Friday, August 29, 2014

Four Years Home Forever~ {SJ Day}

So cliche'... but how does four years pass so quickly?
It seems like yesterday we were walking into a room in Fuzhou
to see this precious little girl~
and yet it seems like she's always been home!
NOW look at her~

 She woke up with a huge smile and opened a little gift~
{Lego watch set since she is learning to tell time right now!}

This afternoon she wanted to read another chapter in her Little Bear book~
This photo is her through and through.
She is all about a joke and laughing.
Her name Joy is truly prophetic and only God knew!!!
We could not be more blessed to have been chosen to love this amazing beautiful daughter!

Family days are quite painful for a child being gathered into a new forever.
To be honest it is a hard day to go back to in our hearts and look into the little face that didn't know, didn't want us, and didn't have a say in the trauma she was living.
I read the most beautiful quote this week from Ann Voskamp~
SJ is the beauty in this quote for sure...
Loss and pain through such a terrible circumstance 
but God is redeeming a beautiful destiny in this little Putian, China girl!

Weeping may last through the night, but JOY comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:5

Thank You Jesus for allowing us such a privilege.
We love her more than life and so very changed by her love!
Love wins again!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Little Scientists~

EK was feeling better this afternoon after just one dose of her meds
so they all headed outside.
Can't tell you how excited they were to find 12 caterpillars on the driveway!
SJ RAN to get her caterpillar book so they could identify!
Little Scientists in their element... Nature!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Simple Sunday~

Loved church and lunch with most of our crew~
 Sure missed Savannah, Josh, and BC!
Everything was all happy and fun until one black car kept going from church 
and then this one pulled out later in the afternoon~
 The littles have really struggled with all the bigs being gone.
I found an app to put on EK's iPad so she can text her sisters and dad during the day~
I'm pretty sure she's going to drive them nuts. haha

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ms. Big~

I HAD to get this photo of Evie {Ms. Big}~
Evie: I'm taking her to class and she is gonna cry!
I tell her and tell her I be right back.

Ben Curtis~

I can pretty much set my clock by my 4:30 call from Savannah as she leaves school each day.
Our usual favorite subject is Ben Curtis~
And she's so good at sending me a daily photo of this angel.
I miss him like crazy and can't wait to love on him soon!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Week of Firsts for the Girls~

SJ learned to ride her bike~
Watch her in action~

Next was Holly...
She blew us all away when she jumped in the pool after our ice bucket challenge~
Surprised herself too then proceeded to jump in about 100 times~

Then Ms. Priss learned to blow bubbles with gum~
And she has blown about 1000 bubbles since then~
Things in the learning process:
~ Boys learning to ride their bikes without training wheels
~ Bitty girls learning to swim
EK & SJ are great role models for all of them!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge~

Scott and the littles were challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week.
You can imagine with young kids, they had no idea what we were talking about 
so we shared some videos of people living with this terrible disease.
We also shared the videos of Josh and Amelia giving us the challenge.
They were SO excited to oblige and were off to find a bucket~
I'm pretty sure Scott had the MOST fun and I LOVED shooting the video~
I think the thing that surprised us the MOST was Holly following the lead of everyone and JUMPING in the pool!!!
She had NEVER done that before!
I'm pretty sure she jumped in about 100 times after that!
We are donating to the ALS cause as well!
Thanks Josh and Amelia for giving us one of the sweetest family memories ever!!!