Crazy Brave: A Fundraiser for Tian Ci and Dew Drops.

Have you met this crazy brave little girl? If not, I’d love to introduce you.  This is Tess.  Her history is long, and amazing, you can read about it by clicking her name in the header of this blog post.  Here’s the very abbreviated version though.  Tess was born in China with a severe Congenital…

Ally in Washington DC

This week, Ally got a chance to hold the whole world in her hands for just a little bit as she explored our nation’s capital, all by herself. The photography in this post is all her, up until the photos at the end of her re-entry.  She took an online class with me before she…

Feeling Forced to Choose

I’ve written and re-written this post about fifty times.  The words just weren’t coming in the first few drafts.  After the beginning of this hellacious week, I think am able to explain a little more succinctly what is happening in my head and heart.  We’re in a little bit of a battle in the Full…

I Could Have Said No.

Every day, but especially on Mother’s Day, I think about the ‘what ifs’ of my life and the long and winding road I followed to find our kids.  I think of all the change I’ve been through as a human.  I think of how many times I thought it would be one way, I demanded…

Our Own Physical Therapy

We are now one year past Tess’s big heart surgery.  So much joy in that!  She is still working hard to catch up on some of the milestones she missed because she was so sick for so long.  Tess is still behind in gross motor development.  She is 5 years old and her balance is…

Coming Up On The One.

Friday marks the one year anniversary of Tess’s second open heart surgery, a day to be celebrated for sure.  Saturday, Sofia’s 8th birthday, marks the one year anniversary of the day we almost lost her.  She has been more emotional than usual this week.  I don’t think this is related to her feelings necessarily.  I…

Scenes from a Saturday: Fun Fair and a Cut of their Hair.

I want to be so much better about posting the every day stuff we do around here on this blog, along with documenting the firsts .  Today was the elementary school Fun Fair.  I love this day every year and I will be SO sad when I don’t get to go to them anymore.  Luckily,…

What Makes You Stronger.

Last week I had the privilege of attending our local YWCA’s Circle of Women Fundraiser.  Prior to last year, I hadn’t thought too much about the YWCA and what it does for the community I live in.  I wrote a lot last spring about attending the YWCA’s racial justice courses.  I get a lot of questions…

Simple Wishes.

Tess turned five today.  Brady pointed out to her that this is her golden birthday.  She is five on the fifth of February, on the same day as National Wear Red Day, where we asked all her peeps to wear red to raise awareness about heart disease.  It’s her golden birthday, she’s wearing red, and…

A Month of Hearts–Remembering Tess’s Heart Disease Diagnosis.

Today is the first day of the month of hearts!  It’s Valentine’s Day on February 14th, of course, but around these parts, we also celebrate February by telling the tale of our brave hearts (not just Tess and Gigi’s, but of the brave hearts of ALL our kids who love them), by talking a lot…

Filling Her Bucket.

Tess doesn’t call it her “bucket list” like so many of us do.  Instead, when she talks about her hopes and dreams, she refers to this list as “the list of things that fill my bucket.”  She’s talking about all the things that fill her soul with happiness.  I kind of love that.  I strive…

With An Open Heart

I have an amazing friend who I met in person in China while I was adopting Cate.  Lisa and her husband, Jimmy, became fast friends to Cam, Cate and I.  But, while we were in China, I purposely didn’t explain to Cam the background of exactly how I had come to know Lisa.  You see,…