We adopted our beautiful daughter Olivia in Feb/07 at 11months old. She is the absolute pride and joy of our lives. We are thankful that God blessed us with miscarriages and fertility issues, or we wouldn't have the beautiful daughter that we can't imagine life without. Just look at her, she was meant to be.
Thanks for stopping by to share our life with us.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
and the wisdom to know the difference
We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
I had a great weekend!! I got to visit my Chinese sisters and brothers that came from the same orphanage as me on the exact same day. We were all so excited to see each other again (mommie's and daddy's too). My crib mate Madeline's mommy and daddy hosted it and had lots of food for us. Thank you sooooooo much Uncle Ray and Auntie Mag.
Me and my crib mate Madeline
Justin, me and Samara
Me and Jaiden (Justin's older sister)
Me and Maya with our dads
Emma and her mommy (who just found out she's pregnant) YAAAAAA!!!!!
Well I'm in shcok. I received an email from blog awards today saying that I was nominated for greatest "mommy blog" I can't believe it. First I thought someone out in the blog world or my family nominated me on my attempt at keeping up with Olivia's blog. I emailed them to ask who nominated me and they said they did. Wowsers. Anywho.....in order for me to win I need votes. This is where all of you come in. Come on, I know there are lots of lurkers out there. If you follow my blog, I would really appreciate your vote. Hey, you never know I might keep posting....
Just click on the image below and you should be able to vote. Thanks to everyone!!! Love, Deb & Olivia
My heart certainly got pulled by a little string tonight. I usually don't post about how things hit me on TV but tonight was different. I just finished watching American Idol (well when the tears would allow me to). My heart is just so heavily weighed right now with not only the heartache for the family and children of the poverity struck world but also for Olivia. The images of her finding spot have been circling around in my mind throughout the whole program. Up until this time I have chosen not to share her little bit of history with you. I do want to share that she was left at over 2 months old and left in a flower market with a village the size of my street. The streets were very dirty and poverity was in each and everyone of them. My heart is sinking right now, just knowing deep within my heart that Olivia's mom gave her up for love. She knew that she was providing a better life for her by leaving her to be found. One day we hope to return to that finding spot with a big poster board to post of Olivia throughout the years. The greatest gift of all right now could be for her birthmother to know that she is healthy, happy and LOVED!
Please pray for all the people in the world hurting through poverity tonight and do a special little extra one for Olivia's birthmom.
I spent the weekend at my cousins up North in the sun. We started off the day by swinging in the playground but my nose got really runny, watery eyes and did lots of crying. It was really uncomfortable. Mommy went to the pharmasist to talk to him about it so hopefully the new medicine will help for next time.
We still had fun inside playing with lots of new toys and all my cousins helping me out. And the best of all reason for getting to play inside WATERMELON - mmmmm yummy!
Me and my cousins
My teenage cousin Danielle.
AND the highlight of the day was when the sun was almost down and I could go outside again. My cousins have the coolest things in their back yard. Hannah took me for a ride in the jeep and Kira wipped around us in the motorcycle.
Olivia loves, loves, loves her mirror. She spends time just looking at herself and babbling away to her reflection. It is just the darn cutest thing you ever could see. Now that she has started walking, she just cannot go by the mirror without looking in it. She looks everytime she goes by in her walker, but yesterday she even took a look as she attempted to walk all by herself with "free hands" It was the funniest thing just watching her. I'm telling you, I have never smiled as much as I have since she came into our life. She is definitly a gift from god!! We feel like the luckiest parents in the world.
My friend Gillian came to visit me today. She was born in China too! Thank you soooo much Gillian for all the gifts. I have been playing with the Elmo phone ever since you left. Here's some pictures that mommy took of us playing today.
Well Olivia had her first trip to the chiropractor on Thursday. He did a little exam on her back and some minor adjusting. He said she's all good! Our chiropractor adopted a baby girl last year and has lived through our adoption with us!!!