Jian got a puppy!

On : 30 December, 2014 | Category : 2014

For at least a year now, Jian has been begging me to get her a puppy.  After the initial shock and fear of Mina, our great dane, Jian decided that she needed a dog her own size.  She saw other kids in the neighborhood with their little dogs and loves to go visit my family in […]

ESL Holiday Party

On : 12 December, 2014 | Category : 2014

Jian got into the car last week and handed me an invitation to come to her holiday party in ESL class.  This is the first time in a year and a half that she has allowed me to come to her school for an event.  And she didn’t want her dad or anyone else to […]

Giving Thanks for the Kindness of Strangers

On : 1 December, 2014 | Category : 2014

We spent the Thanksgiving weekend in TN.  I heard a while back that this would be the last year the Rockettes would be performing in Nashville and planned to take Jian to see them.  We ordered the tickets ahead of time along with tickets to do a carriage ride around the Opryland Hotel to see […]


On : 3 November, 2014 | Category : 2014

Jian has been mentally preparing to be able to trick-or-treat for months.  She has given herself goals and challenges to test her abilities to maneuver the neighborhood.  She has practiced carrying containers as she walks.  She has talked to friends at school and made plans for who would walk with her.  She chose to dress as her favorite […]

Open House at Jian’s School

On : 22 October, 2014 | Category : 2014

Jian is continuing to do great in all areas.  She had Open House at her school last night.  I was honestly very tired and was just going to ask Daniel to go, but she insisted that we all go and see her school and everything she has been working on this year.  She was very proud […]

Never Give Up!

On : 30 September, 2014 | Category : 2014

Well, I’m not quite sure what has gotten into Jian this past week, but I am really happy about it!  Every single day, she has done something new and shown huge improvements in confidence, strength and independence.  On Wednesday, we went to her physical therapy appointment. I have been telling the therapist that I want Jian to feel comfortable carrying an item […]

Finding Our Groove

On : 22 September, 2014 | Category : 2014

Fourteen months home, and I would say just in the past month or so, things have starting settling down and feeling more “normal.”  For that first year, it felt kind of like we were all strapped into a roller coaster holding on for dear life and being pleasantly surprised at the end of the day […]

Jian’s First Test

On : 6 September, 2014 | Category : 2014

I just got off the phone with Jian’s teacher from school. Yes it is 9:30 on a Saturday night.  In the southeast.  During football season.  Her teacher is won-der-ful!  She talked to me for about 40 minutes telling me all of the wonderful things that Jian has been doing in school lately.  Friday she had her […]

Weathering The Storms

On : 26 August, 2014 | Category : 2014

Jian has been having great days at school.  I have been helping her read 20 minutes each night, and the progress she has made just in the past 2 weeks is unbelievable.  She never talks about anything bad happening at school or not wanting to go to school, except when she first arrives in the […]

Second Grader

On : 9 August, 2014 | Category : 2014

To say that Jian has been anxious all summer about school starting back would be a huge understatement.  She loved first grade but has a very difficult time with change.  All summer she has just about made herself sick worrying about her new teacher, new classmates, having too far to walk to her classroom, and […]