"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ethiopia Travel diaries day 1

Whew!  This day has been a crazy one!  We got up early, packed up about 10 suitcases, and headed to the in-laws to drop off the boys for ten days.  This was the hardest part for me.  Leaving them for a month is not easy for me! But, we got to the airport and we are ready to head to Dulles in Washington, D.C.  We noticed that many if the flights were being cancelled because of weather and that was a little worrisome, but our flight was ago.
Until right before take off.  On the Tarmac.  We were told that we would sit for an hour and then either go, or head back to the terminal.  We were frantically trying to get ahold of our travel agent and finally got an alternate flight.
But, to our surprise, it was a go!
This is what we flew into!  Huge snowy blizzard!  Awesome!
Even better, our plane exited on the little stairs straight into the cold.  We shook it off and took it as part of the adventure!

But then, getting to the hotel became a nightmare.  No one was getting out of dc for the night, so everyone was catching a shuttle or a cab.  The snow was so pretty coming down, but it was causing a mess!  After 4 hours sitting at the airport, we finally had someone pick us up and take us to the hotel.  And to make a long story short, the hotel Restaraunt closed for the night so we finally got Chinese around 10 pm.  
We did take a small hike in the snow for some treats. Why should I expect the journey to be without twists and turns.  It's been this way from the get go!  I should just embrace it and enjoy the ride! Right?  Praying our flight takes of in the morning.  We are coming Annie!!!!     

Friday, January 23, 2015

New boys' rooms

We decided it was time for Clayton to have his own room.  So as usual, my Dad and Mom come to the rescue.  My Dad that can do anything and my Mom that can design anything were on it.  They came up with an amazing design for loft beds for Oliver and Elliot that made them super excited to share a room.  I am always blown away that my Dad doesn't need any blueprints or directions, he just does it.  We are so thankful for him. He worked every single weekend for months getting these rooms done.  It is so hard to get it all in pictures, but it turned out perfect.  And Clayton thinks he hit the lottery.  In true teen fashion, he likes to close his door and  be ALONE.  We are annoying to him!  Ha! 

I found this deer head at Round Top and knew I wanted it above Clayton's bed.  I had a bunch of wood and some stain, so I was able to make it look really cool.  
Clayton put all of this together.  He hung the shelves and put all of his legos up.
He got this neat locker for Christmas from my Mom.
And I found this old printing press drawer at Round Top for his lego mini figures.  I love how both rooms turned out.  Next update is my room.  We have never had a nice bedroom, so it is time!

Annie's room

This room was just an extension of our master bedroom.  There were french doors to this room from our master, but that was the only entrance.  Kind of a hidden room.  It was Joel's office for awhile, but the people that built this house did not really have usable space in mind.  When we knew we were going to adopt, my Dad immediately figured out what we could do with this room.  My Dad can do anything.  So, he opened up a door in the hallway, closed in the door in our bedroom and voila. We now have a fourth bedroom.  The walls had to be textured and we needed new carpet, and of course PINK walls, but it is beautiful and I could not love it any more.  My sister bought us this beautiful crib and she gave us the furniture 4 years ago.  I just painted it white.  My sweet friend, Sheri, made the curtains and the bedskirt for her crib and I seriously cried when I saw them.  They are perfect and everything I had dreamed of.  The finishing touches are not added yet.  We still need pictures and curtains hung.  But, otherwise, it's ready for our baby girl. 

My Favorite Picture EVER!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Day

This is where my photography goes down hill.  I forgot to take pictures of the day and forgot to take them the rest of our Christmas celebrating.  Oh, well.  We have the memories.  Christmas was strange this year because part of the Halpin family was sick still and so we had to reschedule Christmas with Gigi and Grandpa until Sunday.  It was so sad.  But, we had the whole day to just relax and just hang out together.  We actually slept in.  I got up early to make homemade cinnamon rolls.  They were AMAZING, but next year I might just stick with pillsbury.  Really, that's it.  That's our day.  Lots of lego building and hot wheel track building and video game playing.   On Sunday, we went over to Gigi and Grandpa's house and had a wonderful celebration with them.