Loving School~

Thursday, June 30, 2011

SJ and Will have something in common~
they both LOVE school.
some photos of Will and his friends running to school
after their nap time. SO sweet!

I think we can safely say~
Joy has it all under control... Will is following right behind.

And I wanted to ask you to read 
Overwhelmed by Annie~
please pray for her and all the ones she is ministering to!!!
It really spoke to my heart BIG!!!

A Healthy ShayleeJoy

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ShayleeJoy had her cardiologist appt yesterday
to follow up from three months ago.
That appt was scheduled just after SJ's heart cath
where they found her pulmonary arteries still had some blockage.
This appt was amazing!
After a new echo,
Dr. Lindsey was able to conclude~
* SJ's TET repair is perfect.
* Her pulmonary arteries have grown to same size.
as a normal girl her age so less blockage!
* No restrictions for activities.
*Dismissed for one YEAR!!!
Couldn't have asked for a better prognosis!!!

We then met Amelia for lunch~

and let them 'all' play on the playground. :)

A GREAT day!!!

Will on the Playground

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

sharing that the kids at SF now have a trampoline!
I looked at Scott and said~
"They probably won't let Will on there."

Here he is pressing his face against the net~ :)

Annie shared that Will climbed up
by himself and slid down the slide~

Getting his shoes back on~

Sweet Annie and Will~

Annie shared that Will is smiling and laughing
pretty much all the time.
We can see how much he loves being outside!
LOVE seeing him through Annie's eyes.
Blessings sweet Annie!!!

Pool Party

Monday, June 27, 2011

Last night we hosted a pool party
for young families and singles in our church.
I shot images of all the kids
and I think all the parents would agree~
they are ALL adorable!!!
The Girls~

The Boys~
Precious blessings!!!

PaPa~ 95 Years...

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Today we celebrated PaPa's 95th birthday
@ Cateechee Golf Club.
It was a wonderful family affair!

PaPa, Jason, and Adelyn

I LOVE this photo of mama and daddy~
will cherish it forever... loves of my life!!!

My sister Marcia and Chris~

My brother Jason and Amy

Amelia, Rosemary, and Rebecca~


PaPa and the great grandchildren~

The boys~ can't wait to see Will in this pic~

Sister love~

and finally...
me and Scott~

Oh and guess who we saw working his Sunday away?
Sweet John Daniel. :)

Happy birthday PaPa~
we love you!!!

School Home~

Saturday, June 25, 2011

All of a sudden, SJ has taken a big interest in doing school.
Yesterday she said, "Mom, I want to do school home."
aka~ Home School
I pulled out a few mazes and she worked for a long time on them.
She couldn't wait for her Baba to get home to see her work.

She has a very long attention span and will work as long as I am willing.
Today she worked a good 45 minutes tracing letters and names
I wrote with a highlighter.
She's very diligent and learning SO fast!!!
So proud of my baby! :)

Need a Will Fix?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Facebook is a wonderful thing at times~
especially when a family posts that they are about to fly
to China for their little girl @ Philip Hayden Foundation
where Will lives.

Yep, that happened and I immediately sent Gayle a message
that our Will was there.
Asked her to blow him a kiss while she was there.

Well, she did WAY more than that!!!
You guessed it~ PICTURES!!!!! YAY!!!

Gayle actually sat on the floor and played with our baby~
This is what Gayle shared~

Quite honestly...the pictures we took of him are not the best...we were trying to be discreet as the ayis were there and Sara said that they do not yet know about Will being adopted and we couldn't talk about it or make it obvious.

I have sent this picture separately because it is my favorite...i didn't notice the sweat coming down on his face, or I would have wiped it for him! He is such a sweet little boy with a quiet disposition, but slowly we 'made friends' and he was happy to play blocks with me/us. I was showing him how to blow his tower over and he loved that! This picture is of him holding up his tower...this was his 'proud little smile' as he held it for the picture. I truly cannot wait to follow your journey of bringing him home...i am excited to watch him bloom and open up as he is loved on by your amazing family!!

Thank you SO much Gayle for loving on our son

and giving us this precious glimpse of him!!!

More pics of Will's house and PHF to come. :)

My Blog Changes Yet Again...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I have really struggled since seeing Will that our blog name had to change~
thus Embracing Love Everyday.
Didn't LOVE it and continued to search.
I have had my bible for about 11 years and it is MARKED up
with notes from sermons, bible studies, and just God speaking...
I sat last night and this morning pouring over all the underlined scriptures
to see if one would speak to me.

I FOUND it in Ecclesiastes 3!
Ecclesiastes 3:11
"He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;
yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."

This scripture speaks volumes to my heart right now.
Seems so perfect to find this Word at this particular time in our lives~
25 years of marriage and searching for what God has for us now.

NIV explains "we can never be satisfied with earthly pleasures and pursuits.
Because we were created in God's image~
1. we have a spiritual thirst,
2. we have eternal value, and
3. nothing but the eternal God can truly satisfy us.
He has built in us a restless yearning for the kind of perfect world
that can only be found in His perfect rule.
He has given us a glimpse of the perfection of His creation.
But it is only a glimpse;
we cannot see into the future or comprehend everything.
So we must trust Him now and do His work on earth."

My blog is a way of documenting "everything beautiful in its time"
and all that encompasses in our family.
In the next weeks,
I want to switch over to a new blogger location
meaning my blogger address would have to change.
Wondering what to do?????

In the meantime,
hope you like the new look~

The title is here to stay~
the header may change.
Happy Thursday!!!

A Little Rosie News...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Haven't spotlighted Rosie lately...

She got 7 inches cut off her hair~ VERY cute~

She made varsity football cheer leading this year
and has had camp all this week~

She also has a summer job keeping my nephew's boys
but since she had camp this week, they stayed with us.
We swam every morning and the fav~ Popsicles!
A cute one of SJ~

Rosie also kept the littles last night
while we went out for our anniversary.
Here they are watching us drive away~

I tried to persuade Scott we didn't need to spend the money on dinner
but he said, "It's our 25th anniversary~
there are just some things you HAVE to do!"

Rosie shot these photos of us before we left.
I love this B&W one~

We had a great dinner away reminiscing over the first 25 years
and praying over the next 25-50 years. :)
We're shooting for our 75th anniversary!!!
Think I'll still be blogging??? LOL

The passage read at our wedding~
Ruth 1:16-17
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

The Silver Lining~ 25th Anniversary

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

On the first day of summer and the longest day of the year,
I get to celebrate 25 years of loving my precious husband!
Today is our 25th silver wedding anniversary
and I sit thinking, reminiscing, and being thankful for silver linings...

In the song Josh sang Sunday, some of the lyrics say~
Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think its more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don't you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining~

We have had some of the sweetest moments in our marriage
(births and adoptions)
and some of the saddest as well
(deaths and moves)...
all working together to make us who and where we are.
I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That's what faith can do.

Scott and I are celebrating by being at home doing the normal things of life.
He is working in his home office.
I am taking care of children and doing house chores.

The thing that makes our marriage so strong
is not putting huge expectations on the other person.
We always thought we'd go away for an extravagant vacation to Hawaii
but instead we are home living life anticipating
our 'vacation' to China coming later in the year. :)
Sad? NO~ exactly where God would have us be!!!

Thought I would share a few of the silver lining moments in our last 25 years.
Our very first picture ever taken together in 1983~

Dated 3 years of my college years~

Got engaged in November of 1985~
My engagement announcement photo.

Rehearsal Dinner photo~

Married June 21, 1986~

Honeymoon bound~

Had our first baby, Savannah in 1989~

Amelia came in 1992~

Rosie was born in 1995~

Sarah Lenox and Parker were born and in Jesus' arms on their birthdays.
Then God began speaking to us about adoption.

In 2006, God sent us to China for EllaKate~

2010 God sent us back for ShayleeJoy~

This year we celebrated the marriage of Josh and Savannah~
becoming a bigger family with 5 daughters and one son~

and have SO much to look forward to...
sweet Will!!!

I am SO thankful God has allowed us silver linings over the last 25 years
and know He is just getting started!
The next 25 will be the best to come I am sure!!!

SO what are we doing to celebrate?
Living life at Lakeshore Drive with the blessings God has given us~
can't think of anything better!!!

James 1:17~
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.