Bella’s Dedication and our Special Family….

Today was a very special day in our lives….we dedicated Bella to the Lord during a baby/child Dedication service.

In our small church of about 200 people, there were over 10 families dedicating children…two of those children were adopted!

Isn’t it amazing how God forms families? And now, we give Bella back to Him–and trust through his strength and mercy, we can help her grow in the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord.

And then, this afternoon I read this wonderful quote from another gal:

God doesn’t give children with special needs to strong people; He gives children with special needs to ordinary, weak people and then gives them strength. Raising a child with Down syndrome doesn’t TAKE a special family, it MAKES a special family.

We are eternally grateful that God MAKES our family special through the gifts of Grace and Bella!

Daddy Went To Chicago & All He Brought US….

was a t-shirt!

Kevin was gone ALL last week at a conference in Chicago. I survived…barely! 🙂

He brought the kids a “Chicago” t-shirt. Me? A t-shirt too? No, a jar of Chicago-Style Garlic Habanero Salsa. Yum!

We are so happy to have Daddy-O back home again. It was quite the eventful trip as his flight was cancelled…so he took a flight to Bismarck (about two hours away), borrowed a Suburban from a friend, and drove three other couples from towns close to Minot home on sheer ice! Leave it to Kevin! 🙂 But, we are glad he did that because he found out that everyone else on that Saturday flight won’t be home until tomorrow!

Oh, and he got bumped to 1st class! Way to go, Daddy-O! Grace kept saying over and over “Daddy, I missed you!” At least that was a balm to Daddy’s crushed spirit after the Vikings big loss yesterday.

Woman’s World Magazine….Featuring our Family!

Our family is featured in the February 1st issue of Woman’s World Magazine….

We are so humbled and honored to be featured in this publication. The story is called, “Grace….Undeserved Blessing.”

Take a peek at a copy (Page 40, Kevin says) at your local grocery or retail store and let us know what you think!

Edited to add: If you would like to see the article, send me a email and I will forward you a scanned copy!

Bella is ‘Bringing It"….

Loved what Bella’s preschool teacher wrote today. Thought I would share it with you now that she has been in school for three full weeks….

“Bella is doing great! She is now our loudest singer and she sings every song in Russian (we think). She is willingly imitating words and short phrases.

At snack she imitates “I want _________.” She drinks lots of chocolate milk and usually eats a few of whatever we are having.

She is still finding and checking out all the toys. Today, she was playing with the Doctor kit and listening to hearts.

We love the galloping happy dance.

She is attempting cutting on her own and does accept assistance.

She has nice matching skills.

She is a little caretaker and tries to make sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing.

She is intrigued with Logan’s hair (Paula’s note: he is African/American) and likes to touch it, so he puts his hood up.

Today we played with balls instead of riding bike. Bella ran and ran.”

Whew! No wonder the little muffin is played out when she gets home! I am so happy with her progress and how she is adapting both at home and at school.

It sure sounds like Bella is “bringing it” every day! Go Bella!


Bella (& Grace) just started a new exercise program called KidzQuest. This program is for children of all ages to help build healthy exercise habits through fun-filled activities. And what’s great is the instructors were so excited to have Bella & Grace participate. Yay for inclusion!

I just love the way most children are so accepting of others who aren’t like them.

It’s so great for Grace & Bella to be included with their peers. But, don’t you think it’s great for “typical” kids to be included with special kids too? 🙂