"He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. " Philippians 1:6

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Humor Me Gracie Cakes!

 She walks into my bedroom as I am getting dressed and quickly turns around and walks out saying,

"DISGUSTING, I don't want want to look at THAT!"

(pick me up off the floor from laughing so hard!)

Gracie knows ALL her letters, but the poor lovey's eyesight is horrific! We were at the eye doctor the other day and when she could no  longer read the letters she candidly told the eye doctor;

"I do letters at school, NOT here!"

Oh how I love thee cakes!

She's a hoot!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

My First Grade Cupcake!

 First Day of School
August 14
 This little one loves to read
(okay, she is pretending here, but scroll down for video)
Gracie is loving first grade!!! She is in a regular education classroom at the same school as her brothers and sisters. She is doing great in first grade. She LOVES school!

Gracie continues to amaze us. She is so more typical than not. Truly, her speech is her biggest issue as this cake has abundant ABILITY!!!! Just look and see......

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gracie Graduate!

We have a new graduate in the house! Oh, and boy did she steal the show with her singing, hand movements to songs and that smile!!! Front row and center she was!!! She is so very happy to tell everyone she is a FIRST GRADER now!! 

Congratulations to the Gracie Cakes herself!
Mama and Baba were over the top grinning from ear to ear!
You come a long way baby in just over a year!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Adding Gracie

Gracie only adds when it comes to our family! She has this special way about her that you can't help but fall in love with her. 

Gracie is such a joy to be around! She makes it so easy to parent her! Everything about her is easy, even her occasional stubborn streaks. 

Life is so much better with Gracie in it. I didn't think it would be possible for her to get any cuter when I was in China last year bringing her home! I couldn't have been anymore wrong! She just gets cuter everyday! The more she learns the cuter she is! The funnier she is! The smarter she is!

While I am full aware of the broad spectrum of children with Down Syndrome, honestly Gracie's sweet designer genes are really just the best genes ever! She is perfectly and wonderfully made! I think Gracie's only special need was that she needed a family to love her just the way she was designed!

Adding Gracie to our family was one of the best decisions we have ever made!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


There truly are no words to express how much we love  this sweet cake!

Ahhh people think she is so lucky

that is the miracle of adoption

because it really is the opposite way around

we are so lucky to have the cakes!

Our lives are so much fuller, richer and better with her in it!

Thanks Gracie!!!

Gracie just had three teeth extracted over spring break hence the major gaps in her teeth!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy First Gotcha Day Gracie-Cakes!!!

Gracie-Cakes only likes cakes in her name as 
ice cream is her game!!!
So I made some homemade ice cream and put some sprinkles on it
and indeed it was a
Happy Gotcha Day!!!
 And then you mean I get a present too???
 My very own American Girl Doll????
 Ahh mom, I LOVE being in a family!!!!
And Gracie-Cakes, we love having you in our family! You make our family complete! You make us smile every time we see you and every time we think about you! You are beyond our wildest expectations! You are quite simply ADORABLE!!! And we think it is pretty darn cute that everyday after you get home from school, you adorn your high heels and click around the house like a Chinese Nanny!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Smarty Pants Gracie Cakes!!!

Just a little bit of showing off of how well Gracie is able to write and her visual perception with glasses of course!
 And her favorite Christmas present was this hooded vest!
She'd sleep in it if I would let her!
Gotta love this girl!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


The birthday morning started with breakfast cereal in fine China
for my Chinese girl!!

 A morning gift!!

Time spent at the birthday table!
 Evening with some cuddle time with baba!
 Excitement over the purple dress she gets to wear tomorrow to school!
 This present stuff is just downright fun!

My very own pink scooter!
 Enjoying ice cream pie with 7 candles on it!
 Life doesn't get much better than this!!!!!
Happy 7th Birthday sweet precious Gracie Cakes!!!
Love you so much!
YOU make my heart sing!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Quick Fix for those Missing the Cakes!

 Pure Love!
 The girls!

 Precious beyond definition!
 First Christmas home!
Gracie's 7th birthday is just a few days away! Come back for some birthday Cakes photos!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Adopting Gracie - Our Truths!

In honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I felt it was time to finally get this post out on our truths of adopting a child with Designer Genes!

I have been reluctant as for I know that older child adoption can be difficult for many and not all children with Designer Genes have been as easy as Gracie has been to add to our family. But it is our truth and I want the world to know how blessed we are to be Gracie's parents. Sure there are times when consistency and firm boundaries are needed, but it is part of the wonderful Gracie-cakes adventure!

In fact, we have seriously considered adding another one with rocking designer genes, but my truth is I want Gracie all to myself. I don't want to share her genes with another.  Selfish I may be, but I love her having her own special place in our family. She fits absolutely perfectly!

We can't imagine not a second without her. She starts our days with smiles and ends our days with the most sincere and authentic love that we have ever experienced.

Truth is........Gracie Rocks!!!

Truth is ........Her Designer Genes make her Rock even more!!!

Truth is.......She is going to change stereotypes of not only Down syndrome but special needs adoptions!!

Truth is .......She is adorable beyond words on this blog can convey!

On the way to school the other morning, Lu and I were talking life and she looked at me and said, "You can't help but be happy when you are with Gracie."  It is GRACIE TRUTH! God made her perfectly just the way she is! She blesses all who meet her.

She is smart!

She is funny!

She is happy!

She is sensitive!

She is obedient!

She can be stubborn in a way that is stinkin' adorable and makes me want to chase her and pinch her  ever so adorable buns!

She is thankful!

She is easy smeasy to please!

She is heavenly!

She is perfect!

She is the daughter of the King of Kings!

She is mine to love here on earth!

Truth is......I am humbled to be her mommy!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cutie Catcher!!!

Just had to share my cutie who now makes her own "cootie catchers'!

"Pick a Number Mama!"
 "Pick a color yellow Mama!"
Honestly, can she be any cuter?


Didn't think so!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Gracie's First Day of Real School!

Gracie started regular kindergarten yesterday.

Beyond Yummy this girl!!

We are blessed to have one of my dearest friends (a credentialed teacher whom I met when she was Bryson's aide) as her personal assistant.
It's a total God thing! Didn't request her, just got her!!

My sweet friend texts me photos and captions during the day letting me know what Gracie is up to!!
And let me tell ya, it is all good stuff!
She is fitting in beautifully!
She LOVES school!

 Here she is at PE today! Loving life to the fullest! Participating just like every other kid in the class!

The only difference is this sweet hunk of love knew nothing about a family's love until seven months ago!

The yummy delicious little one has not had all the life experiences that many of her peers have taken for granted for their five wise years on earth!

And yet, look at her now!!!

Sending mama some loving via a text!
We are so incredibly proud of our girl with designer genes!