Sunday, July 28, 2013

July Snapshots

July 2013 collage
I take a lot of photos every month, and am surprised at how many I take with my iphone.
These are some of my favorites from July.
1. Grace and friends sitting on the deck enjoying snowcones. 2. Grace had decorated
her walking stick while we were at the dog park. 3. Dan, Will and Zoe at the park.
4. Batman, one morning, standing on the landing. 5. Grace and handsome Jack.
6. A beautiful sunset at Pope Farm Park. 7. The back of my big camera, a recent
session with three little girls. 8. Grace and Lydia going down the slide at our town's
Summer festival. 9. A happy Will with his snowcone!
July has flown by.
When Summer starts I always feel like
it will last forever and it always seems to go way too fast.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

(Sunday Snapshot) 5 Years

Will 5 Years Storyboard 1

"The wildest colts make the best horses."
~ Plutarch
Will 5 years WM-3

"The most wasted of days is one without laughter."
~ ee cummings

Will 5 Years Storyboard 2

"You don't raise heroes, you raise sons.
And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn into heroes,
even if it's just in your eyes."
~ Walter Schirra, Sr.

Will 5 years WM-2

He answers to several different names depending on the day or his mood...
Spiderman, Batman, Tony Stark, Clark Kent, Ironman, Green Lantern.
Oh and of course Will or William.
The thing that stands out most about my youngest son is his good heart.
He also loves to build with lego's,
is a good Christian, and is a gifted athlete and dancer.
He has a curious mind and often thinks deeper than I do.
I believe that he is here to do great things.
We can't always say it's been easy but it's certainly been worth it.
There have been bumps in the road but we're happy to be
on this journey.
Without William it would have been a very different and much less exciting
5 years.
It was on this day 5 years ago in a conference room in the Lakeside Hotel in Fuzhou,
Fujian Province, China, we first met him. A very scared and upset 2 year old little boy,
who first went to Grace, then Dan and about a week later came to me.
The changes in him in the past 5 years have
been nothing short of miraculous,
and for that we are thankful.
My sweet William, I love you so.
"Yours is the light by which my spirit is born;
you are my sun, my moon
and all my stars."
~ ee cummings
Ni Hao Yall
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dog Days of Summer


The phrase, "the dog days of Summer" refers to the wicked hot, sultry days
of July and August.
And it's certainly arrived in Wisconsin and in many parts of the U.S.

I love Summer, maybe it's because I was born at the end of July.
I'd take a Summer day over a cold, snowy Winter one...anytime.


I thought Grace and her friends Miles and Lydia were quite creative (and cute)
  riding their scooters up and down the sidewalk through the sprinkler.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

(Sunday Snapshot) a Red, White and Blue long weekend

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It was one of those gloriously long holiday weekends.

(iphone collage)
July 4th iphone
 Fun with friends...with swimming and relaxing at Devil's Lake.

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 We celebrated with a parade, sparklers, fireworks and playing outside until it was dark.


July 4th Storyboard

And a neighborhood get together with yummy food,
 playing games and a lot of mosquito bites thrown in there
for good measure
(and they were worth it).

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Hope yours was a fun one!!

Ni Hao Yall

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 4th

4th of July
'I love my freedom. I love my America.'
~ Jessi Lane Adams

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'In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed;
it must be achieved.'

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
4th of July Storyboard
 Every country celebrates "their day."
Many call it Independence Day.
The USA was
founded by people looking for religious freedom.
They were followed by people trying to find all types of freedom...
freedom from oppression, famine, poverty, you name it.
Our forefathers fought to get freedom, to keep it and let others have it -
at home and abroad.
This is a great country and I'm proud to be an American.
I'm happy that my children will grow up here.
Happy 4th!

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Taken about 10 days ago in the beautiful fields not far from where we live in Wisconsin.
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