Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sneak Peak

Just a little sneak peak as the once office/workout room
starts to transform into a girly girl bedroom. We found
out Piper's favorite color is green.
More to come of the rest of her room as we
finish decorating.
Every girl no matter what age needs her very own dolls.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Palm Tree Full Of Surprises

We started working on our Alphabet letters a few weeks ago.
We always search for things through out the week that start
with our letter for the week. I was watering this palm tree that
is very thick and low to the ground and all of a sudden this cute
baby bunny came running out. We were practicing writing the
letter B earlier in the morning!

Desert living can be very interesting. From cute bunnies to........
Today I was watering some flowers in a large pots
near the same palm tree. I decided to set the hose
in the palm tree for a little bit. When I took the hose
out to water some more of the flowers I walked around
the palm tree and there was a baby rattlesnake coiled up
(me in flip flops) Thank you, Jesus for watching over me.
I ran to get a shovel and my camera. :) and he was already
on the move. He ended up back in the palm tree. I have been
told baby rattlesnakes are very dangerous because they tend
to unload all their venom when they bite. We have had 4 to 5
foot rattlesnakes many times in the past and they are scary.
The babies are worse because they aren't as easy to spot and
their rattles aren't as loud. This guy was coiled up you couldn't
even see his rattles. He didn't seem to upset that I was right
there. I could tell he was a diamond back by his markings and
viper shaped head. When he was on the move you could see the
black rings around his tail and three little rattles.
(click on pic to see better) We are not on the letter S yet!
We will refer back to this post for Sammy the slimy slippery
snake who slithered away.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Jaden's First Ocean Visit

(click on pics to
see her face)
She was so excited she raced down the beach.......
Look mommy isn't it amazing!
It tickles!!!
Pure excitement!
In awe!
Jaden was so fascinated, thrilled and filled with sweet joy.

Squeals of excitement!
One excited little girl!
It feels wonderful!
Can we go SWIMMING!?!!

She couldn't get back up the beach fast enough to get her bathing suit on.

Blessed With More Pictures

Nanchang SWI (Social Welfare Institute) Orphanage.
Piper's home since she was 3 1/2 yrs. old.
Then in 2005 when she moved into
the apartments which are on the orphanage grounds.
Where 6 couples are foster parents. They have six children
in each foster family.
We were blessed with pictures from a family who is in China
adopting their little girl. We found out she is Piper's little foster
sister who is around the same age as Jaden.
Group home apartments on the orphanage grounds.
Piper has lived here since 2005 with her foster family.
Her apartment is on the left second floor.

Piper is sitting behind her foster mother.
Two of her foster siblings were outside
playing and her foster father was at work.
Bed is solid wood with a straw mat on top.
Hand washing area outside the bathroom.
The bathtub

The famous squatty potty