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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


A Few New Pictures

I'm very excited to say that a kind family, recently in China, gave me a few pictures of Ivy Xue.  This family adopted the cutie-pie Rebecca from the same orphanage.  The girls look like they are good buddies.  This family is only a days drive away and it would be very nice to be able to visit them next summer, after they've both settled in to a good family routine.
On another note...Ivy Xue's special need is obvious.  She has a repaired cleft-lip.  Her medical does not state she has cleft palate.  Her lip has been repaired, but will need some more surgery later on for appearances sake.  She's still cute, regardless.  This brings me to share our experience in Guangzhou in 2007 with James, a young man from China.  We shared with him that we were there to adopt Joy, and had previously adopted Eva, who was with us.  He noted Eva's appearance and how cute she was.  Then he went on to say that some people adopt children with "broken noses".  We figured out he was referring to children with cl/cp.  Mike shared with him that in the US, these children can have surgeries to repair this need and make their appearance very beautiful.  It seemed that "James" did not care for this special need.  That incident has made me think about Ivy Xue, and possibly her treatment from people.  I pray she has been treated well, regardless of her visible scar on her lip.  The more I look at her pictures, the less I see the scar, the more my heart grows tender towards her.

I love the sweet smile on Ivy Xue's face!

Jordan told me the "peace" sign means, "I am happy".

This is sweet Rebecca with Ivy Xue.  Don't they look like good buddies?

5 kind words:


I think a summer visit sounds like a great idea!

Margo - Rebecca's Mom


Oh my what sweet girls and friends they are!!!

And do you know what? I only just realised that she has repaired CL!!!!! Never noticed before!

Praying for those A's!!!


She is beautiful - you can see such sweetness in her eyes.

I love her name - I wanted to name a daughter Ivy. Someday perhaps.

I am so happy for you.


She is just precious...smiling...and way too cute with little Rebecca. Ivy is a beautiful little girl. So sweet.
And...I must add that you are doing a wonderful job at your blog designing. Very nice...and a navigation bar...ooooaaaaaooooaaa!!!

JbarJ Mom

Hi Cheri. Actually had a free moment and thought I'd stop by to see how your journey is progressing. Ivy is so precious. I hope you don't have to wait long. Yesterday we celebrated Joshua's 7th birthday! It was a very special day. Blessings to you, Kristine

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