I have found the perfect task to keep my 2 1/2 year-old occupied while I unload the groceries from the car and put them away. Mia loves to help me pull the grapes off the stem. I normally put her on the counter and she and I both work on them together. Yesterday, I washed her hands, set the strainer on the counter and gave her the whole bag of grapes and she did it all on her own while I put the groceries away. She did an excellent job, too! Not one bit of stem left on those grapes. She was so proud of herself. (And so was I!) Of course, I had to take a few breaks from the groceries to take some photos of my cute little helper.
Of course, part of the fun is digging in and playing with them when they're done.
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.