We truly are a family redefined. We are husband, wife, son, daughter, step children, biological and adopted children and most importantly, Children of God.

A friend pointed out that I needed to update my blog header. After our adoption from Ethiopia, I had updated it stating how the adoption of Sara Joy completed our family. Well... the journey continues. After much prayer, we have decided to follow what we feel is God's calling for us...we went to Ghana with the intention of adopting a four year old girl, Isabella Hope. Little did we know that she would be the catalyst to bringing home not only her, but her half brother and sister. We will now be adding not only Isabella Hope to our family, but also Mary Grace (9) and Gilbert (6) who we will transition to the name Nathaniel Timothy. The shock is wearing off and the JOY and EXCITEMENT are overwhelming. Now truly, our family is complete. The great part of journeying with God, is that it's always an adventure. He knows where we are going, and for us it is all a marvelous surprise. Looking forward to sharing our family adventures as we walk daily through life and as we venture off to Ghana to bring home Mary, Nate and Isabella! It's always an adventure redefining our family!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Birthday Celebration

Oh what a wonderful day we had today. We actually slept in a little bit. Til about 7:00 which is major sleeping in for me and Tim, and slowly got up. Tim went out and went running and I hung out here with the kids and got ready for our day.

First we tackled our Saturday "to do" list as far as shopping. We had a bit of running around to do, but we seemed to get it done in record time. I was due for my "new every two" phone replacement, so we stopped at Ver!zon and picked out a new phone for me. I really needed a new one, because mine was becoming more and more difficult for me to read. The letters/numbers were just too small. This one Tim helped me pick out and it has a nice, big touch screen on the outside, with large numbers that appear when you dial the phone, and on the inside is a full keyboard and a nice large screen as well.

Then we ran to H0bby L0bby and got four more picture frames for our family pictures.

Then it was off for the big shopping of the day. Tim and I had decided to move Cameron's twin bed with trundle and two dressers into Sara's room, and get him new full-sized furniture. He's 10 and will soon be in need of a bigger bed, so rather than buy two, one now and one later, we just decided we would move his to Sara's room. It's not boyish or anything, so it will look nice with a beautiful, girly beadspread and curtains. And the furniture is only a few years old and in VERY good condition.

So, off furniture shopping we went. The first two places we went, we had no luck with. Then we went back to the place I got Cameron's furniture (the stuff we are moving to Sara's room) and they were SO helpful and found us EXACTLY what we wanted! So, we ordered that and we should have it here shortly, and I will get to move everything over to Sara's room!!! It will be so cool to have furniture in there. I'll get everything ready and then we will be just waiting on our little girl! My goodness I can't wait to have her home!
Tim and I did a little bit of work around the house and had just kind of a lazy day.

We decided to have an early birthday party for Anna this weekend. We were going to have my mom and Denis here with us, but they were unable to make it. So, we just celebrated on our own. My mom and Denis sent Anna a gift, so she we let her open that tonight after dinner and she will open our gift for her on her actual birthday. Her birthday is Wednesday, and our weeks can be very hectic, so we thought we would have a little celebration while we had a little more time to celebrate! Here is her cake and opening her gift from my mom and Denis. She got a beautiful dress from my mom and Denis. We will have to get a picture of her in it when she wears it to church tomorrow.
So, we are getting more and more ready for Sara. Until then, we are celebrating life along the way as we wait.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl! I'll have a special post just for you on your birthday!
Love in Christ,

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