Monday, March 31, 2008

The Kitten and the Crow

This is a beautiful little YouTube movie about a kitten and a crow. It is one of the most beautiful things I have seen on You Tube since the movie about the otters holding hands while they floated in their pool.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Not just a nanny...

Each year on Kate's birthday, (which is the day I got her in China), I receive a beautiful little note from the nanny that took care of her in the orphanage her first year of life. This woman is not just a nanny to us...she is like Kate's first mother. She is the one who made sure Kate was warm, and full, and loved, and played with, each and every day. Among her many duties, she always found the time to love and snuggle Kate. She was the mommy for a year...the first mommy Kate knew.

To say that she was just a nanny in an orphanage somewhere in China, is like saying that a majestic butterfly is really just a little brown worm with wings.

No... Ting was much more than a nanny. She loved Kate inside and out and mourned when we left China. We love Ting very much and she is definately considered a member of our family. A member who lives on the other side of the world. A member who doesn't speak or understand our language, yet knows no boundaries for love. A member who misses Kate each day and holds her close at heart continuously. I have never underestimated the relationship between this child and this woman. It is a bond that they will forever share and I will do everything in my power to strengthen that bond through the upcoming years.

This year I sent Ting several pictures of Kate from the day I got her in China until now. Here is the note I got back from Ting.

Dear Wendy,

Seeing the photographs showing Xiao Xiao growing up, I feel extremely happy. It seems that she is growing by my side. Every second of time, every little increase of height, nothing seems changed. They all remain in my mind. Hoping that we keep our relationship forever.

From Ting who always loves you.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mama Makes Up Her Mind

Susan & Riz's story about "I Don't Talk to Foreigners" was so hilarious that it reminded me of one of my all-time favorite books about quirky Florida crackers. The book is called "Mama Makes Up Her Mind" by Bailey White. It was published back in 1994 and was on the bestseller list for over a year. For any of you who want a good laugh and a very memorable read, then get this book! Here is an excerpt to tease you!

It was a blustery, damp fall evening when I came home to find my mother in the middle of one of her ongoing experiments with lethal and nonlethal foods. Last time it had been the big floppy leaves of the deadly poison pokeberry bush.
"If you boil them up five times and pour off the water each time, you get rid of the poison. Then you boil them up a sixth time and they're safe to eat. Have a taste." She held out a forkful of green slime.
—Bailey White

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Kate's Birthday!

Today, March 19th, we celebrate a wonderful event. On this day in 2001, Kate was born and on this same day in 2002, I held my beautiful baby in China for the very first time! This picture is of Kate's birthday party that we had in our hotel room with the orphanage staff on the day I got Kate in China. Ting, who you see in the party photo brought a beautiful pink heart-shaped cake for Kate and presents, too! You can see in the picture that Kate is in my arms while I am cutting the cake. She is right next to me and I had only had her for about one hour at this point! Ting is a lot happier now that she sees how happy Kate is!

This morning Kate woke up just as excited as any one person could be and she ran into my room and asked, "Mama, is today my birthday?" And I said, "Yes Kate it is your birthday...Happy Birthday to you!" And out she ran. I followed her out and we sat and snuggled on the couch and I told her, in detail, about the first time I saw her in China. I told her that Ting and I cried for very different reasons on that day. I was elated and Ting was devastated. Ting writes to Kate every year on her birthday and below is the email we got today from Ting in China!

"Dear Xiao Xiao. Happy birthday. Time just flies and now you are having your 7 years old birthday. This really makes me happy and emotional. Thank God you have found a good mother. Her love has moved me deeply and this love is going to be on your side for ever. You must be thankful and treasure it. Perhaps you are now too young to understand what I say. However, if you keep on to study hard, you will understand when you are older. I wish you grow faster, beautiful, and healthy. I wish you have good luck and happiness always. I love you. Ting."
In this picture, I had already taken Kate up to the room, given her a bath, gave her the little stacking cups that you see in this photo, and dressed her in the coziest cotton jammies ever! We came back down to sign the final papers and I immediately gave her back to Ting. Ting was still visibly crying with tears in her eyes but was very happy to see how much Kate & I loved each other in just one short hour of time that had passed. Now it was time to party in honor of Kate's first birthday!

Claire and I made Kate a chocolate cake from scratch with pink frosting a chocolate sprinkles after we dropped her off at school this morning. She is going to be so surprised when she gets home and sees her presents and her cake! Today is a absolute blessing for us.

Sunday, March 09, 2008


It is still crisp in Savannah but I think spring is trying to make its way here. The grass is turning greener and the azaleas are beginning to bloom and that is a sure sign that the season is changing! When I lived in Miami there was only one! It was hot all year long and only gave way to a slight chill every now and again. I am glad to live where I can see each season, even if they only present themselves mild-mannered fashion.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

God Made A Miracle

Last night , Kate came into my room and sat on my bed and said, "Mama, God made a big miracle to our family." I said, "Oh yeah, which miracle is that Kate?" And she answered, "That you went to China to get me and bring me back to Savannah!" I said, "That really is a miracle, isn't it?" And she said, "Yes Mama, it's a really big miracle that He did for us!"

My heart was so warmed after that little conversation. So sweet...

Monday, March 03, 2008

Everyone Should Read This Blog!

100 yards to death...(courtesy of Army of Dude blog)

I heard about this blog on CNN yesterday and immediatley had to see what it was about! Well, I have been mesmerized by the detailed accounts that this young soldier in Iraq provides his readers each week. The pictures and videos are also amazing! Take your time and read through his accounts very carefully! This guy is writing history as it happens...and we should all know about it!