Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hope's First Memorial Day

Miss Hope declined to be in this picture of our new Red Bud tree (a gift from Grandma). I plan to take Sunnie and Hope's picture by it each Memorial Day to document the growth of the girls and the tree!!
The guys paused their game to play with the girls whose Jeep no longer has a battery.
After all who needs a battery when you have Bradley...
After a rain Daddy and Hope taking cattle feed to the barn. Of course the mower is not mowing just pulling the Cadillac Wagon.
Hope and Jie Jie
Sissy, Hope, Daddy, Mommy, Sunnie, and Bethany. (I made the flower arrangement for Ronnie's Dad's headstone...pretty good huh!!)
An almost smile...
This busy little girl will only sit still so long when she is outside and the weather is so beautiful.

Memorial Day is full of emotion around here. Hope's family is full of former and present members of the military. We always spend part of the weekend at a big picnic. The picnic is for family and friends of those buried in a small country cemetery nearby. For the past 3 years we have wished we could take our little girl with us. We were approved to adopt from China in May of 2005 and not long after we shared our joy and excitement with friends and family members at the picnic. Each subsequent year we would share with them our progress and explain about the delays in receiving our referral. This year we were able to share our precious little Hope. So many friends who had followed our story were finally able to meet her.

Other fun times over the long weekend included a family wedding (I'll post pictures of that on the Wolfhill site at a later date) and a family dinner at our house on Monday.

We appreciate all of our family members who served in the miltary. Hopes great grandfather served in World War II in France and Italy. All of her grandfathers served their country and her grandmother (Ronnie's Mom) was in the Air Force.

Today Hope has 3 cousins who are in the miltary, Gary, Zack, and Jeremy. We appreciate them and because of them and those who served before our country is free. Our little Hope is also free for the first time in her life...because she is a citizen of this great free country.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Almost of the Smith side of the family in your Dad's (and mine )generation served in WWII. All the branches of the Armed Forces were represented by the Smiths.
Like you said it is a sad but beautiful time of the year. We get to see Old Glory flappig amd snapping in wind. With the small flags being put on the veterans graves so that they can imitate the big flags and blow in the breede.
Hope you all had a good time with all the family that got to come.
Love, Aunt Jan