Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Mommy and Caroline following Christmas Eve services

Aunt Darlene (Nana), Grandma (Nai-Nai), Caroline, and Mommy

Friday, November 25, 2011

Latest Pics of Caroline

Here are pics of Caroline taken Nov 25, 2011
She is almost 4-years-old.

At preschool during Thanksgiving week, she was asked what
she is thankful for, and Caroline responds, 'when Jesus saved me.'

Her favorite cartoons are 'Martha Speaks' and 'Dinasaur Train.'

Her favorite phrase (right now) is ""

Caroline loves her tap dance class.  She also loves shows like
"Dancing With the Stars" and "X-Factor"

She is my sweet Caroline.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

First Bike

After seeing Caroline riding a bike at her preschool, it was clear
that I needed to get her a bike.  She picked out a pink and purple one.

She's a happy girl...proud of her helmut, too.

"Mommy, take one more picture of me."

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I haven't posted much text in quite a while....mainly pictures of Caroline.  I thought I would take a moment to write some random thoughts about Caroline and her growth and development at this point in her life at 3 1/2-years, after being home from China for almost 2 years.   I am continually amazed at her awareness of the world around her.   She absolutely loves preschool, which she affectionately calls 'Bible Church'....this came about due to the fact that her preschool is housed at our church....she noticed that Vacation Bible School was held at the same place as her preschool, so started calling preschool 'Bible School'.....then she came to the realization that we attended church at the same building as her preschool...hence, she started calling preschool 'Bible Church.'    She knows her colors, numbers and letters.  She is counting up to about 25.  She loves to 'read' books....I'm thinking that she'll ACTUALLY start to read before too long.   She has taken tap dancing class for a year and will begin her 2nd year of study next week....she LOVES to dance.   Her favorite cartoons are 'Dinosaur Train', 'Sid the Science Kid', and 'Curious George'.   She is fascinated with wild animals such as lions and tigers.  She is fascinated with race cars.   We are STILL trying to conquer potty training, but I know she's close....right now it's 'hit and miss.'   I am enrolling her in Suzuki violin class this fall because she keeps talking about the violin, and I don't prompt her.  You might think that I talk to her about it because I am a music educator....but she has asked about the violin for several months on her own.  Her hair has grown to below her shoulders which makes me so happy....on Gotcha Day her head was shaved....all I could do was dream about what she would look like with long hair.   I think that she doesn't like to disappoint me....I will have to watch this characteristic as years go by....I want her to feel free to make mistakes and not be ashamed if she isn't perfect.  I'm afraid she'll be a perfectionist like me....which has it ups and downs.  Caroline is not afraid to be 'rough and tumble' with the boys, but also enjoys putting on a frilly dress with a bow in her hair...and she is very 'matchy-matchy'.....she always wants her shoes and bow to match her clothes....can't imagine where she gets that.   She loves to talk about her 'mei-mei'....her little sister who will be coming from Africa in a few months.   I love Caroline more and more every day....and am constantly checking myself to make sure I'm doing my very best for her.  I don't want to let her down in any way.  Caroline, words cannot possibly express how much I love YOU!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dinner With Some of the China Travel Group!

Hugs between Jackson and Caroline

Hugs between Caroline and Violet

Mommy and Caroline

Caroline, Violet, Jackson, Elizabeth, and Collin

Because we were making a trip to the St. Louis area for a few days, we organized a get-together with some of our September 09 China travel group.  It was so good to see them!  We wish that we could have had the entire group together.  The kids just 'literally' embraced each other, and seemed to genuinely enjoy each other.  They are growing up so fast!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

June 2011 Photo Shoot (continued)

This is another photo taken of Caroline last month.
She takes a pretty nice picture, I think.
I also like her serious can see her eyes
and her beautiful lips.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Children's Hope International Adoption Reunion Picnic - Chicago 2011

At the picnic...Caroline is hungry and needing a nap...
this equals a grumpy girl.

Caroline (lower left) kept her distance
but enjoyed seeing the Chicago Mounted Police

She's fascinated with the horses...
but won't get close enough to pet them.

Caroline loves her sunglasses

Rhonda and Violet were in our China travel group,
and we enjoyed an evening together at Giordano's
and deep dish pizza!

Caroline and Annabelle enjoying the hotel pool

Me, Caroline, Annabelle and her mommy, Violet and Rhonda

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rehearsing for First Dance Recital

Caroline will dance in the number "Get Your Jammies On"

I think she'll be comfortable on stage.  She definitely knows how to pose.

My Sweet Caroline

Perhaps 'pointe' is in her future

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

I am SO blessed to be a mom.  For so many years, I thought that I would never be a mom.....I've never married and have been career-oriented.  I have finally found a balance in my life.  I still love to be a professor and work with university students.....but my main purpose in life is to be a mom.  I could not be more excited for that!  Here are some pictures from today's Mother's Day celebration.
Caroline and Mommy at the Hostess House following Mother's Day Brunch

Caroline is showing off her Mother's day duds

Grandma, Caroline, and Mommy

Saturday, May 7, 2011

CHI Waiting Child Video Includes Caroline

Watch this targets prospective adoptive parents....shows before and after pictures of waiting children that have been adopted.  Caroline is shown in one of the before and after pics.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Easter Sunday 2011

At church, following the Easter Egg hunt

Caroline, Nai-Nai (Grandma), and Higgins

All ready for church

Caroline and Mommy

Friday, March 11, 2011

China Dolls Playdate

Bella, Caroline, and Malia (we missed you, Chloe!)
The girls enjoyed their March playdate!
We are blessed to have other China adoptive families close by.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Caroline and Grandma

Caroline is growing both physically and socially.  She constantly amazes me with her questions and answers.  She is very loving and says "I love Mommy" quite often, which melts my heart.  She is getting closer to being potty-trained, but that seems to be our biggest hurdle right now.  I think that she doesn't want to give up being Mommy's baby.   She is such a wonderful gift from God and I am truly blessed.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chinese New Year Celebration 2011

All ready to go to the Chinese New Year Celebration in Wabash, IN

Bella and Caroline (holding church offering collection bags - the celebration was held at a church....I think they actually made a little money with this!)

The China and Taiwan girls (and one boy!) with a big sister adopted from Khazakstan

Favorite Phrases

Caroline's vocabulary keeps expanding on a daily basis.   I don't always understand everything that she says, but I would say that I understand 90% of what she ways.  She is also very expressive in terms of facial expression and hand cute.  There are many times that I wish I had a hidden video cam to get some of this on video.    Her favorite phrase right now is "that'll work!"   Examples:   she eats her mashed potatoes with a 'kiddy' knife..."that'll work!"    She helps set the table (I fight the temptation of re-setting the table) and she says, "that'll work!"   Her other much-used phrase is "I love it."    Examples:  taste-testing her breakfast food..."I love it."........putting her blue jeans on...''I love it".........watching her favorite DVD..."I love it."    Another one.......she recently went to the movie theater for the first time and saw the movie "Tangled."   She calls the movies at the theater a "big DVD" while spreading her arms out to indicate 'big.'    The phrase that I use most often these days is 'LIFE IS GOOD!'

Friday, January 28, 2011

Fun in the Snow

We tried to build a snowman but the snow was too dry.

Makin' a snow angel

All bundled up in several layers