Monday, June 20, 2016

Weekly Update~

It seems I can only hope on and update once a week but I am Instgramming often so if you want to see us daily, hop on there and follow. Just IG button on the left sidebar.

Nothing earth shattering here unless you count helping a new little one know and feel love in her new home. While the big kids are swimming in the pool each afternoon, Calla and I play in the water and blow bubbles~

One morning when Calla slept in a little, we came to the kitchen to find EK&SJ making pig-n-the-blankets. Yum! We also attempted a little bit of school and Calla lasted oh.... 5 minutes. :)~

When EK came home, we watched the Chinese dance video a million times. Now Calla loves it too! AND she has started to love her lovie which we call Baby~

Tuesday we had a cardiologist appointment and it was NOT fun making her sit in a carseat! She can not stand to be held down and to her that is exactly how this felt. It lasted the whole way to Atlanta and gradually she began to relax. Finally on the way home, she managed to fall asleep... all three bitties did~
Calla didn't like the dr very well but when Evie jumped up there with her, all was fine~

SJ is taking lots of time with Calla too. Teaching her to color and glue and Calla is starting to let SJ love her. This is a big deal for SJ as you can tell by her face~

One of Calla's favorite things to do is look at our family photos. She always says daddy, mama, Ebie, Mimi, and Gigi. She can repeat all the other names and learning more each day~

Our afternoons are filled with nap, snacking, and playing outside. Calla loves to eat frozen yogurt pops~

My mom wanted to get Calla something special so I suggested a water table because Ben Curtis loves his so much. It has been the perfect toy while the big kids are playing in the pool~
 The big kids like it too~
 Sweet summertime~

My mom and dad gave us some fresh green beans and these three loves helped me snap them~

Calla LOVES to swing especially in the disc swing~

AND this is her golf cart face. You should see Scott and I taking the 7 for a ride around the neighborhood. We look like the Clampetts. LOL~
 and these faces~
 and these faces~

Sometimes it's just fun to water the monkey grass~

Evie and Calla have been friends from that first day in China. This week when Evie hopped on the batman car to ride, Calla wanted on too. What a sweet big sister~

Father's Day was extra wonderful with Calla home. We decided since we couldn't all be at church together, we would stay home and take the boat out. It was SO fun celebrating this amazing dad~

 We grilled for lunch and that afternoon we made homemade ice cream. Call actually like it~

Four weeks today this little love has been in our arms and LOVE she now Knows, Accepts, and Gives. All glory to Jesus. He gave us the courage to say yes, raise the funds for her adoption, and the strength to get her home. Many think we're crazy crazy crazy and we are... Crazy in love with the life God has given us. Content to love the ones we've been gifted. They are all on loan and we pray each day they grow closer and closer to our Good Good Father. Calla certainly has the best on earth~

There are still tough moments with her but we are finding a new normal each day and everyone is adjusting to having a baby in the house again. We are SO thankful to have her home!!!


  1. So wonderful to see an update and see how Calla is adjusting. I giggled at the pic of Holly Mei's expression in the car while Calla was screaming her lungs out! I have a granddaughter that DESPISED the carseat too! She eventually figured out "screaming and hollering" was not gonna change things at all! I also cracked up at "The Clampetts" comment!!!Hilarious!! Thank you for keeping us updated and PLEASE let me know where you found that Batman pedal car!! I have three grandsons that would LOVE that!!!


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