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!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Catching up

It has been a whirl-wind past few weeks!  Looking back at my blogs I see that I have lost a lot of the details in what has been going on over the past few weeks.  I've failed to post pictures, birthdays have come and gone, stories were only 1/2 told.... That's what happens when you are busy!  So, I decided today that I would play a bit of catch up.  Cameron sighed the other day as I was taking about a million pictures at the fireworks, that he felt one of the longest blogs EVER coming on... he may be right :)  So, I'll start with the house.... here are some pictures when our floors are torn apart.  Notice the fridge outside of the kitchen?  Yeah, nice!  It was in the den for some time while they laid the kitchen floors.  Then it moved to the sunroom while the entire downstairs floors were being finished.  It's still there waiting for the kitchen to be 100% complete.

Two weekends ago we had our family day at work.  We ended up taking one of Cameron's friends, Christopher with us.  We had a great time.  The only problem was it was HOT!  It was so hot that there really were not many people there.  You didn't have to wait in line for anything other than the water park.  Anna was too small for most of the rides at the water park, so I stayed with her in the kids area and we didn't have to wait to ride anything.  In fact, one ride they let us ride three times without ever getting off.  It was a lot of fun.  Cameron and I rode his first roller-coaster together.  Probably his last for awhile too.  It was one you stand up on and it goes upside down.  I didn't personally enjoy it!

The kittens had a photo opportunity the other day.  They were resting on top of the laundry basket in the bathroom and they just looked so cute I had to take some pictures of them...

Since the floors were getting redone at the house, the kids were in Georgetown with my mom and Denis for a week.  They went on boat rides, fishing, bike riding and of-course out for ice cream!  On Thursday, Cameron's birthday, I went down there as well to be there to celebrate his birthday with him.  We had presents and an ice cream cake - Yumm!  It's hard to believe my Cameron is 11!

A little blurry... but here he is opening up his new DSiXL.  He loved it!

He also got a new basketball from Anna.  It is a Clemson one and he loved it.  Not sure what Anna thought was so funny in this picture, but she was getting a chuckle out of something!

Fourth of July we packed the kids up and drove to Charleston to Patriot's point for the firework display.  They also have docked there a aircraft carrier, the Yorktown.  We toued the Yorktown and then got our chairs set up for the firework display.  Here are the kids in front of a pod (not sure they are called that... just made it up :)

A picture of the Yorktown

The kids loved the helicopter.. one of the many planed on this HUGE flight deck!

Some type of missile that the kids thought was cool.

After the tour of the Yorktown Tim and Cameron went and picked us up subs for a picnic dinner as we waited for the fireworks display to begin.  Anna and I stayed back and made sure we kept our position (and our chairs) for the show.  I got some pictures of Anna while they were gone.

Tim and Cameron... back with dinner.

Here's a picture of the Yorktown at dusk... getting ready for the big show.

The rest are pictures of the fireworks.  The pictures are not the best ever, but I thought some of them turned out really cool.

I'm wishing I had more to share about our Sara Joy, but unfortunately we have not yet received a court date.  I'm so anxious to get one.  It has been 4 weeks and 1 day since we first saw her little face.. and we are SO ready to bring her home!  Please pray for a quick court date for us!

In Christ,

1 comment:

Heather said...

Love the pic of the boys! The firework pics are nice! Must see the kitties soon!