Saturday, April 12, 2014

Exploring My Childhood

The children and I took a visit to my childhood this week....
 At the age of 6, my family moved from a neighborhood life to country life....
 I have many memories of tromping through the woods, playing games, trying to cool off in the creek - 
 all with a carefree spirit! 
On this day, I loved watching my crew explore....their squeals of joy could be heard for miles when they spotted yet another "rock island" or a waterfall... 
pure joy!  

**On a sidenote, I was not so carefree in spirit during this time:)  My age is showing and I was constantly looking over my shoulder, above my head, behind my back, everywhere I stepped....I just knew a  snake was lurking somewhere!  Thankfully, we were spared. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Our day at the zoo....Maddox was not impressed with the smell of the flamingos and she made that point quite clear by walking with her jacket over her nose for the first part of our day!
My crew of four....
P was quick to help Maddox up to see the fish and other animals....many people commented on how he must be a great big brother - yes, we will keep him!  

We love to take the tram over to the gardens....I always think what a great place for photos it would be yet my kiddos run ahead when they see me getting my camera out.  MK did find a beautiful spot and turned at just the right moment for me to snap a quick photo...she was our official map holder and led us through our day around the zoo!
Big chairs are always fun....
We got home and MK went to work to design a kite.  Though it did not fly as well as she hoped, it was quite the project and she was very proud!
Then it was walk/bike riding time....
and then we ended our evening with a family game of dodge ball....great fun for all!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Our Journey to Narnia

Our Firefly lit the stage as she tiptoed out on stage....
 And our beautiful Angel, our leader...
 Maddox looked so peaceful on stage, like she had been there her entire life.
 And MK led her group out and about the stage with pure grace.  
 So thankful for these two and their love for one another!  And thankful for Gran who always remembers the flowers!
 make-up and buns, oh my!
 sweet girl
 this year we enjoyed sharing the stage with dear friends - Ava....
 and MK's bestie Sara Kate with little sisters Maddox and Sophie...
we simply love this show each year!
MK on her 6th Gotcha Day
We loved celebrating with this precious girl - she had a day all to herself complete with shopping for new earrings!  Our girl does not care for cake - at all! - so it was brownies and cookies sort of night!
 And because our family clearly has not caught on to the health food binge, we have chosen to celebrate little Maryn's process at Brusters.  Each time there is a new development, it is off to Brusters we go!  This particular night we were celebrating the finding of Maryn!
 All five of my children and our little dog too!  
 Our middle school age kiddos who participated in the state Bible Drill program at church. 10 seconds to find bible versus and recite them for memory - truly an incredible task!
 And our youth drillers.  It really amazes me to watch as the teens are given a portion of a verse and then asked to find the exact verse and recite it in 8 seconds.  Again, simply amazing!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finding MG

With heart shaped lips, ten fingers, ten toes, and the cutest little button nose, we happily announce that we have been matched with our baby girl in China!  Pictures are not allowed to be publicly displayed at this time but I can tell you that she is beautiful, she has absolutely no hair - a bit of fuzz but nothing bow worthy, she is 19 months old, she has the chubbiest little cheeks ever, big almond shaped eyes, and she looks like a Drafts from head to toe!  We cannot wait to get our hands on her forever!

Thursday, March 20, our family nestled in for the evening with homemade pizza in hand and the movie Frozen on for viewing.  This is a scene that takes place every Thursday in our home - a treat per say.  Everyone was enthralled with Frozen and for a brief moment, I chose to skim over Facebook.  A post from our agency caught my eye - there were several thumbnail pictures of little ones waiting for their families.  Of course, out of curiosity, I clicked to see a close-up view of the children and their listed needs, ages, and such.  
And there she was all bundled up in the typical four layers of clothing with her cute little face staring back at me.
Friday morning I must have called our agency a gazillion times before they even ever opened.  I left two messages with two different people saying we wanted to see her file.....and the rest is history! 

What next?  We will now wait on our Letter Seeking Confirmation.  Basically this is a letter stating that China recognizes her as our little girl.  We should receive this in 5-12 weeks.  We are told to expect travel to be in 4-6 months.  

We ask for prayers for little MG - prayers that she is safe and feels loved and that God will prepare her heart for our family to love on her unconditionally forever!  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Six Years Of Forever!

You first came to us in an envelope,
With letters, forms and such
Just two tiny little pictures
With nothing warm to touch
You grew in our imagination
In our hearts and in our minds.
You brought us greater joy
Than we ever thought we'd find.
A phone call started labor pains
Which lasted til we met
Strangers brought together
A day we won't forget!
You bloomed as you were planned
In our hearts, our lives, our home.
Our child of chance, of plan, of will
You're now our very own.
- author unknown

Mason-Kate, you are loved forever and always! Happy Gotcha Day baby girl - we love you from the top of your tiny little head to the bottom of your perfect little feet!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three Years of Forever - Happy Gotcha Day!

Maddox Ren,
We didn't give you the gift of life,
life gave us the gift of YOU!
May you always have joy in your step as you continue on your journey of forever!
We are so thankful that God chose us to be your family!  You are precious, you are cherished, you are LOVED!

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