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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


Ivy Is Doing Well

Ivy is actually doing much better than I expected.  She is still quiet and says very little.  I think she understands much more than she communicates.  Ivy gets along well with all of her siblings.  I believe she likes them all.  Seth and Jordan adore her.  Jack, is slowly interacting with her.  Eva and Joy stare at her and follow her around like a puppy.  Eva even waits outside the bathroom door for "Big Sis".

Ivy has had only one day with no crying.  But, her crying is her usual silent tears.  I comfort her with soft words, hugs, and kisses.  Then she seems to do just fine.  Only one time did she cry at bedtime.  Ivy enjoys her Baba (Dad), but is not as comfortable with him as she is with me.  That is to be expected.  I have had 2 extra weeks with her.

So, we're all slowly adjusting to this new normal life.  I have to admit that it is very busy around here.  I would never have thought that such a tiny little girl from Guangdong, China, could cause such busyness, but she has.  

*Ivy loves bathtime.  She has had a bath every night but one since I met her.
*Ivy has a very good appetite.  Tonight, she had a third helping.  Last night she gobbled up my tacos and Mexican rice.    Dinner time is such a fun time for her.  She loves setting the table!
*Tonight they all had a beanie baby fight in the living room..Dad included.
*She has the most contagious giggle.
*She eagerly says "Hello" when she meets new people.
*I cannot believe she is our daughter!


I had a hard time looking at Eva with her new mullet hair-do.  Remember, she took the scissors to one side of her head.

Jordan graciously took Eva to our hairdresser to get the mess fixed.  I hated the fact that it took so long to get her hair to it is gone.

But, it looks kind of cute bobbed.  I'll be glad when it grows a bit.  It is still too short on that left side, but I could not get her hair cut above her ears.  It will grow.

Even my boys managed to cut their hair while I was in China.

8 kind words:


So glad you're home safe and doing well....the picture of all three of your youngest girls together is precious! They are just beautiful...and I think Joy's hair looks cute!

Blessings to you and your family as you adjust to the newest member.
Courtney (MCK)

Shirlee McCoy

I'm so glad things are going well. I continue to pray for you family. I love the new hair cut. It's very cute on her!


I'm so thankful that things are going well. I had to laugh at the "busyness" comment. My oldest just commented this evening, "What Grace lacks in size, she makes up for in personality!" :) Thanks for the update!


It is lovely to read her progress! She is doing well and I love seeing her with her brothers and sisters, especially that cutie pie Eva with her new hair!! I bet Eva really likes it because she looks like her new big sister now and perhaps Ivy thinks she had it cut especially to be like her!!

What a beautiful family you have!!

Bobby and Regina

I love your family! I think Eva looks beautiful with her new do, and they all look like they are comfy together! I would so love to adopt more little ones! Being an only child, I love a big family! Love, Regina

Sue Lucas

Hi Cheri and family I am so glad that all is going good.She looks so happy and her sisters seem to love her as does the rest of her family.She is safe now in the loving family where she belongs.Blessings to you all and I hope to see you sometime in the Spring.You are all so blessed.

Love for Lilly Yin

Actually the hair cut is cute...but I know I would be sad too as we are waiting for Lilly's to grow out too. Maybe she was trying to do the tradition hair cut before Chinese New Year,,haha. Ivy is beautiful. I know Lilly did the same grieving type thing for few months after she came home...its hard. I am hear if you need to talk...I understand it all! What beautiful children you have!

Our family:

So happy to see you and your beautiful Ivy home safely! She looks adorable in your family photo! How wonderful to have her finally home with all your precious ones!

I will be praying for her adjustment and bonding with you and your sweet family.


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