Our Hartwell House

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

On Tuesday, we made a run to Hartwell to get a few things done on the house. Last weekend, Scott and Jeff finished the shelves in the kitchen and installed the new stove. Yesterday we stained the shelves as well as some floor trim. Workers were there to finish up the bathrooms. We set up some furniture in Amelia's room given to us by Mrs. Ankerich. So now we have to finish up the floor trim, put in new countertops and faucet in kitchen, finish installing new lighting, and put up blinds. We are making great headway and the house looks wonderful!!!

Fun Saturday

Saturday, February 24, 2007

On a whim, my friend Beverly called and wanted to see if we would meet she and her daughters @ a stamp/scrapbook show. I really wanted to see her little girl, Emma adopted from China because we had not seem them for some time. I called Amy and she dropped her plans to go with us. She is really in to making cards, so she was excited! We headed down and had a blast. Amy and Rosemary really enjoyed making cards @ the make-n-takes. EllaKate loved talking and playing with Emma. I was able to catch up with Beverly. The cool thing about the show was that the supported charity was CCAI- our adoption agency. The proceeds from a basket raffle were going to sponser a child in foster care in China. We got lots of ideas for cards, invitations, and scrapbooks!!!

Happy CNY

Monday, February 19, 2007

We were invited to a Chinese New Year party @ Dick Deitz' house on Sunday but were unable to go since we were @ Amelia's meet. On Monday we had our first social worker visit for the new baby's adoption and we dressed EllaKate in the outfit we bought her to wear when we were in China. She looked adorable!!!

A Sister Visit

Sunday, February 18, 2007

My sister, Marcia, from Charleston came to visit over the long weekend. It was so great to have her and Becca and Sam here to be with us. We shopped some and went up to work on our Hartwell house together. I sure wish she lived closer!!!

Amelia's Mardi Gras Meet

Friday, February 16, 2007

On Sunday we traveled to Marietta to the Mardi Gras meet @ Life University. There were over 800 girls @ the meet over the course of the weekend. Amelia competed @ 12:45 against about 50 other girls on her level. She scored 9s on three of her events and placed 4th all around. We were very proud of her. The meet lasted about 5 1/2 hours and EllaKate was so great!

Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

EllaKate was the only one home for a photo shoot although all the girls had a wonderful day! Each received money from Memommy/Pop and Aunt Susan/Uncle Tony!!! They also got some new earrings to wear to school. EllaKate got some new dolls and a new book. She loved setting them up and playing with them.

You may be wondering how the paperchase for our little one in China is going. Well, our CCAI application was approved, we went to orientation, have an appointment with Heather (our Social Worker) on Monday, have most of the paper work done, have our police clearance reports, and have both had our physicals!!! Whew..... we hope to get our dossier done fairly quickly!!! So far so good!!!

Amelia's Gymnastics Meet

Monday, February 5, 2007

Amelia had another great meet this past weekend! She placed 1st on floor, 2nd on bars, and 3rd all around! We were so proud of her!!! We also celebrated Sarah Ellen and Grace Anne's birthdays on Saturday as well!

42nd Birthday

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Birthdays get sweeter as time passes I think. I can't believe I am 42 because I don't really feel any older. I think Scott and the girls keep me young! Because we were going to have such a busy weekend, we went out to dinner for my birthday on Thursday evening. It was a lovely meal and when we returned home, Scott gave me a gift with a card. The box was long and wrapped beautifully. I opened it and showed the girls first- they gasped! Inside was a gorgeous diamond tennis bracelet, something he had always wanted to give me and now seemed to be the perfect time because...

Scott asked me to read the card out loud. In it he wrote that just as the diamonds in the bracelet are all different, so are the gifts each one of us have to give to others. And.... if in my heart I still felt like we were to adopt another precious daughter, then he said, "Let's do it!!!!!". The girls and I were amazed. I was sobbing and EllaKate crawled up in my lap to hug me because I don't think she has really ever seen me cry. I have waited for God to speak to Scott about going back to China. As some of you may know, I had long ago filled out the application to CCAI, so I just pulled it right out of the drawer and we signed. I mailed it off today with a couple other paperwork items. Thus begins the GREAT PAPER CHASE!!! We don't expect to get her for @ least 2 and a half years..... I know what many people will wonder..... How can you wait that long? God will make a way. After all, He was in control of EllaKate ShuangJiang Ankerich and isn't she just the perfect baby for us???