"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!