Friday, November 28, 2008


Hope turned one and we are praising God we are able to spend this special day with her in our family. As we celebrate both Grace and Hope's birthdays we are so thankful to God for blessing us with His beautiful children, whom we have the privilege of raising. We pray both Grace and Hope will bring glory to God with their lives. We also think about their birth mothers and give thanks that they chose life for their children. We wonder what they think about each year, as I'm sure they must think about where their children are and what life they have. I feel so inadequate to be raising 6 children and giving them all they need both physically and spiritually,but I now by God's grace he always gives His children what they need, despite all of my shortcomings and sinfulness.

Grace is turning 3 in a few days and she is doing so well. She struggled with attachment issues since coming home and we have been working with her daily and building her trust, so she is not so afraid of the world. She will begin neuro reorganization in January, which will take her back through some of the early steps she missed in her development. She is really doing fabulous and we are so proud of her for the progress she has made. She has overcome so much in her short life. She is bright and is full of energy. She loves playing with her brothers and is very compassionate when anyone gets hurt. She is such a blessing to our family and we are so in love with her.

We took the girls to Friendly's for ice cream and then went back to my sister's to open presents. Hope had her first ice cream and Grace ordered a sundae. It was great to celebrate their birthdays with family. Hope had no idea what was going on, but Grace was so excited about her special day.

Rylan geting Hope to laugh

Opa.Oma and Mema watching Grace and Hope open gifts

Maguire and Grace

Grace opening gifts

Hope getting lots of help opening gifts


Grace eating her Sundae

Kendall and Grace were so cute at dinner coloring pictures together

Hope's first Sundae

Grace showing Curran her new shirt

Hope sharing her ice cream with mommy


Eating at Friendly's

16 of us went out for dinner


Megan said...

Happy Birthday Gracie and Hopie! The pictures of them are so cute and we can't wait to meet Hope for the first time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenn
This is from Jena, from the Heritage travel group, with Ruby and Lia.
I love your families' blog, and your positive family! I am very interested in neuro reorganization - can you email me sometime so I can ask you questions? Many thanks,

The Montieth Family said...

It's so beautiful to see your family together at home. You are blessed to be able to celebrate both of your daughter's birthdays together, too! :)

I read about Grace's upcoming neuro-reorg. Our daughter Emma has severe attachment issues and has been diagnosed with RAD. We are on our second attachment therapist and are keeping alternative treatments on the table too if attachment therapy does not help. So, I guess that I just wanted to say "I understand"! :)

Have a wonderful Chirstmas!
Sincerely, Megan M.
Emma Yangdong 02/06 Age 4.5
Sophie waiting for us in Yangxi
Day 58!

barb said...


We are also looking into neuro reorganization for our adopted son. We'd love to learn how it's going for you!