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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


First Kiss

You would think that I, the one who held her when she cried in China, sang songs to her as we held hands, fed her 3 meals a day since February 1st, played dolls, colored, watched ridiculous Chinese super-hero TV shows would be the one to get that first, coveted kiss.  But, no.  It was Baba, and quite unexpected as he kissed her forehead.  She then brushed his cheek with that first kiss.  I won't steal his thunder or take that place.  I'm happy that he was the one.  

Ivy continues to thrive in her home-life.  She has easily settled in to the place of big sister/little sister.  Since the first night home, Ivy has slept all night, peacefully.  She knows the routine of home and is content.  Dinner time is so much fun.  I love to see if she's going to enjoy the meal or turn up her nose at it.  She has eaten every single meal without complaint and asks for seconds and thirds.  Ivy is a quick learner, especially at all the games we play at home.  Just yesterday I caught her online playing backgammon!?  She's been watching Jack play, and has caught on rather quickly.  Ivy has started putting sentences together.  Yesterday, Mike was dozing on the bed, and Ivy looked at me and said, "Baba sleeping."  Today, while I was stripping the bed because Joy wet her underwear last night, Ivy said, "Joy pottied in the bed."  See, she even put the propositional phrase in that sentence!  She has opened up so much and has even gotten a bit rowdy with the boys.  I am enjoying her so much.

I think we all are looking forward to spring time.  We've had snow on the ground since December.  Today is cold and in the 30's.  I'm sure in a month we'll be enjoying the sweet sounds of birds chirping and seeing the blossoms paint the trees.  Everyone will enjoy being outside, myself included.

 I love how Ivy is playing with Joy's hair.

Coloring with Dad before bedtime

*On another exciting note..Ma Pei's file has been locked.  I'm hoping the family will contact me.

3 kind words:

Sue Lucas

Cheri ,
This is so wonderful,Ivy was born for such a time as this.The love she has for you all and the love you all have for her.She seems as if she has been there forever. I praise God as I know you all are!!
Can't wait to meet her one day (when it is warm).God Bless you all Sue

Jolene and Dan Powell

I can already see a difference in Ivy's face in these pictures. She certainly looks happy and more relaxed. I'm glad things are going well.



So glad that she continues to make progress! What a beautiful family! I'm sure she melted her daddy's heart when she did that - and yours too! :)

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