Monday, November 7, 2011

Mother Bridge of Love

Here is a poem that has inspired a book for Chinese children adopted by "westerners" , we love it

Mother Bridge of Love 

Once there were two women who never knew each other.
                                                                  
One you do not remember, the other you call Mother.
Two different lives shaped to make you one.
                                                                                        
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun.
The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it.
         


The first gave you a need for love. The second was there to give it.
One gave you a nationality. The other gave you a name.
         
                                                               
One gave you a talent. The other gave you aim.
One gave you emotions. The other calmed your fears.
                         


One saw your first sweet smile. The other dried your tears.
One sought for you a home that she could not provide.
                                                                        
The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied.
And now you ask me, through your tears,
                                                                                                
the age-old question unanswered through the years.
                                                                                                     
Heredity or environment, which are you a product of?
 
                                                                                               
Neither, my darling. Neither. Just two different kinds of Love.

~Anonymous

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Our Year of Firsts and Our final Blog entry !!


As I sit down to write our final blog entry I realize that today is exactly 1 yr home with Lia ! We stepped off the plane from China on Nov 6th 2010 with a 7 mo old " baby" in our arms and am now listening to a 19 mo old little girl play and giggle in the other room.  Lia is getting so big and learning so much. Jim and I have been very reflective lately as we watch our little girl grow. We cant believe it has been a year already and what a year it has been. Above is her 1st Halloween picture, in costume, she loves making pig noises! As we were in China last year at that time. We have taken many walks down memory lane and have felt truly blessed every time we revisit how Lia came home and into our family. She was meant to be ours and we were meant to be hers. How lucky are we all? VERY !!!
We are so very happy that we were the ones to share her milestones and firsts with her and are loving every minute of being her parents. She is teaching us so much. She has come a long way!!

I am so very special
I have been from the start
Before they held me in their arms
My family held me in their hearts.

And like a single drop of rain
That on still waters fall
My life and love will ripple make
And touch the lives of all.

So read this precious story
As step by step I grow
I am a special blessing and gift
As each page here will show.



We love you Lia and thank God for you every day ,
Love
Mommy and Daddy    

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Lia is ONE !

Here a few pictures of Lia  
 

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Lia !!!!

Happy Birthday

HAPPY 1st Birthday Lia !!!
Today we celebrate Lia and her 1st birthday !! She is getting so big and doing so much ! She is every where and is saying DOG and Da Da like crazy ...sometime Ma Ma.  Esp when she needs something or is really tired ! She is a blessing and we cant believe she is ours ! We were never big believers in the concept " that some things are just meant to be and everything happens for a reason" BUT we met Lia and it all changed. 
There is a more powerful force looking over us all and she was meant for us.  
Here's to a HAPPY DAY and many many more ! 
Love to all
Ally and Jim      

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy NEW Year !!!

Chinese New Year that is !!! As we leave the year of the Tiger (2010) and enter the year of the Rabbit , we reflect on what a great year it was. Lia is a TIGER !! Through and Through....
THE TIGER CHILD

A Tiger child could be a bundle of joy .  A little live wire who dashes about sparkling with activity, he will throw himself into the thick of things. Even a very quiet one will know exactly where the action is and make a bee line for it.

He is a charming, bright and self-confident chatterbox, and there will be no holding him back. His insatiable curiosity and inquisitiveness will lead him to pounce at anything that moves, and he will get into all sorts of predicaments. Hyperactive and high strung, he likes romping, screaming and rough play.

Like the Dragon, he may also bully those less aggressive into submission. But people will also be naturally drawn to him by his warm, affectionate and gregarious character.

The Tiger child will express his feelings outright. You will have to put up with his strong opinions on how things should be run and he will air his views without hesitation. He doesn't like anyone to keep secrets from him and he himself is poor at keeping them.

Since he does not bottle up his emotions, you will know immediately when something is troubling him. Just be sure he is given enough outlets to release his pent-up
energy.

If the Tiger's assertiveness is unchecked, he could dominate his parents completely and turn into a dreadful brat. He should be taught to hold his temperamental character in check early, as well as to listen to reason and understand the values of compromise. But the little rebel won't just take your word for it. He won't be himself if he does not keep testing the boundaries and limits set for him. It will be no mean task making him toe the line. But the earlier he realizes who is boss, the better for him and everyone else around.

However, if he is given the proper stimuli of discipline, coupled with love, warmth and loads of understanding, no other child will respond as spontaneously as the lovable little Tiger. Life may not always run smoothly with him around, but then it would be all too empty without him. Having a Tiger child will be a reward in itself.
We cant wait to see what 2011 brings !!