Thursday, May 29, 2008
Click on the picture of Sophie Le below for more picture of our weekend!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
How You Can Help
1. Today, please read A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam at www.jcics.org.
2. Send an email in support of A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam to email@example.com.
a. Send your email no later than May 30th.
Your email will be included in a petition to Congress.
3. On June 2nd, 3rd, or 4th, please contact your Congressional Representatives and Senators and ask them to support A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam.
a. Call both of your U.S. Senators and your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.
• You can find your Senators’ phone numbers and email address at www.senate.gov
• You can find your Representatives’ phone numbers and email address at www.house.gov
b. Include the following in your calls and emails.
• "I/we urge the Senator/Congressperson to join the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Co-Chairs and sign their letter to Secretary Condoleezza Rice in support of the recommendations found in Joint Council’s A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam."
• If they have not heard about the Campaign, ask them to contact the Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute at 202-544-8500 or Joint Council on International Children’s Services at 703-535-8045.
c. Send an email to everyone you called.
• The email is important, but the phone call should be placed first.
"Hillary Ashton has such a cute, bubbly personality. She is always smiling and happy. She loves creative play and gets along well with others. Hillary Ashton has been such a joy to teach this year! She is doing strong work academically and her fine motor skills have really grown. She is a sweet, darling girl and we have truly enjoyed having her in our class!"
And since I have passed all boundaries of mommy bragging, they also expressed they were impressed that she could already write her name. Me too :o)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Her class had an end of the year party last Thursday at River City Gymnastics and a water party today at school...in case you are wondering why she wore a swimsuit to school :o)
Here she is her first day of PK3:
And This morning before school:
Here she is at the end of the year party with her teacher (the sweet girl cannot keep her eyes open if I use the flash)
And her other teacher:
And her "best friends" from school. I remember during her first few weeks of school she told me these particular girls were her best friends...luckily after a year they are still best friends :o)
Monday, May 26, 2008
And her world traveling big sister
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Here is a sweet video of him with his daughter:
And the awesome video and song he wrote about taking time with your kids instead of rushing through life.
My thoughts and prayers are with this wonderful family at this sad, sad time in their life.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Click on the image below for larger pics.
Here are some pics from today:
I was actually pretty surprised when Neil easily agreed to impersonate a flamingo for the camera :o) Hope he doesn't mind I blogged it, haha!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
We spent about six hours with Sophie Le before the morning we arrived at the orphanage to take her with us forever. When we walked through the door that beautiful day, she was sitting in a swinging crib. She was as calm, quiet and still as I can remember ever seeing her. Her nanny's had her dressed in a handmade pair of overalls with a white t-shirt. The overalls were red, white and blue with a little embroidered mouse on the front, the straps and bottom had a USA pattern material with stars. She was wearing a diaper for the first time and her two bottle were ready to go. Hillary Ashton walked straight over to her bed, touched her arm and asked her if she was ready to go. That particular moment is burned in my memory. After tearful goodbyes, we traveled to the local justice department. It was so very surreal to have this precious, tiny baby in my arms as we rode through the streets of Ninh Thuan. We had prayed for her for several years, gazed at her pictures for hours on end, and now she was with us...forever. She slept the entire car ride and through most of the Giving and Receiving Ceremony. Although I know she must have been overwhelmed, she seemed so content to be with her family that day...the family she cried upon seeing only two days before. In fact, from the second day we met Sophie Le until she had been home over six months, our girl never once cried while we held her.
Forever Family Day, 2007
And the video segment from that day:
I cannot describe how blessed and humbled we are to be part of her family.
Happy Forever Family Day, Sophie Le Thiet Arnold!! We LOVE you!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Hillary Ashton shocked us a few weeks ago by going all night without having an accident. We didn't expect her to have this type of control for at least a year. We quickly rewarded her with an ice cream cone. She continued this positive behavior for about a week until...the ice cream stopped.
Fast forward to this morning. She woke up dry so she was rewarded chocolate ice cream for breakfast. After breakfast, we went to the library for story time. The librarian read a book about different animals and what types of food they like to eat. One the last page, there was a big bowl of ice cream and she asked the kids "who eats ice cream?" Of course, my ever vocal child sitting at the front of the room stands up, turns to face the room full of people and announces, "I ate a big bowl of chocolate ice cream for breakfast this morning because I didn't tee tee in my panties last night." So much for modesty.
Did I mention that the story time theme today was "eating healthy"?
Since we have divulged the private matter, here are the pictures from a few weeks ago enjoying her ice cream cone.
Couldn't resist a sleeping baby pic!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Here are the thoughts after our first meeting. Before you read it, please be aware that I was going on very little sleep at the time ;O)
It is really hard for this mama's to let her baby climb on one of these contraptions!
Time out for a snack
So full of life
A rare still moment
Okay, this one is just ridiculous. I almost can't take the cuteness factor of these two kissing!
Please God, don't let her climb up there too!
One year ago, the little girl on the left was in Vietnam and the little girl on the right was in Korea. Today they are best friends in the USA. God is awesome!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I feel so honored and blessed to be a mommy to Hillary Ashton and Sophie Le. They make everyday fun, calm, noisy, exciting, loving, challenging, long and WONDERFUL!
Last year on Mother's Day, we were in Vietnam and we met sweet Sophie Le. I will write much more about that in a few days as our first family day/gotcha day/adoption day is quickly approaching (this THURSDAY!!).
Here are a few pics from today. We took the girls for a quick ride on the boat and then to the park to ride their Jeep.
Don't tell the girls, but I think there is a naked, booty baby trying to escape.
These girls can be a little nutty!
I'm afraid there may be a similiar pic all to soon...Le changing the radio station while Hill speeds down the road!
Lucky mommy and her angels
My sweet family
The little girl that made me a mommy!
Le at church this morning
I am looking forward to having one (or two) more little babes to help us celebrate Mother's Day 2009!