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, March 27, 2010

Introducing Mocha and Shadow

Tim and I have been tossing around the idea of a cat.  Not sure why, but we thought it would be something good for Anna.  We decided to wait until we hit a milestone with her, in terms of school, and then we would allow the kids to pick out a kitten.  Well, we did some research and decided on a persian kitten.  Not only are they wonderful with children, they are very social cats, they typically do well with other animals and they are just so stinkin' cute. 

So, we made the decision... then we just had to find the right kitten.  So, yesterday we were looking up some kitten places on the internet.  We found one in SC - but we would have to drive over 2 hours to see it.  So, what do we do?  We pick the kids up from school a bit early and take a drive.  This individual had two kittens... two little sisters.  On the way there we were discussing how we were only getting ONE kitten.  We had decided on the little gray one after the individual sent us pictures of them.  I was dead set on coming home with only one kitten.  I began to worry though how we would choose.... how would we leave just ONE behind.. all. by. itself?

Tim apparently has a heart of stone - or so he thinks, because he said he is not emotionally attached to either cat based on a picture, so he has no problem leaving one behind.  Yeah, until we get there and he sees them, and he becomes instantly emotionally attached.  I was determined to come home with one cat... but the kids saw the crack in the wall.  The weak link... and it was Tim.  Oh how Tim was torn.  Oh how could we leave just one.  What if no one wanted her?  They have ever only had each other (there were only two kittens in the litter).  My biggest problem was we had only chosen ONE name.  The kids divided and conquered.  If they couldn't decide on one together, then maybe chances were better that they would get both.... They figured this all out through body language and eye contact.  So, Tim... which ONE do you want?  Oh, he couldn't choose... they were BOTH so cute (and they were), they were BOTH so lovable (and they were)... so Tim made the executive decision to get both.  I'm kinda glad we did, because they didn't make a peep the entire way home.  They just kept each other company. 

Still my biggest problem was ONLY ONE NAME.  We had only chosen Mocha as a name.  The entire way home we discussed names.  I finally came up with Shadow and we all agreed.  So, without further adeu....


and Shadow

And the two sisters together

In Christ,


Heather said...

I am coming over!

Corinne said...

What cute little things ! I am sure the kids will lOVE them !

Lori said...

They are adorable!!!! How does Pearl like them? How do they like Pearl?