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

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Photo Session

My amazing friend and photographer took the BEST pics of our family of 6 right before Christmas.  Megan Williams Photography is awesome.  I love every picture so much and I had a hard time picking just one for our Christmas card.  Having photos of our family of 6 has been a dream of mine for the past five years and it finally came true.  We are complete.

Daddy's Little Handyman

The main focus of the trip was to spend time with Annie.  So we would spend the morning and the afternoon at the Transition Home.  One morning we got there and she was wearing a shirt that said "Daddy's Little Handyman".  It was really funny.  Her personality really started to come out on this day.  I seriously cannot believe it has been a year.  These days at the transition home are still so fresh on my mind.  This girl has changed so much though.  She is now healthy and thriving.  

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The day we met you

This is a day I will never forget.  It was a day we had been waiting for for so long.  I imagined this moment in my mind for years and years.  We were completely exhausted as we had just arrived in Addis on a 17 hour flight.  We didn't want to waste a moment meeting our baby girl.  I cannot even describe the emotions.  She was so tiny.  We spent the afternoon with her and then went back to the guesthouse for a little rest and then to dinner at a traditional Ethiopian Restaurant.  It was the most perfect day!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Beautiful Baby

Another adoptive momma was in Ethiopia a week before we traveled and she took the most beautiful pictures of our tiny girl.  I will forever be thankful for these pictures.  I cried when I saw these because I knew that she would officially be ours in just a few days!  

Last Day as Family of 5- One year ago

This day was so bittersweet.  I was going to leave my boys for an indefinite amount of time.  It could be months before I held them again.  So many emotions.  I was torn between the excitement of holding Annie and leaving my world.  All the bags were packed and it was a day to just have fun as a family.  It started of with yummy Kolaches and donuts.  
Then we headed to the local zoo....AKA the pet store.  My kids think this is great fun!
Then off to downtown Dallas for a good time!  We had never taken the boys to reunion tower, and we wanted to make the day memorable.  It was really fun!
Then, off to Angy Dog for some yummy lunch.  You can't beat a big hot dog covered in chili!  I knew my future consisted of Ramen Noodles, so why not indulge on some good ole' american food!

After lunch, the boys dropped me off at my work.  My sweet co-workers had thrown together a beautiful shower for me in just a few days and it was AMAZING!  I never had time to thank each one of them for the gifts and the shower.  Everything happened so quickly.  But, I am so thankful for each one of them.  We came home with so many diapers that a year later, I still have so many boxes.  They have all been such a support for me through this whole adoption process.  I have no pictures, because I either lost them or did not take any...I don't even know.  But, it was pink and PERFECT and I am so thankful for them.