Big sister

Georgia asked to borrow my phone today to take a picture of her babies because, "They were being so cute", and I just found this on my phone. They're adorable, for sure. (The princess baby collecting is a little out of control, but it's all she has really ever wanted for her birthday or Christmas or getting potty trained, etc.)

She graduated from preschool this last week, and is already missing it because I don't really have big enough plans for this girl. She has a lot of energy and a lot of determination and when she's sleeping I just want to go hold her and kiss her because when she is awake we are in constant negotiations concerning snacks or glitter glue or fingernail polish or screen time. That's why we're both really tired at bed time. I look at her though, and see her energy and strength and mothering heart and the way she doesn't give up until things feel right to her, and I think that she is perfectly placed in our family. She has one, and soon, two little brothers who need a big sister like Georgia.


What life is looking like these days

 I've missed this blog! Since I haven't posted regularly in a really long while, I thought I would give you a phone-picture update of our life, which looks kind of like this most of the time....

Play dough.

Signing Grandpa in the car in hopes that we are heading to you-know-who's house.

Eating fine cuisine. (a Gogurt) Wearing the dragon costume that we wore to school. (because we choose our battles and I chose that that one could be for the teacher. It had been a long morning.) 

Not sure what was going on here, but five happy kids and every blanket we own in one big pile.

Good morning Mom. 

Trampoline time with every ball we own in one big pile. 

After school snacks.

Climbing the staircase which is more commonly known and used as our indoor jungle gym. 

And hammock-ing--our favorite pastime of 2016.

There you have it. I love these little people.

 When I look at all these pictures of my favorite moments, it reminds me that life is pretty great and precious and that family is everything to me.

We can't wait for Louie to join in these shenanigans! We love you little boy!


Little Louie

Exciting news! We are adopting again! I want revive this blog to share our story a little with our family and friends. So here we go...

When we first brought Simon home I was pretty positive that I would never have it in me to go through another adoption process. It was hard! I was worn out emotionally from waiting and worrying and then adjusting when Simon got home. As we began to find our normal and see the changes in Simon that came from being loved by a family, though, we started thinking about adopting again. At first we thought maybe we could do it again, and then we thought we probably someday would adopt again, and then we decided we definitely wanted to do it again and that we were ready. At the end of last year, after feeling that we were ready to commit if we found a child that we felt belonged in our family, I saw a picture of this little baby boy. I felt the same way that I had when we saw Simon's picture--an ache in my heart and a whisper that this baby and our family needed each other. When I showed little Louie to Taylor, he said, "That's him! What do we need to do?" Taylor has faith and energy like Peter. When we talked to the kids they were SO excited--they talked about being big brothers and sisters again and how they would love this little boy. Anna told us not to get as stressed out about paper work this time, and Georgia told us all..."I can totally handle two little brothers." and we believe her. :) 

We are so excited. We are, I think, a little less stressed this time and even a little more excited, because we know some things to expect. We already have a perfect little son as a result of this process who has changed our family for the better and worked his way deep into our lives and hearts forever. I am so in awe at this part of the path our lives have taken. I never thought I would be a mom to two little boys from China, but I love our story so much and am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for each of His children. 

* What we know about our little Louie is that he turned two in January and is in mainland China. He has Down syndrome and, as you can see, is adorable. Right now we are a few months into our process and have completed our homestudy. We are currently waiting for USCIS approval from the US government and then we will submit our dossier to China. We're hoping to travel before the end of the year.  


one year home

It's been one year since we traveled to Hong Kong and brought Simon home to be part of our family. It has been a hard year, with challenges I never thought would be part of my mothering, but also with blessings and growth we could have experienced no other way. It has also been a beautiful year, that I know I will remember and cry about when I think of all the tender mercies that our family has experienced, and when I remember Simon's brave little heart and how he has come to love us and let us love him. I am so thankful that my Heavenly Father made a way for this little boy to be ours. He brings so much love and energy to our family and a change of pace and perspective that makes me more of who I want to be. We love him so much. I can't believe it's been a year, and then I can't believe it's only been a year. 

November 2014--pictures from the airport. 

 We celebrated this week with a trip to the children's museum and a dinner at Smashburgers because french fries.

Big boy on his first day of school this year. 

Love you Simon Kent!


Just some random pictures from my phone. Life is so good and busy here. I'm just working on holding down the fort while all these little guys tell me everything and eat everything and try to find their shoes. 

We put together this puzzle during conference this last weekend--Anna, Max, Charlie, Taylor, and I. It was a somewhat trying experience for me--lots of patience was needed, and lots of puzzle etiquette was discussed, but we finished. We put the last piece in together, all trying to hold on to a tiny millimeter of it, because some of us were ready to fight violently for the right to put in the very... last... piece. 

Just a special moment at the doctors, sharing a chair while we wait.

Mommy and Simon selfie. 

Mommy and Georgia selfie.

I should mention that these buddies are about exactly half of the time laughing and being silly together and half of the time sort of screaming and fighting with each other. It's exciting. I am so glad though, for the friendship that is there. They are going to love each other all their lives. 

And these last three pictures are from a night when we had Violet and Lizzie and Eden over and we swam in the kiddie pool one last time. Sweet cousin time. 


Little updates

Simon is talking so much! A lot of what he says is babbling that I can't understand, but he obviously knows what he's saying. My favorite intelligible thing he says is "I do!" He'll find my shoes and bring them to me and then say, "I do! I do! I do!" Or he'll push the water dispenser on the fridge and get water all over the floor and say, "I do! I do! I do!" 
This week he surprised me and his bus driver when she buckled him up one morning and he yelled, "Let's go!!" We were both so surprised and he was so proud.

Georgia is loving preschool. She told me on Thursday that from now on whenever she says "One, two, three, eyes on me" I have to say "One, two, eyes on you." and then I have to look at her "in the eyes" She is serious.
She also told me tonight when I said she was my baby girl that, "She's not shaped like a baby anymore, she's shaped like a big girl." And she's right.

Charlie is a big boy because he is in Kindergarten and he walks there with his friend Kiki who thinks he's funny. I get pretty much no information out of him when he gets home from school. (How was your day? Good. What did you do? Regular stuff. Like what? Nothing.) So then I ask him at bedtime and he tells me everything. (The teacher has a really big smile and always wears lipstick everyday and he has to sit on the green square and they are not supposed to chase any girls and he was the King of the Jungle last Tuesday.) 

Max has recently become a passionate BYU fan and educates me and Anna about BYU sports. Last night at the BYU football game Anna asked him where Tyler Haws was and he just put his head down in his hands and took some deep breaths while I explained. 
He is such a serious little guy and works so hard to be a good boy.

Anna is playing the Ukulele these days and I love hearing her strumming away. She is quite a good musician and entertains Simon and all the rest of us with her songs. I can't believe I have such a sweet, smart, giggly Fourth Grader.