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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



I was up bright and early and decided to skype the family earlier than expected because I needed to do paperwork with my guide Daniel.  It is all almost complete...I'll be glad to be done with paperwork.

View from our room

So, we saw our family this morning.  Everyone looked great...Mike had just fixed dinner for the crew, and it was snowing.  Jordan had little school this week because of all the snow.  Ivy finally got to see her brothers.  The last time we skyped, the boys were still in the bed.  Ivy does not talk at all when we skype.  She just smiles and smiles.  I know it will take time just like it did with me.  As soon as we were finished with skype, she started talking up a storm.  Whenever we get around my guide, she clams up.  But, she'll talk to people on the street with no problems.  I think she associates Daniel with negative things. 

We went for the TB check this morning after breakfast.  Yes, she needed a chest X-ray, which was negative.  My doctor back home told me that my girls skin TB test will always be positive because they've had the TB vaccination.  It seems kind of redundant, but that is immigration for you.

Chinese New Year decorations at the hotel

After the paperwork I told Ivy I needed to take my laundry out and go to the store.  She looked at me and said, "no".  Apparently, she is a homebody.  I then told her, "yes".  So, on we went and she actually enjoyed Carrefour's becuase I bought some chocolate and juice for her.  She also thought the magnetic ramp escalator was a blast.

In the taxi

Outside Carrefour's

Having fun!

I met another lady with our agency who was traveling alone.  She's a single mom with a very mature 3 year old.  She uses chopsticks like a pro.  We had dinner at the Shanghai-style restaurant near the medical exam office.  It was very good.  Tomorrow we are going to White Cloud Mountain after breakfast.

Enjoying her new play-dough

Jumping rope

Ivy continues to do well.  She tells me stories in Chinese and rattles on about her friends.  I wish I knew what she says.  She is a very sweet girl.  She doesn't willingly give me affection, but accepts mine and kisses my cheek when I ask.  Things are good.  I can only imagine what is going through that little mind of hers.

*Ivy does not pay much attention to babies.
*Eva now has a mullet.
*Joy asks why Ivy cannot talk.
*Ivy's 5slim pants fit perfectly, but cutting it close in length.
*Did you know that flight attendants can only fly over the north pole path to Asia a few times a year because of the high radiation levels at the pole?  I had no idea!
*I watched a man at my gate at JFK pull out a box-cutter type knife.  He cut his apple in half and gave it to his wife, then proceeded to get on board our flight with that box-cutter.  So much for our security.
*You have to pay for your plastic bags at Carrefour's.  Three yuan!  That is okay because I need bags for car trips in case Ivy gets sick.
*You also have to pay for your napkins here in Guangzhou.  Make sure you bring wipes to dinner.

4 kind words:

Sue Lucas

Hi Cheri and Ivy,
I am so glad things are going GOOD You are on my mind very much I can not wait to see Ivy and your family again.We are snowed in again today,it does not help in my emotional well being right now because I am a GOER ,on the go all the time,I can not even get to Moms right now.
I pray blessings and continued peace and bonding for you both.
She seems to be a very graceful and quiet little one.I would love to see her when she meets her Daddy sisters and brothers.Love Sue


Glad that the TB test was negative! What a relief!

This snow storm is unlike any I have ever seen. And it is still snowing. I'm sure your family is under quite a blanket of snow too!

Still LOVING getting on here to check out how the previous day was for you! What will I do with my time if I'm not on here looking and reading or calling others to check out your site!!! :)

Are you counting down the days yet? I felt so relieved to be in the 2nd week there! We are so grateful to be able to share in this dream of yours!! I know I've said it before - but could anything be more beautiful? I can't wait to see how things unfold when you get home! Know you feel the same! As much as you are enjoying time alone with her I'm sure you can't wait to get her home where she belongs!!
Thanks so much for allowing us to follow along!!

Many Blessings!

Becky and family

You look wonderful and Ivy looks wonderful! You are her MAMA!!! =)
I wish I could see a picture of Eva right now! ;)
We all enjoy the daily up-dates and we feel almost as if we know tiny Ivy. We continue to pray for your protection and wisdom, which we trust God for!
We so much look forward to meeting Ivy at the right time! I know she'll be VERY happy with you!
God bless you each day!
We love you very much!!!


Sounds like Eva will have a cute new hairstyle when you get home. Maybe a cute little short cut. :) Bless her heart. She will be pretty with whatever style she has.
You are for sure counting down the days..won't be long. Can't wait to see family pics..with the whole family. The girls are going to love Ivy.

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