Sunday, June 20, 2010

Congratulations, Ryan!

On May 27th, we packed up the family and headed down to Columbus to watch Ryan graduate from Fort Hayes Career Center. Here's a little snippet of him walking across the stage!

You heard that right... Ryan received the Award of Distinction for his Automotive Specialists class. The plaque says, "Has demonstrated outstanding personal qualities, commendable participation and cooperation and the development of a high degree of skill and proficiency." We're very proud of you, Ryan!

Ryan and Emily

Ryan and his mom, Angie

Ryan and his Dad

Ryan's friend, Dylan, and Ryan -- many, many moons ago...

And a smattering of senior pictures and pictures from this year...


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bonding Time

Mid-May:  Shortly after getting back from Tennessee we were able to get together with Ryan for Emily's birthday.  Emily was thrilled to get to sit next to her brother and he's so patient at listening to her stories and talking with her.  It was a fun night for all of us and a we had a good time catching up.

It's late... there will be more to come later!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

More Blogs from Kazakhstan!

In looking at my blog stats this morning, I found that quite a few of you are coming from a site called "Kazakhstan Adoption Blogs". I had no idea this site was out there or that I was connected to it.

Love it! Thanks for including us!

My favorite part is that the most recently updated sites are shown at the top of each category. It tells you the name of the blog, the title of the most recent post and when it was last updated. Right now, I'm #10 of over 145 blogs listed in my category. But as soon as I click "Publish Post" I'll be moved up to #1!

Check it out! Go to Kazakhstan Adoption Blogs!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Help us help them!

Our church, The Shepherd's Fellowship, is going to be giving away 100 backpacks full of school supplies to local children who are in financial need on July 24th. This is a great way to show the love of Christ in a practical way and we invite you to help out!

The following is a list of supplies that we need....
  • Erasers
  • Yellow, #2 pencils
  • Black and blue pens
  • Glue or glue sticks
  • Packs of 24 crayons
  • Round-tipped scissors
  • Boxes of tissues
  • Two-pocket folders
  • Notebooks

Not included in the above list is book bags. We are able to purchase a bulk amount of book bags through a website for about $4.50/book bag.

You can purchase these items and drop them off at The Shepherd's Fellowship or you can donate towards this project at our web-site. Please just mark the donation for School Supplies and we will do the shopping for you or put it towards the books bags!

Thank you for considering being part of this great event!

For more info, contact Josh Kramp at

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Let Me Call You Sweetheart!

This morning on our drive to Grandma and Papa's house Em was telling me that yesterday her friend at the babysitter's said, "I'm sorry, Emily." The point that Emily was trying to convey was that her friend called her "Emily" yesterday and not "Emaliya" which is her real name and how they usually refer to her there.

We expanded on that conversation and I started asking her what her other family members and friends called her.

Me: What does Daddy call you?
E: Emily

Me: What does Grandma call you?
E: Emily

Me: What does Papa call you?
E: Sweeeeetheart

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Hot Tamale

Aunt Laura rode in the Hot TamalĂ© Bicycle Tour on June 5.  Afterwards, the whole family came to our house for lunch and Emily helped Aunt Laura take a nap.  Way to go, Aunt Laura!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Kiss this!

So I hear this wailing from the living room tonight while I'm trying to get supper ready (okay, I was dishing out pizza onto paper plates) and Tom comes in carrying Em with big tears running down her face. Although there was no loud thump, bump, or bam, I was sure from the way she was crying that she had really injured herself. We finally get her to calm down long enough to tell me that she hurt her lip "a long, long time ago".

Wipe the tears. Wipe the nose. Check out the lip.

No blood. No cuts. No bumps, lumps or gashes.

All is well with the world after a few hugs.

Fast forward about 15 minutes and in the middle of a bite, the wailing started again. Sorry, this mom had no sympathy because Little Miss Em was acting beyond tired and I wasn't going to give any sympathy. I know, I'm harsh like that. :-) However, Super Daddy was quick to the rescue with his calm conversation and quick solution to the problem.

Em was certain she needed a band-aid for her lip. Super Daddy said he was sure her lip hurt... "but Honey, band-aids don't stick to our lips very well... maybe a kiss would help it feel better?"

Here's the best part... from her chair at the table, Em tries to kiss her lip with her own lips. There is no way to describe what this looked like that would do it justice, but believe me, it was too funny. I stifled my laughter as Super Daddy told her that he could kiss her lip for her.

"My lip needs kissed on the inside."

Um, no. Super Daddy only kisses lips on the outside.

This appeared to be a suitable resolution to the problem at hand. Tender, loving kiss was issued and supper commenced.

Phew.... another crisis averted! Super Daddy to the rescue!

Thursday, June 03, 2010


Emily's vocabulary has greatly improved over the past year and I am still working with her on enunciation and correct pronoun usage.

Tonight, Emily was talking about wearing her pink fwippers before bedtime. I corrected her by clearly saying "slippers" back to her in the sentence she was using. Then, I repeated just the word "slippers" with an extra emphasis on the "sssss...".

She very clearly repeated back to me, "Sssssss-fwippers".

I'm so proud.
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