Saturday, July 21, 2012

We're here...well...there...but here! :-)

Oh La Vida I love thee. :-) My labor of love...and the joy of Lia's grandparents. My precious memories. It's been a fun ride. I will treasure each post marking the big days...and the mundane.

We arrived home with Jillian on Thanksgiving Day and life is good as we settle into our blissfully normal, everyday life as a family of four. We've had plenty of big days and the mundane.

And it hit me a few months ago that despite the...ahem...large number of photos that document Jillian's first months home...I didn't have the story.

And I love the story.

So I am back at it.

Taking it easy on myself.

Allowing the occasional unedited SOOC photo to show up (gasp!)...

...but getting the story down. (which, in fact, may be the bigger gasp...there HAS been a learning curve to time management with two. But I think I'm finally getting it!)

I will be making some changes again over the next few months (I know I know!!!)...but for now, come and follow us at and so we wait. We'd love to see you there!!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Letter from Lia

Dear Mommy,

Thank you for all of the years you have been trying to get me a baby sister and now the time has come. We are so lucky that I can have a little sister. We are so glad that we have been getting updates of what she looks like. We are happy that our family can become four. But one of our family members is in China and we will be leaving to get her on November 11, 2011.

For Mom.


(Lia wrote this while I was at a shower thrown by some of my dearest friends. It was waiting for me when I got home.)

We will indeed be heading to China on November 11th to become four! You can follow our trip here:

...and so we wait

Sunday, September 4, 2011

My First Sunday Snapshot!!

They say it takes 30 days to cement a new habit. We'll see. :-)

Once upon a time I used to blog. I started this blog when we had been home about a year with Lia. And I loved it. I met many great friends...some of whom are now real life friends. I created a scrapbook of memories for my family. Win-win-win.

...and then I took an (ahem) small hiatus. For a few years. :-)

...and I missed blogging.

...but not enough to start up again apparently.

Until now. :-)

We are getting ready to make our second trip of a lifetime to China to bring home our daughter, Jillian Snow...waiting in Guangzhou. I've fired up her blog this week. And since I am an equal opportunity mom, I thought I would do a little blogging over here too!

My girl loves her some dress-up. On any given day, she changes her clothes no less than three times. Princess, rock-star, doctor...but always dreamer. Her mind changes with the wind...and her outfit...on a dime. And I love every minute of it.

I'm not sure exactly what was going on with this ensemble. It started out as a ballerina. But it appeared to go south (or maybe north???) when she went to the closet to pull on some shoes and come with me to gather the mail.

I turned around and saw this:


Our mailbox is at the end of our driveway. In plain view of several neighbors. And...well...the bus stop is right across the street. And the high school bus was just stopping for drop off when we were at the mailbox.

I just know those cheeky teenagers were taking fashion notes.

And Lia??

Casual and cool as a cucumber.


Even in those winter boots.

May she always stop to smell the roses...or, ahem, pick the impatiens.

...and march to the beat of her own drummer...

IMG_0754-Edit-1 whatever boots float her boat.

Sunday Snapshot

Friday, September 2, 2011

It's really happening!

Check out our "baby blog"! We will be blogging our trip to China there! (slated for early November...just over 4 years after the journey began!) (link on right sidebar!)

We'd love to have you along for the ride!!!

Jillian Snow...we're almost there!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Life is good...really, really good...

It has been a spring full of wonderful surprises and overwhelming blessings. The child we have prayed for, cried over, longed for...for four now a reality. Jillian Snow is waiting for us in Guangdong, PRC. We will be counting the minutes until we hold this precious child in our arms. She will complete our family in a most special way. We are truly over the moon...and so very, very thankful.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fall Fairie

No matter how you slice it...Halloween is pretty sweet when you're almost 6! Add a crown and some wings...and it is enough to make any gal giddy (and very silly!) :-)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Postcards from Paradise

...okay...really just the Jersey shore...but a week with my little fam with no obligations and the opportunity to shoot some photos of my gal is about as close to paradise as I need to be. :-)