Monday, September 28, 2009

Almost 5


Where does the time go? I can hardly believe that Ella's 5th birthday is in just a couple of weeks. She's already looking and acting so grown up.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lily's Chut-tol

A special post for Lily's foster family in Korea. We know you miss her and love so much. Since you couldn't be with her on her chut-tol...here's a few videos just for you.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, Lily!

One happy Birthday Girl...

Don't you wish you could enjoy your cupcake like this?


Lily loves her mouthful of sugar





Cupcake is all gone...






Cupcakes with chocolate ganache...
I know, what 1 year old needs ganache, right?!?






It was a chilly morning so...Lily in her sock monkey pants I knit long ago...
they fit just perfect!







Good view of the monkey face...




Happy 1st Birthday, Sweet Lily!!

I can't believe you are already a year old...wow, how the time flies! I am so incredibly grateful that we are together for your bithday. There was a time where I didn't think I would be celebrating it with you because I didn't think you would be home with us in time. I realize that we only met 6 weeks ago, but that time has gone by so quickly. I can't believe how far you have come in such a short amount of time. I know that this has been an unbelievably hard transition for you and the amount of adjustment has been enormous. In just 6 short weeks, we have bonded so much. I can't tell you how it warms my heart each time you put your arms out to me to be picked up, how you come to me for comfort, or how you give me one of your sweet, yet drooly kisses. I loved you long before I ever came to Korea to pick you up...and within these 6 short weeks, I have grown to love you even more. It's a love that has taken root deep within my soul, a fierce and protective love. I look at you and I can't imagine my life without you. You were the missing piece my heart was longing for, you fit just perfectly. God knew that I needed you. I am so blessed to be your mother. I am over the moon to know that I get the privedge of spending all my days with you.

I love you darling Lily...Happy Birthday Sweetheart.

1 Year Milestones:
*You can walk all by herself and does so most of the day
*Both of your 1-year molars are now visible...they have been a bit painful to cut
*You can say mama and dada...although I don't think you know what they mean yet
*You can sign milk when prompted
*You hate being cleaned up after eating
*You love, love, love the water
*You can wave bye-bye or hi
*You squeal and kick with excitement when you see Ben and Ella
*Your favorite food is bananas. You also eat sweet potato, applesauce, yogurt, cottage cheese, spaghetti, zuchinni with cheese on, cheerios, pears, peaches, chicken, colby cheese, and bread. You cry when I try to give you broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, peas, or anything else that remotely resembles a vegetable.

Monday, September 21, 2009


What makes being up at 5am okay? Looking at this sweet, angelic face, that's what. I can't think of a better reason to be up before the crack of dawn.

Thanks, Sarah, for perspective. Sometimes the mornings come a little too quick...but as long as I get to spend them staring into these beautiful brown eyes, all is well.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Day for Painting



Artists at work...with their new paint brushes from Korea. Usually I don't like the clean-up after a painting project...but on this day, it all just seemed worth it.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Lily Jeeah - Homecoming

First Few Steps

She's starting to walk. Little baby steps...just a few at a time. Lily is so busy all day long practicing. She is so proud of herself and smiles big. Check her out...

Her she is with her first few steps.

Hello to our dear friends in Korea!! I'll post movies as she starts to walk more so you can see how well she is doing. We love hearing from you.


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Friday, September 4, 2009

A Video Because it's Friday

Couldn't end the week without a video...
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Standing Already...




Oh dear...babies grow up so fast, don't they?!? Lily Jeeah is already starting to stand on her own! Here she is showing off just how good she is at it. I can't believe how much she has changed in just 3 short weeks. My baby is already growing up!