Greatly Blessed

Greatly Blessed

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Look Back at Hannah Day

Since the blog we used during our adoption of Hannah is no longer online, I thought I'd share Hannah Day pictures and memories from 2010 with you today.

Five years ago, on the other side of the world, we asked our guide to take this picture before we left to pick up Hannah.

Hannah lived in Taizhou, Jiangsu, so we went to the Nanjing civil affairs office.

We were nervous and excited.

This was the culmination of a journey that began in the fall of 2008 and meandered through foster care licensing, and learning to wait, until we saw her face online in January of 2010 and changed directions to pursue her.

And now, we were seeing her in person for the first time!

Here she comes!

She was so brave.  She didn't cry, even through she had to have been terrified.

It's a surreal experience, being handed a child.  A little stranger who now is part of your family.

The woman in the blue coat is one of the directors of the orphanage.

The woman in the red coat was one of Hannah's nannies.  It was obvious that they were very close.

We headed back to the hotel and spent some time hanging out together.  I showed Hannah the picture book of our family, so the faces would be familiar to her.

Baba (Dad in Mandarin) built Lego creations for her.

When it was time to eat, Baba scored points by feeding Hannah mini M&Ms off a butter knife.

We were thrilled to be seeing smiles, knowing that many kids grieve heavily that first day.

It was a special day of getting to know each other, and playing.

At bedtime, I gave her a bottle, and her eyelids got heavy.

Our first day together ended with sweetness.  We were and are unimaginably blessed to have this amazing girl in our family.

The past 5 years, she has continued to show her trademark resilience to everything life throws at her.  She is beautiful inside and out, and it is an honor to get to be her Mommy.

Selfie taken in the fire engine on Thanksgiving.

This post may be linked up at these linky parties.

Top Mommy Blogs - Click To Vote! Thanks for clicking for us!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Start Your Christmas Shopping With 4Knowledge-4Fun

Anybody remember the Kimmidolls, Stomp Rockets, or Stacking Pegs from last year?  What about the Oball Stacker the toddlers played with or the Eco Crayons that Katie uses?  4Knowledge-4Fun has some really great products!  

We've reviewed for 4Knowledge-4Fun in the past, so I was excited to work with them again.  Sandy sent us a box full of neat products for the kids to enjoy.

Katie is working her way through the Color 'n Seek Alphabet Hidden Pictures coloring book, with the included markers.

I mentioned to Sandy that Luke likes toys that dangle, so she sent him this Oball O-Link and the Oball Flex & Slide.

Lukey was mesmerized by it, and played with it for a long time, whacking it back and forth.

He likes it!  The Flex & Slide is for kids aged 3 months and up, and the O-Link comes in 3 different colorways.

Hannah and Katie, playing Hello Kitty Uno.  This is perfect for them, because they recently learned to play Uno with a seasonal deck, and Hello Kitty is appropriate all year round!

Miss Katie played with the Magnetic Fun With Letters set on the way to and from the firehouse on Thanksgiving.  She's learning letter sounds and starting to make words so this is perfect for her.

When I first saw Musical Touch, I thought it would be a toy for Luke, but he can't grasp the concept of holding onto the toy.  Everyone else had a fabulous time with this hilarious toy!  I tried it out with Paul, then the kids snatched it and pretty much everybody had a turn with it.  In the photo above, Eli is "shooting" quack noises at me.  You can get an idea how it works by watching this video.

We haven't had a chance to get into the Ladybug Pillow kit or the Fairy Window Mosaic yet, but I'll be sure to share pictures once we do!

The coupon code BFCM is good at 4Knowledge-4Fun through 12/6/15, and will give you a 6% discount across the site.

This post may be linked up at these linky parties.

Top Mommy Blogs - Click To Vote! Thanks for clicking for us!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Check Our These Cool Building Toys!

This was a fun review!  A bucket of pieces with endless possibilities for creating.

Jack made a game controller.  That's his video game face.

In addition to creative play, and following directions, this toy also encouraged negotiation skills, as pieces were bartered back and forth between siblings.

Jack made an airplane.

Hannah made a walkie talkie robot.

Jack made an animal (he was barking and meowing, so I'm not sure what the animal was exactly).

And here's a car...

You can even make letters!  Hannah spelled her name.

Younger kids can work on their sorting skills, both by color, and size or shape.

This one was made by Eli.  As a matter of fact, Sam, Eli, Jack, Hannah, and Katie have all been enjoying playing with the Creative Builder Set we received!  I'm pleasantly surprised at how well it has captured their attention.

Even Daddy had to tinker with them a little bit.

You'll find the 85 piece Creative Builder Set on Amazon for $35.00.  Tuck one under the Christmas tree and your kids will be entertained for hours to come!

What will your kids build?

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: e5b5c2a9c7c1

This post may be linked up at these linky parties.

Top Mommy Blogs - Click To Vote! Thanks for clicking for us!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chris Tomlin ADORE CD #giveaway #adore #FlyBy

Being a blogger has many perks.  I love trying out new things and sharing my thoughts about them.  One of the downsides is that you have to be ahead of the calendar a bit for some things.  I was a little nervous about starting to play Christmas music in mid-November, but surprisingly, my family hasn't complained a bit.  Maybe it's because this is a really great CD.  With both traditional and new Christmas music, it's been lovely background music to our morning chores for about a week now.

I like all the songs on this disc, but the first one, He Shall Reign Forevermore, is the one that gets stuck in my head.  I found myself humming it while I was doing laundry yesterday.  Have a listen:

Great stuff, right?  So you want a copy?  Of course you do!  Here's the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you're thinking, "Why does this guy sound so familiar?" it's because you've heard him on Christian radio with hits like How Great Is Our God, Jesus Messiah, Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone), Our God, and Whom Shall I Fear?

Check out the official Chris Tomlin website, or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.

This post may be linked up at these linky parties.

Top Mommy Blogs - Click To Vote! Thanks for clicking for us!