Friday, June 12, 2009

You Just Never Know

While at the library last week we noticed a young man setting up an easel to paint. Of course DD began asking him questions as soon as she saw him. He was very nice. I asked if he would be willing to paint a portrait of the girls. He said that he had just begun painting portraits, but that he would be willing to try. He gave us a business card with his web site URL so that we could look at some of his work. We didn't stay to watch him paint because I was afraid that Desheng Darling would drive him crazy with all of her questions!
When we got home we looked at his web site .You've got to look at it. His work is AMAZING!!! I mean REALLY amazing!!!!!
If I'd known that he was this good, I would have jumped at the opportunity to have the girls' portrait done!

Sunday, June 07, 2009


As adoptive parents we have a lot of special dates to remember. Dates like when we started our paperwork, completed our paperwork, were logged into China's system, received our referral, travel dates, Gotcha Day and birthdays....just to mention a few. Every part of the adoption process is so special that we don't want to forget anything.

It was on June 7, 2007 that we received our referral for Doodlebug. After two VERY long years of waiting we were finally able to see a picture (via email) of our precious little girl. She was definitely worth the wait!
These two b&w photos were the first ones we received. They were taken approximately 2 months before her 2nd birthday.
These are some of our most recent pictures of Doodlebug taken approximately 2 months before her 4th birthday. She's really growing up fast.
We actually celebrated her Referral Day early this year (Saturday) with a quick trip to the library...
where the girls loaded themselves down with enough books to last them until Tuesday since the library is closed on Sunday and Monday. Desheng Darling has read 60 BOOKS in the last 6 days! Many of these were chapter books of about 100 pages each. This is no small feat! DD has a book with her EVERYWHERE she goes. I mean EVERYWHERE! We don't dare get into the car without a stack of books. She tries to read at meal time, bath time, while brushing her teeth, while grocery shopping...She even had a book in the baseball dugout reading while waiting for her turn to bat!


After leaving the library we felt an uncontrollable urge to continue celebrating by stopping at Braum's where Doodlebug became acquainted with her new best friend...a BANANA SPLIT!