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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Annie Update

Things are moving along really quickly in our process at this point.  There are so many things that have to happen in order to get a court date and most of the time, it takes months and months to get the process complete.  God has shown us such mercy and blessed us incredibly and we flew through the process in 47 days.  We are again in Awe of our God and his incredible power.  Court is closed for the rainy season and will re-open in 39 days.  39 DAYS!  As soon as they open, we are praying for a court date shortly after to bring our baby girl home.  I am confident that God can do this.  He has already moved mightily on our behalf.  At referral, I was praying that she would be home before her first birthday (next Feb).  Then when we submitted to PAIR, I started praying that she would be home before Christmas.  But now, as quickly as things are moving, I am praying she is home before Thanksgiving.  In the meantime, we have gotten some amazing pictures and video of her from people on mission trips and families traveling to see their kids.  It has been such a gift.  I look at them all day every day.  I cannot wait to hold her in our arms.  She is beautiful and I cannot wait to share her picture for everyone to see!  She has already stolen our hearts.  Keep praying for our girl.  She needs prayers for health and that we can get her home soon!

First Day of School 2014-2105

 First Day of School.  Summer went by so fast!   We made so many memories and had so much fun!  The boys are excited for school to start and we look forward to a great year ahead.

My baby boy started kindergarten.  This was so hard for me.  He was so excited and could not wait to start school.  I think I cried for about two hours and then I picked up the pieces and headed to lunch with the hubs and to the newly opened Home Goods Store to look around.  In the peace and quiet.  No whining, or hiding in the racks.  Just me and a friend walking each and every aisle. 

I was so excited to see the bus come and watch my baby boy run off the bus with a huge smile and stories from his day.  The silence is hard and I know I am going to miss having these guys home all day, but four days in, I think I can get used to this!!!  The silence won't be for long.  I will have sweet Annie home soon.

 Happy first day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Beach

We LOVE the beach.  Nothing to do all day but relax.  We have not been on a vacation in several years and it was way overdue.  I have 7 million photos to download and edit, but I have a few that I love.  Sadly, a family photo did not happen this year.  The wind was strong and my hair was sticking straight up in every photo.  The Halpins do better with unplanned photo ops.  That's just how we roll.  We spent the week in Destin, Florida and we had a blast.  Elliot loved to boogie board all day long.  Oliver loved digging in the sand all day long and Clayton, it depended on the moment.  I read a few books.  Jumped the waves with the boys, played some football.  Spent some evenings hunting crabs and Oliver spent the days diving for crabs.We spent the days with the Creasy Fam and soaked in a ton of sun.  Running on the beach was on my bucket list, so I had a chance to do that too.  It was VERY difficult.  Overall, we had the best time.  I loved making some new memories