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One Month and First Day

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First day of preschool. The backpack is "The Pleasant Goat" from China.


Today marks the one-month anniversary of our entrance back into the USA and Gemma's citizenship day (still waiting for her certificate of citizenship). Boy were we glad to get home that day!! And all of our family waiting for us at the airport also made it a wonderful homecoming!

Today was also Gemma's first day of preschool. I attended with her, and she only stayed for half a day, but I think she really enjoyed it. We're going to ease into the preschool thing: M-W-F half days this week. Then maybe M-W-F full days next week. Then hopefully M-F full days the week after that, so that by the time I go back to work, she'll be fully acclimated to preschool life.

Moving sidewalk at Hong Kong Int'l Airport.



My friend Gayly and I say good-bye at Narita airport.


Lambie was a great traveler.



Gemma decided to fall asleep as we descended into Seattle. This is how she did it.

PROUD TO BE AN AMER…

Do the Puyallup!!

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For the I-don't-know-how-many consecutive years, we made a visit to the Puyallup Fair last weekend, in Puyallup, Washington. Since my parents live in Tacoma, it's only a 15-minute drive to the fair. It was Gracie's 7th fair and Gemma's 1st. What fun was had by all! There were rides to ride, food to eat, animals to look at (and touch), sights to see, and people to watch! The weather was a tad iffy, but for the Pacific Northwest in mid-September, it wasn't too bad. Here are some pics:


Yummy Krusty Pup!!


One of us is less than thrilled by the carousel.




Watching the horse show



My turn to push


I be brave, mommy!


Maybe not so brave.



Canoe!






Giant noisemaker


Tiger coaster...Simon enjoyed it






Bale of hay

New Mercies

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I blew it. Yep. Yesterday was not a stellar day for me. I lost my patience. I got frustrated. I let my frustration out on my child(ren). Oh sheesh. Not good. And to make matters worse, my youngest daughter cannot understand my apology. My only hope is that the Lord can translate for me and comfort her heart. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit reminded me of this old chorus which comes from Lamentations 3:

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end! They are new every morning; new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness, oh, Lord. Great is Thy faithfulness."


I was also reminded of these words from Paul: "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

Praise God for new mercies.


Happy Gotcha Day--to Us!!!!

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7 years ago today we received this blessed bundle of joy in our arms for the first time. Words could not--and cannot--express how happy we were to receive Gracie Faye Aijin Miller as our first daughter.




We are so proud of the young lady she has become, and we know that God has a wonderful future planned for her. She is the light of our lives; she brings joy with a smile; her creativity and imagination astound us! Thank you, God, for this blessed, blessed little girl!



WE LOVE YOU, GRACIE!!!!!

Honesty

Things are going pretty well in the Miller household. In fact, I think things with Gemma are going better than I expected. It's been a little tough this week with school starting...getting Gracie ready in the morning...not knowing if we should let Gemma sleep or get her up to say goodbye to Daddy and Jie Jie. It's a work in progress, and probably still will be for days, weeks, months, and well, let's face it...years to come.

I don't want you to think that everything is roses and sunshine (although it's been beautifully sunny and in the 90s here the last few days), because there are some struggles, too. It's so hard to put into words what I'm feeling. I've pretty much been a mushball since we got home. It's hard to know if what I'm feeling is normal or not; if others have felt this way too, or not; or if I should even vocalize what I'm feeling to my husband. What if he hears what I'm feeling and decides I'm unfit to mother his childre…

First Day of School

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It has finally arrived...the dreaded (for kids anyway) first day of school. Gracie was up in the middle of the night last night. "Mommy, I can't sleep. I keep having bad thoughts." That's Gracie-speak for, "I'm nervous about the first day of school." She got up alright this morning, though. Simon made her Mickey Mouse pancakes, by request. She got to wear a new outfit, and carry a new messenger bag and a new lunch box. When we finally got to school, she was a little bummed, because she didn't get the teacher she wanted, and she doesn't really know her teacher, as she taught the "big kids" last year. Also, she didn't have very many of her special friends in the same class. We told her that God put her in this class with this teacher for a very special reason. She got a little teary-eyed when we said goodbye, but I'm pretty sure she'll have oodles to share with us when she comes home today. :) I just LOVE this gir…