Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

006Heath and Audrey dressed for bed !031Sunnie got a make up kit for Christmas and she tried it out on Hope who has decided she loves make-up.  (I think it can wait about ten years…)035    What a blessed family we are…despite the loss of our precious Wade we are blessed.  Our faith and the faithfulness of our Lord has helped us heal and given us the strength to face this first Christmas without him.  It was not easy especially for Misty and the boys, we all struggled some but the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus was even more precious this year. 
We spent Christmas Eve with our family and attended Christmas Eve service at our Church. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Sunday

The last Sunday before Christmas has always been a special day in our family.  When the older girls were young our church always had a Christmas Play or program of some sort on the Sunday prior to Christmas.  Our family always attends church together if at all possible.  Here are a few pictures…you will notice that one little girl not very cooperative when it ca me to the photo shoot in their pretty dresses but she is just so cute….that makes up for her antics


009Can you tell they were enjoying the day!!010017Beautiful girls085     The candy cane was our secret weapon…she would only  pose with it in her mouth though.043031

They really love each other and it shows in these two pictures036

026Audrey was just full of fun…she smiled but was always doing silly things…we really love this baby girl!!  

015   Hope Marie I think red is your color!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Referral Day Memories

Three years ago today was referral day. It is hard to describe the emotions when you are about to down load a photo of a child that you have never seen but which will be your child just as surely as if you were in a hospital delivery room after nine months of pregnancy. We had been pregnant for three years and nine months. We didn't sleep too well the night before. We waited that morning for the call and finally the phone rang. Our agency rep greeted us and began telling us who our daughter was, her Chinese name, place of birth, age, weight, health, etc. I was being very business like, taking notes, asking questions and then the rep said that she was emailing a photo. She asked if we saw the attachment, we said yes and the picture started to fill the screeen slowly from  the top of her head and down. Her forehead seemed like it went on forever. Then I saw her eyes and once again I was a choked up Dad, trying not cry like a baby.