Friday, May 3, 2013

How does this happen?  Months and months go by, filled with growing children, hard times, laughter, tears, and life....and the blog sits.  I read other blogs daily and think - I should put something on my blog.  But I am pulled away and months go by.  So I will do another catch up post about our life from last summer:).
We are blessed.  I often forget that in the day-to-day crazy of raising four kiddos, but oh, we are blessed.  Our tummies are full, our house is warm, we are blessed by doctor's who can "fix" us, we are blessed by friends who encourage us.  We are blessed by family who "gets" us.
We traveled with the boys in August to Guatemala to visit our friends Dan and Christi (who adopted Malachi at the same time we adopted Alle).  It was amazing to see a third world country through the boys eyes, and both of them were in tears when we left, already asking when we could return.  We are going back this June to Village of Hope with the boys and cannot wait to serve and bless our precious friends.
The kiddos - goodness, I wish they would stop growing.  Noah turned 10 in April, and this momma is having trouble with the double digits.  He is full of fun - loves to be outside playing with friends, but is still my little boy who snuggles and wants his back scratched (such his momma's boy:).  Jadon is only 8, but is almost as tall as his brother and that boy, oh that boy.  He has the most precious soft heart and loves to just be at home reading on the couch (again, his momma's boy:). The boys started swimming for the Snapper's swim team in October and they had so much fun this winter!!!  They both qualified for the championship and we are eagerly waiting for summer swim team to start in june!  Hannah is 5 now, and has sprouted in the last few months.  Her rheumatoid arthritis is beginning to flare (we think) but she is keeping busy with preschool and dance and soccer and being a little mother to her 100 baby dolls.  She, unlike me, loves loves loves to wear anything dressy - I have to bribe her to get her to wear jeans.  How did this happen?  have you all ever seen me wearing a dress?  seriously now, when it gets really hot here in the summer you might (and I say might) see me in a skirt, but this momma is a t-shirt and jeans person, and my little Hannah cannot understand it.  I pray this is just a stage she will grow out of!:)  Alle is two now, and looks like she is four.  Our little spicy Ethiopian - she is definitely two and keeps us on our toes.  She loves Elmo, and dances like crazy any chance she gets.  She loves to eat, and the only food we have found that she does not like is oatmeal.  Go figure.  Lima beans, brussel sprouts, quinoa, any fruit or vegetable she will gobble down, but no oatmeal.
Enjoy the pictures - Eric got me a new camera for Christmas in the hope that I would take more pics of the kids.  unfortunately, I usually forget to take the camera with me when I am leaving the house with the four kids, so most of the pictures are from daddy:)  Luckily- I forget the camera and not one of the kids!:)  Happy May!  (and let's be honest - I'll probably blog again next year:).

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June in Pictures

Here is a very brief synopsis of our June .... bunches and bunches of school parties, and picnics, and field days, and gifts, and more parties:), a quick trip to Virginia for my sister's wedding, Alle's gotcha day, and school ends!!!!
the pics below are from:
Alle's first anniversary of her Gotcha day -   Wednesday June 13th.
Cassia's (my little sis) rehearsal dinner in Richmond, VA - Friday June 15th
Cassia and Reggie's wedding - Saturday June 16th
Jadon's second grade picnic - Monday June 18th
Cherry picking with the family - Saturday June 23rd

                                     HAPPY SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Gotcha Day 2012

Happy Gotcha Day, Alemnesh!!!
  I cannot believe that it has been a year already, it seems like just yesterday we were flying home from Ethiopia with a scared, quiet little baby.    I am so thankful for all the other families that traveled with us - they made coming home bearable:)
A year later she is loud, full of spunk, and still the cuddliest, funniest little one year old ever! It has been a year full of laughing, crying, and many new discoveries about our precious daughter and ourselves.  I would not change it for the world.
Alle, momma loves you to the moon and back.  I am so blessed that God gave you to me - you bring spunk and laughter to everything we do!
We love you Alle!
                                     This was the first picture that we saw of Alle
                                                     February 2011

                                      This was the original Gotcha day
                                                    June 13, 2011

                                            Today - one year home!!!
                                                     June 13, 2012
                                          What a difference a year makes!