China Day 3 – Lama Temple and a Wild Rickshaw Ride

Pass through the Lama Temple Gates out of the bustle of Beijing. The Quiet is Intoxicating. A reflective, beautiful place. 85 Tibetan Monks live and worship here. Frigid with Brisk Winds from the West. Typical Beijing in January. We are Filled with Wonder and Enlightenment. And Frozen Solid. Next Stop..the HuTong Rickshaw Tour of Old […]

China Day 2 – The Great Wall.

Today, Miss Doodle’s Wish Comes True. A Wish to Dance on the Great Wall of China. But It Is So Much More. It’s a Wish for Sisters to experience their Birthplace, China. To Be with Chinese People. To Learn Chinese Culture. To Experience Chinese Food. To Speak Chinese. To Hear Chinese. To Live for a […]

China Day 1 – The Forbidden City with a Side of Noodles…

First Full Day in Beijing. 4 AM and We’re All Up. Just in Time for Breakfast. The Poly Hotel has an Incredible Buffet Breakfast. Included with the Room. Offerings of Chinese Delicacies and Everything Else. We are the only ones in the dining room. It’s That Early. 🙂 Get Ready for an Incredible Food Overload…Since […]

2019 Off to China…A Magical Wish Comes True

Happy New Year! A Brand New Year and a Wish Granted. Together as a Family We Traveled to China…Beijing to the North and Guangzhou to the South. A Trip we had done two times before for China Adoptions. But Now as a Family with Teen Girls, We Will Experience China through Their Eyes. A Trip […]

A Make A Wish Send Off…

Four Little Words…Your Wish is Granted. Miss Doodle’s Wish. To Dance on the Great Wall of China. Her Wish is Coming True.  This is Really Happening.  And Soon. We are in Awe.  And So Thankful that We Can Share This Together. Thank You Parnall Law Firm and Make A Wish New Mexico Foundation. Thank You. […]

Fairy Lights…Only Batteries Required

Sometimes Simple is Fun. A Mantle Garland of Twine and Paper Coffee Filters. A Gaggle of Nutcrackers all at attention on the banco. Wreaths with pine cones, berries and dried citrus oranges and grapefruit. All tied together with Fairy Lights. Thinnest wires speckled with LED lights and a slim battery pack. 3 AAA batteries do […]

Living Up to Being a “Champion Family”

I received a call…We would Like to Honor You as the Champion Family. I’m not sure what to do with all this. The hospital nominated us for this Title. We were to be honored at the basketball game.  We are the Half Time Show. I knew We had to be Gracious and Humbled and very […]

A Native American Blessing

A Purification Healing Dance for the World. The Mescalero Apache Dancers. Prayers for Peace and Harmony.  Good Health and Happiness. Chanting.  Beating of a Drum.  Dancing Around a Bonfire of Pinon, Cedar and Sage. All are invited to participate.    Bundled Up against the Cold.  Under a Star-filled Sky. Hands are extended.  Palms up.   Receiving […]

Make Way for a Kinder, Gentler Elf

Elf on the Shelf has been bashed, knocked around and rebelled against by many parents. Admittedly, the premise of Elf on the Shelf is a tad creepy. In Theory, Here’s How it Works:  The elf comes boxed in a fancy gift box  with a storybook of how the elf came to be.  Additional elf outfits […]

Simple Trick to Keep Cats Out of the Christmas Tree…And It’s Working!

We have a Naughty Cat.   And this Cat is Smart.     Naughty and Smart…a Disastrous Combination Anytime…but Especially at Christmas. Enter This Year’s Tree.     Sparkly and Glittery.  Gloriously Dressed In Silver.   Graced with Heirloom Ornaments.  Lovely.     But No Matter Live or Fake…     With a Christmas Tree […]