Monday, July 18, 2011

Our Joy Overflows

Well, because I don't have enough to do or enough confusion: Not only do I have a website for Joy but now I have a blog for her too. My logic was this: The website is nice to have all the various pages for updates, fundraising, cost analysis, time lines, etc. BUT, when I travel to China the blog will be nice and simple (and easy) for uploading pictures and updates about our first few days together. BUT, since I started the blog, I have found it easy to use it to pour out my heart. I miss my girl. I have so many thoughts, feelings and words and very little outlet for them. A journal is hard for me anymore. For some reason, my hand cramps with extreme pain when I try to write more than 1/2 page in my journal. But, my blog allows me to type with comfort. Then as the year rolls to an end, I am able to copy/paste my words from my blog into a photo album, a keepsake for our Joy.

So here is her blog: http://joyfromtheeast.blogspot.com/

For now, the blog has only tidbits of info, a few pics and later as I travel it will be how I communicate daily.

Today, I was blessed beyond blessed to post updates photos of our waiting Joy to her new blog.

~ She is beyond precious. I am beyond blessed to have these photos. My heart is overflowing with pure Joy today! And, as I want to cry out in anguish over the wait, I try to focus on the thought that 'soon Mom and daughter will be united, soon'! ~


Monday, July 4, 2011

A little trip to the river


Awe, it's a breath of fresh air.

Beaches ~ Fishing ~ BBQ ~ Hiking ~ Friends ~ Family

I love these summer moments.

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Little July Hike

We've made this same hike before...in the snowy winter...at the end of spring...now, in the summer. Anytime of year, this hike is wonderful.

Lunch by the water

The 5 kids at play

Boys being boys

And, girls exploring nature

These moments are the moments that make life special.


Down on the boardwalk...

We just love, love, love Baltimore Harbor

We took my little brother their for the first time last Saturday.

When I am there, at the harbor, I get that "awe, this is home..." and "life is good..." feeling.

It's just one of those feel-good favorite places.