Sunday, February 10, 2008


What a fabulous Chinese New Year we have had this year. When we were waiting for Hannah, we decided to try to find ways to celebrate her without her physically being here. Now that she is home with us, it makes this particular holiday very poignant for our family. Our paperchase began during the Chinese New Year and our referral came during this time as well. At the beginning of our paperchase, we met a wonderful couple, April and John, who went just a few short months after us to receive thier sweet daughter Julia. Last weekend, we were able to be with their travel group for a gathering. Did I get tons of pictures? Nope, I was having too much fun chatting and playing - but, I did manage to capture sweet Julia


Emily shared about Chinese traditions in her three year old and four year old preschool classes. She chose gifts for her classmates and wanted to carry on the tradition again this year. Thursday morning, our family was invited into her kindergarten class to read several stories, share treats and answer questions. I was surprised by how interested and intrigued the children were, not only with Hannah, but with the location of her previous home, and all the details about her becoming our sister and daughter. I am so grateful for her wonderful teachers; there were some difficult questions (insert lump in throat). We chose Chinese moon cookies for treats and each child received an orange and a gift bag with several traditional toys. I even found fortune cookies with scriptures inside!

Each of our daughters received a Chinese drum for their celebration gift, they absolutely love them. Emily even wants to put hers "up high" so nothing happens to it, oh how quickly they grow!

Hannah gathered a chair quickly and settled in for the morning routine. She loved kindergarten:) She is incredibly verbal, which I will post on another time, but we are all enjoying watching this little cutie blossom. The girls finished out our weeklong celebration by having a slumber party in Hannah's room last night - very tender the love of two sisters.


Don and Lisa Osborn said...

I am glad you were able to celebrate in such a fun way!


nikki said...

Happy CNY to you and your beautiful family!

Kelley said...

Wow! What a wonderful Chinese New Year! The girls look adorable, and it sounds like you were a hit at school! Where did you get those little bags? I'd like to find some to put my students' goodies in next year.

Kimber said...

What am lovelyway to celebrate! Happy New Year!


Tiffany said...

That sounds like so much fun! I love everything you found.... those little bags are great. Where did you find those?
The girls look so cute in their dresses!

Leslie said...

What a great way to celebrate! Your daughters are just beautiful! I love the navy blue dresses! So glad that you were able to share your first CNY together after a few years of wishing and wondering :). Happy CNY!!!

Leslie said...

Oh I just noticed your prayer list on the side, bless your heart for mentioning my loved ones! I will pray for everyone on your list! Thank you Heather!

DiJo said...

Happy New Year!!!! You, Kim, & Leslie are all inspiring me to get my act together next year for this special holiday!!! It looks like the kids had a wonderful time!
Blessings for a great week!

Sheri said...

What a fun way to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Em is obviously so proud of her little sister. Praise God for the love those two share! Happy Chinese New Year to your family!

mommy24treasures said...

looks like so muh fun!

I loved the post below too. I too have a servants heart. It can bring such joy to help others. Inredible joy.
The rock star did surprise me!;)
So glad the diesease is in remission. I pray it never surafaces again, but that He has made an utter end to it.
Have a wonderful week!

Sharon said...

I found your blog and loved seeing your great photos! What a beautiful family!!

Kate said...

It is so nice to see how you are incorporating new traditions into the fabric of your family. Both of your girls look so happy and proud! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!


Angie said...

Happy CNY to you and your family! It looks like you all had lots of fun celebrating! Love the pictures!

Heather said...

Hello! Kelley and Tiffany, I found the adorable bags in believe it or not, Oriental Trading Company. They were much cuter in person than in the catalog and I am so glad I took the chance and ordered them - the kids loved them (so did all the mommies:)

Mark & Carol Schaller said...

Happy Chinese New Year!
Such happy times you guys are having. Great traditions for the girls to carry on.
Carol AKA Siena's Mom


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