Kids say the cutest things

heart wordsIt is so much fun to listen to our children learn English.  They have learned so much and we want to record the special things that they say as they learn English.

We were talking about making Turtle Brownies and Daddy said he made the Brownies without the pecans.  Dorina said “I don’t want peacocks in my brownies!”

Dorina and Tibi were excited about the upcoming Labor Day.  They kept saying we were having a holiday.  Tibi said “Yay tomorrow is Christmas!”  No Tibi not yet (they are so excited about own first Christmas together).  We went out for breakfast on Labor Day and Tibi said “Yay!  We are going to McDonalds for our Holiday Party!”

Today we were talking about Christmas in America and Tibi said, “I know Dingle Bells….. Dingle Bells…… Dingle Dingle Bells (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)!”

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Tibi has picked up the habit of saying “shoot” when something goes wrong.  It is so cute the way he says it.  He also says “daggone traffic” or “daggone junk mail”.  Wonder where he heard that phrase???

Dorina said “There is a red bump on your belly.  But it is not on your belly butt.”
We still get a kick out of them when they say “I have a probob.”  Which means they have a problem.

We are so proud of all that they have learned and the huge vocabulary that they have.   Their sentences are very complex and they hold an intelligent conversation with everyone – and I do mean everyone who will listen and answer 🙂  They love to learn!  Today Tibi was writing sentences all by himself.  They both spell and sound out many words by themselves now.  We are constantly amazed!  It is such a joy to watch our children learn every day!  They have so much joy in even the simple things!  We have much to learn from our sweet children!  Thank You Father God for each new day!  Help us all to find joy in the simple things!

First Days of School

schoolSchool has begun!  Wow!  This has been quite a year already!  I started teaching 2nd grade again after 7 years as a 3rd grade teacher.  And for the first time – we are parents of 1st graders!  What a wonderful change!  We always dreamed of this and are so grateful every day for our amazing children!

We were just thinking yesterday about the first week that we met our children – they didn’t know any English, they could only write a few letters in their names, they ran around and pouted like toddlers.  Today, they walk triumphantly to their places in the hallway for 1st grade every day.  This week, they both completed math fact work, spelling work, reading passages, and writing all by themselves.  We are so proud of them and we stand in awe of God every day as we watch how He blesses our children and helps them to grow!


We have had some wonderful compliments about our children this week.  Someone said they are the happiest children in school!  They love school and they get excited about every aspect of it!  They try very hard and are truly grateful to go to school and to learn.  They love their teachers and look forward to school each day.  Dorina hops out of bed every morning and can’t wait to get to school.  Their teachers have told us that they are working very hard and are learning very quickly.  Their English vocabulary is amazing!  The adjustments that they have made in the last few months are astounding.  They are polite and helpful at school too.  We couldn’t be more proud of our precious children.  We have had a wonderful first two weeks of school!

It is a new experience for us to get up so early and travel to school together each morning – but what a joy to go to school all together.  Daddy packs our lunches, fixes our breakfast, and has dinner ready for us when we get home!  Daddy is amazing!  Thank you Daddy for taking such good care of us!  The kids are great little helpers when I get to school in the morning and after school.  They help Mommy get her classroom ready for the next day.  We work on homework and study sight words and spelling.  It is a very busy day and sometimes long but we enjoy being a family.

We can hardly believe that just 7 months ago – we met the children for the first time.  It feels like we have always been a family.  There is so much love and joy in our home!  Our children are so helpful and kind.  We love to read God’s word together and pray together as a family after dinner.  Our children are praying for all of the children who are in the process of being adopted or who need a family to love them.  Our children pray for those who have been adopted as they transition.  Our children are grateful for all that God has given to them.  We thank God for the love and joy that we feel every day.  Thank you God for a great start to a great year!