Monday, December 7, 2015

1 year ago today

 It's hard to believe that a year today we got weeman. My heart was so full but hurting too. Learning more about his life before us made this mama a little heartbroken.

 Nanjing,China. The civil affairs office at 1:45 in the afternoon, china time. I will never forget!


 This picture was taken 2 weekends ago by my cousin, he is getting so big but also a little monkey as well.
                                                                         Our Family of Four

Monday, November 9, 2015

busy life



Life is busy...but we wouldn't change one thing about. We are so in love with the way things are right now. There are only 2 things that would make me a little happier, my mom living close and my grandparents we here on earth. I miss them so much.

What's new? I had to have treatment for a lump in my thyroid. Everything seems great with that. I have also been helping in miss diva's school with the Nutrition for learning program. I am truly enjoying being in the school. Still working and enjoying my babies more than ever.

Jason is doing well. He is amazing and is totally in love with his kids. I love to see him sitting down at the table helping miss diva with her homework. Puts a smile on my face. He is back at work, not liking it much but there is no choice but to work...right?

Miss Diva is amazing. She is doing super in grade 1. Her reading level is much higher than the teacher thought. She is loving dance, still going to mandarin school as well. We have hired a university student, who was born in mainland china to tutor her about 2 hours a week. She seems to like her and that's a bonus.

Dru just had surgery on Oct 29 to re-repair his palate. He was discharged in 24 hours. He is a tough little dude that's for sure. His speech and English language is coming along pretty good. He loves his jie jie and baba. I am so proud of his strength and to be chosen to be his mama.

Overall, we are doing great! We are gearing up for the holiday season with our babies. I cannot wait to decorate that tree with both my babies this year. Last year, Christmas was exciting to have him home but a bit of a blurr as well.

We are doing great.........we are a very blessed mama and baba.....

Sunday, August 23, 2015

17 years married



This weekend, Jason and I celebrated 17 years married. This is awesome and I love him more then I did that day, but will never love him as much as the next years to come.

Have we had it easy? Yes and No.

Our relationship has always been strong, we have a very good line of communication. We love to sit and chat about what is happening in the life we are living. The fears we face, the adventures we would love to do together and especially talking about our babies. They are our world.

We struggled for years with infertility. This was a hard place for us. We exhausted all our resources until one day I was shown where God wanted us to be. Oh so clearly. We struggled with the cost of the adoptions but the bank as lots! Thank you CIBC! Would I do this road again? Absolutely! The only thing I would change is the waiting. I think I would not have done the IVF's and all that but went to adoption first. I guess it's a process you need to go through, to be with the child you are meant to parent.

Jason and I have been, done and seen a lot of things. My favorite is obviously going to China. I am in love with this country, the culture, the smells, the food, the sounds, the language. Everything except for the spitting I am in love with. I love my children's homeland and patiently waiting until we can return.We also love to spend time doing road trips. Another was Chicago. Loved Oprah,solider field, the bean. Most of all spending time with our little family!

Jason and I have been through some hard times with family. Being accused of things I would never dream of doing. I am seeking help with this because it's making me hate people. Which that is not me. I also do it because I am the one that is beating myself up about people who assume they know but have no idea. Will they ask?No! Why because we are an easy target. It's like I am on welfare driving fancy cars and living is a huge house...not the case. God knows the truth, we know the truth and they are missing out. Do I care? yes, but am I going to worry, No!Losing our grandparents has been rough. I miss my nanna and poppa so much. I wish everyday they could see my kids. One day! I miss grandpa Brook. Loved listening to him talk about places he as been and things he as seen. he was a very smart man and I loved listening to his wisdom. Miss you guys!

Jason and I have decided to take the kids to Florida in March. We are so excited. Miss Diva and I are going to Disney. I am more excited then she is....She is happy to just stay home and enjoy home.We have rented a house and going. I cannot wait. Here we come Mickey Mouse...lol

Here's to another 17 years, hopefully somethings change but if not. Oh Well, I am going to be a happy lady with the little family and life I have. I am happy to be alive, happy and healthy.



Thursday, August 20, 2015

9 months home...how is that possible?

Dru has been home for nine months......ALREADY.It seems like we just stepped of that plane. He is settling in well and I am loving in love with this boy....such a funny boy
The day we received him...my heart was so full. Thank you God for all my blessings...
Precious baby boy!



We are thrilled to have this little guy as our son. He is such a ham and make us laugh everyday!

Love you Zhang Yi Hui...Dru Yi Hui Schraud

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cinderella



Lately, we have asking Miss Diva to do little chores around the house. Make her bed, put her laundry away, easy peasy things like that. She is not a fan!

On Saturday, I asked her to do the same.....here is the conversation we had

Me: Madisyn, here is your sock and underwear,  could you put them in your drawers please.
Madisyn: agh man!
Me: oh, also, when you are done, you bed still needs to be made, please.
Madisyn: man, you are treating me like Cinderella.

Jason and I were doing the dishes, we laughed so! She is so hard done by. Poor girlie....

Makes me giggle....

here is a picture of your Cinderella

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

6th Birthday...all ready




 The theme for the party was "going on a safari." I had little safari hats for the kids to wear, vines hanging around the house and we had Little Rays Reptiles come. The entire group of kids and parents had a great time.
Miss Diva with one of her little friends from school. So wonderful to see her make connections and build little relationships. I love her so much.
Little Rays pulling into the drive....Miss Diva was so excited....
listening patiently...the children all got to touch if they wanted too...what a neat experience.
Mrs. Toad

I was so surprised that she agreed to touch any of these animals. She never ceases to amaze.
Happy Birthday my sweet little girl. Mama, Baba and Hui Hui love you to the moon and back.
Look at all the special gifts she got...blessed little girl!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

years home in Canada

Yesterday, I realized that Miss Diva was home in Canada 4 years...4 years already. It seems like yesterday that we walked down to Sheraton elevator and around the corner and there she was standing with her nanny.

The kids dates are somewhat the same...we left to travel for Miss Diva May 5 2011, received her on May 8 2011, returned home to Canada, May19 2011. Mr Jiggles (new name baba calls him) we left for him on December 5 2014, received him on December 8 2014, returned home December 19 2014.

We are so proud of this little girl. She is so brave and strong. She makes me smile everyday! We love her so much and so glad we get to parent her.