March 31, 2009


We left for Spring Break on Annalei's 3rd "Forever Family Day/Gotcha Day" & we headed to the mountains of Alabama were our dear friends Brian & Anita live. Once we arrived (which was 10:00 pm their time) she had a beautiful cake & the place was decorated. She made our day so special for our precious Annalei. What a difference 3 years makes. From a tiny little scared girl that had NO idea who these strange people were holding her & taking her away from all she had known for 9 months of her life. To the little girl today that is becoming independent, so caring & LOVES for her mommy & daddy to hold her at all times!!!! As Papaw Chip always says "And to think you were afraid you would not bond with this child, I think you have bonded to well"!!!! Thank you God for the child you have made her today!!!! Thank you Brian & Anita for such a wonderful celebration!!!!
Stay tuned for Spring Break pictures!!!!

March 19, 2009


Today 3 years ago I held you for the first time & it is a moment I will cherish forever. My precious baby girl you change our lives & we could not thank God enough for the blessings he has given us.
Before I Knew Your Name
Author: Bob Carlisle (Song Lyrics)
Before I saw your chin and your nose,
Before I counted your fingers and toes,
I asked heaven for someone as wonderful as you,
And every prayer and wish came true.
I dreamed of you...Before I knew your name.

We had no idea what was in store when God lead us down the road to adopt & WOW what an amazing path that the Lord has opened our eyes & hearts to a whole new world. This day is a day we will celebrate a new beginning of life for our family. Many families that have adopted celebrate their child's "Gotcha Day" also known as Family Day. For us it is a day to not only express how blessed we are to be mommy and daddy but to also celebrate the union of our family through adoption.

Chinese folklore says there are invisible red threads that connect a newborn child's spirit to all who will be important in her life. The threads may stretch and might even tangle, but they will never break. As the child grows, the threads will shorten, drawing closer to those people who are destined to be together!!!!!

We will be celebrating this memorable day with our dear friends in Alabama. She has a cake ready for when we get there so I will post pictures of our "Forever Family Day" once we return from spring break.

Our thoughts are with all the other families that shared this memorable day with us 3 years ago. We were all patiently waiting in this tiny filled room with so many emotions waiting to see & hold our precious baby girls for the very first time. We love you all, you are our extended family forever!!!!

March 9, 2009

"DISNEY TRIP 2008"!!!!

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Ok, I know once again I have been slacking in the blogging department but I will try to do better. We do have an exciting life with the kids & so much to post but it seems like I never have time to post because they do keep me so busy!!! So, now that I am still back tracking in posts since 2008 I am posting our trip we took for Dalen's birthday last November. I know his birthday is in October but we had to move our Disney trip to November because Mommy & Daddy HAD to go to Hawaii in October for a business trip!!!! But we did make it up to him & he was fine with that. We had such a wonderful time & did many things in a short period of time. It has taken me almost 6 years to get daddy to do this trip so I thought I would do it all in case we can never get him to go back!!! So, as you will see in the slide show they met most of the characters & Annalei got to go to the castle & eat luch, we went to the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party (since we had to cancel the "Mickey's not so scary Halloween party because mommy & daddy were laying on the beach in Hawaii with NO kids)" & then Dalen's favorite thing the whole week was the "Spirit of Aloha, Luau"!!!

It truly was a magical vacation just to see it through a child's eyes!!! Dreams really do come true at Disney World!!!