Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Thursday evening a surprise is coming to our house....The only hint I'll give is that it's black...Can anyone guess what it is???? Whoever guesses the correct answer will win a little surprise...

What could it be??

If you're not a regular commenter you can email me your guess @ corzine03@hotmail.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Our sweet little girl, that has a passion for horses and all creatures big and small has begun horse back riding lessons! Rachel is extremely controlled and relaxed while riding, I have to say we're very impressed and in awe of our little girl. I mean, those beauties can be a bit intimidating to a child that little but she conquered her nerves and off she went. I see her passion and love every time we pull up to the stables, she gets so excited and I can feel my heart bouncing out of my chest in excitement for her too!! Her instructor Karen is just too sweet, Rachel connected with her immediately! The horse that Rachel rides is 21 years old and his name is Vegas. Vegas is a special horse because he is also a therapy horse, his owner has a limb deformity and began riding him several years ago for therapy. His owner is now working on her masters degree so Vegas is boarded at the stable. We love Vegas! He is so sweet and gentle, it's too cute to watch Rachel get him into a trot and slow him down, he's so obedient and just beautiful.

Now Linzhi rides a therapy pony named Skeeter which is just too cute! But last Friday, her therapist was on vacation so Linzhi stayed home with daddy and the week before my camera failed so I have no pics of Linzhi but I'll get some this Friday. My hubby bought an awesome Canon Rebel and it takes great pictures, now my kids are really going to feel like the paparazzi is following them...LOL...

Anyway, here are some cute pics of our girl.... oh, and they're out of order!! Enjoy!

Rachel slowing Vegas down. Her face looks so determined. =)
Look at her go...


Getting ready to saddle up! (see her horse tank top...everything is HORSE now)

The horse stable is also an animal rescue, there are all kinds of animals to pet.

My favorite!

Getting into a trot.

With Karen, getting up on the saddle. Karen said Rachel is a total natural!

Leading Vegas out to the arena.

Getting ready to go out to the stable.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

So grateful!

We are just feeling so blessed and humbled by all the generous folks out there that have bought raffle tickets, prayed and posted about our fundraiser! I love you all for your big hearts and support.

Our first time adopting, I felt a bit isolated. I didn't blog, didn't read blogs and really didn't find any other adoptive families in the area where we live. I would often pray for connections either through the adoption community or within my community. Well, the flood gates have been opened and I am just in awe of all the wonderful opportunities and people I've come across.

Here's another prayer answered...

We live in a small community and once in awhile I will see an Asian child with an American parent. I was always fearful of over stepping so I found myself too shy (I know a lot of you are laughing) to approach them. Until the day of Rachel's dress rehearsal for her recital that is... As I was walking in, I saw this mother walking in with her two beautiful Chinese daughters, I really wanted to walk over and talk to her but my goodness, I was in a ocean of glitter, tap shoes, bobby pins and tu tu's...Darn, I thought...Maybe I'll catch her another time. I found my friend Malissa, we found our seats in the theater, start chit chatting, when all of a sudden I see that same mom again but this time she sat right in front of me! Total GOD thing, no doubt! Little did she know behind her was a crazed mother that LOVES to talk adoption!! I quickly tapped her shoulder and the rest is history. Come to find out, her one daughter is from Wuhan like Madelyn!!

Now, I have been praying to connect with other families that have Chinese children, not only for my Chinese daughters but for Rachel as well. I want her to get involved in her sisters culture as well and where we live our only real chance is driving up to Chicago every Saturday to Chinese Culture school which we were planning on starting this summer. Well, God had another plan for us... Not only did he place before me a sweet mother of two Chinese Children but this mother also invited us (Rachel too) to join the Chinese Culture class in a little, very little town about 9 miles from my house!!!! We start on Tuesday!!! We will learn Mandarin from a Chinese gal that is going to college in Illinois, plus we will also learn about the culture, holidays, etc... ANSWERED PRAYER!

A little update on the kids...

Trevor has a interview at Subway on Tuesday! He has been trying to find a job now that he has a car and sees how expense gas is...LOL... He is also doing very well behind the wheel and I am feeling God's presence with him as he drives. He really is in His hands!

Miss Rachel has started horseback riding lessons and LOVES every minute of it!! I thought they would ease her into getting on that big horse..NOPE, she was on her own up there as her instructor walked next to her, then the instructor backed off and RACHEL steered the horse. I have NO pictures because my silly camera battery was dead. So tomorrow I will take a ton of pics to post.

Miss Linz is also out at the horse stables but she rides a pony named Skeeter for her OT therapy. Linzhi is too funny, she refuses to admit she's having fun even with a smile on her face! CJ asked her, Linz are you having fun (smile on face) NO!! yeah right! She was having a blast!

So between horseback riding and Chinese class, that's all the activities we're planning on this summer. I hate to over extend so I don't. =)

Weight loss update...

CJ has lost 30 lbs!!!
Trevor 19 lbs!!
Amy- 7 lbs...I think I've hit a plateau....LOL...

Adoption update:
Well the home study is finished! It is now in the hands of Karla at Lifeline to review, once approved by LL we then have to send it to the State of IL (DCFS and only in IL) to approve, then we can send in our I-800!!!!!! All of these steps will be finished within 2-3 weeks so I'm praying to be DTC by late August, early Sept. I've heard from a few people they're getting CIS approvals rather quickly...YEAH!!

Thank you again for all your loving support!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Our Madelyn!!! (Photos)

I am really at a loss for words as I just opened this email. I prayed desperately last night for a glimpse of our daughter waiting for us. I love her beyond words and want her home. God is so good as he really gave us an answered prayer.

Isn't she just beautiful!!!!

Here she is writing in her journal her mama sent her.
Here she is holding the letters we wrote and wearing the top her Grandma and grandpa Sills sent her.

Look at those sweet rosy cheeks!!!! This is the cake we sent her!

This one makes me cry. Look at all those sweet kiddos holding up the "Victory" sign. I hope they all enjoyed the cake.

My baby. She's holding the teddy bear grandma and grandpa Sills sent, wearing the dress I sent and the headband the girls picked out and in front of her is the rest of the care package.