August 3, 2014


Hi everyone,

Its been too long since my last post. We had an awesome time a while back when we took our family up into the mountains. This trip has become kind of a yearly tradition. And our trip this year was a lot of fun.

Our kids had a fun time swimming a little in the decorative pond at where we stayed and playing with a lot of their friends. We got to make smores and spend time with a lot of our friends who also made the trip. We enjoyed the time and, of course, enjoyed being in the beauty of the mountains.

It was also the first year that we went and we were able to go hiking as a family (even if it was a short amount of time). And it was the first time as a family that we went to see the waterfall that's near where we stay and to hike a bit along the river that's there also. Finally it was the first time we got to go with Dan, Heather's brother.

much love,
the petersons

June 13, 2014

What Blocked Our Toilet?

A few weeks ago we had some trouble with our toilet. We called a plumber who came and was able to pull out a kid's toy that had been causing the issue. In a family with five young kids, this is to be expected. A week ago our toilet, again, wasn't functioning properly. Once more we called the plumber. Heather and her brother Dan were in the living room when they heard the plumber react in a surprised way to what he discovered. They made there way to the bathroom to see what was going on. The plumber removed a dead fish. At that point Dan made a comment about which of our kids will confess to doing it. Aubrey's eyes got large and she took Heather's hand and lead her into the bedroom where she broke down confessing it was her fault. Well a toy I can understand, but a dead fish is quite another thing.

For the record its not often that my children play with fish. We have a small pond in our apartment complex that's stocked with fish. Some of the kids in our neighborhood caught one of the larger ones and for some reason it was left in our backyard in a bucket (unfortunately for the fish). Aubrey claims it was dead when she put it in the toilet.

Here's another conversation that sums up life with five kids: 
My wife had just returned from a morning walk pushing Isaac.
Me: How was your walk?
Heather: I changed a poopy diaper with a plastic bag and water.

That’s right. My wife is the MacGyver of the parenting world.

A couple days ago we had to say goodbye to our friends the Faillas. They had been with us the past two and a half weeks and it was a great blessing to have them here. We really enjoyed our time and look forward to seeing them sometime in California! 

We're seeing things happen with the adoption. Our dossier was sent to China and we're looking at 5-6 months for the process to be finished. We wrote a grant agency last week and are hoping they will help us with our adoption costs. Please lift this situation up asking for favor over our family.

much love,
the petersons

June 4, 2014

Visiting Friends

Hi everyone,

A little over a week ago our very dear friends, the Faillas, came to Xining. We spent ten years working together and our first chunk of time in China we were with them. And our kids have been friends since birth. Its been such a blessing to have them here and to be able to spend so much time with them. Our kids have played together most of the waking hours since they arrived. Part of the fun has been that we got to put out our inflatable pool last week. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends. (And doubly blessed since we just had our friends the Klomps here!)

Yesterday, Heather and Sarah headed out for Xian. It will be nice for them to have some time together. And, of course, it will be nice for Chris and I to get to hang out.

Finally, I've been working at finishing up some applications for grant money for our adoption. If you think of us please lift us up and ask for favor. I despise doing anything paperwork related and am needing lots of grace to finish this process. I will keep all of you posted on what kind of response we get from these grant agencies.

much love,
the petersons