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Play Dough

One rainy afternoon Schäfer and I decided to make some play dough. He requested the color orange. I thought the cookie cutters would be really fun, but he preferred to make snakes and put them in their snake holes.

INGREDIENTS 2 cups flour 1/2 cup salt 3/4 to 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon food

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Adoption Q&A

Why are we adopting? Every family’s journey to adoption is different. This is ours:

Adoption is a calling that was placed on our hearts years before we even dated. We each had encounters with families who had adopted children. Those families – whether they knew it or not – placed a seed

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Getting Things Done

We’ve been home for almost two months, but I’m just now getting the office organized. It’s a zoo in there!

Today I got all of Schäfer’s “future gifts” in one central location. Looking at all this stuff makes me so excited. I can’t wait to see his face when we give it to him

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Life to Death Ratio

Based off of our 2008 plantings, our herbs have a 66% chance of survival.

Herb Garden 2009

After last years herb success, we decided to try it again. Thanks to the Spencer family farm, we were introduced to Johnny’s Selected Seeds.

We’re planting:

rosemary (good for roasted chicken) dill fernleaf (pickles) cumin (Mexican dishes) basil genovese (our current favorite) oregano greek (Italian dishes) leaf parsley (everything) common mint (tea) hot jalapeno

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Milk. It does a wallet good.

So, I went to the farm again this evening to get our usual load of fresh milk. Sandra encouraged me to write up the cost of such a trip compared with buying milk in store. Here’s how I reckon:

One trip to the farm costs 140 rmb (40 for taxi round trip, 100 for

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