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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Savannah was able to work at the Chamber of Commerce over the holidays. We stopped by today to snap a pic of her on her last day. Isn't she lovely???

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Court is in Session...

The Honorable Judge Tony Welborn presiding as Chief Magistrate Court Judge. We were so honored to witness Tony (our brother-in-law) be sworn in as CMCJ today as a whole courtroom of people looked on. He and Susan were surrounded by family, friends, and supporters at a reception following the ceremony. It was such a proud day for their children, our family, and our county! Congratulations Tony and Susan- we are SO proud of you both!!!

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Scott and I helped set up for the reception and took pictures. Savannah and Rosemary stood at the guest book and then served tea. EK just enjoyed hanging out with her cousins. It was a very fun day!!!

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Christmas 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Everyone gave me a hard time when I put my decorations up the first of November but now here we are after Christmas... and didn't it fly by? That's why I do it all so early- time to enjoy and not be rushed during the best time of the year! And the BEST it was... they get better every year.

It was so wonderful to have everyone home for the holidays. Marcia and kids came Tuesday and my mom had cataract surgery Wednesday (she has done very well!). We all spent tons of time together, eating our meals together, going to the movies, playing the Wii, drinking coffee, and just hanging out. Mill and Jake went on the their first real date Wed and I could barely breath as they drove away. They went to dinner and a movie. They had a great time!!!

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Christmas morning was so great! Scott and I set our clock so we would be up before our little rooster (EK). We made coffee and it wasn't long before we heard her getting up. We sent her upstairs to wake her sisters and they all made their way downstairs for the reveal. Everyone loved their gifts from us and Santa. Lots of surprises. I think EK loved her easel the most. That is until Josh brought her the walking horse. Boy was she so excited and then there were the girls in their zebra snuggies- just look at that big laugh from Mill. We ate a delicious meal with all the fixings right down to the delicious yummies Amy brought over and the wonderful red velvet cake Jessie brought!!!

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Jason and Amy said this was the best Christmas ever with Max... he LOVED all his new toys, especially his tractor.

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Time with family was just the best! We LOVED having everyone over for food, gifts, and just plain fun! Sad it's all over but thankful to have everything cleaned up and put away!!! Looking forward to our next get together... hmmm I think someone is turning 45 in a month or so. Just saying...

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EK's Very Own Fishing Rod

Monday, December 21, 2009

Savannah brought EK a gift from Mr. Ben and Ms. Barbara Sunday evening. She was so excited to open it. Oh was she so happy when she opened to find her very own fishing rod. Thank you both for making her so happy! Now... let's go fishing!

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And a VERY cute pic of Max who has been under the weather for over a week. Still irresistible though!!!

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A Little Fishing Trip

Scott just mentioned to EK that they might go down to the lake and do a little fishing on Saturday. Well, that's all it took and believe me that is ALL she talked about until they went. She fished with an adult rod and really didn't have any luck. Not that she cared... she just like reeling in the float. On their adventures outside later on, she found a precious little bird nest on the ground. She had to show me, we took pics, and she took it back out to save in a very safe place.

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Rosie's Cheerleading Squad

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rosie's cheerleading squad rode on a float in the Christmas Parade and I just got pic this week. A really cute bunch of girls!!!

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Amelia's Photography Project

Amelia was assigned a photography project where she had to shoot 24 shots with 35mm film and 24 digital. Here are my favorite digital shots. I think she has the eye, don't you???

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Early Christmas Get Together

Susan and Tony invited our family over for dinner and gifts last evening.

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Scott's sister, Jan and her husband Ray, daughter Jennifer, and 2 grandchildren all came in from NC for a visit so it was the perfect time for us all to get together. EK and her 2 cousins Carson and Robert didn't take long to warm up to each other and were the best of friends. After a delicious dinner of potato soup and chili, we all shared gifts for each other. EK could barely come home and go to bed she was so excited about her new gifts. Needless to say, she was up first thing playing with her new toys! It was a sweet time with family!!!

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Harkness Ornament Party

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

EK and I enjoyed a wonderful time at the Harkness' home on Sunday. They always host a fun mother/daughter ornament exchange party. We were surrounded by so many sweet friends in the adoption community. Both of us came home with very cute ornaments and plenty of Christmas spirit!!! Take a look at all the dolls that were there!!!

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Mom's Birthday

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My mom celebrated her 68th birthday on Saturday. We all enjoyed a fun time together celebrating with a Fiesta of food, yummy cake, and family. We sure missed Sissy and her family!!! EK was such a great helper with the birthday cake. We baked a chocolate pound cake and she did all the pouring! It was a sweet time to be thankful for such a precious mom and all she does to make our family feel loved!!!

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through the eyes of our children

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Friday night we were able to enjoy our local Christmas parade with EK and Max. They LOVED it! Max kept screaming with delight and EK just watched mesmerized! I think Max liked the lights the best and EK definitely loved the ONE white horse the best. Even in the cold, we were able to make a wonderful holiday memory.

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The Best Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

We had one of the best Thanksgivings ever. Scott and the girls were all home. We did some shopping, lots of cooking and eating, movies (theater & rentals), reading, football, and just hanging out by the fire. On Wednesday, we met Scott in Atlanta for dinner and a visit with Santa. EK was still a little Santa shy but the girls did a great job encouraging her to share the list. So excited about the picture... don't you know???

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Thanksgiving was a day spent eating and hanging out with family.

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So much to be thankful for... when I stop to think about them all it just boils down to one thing... LOVE! Christ loves me and it is through Him I am surrounded by the love of family and friends. I am so thankful for each of you!!!



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November is National Adoption Month

Monday, November 23, 2009

It has been on my heart to blog about National Adoption Month but have just been a procrastinator. Today I was reading other adoptive blogs and found this YouTube video that just said all that needs to be said. It is also very timely that our agency CCAI just began offering adoptions from Ethiopia!!! Is God whispering to your heart???



God lead us to adoption almost 5 years ago and it has been a huge blessing to our family. EK is the sweetest little girl full of life and joy that lights up our home each day. We love her sooooo very much. We have been waiting 29 months for our sweet ShayleeJoy and I just about burst when I think of the day I will finally hold her forever!!! I am praying God will lead you or someone you love to the blessing of adoption.

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I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

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Thanksgiving with my Family

My sister Marcia and family drove in on Saturday to be home for a holiday weekend. Jason and Amy are flying to Michigan for Thanksgiving on Wednesday so it was the perfect weekend for us to all celebrate our Thanksgiving together. My grandfather was able to be there as well. We were only missing sweet Savannah. The weather was very yucky so encouraged her to stay put because we didn't want her driving alone.

After a great time at church, we all enjoyed a delicious meal of turkey, DRESSING!!!, and all the fixings- topped off with strawberry cake and German chocolate pie!!!

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It was so wonderful to be together- lots of smiles!!!

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A&R were away for the weekend on a retreat with their youth group- thus the sleepy faces. They actually came home after lunch, fell asleep about 2:30 and slept until 8 this morning. Crazy!

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Looking forward to Christmas Eve when we will all be together once again!!!

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Olivia is 4!

EK and I traveled to Greenville on Saturday to celebrate Olivia's 4th birthday. She had a Hello Kitty party complete with art, games, yummy cake, and sweet friendship. Lynn and I are so thankful our little girls have become such precious friends brought together with a red thread and the amazing will of God. We are truly thankful for the priviledge of being their moms and sharing the journey of our lives with these special blessings. We had a wonderful time and thanks for inviting us!!!

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EK & O

Friday, November 20, 2009

We were able to meet Lynn & O again for a quick Target and Chili's visit a couple of weeks ago. The girls are just the sweetest of friends and instantly comfortable with each other. We always have such a fun time hanging out. We are excited to be going to O's 4th birthday party tomorrow!

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Happy Birthday Madelyn!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

EllaKate had so much fun celebrating Madelyn's 4th birthday on Sunday. Enjoy the pics of the festivities!!!

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Amelia's Photography Field Trip

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Amelia went with her Art Club on a Photography Field trip around town on Saturday. She did a great job! The images will be used in an assisted living residence in town to help residents remember stories of their past. I touched up a few in Lightroom for her...

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