Ladies, we have a heartbreaker on our hands.
Smart, funny, AND handsome? I think I'm in love!
Given less than a 10 percent chance to live by his doctors, he defied expectations at every turn. And today we celebrate his 1st birthday.
Today is his birthday, and he was born with such a severe birth defect (his stomach and intestines on the outside of his body) and suffered such severe hypothermia from spending his first night of life in a cold ditch, that noone thought he could possibly survive. Due to a string of miracles that you can read about in his full story, he arrived at our foster home when he was only 3 days old.
What can we say... Peter really loves the water.
A few weeks ago, we posted a story about how Liam loves a Silly Sing-a-Long. Several people requested a video of him singing. We did our best to capture it, though he was more interested in singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt instead of Do Your Ears Hang Low. And be sure to look for little Khloe's surprise appearance, too! She's our up-and-coming star!
Now they're some of the oldest girls in our foster home. It won't be long, and they'll both be leaving with their adoptive families. We're so thankful for the opportunity we had to get to know them and be a part of the beautiful transformation that occurred in their lives.
There are already new little ones arriving, with the same fearful and uncertain looks on their faces that Sophie and Victoria once had. But we know it won't be long until we see another side of them as well...
The office has become the testing ground for some of our children's newly acquired English skills. During the summer, we assign interns to teach English to our older children one-on-one. Lately, the interns have been teaching the kids some practical English phrases and sentences. We're thrilled at all of their quick progress! We always knew that we had some brilliant kids. We also have some amazing interns!
So in addition to Julia's dazzling English skills that she demonstrates in the video, we had Victoria and Sophie come to the office to "buy candy." (They were going to the snack shop to buy candy, but it was closed, so they made a detour to the office.) They each came up to my desk with 10 RMB bills in their hands. They very politely introduced themselves...
"Hi, my name is Sophie."
"Hi, my name is Victoria."
With a little prompting from their teachers, they then asked, "Can we buy some candy?"
I searched through my desk for something that resembled candy and came up with a sack of dried kiwi fruit. I gave each girl a couple of pieces and they "paid" their bill and said "Thank you!"
There are some things we don't want spread around, but we can handle a case of infectious giggles. And, if we have one child who is contagious with that, it would be Julia! Her deep belly laugh always gets a few others to laughing as well...
And being given a chance to swim in the pool on a hot summer afternoon wearing the brand new bathing suit that her new mom and dad just sent? Well... that's just the trigger she needs to get a big case of the giggles going.
We have some water babies! They really like to splash and play, as long as they don't get too much water in their faces. For some reason on this afternoon, Addison didn't want to sit in the water, but she liked playing with it as we poured it from a bucket. We think by the time they leave with their adoptive families, our kids will be ready for swim lessons!
By putting a water hose at the top of our small slide and a small pool underneath the bottom of the slide, we turn our backyard into our own mini-waterpark.
While the older kids, like Sophie, think barrelling down the slide is a great way to spend the afternoon, the littler children are a bit more divided on whether or not they think it is fun. Some of the little ones really get into it... like Annie. She's generally fearless. Khloe, on the other hand, would prefer to sit undisturbed in the pool. She has no interest in barrelling down the slide, and she's not all that happy that she doesn't just get the pool to herself! We think she definitely has a future as a sunbathing beauty who doesn't really want to get too wet! And Ethan is shaping up nicely into the little guy who thinks that flirting with a girl is synonymous with hitting or being a little bit mean to them.
Like water running through their hands, this baby chick kept escaping the grasp of Peter and Adam this past Spring. We just found this video in our files, and we thought it was funny... the baby chick was certainly faster on his feet than our two little guys!
And no worries for the chick, the only thing harmed in the making of this video was Adam's and Peter's sense of accomplishing their goal! They never did catch the moving fuzz ball!
Little Tristan was chosen as model for the day, and boy did he live it up!
Her name is Addison, and though she may be our little half-pint, she's proven herself up to the task of feeding and caring for those who are younger (though perhaps not smaller) than her.