I needed to get some pictures of the kids in their Halloween costume. This series of photos was taken in the span of about a minute. Cade. This kid. Not sure where he came from but he sure makes my life way more fun!
Workout fundraiser update.We had a great workout fundraiser at Surefire Fitness. We were amazed and overwhelmed by the support and love for our kids. Thank you for being our people. We are grateful!!I mean, seriously. LOVE!!!&nb…
I need to do an adoption update. Nothing has really changed. This is my life motto right now:So there’s that. Walking by faith. The path looks dark and bumpy and curvy. But we have faith that God will make Himself known th…
How can she be done with preschool? Not possible. On to Early K in the fall!
Brett and Jaclyn got married!!!!!!! Yay. So fun. We had a great time celebrating them and their new life. Enjoy the pictures
Reese was discharged from the hospital just in time for Good Friday. Reese and I have been having a lot of conversations about pain and suffering and disease and God. I loved this article on Talking with Your Kids About Hard Things. God cre…
I am a little behind. So here is a picture dump…We visited with a couple special people in March. GG came to visit us at our house. We loved it!! Thanks for coming to visit, GG and Neva!And then we went to Muscatine to visit M…
On Mr. Bo’s birthday we went out to dinner as a family and celebrated at home with cupcakes (made by Oma) and balloons. Reese picked out the balloons and thought he would like trucks and balls. I bet she is right.
It was a little sad celebrating birthdays for kids who aren’t home. I would give anything to know if they were celebrated on their special day. But, our kids at home need something tangible to do and this was a great excuse to do something fun as a family in honor of their brother and sister. We took a lot of pictures and videos to share with the kids once they come home.
Jan/Feb also marked one year since we saw their photos and accepted their referrals. We didn’t enter this process thinking we would have referrals for over a year and counting with no end in sight. We thank God for the strength to continue trusting, continue fighting, and continue loving two sets of brown eyes that we have only met through pictures. Kids deserve forever families. We will keep fighting until they are home.
We recently sent our second care package. My favorite part was the stuffed bear in the back. When you squeeze the bear, he repeats a recording of our voices. Ms. Mo got a couple dresses and lots of girly things. Every picture we have of her, she is wearing a dress and it is usually pink. Her ears are pierced and she is always wearing bracelets. She will fit right in with Reese Baby Bo got toys, books and a little brother onsie. We also wrote a letter to Mama M and sent her a couple gifts too.
I wish we could send more, but this barely fit into the backpack!!
Cade sent his love with the backpack.
“Cade, open your eyes.”
We get new pictures of our kids every couple months. We just got new pictures. Oh.My.WORD!!! Bo is flashing the CUTEST grin I have ever seen. Our kids rarely smile in the pictures we receive, but this time Bo is absolutely cheesin out. I love it!! It is a treat to receive pictures with Mama M in them. She is gorgeous and you can tell she adores the kids. Her eyes tell a story of love and care that I am so thankful for.
On Friday we got word that Mo came down with Malaria. This is fairly common over there and Mama M caught it fast so she wasn’t hospitalized and is on medicine at home. Reality is, kids in orphanages die of this ever day. Kids like Mo who, if she wasn’t under the care of Mama M, would have probably suffered and died alone. Please pray for our kids….that their health would be restored and they would come HOME!
And here are pictures of our trip to the Science Center with Oma, because it is one of the only times we left the house in February. Seriously.