Sunday, August 17, 2014

On The Eve of First Grade


Tomorrow is the start of First Grade.  It seems like just yesterday you were headed to Kindergarten. Although sending you off tomorrow will come with a few less nerves for myself, letting go really never gets easier.

We've had a big week you and I.  If this is any indication of how the year will go, we have a lot of growing to do.  I promise we are in this together.  You, daddy and I we are a team.

This week you have struggled with and overcome some pretty big fears.  You have watched your closest friends get placed in classes together while you are going off on your own.  You have expressed to us your fears of making new friends, missing your old and adapting to new expectations. We have watched your wonderful school come to your aide as they have done all possible to ease your mind.  You loved your "private tour" of your classroom. 

We are so thankful that you came to us and expressed how you were feeling.  Please always trust us the way you have this week.  The couselor at school said she knows you are a leader because you are so thoughtful and sensitive  Yes, you are.  You are a thinker my dear.  This side of you is so endearing.  But, just like your mama all that thinking can sometimes stress us out. 

Rest assured.  This First Grade year is gonna be great.  Because God has planned it just for you.  He has mapped it out and as always we pray that you stay on the narrow path he is leading you on.

""For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future""  -Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, August 1, 2014


When I was three I broke my arm and my mom has the cutest pics of me posing on the beach with my cast.

Brooks broke his arm a couple of weeks ago and I asked if he would be willing to have me take a few photos of him with his cast.  Surprisingly, he was really excited and said he wanted to take pictures outside with his "friends" that live in his bed.  I quickly obliged as this boy HATES having his pictures taken.

Does he melt your heart?  Because he makes mine turn to mush.


How is it that seven years ago this precious girl was born?

Oh how true it is that time flies.  I feel like it was just yesterday that she was a tiny baby dressed in pink ready to head home from the hospital.

Kyrie, you have taught us so much as parents.  You have paved the way for you brother and sister and have allowed mommy and daddy to make all of our mistakes on you.  Sorry baby girl. You are a caring child, a loving friend and the most awesome big sister ever.  Your favorite things to do are arts and crafts, draw butterflies and flowers, write in your planner, school work (especially time and money), swim and shop (Oh do I love that you love to shop).  You love Jesus and love to teach your brother and sister about how much God loves them.  You love to eat most anything but, most of all mac and n cheese and ice cream.  You have a great spirit for life and I have yet to discover any activity that you try and don't like.  I love that about you.  

For her birthday this year Kyrie decided she wanted to have a special dinner out with Nana and Mommy and have a party at Build A Bear with her friends.

Sweetest girls.  They sang "Let It Go" all the way to the mall.  (Missing Ava here)

These two silly goofs were pretty excited to pick out their bear

Decision made...waiting to stuff

They all put a special heart in Kyrie's bear and then their own to remember her birthday.  Sweet touch.

Happy Seventh Birthday Sweet girl.  We love you soooooo MUCH!

Monday, July 28, 2014


Big day for our littlest one!

She went to camp at her new preschool.  Such a big deal.  She safely and securely said goodbye to her mama knowing I would come right back for her.  She was so very proud at the end of the day to show me her zebra craft that I will keep forever and ever until I'm old and grey.  

Big brother was her protecter at camp.  The teacher were quick to tell me how well he cared for her on the playgroud.  Oh did this make my heart soar.  These two have had such a long road of growth and it keeps getting better and better. 

Adoption Rocks!!!  
God redeems!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Camp Nana and Poppie

I'm not sure how I am going to sum up three weeks into one blog post.  Warning....It's gonna be a looong one.

The highlight of our summer is always our extended vacation at Nana and Poppie's house.  We usually are able to spend some time at Oma's as well but, this year she had hip surgery and spent the whole time we were in Fl either in the hospital or at a rehab facility.  We are happy to report she is now home and doing well.  We are looking forward to a visit very soon!

So here is what we have been up to at Camp Nana and Poppie.

Brad drove us down to help with the drive and be in Naples for his mom's surgery.  Once she was settled, he and I snuck away for two nights to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.  Nana and Poppie spoiled the kids and Liv did amazingly well as this was the first time EVER that mommy and daddy had left her over night.  It made me realize just how far we have come.  Last summer she couldn't even have the bagger at Publix push her out in the cart without an absolute terror meltdown. 

We had!!!  So nice to have uninterrupted conversation, only one mouth to feed, time to sleep and just plain time to be together.  Thank you Nana and Poppie!

We stayed at a fancy hotel and enjoyed nice dinners out, relaxing by the pool....

A visit to Epcot

 A drink in "Italy"

Unfortunately on the third day Daddy had to get back to reality and we said our goodbyes.

But, the kids and I still had lots more fun left at Camp Nana and Poppie's.

Liv got her ear's pierced

We lunched with Nana and explored near by towns

     We had fun with new friends at the Children's Museum
Kyrie and Katie were fast friends.  Her mommy and I have been friends since about the same age.

We played for hours and hours in the pool and tried Whistle Pops for the first time.

We celebrated our country's birth day.  Even though the real fireworks show was rained out

We had movie nights in bed (may have been a way for the adults to have some peace and quiet)

We picniced with our cousin Lillie

We had tea parties

And took super long naps

We learned new pool games (pool baseball)

And practiced our reading skills

We took naps at 10:00 am because we stayed up too late the night before.

We went to the beach

And played golf with Poppie

These two really like each other

So do these two

We took advantage of free summer movies

And visited the aquarium

Our nature lover loved petting sting rays

We met our favorite celebrity, "Winter" the dolphin

We celebrated our favorite big girl's 7th birthday a little early with a lobster feast

She REALLY liked the wheelchair for her American Girl

Such a fun summer!  Thank you Nana and Poppie for all of the memories.  
We Love You!

Tomorrow will be a sad day.  Until next year.....