Of the Maries, I am the short one; hence, our girls call me Mama. The tall Swedish-Hungarian one, got the longer name: Mommy. Mommy teaches at a university, Mama is a freelance writer (and now, incipient blogger).
Our two daughters were born in China. Remy was whisked here by us at age 4 months, Martika at age 13 months. I still shake my head in amazement at the questions we were asked when they were babies (e.g., "Will they have an accent when they start talking?" Uuuuhhhh, yeah -- pure Southern!)
The dogs were whisked home from various shelters and adoption sites.