Category Archives: NHBO

5 Ways to Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival

My first introduction to Duān Wǔ Jié, or Dragon Boat Festival, was in June of 2011 when my husband and I were in ChinaView full post »

Celebrating the Moon Festival

This year, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival falls on September 15. It is a day of Thanksgiving and gratitude for theView full post »

Sensory Bins 101

Over the years, we’ve had a lot of fun with sensory bins.  A few of my little loves are sensory-seeking (oftenView full post »

15 Ideas to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year is fast approaching!  Our celebrations have morphed over the years, especially depending on the seasonView full post »

The new sleeping arrangements

We hit a big milestone in our house this month.  After being home for over 9 months, Dumpling slept in his very own bigView full post »

A trip of a lifetime: Bringing Siblings

You may remember that my husband and I traveled with our three children (ages 9, 7, and 4) to bring our newest son homeView full post »

Her journey

I recently looked back at my blog archives and noticed that I hadn’t blogged about Sunshine’s cleft journeyView full post »

I fell in love

I have been trying to write this post in my head for a month now.  Words seem terribly inadequate, but today I want toView full post »

It’s different

One of my friends recently shared on Facebook that she was struggling with being newly home with her second ChineseView full post »

{Celebrate China} Her Birth Heritage

I can remember our China trip to adopt Sunshine like it was yesterday.  If I close my eyes, I can remember stepping offView full post »

Big girl

My feisty three-year-old was still in a crib up until a few weeks ago.  I know that’s a little on the olderView full post »

The Ripple Effect

rip′ple effect` n. A spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event. As we guided ourView full post »

Verbal language …

Verbal language … it’s a lovely thing. After using sign language almost exclusively for the first year and a halfView full post »

It feels good to be heard

Almost two years ago, we took Sunshine to her first cleft clinic day.  It was a very long day (smack dab in theView full post »

Nature vs. Nurture

Sometimes as I rock Sunshine to bed at night, I think about her first mother. I mostly grieve for all that she willView full post »