Because I had just started posting Leila's adoption story, I didn't get a chance to post pics of our weekend at my brother's house a couple of weeks ago. As most of you know, I am the VERY proud Aunt of three beautiful kids - Jorge, 5, born in Guatemala, Lucy, 4, born in China, and Joe, 1, born in Guatemala. We live in neighboring states, but different states nonetheless, so we don't get to see them as much as we'd like. But when we do, the kids have tons of fun. I just love watching them play together. Leila has always had a very special bond to Jorge. And Mia can't stop saying, "I want to see MY Lucy" the entire three-hour trip. And Joe, well... the girls just smother Joe with tons of kisses and invade his personal space. Poor guy. Here are some pics from our weekend together. This was Mia's first boat ride. She absolutely loved it! Her favorite thing was to, "Go fast! Go fast!" :-) Rob & Shelly - We loved your new boat. We'll be back soon!
The 5 Cousins
And yes, they are nearly two years apart, yet only 1 shoe size different. ;-)
In addition to running my own photography business, I am a proud mother to three beautiful girls that were born in my heart, and a wife to my wonderful husband of 17 years. We adopted Leila from Moscow, Russia at 32-months old and Mia from Jiangsu Province, China at 13-months old. We thought we were done at two, until God led us on another journey to China - this time to bring home our 11-year old daughter, Kara Da Xin in July 2009. I am also the proud Aunt of two nephews, born in Guatemala, and a niece, born in China. I am so thankful to our Heavenly Father for blessing our family with these amazing children.
This is a very special necklace I had made to keep my children close to my heart. On the left, it says "family" in Russian. On the right, it says, "mother and daughter joined at the heart" in Chinese. I love this piece of jewelry and how it always reminds me of our journey to bring home our three precious girls.