Thinking about downsizing our lives

How many people think of downsizing when they have a kids in the house? Well, that’s we are.

We have a three-plus bedroom house with a mostly finished basement and 2.5 baths. But there’s just three of us. Well, four if you count the Dutch bunny. So we’re looking at about 1750 square feet of space plus an oversized one-car garage and a three-season porch attached to the garage. It’s the only house we’ve ever lived in as a married couple.

But there is space we don’t use. And I don’t want to buy things to fill it.

Then there’s the question of schools. A lot of my kid’s friends will be going to a different school district for high school. They either live their now or their parents are selling their homes in Madison and looking for a place in Monona or Cottage Grove.

Anyway…that’s where we are at right now. Is it a good time in the near future to downsize? We’re even thinking very seriously of a condo. Because I enjoy gardening–when others do it, that is.


Excuse me, may we see the file?

I’ve asked our tour guide if I can make an appointment to see the China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption while we are in Beijing. I’m sure that’s making me a big pain. I doubt this will happen. 

China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA)

China Children’s Welfare Plaza No.16,

Wang Jia Yuan Lane,
Dong Cheng District,
BEIJING 100027
tel.: +86 (10) 655.48.998
fax: +86 (10) 655.48.856
email: / 
Person in charge: Mr Zhang Shifeng, director-general of the CCCWA

Incidentals for packing

Incidentals for packing

On the left, items for gifts. Yes, fancy deodorant is appreciated and loved as a thoughtful gift. I bought ten bottles for the nannies in various fragrances. It’s something that is hard to get where we are going. To the right, an arsenal to prepare for any possible owies, illnesses, etc.

Love is reflected in love

Many things the foster family for Jossie wrote us I feel we need to keep private. But this will let you know how important connecting with them is. I cannot imagine. If they can meet with us, it will mean so much. This is from a letter they wrote us a few years back.

“We are imaging what will little Jocelyn be looking like ten years
later. How beautiful would that be? And that will be your moment
of harvest as well because it represents your profound love and
meticulous care. We shall all see that happen one day, shan’t we?

“What a great pleasure to write to you! We are so glad to be your
friends. May be it is because of God who grants the friendship for
us. May be it is Jocelyn. She is like a bridge between you and us,
and she proves that love is everywhere.

“Zhu ni men shen ti jian kang!”


Ke Dong Na
Zhang Qun Ying