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I am a wife, daughter, mother, bilingual teacher, poet, author, women's Bible study teacher, world traveler, orphan advocate, and an adoptive mother.  Our adoption journey has been filled with a lot of hurt and loss, along with even more hope, grace, and healing.  Through it we have experienced more of God than we ever bargained for and have watched Him miraculously redeem our story when we surrendered all the broken pieces to Him.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Pics from our New Year celebration

My first attempt at making salpicon, a special fruit drink that our friend made us while in Colombia. We didn't have all the right fruits available at this particular time of the year, so I improvised with diced kiwis, pineapples, mangos, grapes, and pears. I added a special soda called Colombiana and mixed it all up together. We all really liked it.  One recipe I saw called for ice cream. Juan David told me it doesn't normally have ice cream on top, but I tried it, anyway, and loved it! We played Spin Uno while eating it.

 We also played Mexican train dominoes and ate some good ol' chips and queso.

 Later we had ice cream with arequipe/dulce de leche/(really good caramel treat from Colombia and Argentina) on top.
 We ate our 12 grapes at midnight while silently making our wishes for the coming year.

 I forced everybody to gather together for our first picture of the year.
We didn't wear yellow underwear, have our pockets full of lentils, or run around the block with a suitcase. But I tried to make sure I added a Colombian twist to our celebration.

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