Sunday, June 22, 2014


We had a sunny day on a weekend and we were able to get to the pool!

Joey and Luke are becoming real buddies!
Hubby says they are meeting in the middle- somewhere between naughty and nice!

This is Joey and Ben's first summer home!
Of course, they both probably think we live in the tundra… and of course you probably think that too!

This has been a record year for snowfall and rain- much to my dismay!
Those aren't the kind of records we want around here!

Ben loves playing in the pool!
He needs to build more strength and endurance to actually get swimming BUT this is a GREAT start!

Madeline still cannot go underwater because of her ear surgery.
She is doing a great job at being careful to not get water in her ear!

They swim and swim but still manage to end up at the kiddy end of the pool to play!

Sarah's gymnastics is paying off on the diving board!
She can do front flips and back flips!

Finally I got her as she was coming out of the slide!

It took me many shots to get the timing down ;-)
This is Abby!
She is becoming a very good swimmer!

Sam and Ben are getting closer each day!
It is so much fun to see them hang out together!

Sweet Emma hangs out and plays in the shallow end or where she can touch the bottom. 
She can actually swim too but we want to be safe 
just in case she forgets what she's doing or where she is.

Ava and Melissa have so much fun playing together!
Lot's of laughter and joy!

Anna has always gone to the beat of a different drummer.
She loves to play with others but then will find a quiet spot of her own and play by herself.

Ben is adjusting well! 
He is making positive progress with each day! 
(I think I have MANY updates to post about as I look at these amazing children!)

This girl (Madeline) has come so far!
Home 17 months now and finally done with surgeries and unforeseen needed repairs!

Abby is blossoming- more on that in another post (if I don't forget that is- feel free to remind me ;-)

Silly girl!

Ellie and Mia hung out together.
Mia had a bad accident over a week ago.
She was riding the scooter down a step gravel hill and fell.
Her knee was gaping open... she had 25 stitches in her knee.
It included a ambulance ride to the hospital.
She is healing nicely but it takes time...

Next up is Matt and Caitlin's wedding!
Stay tuned!!


likeschocolate said...

Yeah! I am happy you had some nice weather!

ourchinagirls said...

This may sound like a strange question, but we have five daughters from China. Three have started their monthly cycle. OY! Just with three in the house having menses has been interesting as each seem to have different PMS symptoms. One is emotional and will cry at the drop of a hat, one is a complete grouch and one is pretty calm.

So how many do you have that have started? How does each react? We have had to skip swimming during that time of the month.

Just wondering how another mother to so many girls is handling puberty. Thanks!

Lisa and Tate said...

Jean a friend of mine who is in the process of adopting their 14th child (four bio)posted this on her FB. I loved it and thought of you and your beautiful family. I hope my link works if not let me know and I will try again.

Lisa and Tate

Katie Lee said...

WOW!! These pictures are awesome!! LOVE them... and they must be from your new camera ;)

Delaine said...

Jean, I just love your pictures. Would you mind sharing what type of camera you have. We will be going to China in September, I think,and I need a new camera. Delaine Spruill

Sarah said...

So fun! Looking forward to all of the updates!

Sally R said...

Wow! Sorry about Mia! never a quiet moment for you!

Hanna said...

So good pictures! You are very good photographer!

Janet said...

LOVE the new heading picture you just posted!!!