Thursday, April 30, 2009


Through the miracle of adoption God has given us so many wonderful friends.
Friendships that God has formed and special bonds that we share. One of those friends is April, whom I love like my own sister. Over the last couple of years we have laughed together and cried together but most importantly Praised our Lord and Savior together for bringing our precious children into our lives. April's girls Maribel and Marissa are from Guatemala and they have one of the same dresses as Chloe. We decided to let them wear their dresses today and even though they live in another state, Chloe thought it was so cool and informed me that her, Maribel and Marissa were going to be triplets today. Well Zane had to get in on the action and wear his green today today. I was just happy to actually get some pics of the boy looking at the camera!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April 21st Married 25 Years...................

I know I am a week late in posting our 25th Wedding Anniversary but I am thinking it's better to be late than never.
On April 21st I was married to my bestfriend and soulmate for 25 years. Part of me can't believe that it has already been 25 years and then again I really can't remember a time that Daniel wasn't in my life. We had attended the same church our entire lives so it just seemed natural when we actually started dating.
I think back on the last 25 years and I am amazed at all that God has done. He has given me a Godly husband who is a wonderful father, 5 beautiful children, a son in law that I love like my very own son and Meghan whom I hope one day to be my daughter in law because I also love her as if she was my own child.
If you would have told me even 8 years ago that I would be the mother of 5 children I wouldn't have believed you. Nor would I have believed that we would travel to both Guatemala and Vietnam to bring home our youngest two.
I am so grateful that God put in my heart the burden to adopt and I am so grateful that He also opened Daniel's eyes and heart to adopt.
What would our lives be without Chloe and Zane? Missing! Our family would be missing out on the blessing that they are. We would be missing out on God's blessings. At times I think of how unworthy we are to parent our children and I am reminded that it is only because of HIS MERCY, GRACE, and LOVE that He entrusts HIS CHILDREN WITH US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Easter Pictures Late

My batteries died shortly after arriving at my parents house so that is why I have no pictures of Brent.
Matt was able to get a 1 day leave from Drill Sergant school and spend Easter with us which thrilled Kyleigh. It was so good to spend Easter with our family, not because of the Easter Dinner but just celebrating that our Lord & Savior died on that cross so that our sins could be forgiven...........and yet even the tomb couldn't hold Him.
PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Zane's 1st Easter Egg Hunt............................

Chloe & Zane went to the Easter Egg Hunt at our church today.
They had a great time and enjoyed playing with their friends. No surprise that Zane was more interested in eating than finding the Easter eggs.
He was cute though when everytime one of the other children found an egg he would say "good job".
Chloe was so happy to have her baby brother with her at the egg hunt. These two are quite the pair!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Has It Really Been 3 Years? Happy Chloe's Day!

Has it really been 3 years since Maria del Carmen tearfully placed Chloe in my arms forever?
Mammy & Poppy was crying, Daniel and I were crying and Chloe was crying. Sudi was saying she was tired because she had just ridden 3 chicken buses to get to us and Poppy kept saying, "It's you mommy, nina, you love you mommy, it's you mommy".
My heart broke for this beautiful baby girl because I knew that somehow someway she knew she was leaving the only family she had ever known and she loved them because they first loved her.
We are so blessed that after 3 years our foster family is still very much a part of our lives. As mammy reminds us every time we call them, "we are one family". They cry everytime they hear Chloe Faith Maria's voice and they tell her over and over again how much they love and miss her and can't wait for us to visit them again.
We took Chloe today to Bronco's Mexican Restuarant for dinner and the waiters brought out her a fried ice cream for dessert. My little nina was beautiful sitting there in her Guatemalan dress that we had given her for her special day. As happy as I was to be able to celebrate today with our precious daughter I have thought often today of Chloe's birthmother, our wonderful foster family, and Chloe's special godmother Carol and I am so grateful for their part in Chloe's life.
Praising Our Savior!