures on your blog and leave a link and a comment here before 5/25/2007.

This week's photo challenge is "My baby photo".  Want to play? 
Here are the very simple rules.

Last week was Mother's Day and that gave me one more wonderful reason to think about my mom.  Now that I'm a mom (for the last 19 years), I find that I'm constantly comparing myself to my mother in ways I never did before motherhood.  For example, as a young girl, I wanted hair like mom and bright red fingernails.   I wanted a gold mini-dress and matching shoes!

As a pre-teen, I hoped to have breasts and curves like my mother.  But, now that I'm a mom, I've put aside those trivial things in the single hope that I'd just have patience and grace like my mother.

Donna_1961 When my son was born in 1988, Mom took care of both of us until I was back on my feet and confident enough to go back to my own home with my new little person.  Mom was so good with Michael -- so incredibly natural -- that, at some point, I wondered if everyone would be better off if I just gave him to her!  Of course, I didn't do that and the sound of him sitting behind me here in the office pounding away at his computer is a reminder of that.  Some day, he'll have a wife and kids and I hope he'll appreciate my Grandma skills as much as I appreciate my mom back "in the day" when he was a baby. 

Of course, Mom had experience because she'd already had a baby or two.  Now I have experience too!

The photo you see is me -- my Mother's baby -- and the source of probably too much of that hard earned experience!

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Family FotoFun Friday Participants
1. The Boy & The Bulldog
2. k2
3. season star
4. Nobody said there\'d be days
5. Journey with AnnaClaire
6. MississippiZen
7. Smith Family\'s Adventures
8. Cross-eyed
9. Motherhood and Other Ramblings
10. Just Keep Swimming
11. Journey to Chloe

May 12, 2007


Family FotoFun Friday Challenge #31 
Post your pictures on your blog and leave a link and a comment here before 5/18/2007.

This week's photo challenge, in honor of Mother's Day, is "Mothers".  Want to play?  Here are the very simple rules.


(My week has been so screwed up that I didn't even realize that today was Saturday!  I thought it was only Friday!  So, I'm not really prepared to do this week's challenge.  I'll add Andrew's Mother to this post after the kids are down for their naps and not driving me straight up the wall).


So, let's see... today is Tuesday, right?  And it's taken me this long to (finally) get around to adding this wonderful woman to my Mother's Day FFFF challenge. 

This is Andrew's mom and she's a truly wonderful woman!    This picture is one of my semi-recent favorites and was taken at Christmas 2005 in Santa Fe.  Mom is showing off her new Vermeer calendar (which is, obviously, no longer relevant since it was a 2006 calendar -- oh well.)

I'm very fortunate to have the personal life experience of having two mothers who are so kind and giving.   My mother in law is such a joy to know.  Most of all, I'm blessed to be loved by the man who was raised by such a woman because everyone knows that a husband will treat his wife the way he treats his mother.  I'm humbled and honored to be near the very center of my man's universe -- a place his mother earned and deserves and I spot I often don't feel worthy to occupy but humbly do.  As a mom to two daughters, I have wonderful role models for my chidren.  I wish with all my heart that my mother was still here to share these amazing mother/daughter moments but I'm happy that the girls have Nana on speed dial and she's just a push of a button away!

Happy Mother's Day to all present and future moms!

Family FotoFun Friday Participants
1. Just Keep Swimming
2. No More Work Than One
3. Journey with AnnaClaire
4. Smith Family\'s Adventures
5. zella
6. In My Eyes
7. The Ghelerter Twins
8. Rachel Grace Li
9. Chopsticks & Tabouli
10. Zoe\'s Place
11. Oohs and Aahs
12. Teague Adventures
13. And Miles To Go...
14. MississippiZen
15. Davis Days
16. AlyzabethAn
17. The Princess and the Pea
18. Our Three Daughters
19. 4 3=chaos
20. Motherhood and Other Ramblings
21. Journey to Sarah Lu
22. Sophie and Sage
23. Stephani
24. Now We Are Six

May 06, 2007

No No

Family FotoFun Friday Challenge #30 
Post your pictures on your blog and leave a link and a comment here before 5/11/2007. 

This week's photo challenge is "No No".  Want to play?  Here are the very simple rules.


Family FotoFun Friday Participants
1. Raising Cami Rose
2. Journey with AnnaClaire
3. Loving Lydia
4. Motherhood Ramblings
5. Just Keep Swimming
6. Search and Destroy Twins
7. Sophia's Journey Continues
8. mommy24treasures
9. Replaces Old Site!!!
10. Life with Emilia
11. Journey to Annalisa
12. season star
13. My China Journey to Miah
14. And Miles To Go....
15. Chopsticks & Tabouli
16. Chloe and Pearl
17. The Princess and the Pea
18. Sophie and Sage
19. Katie Comes Home
20. MississippiZen
21. Now We Are Six
22. LadyBug Journals
23. Ni Hao Brown Cow
24. twinchatter
25. Mei Jun Qian- Mia Kennedy Gifford
26. Rachel Grace Li
27. The Ghelerter Twins
28. Zoe's Place
29. She's a-DORI-ble!!!
30. What's Katie Doing Now?

April 27, 2007

Gotcha/Metcha Clothes

Family FotoFun Friday Challenge #29 
Post your pictures on your blog and leave a link and a comment here before 5/4/2007.

This week's photo challenge is "Gotcha clothes".  Want to play?  Here are the very simple rules.


People say they have skinny kids on Gotcha day and they post pictures to prove it but I almost never see it.  Maybe because photos add ten pounds so, if you only weighed 19 to begin with, you end up looking normal?

I decided, in honor of Maddy's 8 month anniversay of our first meeting, that I'd dress her in her Gotcha clothes and see how much she's changed.  I was drawn to do this because I'd been thinking about her Gotcha day a lot over the past week or so.  Another family adopted a little girl around the same time that we adopted Maddy.  They met her in the same room, adopted her in the same room, stayed in the same hotel.  But they didn't keep her.  I can't 2nd guess their reasons but it really made me think about Maddy since every adjective they used to describe their new daughter could have easily been used to describe ours.

I remember it like it was yesterday.  They carried her in and my first thought was that she looked prettier than her referral pictures (if such a thing was even possible!) and my second thought was that she looked much, much, MUCH, skinnier!  So skinny, in fact, that it was hard to not gasp when we undressed her back at the hotel room to give her a bath.  Her back bone stuck out and had little scars where the boney protruberances had met with hard objects in recent months.  She was 25 months old and potty trained but had a butt the size of a newborn!  She was average height for a Chinese girl but her weight didn't even register on the charts.  She had a good appetite and was in Foster Care so what happened?  Did they intentionally starve her? 

It took Maddy about three days to cry.  Until then, she was compliant yet expressionless (except for rare instances when Gwen would make her laugh or smile).  She was filthy and covered in little sores that couldn't heal because she'd constantly pick at them.    She let Daddy tend to her basic needs.  She didn't tolerate me at all and that was the case until long after we were home.  Bonding has been a process that took the best part of six months but we've arrived!  She finally accepts affection and even seeks it out!  She's talking and running and jumping and eating!  She's a happy little girl and she owns our hearts!


Gwen was just a couple of months past her first birthday when we met her but she weighed a healthy 22 pounds!  She's even "healthier" now (that's what we're calling it!) at 35 pounds! 

It was pretty easy to put Madeline into her Gotcha clothes because they'd only aged 8 months (and were large to start with) but Gwen has been our girl for 19 months now!

This really was the very last time we might ever hope to squeeze her into those clothes!  And it sure was a squeeze! They were TIGHT!  But I'm really glad I made the time and took the pictures.

Family FotoFun Friday Participants
1. Rachel Grace Li
2. Raising Cami Rose
3. Search and Destroy Twins
4. The Princess and the Pea
5. Twins!
6. Ryleigh Teague
7. Allison & Quinn
8. Cannon Fishbowl
9. Just Keep Swimming
10. Our Three Daughters
11. Sophie and Sage
12. Waala Family Adventures
13. MississippiZen
14. A Kerrnal Journal
15. Motherhood and Other Ramblings
16. Sophia\'s Journey Continues
17. LadyBug Journals
18. Davis Days
19. Hearts in China
20. Journey with AnnaClaire
21. Zoe\'s Place
22. Bang the drum and Shout!
23. Chopsticks & Tabouli
24. Our Adoption Trip In China- Mei Jun Qian- Mia Kennedy Gifford
25. Hiking Through Life with Ian and LiLi
26. Two "Twin" Terrors
27. mexican chopsticks
28. Loving Gracie... Paperwork Pregnant No More!
29. What\'s Katie Doing Now?
30. kathy
31. Now We Are Six
32. Avery FuMeng
33. Salsa in China
34. Shelly
35. Journey to Sarah Lu
36. With 6 You Get Eggroll
37. Ni Hao Brown Cow
38. The Life and Times of Chloe and Pearl
39. Ladybugs & Dragonflies
40. Our Madden Clan
41. Life with Emilia
42. stacie
43. She\'s a-DORI-ble!!!
44. All About Chloe
45. Rony
46. Journey to Gianna
47. In My Life

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