Playbill: Cast of Characters

My husband and I have a daughter who (whom?) we adopted from China in March of 2008. She was 11 months old. When she was a baby, I had bibs made that said “MADE IN CHINA.” I thought it was funny. You might not. Should you choose to stop reading now, I will completely understand and ultimately, I will never know. If you choose to continue on this journey and further explore my spin on, well…pretty much anything, please note that I will hereby refer to this daughter as “Sweet Pea” or “F.”

We have another daughter, a biological daughter, who was born on June 25, 2009. This daughter came into this world via emergency C-Section. I didn’t see that coming and it upset me. My OB swore that the scar would be covered by a bikini. I think the last bikini he ever saw was the one his Grandma wore because that is the only kind I can imagine covering the scar. I will hereby refer to this daughter as “Lovey” or “JJ.”

We also have a stubby-tailed Golden Retriever. We are not the ones who clipped his tail. He came that way and although everyone’s initial reaction is “Ohhh, that is so sad,“ they learn to love the stub. We got our Golden in 2003, he was 3 years old, through Golden Retriever Rescue of Michigan. He is almost always stinky, he is always looking for food and he will rip down an entire door frame during a thunderstorm. I will hereby refer to him as “Floyd Coden.”

My husband is very special. I often say “If I wasn’t married to him, I probably wouldn’t be married.” I am like a spinning top pretty much all the time. I have a “pause” button, but no “off” button. There is almost always something happening, or something I feel SHOULD be happening. My husband lets me lead until I start dangling off the edge and then he grabs me before I fall. He never lets me fall. He is a great husband, an amazing father and he provides the necessary balance that makes our family whole. Also, he’s very handsome. I will hereby refer to him as “Cody.”

Since my girls may not remember everything that goes on during these early days, I want to make sure some of the memories are preserved. I also want to make sure they know their Mommy. They should know that some days they make me very happy, and some days they make me want to take a bath…with a hair dryer.

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  1. JMM on February 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    This is really, really making me miss you. xo

  2. Lyndie on February 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Love it! Can't wait for more. 🙂

  3. Anonymous on February 5, 2011 at 1:56 am

    You are off to a great start. Reading this puts a smile on my face. I am so happy that Mark brought you intoour family. Love you! Grammy

  4. Anonymous on February 5, 2011 at 11:56 am

    You had me at, "bath with a hair dryer"…I am still laughing! xo, becca

  5. Anonymous on February 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    You had me at Hello…………..

    Welcome back


  6. andy b on February 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    that was one of the 1st shirts we bought for our son in China, I keep that photo in my locker

  7. Karin on February 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I've been wondering how you all were! so glad to see you writing again! I love your view on life and can't wait to read more!