Another Arrow in Our Quiver

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Milk Can Revisited

A couple of years ago, while we were 
in the waiting stages of our adoption of Darci, 
I wrote this post about the story of the Milk Can.  
Before reading any further, you may want 
to go back and read about it.  
You can read it here.

For Father's Day this year, I took another 
picture of that old Milk Can for Keith.....

  1. God is still good folks.....all the time!

Your daughters and I love you....
forever, for always and no matter what.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Little Richard

Keith's grandfather, Richard, was 
quite a character.
He was ornery as the day is long.
He was always singing some crazy,
funny song.
He had duct tape & spray paint
on his car.
He piped Christmas music
outside his house during the
holiday season.
He loved to joke around
with his grand kids
and more than anything....
he loved his wife Edna
he loved to give Edna
a hard time!

Keith recalls one time in particular when
Edna had asked Richard to vacuum the
living room carpet.

From upstairs she could hear the vacuum
running and thought
Richard was really working hard.....
that is, until she came downstairs
and found him sitting back
relaxing while the vacuum 
sat unmoving in the middle of
the living room floor!

Well.....I think our youngest
child has a bit of Richard in her.
She is just as ornery as the day is long.
She loves to play little jokes
and loves to mess with her big sisters.

But tonight......tonight was the clincher!
I took Darci in to the bathroom,
put toothpaste on her battery operated 
mermaid toothbrush and told her to brush.
I stepped out of the room for a minute. 

could hear the toothbrush humming away.
Do you see where I am going with this??

Yep...that's right....when I returned
I found the toothbrush sitting in the sink.....
still running
while the little stinker was happily 
playing with hair thingys.

Yes, folks, a part of Richard lives on!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Ande!

Today we celebrate the 8th birthday of our 
oldest daughter, Ande!
It is so hard to believe that our baby girl 
is already 8 years old!
Why, it just seems like yesterday that 
we were holding her for the
very first time!

Ande's first birthday with us (2 years old)

There is so much I can say about our Skeeter Bug.
Ande has such a huge heart.
She is like me....she cries easily.
She is very tenderhearted.
She usually starts to cry before
we even begin to discipline her when
she has done something wrong
(which actually is not very often)

She is a quick learner!
Even as a baby, we usually only
had to tell her no once.
She is very sensitive to others' feelings.
Ever since she was a toddler, she 
would run to comfort another child
who was crying or hurt.

She often comes to me with a hug
and thanks me for something I did for her
or just to say she loves me.

She is a wonderful student.
Every teacher she has had tells
us how wonderful it is to have
her in their class!
We've had 3 phone calls just so 
far this school year from the 
vice principal at her school complimenting
Ande on her behavior.

Ande is a wonferful big sister.
She sets good examples for her
little sisters and is a huge help
with her baby sister.  So much so
that Darci sometimes cries for
Ande when she is upset.

Ande loves to help cook.
She is constantly asking to 
help in the kitchen.
For Christmas she received her
very own Easy Bake Oven.
We can't wait to see
what concoctions she whips
up for us!

Ande is our little fashion diva.
Even as a toddler Ande always 
insisted in picking out her own 
clothes.  She would hold the pants
and shirt up next to each other and

Ande's 7th birthday last year

We are so very blessed to call this
beautiful little girl our daughter.
She is truly beautiful inside and out!

She was playing around with make-up this day.
She actually did a very good job with it!

Skeeter bug....we love you to the moon
and back!

Love you more than all the leaves
on all the trees.

Forever, for always and no matter what!

Happy Birthday our sweet girl!

Monday, October 28, 2013

She's Two!

Today we celebrate the 2nd birthday
of the newest addition to our family.

It is also the very first birthday we
have the privilege of sharing with
our Darci.

Less than two weeks before her
first birthday we learned that 
China had approved us to
adopt Darci so her first
birthday was spent in
the orphanage.

But no more!
She will never spend 
another birthday without
being surrounded by her
family and those who 
love her!

We celebrated here at 
home with just few friends.
Darci enjoyed her cake
and her gifts.

She LOVED the singing.
She loves to sing the birthday song.
It goes something like this....
"Appy birday you....cha cha cha!"
Too cute!

When I tell Darci I love her,
she will say "Yuv you" back.
A few weeks ago I started saying
"No...I love you more!"
Now when I tell her I love her,
She quickly says....
"Yuv you more!"

Darci is always on the go.
Darci is fearless.
Darci is extremely independent.
Darci is stubborn.
Darci is ornery.
Darci is adorable.
Darci is so darn lovable!

Love you more, kiddo!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

4 Years of Kaci

August 26th marks the 4 year 
Gotcha Day anniversary of our
 middle daughter, Kaci.

Kaci was not excited about
becoming a part of our family at first.
No she wasn't.
She was having none of that!

For days, she seemed to be
in a catatonic state.....
hardly moving, staring into space.
No smiles.
The only emotion she showed
was fear.

And then it happened....
slowly, but surely....
just a day or so before
we left China to come
home, she started to open up.
She started smiling and playing
and hasn't stopped since.

Of our three girls and three trips
to China, Kaci's trip home
was by far the easiest.
She was a champion traveler.
No tears. No problems.

In the past 4 years, Kaci
has grown into quite a young lady.
She is in constant movement.
She is curious and shoots
question after question at you.

She lives life to the fullest.
She is all about having fun.
She dives in without thinking.
She loves with all her heart.
She has a smile that can light up a room.
She can drive me crazy like
no one else can.

But.....I love this kid with all
my heart
to call her my daughter.

Happy 4th Gotcha Day
my sweet, lovable, full blast,
curious, chocolate loving,
Kaci girl.

Love you to the moon and back!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Dedication of Darci

Today we had a dedication ceremony 
at our church for Darci.
What is "dedication" you ask?
I'd be happy to explain......

As Christians, we come before our church family 
and make a promise to the Lord to do everything
within our power to raise our child in a godly way 
until our child is old enough to make the decision 
on their own whether or not to follow God.    

This includes teaching  them and 
instructing them
in God's word. 
We also strive to be examples to them
of godliness and to discipline them 
according to God's word.  
And lastly, we promise to pray earnestly 
for our child.

A dedication ceremony is often 
confused with a baptism, 
but they are not one and the same. 

We believe our child should make the choice 
to be baptized for themselves when 
they are old enough.
And not just a "sprinkling" of water on 
their head either....
we mean the full body emersion!

Ande and Kaci were both dedicated shortly
after coming home from China.
Today was Darci's turn.

Years Ande's baby shower a lady in our
church named Mila gave me a beautiful dress she
made herself.....simple and lovely with
cross stitch sunflowers across the front.
I knew the moment I saw it that it would be
the dress we would put Ande in for her
dedication ceremony.

Little did I know 6 years ago, that not only would 
Ande wear that dress, 
but TWO more daughters would wear it as well!
God had big plans for our family!

Monday, August 19, 2013


We had a very nice vacation planned
for back in early July.
Our plans had been to travel to N. Carolina to stay
at a cabin at aYogi Bear Campground.
Best part was that we were meeting 5 of
the families we traveled to China with when
we got our Ande for a reunion.

We made the plans months in advance
and were so anticipating the trip!
Then tragedy struck.....first Darci got sick.
Then I got sick and then Keith came down
with pneumonia.
It broke our hearts, but we just could
not make the trip. make it up to our girls we decided to
take them to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA.
Dutch  Wonderland is very similar to Sesame Place.
It is geared especially toward younger children.
There are games, rides, shows and even a
water park.

The girls first view of a hot air balloon that landed just
a few miles from where we were staying.

We headed to PA Thursday afternoon after work
and checked in to our hotel.
The next day, we spent the entire day at 
Dutch Wonderland before heading to our favorite
eating place in PA....Shady Maple Smorgasbord.

Ande was fearless.....she rode everything and 
even rode the roller coaster twice.
She would have rode it again except 
that this Momma's neck was stiff from being
jerked around the first two times!
Keith, Kaci & Ande on the Rocket Ride
Kaci was huddled up against Keith....she was scared silly!

Ande rode the swings all by herself!

Watch out below!

Kaci surprised me.....she's always been a bit 
of a dare devil here at home, but she would
not go near many of the rides there. 
She stuck to the basic kiddie rides.
On great thing though....
Kaci is crazy about horses and was 
able to ride a pony....that was the
highlight of her trip!

Darci....well, I believe if she were bigger she
would have been right there hanging with Ande! hands!

"Hey....let's get this ride moving!"

She was tickled to pieces to ride a's been her
dream for a long time!

Big sister Ande rode one too!

Mug shots!

The weather was perfect and we enjoyed
many many in fact that we never
even got to see a single show. 
Maybe next time.

Last ride of the day.....the Merry Go Round!

We wore Darci out!

On Saturday morning we got up bright & early
to have breakfast and
then caught a bus at our hotel
for a 2 hour tour of Amish Country.
It was great to visit some shops 
off the beaten path and learn
more about the Amish culture.

There was a petting zoo at one of the shops
we stopped at during the tour.

As we were riding down some of the back roads,
we came across these sights......

Up close and personal!

Beautiful white-tailed buck

Adorable fawn

After lunch we made 
the 3 1/2 hour ride back home.
Speaking of which.....
our Darci is not a good 
traveler at all.
She usually has a melt down
 just going from our home
to a town 30 minutes away.
Needless to say, we have not been looking forward
to spending hours in a car with a screaming toddler.
But she surprised us.....on the trip there,
she did great except for the last 20 minutes when 
she started to get a little whinney.
On the trip home....
she did absolutely great the entire way!

It was worth the ride, the money, and the rock
hard beds, aching backs and stiff necks
 to see our girls enjoying themselves.
We hope that we can make this an annual trip....
at least until they outgrow it.....which will be
entirely too soon!