Thursday, August 30, 2007


Sophie's Eye Eval

I took Sophie to the pediatric opthamologist yesterday for an evaluation of her eyes. We knew as we researched her condition before she joined us that either her eyes were crossing because in her first year, she became extremely farsighted, so crossed her eyes to be able to see up close. OR...she was born with a misalignment of her eye. In which case her vision would be fine, but the misalignment of her eye was due to a muscle issue in the eye. The first case she would need glasses. The second case she would need patching and then surgeries. She fell into the second category. She has amblyopia, which means the vision of one eye is being affected due to the eye that is not aligned properly. The Dr. explained it like this...the eye that turns inward most frequently would normally being seeing one picture and the eye that stays straight would see a different image. Her brain has shut off that double image, so that instead of her seeing 2 images, she just sees the image of the eye that does not turn inward. The side of her brain that she would use to see out of that eye is not working properly due to this. **You could have fooled us, because she is smart as a whip!**
So, now they want her to start using the eye that she is not using. She has to train the brain to turn that image back on. So, the "good" eye gets patched for 2 hours every day for the next 2 months. Then we go from there. We may need more patching after that or may start with the first surgery. The Dr. explained the surgery would be useless unless we get both eyes working as they should first. The surgery is very hour or so outpatient. No cutting into the face or anything. So, that's where we are now. The Dr. came highly recommended to us and we feel very comfortable with his plan for Sophie.

Special shades from the eye Dr. after having my eyes dilated. Where did everyone go?

My patch, which I am NOT too happy about!


Who Do I Love?

Milo seems to be in love with Katie! She will not leave her alone! Is the feeling mutual?...not quite! But, Katie has been very patient with her constant bothering her. We had a cat for 14 years, Tigger, who we had to have put to sleep about 2 years ago. Katie grew up with Tigger. They had a love/hate relationship as well.

These 2 think I need help with everything I do!


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sophie's Quilt

Following with tradition....we have been gathering quilt squares to make Sophie's Bai Jia Bei or "100 Good Wishes Quilt"...which is used to welcome or celebrate a new life. Ella's squares are all sewn together now and ready to be quilted. I will post pictures when it is complete. Please help us in collecting squares for Sophie! It is said that the luck, energy, and good wishes of the people who send the cloths will now surround the child when wrapped in her/his new quilt. Please send a square of 100% cotton fabric(your choice)to us. The square should be 8 in. by 8 in. Please also include a wish for Sophie which can be a favorite saying, bible, verse or your own words. The wish can be on cardstock, or an index card and should have your names included on it. Please attach a small piece of the fabric to the wish card, so we know which quilt square is from you. See examples below of some squares we have received from friends. For our mailing address....please e-mail


Where does the time go?

Chelsea on her first day of Kindergarten...

And started her Senior year at High School yesterday!!

Chelsea...I was very proud of you on this day when you started Kindergarten, but I was also a little sad that you were growing up. After I dropped you off with Mrs. M., I went home and cried. I probably never told you that......

But now that you are starting your Senior Year, I want to let you know how very, very proud I am of you and the person you have grown to be. You are beautiful inside and out and I am blessed to be your Mommy!!


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Today's Pool and Park


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

One of the few times I was able to get Sophie to look right at the camera and smile and she happens to be behind a curtain!!

Ella, Chelsea, and Milo and BTW...someone e-mailed me and thought that we took all 3 of the kittens home with us. Just to, no, no! That would be beyond crazy...we just have one of them who we call Milo.

Sophie playing with toys

Girls playing on the stairs. It has been raining here for 5 days straight...we are running out of things to do indoors!

Sophie running and having fun!

Sweet Sophie

With 2 toddlers and 2 teens in the never know what you might find. And look at the beautiful color Ella has! Chelsea and I are jealous!!

Ryan with his of his favorite things to do. He has been teaching himself to play for the last year and is getting pretty good at it.

Squatty Potty! I had several people ask me what a squatty potty was, since I mentioned it on our website during our trip. Well, this is it! It is level with the ground, so there is no place to sit...hence the name - squatty potty. I was lucky and never encountered a situation where I had to use one during our last visit to China. Well, not so lucky this time...I had the pleasure of having to use these things twice. Yuck! It is almost like something you would see on America's Funniest Videos. The floor is filthy, so you can;t set anything down and you can't let your pants touch the floor and you have to BYO tissue paper!

Sophie's first visit to Burger King

Team W shopping...taking advantage of some help with grocery shopping before everyone heads off to school next week.


Sunday, August 19, 2007


Chelsea went with her friends Katie and Kelly to hike the Appalachian Trails. She told me "it was very hard!'. Katie and Kelly's parents went with the girls. And then this week-end, their Dad took them all back up there for a camp out...


Eighteen months ago when Ella came home with us...we couldn't leave her and the dog too close to each other. Ella loved Katie right from the start, but Katie was a little funny and short of patience with Ella, since it had been many years since she had a little one around her...falling on her, stepping on her tail, etc. Well, fast forward to today and Katie's quick recognition of Ella as a food supplier - they are the best of friends! Every time I give Ella a snack, she goes to sit by Katie and shares it with her. Now, it is a mutual love!


Friday, August 17, 2007

Tests Results...

Test Results are starting to come back. I wasn't sure if I would post this on here, but so many people have been praying and asking about Sophie's digestive problems, we thought we would. One of her tests came back showing Giardia, which is an infection of the small intestine caused by a parasite. Not uncommon in areas with poor drinking water. So, we are not at all surprised and the treatment is 5 days of medication and then fattening her up. Her weight is only 4 pounds heavier than a year ago. Plus, the pictures I posted are from the disposable camera we sent and were taken just 2 months before she came to us. You can tell her face is fuller in the photos than now. So, it is likely she contacted it a month or so before we received her and she has been losing weight. All I know, is I will be happy for her to be rid of this...I have had enough diaper changes these last few weeks!!!

Sophie is the one in the yellow vest. Pictures are scanned, so not the best of quality. You can click on photos to see closer up.

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