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

Thursday, July 9, 2015


For 4 months, we have put hours and hours into rocking this cute little girl to sleep.  For bedtime, we usually spent at least an hour of rocking.  But, guess what?  This girl is going to sleep ALL BY HERSELF now!  Way to go, baby girl!  She always wakes up in the morning with a huge smile on her face and crazy hair!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Six Flags

While Joel is away, I have tried to have something fun for us to do everyday.  Since we have Six Flags passes, I thought it would be fun to go one day.  My sister agreed to keep Annie for the day, so off we went.  We had such a fun day.  It was cloudy and cool and it wasn't really crowded.  We got to ride so many rides.  They loved riding all the wet rides, so we spent a lot of our time sopping wet!  Elliot usually likes to stick with the little kid rides, but with only one adult on this trip, he was forced to step it up and ride some big rides.  He was very brave and even rode his first big roller coaster.  It was a fun day with my boys!  And, Annie had a great time with my sister too!

Happy Referral Day

I am so behind.  Life has been CRAZY with a tiny, busy toddler in the house.  I hope to one day soon post about Ethiopia and life since we have been home, but until then, Happy Referral Day!  I cannot believe it has been a year since we finally got the call for our tiny 5 month old baby girl.  The emotions of that day are still so fresh.  And now, she's home, growing like a weed and not so tiny anymore.  Every day I am in disbelief that she is actually here.  She keeps us on our toes, but she is adored and loved so much.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Hand, Foot and Mouth

Tuesday, Elliot came down with a fever, but by the end of the day, he was fine and we continued our Camp Elliot plans.  On Thursday, we met friends for breakfast and he was complaining of an itchy foot.  It looked like he had a bunch of ant bites.  The next day, he had a rash all over his feet, hands and his mouth.  It clicked immediately.  This kid has hand, foot and mouth disease.  UGH!  Contagious for an annoying amount of time!  (And, sadly, he gave it to his friend we had breakfast with). So, while Joel is off to Peru and everyone is showing of their darling red, white and blue fourth of July pics, we are stuck in doors with HFMD!  No sparklers, no swimming, no hot dogs.  Just an annoying virus to ruin our plans.   We sported our jammies all day, ate whatever we had in the pantry and watched movies all day.  Good times had by all!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Camp Elliot

This week, Oliver, Joel and Clayton were away at different camps, so we decided to have Camp Elliot.  Day One, he wanted to go to the Lego store and spend his birthday money.  He had been trying to decide what to spend it on for weeks and he finally decided he wanted to get the Lego Firestation.
He spent the whole day building it all by himself.  I was so proud of him!

Day two he had a check-up and Miss Annie got three shots.  At his appointment, the doctor said that Elliot felt a little warm, but he took his temp and he was fine and we thought nothing of it.  We then headed to the splash park where we met Hudson.  Elliot kept complaining that he was freezing cold in the water and was shivering.  When we got home, he had fever and was throwing up.  BUMMER for Camp Elliot.

The next day, he was all better (so we thought)  We waited until the evening and continued with our plans to go to Hurricane Harbor.  This is one of his favorite places.  It was a little tough keeping up with him and Annie all by myself, but I managed.  We had a fun evening there.

The next day, we met some friends for breakfast and ended our camp Elliot by welcoming the rest of the family back home.  I think Elliot enjoyed having a week of fun kind of to himself.  We got to spend the evenings together after Annie went to bed.  Even though he got sick, it was still a fun week with my little guy (and gal).

Monday, May 11, 2015

First trip to the ER

Poor tiny girl.  It was my second week back at work and I had a really busy day.  I called Joel at 6pm and I could hear a horrible sound over the phone.  It was Annie struggling to breath.  She had horrible stridor.  Our neighbor came over that is a nurse and assessed the situation and told Joel she needed to be seen.  So, I left work and met him at the urgent care.  They assessed her and gave her some steroids and told us we needed to be seen in the ER.  She had croup.  She had to have a breathing treatment and was so much better after that.  It was so scary watching her struggle to breathe.  I month home and already visiting the ER.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last Ethiopian Sunset

From the rooftop of the guesthouse, we could watch the most beautiful sunset over Addis.  This is how we spent our last night in Ethiopia.  I was so thankful to have Joel with me and I was so thankful that we were heading home.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meanwhile in TEXAS

SNOW! Missing these guys like crazy!  We are so thankful for an AWESOME Gigi that kept these boys for a really long time!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Day We Met You (Day 3)

We arrived in Ethiopia around 10 am and the driver took us to the guesthouse to drop off our things and then we headed straight to lunch with the rest of the group.  It was so fun to meet all the families that have walked this journey with me.  We ate at a greek restaurant and then after that we headed to the Transition Home to meet our baby girl.  It is hard to even describe the emotion of seeing her.  It seemed so surreal.  We were holding our daughter.  We had several hours to spend with her and she did great.  She smiled and we fed her and gave her a bottle.  After we left, we went to a cultural Ethiopian dinner and we were exhausted.  Jet lag had caught up to us in a big way.  I took so many pictures that I cannot even begin to put them all here.