Wednesday, March 4, 2015


my baby has bangs.
tonight she & decided this tonight was the night for 
B A N G S!!!!!
Standing still.....check (no laughing)
Little H2O.....check


she loves it. i love it. daddy loves it. natalie loves it. garrett still deciding. lala & papa love it. we all AGREE she looks older. she said after she'd brushed her hair hundreds of times....i like my china beauty mom. i told her "i do too"

Friday, February 27, 2015

Im one of those kids who survived the 1960's

To Those of Us Born  
1930 - 1969 : 

1930s, '40s, '50s, 
and '60s!! 

First, we survived 
Being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank
While they were 

They took aspirin, 
Ate blue cheese
dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then, after that 
Trauma, we were
Put to sleep 
On our tummies
In baby cribs 
With bright colored 
Lead-based paints.

We had no 
Childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets,
And, when we 
Rode our bikes,
We had baseball 
Not helmets, on 
Our heads.

As infants and 
Children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, 
No air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..

Riding in the 
Back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water 
From the garden hose
and not from a bottle.

We shared one 
Soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, 
White bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. 
And we weren't overweight.
Because we were 
Always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave 
Home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights 
Came on.
No one was 
Able to reach us all
--And, we were 

We would spend 
Hours building
Our go-carts out 
Of scraps
And then ride 
Them down the hill,
Only to find 
Out we forgot the brakes.. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned 
To solve the problem..

We did not 
Have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were 
No video games, 
No 150 channels on cable,
No video movies 
Or DVDs,
No surround-sound or 
No cell phones, 
No personal computers, 
No Internet and 
No chat rooms.

And we went 
Outside and found them!

We fell out 
Of trees, got cut,
Broke bones and 
And there were 
No lawsuits
From those accidents.
We would get 
Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, 
And no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms, 
And mud pies
Made from dirt, 
The worms did 
Not live in us forever.
We were given 
BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses,made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and 
-although we were 
Told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes 
Or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just 
Walked in and talked to them.

Little League had 
And not everyone 
Made the team.
Those who didn't 
Had to learn
To deal with 
Imagine that!!  

The idea of a parent bailing 
Us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! 

These generations have 
Produced some of the best
Problem solvers, and 
Inventors ever.

The past 50 
To 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..
We had freedom, 
Failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are 
One of those born
Between 1930-1969, CONGRATULATIONS!  

You might want 
To share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers
and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are 
at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents 

Kind of makes 
you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?

The quote of 
the month 

Jay Leno: 

"With hurricanes, tornados, 
fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the 
country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist
attacks, are we
sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?" 

my mom emailed this to me yesterday. while reading it i laughed, could relate to each the statements, memories began to stir up in my heart & head.....playing outside until the street lights came on, running home or riding my bike home,  dirty, sweaty, exhausted from playing hard all day with my friends. even though i may of hungry, dirty and even tired i always wanted to stay outside longer. i had more to do. i had to finish that fort we were building, my friends had one more game of tag or hid n seek to play. do you have these memories too? i also felt  sad for kid of today....who have parents that won' t allow them to be kids, instead they have to be involved in 10 activities, playing outside isn't something they even know how to do ;( my opinion the fun adventures, freedom & life lessons i learned when i was a kid made me who i am today.
  i had great parents. they were young & hard working. they gave my brother & i a great gift due to their parenting. neither of us expect others to do for us. if we want something we were taught do it for hard and do your best....sometimes your best won't be good enough.  today, my brother & i  parent very similar to how we were parented. i, for one, am proud of my parenting. my two oldest are both hard workers, dependable, respectful young adults. 
yes, i'm an "old fashion" parent. i don't believe every kid should make a team.... tears may fall but life can be unfair & not make a team could be the best thing that ever happened to a kid. we don't always get what we want...that i tell my children often. 
Thank you God for giving me life in 1963. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Being His Feet

Natalie & Cole are going to China 
Let the fundraising begin.
If you'd like to follow N & C on their blog to see how the fundraising is going you can find their link below. If you'd like to donate. 
If you'd like to share their blog....please do. 
If you'd like to pray for them, and those they will minister to while in China.

N & C have 6 churches that they will be sharing their story.
Cole will be preaching in these churches.
N & C will be doing the worship music too.

If you live local and would like them to come to your church and share their story please email me at

We are very proud of them both. 
I wanna go with them now I have to figure out how I can fit in their suitcase with two little girls and a very tall husband. ;)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Year of the Sheep

What does the biggest human migration on earth look like on a map?

Although Lunar New Year in China doesn't officially start until February 19, the epic homecoming party began earlier this month. 
Chunyun, or spring migration, is the world's largest annual human migration. 
It's triggered in part by millions of Chinese workers heading to their hometowns for the holidays.
The migration lasts for 40 days -- from February 4 to March 15 this year. 
Baidu, often referred to as China's version of Google, has released an  tracking chunyun movements around the country. 
On February 17, Beijing Capital International Airport was the most frequently used airport in the migration, followed by Guangzhou's Baiyun International Airport and Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport.
Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen -- major cities with significant populations of migrant workers -- have been seeing the biggest departures in the country. 
    Since February 11, Chongqing has welcomed the most returnees home.
    The most traveled route is from Shanghai to Lu'an in Anhui Province (a 550-kilometer journey). 
    Some 2.8 billion trips using public transport networks are expected to be made this year. 
    If private vehicles are included, 3.7 billion trips in total will be made during the 40 days, an increase of 100 million trips over last year.
    These trip figures equal the combined population of the Americas, Africa, Europe and Oceania, according to a report on Chinese website
    Gung Hay Fat Choy
    This was our 4th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. Amy Hart and I started this tradition 4 years ago. Our first year we had 20 people attend. This year we had over 200 people attend. 
    Amy & I handed the reins over to our friend Ryan, he's an adopted dad.  Ryan did a great job this year. 
     Girls English names written in Chinese Pinyun
    Marion, Pearl & Anglea
     200 plus adopted families with their children.

     These are all the children who've been adopted. Makes me one happy lady.
    Pearl & Emma Lael both had fun. Pearl won two door prizes a jade necklace & bracelet. In Pearl fashion she gave the bracelet to a little girl who was admiring it. Pearl has a giving heart. 

    Thursday, February 19, 2015


    YES, they are going to China.
    natalie & cole have been selected to volunteer in an internship program in China this summer at New Day Foster Home
    Emma Lael lived at NDFH her first week of life until the day we adopted her. 
    NDFH saved her. 
    NDFH placed her in a home of two older parents who loved her. 
    NDFH staff cared for her after two open hearts surgeries. 
    If I am being honest I am a bit jealous that I am not going with them. 
    YES, my oldest is going to the place my baby lived. 
    They have books to read. Learn a bit of mandarin.
    What a great way to start out the summer. 
    They will return from China, stay home 1 week....then off to KY for a week mission trip with their church New Salem Baptist Church. 

    fun at lala's & papa's new house in FL

     emma lael has always loved the movie Cars...i spotted this sign while walking out of a cute shop in Mount Dora, FL
     had to take this picture for kent & garrett die hard UK fans
     BEST grandparents ever
    malts, milkshakes, french fries & burgers need i say more

     she held it but didn't take a sip more for me
     flash back to the 1950's
     Mount Dora, FL a quaint town filled with restaurants & shopping. a great place for a day trip.

     we missed the train trip but you can take a train trip 3 times a day.

    my mom texted me and shared with me that emma lael had left her a note. pearl does this all the time. it is neat to see emma lael doing what pearl does.

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    Winter break 2015 at Lala & Papa's

    On our way to FL to visit Lala & Papa

    My youngest and only sister 
     cousins having fun

     the girls....i held up my phone with Natalie's picture ;0)
     these two had fun together

     let the competition begin

     pearl & papa taking their team sport serious....if you want to win you need pearl on your team. she wins every game she plays.
     perfect form
     waiting her turn
    getting her form perfected

    push it girl!!!!

    darn -10
     olivia enjoying her orange

     girls just having fun
     emma lael teaching olivia how to ride her scooter
    jumping jacks...looks who is the leader...yeap, emma lael ms. bossy pants
                                             pearl 11, alex 3.5 , emma lael 7.5, olivia 5.5
     playing corn hole
     olivia is excited about this game
     my baby girl
     the gang ready to play corn hole