Monday, November 9, 2009

ZT's October update from New Day

Dear Friends,

We hope this note finds you doing well, and that you enjoy reading this month's update.

Terry (ZT) is 7 Years 1 Month Old.

Terry's foster mom wrote this update.

Our whole family was together for Mid-Autumn Festival. We ate moon cakes and Terry loved the ones filled with red bean paste the best. At noon on the holiday, we ate dumplings, as is our tradition. Terry loves to eat them and even likes to help make them. First he washes his hands, then he watched us so closely so that he could learn how to wrap the dumplings. Terry’s dumplings didn’t come out the roundest, but he worked very hard on each one. His dumplings were terrific! He was sure to make a small mark on each one to remember that it was his... that way, as they were finished cooking, he could eat them one by one. After working on wrapping the dumplings, Terry had flour all over his face. He looked like a little cat. I let him look at himself in the mirror, and he thought it was so funny, that he immediately ran to his older sister and put some flour on her face also. He said, “You’re whiter and prettier now!” Everyone laughed at that. It was a happy Mid-Autumn festival.

If you ever have any questions, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support.


New Day Staff

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

We’ll be walking around the neighborhood tonight with candle lit lanterns – (last night was cloudy in Chicago). We do this every year and I invite friends to join us. I try to have Moon Cakes and Ding Dongs but this year we’re having moon pies, (I never made it to the bakery to get moon cakes). It’s the walking around with the lanterns that the kids look forward to each year. M.Y., is so excited because this year as she gets a candle (I have some battery lanterns for the under 4). I keep it simple that way I can manage it each year. The pictures are from last year.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Zt and his 1st forever family box

We sent ZT a box in August and we received this video from Mike at New Day - The happy boy has a family and the little girl has a family looking for her file.

Friday, July 31, 2009

ZT's Lastest update

Dear Friends,

We hope this note finds you doing well, and that you enjoy reading this month's update.

Terry is 6 Years 10 Months Old.

Terry’s foster mom wrote this update:

Terry is now able to read many words and characters. His older foster sister bought him a poster with animals and words. She bought it in order to help him learn more about animals and, at the same time, teach him some new words. However, as she began to point at each animal and word, she was shocked to find out that he already knew every animal and word! She said, “Wow Terry! You know all the words already!” He said, “You are so silly! I didn’t really know all the words but just guessed that the words were the names of the pictures you pointed to! We all laughed! Then his sister covered up the pictures and pointed to only the words, but then it was obvious he didn’t know them. His sister then began to teach him how to read each word. He is a quick learner and soon could read them all. After learning all the words himself, Terry brought his friends over and taught each of them the words. We may have a future teacher on our hands!

If you ever have any questions, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support.


New Day Staff

Thursday, July 2, 2009

ZT's July update

Terry's foster mom wrote this update:

Now that summer is here, there are a lot of good fruit in plentiful supply. Terry loves to eat watermelon. But every time he eats watermelon, he ends up with a full shirt of watermelon juice and then his mother has to wash his clothes. Every time he sees his mother washing his clothes and how hard she works he says, “I wont eat watermelon anymore.” His mother said, "You can still eat watermelon, just try not to get it all over yourself." Then Terry thought for a long time and finally said, "Next time I eat watermelon, I’m going to lean over forward so the juice goes on the ground and not on me!" Then he said, "Mom you won't have to work so hard, I know how to eat watermelon now!" He is such a delightful and thoughtful boy!


New Day Staff

Monday, June 15, 2009

2 A's and 2 Z's

Each night I sing to the kids the ABC song, and then the names of everyone in our family A for A----w, A for A--- L--, D for Daddy, G for Grandma, H for H----h, M for Mama, M for M-- Y---, S for S----h, Z for Z-G-- and Z for Z-T--
It's one of our nightly rituals and it was the first song that ZG learned. The picture was taken after Christmas dinner '07, ZG had been home for 3 months and H received the karaoke machine for Christmas.

Friday, June 5, 2009

we have an update

This Picture was taken in March.
Here are the most recent measurements we have on ZT.

Date 5/5/2009
Height 105 cm (he's the same size as MY)
Sitting Height 64 cm
Chest 52 cm
Head 50 cm
Foot 18 cm
Weight 33 kg (I'm thinking this must be pounds)

The New Day Luoyang website has ZT's birthday, March 10, 2002, but his adoption paper has his birthday as September 4, 2002 - anyway you look at it he is a very little 7 or 6 1/2 year old. ZT has been celebrating his birthday with his foster family on March 10 and we'll officially change his birthday back to March 10 when we readopt him. We have yet to readopt MY and ZG so it'll be a family affair (as a homeschooling family, having Chinese birth certificates for MY and ZG hasn't been a problem) maybe we'll get the readopt 2, readopt 1 free, special .

Monday, June 1, 2009

ZT's June update from his foster mother

Terry’s foster mom wrote this update:

Terry is growing taller, he said to his dad as he was wearing his old clothes, these clothes get put away for the winter with no exercise and they get smaller by themselves. I need to exercise everyday so I can get big and tall. Terry is also tall enough to reach the doorknob on the doors now. He can also open the doors. Every time someone comes to the door he races to open the door. His mother often tells him, “You can’t just open the door for anyone. You have to be careful of strangers and bad people.” “Well, then what should I do?” Terry said. “First look through the peep hole and look who is there, then open the door. Also, ask who it is, if you don’t know the voice then don’t open the door.” He also said, “I will ask them what is my mom and dad’s name?” Terry’s mother heard all this and was relieved. Terry is so smart!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

This is ZT

I love this picture it was taken in November 2008. We have had the joy of sponsoring ZT with New Day. This is what his foster mother wrote in his last update - (he is listed as Terry on the New Day site)

We bought two new books for Terry for his birthday. I didn’t imagine he would finish reading the two books so fast. Terry loves to look at and read books. He often says, lets go to the bookstore so and I can read the books there. I said, “What kind of book do you want, then your older sister can buy it on her way home?” Terry said, “I want to go so I can see all the books and choose which one I want! Also, if I go to the bookstore I can read most of the books there and we don’t have to spend as much money.” Terry is so smart, I am also so happy that he can think like this for the benefit of our family. He is such a good child!

Z's buddy and our soon to be son Z

Z will now be known as ZG and our soon to be son Z will be called ZT -
Z is very happy about having his buddy be his brother - this is a picture of them together in July 2007

Z loves Ultraman