Family picture

Family picture

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Christ is risen indeed!
Happy Easter everyone.
Our precious children already home.
Our poor children. . .they don't have any candy.
It might just take us until summer to down all of the candy
they have collected in the last couple of days! 
Easter dudes in fancy duds
Playing tag with Miss DiDi before the egg hunt yesterday
The 5 and under group waiting to begin the hunt
Trying to hold the 6 and up group at bay so the little
ones can have their hunt - too funny!
Ok, now it's their turn!
Shifting through their loot

Monday, March 25, 2013

There is a very special little girl half way around the world who doesn't know she has a family yet!

But we know!

God is good.  He is bringing another precious child to join our family.  We have locked in the file of a beautiful little girl who will someday be called Gracie Mei.

Just wanted you all to know!  Details will follow as soon as we know we have PA!

Monday, March 18, 2013

March 19

March 19, 2005
Ted was getting ready to graduate from high school and we were learning to let go of him a little at a time so he could go off to college and then "fly" on his own . . .
Such a bittersweet time for parents . . .
Ted's senior year had been a series of "good-byes" and "last times" for many things like senior night of the cross country team, the choir, the band, swimming, etc.  Kevin and I spent a lot of time brushing back tears as we said "good-bye" to Ted's growing up years.
But half a world away on March 19, 2005, a different kind of "good-bye" was taking place - one that would profoundly effect the three of us. . .
A little baby boy was being born to a birth mom who couldn't keep him.  A day or so later he would be placed in a finding spot, rescued by a policeman, taken to an orphanage, and then three months later placed in a foster village until his "real" family could find him. 
Oh be still my heart - this is
the picture that took our breath away!
Now, eight years later (and almost five years home), our Philip Bao is turning eight. 

We still marvel at God's timing.  As we were letting go of our "only child" (that we knew about),  Philip's China mommy was "letting go" of him so he could have a better life. 

Philip is the second child out of four to join our family.  Kevin and I never could have imagined the amazing and overwhelmingly joyful turn our lives would take.  But God knew!  Thanking Him for the blessing of Philip (and all of our children).

Happy Birthday Buddy.  We all love you so.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

March Madness!

March Madness usually refers to basketball, and living in a "basketball" state, we hear plenty about it.


But when I say "March Madness" today, it is just that!


So far March has been totally wild.   Over half of us sick, Philip's surgery, Pampered Chef business well under way, and other kinds of exciting things going on around here!  Whew!  I think I need a vacation!

Our three at Ellie's first birthday party

Good sport Daddy at Upward's closing ceremony