Summer Simply

I have to admit…I haven’t put a lot of effort into my summer decor this year. Maybe because summer just seemed to sneak up on me this year or maybe the joy of having the Princess home 24/7 took a wee bit more time…but mostly because every piece of summer home decor was packed up in preparation for our home renovation. The funny thing is a little bit of summer always sneaks into the house…with a little help. The delights of summer are simple…

Beautiful Sunflowers…

…and seashells collected all over the world.

brightly colored sea glass and sweet lavender linens…

…and the bounty of tomatoes fresh from the backyard garden.

And playing so hard in the pool you just can’t stay awake for one more minute!

Thank you for the kind messages and words this week. Princess is home and on the mend…but not happy about her soft diet.

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Friday Favorites #435

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A Broken and Beautiful Smile

July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month

This week our little family of three will make the short trip to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.  Our sweet, brave Princess will have yet another major surgery. It’s hard…no, it’s excruciatingly hard…but it’s part of the journey…hers and ours.

Sometime, in the early stages of our adoption journey, my husband and I had to make the difficult decision as to what special need child files we would be open to review. With the average wait of 6 years and climbing for  “healthy” girls from China, the special needs program offered a shorter wait and often included very minor or correctable needs.

After much prayer we listed the needs we felt we could manage and waited for God to put his plan into action. Flash forward about 6 months and we received that highly anticipated phone call and email file! As I gazed at that beautiful face I noticed her big brown eyes and smooth skin, her adorable ears and her gentle hands…I did not even notice her unrepaired unilateral complete cleft…it just did not matter, she was our baby.

Our Princess was 20 months old and living in the remote mountains of Northern China.

But what is a cleft palate/lip?  A cleft is a gap in the mouth that didn’t close during the early stages of pregnancy, and this kind of birth defect happens more often than you may realize. It is estimated that, worldwide, a child is born every 3 minutes with a cleft — about one in 500-750 births. Sometimes a cleft condition can be easy to see because it’s an opening in the lip. Sometimes it’s harder to tell if someone has a cleft because it’s an opening in the roof of their mouth (called the palate.)


There are many risk factors that can increase the likelihood of birth defects. While some causes are still unknown, genetics and family history, pre-existing medical conditions, poor nutrition and exposure to harmful environmental substances can affect the healthy development of a baby. As a result, these factors could also be the cause of a baby born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. We will never know why it happened, but we will never know where her outstanding fine motor skills and dimples came from either…and that’s OK.

Our Princess after we met her in China, already charming her Mama and Baba

Cleft lip and cleft palate can be repaired through a series of surgeries and orthondontics.  While it can be corrected, it really is not an “easy fix”…despite what you may see in Operation Smile advertising.   Our brave girl has had 3 major surgeries and some pretty extensive speech therapy with quite a few more surgeries in her future…continuing into her young adulthood.


Her first surgery at Johns Hopkins

She is a spunky bright little girl who charms everyone she meets. She is opinionated and sassy with a flair for the dramatic. Her empathy has no limits. She is our joy and we are humbled and honored that God has entrusted her into our care.  It really is a miracle.

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Friday Favorite #344

Summer is half way over…so hard to believe…and I have not even crossed Summer picnic off the “Bucket List”.   But the adorable picnic baskets in my feature selection have put me in the mood…even if we never make it off the porch!791E9898-D138-4635-A1CC-E9377CB68F56.jpeg

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Some New Old Stuff…Mid-Summer Edition

Wait…How can it be the middle of Summer already? Didn’t school just finish for the year? Remember when Summer felt endless…or at least long enough to feel really really bored of unscheduled routines and wide open days? Simpler times I guess. Ice cream trucks, fireflies, community swimming pool, all day bike rides and balmy nights playing tag…these memories are treasured…perhaps a bit rosier than the reality, but treasured just the same.

Summer does allow for more free time. And more free time, at least for me, means more time to track down those antique treasures just waiting to be discovered. Treasures that bring to mind simpler times…just like my remembered Summers of a past time.

A Jadeite seltzer bottle..Summer ice cream sodas.

A vintage cracker box and antique plaid cake holder…Summer picnic lunches.

A beautiful vintage cross-stitch sampler…keeping busy on the porch on a warm afternoon.

Or perhaps preparing for the upcoming school year.

Maybe the magic of summer truly is a state of mind. Even a modern entertainment device is best enjoyed in an old fashioned rocker with a refreshing drink.

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