Mother's Day 2013

I have a lot of catching up to do here! Coming (hopefully) soon – photos from my dad’s and my mom’s visits, general updates on life, and a post about Madeleine CaiQun’s name and what we call her. But for now…I’ll share with you some tidbits about my Mother’s Day today šŸ™‚

CaiQun was awake a little after 7:00, so I got up with her. For those of you wondering why Matt did not get up and let me sleep in…well, let’s just say that that’s not as rare for me as it is for most moms. Matt actually gets up withĀ our early riserĀ much more frequently than I do. Perhaps that is a growth area for me. We’re still working out our sleep and wake schedules. And of course, I expect all of that may change a bit with summer coming. We shall see…

Anyway, I got to give CaiQun her bottle and have some one-on-one time with her early this morning. Then my friend Liz took me out for breakfast (all by myself!).Ā Matt and the girlsĀ met meĀ at church, and toward the end of the gathering, we dedicated CaiQun, along with many other families in our church who were dedicating their children. Basically, we were publicly committing to teach our children about God and live our lives in line with His Word and pray thatĀ our children will alsoĀ follow Him, and the rest of the church body committed to helping us to do so. It was a sweet time…and many people took photos, but I don’t have any of them yet! Hopefully soon šŸ™‚

After the church gathering, it’s always a mad dash to get the girls home, fed, and tucked in for their naps. Sunday afternoons are prime meltdown time, so it’s always a relief to get through lunch and get both little ones settled in their beds. Matt and I chatted while they napped, and he did some sketching while I read to him. We haveĀ been readingĀ books together for years – before traveling to China, we’d been reading through Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections, and we never got started on anything new when we got home, so last night we decided we’d read through some Sherlock Holmes stories. We’re mid-way through our second so far and enjoying them šŸ™‚

This evening we made a simple meal, and after dinner Matt got out our new chairs for our back yard, courtesy of my dad. The girls think they’re just about the greatest thing ever.


(Please excuse the shirt-less-ness. With two small children, if the meal has potential to stain, their shirts come off. I realized I needed to specify the parameters of this rule, though, when one night this week we had a friend over for the evening, and when I told the girls they needed to take their shirts off, Miranda went up toĀ our friendĀ and announced, “Miss Jaylyn, time to take your shirt off!” Thankfully, Miss Jaylyn was amused!)

We, of course, also enjoyed ice cream this evening – my favorite treat šŸ™‚


And Matt and the girls made me a sweet book…


…full of vital information about my family members.

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After bath time, we got the girls tucked into their beds, and now we’re just hanging out šŸ™‚

All in all, it was a day much like many other days at our house, with just a few special touchesĀ – but I think that’s a good thing. I don’t want my “ideal day” to be vastly different than my regular routine days. I like spending time with Matt. I like spending time with my girls. And getting to doĀ both of those thingsĀ today was good šŸ™‚

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