Tuesday, June 1, 2010

friends forever

'These are the days we'll remember forever." ~ unknown

A little bit of our weekend with dear friends... Emily is 5, Will is 4 and he has a big crush on this pretty little girl. Will was pretending that he was 'Clark Kent'...that's why he's wearing the glasses. ;)

We spent 2 days with Grace's best friend Julia and her sister Emily. Julia is a lover of horses and asked Grace to go along with her to ride. Grace had her first lesson. She was a little nervous at first, but truly did love it...her horse's name was Royal.

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Though we live 2 hours apart, these 2 girls always pick up where they left off. Julia's mother and I make it a point to get our daughters together as often as we can. I love to see them giggle, play and catch up with what's going on in their lives. Two girls born on the same day, brought to the same SWI, and adopted by American parents who happened to live in the Chicago area at the time of their adoptions. I believe they'll be friends always, and will do anything to help this friendship flourish. They are sisters in so many ways.

Julia 'Hui Mei' and Grace 'Lan Li.'

Both born 8/6/2002, our beautiful Jiangxi girls.

Soon to be 8 years old in early August...the time goes so fast doesn't it? It seems like they were just babies.

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Ivy said...

HI Gail,
Oh what adorable photos. The children look so happy! What a memorable weekend for them!

Grace looks so tiny next to that huge horse!!! Precious:))

Been missing you!


Laura L. said...

Wonderful pictures of the children and horses.
What a gift, to be able to sometimes visit with her China "sister" from the same SWI. That is awesome.

a Tonggu Momma said...

We feel exactly this same way about Red Fish, although our girls were born two days apart, but they were found on the same day. So glad your Grace has such a strong connection with Julia!

redmaryjanes said...

I am so glad that Grace has a friend that she is so connected with. I so with that Sophia was as fortunate. These photos are absolutely beautiful!

Lori Lynn said...

It always amazes me how we find these wonderful connections. I love the photos and storytelling.

Courtney said...

Beautiful pictures.What a wonderful friendship.

Wanda said...

Wonderful. We have a similar story too and I know Dahlia and her bff will always be close. (And we live about 8 minutes apart....double bonus.)

Yes Gail - it is going too fast. In a few years our "babies" will be teens (oh help!)

Grace sure looked beautiful on the back of that horse. What a great activity to share with her best buddy. And how cute are those Clark Kent glasses? What a hoot!

Karen said...

Looks like a perfectly wonderful weekend~ LOVE "Clark Kent" in his glasses;) - Such a special friendship Grace and Julia (and your families)share!
Enjoy your week!

Jboo said...

Oh my -- what gorgeous photos! Love that Clark Kent look! Grace and her friend look so sweet together! I can tell your heart just melts when you see them with each other!

Hope you have a great week!


Number 6 and no more counting! said...

wow, what a nice story. who knew?!


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these photos. U talented thing you.
I wish I had half your creative ability.


Missy said...

Nothing important than sweet friends and it looks like this crew will be friends for a long time. They are all so beautiful and handsome (love Will in his spec :)
Hope you all are having a great start to summer!

fleur de lis cottage said...

What a very special bond between them. That's wonderful that you're making it a point for them to get to be together. What a beautiful, sweet friendship!

Margaret M said...

It looks like they ALL had a wonderful time. Beautiful!!!

Kim said...

Great times with great friends..
love the pictures..
have a great week.

Love Letters To China said...

Such wonderful memories you have captured. It looks like everyone had a great time together. Oh how I wish I lived closer to Liam's crib mate. One of these days we plan on meeting and finally reuniting the two of them. Love the pictures of the horseback riding and "Clark Kent". Such beautiful children!

I haven't touched one of my pictures of last weeks photo shoot. I'm having a hard time finding the desire to post-process. I think my mind and body is starting to go into "slow motion" mode just in time for summer. ;-) I plan on doing a little bit of tweaking tonight so I can post some tomorrow.

Kristy said...

Our Jiangxi girls birthdays are so close!!! Gail I loved this post ...again wonderful pictures and of course I will be blogging from China if they let me!!!! Thank you for your compliments about my beautiful baby!!

Love you, Kristy

Colin and Jill Canada said...

Wow, same birthdays...that's incredible.

Great shots. I'm partial to the head and shoulder shot of Grace in the stables. Just fabulous.


Dita said...

Amazing images, Gail. The children are all beautiful together...that's what life is about...watching them grow before our eyes and knowing that in some small way, we get to play a part in it.

Ellie said...

What sweet friends/sisters! Such a blessing. These photos and your arrangement of them tell such a story - you are so good at that! Love the angles on these (and emotions you captured).

Kayce said...

I love their friendship and what it will mean to them as they grow up together and go through life's ups and downs. What a treasure!

Beautiful day with beautiful pictures!

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