Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Red Thread Friends

There's a beautiful proverb that's well-known in the adoption community:
An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet.
Regardless of time, place or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.

~ Chinese Proverb

I love that saying because it not only makes me think of our son, but also of a few special friends that I've met along the road of our adoption journey.  Wendy (from Our Story) and Rachel are two such friends.  Last week I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the day with these two amazing women, and their children.

All our kids are within a few months of each other age-wise, so they had a great time playing together, both at Wendy's house where we first got together, and at the splash park where we went to play.

We've had a lot of 100+ degree days in Michigan this summer, so all of us were relieved when our special play day turned out to be sunny and 85.  We really could not have asked for a more beautiful day!  There is something so special about being with people who just "get it," without any explanations needed.  We were able to talk while the kids played, and it was really nice to relax and enjoy our time together. 
As we walked out together, all the kids were giggling as we held hands in a big, long line.  It was music to my ears, and a perfect sentiment to the emotions I think we were all feeling as we left the park.  Great times!  

Monday, July 16, 2012


This got such a strong reaction on Facebook that I decided to post it here, too. Sometimes when you live with a spirited little person like ours, you just have to laugh. After we went shopping, I put the peaches on the counter. He wanted one right then but dinner was being put on the table so I told him, "No peaches before dinner." We ate, took a bath and everything was good. As I was gathering his lotion and pajamas after bath (a two-minute job at best,) he busied himself sampling, not one, but ALL the peaches.

When my mom saw this she laughed and said, "That reminds me of Ramona and the apples." And indeed, it does! Which leaves me wondering...are we raising Ramona's male counterpart? Sometimes I'd like to think we are. In his defense, the peaches are absolutely delicious, as they often are this time of year. Besides, as another Facebook commenter put it, "The first bite's the best!" And indeed...who can argue with that? Certainly not our little boy!!

Custom iPhone Case from Shuterfly

I am in LOVE with this new product from Shutterfly. If I had the budget, I'd get a different phone case for every day of the week! Phones are such an ever-present part of our daily lives now...I love the option of having photos of my favorite little person on mine. Check it out:

Custom iPhone Case
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