Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday!

Happy birthday Bethany!


Five years ago, unbeknownst to me, our little girl was born in a hospital over five thousand miles away. Although we were apart for the first ten months of her life, it feels as if she has always been a part of me. Today, as we celebrate her fifth birthday, we thank God for creating her, and for making sure she was loved and cared for until she was able to join our family.

We love you so much!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Four Years Home

It was a Wednesday.
Four years ago.
On February 17th, 2010.
In San Francisco.

This little one became a part of our family. She arrived frightened, withdrawn, and cautious.


Four years later, she has blossomed into a sweet, funny and spunky little girl whom we love so much.



We knew from the beginning she and her big brother would become the best of friends.



And could tell from day one mommy would always be her favorite.



Although it took some time for her to warm up to daddy, there's no doubt she's become daddy's little girl.



We are so thankful for you dear Bethany. Every day with you is a gift from God, and we hope you will always know how much you are loved.







Monday, October 21, 2013

Tea Time



It was almost three years ago today that these little girls had their very first adoption play dateWe met again the following year and many more times at birthday parties, various play dates, and even did two years of preschool co-op together. Through it all, they have become great friends, and today, we celebrated their special bond with a lovely afternoon tea. 






*thank you judy for the group pic*
Though they may not grasp the gravity of their friendship just yet, their friendship is one that we mommies have been prayerful about, hoping that they will be a great source of encouragement and support to each other in the years to come. 

As for my fellow adoptive moms, I am so thankful for the many ways they have already been a blessing to me, and for the special bond we share as ones who have been adopted by God. Love you ladies!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Farewell to Elementary School

Oh my! I completely dropped the ball on Austin's 5th grade culmination post. I had typed out the entire thing, and only needed to do a final edit. Tonight, four months later, I discovered I never published it! Sorry little buddy!

*** This post was written on June 30th, 2013.

September  5, 2006, Austin's first day of pre-K.
June 7, 2013, Austin's last day of elementary school.

 As I look back at Austin's pre-K picture, I only see traces of that pint sized boy. In his place I see a budding young man who consistently desires and strives to conduct himself as a child of God. I see a boy who can handle himself when he is wronged or overlooked, a boy who chooses to do the hard (and right) things, a boy who stands up for others, and a boy who always manages to see the good in others. Often times, Austin has been the one to encourage and convict me, and I am reminded of how often God uses our children to sanctify us.

In just a few short months, I'll be entering new territory, and I've been informed, or better yet, warned, that changes are a coming. Puberty, peer pressure, girls, and who knows what else being the likely culprits. Moms have cautioned me to avoid holding hands, kissing on the cheek, and hugging within a five mile radius of his middle school. It's going to take a significant amount of restraint on my part, but I'm telling you now, if I can get away with one or two, or three of the above without ruining his reputation, I'm going for it!

As I look toward the future, I am filled with hope and excitement for what God has in store for Austin. I don't expect the middle school years to be a breeze, but I know God will use that time to bring us closer to Him and to each other. In the meantime, I'm going to spend our brief summer before middle school squeezing in as much hand holding, kisses and hugs as I possibly can. :)

June 6, 2013
5th Grade Culmination

We were so proud of Austin on his culmination day. Not only did he receive the Young Scholars Award, but he also received the Gold Presidential Award for Educational Excellence. He worked very hard all throughout his years in elementary school, and had an amazing seven years. More than his academic successes, I have always been so extremely proud of the ways in which he has shown himself to be a person of character and integrity to his friends, their parents, and the staff at his school. Congratulations Austin! We love you so much. 










Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Preschool 2012-2013

Technically, tomorrow is Bethany's last day of school, but we couldn't have little sister miss her big brother's 5th grade culmination now could we?

So today she said goodbye to her teachers and friends, some of whom will be back again next year, and some of whom will be moving onto kindergarten. I tried to explain to her that it was her last day of school, but to her it was just the end of another day. Hopefully she won't be too disappointed when we don't go back all summer. 

I can proudly say Bethany's first year of pre-school was a success. She had a great team of dedicated teachers, teacher's aides, and specialists helping her every step of the way, and it shows in the amount of progress she has made. She still has a lot of work ahead of her, but I'm confident she will make great strides in the year to come.

Congratulations Bethany on completing your first year of preschool.
We are so very proud of you!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Happy 4th Birthday! Part 2

A few weeks after Bethany's birthday, we had a very special joint celebration for Bethany and her good friend Hudson. This was our second year joining forces with their family, and once again, it was a wonderful time. (go here to see their first party together)

Coming up with a theme wasn't too difficult since both Bethany and Hudson are fans of the Power Rangers.
  

Bethany had a great time (i'm pretty sure Hudson did too), and I was especially relieved that Bethany was ready and willing to participate in all the activities. I'm sure it helped that the My Gym staff did an exceptional job, and that she's been going to My Gym classes for the past month and a half. In fact, My Gym has hands down become one of Bethany's favorite places.







I was a little unsure if the older kids would have as much fun, but as you can see by this big kid, the party was fun for kids of all ages. :)








A big thank you to each of these kids, and their moms and dads for coming out to celebrate with us. It wouldn't have been the same without you!



I am so thankful for these two amazing kids, and for the friendship our families share. 
Happy birthday Hudson and Bethany!


 



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My Final Days As a Chaperone

Today marked the very last field trip of Austin's elementary school years, and I was so thankful to be able to go one last time. For the past seven years, I have been fortunate enough to be a chaperone on most of Austin's field trips, and have always looked forward to sharing those special times with him.

It all began with his first field trip to the Underwood Farms when he was just shy of turning four, to our final field trip together this afternoon at the ripe old age of ten.

I don't know if I'll have opportunities like this in middle school, but if I do, you can count on me to be there!

October 2006 - Underwood Farms

April 2013 - Los Angeles Music Center

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