Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This picture was taken after we arrived home. She is still eating strawberries, but she certainly isn't clean!!! I love kids in strawberry covered shirts!!!! And faces too!!!Daddy took these pics while I was at work one weekend.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
This day always makes me think of my own father. I was lucky to have one of the most amazing men for a father. He was ahead of his time. As a child growing up in the 60's and 70s I have many memories of my father helping out around the house. He helped with the cleaning, taking care of us, and he loved to cook. He was always involved and was a Boy Scout leader for many years. He instilled in me a love of nature which is still a part of who I am. Whenever one of my older boys calls me and says, Mom did you see the rainbow?, or Mom did you notice the beautiful sunset?, it reminds me of him. Even though they were young when he died, what he instilled in me is a part of my children. It reflects back into my eyes as apart of him. I see so much of my father in my children. And even though he has not met her, I will see my father reflected back to me through Sierra.
He also had a great sense of family and a love of God. He was one of 11 children born to my grandparents. My grandfather was a minister and a painter, and my grandmother was a painter also. My father was always very close to his siblings. Towards the end when my father was barely recognizing even me, I witnessed him breaking into a huge smile when the sister, who was closet in age to him, entered his hospital room and whispered hello in his ear. He knew who she was. They all had an incredible bond with each other. While my older children were growing up, after my father had died, we lived next door to my uncle, my father's brother. I felt blessed to have him so close to my boys growing up.
My father died way too young, a early victim of Parkinson's disease and early onset dementia. I miss him terribly and think of him often. I carry with me his life lessons and I know they have made me a better person!!!!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Here you can notice it while she's eating popcorn. How did I not notice it before????
Friday, June 12, 2009
So the other night I put her in her crib. I told her "Sierra, Mama loves you ... FOREVER!" And she looked up at me and said something I also never will forget. "Mama, Sierra stay here. No go China. No bus (we traveled around China in a bus)" And then she said" Dada... Mama... Davin(that's how she says David).... and Sierra" Nothing else, but I knew what she meant. She was naming her family. The people who have now become the most important in her life. The people who live with her in her house. And the people, along with her older brothers, Tim and Paul, who have taken this precious little girl into their hearts and will indeed love her forever!!!
Jump roping in the kitchen!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Anybody recognize this toy?
Now the other eye!!!
Thursday, June 4, 2009