Blog Feature and a Year in Review.

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I’m honored to tell you that my post about musical activities inspired by the Nutcracker was featured on Family Fun Friday — chosen from over 200 links shared! Be sure to check out their weekly linkup, filled with fantastic posts from so a great variety of bloggers!

A YEAR IN REVIEW:

I see these on blogs now and then at the end of the year — and thought it would be fun to do one here — especially since 2013 has been a BIG year for our family!

JANUARY:

I packed Joel’s bags for Congo, and got really sick of waiting. In an effort to distract myself from the adoption wait, I participated in a Nordic 5K. Something which I will NEVER DO AGAIN.

FEBRUARY:

Baby Boy’s visa was issued and Joel left for DRC to pick up our son!

MARCH:

Baby Boy arrived home and we shared some of our favorite family photos from that memorable night.

APRIL:

I put together a homecoming video for Baby Boy and marveled over the instant sibling connection between Yaya and Baby Boy.

MAY:

I celebrated my first Mother’s Day as an adoptive mom and worked hard to simplify our lives.

JUNE:

We celebrated Baby Boy’s first birthday and I shared some tips on applying for adoption grants.

JULY:

I talked about Post Adoption Depression  and began our Train Up A Child Challenge, where my children and I participate in service projects.

AUGUST:

We ran a race for clean water and learned more information about Baby Boy’s name.

SEPTEMBER:

I shared my thankfulness for the girlfriends in my life and what I’ve learned about adoption six months after the airport.

OCTOBER:

I reminded readers about the importance of respecting countries’ adoption laws and attended a really cool church service in downtown Los Angeles.

NOVEMBER:

I held a piano recital to raise money for a local charity and shared a list of some of our favorite chapter books.

DECEMBER:

Yaya bought a guinea pig, Baby Boy graduated physical therapy and I participated in a Blog Hop with family activities for spreading joy during the month of December.

zulily The perfect fall outfit

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