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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


29, 39, and 51

Those are the weights of my youngest girls.  Joy and Eva both came home weighing 15 pounds when they were a year old.  Ivy came home weighing 41 pounds and barely budged in her weight gain for the first 6 months.  But, she's caught up quite well.  I look at all three of these girls and think about how their nutrition may have played a role in their development, both physically and mentally.  I know that Ivy had food every day, but not very much, and she rarely had water.  I also know that she did not have a variety.  Everyday she had rice and soup.  I also know that Joy never had a bit of food ever until we met her, only bottles.  She had no idea what to do with the food I put in her mouth.  Eva knew exactly what food was and loved it.  She would focus on her food and eat anything in site very quickly, never leaving a crumb.  So, take a look:

Ivy and Eva are 2 years and 11 months apart.  Eva and Joy are only 8 months apart.  To me, the big difference comes with Eva and Joy, both physically and mentally.  Eva is 10 pounds heavier.  It takes Joy about 2 years to grow into clothes that Eva has outgrown.  Shoes take even longer.

Eva usually wants to be outside, exploring, playing, whatever she can do.  Joy, on the other hand, loves those things, too, but wants to be in my lap whenever she is inside the house.  Joy's emotional maturity is more at a 3 year old level.  She reads at a K level, and seems to understand her schoolwork.  Still, her temper, frustrations, rule her.  So, I wonder how much food played a role in my daughters' beginnings. 

8 kind words:

Wendy in OH

Gosh they are all breathtaking. So there is hope with Livi, she hasn't gained an ounce!?


Wow! All three girls are just beautiful! What a wonderful blessing they must be to you and your family!


So hard to say. Grace is still really tiny, but she also comes from an area with a large number of ethnic minorities (the people in these minority groups are fairly petite). We think that she would have been small no matter what.

Your three girls are all beautiful, that's for sure!


beautiful girls


My abby came home at 9 months old and 12.5 lbs. She too had only bottles.... now at 32 months she is only 22.5 lbs. She doesn't look particularly skinny, just really petite. I also wonder how much of that is due to poor nutrition and how much is genetics. She also has a horrible temper and gets frustrated quite easily. Something to think about...


I love the picture of the three girls! All so beautiful! I know that Haleigh didn't seem to have any concerns of "food" but she was so painfully thin when we got her. She's growing now but still very small for her age. So many unanswered questions about their early years; I think that is one of the hardest parts for me.

Mike and Barb

Beautiful young ladies! I love Ivy's sparkle in her eyes. I'll have to show Nora, she'll love to see her friend!

Football and Fried Rice

All three girls growing! All three girls beautiful!! I a just amazed at how Ivy has just blended right in (or so it seems!) I'd love to hear more about older child adoption and that transition...having watched her so, so sad when you met and now? Wow. God is faithful!

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