Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Logan Proposes to Amelia~

Logan proposed to Amelia Tuesday evening during a photo shoot, 
and they came back to our house for a proposal party~
 Amelia had no idea her big sisters, Josh, and BC would be here.
Logan's family came too, and we ate dinner around the pool~
 Everyone had so much fun celebrating one of the sweetest couples we know~
 LOOK at that gorgeous ring, and those happy faces~
We adore you Logan and Amelia and can't wait to plan one of the happiest days of your lives!!! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Logan and Mill helped us take our pontoon out of the water for a good cleaning~
 Once it was back in the water, we took an evening ride out on the lake~
It is one of favorite summer past times.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sunny Saturday~

We spent almost the whole day outside and mostly by the pool~
 EK climbed up on our truck many times to see the baby birds~
It was a fun day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ben Curtis~

We were thrilled to go out and spend the day with our sweet Ben Curtis~
 He has a playroom now, and it was definitely the fun place to be~
 Look at the photo of Savannah and EK... almost same height~
 He even got to come home with us for a couple of days~
We never get enough of him and can't wait for the next visit!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Pool Day~

Today was 86 so we had to hop in~
It was freezing and didn't even phase them. :)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Number on the Front Game~

New blog post up @ A Beautiful Symphony today~

We are a pretty scheduled family. Having routines and predictable days give our children stability.

I think the 'time game' began with EK and SJ when they had asked me for hundredth time what was next. Our days were predictable especially if we were home, so I pulled them over to the clock and asked, "What's the first number you see?" They answered the question, and I matched it with something we were doing at that time. Thus began the "Number on the Front Game". Some people refer to things done everyday at the same time, a 'Peg', breakfast, lunch, and dinner being the most obvious ones.
Eat at breakfast at 8 on the front. (8:00am)
Start school at 9 on the front.
Eat lunch at 12 on the front. You get the picture.
I truly believe this silly time game made our children more aware of schedules and routines. EK and SJ now tell time very well, and the younger four are still playing the game. Such an easy way to make learning something abstract, a little more fun.
Continue reading HERE.http://abeautifulsymphony.com/kid-freetime/

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Happy Birthday Hayden~

Today we celebrated 20 years for our sweet Hayden~
 Pure Joy! That's what the birthday boy man brings to our family!
You know these kids LOVE a party and we LOVED this one so much
everyone had to have a photo~
Happy birthday HayHay!!! We love you very much!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Another House for Sale~

Great 3 BR/2 BA Brick Ranch located at 70 Pine Acres Estate, Hartwell, Georgia. with .5 acre private lot. 
One car garage with automatic opener, hard wood floors, new appliances, granite counter tops, and private patio. 
Home includes county water, as well as private well available for watering lawn and many fruit trees. 
Separate storage building. 
Convenient to downtown in a quiet neighborhood setting. 
Priced to sell at $92,500. 
Call Scott @ 678-428-3502 for showing. 
We are still renovating and will have the yard in pristine condition when house is done!!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Celebrating Birthdays Post

We celebrated a birthday this weekend for a special 11 year old.
We don’t know our children’s real birth date. They weren’t left with a note. All their birthdays were guesses according to their appearance when found. We don’t get to pull out photos and scrapbooks full of stories about the day they were born. We can’t tell about their first word, when they rolled over, or when they sat up. We don’t even know what their birth family named them. Their past is a mystery, and it is very important to make the present genuine.
Just another way our children aren’t like most children celebrating birthdays.
So much emotion bubbles up when birthdays roll around. While in China birthdays were never acknowledged unless a child had been chosen and their family made arrangements for a cake to be delivered. We were able to do that for 3 of our children, and we have photos of it. Honestly we did it only for the photos. Our children didn’t need a party. They really didn’t even know what was going on. Still, maybe it gave all the children something fun in the midst of a usually dull daily life.
2016-04-11_0001Our new 11 year old touched US soil and became a US citizen on her very first birthday. We had people over to celebrate even though we were in the pit of jet lag. We lit a big fancy rotating candle from China that played music singing happy birthday while our precious one slept through the whole thing. Again, it wasn’t about her, it was me wanting photos of a special day in my mind… she didn’t know the difference OR need it. I guess in hindsight I was trying to make up for what was lost.

To Read More go to A Beautiful Symphony.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

More Birthday Happiness~

EK was surprised by memommy and pop with her very own Kindle~
 The big girls gave her a kavu bag plus Rosie came home for the evening~
 EK decided she wanted to make her own birthday cake with little figures from her room.
We were SO happy to have Sissy and Sam here for the weekend~
 It was a great project and turned out cute~
 Today we celebrated with extended family~
There were more gifts: horses to paint, horse sheets, horse drawing books, chapter books to read, and money.
I think we can say this was a great birthday for our girl!!!