Pebble Puppy

Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Kate loves rocks.  I think all kids love rocks.  The houseboy is a geologist so our kids are really into rocks and they learn to identify them early.  The other day when I took Kate for our little birthday photo shoot I could not get her out of the rocks.  Staci, the ones with her hair down are in your honor!


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Yes, I did let Kate lay down and sit in the rocks and get very dirty!  I was so proud of myself!

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This last one is from last year. She was intrigued with the rocks then too! 


Novice Geologists are sometimes called "pebble puppies."

Only one and a half days until summer break.  I am readying the house.  I am putting into gear my summer parenting techniques.  Over the year and a half that I have been blogging, several people have asked about my favorite parenting books. In honor of the long days of summer, I will post about them next.

If you are still reading this, today may be your lucky day!  When my subscription for Traditional Home came this week, they offered me two free gift subscriptions. I guess that is what you get for subscribing for 12 years. So, leave a comment here and I will choose two winners randomly on Friday night.  I am staring to really wonder where all my hits are coming from.  I am getting about 900 a day with many days at 1,000--it is freaking me out a bit and making me think. This is a good way to de-lurk.  Say hello and put my mind at ease. 

181 comments:

  1. Hi Kimber.

    It's Bruce's mommy (Gotcha Day 4/1/07). Although I don't get a chance to comment very often (almost never), I love reading your blog each day while Bruce is napping.

    Linda

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  2. Hi Kim-

    I must confess that I am a daily lurker. I live in Denver and a dear friend is waiting for a referral from China. She's gotten me hooked on all these beautiful family blogs with red thread stories!

    Your family is beautiful. Enjoy the summer!

    Best,
    Megan

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  3. Love the rock pictures! Kate looks so adorable. I comment often but would still love to win. :)

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  4. Hi Kimber!

    It's Lily Mei's mommy. I love the pebble pictures...she is adorable!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Monica

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  5. Hi Kim,
    My name is Emily and I found your blog about 6 months ago and am completely hooked. I am one of your "daily hits" and look forward to reading it each day. I am a myadoptionwebsite fan and followed Ruby's journey/blog and clicked on your blog through that one. I have an almost 4 year old boy and am pregnant with my second boy. I love reading about your family and seeing the fantastic pics. All of your children are beautiful- reading your journey has made me reflect that a china adoption may one day find a place in our family. Thank you for sharing your life with us- you are truly an inspiration!!

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  6. I'm a lurker too--a friendly one though. I love to read china adoption blogs and stumbled upon yours.

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  7. Kimber--Hiya! You know I am lurker I try to comment when I have a chance :)

    Can I ask you a huge huge favor --Can you post some of your parenting techniques?--If it is too personal I understand --While I know what works for our family, I love to see what works for other families and I am very open to change :)

    I hope you are having a very blessed day! :)

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  8. De-lurking to say "don't worry" - I'm sure it's just a bunch of us enjoying your beautiful family, but not taking the time to comment.

    Melissa in Oklahoma

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  9. Not a lurker but just wanted to say hi - great pictures. I love the hair down pics.

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  10. HI!I am a total blog stalker! You know how it is...you start clicking away at other's blog links and you have no idea where you're at. Something about your precious blog made me always want to come check in on you. Kate Emerson is beautiful. I have a 2 year old little girl and they remind me of each other, especially the ROCKS! I finally just started a blog a couple of days ago. I'm from the Houston area. Have a blessed day!

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  11. I'm a friend of Rachel (Loving Lily) and have become addicted to reading her blog. One day when I was really procrastinating, I clicked on her favorite sites and found yours and Denise's. It is kind of odd that those are the two that I got addicted to along with Rachel's since you all live so close to each other. It makes it that much more fun to read your blog and get the chance to see pictures of Lily on occassion. Anyway, I love your blog. I have three boys ages 2, 5 & 6, and I'm tapped out (in fact they are all fighting in the basement right now so I should go check it out) but reading about the adoption experiences on the blogs really makes me rethink whether I'm done with having kids. My husband insists that if a 4th child comes into this house, it will have to be with my 2nd husband (I think he is only joking!) Didn't mean to write so much. I love Traditional Home (my home was built in 1923) so I'm hoping my name gets drawn!

    Susan

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  12. Adorable pebble pictures. I especially love the second one -- those fishy lips are just so darn cute!

    I have a bunch of lurkers too and I always wonder who they are!

    Please count me in for the drawing!

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  13. Hey, I'm Shari. I live in the Atlanta area. I have 3 bio kids (20, 19 and 15) and a 5 year old daughter from Hunan, China. We adopted her in 2003 at 10 months of age. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but I do enjoy reading it. Have a great day!

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  14. beautiful pics. The ones with Kate's hair down remind me of Daleea's Peep!
    Looking forward to your book list. I recently read How to Have a New Kid by Friday. The title was totally unrealistic I know, but I love to get fresh ideas and keep myself on top of things. It did have some great tips.
    I can't help myself.... I know I shouldn't, but I always laugh to myself when summer arrives and you go to Target and there are usually a couple of mom's yelling and with that crazed look because they aren't used to shopping with their kiddos along. Its so funny to me.;) Isn't that terrible?;)

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  15. The pictures turned out great!

    Tricia Stringer

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  16. Hello from St. Louis MO. I look forward to reading your blog everyday while Cameron is napping. The pictures of Kate and the rest of your peanuts are so cute. I hope you have a wonderful summer.

    Thuy (twee)

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  17. Hi Kim-
    You know I am a regular reader and BIG fan of yours!

    I probably give you about 5 hits a day as I check regularly to see what the Peanuts are up to.

    My kids are "pebble puppies" too! I am always having to clean out the stroller, car, pockets etc.. of many rocks. However, we don't know the names of them like your kids!

    Count me in on the drawing. Any decorating tips are always welcome here. Thanks for sharing!

    Love the hair down look. She is so beautiful!

    Lisa Watson

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  18. I wanted to let you know that I'm a safe lurker and I LOVE Traditional Home!
    Hillary in MS

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  19. Delurking and hoping to win! Am a friend of Jodee L (you know who I mean!) and Mom to a sweet girl from China and two boys too (boys much older than yours). Anyway, that's me delurking to say hello and hope I win!

    Janet (aka jboo)

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  20. Hi,

    I too am a daily lurker. My friends adopted from China and like another reader, I got hooked on all the beautiful stories. I also have a non-profit company, which raises money for children's charities - some of them related to international adoption and healthcare. Although I am only in my late 20's and don't have a family of my own yet, I love to pop in for inspiration!

    With Gratitude for your Uplifting Posts, Ashley from Baltimore

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  21. Hi Kim,
    Confessed Lurker.... I usuually read your blog off of my 2 friends...Michelle (Meagan Grace) and Joanne (mia) blog. I am lid 2/9/07 China and am doing a concurrent adoption in Taiwan. I have 2 boys too. I love the clothes you put on your daughter and I love when you put links on them. I think your decorating taste is very similar to mine so I like when you post about that too.

    1000 hits a day WOW.
    Lisa

    Keep blogging.

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  22. Hi Kim,
    Confessed Lurker.... I usuually read your blog off of my 2 friends...Michelle (Meagan Grace) and Joanne (mia) blog. I am lid 2/9/07 China and am doing a concurrent adoption in Taiwan. I have 2 boys too. I love the clothes you put on your daughter and I love when you put links on them. I think your decorating taste is very similar to mine so I like when you post about that too.

    1000 hits a day WOW.
    Lisa

    Keep blogging.

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  23. I do not comment very often, but I love everything about your blog! I hope many other people will comment. You are an inspiration to me and I love to check your blog. I can just tell that your children are so sweet, kind and that they love JESUS! Thanks for blogging!
    God Bless,
    Keara

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  24. Hello,

    I'm a SAHM with a 12 year old step-daughter, 3 year old son and 1 year old daughter. I'm also expecting again! So...my days are busy, but it's nice to see how other moms do things. Some friends of mine are adopting from Haiti, and they have a blog which is how I ended up on this one!

    Thanks,
    Erin in Iowa

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  25. Hi,

    I have never commented but have been reading for a while now - I have 2 lovely, fantastic, amazing, loving girls thru domestic adoption and I love to read all of these lovely blogs about chinese adoption - you neve know one day we may go down this route all though I hear it is harder here in the UK.

    Ann x

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  26. Hi Kim,

    I'll come out as a daily lurker as well. My best friend and I love your blog. She has called you my twin separated at birth (I too, iron pajamas--even the ruffles on my daughter's socks. Done that yet?). We refer to you like we know you, "Did you see Kim's blog today?" :) I assure you, we're completely normal--just love reading about your adorable family and enjoy your great sense of style. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Kathy
    PS. In case you're wondering how we came across your blog. It was through researching adoption and following links...glad we found you!

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  27. Hi....Just Wendy (Emma's mom). Love all your latest posts and a very Happy Birthday to Kate! I've been so busy with end of year events and Hillary's graduation, not to mention a broken computer, that I haven't had a chance to update my own blog (I will very soon), but I check in on yours every day!

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  28. Hi! I check your blog daily. I live in MI and have a little boy that just came home from Guatemala 2 months ago. Here's our blog
    http://cobyandjenne.blogspot.com

    Jenne

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  29. Hi Kim...

    I think you already knew to count me...I always check your blog out almost everyday (and I think I had already checked it this morning! Yet here I am again...so count two for me today!...but I have been out of town...does that make me seem less of a lurker/stalker??). I love your pics--they always make me smile!

    Can't wait to hear what books you recommend!

    Blessings,
    Jenn

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  30. Hello! I've been reading for a while and am delurking! I can't wait to hear about your parenting book recommendations. I am a teacher and so I become a SAHM after tomorrow (for the summer)!

    Tiffany

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  31. That is so cute that you have pictures of Kate with pebbles a year ago...she really does seem intent!

    Kate looks cute with her hair down!! (but that girl can't go wrong...even her "bedhead" is cute!!)

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  32. Hi Kim,
    I love the pictures of Kate with the pebbles. I check on you daily while Bella Ruth and Will Henry are napping, or in the evening when Clark is in bed too.
    I am Traditional Home reader also. Good luck to everyone!!
    Love,
    Chesnye

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  33. Hi Kim!
    Michelle here in Stillman Valley, IL. The name of our town implys something exotic...in reality, we are in the middle of Illinois corn!!! We have a gas station, bank, and post office just big enough for 3 customers to wait in line!!! We are waiting (LID 3/8/07)for our baby girl from China, or wherever the good Lord has in mind! I love reading your blog and have made many notes in my personal "mommy notebook" from info you supply! I have been reading you since your wait for Kate and feel more like an old friend than "lurker" and it's your warmth that makes that seem so!
    Keep up the good work,
    Michelle

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  34. Ok, you know me well but I still would love the subscription! Love the pebble puppy, she was meant to be yours! Although I can't keep Myah out of the dirt, I would take pebbles any day! She looks so pretty with her hair down, so grown up, sigh.
    We go to the 11th so I am sneaking in a garage sale tomorrow, trying to get ready for the summer! Can't wait to hear about the books! I could use a little coaching right now!

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  35. Hay Kim, you know me well but I am a daily reader-- at least once a day. How the heck did your little blog turn into this massive blog? CRAZY!!!! I love traditional homes so put me in the drawing if you like :)

    Christy:)

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  36. Your pictures of Kate are darling. Oh the sweetness of summer. I read your blog often and comment from time to time. I would love to be counted in on the drawing!

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  37. Hello! I live in Columbus, Ohio...I happened upon your blog a few months back...I only read a few but yours struck me bc you are always so positive...and some days I need that...LOTS of it! We are "waiting" for our little girl from China (LID 3/6/07). She will be our first child and can't wait to bring her home!!

    Beth

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  38. Hello,

    I have to confess...I am a daily lurker of your blog (a nice one). :) I think I found it when I was google-ing something for one of my posts for my blog (can't even remember what to be honest). Anywho, I'm a first time mommy and as cheesy as it sounds, reading your blog some how inspires me. You make every thing look so easy and beautiful! Thanks for keeping up such a wonderful blog.

    All the best!

    Joannah

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  39. Adorable pictures! I love seeing the one from last year. She is a cutie!

    Jessica

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  40. Hi, I read daily.
    I'm still raving over your fresh flower arrangements ad trying to copy them :D
    Thanks for sharing your blog with us all!

    Red (China -family day- 2005)

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  41. i'm a lurker too! love your taste in clothes for kate. would love to enter your drawing!

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  42. Hey! It's Shay- EllaKate's mom. Just wanted to tell you EK LOVES rocks too!!! Everywhere we go, we have to choose a rock... Everywhere! I just throw them away when she forgets about them. I read your blog everyday and would love to get the magazine. Hope you have a great evening! ps Love all the pics of Kate... Is she feeling better today?

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  43. I'm loving reading all these comments since it lets me know I'm in good company with my blog lurking! And yours is such a thoughtful, beautiful blog, it's easy to become addicted.

    Have a wonderful summer with the peanuts!

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  44. Here I come out of the shadows. I am Diann from Seattle. I love your blog and read it, and others at night after my china doll(Gotcha day 6-11-07)is in bed.

    Thank you for sharng your blog!

    Sincerely,
    Diann

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  45. 1,000 - that is a little freaky! But one is just me and sometimes I use your blog as a springboard to the others you have listed (some of them ( : ). Maybe that makes them add up. Kudos to you, I don't think I could let my child get all dirty in that gorgeous white dress!

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  46. I love the pictures of your pretty princess (in white) playin' in the rocks! Way to go, mom! (or should I say, way to LET go!?) Maybe she will follow in daddy's footsteps!? that would be cool!

    Hope you're having a wonderful week!

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  47. darling pictures....you are just one popular Momma! ;)

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  48. I love the pictures of Kate in the rocks! She looked like she was having a good time! She looks adorable in her little white dress! Please count me in for the drawing! Have a great week!
    Patti

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  49. Kate looks adorable and I LOVE her hair down. Also love the picture with dirt on her....sorry Mom! Hope she is feeling better!:)
    Please count me in on the drawing!
    Enjoy your summer!!

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  50. Hi Kim,
    It's Gin over at "Waiting for China Girl". I check in at least once a day and would like to say thank you for sharing your days, and all of those beautiful pictures, with us. It really does help with the wait (lID 9/30/07).

    Gin =)

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  51. You know I come here a few times a day! Count me in~

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  52. Laura in ArizonaJune 4, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Hi Kim,

    I am de-lurking to let you know how very much I enjoy your blog. We are LID 30 Oct07...waiting for twin girls from China. I am finding your story a blessing to read, as I also find all the other blogs! Your life gives hope and inspiration to those of us with a very long road ahead of us. Your daughter is beautiful, as are your sons.

    God bless you all,
    Laura in Arizona

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  53. Hi Kim-

    My friend Amy B. got me addicted to your blog. I have 1 little boy and three little girls, so I love reading your blog. You give great tips, advice, and I love when you tell where you buy things (Kate's clothes). I am also one of your daily hits. You are truly an inspiration to all mothers out there! Thanks for sharing your blog.

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  54. Love the rock photo's too cute!

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  55. Adorable pictures! I love seeing the one from last year. She is a cutie!

    Jessica

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  56. Kimber,

    Best Birthday wishes to Kate, looks like it was great. Nice pebble pictures, just like daddy. I rarely have time to comment, but I ran across your blog and have enjoyed it ever since. We too have fun boys and adopted girl(s) from China, great family dynamics. You have a beautiful family, thanks for sharing.

    Dianne

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  57. Hello! I am also one of your daily lurkers...I am the mother of four. Two boys (11 & 7) one girl (4) and our Angel Daughter waiting in Heaven(SIDS). I have wanted to adopt from China since I was in Jr High..but my husband doesn't have the same feelings. Anyway, I love to read about the 'gotcha day' stories and I can't even remember how I found your family. I am a friendly lurker...Best wishes to you and your beautiful family! Thanks for letting us follow along!

    Tracy
    South Dakota

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  58. Hi Kim... I am a daily visitor. We live in Alabama and have an LID of July 14, 2006. Kate is one of the beauties that gets me through this LONG wait!!!

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  59. Hey :D
    Love the pic's of Kate :D they are just precious! Hope that she is feeling better~~
    Guess what! I may be taking a trip very soon :D Call me and I will give you the 411!
    Ladybug hugs,
    ;D

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  60. Hi! Found you from Denise's blog I believe (fellow AWAA Mommy of Denise's). :) Saw you like Hilton Head (we go every year to visit family), and stuck around. :) I have 3 children, with my Katie being my youngest and my only daughter. Being a photo-bug, I enjoy the photos as well. Denise can tell you where I'm from.

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  61. I love the 2nd pix!!! Kate is precious!!!!

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  62. Hi. coming out of lurk-ville. I'm Leigh and have 2 DD , 4 and 2 and live near Boston. I found your blog awhile ago. My mom has MS as well. take care. the pictures are beautiful as always.

    take care! and no need to enter me for your gracious raffle--i'm trying to downsize my magazines.

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  63. I will admit to being one of your daily hits too! My name is Becky, and my cousin, who adopted from China in September, introduced me to your blog (and Kate's Halloween costume, which she wants me to duplicate!) at Thanksgiving. I just love to read your stories and see all of Kate's cute outfits!

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  64. Love the pictures! Did you really subscribe for 12 years? I count for about 10 hits a day :) I click down my list when I'm online to see if all my favorite sites have posted anything new :)

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  65. Hello,Im also a friendly lurker from Ohio.I look forward to reading your blog and seeing your pictures of your family.Love the pebble Pictures.

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  66. I am a grateful mom to three wonderful daughters aged 14, 5 and 16 months. My two youngest are adopted from China, my youngest in November of 2007. I think I saw your blog link from RQ. I go by catherinethegreat there...simply because I am the lucky mom of 'catherinethegreat', my wonderful and dynamic five year old! I have to say I am guilty of lurking on your blog frequently. I love to hear how Kate is doing. My youngest Natalie definitely belongs to the pebble puppy club too.
    Take care. CTG

    PS...I admire your grace and candor when handling differences of opinion on your blog. You could simply block the comments, but don't. Your blog is relaxing and a person feels that you give an honest glimpse into your life. Its refreshing. Thanks.

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  67. Hi, I am a Houston-based lurker who's been away from the blog for a few months. I used to read regularly, as I have 2 boys ages 5 and 6, and our China LID is 12/29/06 for our daughter, but as the wait dragged on I decided to take a break from regular perusal of China adoption blogs. Today I decided to check back in. Glad to hear y'all are doing well!

    Jenny

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  68. Beautiful Birthday photos!
    hugs
    Kerry
    (Mama to Grace and Maddie)

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  69. I am so impressed that you got all the lurkers to post a comment! (i meant that in a good way lurkers-----:-) It must make you feel good to know that so many are just in love with your beautiful family!s

    Sign me up, please!! Can;t wait to hear about your parenting techiniques. Loved the photos of Kate!

    P.S I finally got Kate's book ordered but now am worried about the address i sent it to... i used the return address you had on the amazon acct. I had accidentally deleted your email with your address- hope it is correct! Let me know if you don;t get it!

    Take care-
    can't believe you get 1000 hits a day. T

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  70. Hello Kim,

    I am a daily lurker too! We live in New Orleans and we are waiting for Emma Grace from China (LID 3/14/06) Thanks for sharing your family!

    Wendy

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  71. Please put me in the drawing...
    LOVE The pictures of Kate... I can't believe you let her play in the rocks in that beautiful WHITE dress..LOL..
    LOVE the picture of last year too..
    Have a Great Week..
    Little question...
    Can you send me the link to the little watering can you got Lily..
    THank you.
    HUGS

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  72. O.K. I can't miss the opportunity to actually win something!! I really enjoy your blog and Kate is just beautiful! I have to fill every second of my day- This wait for LOA is about to get the best of me !! Kim
    www.catecomeshome.blogspot.com

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  73. Hey Kim~my name is Noelle and I live in Louisville,Ky. I came across your blog and I am so hooked!! I love to read about your family and your children are sooo cute!! I look forward to each day to see what cute pics you have posted and what you have wrote. I have a couple of friends that have adopted and also tell them about you!! I really feel like I know you, you are such a neat person and like I said I love your blog~~Smiles, Noelle

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  74. Hello! I have commented before. I think I found you from Shana's blog...and I am in awe of your family. The love you have for "Houseboy" Dave and all three children is amazing! I am checking in daily to see what is new! Keep up the terrific work!
    ~Lynn/PA

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  75. Hi Kim!
    I am totally a blog stalker! I clicked on your blog through Matilda Jane, I think! And keep coming back to see your updates on little Kate, she's so precious! I have a 21 month old little girl that means the world to me. I started a blog just recently after being intrigued by so many others, you included!

    Warmly,
    Sara

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  76. Hi Kim - love the photos in the rocks! And in a white dress, impressive! I would love to be included in your drawing.

    I would love to hear more about your summer strategies.

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  77. I'm one of your big fans! Happy Birthday to Kate - she looks beautiful in white. An angel.

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  78. I've been following your blog for quite sometime and have commented a time or two. I also e-mailed you re: Kate's bedding only to find out I am having a boy!

    I love your parenting techniques and some of your Christmas Traditions (pajamas on Christmas Eve, etc.) and plan to utilize those in our life!

    Lora

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  79. HI Kim,
    I think this is the first time I have seen Kate Emerson dirty!!! She is so so cute.

    I would love to have your gift magazine subscription!
    Norah

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  80. Hi Kim! I have commented before and you shared recipes with me through email! I really appreciate everything in your blog! Your style is 2nd to none! I saw someone on here that said that they feel like they know you -- I feel the same way! I am working on my Masters (online) in English and when I get tired of that I click on my blogs!
    Jennifer

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  81. I love your blog. I have two precious daughters from China and honestly don't know how I found your blog but I check in often. I think we were both in the same DTC group. I was LID Nov 2005 but was in the October 2005 yahoo group. I got my referral one year ago on Friday.
    Your family is beautiful! You are an amazing photographer, a great writer, and a wonderful mother. It shows in every photo and heartfelt word. Thank you for sharing with all of us!
    Kolleen

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  82. Kate looks beautiful as always!
    Jennifer

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  83. Hello! I'm not sure if I've posted before, but I wouldn't want you to worry! We adopted our Emeili in July 2006. Our website is http://homepage.mac.com/tarpyfamily

    Your family is lovely and I love the posts! Take Care, Casey

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  84. The pictures are great. The party looked like allot of fun and I love Kates swimsuit. have a great week.

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  85. Hi Kim!

    I don't remember how I came across your blog??? We are LID 1/16/06 and are hoping to be NEXT! I enjoy following your blog. Thanks so much!

    Stacy

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  86. Hi, My name is Christi and I am a lurker!!!!
    I found your blog through a friend of a friend adopting. My husband & I actually went about half way through our adoption process when our youngest child began having seizures and various other serious health problems. I felt that God was directing s to hold off for a while. So, we did. I am still so sad but relaxing in the Lord that He knows what is best for us.
    Anyway....... One lurker identified!

    Christi from Mississippi
    Christicave@comcast.net

    Happy Summer

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  87. Wow has Kate Emerson grown since the first pebble picture.

    Looking forward to the posting on the parenting books.

    Lisa

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  88. Hi Kim-

    I am delurking to introduce myself. I check in on your blog daily but have never commented. My best friend adopted her daughter from China last year and I got hooked on reading about other families journeys to their children. My husband & I are brand new parents......I just gave birth to our daughter Emma Paige 5 weeks ago. I love checking in with you to see the beautiful pictures of the peanuts and to hear your parenting advise. In fact, it's because of you I purchased the Nikon D40x. Your pictures are just amazing!!!

    Thank for sharing your life!!

    Tori in CT

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  89. Hi,

    I too am de-lurking. I found your blog a few months ago and I am inspired by your stories as a wife and mother. I'm not lucky enough to either yet, but I'm still young, and I hope I accomplish it with as much grace and humor as you do!

    Thanks for your great blog!
    Lucy

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  90. Hi
    We love your kiddos, live in Seattle and are um-waiting, waiting and waiting.

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  91. Kim,
    I am CMG's mom's sister, and have been enjoying your blog for some time----I guess I've been a silent stalker. Kate is beautiful, and your boys are so handsome. I check your blog often and enjoy your updates----keep them coming!
    Dawn

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  92. Hi, I'm a lurker, but you don't have to enter me in the contest! :)

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  93. Hi Kim!
    Still checking in daily to see what the peanuts are up to! Your blog is one of my very favorites!

    Jennifer

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  94. Hey popular Mama!!!! I love Kate's hair down!!! Now, I am motivated to grow Ruby's bangs out.. Right now they are below her nose, and they drive me crazy when she has had it with the bow!!!! Two days ago she almost got a pixie! :)

    Happy Summer!

    Di (Who just scheduled a Spa Morning on Monday!!)

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  95. Hi Kim,
    Okay, I'm finally de-lurking so you don't have to wonder as much. Found your blog from another blog but I do not have a blog for our family yet. I enjoy visiting your blog to view the amazing photos of your beautiful children taken with great skill. I am mom to 2 little girls, trying to give them my 100% and more, but hope to be organized again, so I look to you for inspiration! Happy Birthday to Kate! (We celebrated my Bella's birthday on Sunday). Thanks for letting me read your blog, Wendy C.

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  96. KImber... lurking daily but seldom posting lately. I LOVE the new pictures of Kate in the rocks... so precious! As soon as Sophie's face heals a bit more, I am going to take her out for a mommy photo shoot too...

    Enjoy your summer break with all three of your precious peanuts!

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  97. Hi Kim!
    I love the pictures of Kate on her birthday. Thank you for sharing them.
    I'd love some summer tips on keeping your kids busy in the summer. We leave for the states in a little less than two weeks, I can't wait to have some Starbucks and hit a Target.
    Enjoy your summer!
    Natasha

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  98. I'm a bi-weekly lurker. My husband and I are going to be picking up our daughter from Guatemala very soon and I too am hooked on all of the different family blogs!

    Tana
    ana.adoptionvoyages.net

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  99. Hi Kim! I'm a lurker as well. I'm a 22 year old wedding planner from Orange County and I found your blog through Waiting for Sophie. I absolutely adore your posts and your beautiful family. Not to mention, I always sneak a peak at your fabulous style and impeccable decor of your home!!

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  100. Hi Kim, Another Daily Lurker here - maybe 5 or 6 hits a day. I'm always looking for updates and new pictures. I love the pictures you take and I think I found your blog from another Oct 2005 dtc mom, maybe? We brought our 2nd daughter (3rd child) home from China in April 2007.
    Anyway, keep up the great blog! I love it:)

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  101. Hi Kim-

    Not a daily lurker, just lurk every "whipstich". Our great friends adopted their daughter almost exactly one month to the day before my daughter was born, and I became addicted to their blog while following their journey in China (waytoobright.blogspot.com).

    You have a beautiful family! And I love hearing stories from other moms that I can totally relate too. Thank you for sharing your time. Have a wonderful day!

    Meg from Indiana

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  102. Hi! I hope this comment makes me an official non-lurker! I came across your blog when my husband and I began researching international adoption and I've been checking in with your peanuts ever since! We have 2 boys and we have just bought a house, so I've really loved using the pictures of your home for some decorating and organization inspiration. Have a great day!

    Stephanie

    P.S. Our blog is: http://flemings-stephandtheboys.blogspot.com
    Feel free to lurk over to our place!

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  103. Hi there
    I've been reading your blog for quite awhile now. We've got a 4 year old from Hunan and are waiting for #2.
    I love your photography and enjoy seeing your beautiful children!
    By the way, I live in Winnipeg, Canada, incase you're wondering where some of your hits are coming from! :)
    Alison

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  104. Hi Kim!

    I come in here on a daily basis to see what your peanuts are up to! I love reading your blog, but sometimes have not time to comment. Sorry :-(

    The pictures of Kate are just adorable!

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  105. Hi!
    I teach kindergarten in NY.
    I just love your beautiful blog.
    I have a cousin who was adopted from Russia. At Christmas my Aunt and Uncle asked my fiance and I to be his guardian. I don't know any other families who have children who were adopted from other countries. When they asked us I did a search on the internet and I came across some blogs that led me to yours.

    I started to read then and I haven't stopped!

    Enjoy your summer break!

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  106. Hi Kim,

    Love the beautiful Photos of Kate. I love the white dresses from last year & this. You did a beautiful job on her birthday celebrations. Kudos to you for letting her get down in the rocks & dirt in that pretty dress.
    Would love to hear how potty training has gone. We are into it now. Any tips on how to get her to tell me when she needs to go?

    Blessings,
    Shauna

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  107. Hi Kim,

    I am not a lurking anymore! Just loving it and sending you my comments. The pictures of Kate are so adorable! Great photo shoot. We are gearing up for the beach, and I am heading off to tape today! XO, Clare

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  108. Hi Kim,
    not sure if I have posted before or not, I think i may have...
    anyway, just delurking! I am a big fan of your parenting skills and love to check in and see what you have to say.
    Thanks!!
    Gabi

    oh, I don't need to be in the drawing, just wanted to say hello. :)

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  109. OK, I admit it - I am a daily lurker! No worries - I'm harmless :) Reading adoption blogs makes waiting for my little one a bit easier. Here's to a fantastic summer!

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  110. Hi Kim, I live in Jackson, MS and am a SAHM to a four year old son. I came across your blog on the blog roll of another blog that I read (a friend of our family in MS who has a daughter from China)My 5 year old neice was adopted from China and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law will travel next week to bring home their second daughter who is now almost 3 years old. Your blog is beautiful and I really enjoy dropping in for my blog fix often!

    Jennifer

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  111. Love, love, love the second picture of Kate with those precious lips! Count me in on your drawing for the magazine.

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  112. Hi,
    You visited my blog and left a comment once and since then I love to swing by and read about your charming family. I really long to adopt a child from China, but am too young to meet the age requirements. So I will wait...
    Have a great summer!
    Brieanne

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  113. I'm delurking too! Kate is adorable!

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  114. Hi, am a daily checker, I comment some of the time and don't some of the time. I am not sure how I found your blog but I love it the pictures are always beautiful and your children are even more beautiful. Our children are from Russia and Guatemala so adoption blogs are my favorite.

    My Sophia is just a few months younger than your Kate.

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  115. I read your blog and rarely have a chance to comment. I would love a chance to win Traditional Home. Have a great day. Amy

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  116. Sign me up ,please. I adore Traditional Home magazine. I save my past issues and pour over them. 1,000 hits!?

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  117. You are so inspirational! I'm a Dallas mom with two girls, ages 2 and 6 months, so I love all the posts about your super-girly Kate. She's just precious! If you're ever back in Texas, please stop by for a play date!
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  118. I love your blog and your 4 beautiful children. I'm a stay-at-home mom with 2 grown daughters and a brand new grandson! Your blog makes me miss my little girls.

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  119. Wow, 1000 hits a day is ALOT! You already have 109 comments as I'm reading! No wonder, your family is beautiful, everyone wants a peak.

    I am so proud of you for letting Kate get dirty in that white dress! Those pictures are too cute.

    Sign me up for the contest! I'm on a winning streak! lol

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  120. Hey! I'm a total blog-lurker! You know, you just start clicking and you end up and don't even know how you ended up or where you are! That is how I ended up here! I check your blog everyday! I'm young and in love... inspired by you and your husbands relationship and the bond of your three wonderful children. I hope that one day I too can continue to be happily in love raising a beautiful family and living life the way God has planned.

    Thank you for sharing your life and for also being so inspiring to me!

    <3,

    Nici

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  121. Hi Kim,
    As a fellow China mommy, I enjoy your blog. We brought our daughter home last February http://babyavalu.blogspot.com and it's such a joy to see how others who are home from China with their daughters are doing.

    Your blog entries are always enjoyable to read. Your photos are fabulous!

    Michelle

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  122. Hi Kim,

    I can't recall how I found your blog...but, so glad I did! We adopted a wonderful boy in August '06 from Qingdao, China and I enjoy following along with other adoptive families. I enjoy your photos and stories - thanks for sharing!

    Sheri

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  123. Hi Kim,
    Sorry to "freak" you out, but I am one of your long time lurkers. My husband, son and I are waiting for our little girl from China LID 11/13/06. I like to "stalk" China Blogs to see the children, how well they are adjusting to their families and to dream about the day I can buy dresses and bows. We have a Blog that I rarely update, it is www.blaineandchloe.blogspot.com in case you are ever board, (but really, don't bother, it is just filled with waiting and longing and no fun at all). Enjoy your summer!
    Courtney

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  124. I'm a daily lurker to your blog also. I'm in the long wait for my daughter from China and I live in Nashville. I'm not even sure how I found you, but I love reading about your daily life! Thanks for blogging!!

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  125. Hi Kim,

    Another guilty daily lurker...thought I'd answer your call for hellos!

    I found your blog a few months ago...I have a friend who just started the process and I just kept following links from her blog, and eventually ended up on yours.

    I became addicted to your substantive posts, wonderful photos, sharp sense of style and adorable children. Thank you for sharing it all with us!

    As for me, I'm in my twenties, from New York, working at a Museum and about to start a doctorate in Art History.

    Thanks again for blogging...I think you're a fabulous woman and mom.

    Best regards,
    Tamara

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  126. Hi
    Still loving your blog. It always brightens my day.
    Cindy
    Nashville, Arkansas

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  127. What beautiful photos! Wow! I'm impressed you let Kate play in the stones in her pretty white dress. (There had to have been at least a little bit of cringing going on, right?) :-) She is just lovely, as are your photos.

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  128. What beautiful pictures of your daughter. I bet she had fun with the getting dirty part!

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  129. Hi:)

    I found your blog..maybe 2 - 3 months ago, through Denise's blog.

    I keep coming back to yours cause I just love the pictures. You take REALLY nice shots. Are you a photographer? and I love your style of writing too..it's funny X)

    on a side comment, are you used to the mac now? at home I use a PC, but at work I am forced to use a mac. I hated the mac at first, but now I love both. They both have their pros and cons.

    Take care:)

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  130. thanks for the special pictures Kim - they made my day - took my breath away! love, Staci

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  131. Hi Kim,
    It's Michelle and Meaghan -- you always know we drop in -- I LOVE the photos. I remember the pictures from last year. BEAUTIFUL!

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  132. Whoa... they're coming out from everywhere! It's just me popping in to say hello!

    Love to get together soon so the girls can play in the rocks together! =)

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  133. Hi - I admit to being a lurker! I am a mom of two, hoping to adopt from China, waiting for hubby to feel the same! I love to check your site, your children are beautiful. (my husband's blog is public, my children's is private - leave a comment on my husband's blog and I will send you an invite).


    ~Sarah

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  134. I am a mother of 4 bio kids hoping to adopt one child. We sent Miss Kate a quilt square. How is you quilt coming along? Hope everything is great! Lisa

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  135. Hello. I do "look in" occasionally to see how your lovely family is doing. You were kind enough to respond to an email from me months ago, about whether or not you liked Blogger.
    I am just in the "newborn puppy" stages of blogging, but am already having great fun trying to figure it out. Maybe I will be braver about commenting. :-)
    We are about to get a referral from China, with a LID of Jan. 13, '06. !!

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  136. Hi Kim-

    Coming out of the LURKER CLOSET (LOL)! (I'm harmless-just nosey) I found this site via "kiss the frog for me" and just love coming to your site to see all the pictures of your beautiful family! I LIVE IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS! If I win the subscription or not, I feel like a "winner" already meeting all the beautiful families I have "met" via these beautiful blogs!

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  137. Great pics...again!

    Hi, I'm tracy and I'm not a lurker. ;0)

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  138. I admit I am a luker too! I stumbled upon your blog looking for fun blogs about parenting and international adoption. I am probably a daily hit now from here in Wisconsin! Your blog will be a beautiful keepsake for your adorable children!

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  139. Hello Kim,
    I'm a mommy to 2 1/2 year old Luke and we're waiting on our daughter Lily to join us some day (LID 7-17-07). www.JourneytoLily.com
    Blessings to you and your family!

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  140. Trena near Atlanta ;-) reader and occasional commenter since Kate's referral. Now a mommy to a daughter waiting for us to finish our paperwork and go hug her! Thanks for your inspiration!

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  141. Hi Kimber,
    I happened to come across your blog and now i am hooked! I just love reading it everyday. You have such a beautiful family.

    Thanks,
    Laurie

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  142. I don't know much about geology - but I do know that Kate is the cutest Pebble Puppy ever. I love that you have pictures of her in the rocks this year and last - so cute.

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  143. Please put my name in! I would love it!

    Lea
    xo

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  144. Hello Kim,

    I found your blog as I was looking on a friend's blog (To Mia with Love) who adopted a child from China last year. My husband and I desperately want to adopt one day and I must confess that your blog has become one of my favorites. It gives me inspiration for the day that we will meet our child. The tenderness with which you share about Kate brings tears to my eyes, because I already know that God has planted a seed in my heart for adoption. Your family is beautiful.

    Sincerely,
    LeighAnne in Alabama

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  145. Hi Kim. I've delurked (I mean commented) a few times. I have been reading for about a year. Your blog is so classy and graceful! My blog links to yours, and there are probably a ton of others who have done the same thing. The cumulative effect is 1,000 hits a day! My husband and I are LID Sept 07. I love reading about Kate and the rest of your family.

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  146. Oh my goodness...the lurkers have come out...you are so popular...I know why :) Darling pics of Kate!!!

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  147. Kate Emerson is the cutest pebble Puppy I have ever seen!! I love the white dress pictures, no matter where they are....

    I would love to be thrown in the hat for your drawing. I love to think I *may* win something!!

    Wow, 1,000 hits a day!! I may count for 2 though...

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  148. Hi Kim,

    I found your blog from my friend Jennifer's blog, Keeping Up with Landree. I love seeing your beautiful pictures. You are a great photographer. I recently purchased my first Canon Rebel SLR camera and I'm trying to learn as I go.
    Jennifer
    http://hannahandemma.blogspot.com/

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  149. Hi Kim, just saying hello. I love your blog, and usually leave a comment when I stop by. I love the pictures of Kate. I don't have a daughter yet, but I've always loved little girls in white dresses. When my boys were younger, I often put them in white polos for pictures. That and their bare feet were a must!
    You are sure to have a great summer with your three peanuts!

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  150. Hi Kim,

    My name is Ellie and I am de-lurking . . . My daughter Tia (22.5 months old), was adopted 3/4/08 from Zhejiang province. I enjoy your blog and visit every couple of days. I also use your blog to link to other great blogs you have listed adding to your many hits I'm sure!.

    Cheers!

    Ellie

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  151. Hi Kimber--
    Please don't worry...some of us just love reading about Kate and your family! We have been home with our daughter for 14 months now, and 13 of them were incredibly hard. I took comfort in reading your posts about how difficult this road can sometimes be (I wasn't alone!), yet I was encouraged at how easy you make it look. Also, Kate is adorable! And I love reading your posts about where you find your cute girl stuff. I have three bio boys and then our daughter, and I just don't always know where to look for the cute stuff or have the time. Thanks for all the time you put into your site...I'm sure your family will treasure your thoughts one day. And one day, when/if I get around to doing a blog of my own, I will send you a link.
    Thanks again!

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  152. I to am an almost daily lurker, I absolutely love your blog. My sister in law and her husband recently adopted a little girl from China and she posted your log as one of her favorites, so that is how I found it.

    Hope your summer is wonderful!

    Kim (in Rhode Island)

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  153. Hello Kim,

    I have been reading for about a year and really enjoy your blod and pictures. Your children are adorable. We have a LID of 10/06. Will our day ever come? Thanks for sharing.

    Kristen

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  154. I'm a pseudo-lurker, sometimes I do sometimes I don't...but I always stop by, even if it is just for a few seconds, long enough for a momentary escape from the pedestrian details of everyday life and I always close the door qently so as not to disturb the quite beauty of your life.

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  155. Hi from another of your regular lurkers from way back....

    I'm Jenn from Australia. I'm a blog addict, in particular adoption blogs. If it were possible, I'd be growing my family via adoption too - sadly it's not to be.

    You have a gorgeous family and I enjoy reading your entries.

    Best wishes

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  156. i have a little pink tin full of rocks that my children brought to me as little presents when they were tiny. if they couldn't find a flower they would bring me a rock of any kind and i cherish them. they last longer than flowers. isn't it sweet to see them enjoy such simple things?! kate is just beautiful!

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  157. WOW.....now that is one big number Kim!

    I adore your pebble puppy! Sophie would be right in there with Kate...white dress, bow and all! :) I think pebble puppies must be universal with all kids! I can even remember myself collecting some rocks as a child!

    Have a great weekend!

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  158. Try to be a weekly lurker, when I get a break from raising twin boys! Love your blog!
    Fran in Tennessee

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  159. hi kim!!!

    i'm jenna..i've commented before and have been here since before kate came home...i never really have time to comment i usually check from my cell phone when i'm killing time..

    :)

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  160. Kim,

    What fun to see all the people who follow your wonderful blog! I comment pretty regularly, and account for one or two hits per day! I appreciate your parenting information, shopping tips, beautiful photos and positive attitude. I love Traditional Home and have a subscription . . . whoever wins is going to love it!

    Jennifer, mommy to Adrienne

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  161. Well, I am not a lurker... I guess you could think of me as a shameless groupie. Love the photos. I have cleaned so many pebbles out of my dryer from the pockets of my four sons, that I could open a gravel pit!

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  162. Hi Kim!

    Hello from Maine! I as well am a daily lurker! I love reading your blog and seeing your pictures of your beautiful family. You have such a southern charm about you, and you parent with grace,patience and love. I have 3 daughters, 2 of which are from China. Like others, I too am hooked on your blog!

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  163. Kim,
    I guess I have come a blod lurker, too, and may be a contributing part of your increased numbers! I came across your bog through a link from my friend, Clare. I was instantly hooked by how beautiful your family is and all the positive words you have daily. Also, I especially love all of Kate's beautiful clothes! I get ideas of things to find for my two nieces!

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  164. hey sweet kim...feels like i've been out of the blog loop with vacataion & end of school craziness!
    love little miss kate with her hair down, what a doll!
    thought of you as i read 'snow flower' on vacation.

    xo

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  165. beautiful pics:)
    I love reading your blog as well as all the other families that have adopted from China. You have beautiful children.

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  166. Oh, what gorgeous photos!!!

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  167. Hi I love your blog. I have a granddaughter from China little Morgan and I have cousin "Leslie" Myah's mom who also adopted Myah from China. That is how I happened upon your blog. I love reading them. I do check them out at least 4 days a week. You have a lovely family. and you look very much like my next door neighbor Joyce the CC Judge. take care and enjoy the summer with all your children... Ruth

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  168. Hello!
    I'm from Leicestershire in England. Can't remember where i found your blog but it was most likely through another chinese adoption blog.
    I'm not adopting myself (after reading all these blogs i certainly want to!) but i just love reading peoples stories and seeing the joy and happiness on their faces as they bring their children home, its like a girly film but in a blog! xxxx

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  169. good excuse to stop lurking :)

    I'm Suze from sandsblossominny

    I was actually adopted as well, although not an international adoption - I love reading your blog!

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  170. Kim,

    The Pebble pictures are so cute.
    Hope Kate is feeling better!

    Love,
    Aunt Doonie

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  171. Great blog. I peek in quite often too :-)

    Blessings,
    Birgit

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  172. Hi Kim! I too am a daily lurker. No matter how busy, I always find time to read your blog. Emme's been out of school since the 22nd. Kate looks adorable as usual, love those bows:)

    Thank you for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Heldy
    LID 9/4/07 Waiting for Mia

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  173. I want to try and win the drawing. Sounds like a fun magazine.

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  174. Hi Kim,
    I am Jennifer and I'm 21. I'm not married or have any children, but I am really interested in adoption after I get married and meet the requirements. I have looked at several blogs about Chinese adoption and I LOVE yours. I hope I can be as good as a parent as you! I love Kate's clothes that you choose for her! Anyway, just wanted to let you know I look at your page often and want to learn as much about adoption as I can!

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  175. Lurker here, wish I could comment more. I LOVE your blog - you are a kindred spirit. I've read some of the parenting books you've mentioned and now want to get Smart Discipline. Thank you so much for all you share and your huge heart of kindness. Your family is blessed and so are we. I especially appreciate your honesty.

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  176. Hi Kim,

    I'm Anthea from Australia. I have a 2 year old boy and I love catching up with what the peanuts have been up to when I can. I really admire the close relationship you have with your husband and your children. I can't remember how I came across your blog but I think the 1st post I read was about Wil or Harry taking you on a date and I was hooked!! Your have a gorgeous family and I also love your photos.

    Sorry for not commenting earlier and causing you worry about your lurkers.
    Cheerio Anthea

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  177. Hello,

    I am a frequent lurker too! I am from Malta, really enjoy your site, love the pics your kids are beautiful, Thanks for sharing.

    Abigail

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  178. I found your blog through other "China Baby" Blogs. We have a LID 6/20/07.

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  179. Hi,

    I sort of stumbled upon your blog while searching for inspirations. I enjoy your writing and your photos are lovely. They capture the innocence and simplicity of little children so beautifully. I am a Montessori pre-school teacher in St. Louis, Mo. with 3 children 18, 16, 10-and growing up so fast! I really enjoy reading daily!

    Sheila

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