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, May 8, 2010

Even better weekend!!!

Ok, so last weekend was a pretty interesting weekend.  This week / weekend has been even better.  I've had quite the busy week.  I have been interviewing people for a position in my department.  The last interview was Friday.  But not only do I have to interview them, but I have to take them out to dinner with our HR rep as well.  At the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is spend more time at a work function... but I did it, and I think I have a good candidate. 

So, Friday was a really busy day... the last candidate was here for an interview, I had an international teleconference and a webinar for a product that I'm thinking about trying out for the validation department.  In the midst of all this, the kids had field day on Friday.  They so look forward to field day.  Each grade wears their "Class Of 20XX" shirts and they have fun games.  Cameron is Class of '17 and Anna is Class of '22.  Wow, that seems so far away, but I'm sure they will both be graduated in a blink.

Anyway, after the soccer incident with Cameron's arm last week, we wrapped it for a couple of days, he stopped complaining about it and started using it again, so we thought it was fine.... until Red Rover.  We got a call from the school... Cameron hurt his arm again.  Tim ran to the school to get him.  By the time he got there, Cameron said it was fine.  We took him home anyway.  This morning Cameron got up and got ready to go to a birthday party.  We took him and dropped him off.  As we were walking back down the driveway Cameron came out crying.  He was on a rip stick and it was slippery and he fell again and caught himself with that arm.  He asked if he could stay and put ice on it - he really wanted to be at that party.  But the pain never got better.  The dad at the party is a family practitioner and he said it looked a bit suspicious so we might want to take him and get it x-rayed... so we did.  And it's fractured.  They put a temporary cast on it and we will need to go see the ped. ortho specialist on Monday for a hard cast.  Hopefully since it is only a fracture and not a break, he won't have to have it on for so long.

This is the "oh, let me pretend like I am dying and in so much pain" look:

This is just a moment later, looking quite normal
And yes, it is 90 degrees in Florence today.  I bet this is going to get really sweaty and smelly....especially when it becomes a hard cast!

I don't know if I shared with any of you that Cameron is my artist.  The other day while I was at work, I took pictures of the most recent artwork that he did for me.  The lighthouse and the snow on the mountain are both acrylic on canvas.  the waterfall is chalk - I know... it doesn't look like it.  So here they are:
The Lighthouse
The Waterfall
And my personal favorite:
Snow on the Mountains
There is a bit of a glare on this picture, but there was nothing that I could do to make it go away.  I think you can see the beauty in it anyway.  I love these pictures.  And I love even more the fact that my son did them for me.

Tomorrow I'm really excited to be having dinner with some friends.  We will spend Mother's Day together with the guys cooking out for us and just relaxing together as a family after church.  To all of the mothers out there... Happy Mother's Day.  I have a special post for tomorrow that has been on my heart for the past few days.

In Christ,

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