"Take an action each day that alleviates suffering in the world. Bring light into darkness."
-Angeles Arrien

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished:
If you're alive, it isn't.
--- Richard Bach

I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody [to no one]
--Mother Teresa

We were not separated at your birth.
It was the moment at which we began our journey toward each other
-Nancy McGuire Roche

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!!

This is our second halloween together but first year of good old fashioned USA trick or treating. Last year on Halloween was our 1st full day as a family. I remember a lot of adjusting going on. We had our hands full and knew it. I dragged 2 halloween costumes all the way to Vietnam from the states and neither one got worn for even 2 seconds. Meliah and Khai would not let us put them down for 2 seconds much less dress them up in stupid costumes.

This year was great. They both were very grumpy when we first dressed them. Meliah tried to rip her tinkerbell costume off and Khai refused to put on his dinosaur hood. Oh fun!! They both were grumpy the whole time I was trying to take pictures and clinging to us for dear life. I never did get a good picture of them all together. Finally Meliah started to adjust but when I tried to put her in the stroller she was having none of it. I finally dug out the old Moby sling that we have not used in forever. It felt like Vietnam all over again (I carried Meliah for night and day in this sling in Vietnam). Khai still was not in a good mood so Dad said they would catch up. I had to carry Meliah a whole mile around the block in the sling. She snuggled all up and was asleep by the third house. The sleeping tinkerbell was so cute. Khai never did catch up with us but went out with his MomMom. She said he jumped right in the stroller and had a ball. No grumping. It was a good night and the kids eventually had a blast.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy 1 year Anniversary!!

Now : Oct 2008Then : October 31st 2007
Well today is that special day. The day that seemed like it would never come and we waited endlessly for. The day I hoped for for over 10 years but never thought would become a reality. The day that we flew half way around the world for. The day I felt such joy and bittersweet sorrow (For the birth families) at the same time. The day a year ago that changed our lives forever.

What more can I say? We have been blessed to have been chosen to parent these 2 wonderful children. A better match could not have been made. I am looking forward to many more years of looking into those dark eyes and knowing that we were meant to be together. This was not fate, It was our destiny. They were born to be our children, As we were meant to be their parents. It is so amazing how this can happen half way around the world and you can be lead to each other. It is more amazing then even the power of birth.

Meliah and Khai: I hope you will always feel secure in this love and know you were very much wanted by MANY.

Happy Forever Family Day Meliah and Khai!!!

Here is my post from last year:


And the Montage I made to remember that trip forever:


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008


Well the babies vocabulary is taking off like crazy the past 2 weeks(As you can see from Backpack post). I am just totally amazed. They had a handful of words before this but now it seems like they are repeating so many things we say out of the blue. There is also no guessing "Did they just say ???". It is clear as day.

Now Khai has been shacking his head Yes and No to questions for months. His answer is always accurate compared to Meliah who shakes her head No about everything. Well just today his new word became GUESS WHAT??? NO. His new FAVORITE WORD??? NO. He says No about everything. Watch the movie. I don't think he means it. I hope NOT:(

Friday, October 10, 2008

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Adoption By Accident

So funny and true. Who would have known how HARD an adoption could be. Not for the faint of heart. It seemed like it would be sooo easy. I want a child(children) ,they need a family . What else??

Don't we wish it could be this easy!!

Adoption by Accident

--Honey, sit down. I have some news for you.
--What is it?
--Well, I don't know how to say this, so I'll just come out with it. I went out to the mailbox today and ... well, we got an I-171H.
--A what?!? An I-171H? As in, we're going to have another baby?!?
--It looks that way.
--But how? We've been so careful! I put away all the blank I-600A forms. Didn't you hide our homestudy update?
--Of course I did. But don't forget, there was that one night ...
--What night? (Pauses) Oh, that night. But it was only once. We were just messing around. I didn't print clearly. I didn't even use ink! (Pauses again) But it was kind of fun.
--(Giggles) it was, wasn't it? I'll never forget how cute you looked getting your fingerprints.
--So now we've got our I-171H, eh? But that doesn't always mean you'll adopt, does it? I mean, shouldn't you see the agency or something, make sure everything's okay?
--I already did.
--I'm five documents along.
--Five documents! And they're all notarized, certified and authenticated okay?
--Just great. There was one small scare when the agency couldn't see the notary's middle initial, but it showed up just fine under the magnifying glass.
--Thank God. And you honey? Are you feeling okay?
--I'm feeling fine. As long as I know you're happy about this.
--Happy? I'm thrilled! It's always a shock at first when something like this happens, but of course I'm happy!

Thanks Dawn

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Double Trouble

So we are watching the Simpson's tonight and realize the babies are missing. We run around looking for them and this is what we finally find. Her brother was her partner in crime but was just standing by watching. We have no idea how she got up there. What do you think she was thinking? Look how happy.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Picture together

I have been trying for a year to get a picture of the babies together. They never slow down enough. Besides being in the double stroller this is the first one I have. I love it!!

Like it???

Like the NEW Halloween look? I am still messing with it and trying to get it laid out the way I want. In between parenting 5 kids that is.

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