Rathjen Family

Rathjen Family
Rathjen, Party of EIGHT

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Weekend

It did not take us long to learn, the newest members of our family do much better when we stick around the home front. They are getting over their fear of animals and embracing the western life style.

Zoe and her Grandma spent the weekend turning a corner of one of our sheds into an art studio. Tyler had a full weekend dirt biking and hanging out with friends, but we made him spend some time with the family today. He had no complaints and was sure to make his time with us "quality."

Clay is loving teaching Rance how to rope from on top of the horse after putting in the last five years teaching him from the ground. Trigg and Ivor have a blast watching and clap and cheer at all the right times.

Tyler built us a fire in the pit tonight and we ended our weekend roasting marshmallows.

We are so blessed to live in this area, this state and especially this country. We are grateful to all the men and women who have fought and are fighting to make it the country it is. We are not a godless nation. We were built on the foundation of the teachings of Jesus, which makes this a wonderful place to be.

China was wonderful in many ways. At the end of our adoption trip I was visiting with another mom and she made a good point. The thing that is missing in China is Jesus. Even though many Americans are not self proclaimed Christians, Christianity is our foundation. It is in our culture to be kind, respectful and considerate. There were many wonderful people in China, but if you step in a buffet line, you are going to get pushed. If you walk down the street, you are going to get honked at, several times. If you visit the Pearl River you may see some one relieving them self publicly into it, while others swim nearby, and I don't just mean potty. People will stare at you, openly, for long periods of time (especially if you are white, carrying a Chinese baby, or two). They are not mean, just different.

I am proud to be an American. I feel so blessed to have the resources and ability to add to my family through adoption. I love it that we can go half way around the world, scoop up two little children, and bring them to a place that will allow to grow and thrive. Trigg and Ivor have enriched our lives in so many ways, already.




  1. So glad you all are doing great!!! The boys look amazing!!!! :)

  2. Great post, Misty. You are a treausure! Love ya!

  3. Looks like those boys are going to have a LOT of fun:) Love the pictures:) They're all just so stinkin cute:)
    Hugs to you all!