Tuesday, May 30, 2017

China Lights in Nashville Tennessee

This past weekend the children and I went to Nashville to celebrate Memorial Day weekend with our group of friends we met while we were in China getting Ivy.  When the adoption agency sends you to China to pick up your child they try to send you in a group of other families who are also picking up their children.  When we picked up Avery there were 4 other families as it was during the New Years Eve holiday weekend.  In Ivy's group there were 13 families.  We have since kept in touch and every so often a small group of us meet in Nashville as that is the closest for all of us.  Anyway, this past weekend there was a China Light Festival where there were these light displays, Chinese food, and cultural dances.  It was so wonderful seeing everyone.  It feels like coming home.  We have become such a tight knit group in the past year.  We have celebrated much and cried when Rickie was diagnosed with CP, but she has come a long way since that diagnosis and we are watching God heal her and help her meet some mile stones.  After the festival we headed to the local mall where the children played and rode the carousel.  On another note, we leave for Germany in two days!  Eek!  I can't believe it!  A whole year in Germany!  Well, I better run, I need to go finish packing.  Have a great week!

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Nordic Heritage Museum (Seattle) and Lunch with Jenna

I lived in Seattle for many years, but never went to the Nordic Heritage Museum.  Infact, I didn't even know it existed until we stopped by some long time friends and they mentioned a special exhibit that was taking place at the museum.  So when my friend was taking her daughter to art lessons, I headed off to the museum.  I never realized that Seattle had big Scandinavian population.  It was fun to learn how the community influenced the development of Seattle.  It was also fun to see all the Marimekko fabrics which were on exhibit but are no longer showing.

In order to wrap up these Seattle post, I am going to combine my lunch with my friend Jenna.  She lives in Kirkland which is just over the bridge on the other side of Lake Washington.  I had lunch with her before going to the museum.  One of my favorite things about Seattle are all the fresh farm to table restaurants and organic restaurants.  The food is just amazing.  I had a totally yummy salad followed by a yummy apple salted caramel hand pie. Jenna got a batch of their fresh root vegetable chips with garlic aioli and oh my so yummy!   Thanks Jenna for taking me to Little Brothers and Deru.  The only thing I wish was that I would have had time to go back and try out a few more items from their menu's.    Well, this wraps up my Seattle post!  Can't believe we will be in Germany in less than a week.  I am excited for all the new adventures that we are going to have while we are over there this next year.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Avery Pre-K Graduation

She has come a long way.  It is hard to believe it has been over 3 years now since she was placed in our arms.  When I got her she could barely walk and she was 2 1/2.  Everything scared her from balloons, to walking on grass, to meeting new people.  Now she is thriving and always very happy girl!  So grateful to have her in our lives.  I hope her birth mother can sense that she is an amazing child.  Today she graduated from Pre-K.  She will start Kindergarten in the fall.  She loves school. Oh the places you will go sweet girl.  I know you are destined for greatness.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Forever a Family

On Saturday, our family went to the temple to have Ivy sealed to our family for all time and eternity. What does this mean and why do we do it?  Families are the most number one priority for the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints outside of the Atonement and Jesus Christ.  We believe that families are apart of Heavenly Father's Eternal Plan.  In the scriptures in Matt. 16:19 it says, "Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.", so without getting to complicated basically we had Ivy permanently joined to our family not just in the eyes of the government but in the eyes of the Lord.  She will be forever apart of our family. We did the same thing after bringing Avery home. Since our biological children were born to us after we were married in the Temple they did not need to be sealed to us because they were born in the covenant.  The covenant meaning in this case the promise of marriage, When Frank and I married we promised that we would not only love each other but that we would be together forever and because we make this promise to each other in the temple we are also in a contract with the Lord.  We love you Ivy!  We are so grateful your birth mother choose life and that she made the ultimate sacrifice that you may be forever ours.  Love you sweet girl!  On a side note, Ivy's dress was made by my mother from my wedding gown.  Avery and Addy also have a gown made from my dress!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

An Afternoon at Carkeek Park

Seattle seems almost like a distant dream, but boy was it a very good dream.  While I love living in Georgia, I sure do miss this little girl and her fantastic mama who has been my dear friend for over 21 years now.  We got to know each other through our church congregation which at the time was comprised of all single adults. I had just graduated from Portland State University and my friend had moved back home after living many years in San Francisco and Utah.  Our friendship grew even closer when she moved into my apartment complex and served my family while I was pregnant and after my son was born.  If it wasn't for her, most days I wouldn't have gotten a shower because my son cried non-stop 24/7 which made it difficult taking a shower.  My husband was at school all day finishing his Ph.d. and she would bring me yummy treats to help me from loosing my mind. Our oldest is named after her father who is also very dear to us and was a great mentor to me and my husband.   One day while I was in Seattle we just decided to hang out at the park and play at Carkeet Park.  Miss is the same age as my son Roman and it sure has been fun watching her grow into a sweet, sensitive, and creative young girl.  Can't wait to see where her journey takes her.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Last weekend our good friend's son was confirmed in his church.  The cermony was sweet! Afterwards we enjoyed a wonderful meal at their house and spent our time in company of wonderful people.  Doesn't get any better than that.  Grateful, they gave us the opportunity to be apart of their special moment.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Coyle's Bakery

While I was in Seattle visiting my friend Jennifer, she took me to Coyle's Bakery.  She was almost giddy to share this bakery with me because she knows I love chocolate.  She was like Kelleyn you have to taste this cake-it is so fantastic, and you know me I don't even really like chocolate.  I am a salted Carmel fan.  Jen was right the cake was fantastic and so was the food. I had a salad with curly endive, walnuts, goat cheese, and grapefruit and orange slices. My friend had a bed of ricotta cheese with braised asparagus, pistachios and olive oil.  Both were seriously delicious! I wish I could hop on a plane and go there for lunch today.  So if you are ever in Seattle, don't miss on the opportunity to go to Coyle's bakery.  The staff are super friendly too!