A Year Ago Today || November 10, 2017

Our day started super early. After a decent first night sleep, we headed downstairs to the hotel dining room for breakfast where we re-connected with all of the families touring in Beijing. For months prior we had all been communicating via Facebook as we discovered who would be traveling together. It was so great to meet everyone in person and connect.

A Year Ago Today || November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017

WELCOME TO CHINA!

Landing in China was surreal. At first I thought it was super foggy outside… Then quickly realized, that wasn’t fog, but smog. We also arrived in China while President Trump was visiting and saw Air Force One on the tarmac, which was pretty cool! China had even worked on “cleaning up” their air for Trump’s visit. So it was nice to actually see blue sky on some of the days we were in Beijing.

A Year Ago Today || November 8, 2017

The day felt surreal. Our bags were packed. Our house in order. And our journey about to begin.

My dear friend Tracy drove us to the airport that day and my heart and emotions were so raw. God had worked amazing miracles to get us on that plane. And here we were, standing out in front of the Sea-Tac Airport preparing to board a 13 hour flight to China.

A Year Ago Today || November 7, 2017

A year ago today my sweet family of 3 was zipping up our suitcases preparing to travel thousands of miles to become a family of 4. We had spent the last 13 months preparing for this day. Countless hours, prayers, miracles answered, now had us less than 24-hours before we would bored our airplane and begin our travels east. Destination - China.

Intentional Investment

I have noticed now, more than ever, that our conversations and my time with her are and must be filled with intentional investment. She is watching, gleaning, and mimicking my every move. She is watching how I communicate, respond, interact with, and treat the world and relationships around me.

Family Photos by Kim Charie Photography

It has been almost a year that Tristan has been home. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by and how much has changed over this past year for Tristan as well as our family. God has richly blessed us beyond our imaginations over this last year that only He can receive all the glory.

Dear Moms, You Don't Have to Wait!

One of the many "lies" I have heard said by stay-at-home moms, is that their life, dreams, desires, goals, fitness, travel, passions, etc. have to be placed on hold because kids are in the picture. That their life has to stop to raise children. Their place is on the floor playing pat-a-cake and engaging with their children every waking moment and that their passions need to be placed on hold "for a season" to solely raise their children. Even in the 21st century I have heard this said. And I HAVE to debunk that and say: THAT IS NOT TRUE.

Gluten Free Vegan Waffle Recipe

We have a weekend tradition of making waffles, pancakes, or french toast on the weekends. And now that little Mr. is here, I want him to be able to join in on the fun as well too. Sure, I can purchase Gluten Free waffles from the store. But I would much rather make them at home with wholesome ingredients vs. the junk they stick in the others.

Daily Devotionals for Kids and Family

I have heard it said from parents that they don't know where to start when it comes to teaching their children about God at home. I get it. There's a lot of information out there, a lot of devotionals that, honestly, cheapen the Gospel or over simplify the awesomeness of God.

I thought I would share a few things that we have really loved and have and currently are using

Gluten Free Vegan Scones || PKU Test Kitchen

I love to bake. Like, love it.

We spent some time with some dear friends and I decided to bring some scones with me for everyone to enjoy. Well, since little man is a gluten free low protein vegan, he is unable to eat the scones I baked for everyone. So I decided to try my hand at some PKU friendly scones for him!

A Year Ago Today I Saw You

It was a year ago today I saw your face. I had seen so many faces up to that point... And at that moment your chubby cheeks, adorable smile, and precious eyes caught mine. You made me giggle and say:

"That's my kid..."

It was a bold and scary sentence to say.