Bree Mei age 4yr

Bree Mei    age 4yr







Thursday, August 26, 2010


Monumental day in the Hoffman household....all three girls at the same school...YEAH!
Brynn began sixth grade, Brooke began third grade and Bree started PreK. Since it takes us 30 minutes to travel to their school, the same drop off and same pick up is glorious! Bree was so excited this morning, despite having to get up at 6:30a. She kept repeating "its my first day of school, I am so excited". She told everyone that her new school is "Gesu, like my sisters". Doug and I are taking a leap of faith taking Bree out of the special needs preschool since she will not recieve OT and PT. She has made such excellent strides physically with her feet and legs. She amazes us every day. Fortunately, since Gesu is private, her class is very small thus far, with only six children. Since Bree has been "a regular" around Gesu for the past two years, she is very well known. She recieved a ton of attention today from teachers, parents and students which helped reassure us that we made a wise decision. We met with her PreK teacher after school today to explain that we have never treated Bree as if she has a disability, but in reality she does. She is beginning to notice that she cannot run like other children and has been asking lots of questions about "why she doesn't wear AFO's like me." We ask for God's blessing for guiding us in raising Bree with a good self esteem (something she seems to be mastering thus far!) The PreK teacher related to us that during circle time she told the students to "criss cross applesauce" with their legs. Bree looked at her and said "I can't do that." Her sweet teacher said "thats right you can't so you can keep your legs out straight". When Bree did that, the four other girls decided that they should sit like Bree! God love four year olds. Of course now we will be making more frequent trips to our private OT and PT to ensure that Bree is staying on track with her progress especially her right knee.


Last weekend our beautiful Brynn turned 11. What a sweet, compassionate child of God she has become. She celebrated with a movie themed sleepover party with her closest friends. I think the best part of this age is even though they managed to stay up until Brynn was born (12:38 a.m.)they slept in until 9:30 a.m. Of course I suppose the two hours they spent swimming in the pond might have exhausted them a bit! And boy can sixth grade girls eat....dinner, snacks, breakfast and lunch kept me busy in the kitchen. We praise you and thank you Lord for giving us this gift of a child.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


All I can say is WOW! Two years ago today Bree Mei joined our forever family. We celebrated with a day at the park, shopping and then out for a nice Chinese dinner. When the waitress was taking drink orders, the older girls ordered a sprite. I told Bree no sprite for her, she could have lemonade or water. She looked at the waitress and said "I'll have coffee"! What a hoot. The waitress said she would bring something special for Bree and that she did...a Shirley Temple in this huge white ceramic glass shaped like a cat (?) with a large pinwheel attached. Bree was in heaven. Now as I watch her sleep I marvel at how far Bree has come and the obstacles she has overcome. She will begin preK in exactly one week. It is amazing to watch her develop independence and master some of the physical limitations. Thank you God for entrusting us with this precious gift. I pray that Bree's biological mother and father know in their hearts that she is happy and healthy and so incredibly entwined into our beings. God Bless
Dear Family and Friends
We are so happy to share with you this wonderful journey we are taking to bring home our daughter

Those beautiful rosebud lips!