Wednesday, September 28, 2011


We hosted the family Sunday night for dinner in honor of Pops and Pat's visit.  Gwen and Ellie play really well together, and they especially loved it when we turned on Baby Signing Time.  Gwen knows pretty much all of the signs now, but she was more interested in watching me take her picture than in performing.
signing "shoes"
a few more pictures before we have to say goodbye
we love you!  come again soon
This was the first successful bath the girls had together.  Lynnie is big enough now to hold her own, even when Ellie insists on holding sister.
I love to pull things off of shelves and out of drawers.  It's lots of fun!  And I love to put things back when we are all done, because I am a big helper.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ellie's Prayer

Ellie's prayer tonight went like this:  "Hev-ly Fadder, thank you day.  Bless Alex and Leah and Rachel and Hop-ins and Lynnie Loo and Tayler.  Jesus name, Amen."

Alex, Leah, Rachel, and Hopkins are the characters in "Signing Time."

Sunday, September 25, 2011

What We've Been Up To

Sometimes it is difficult to learn to share.  We were playing with our best friends, and a squabble over a guitar broke out.  Ellie's arm became a casualty...
Here is another example of Ellie's organizational skills.  She likes to sing Barney's "Clean Up" song and put her toys just so.
When I was taking a shower the other morning, Ellie made a bed and read stories in her room.

We like to drive by this field near our house and watch the horses. For the first time, this horse came over to say hi to us, and then proceeded to scratch his bum on the fence. It was pretty silly!

 One problem with the big girl car seat is that it is hard to take naps in it...
 When I was at a movie with my mother and sister (instead of Book Club), Greg had fun with the girls.  Tammy came over, but neither girl would let her feed them, so Greg got to feed both at once!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yeah, Write

My friend Laurieann posted a link on Facebook, and I am in love with the blog , Yeah Write, she found.  I am especially in love with this post, which talks about Laurieann.  My favorite quote from the post: "I learned that adoption does not cure infertility. It cures childlessness."

As I was reading this post, I reflected on my life and my struggles with creating a family.  It took us me 6 years to complete the adoption paperwork.  It took me that long to come to terms with the path we were on (that I knew was right for us) and with the craziness that is the adoption triad.  It has always been hard for me, an economist trained to put everything in the context of Cost-Benefit Analyses, to wrap my head around the monetary transactions that exist in adoption.  Our beautiful birth mothers gave us the most amazing gift, at great personal cost and sacrifice, and we got to pay the state/case worker/adoption agency for their time in working on our case.  Our financial cost pales in comparison with the price that our birth mothers paid.

In hindsight, I am glad that we took the time we needed to fill out the paperwork.  I was able to come to terms with my barrenness through much study and prayer.  I read a lot of articles from people like Sheri Dew and Ardeth Kapp talking about motherhood and how giving birth is not a prerequisite for mothering.  It was hard to believe it at first; it was hard to not feel like a less-than woman, a biological failure.  But now infertility is not something I think about very often; in fact, most of the time I forget that I am barren.

Ellie and Lynlee complete me.  Our birth mothers gave me the gift of motherhood, and that gift filled the empty places inside of me.  I love this poem by Elise Broach, from her book Shakespeare's Secret.  It truly expresses how I feel about my beautiful daughters.

My heart, my hope
My soul, my smile
My held and whole
Beloved child.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Square Foot Gardening is the best because the garden practically takes care of itself (now that we have sprinklers installed and Greg has figured out the timing).  We Greg enjoys harvesting and we all enjoy eating the fruits of his labors.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Laundry Helper

Ellie had a lot of fun playing with the clean laundry today. She created quite a few "outfits" and this was my favorite. She has on a pair of my socks, the bottoms to one of Lynlee's dresses, and one of Lynlee's shirts. She has really good balance, as evidenced by the fact that she walked all over the house like this!

P.S. She is saying "cheese" here.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Farm Country

Ellie, Lynlee, and I were happy to initiate Daddy into the wonders of Thanksgiving Point's Farm Country. 

There were smiles while happily riding in the stroller, and...
 ...lots of expressions of sisterly love, and...
 ...playing in the "jail," and...
 ...playing with toys, and...
 ...a five minute carriage ride (fun for us, but we felt bad for the horse, which just walked in circles all day long), and...

 ...lots of smiles.  What a great afternoon!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lynlee is 10 Months Old

chewing on her finger = favorite pastime

what is on the ceiling?  I don't know, but it sure is fascinating

blowing raspberries

At 10 months old, Lynlee

~ is wearing 18 month and 24 month clothes, size 4 diapers, and size 2 shoes.
~ is the sweetest and happiest baby.
~ loves to talk and babble.  Likes to say "ummmmmah" and I am totally counting that as "mama"
~ loves to stand.  If she is fussy at all while playing, standing up makes her instantly happy.
~ likes sweet potatoes and oatmeal the best.  Will tolerate apples, carrots, and squash.  Not a fan of peaches or bananas.
~ can sign "milk" and "more"
~ loves to blow raspberries, and practically gives you a bath every time.
~ likes to look up, and really likes it when you tickle her neck (that gets the biggest laugh).
~ has experimentally tapped her head on multiple things today sans helmet and discovered that they all hurt.  This will be an interesting transition, since she always tapped her head on things on purpose before!
~ can scoot and maneuver her way around, but still has not quite figured out how to crawl.
~ is starting to dance.  Lynnie will bob her head and shake her arms when there is music playing.  She likes to smack her drum and most of the time is in rhythm.
~ likes to be next to Ellie, and almost always wants to be touching Ellie when they are close.  Ellie is fine with that, until Lulu pulls her hair (which is just about every time).
~ loves to swing.  Likes the swing at the park, but her favorite is to lay down on a blanket and have 2 people swing her back and forth.  She will laugh and laugh!
~ is all-around awesome!  I am so glad and grateful to be a part of her life.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

And, we are DONE!

We went to Lynlee's specialist today and got fantastic news.  She is all done with her helmet!   I am really glad that we did the treatment, because her head looks so good now, but I will not miss it at all.

When we started, her plagiocephaly was rated an 8/10 on the severity scale.  At her 6-week check-up, she had improved to a 5/10, and today she was rated at a 3/10.  The doctor said that at her age (10 months old tomorrow) there would only be miniscule improvement if we continued to wear the helmet, since we have captured the majority of her head growth at this point.  And, at our very first appointment, the doctor told us that they helmet at a severity of 5 and above, and a 1-3 is considered normal.

I am so excited that Lynnie's head shape is now normal!
getting situated in the parking garage -- Lynnie loves to chew her finger
in the waiting room....only an hour wait this time
in the exam Ellie's fish lips!
It's official!  Lynnie-loo is helmet-free!!!!!
sisterly love

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

This Week

In the last week, we have
made cute faces
played with our tongues
had a picture taken with a milk chin
played with our tongue some more
played with Andrew
snuggled with Uncle David & Aunt Tanya

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lulu's first graham cracker

I packed Lulu's bottle, but didn't get it in the diaper bag. It must still be on the island at home. She was happy to gum one of Ellie's graham crackers.


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