Saturday, December 31, 2011

A memorable Christmas and recap of 2011!

It is so hard to believe that this is the last day of 2011!!!

This year brought lots of laughter and tears. The kids had a great year. They are all learning so much and remain healthy and happy. Chris and I have been happy and healthy, too. We don't see our parents and family as much as we would like, but we are blessed when we are all together! This year my brother, Brad, earned his PhD. Rick was called to start a church in New Mexico (we will miss them). Jared and his wife gave birth to their little girl, Kadence. This year my grandpa passed away. This was so sad, but I am so glad that I had the opportunity to have so many years with him. My uncle also passed away unexpectedly. We also made some big decisions this year. We decided to add another little boy to our family and homeschool the kids starting in January (except Ethan - we think he should finish out this year). This year a few of our friends went through very tough times, and we hope the next year brings more joy. This year also brought my friends the arrival of much prayed for children. So many things happened this year, and we are so thankful for our faith, family and friends!!!

Christmas was so memorable this year. We celebrated the Thomas side the week before Christmas. The kids have so much fun when all the cousins and grandparents are around. We just had pizza and opened presents, but it was great.

On Christmas eve we headed to The Lake. We stayed in a one room cabin. The kids thought that was the best. It was great seeing the Morrow side of the family. We ate a lot of food and had lots of fun. On the way home we stopped in Columbia. We stopped at Chris' favorite pizza place, and went to the mall. Fun!!

Finally, the last week has been unseasonably warm - so we visited the zoo with some friends and then went to the Plaza for some cheesecake. It was a little crowded - so we got it to go!!!

We are looking forward to 2012! We can't wait to see was God has planned.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Big News and Merry Christmas!!

It has been tough not sharing this exciting news, but I wanted to wait for the right time.

Well, today is the day!

We are so excited to announce that we are adopting again.

We first saw his face last April. However, we needed to take some time to think about everything! Finally, we decided that this little boy was our son. In July, we were selected to be his family. On August 4th, China gave us preapproval to adopt him. Yesterday, our dossier went to China (DTC). Chris and Ethan should travel in 5-9 months to bring him home.

We would like to introduce Spencer. He is 6 years old, and he is from the Jilin province. He is described as smart and kind. He likes to sing! He does not walk, because he has something wrong with his knee (it doesn't flex). We are optimistic that with surgery he will be running around with the others, though.

Isn't he adorable!!!

Also, we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A birthday and some cuteness!

Devin turned 11 last week! It is so hard to believe. He wanted a yo-yo. His wish came true!! He also got some money and clothes.

Riley and Ruth got some new pjs. They look so darn adorable - I just had to post their picture!!!!

Also, last Saturday and Sunday the youngest 4 kids performed in our church's Night of Praise. They all did a great job, and we were very proud of them. We didn't get any great shots of the program itself! However, we did get some cute before and after.