S: R a c h e l C h a r i s
BC: "I love you not only for who you are, but for who you are becoming..." | i love you more than chocolate mom
FC: Rachel Charis 2008
1: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen
3: big, fluffy flakes of snow falling down made a perfect day for snow angels, snow writing and a little snowball fight!
4: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | ...and you and Lycan were the nutty ones... you had a great time meeting and playing with your new cousin on our short trip back to the States for Grandpa Merritt's funeral.
5: LEXI... the new addition to our family
6: A SPECIAL FRIEND It was so much fun to watch you & Daniel build your friendship over the last year. There were hours of silliness, laughter, imagination, creativity and special memories while he & his mom waited for his adoption to be final. We sure will miss them when they go home to New Zealand!
8: these strawberries were nearly as big as your head...amazing.
9: Spring Time one of our favorite times in Shenyang. The end of a long cold winter and the beginning of strawberry season yay!! | you were so excited to use your new rain boots in the huge puddles after you got off the school bus!
10: so many | Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share.
11: live well love much laugh often
12: GOAL! | Beijing 2008
13: We had been looking forward to the Olympics since moving to China in '06... you knew each of the fuwa's name, their sport, and the story of their meaning. Going to the soccer game was the highlight of our year! | Soccer Rules! | THE OLYMPIC GAMES! AWESOME! | Brazil v. Cameroon
14: I love planning your birthday parties! You get so excited and anticipate the big day for weeks...even months before it arrives. This year was no exception. You decided in the summer that you wanted an Olympics themed party, which was perfect since we were headed right into the thick of Beijing 2008! We shopped around and found tons of fun things for decorating...stuffed Fuwa, flags of the world banners, Beijing 2008 shirts... and the best part? A soccer ball Beijing2008 birthday cake! It was amazing! We played baseball with a huge blow-up ball and bat, volley-tennis and everyone took a turn at ribbon-twirling. The chocolate gold medals were a huge hit too! All in all, a pretty great day spent with really great friends!
15: Make a Wish! | the birthday gang
16: our trip began in Seoul at gate 124...with duck...we were all so incredibly sad to lose duck our last night in Bulgaria! So many tears from all of us over that little guy! | enjoying the sunset in Greece
17: Bulgaria & Greece Triennial Retreat with NMSI | gyros in greece | Joshua blowing down the walls of Jericho | yummy natural spring water
19: Thanksgiving with the Kennedy's
20: "A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you."
21: The Whole Line of Kisses you and daddy have done this since you were less than a year old . . . you are giddy with anticipation waiting for each kiss and daddy just beams with love when you come to him asking for him to do the "whole line of kisses" with you!