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Friends and Swimsuits

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today we were so happy to meet Ashley and Junie
for brunch~ long overdue!!!
Isn't she a doll???

We were able to get one of the three friends! :)

AND guess what the girls found when they got home today???
The pool was open to get it ready for the wedding!!!
Guess what they immediately ran to do???
Put on their swimsuits...
and thought they were going to swim.
Sorry girls... it will be a while. :)

Look at those little baby legs. :)
SO sweet!!!
A GREAT day!!!

Black & White Wednesday & a little Yellow

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Funny story...

This morning when choosing outfits for the day,
I chose yellow dresses,
white hairbows,
white capris,
and white sweaters because it was a little cool out.


EK said, "Mom, don't you think this is a little TOO much white?"
I died laughing!!!



SJ has had some complications from her dental surgery
and while talking with a nurse yesterday,
they insisted we bring her in today for a check.



The surgeon thought everything looked pretty good
but because her gums are puffy and bleeding,
he gave us a medicine rinse and we go back in 2 weeks.



We are SO thankful SJ is ok
and didn't require more surgery.






Forever for Seven Months

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

We celebrated Forever 5 years with EK on Sunday

and today we celebrate Forever 7 months for SJ!

Where has the time gone?
Things are finally settled and feel normal again.
Thought it would be wonderful to see her through the last 7 months~

August 29, 2010

September 29, 2010

October 29, 2010

November 29, 2010

December 29, 2010

January 29 ,2010

February 29, 2011

March 29, 2011

So thankful to be their forever family
and love them with all our heart~
Found beautiful lyrics to a song I Refuse today
and just like Brooke,
it sums up one of the WHYs we have chosen to adopt.

I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse.


Face to Face with God's Love

Monday, March 28, 2011

You know there are times in your life
when words just can't describe completely what you feel~
last evening being one of those times.

While we waited to travel for SJ,
we connected with many families that had or were adopting children
from Putian City SWI where she lived.
Most of them shared a little information
of an American family living/teaching in Putian
and also visited the orphanage often.

To know there was a family visiting our daughter,
singing to her,
playing with her,
loving her,
and praying for her
was the next best thing to me being there doing those things.

Scott and I prayed for them
and hoped one day we would be able to meet them face to face.

About 4 weeks before we got SJ in August 2010,
that family kissed her for the last time and headed home for a year.
In the months since we have been home,
we have connected with that American family
through emails and phone calls.

It just so happens,
they had to be at a conference in a church
not far from us and we met for dinner last evening.

Let me introduce
Sam and Cathy Burgess.
They have 5 children (3 in college and 2 at home).
They adore JingJing and were SO happy to see her!

They moved to China back in August 2002
where they teach @ Putian University.
We had been told they were right across the street from the orphanage
but it actually takes them about 45 min to an hour to visit.
They try to go several times a week
and Jing was blessed by those visits.

We met for dinner and SJ took right up with Grace.

We got them to speak Chinese to her
but she either didn't understand anymore or chose not to understand.


EK loved Ms. Cathy!

We LOVED listening to story after story after story
of the amazing place SJ came from...
both heart warming and heart wrenching!!!

Savannah and Josh were able to meet them as well.

The Burgess family will be state side until August
and then head back to China.
Because we will be traveling back through Fujian again,
we hope to see them when we go to get Will.
That will be SO wonderful!!!

Words just can't express the gratitude we have for this family
for SO many reasons other than the love they showed SJ.
They are living Jesus OUT LOUD in a place where few
would want to call home.
Why? GOD!
I praise Him for all that they are doing for Him!!!

Our goodbyes were said through prayer, tears, and big hugs...

and I could barely let Cathy go.
She is a dear precious lady
and I more blessed now because I know her personally!

We ask your prayers for them as they rest up
and spend time with their family
before going back to China.
Pray for strength and clear vision as they go
leaving three of their children here...

We are very thankful God blessed us with
His Face to Face Love in meeting the Burgess family...
I feel like we have always known them
and am sure
We Always Will.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

~Numbers 6:22-27


EllaKate Day ~ Five Years

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Five years ago today,
God placed the most amazing gift in our lives~
EllaKate ShuangJiang Ankerich!

We celebrated today with our whole family
after lunch.
Everyone enjoyed a yummy cupcake
and we sang Happy EllaKate Day to you!


Five EllaKate Days...
2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011~ Today


The following quote was taken from Facebook this morning.
Couldn't say it any better...

By adopting a child and helping them reach their potential, they help us

reach ours. An adopted child is not an unwanted child; to the contrary.

They are a child who was searched for, prayed for, cried for, begged

for; received by arms that ached, making empty hearts full. Love is meant

to be shared." - Author unknown

Sweet EllaKate~ we love you with all our heart!!!
Happy Family day sweet girl!!!!!

Prom 2011~ A Black Tie Affair

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Prom has been on our minds for a few months now
and the dress being the most important of decisions.
This was the first year Amelia got to 'buy' a dress
instead of borrowing one.
She knew exactly what she was looking for
and found it in a wonderful shop in Athens...

Today was a day of makeup, hair, and nails. :)
John Daniel came over around 5:15 for a few photos...









Rain couldn't even keep them from being excited!!!


We left home and met the crowd
at Cateechee Country Club for group photos.




















After photos, they loaded the party limo
and headed to dinner.


They are all meeting back at Brooke's for breakfast
and then to Sarah's to sleep. :)

A wonderful night for sweet and beautiful Amelia!!!