Friday, January 20, 2017

A Very Special Birthday

Since Owen arrived last summer he had made many memories. From going swimming and picking fruit in the summer, to experiencing Thanksgiving and Christmas for the first time there has been a lot of excitement in his life. 

However, Owen just made a very special memory, celebrating his 10th birthday! Before his birthday we asked him if he remembered celebrating his birthday before, and he said he hadn't. This made us even more excited to make his birthday extra special!


That's a lot of candles Owen!



Time to blow out the candles!


Owen carefully cut the cake


A Chinese birthday isn't complete with icing on your face! 



We love celebrating birthdays, and celebrating Owen's birthday was extra special. However, we can't wait until the day that Owen is able to celebrate his birthday with his very own family. 

We have heard that Owen's file is ready for adoption. Please visit this link for more information!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sibling Love

Connie is the big sister in the CCU and she takes that role very seriously. She is often seen helping her nannies with little tasks and making sure that everyone knows what they should do. 

Connie also knows that it's a big sisters job to love their younger siblings. And as you can see, this is a task that Connie has mastered!






Tracy and Emmanuel are so lucky to have a big sister like Connie!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Playroom Antics

I wonder what could be making the nannies laugh so much?


Maybe it's Freddy balancing blocks on his head


Or Marcus peeking out from the play-set


Sophie's antics are always funny, and she looks like she's planning something pretty funny with Eli and Marcus


Or maybe this time they're laughing at where Piper decided to sit!


No matter what the nannies are laughing at, we dare you to spend any time in the playroom and try not to laugh. And anyways, as they say, laughter is the best medicine! 


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016: Looking Back

With the new year arriving we love being able to look back on the last year. 2016 was a year full of joy and laughter. Amazing stories were written about each of our children as we watched them grow up. Choosing  favorite posts is never easy, but here are some of the highlights from 2016!

January
The year started off with so much love. We are blessed with nannies, staff, and foster parents who love the children as if they were their own.



February
Austyn has made amazing progress since arriving to New Day Foster Home, and in February we were able to make the long awaited announcement that he could walk!


March
We love having the opportunity to tell our readers more about out children, and in March we wrote all about James!


April
Snow in April? In Beijing the pollen from trees looks like snow, and the kids love playing with it. What could be better than Scooters and Snow?


May
Sometimes working with kids means getting messy, and our preschool teacher was pretty messy after Backyard Face Painting!


June
June brings stories of two very special girls, Rosie and Connie. It is a joy to share their stories, whether it be the miracles in their life or a day full of laughter.



July
Our children love to play with each other, and we love documenting these moments. When Freddy met Isabella was too cute not to share!


August
In August we had A Very Special Visitor. We love it when adoptive children come back to visit, and the nannies and staff that care for them are thrilled to see the children grown up!


This year our theme was rewriting children's stories, and were able to tell part of Owen's story!

September
Many of our children attend therapy each day and seeing the progress they make is so exciting. In September we were able to post a very exciting Therapy Tuesday post all about Isaac's signing.


October
One of our very favorite things to do is tell amazing stories. To tell of the incredible miracles that happen in the children's lives is a joy. Here is Ronan's Amazing Story.


November
One of the most exciting posts to write each year features children who have been adopted from New Day! Looking back on the Where Are They Now post is so fun.

December
Finally, what is cuter than the Playroom Nativity?


We thank you so much for your interest, support, and encouragement during 2016 and would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy 2017. We are looking forward to sharing many more Amazing Stories, Transformation Tuesdays,  simple moments, and as many cute pictures as you can handle!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

NDNorth: The Wonder of Christmas

As Frank and Veronica just joined New Day North in May, this year is their first true celebration of Christmas. Introducing them to a few traditions brought sweet and priceless reactions. What could build anticipation and excitement more than these curious activities of bringing in a tree...


stringing lights...


...and setting them aglow?




The light snowfall outside created the perfect Christmastime feel around the hustle and bustle of stringing and decorating. 







But the tree was only the beginning of the festivities! There were gifts to prepare for little friends who were coming to celebrate... 




Cookies were ready to be decorated...



Young and old jumped into the rolling and cutting and sprinkling...




What's Christmas without carols?


Gifts were due to be given, and Frank and Veronica discovered the joy of giving.




Not only to little friends, but to nannies too! Merry Christmas, Lillian!


 Gifts are also to be received! What do you think is in the bag, Frank?


Frank was just a *little* pleased with his new outfit... 



What do you think of your gift, Veronica?


Pretty in pink...


And finally, what is Christmas without good friends and a big hug?


Merry Christmas, everyone! 圣诞快乐!