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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


Second Anniversary

So, it has been 2 years since Ivy walked into our lives.  Or rather, we walked into Ivy's life.  We talked this morning, and she said, "It seems like I've always been here."  Amazing that 2 years can seem like a lifetime to a child.  Her past is slowly pushed to the recesses of her mind.  She is moving on.  She is family.

My first half-hearted smile that I got from Ivy on Feb. 1, 2010.  We had many more smiles in the days to come.

Our last full day in China.  She was a happy girl.  I was a happy mom.

10 kind words:


Congratulations Ivy!!! Best wishes to Cheri and fam!!!

I remember following along while you were in China...I especially remember how pretty Ivy looked in her red jacket.

BTW and totally OT...Cheri, by your recent haircut photos compared to China two years ago, you look younger and thinner now than then. Go girl, you rock!!! (LOL)

Wendy in OH

and that is what stimulated our (my) heart to adopt again, following your blog to Ivy. Can't even remember how I found you, but God has been good to both of us my friend. Congrats to you all and Ivy...


Wow, two years already? She has come so very, very far. I simply adore her!


Beautiful girl! Happy forever family day!!!



I have always wanted to comment on your blog but have never taken the time before. I started following you in 2010 when you posted your blog on Rumour Queen. To be honest, I fell in love with Ivy. She had such a sweetness that came across in the referral pictures that I wanted to make sure she was going to be loved and cared for by her new family. You have obviously succeeded in that department. I also wanted to add I love your honesty in the blog. It is one of the most authentic blogs that I read. I grew up similar to you, not having much but being grateful for what we did. Anyway, I always think I could be best friends with you! Thanks for sharing your journey on your blog. It is one of my favorites!

Warmest Regards,


Jolene Powell

Congratulations! I hope all is well with you and your family.


Happy Gotcha/Forever Family Day! Ivy is such a beautiful child!


oh - I love her "seems like I've always been here" comment. We say that all the time about Piper but it's so sweet to hear a child say it :) Happy 2 year family-versary!!!


"Happy Anniversary!" I love her comment about always being there! Ivy is such a beautiful girl! I love her smiles!


I can not believe it has been two years!!! Ivy has just blossomed! She is so beautiful...inside and out :)

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