Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Snapshot

I really wish I had gotten down on her level to get this shot but alas I did not…we were in a hurry running late for Sunday School.  Anyway these are the prettiest Morning Glories on the place this year with the drought these have survived only because they are close to the  pan where we water the dogs, oh and the reason the have grown up the wall there is because someone left the rake propped up there.  I told everyone do not move that rake until after the first frost!!!.  Next year I plan to put some chicken wire up to encourage more growth on this side of the house.   I just love these flowers.  They are kinda like me very perky early in the day and very tired by sunset!   It’s finally cool enough to break out Hope’s favorite fall dress…Zebras ... one is a girl and one is a boy.  How do we know that?  The one on her left is wearing a pink bow!!!  She thinks they must be in love.   Have a wonderful Sunday, enjoy your family today.

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To see a lot of cute Sunday Snapshots visit the blog below.  Enjoy!

Sunday Snapshot

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

First Grade

Hope is in First Grade.  It seems like just yesterday we brought her home.  I suppose when you miss the first three years of a child’s life the next three just fly by.   She is so precious.  She is very sweet and kind.   She has packed a lot into the past three and one half years.   She mastered the English language without any structured teaching,  we worked with her but mostly it was just her curiosity and life with her nephews and nieces.   Being an Aunt at age three is full of fun.   Our grandchildren love her so much and have been blessed by her presence in our family just as her sisters and parents have.   We love you Hope Marie.   By the way she has already been chosen “Best Citizen” of the week by her teachers this year actually the first one of the year.  Last year she was Citizen of the Year for her class.   Listen to the song I have on the playlist here on this blog.  It is the perfect song for this sweet little girl.   I am so very thankful God decided to bless me with the pleasure of being  Mom to this precious angel.  I’m so glad we heard His voice when He asked us to begin this journey.



Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Visit With Cousins

IMG_7595We visited with my cousin Ben earlier this summer.  Ben and his wife Carla adopted a little baby girl from China and brought her home about two months before we brought Hope home.  She is a cutie pie and the girls acted like they had known each other forever even though they have only met a few times.  Lily is now four years old and will be five soon.  Hope is six.  Lily is very outgoing and sweet.  Here are a few pictures from the visit. IMG_7539IMG_7527



Hope and Lily had lots of fun.  We enjoyed our time with the whole family Ben, Carla, Marley, Luke and Lily.   We just cannot wait until the next time!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summertime Fun 2011/Haircut/July 4th

Here are a few pictures of some of our summer fun.  Busy Busy Busy this time of year.  I love it.  Hope has really had a good time during her first summer vacation from school.  I’m so proud of her for the way she took to school and then right back into summer freedom without a pause.  I love my girl. 


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Hope really did need a haircut and she wanted to send her hair to “Pink Heart Funds” so that is what we did.  It meant a little bit shorter cut than I wanted but it was what she wanted that mattered.  We sent TEN inches of hair that will help to make a wig for a child who needs it because of medical treatment for cancer. I’m proud of my girl and she really looks cute in shorter hair and I just keep telling myself “it will grow…it will grow.”


The 4th of July was busy and fun as usual.


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Bradley having a little fun on the scooter…hey Mom and Dad this guy need some real wheels!

I have a lot more Summer Fun to share, when time allows.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Princess Hope At The Dallas Arboretum

We recently took a short trip and visited the Dallas Arboretum.  Ronnie bought me a membership for my birthday last year…I love this place and treasure each visit, it is beautiful no matter what season of the year you are there.  Isn’t Ronnie the most thoughtful husband in the world!!


Hope has been in sort of a princess mode lately.  She wants a tiara and loves to read the collection of princess stories I recently bought her, anyway the theme of some of the displays at the Arboretum is the Fairytale Castles and she loved it.

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She’s a cutie pie.  Thanks Hope for being so cooperative …after all I only said “smile Hopie” about a ten thousand times that day.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Kindergarten Graduation

I loved it!  It was so cute.  They walked down the isle in their caps and gowns cute as they could be and smiles on their faces.  I will not post a group shot since I’m trying to be so careful about the other kiddos privacy.  Anyway here is what I can post…IMG_6777IMG_6842 (2)IMG_6848 (2)IMG_6862Hope with Nanny.  (Nanny is really Bradley Ben Sunnie and Heath’s grandmother but she loves Hopie like one of her own…and Hope really loves Nanny)IMG_6855Hope and her Grandma…I’ve got to start checking for blinks and take better pictures…sorry Grandma but Hope would not like it if I left off  a picture of you and her together. IMG_6879Sunnie Kay and Hope MarieIMG_6861 (2)Hope and her sisters…Bethany, Carmen and MistyIMG_6869 (2) Audrey Hope and Heath… aren’t they cute.

Kindergarten graduation is only symbolic but it’s lots of fun and we all really enjoyed the day!


Monday, May 23, 2011

Celebrating Easter

We always try to put the emphasis on the true meaning in each of the religious holidays we celebrate as a family.  Attending church on Easter Sunday as a family is precious…especially when your entire immediate family is able to be with you.  Hope was blessed this year to have all her sisters and their families with her in church.   We were blessed to have her… with us!  This time last year was tough and we will never forget what we went through and we will always remember Wade who is missed even more on special occasions.  When I consider that he went home to be with the One who died for us and was raised again on that first Easter Sunday, it sheds a fresh light and peace on our celebrations.

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These three girls will almost always smile for the camera!

I’m sure Carmen has a better picture but he was just to busy opening up every egg he found to look at the camera!!Easter 2011

Of course the older guys opted out of the photos.  I did sneak a few though.  EASTER 2011 010

Yes that is paper plates on the table ON A HOLIDAY…but the girls insisted and I was so very tired!!  A family reunion and a holiday on the same weekend kept me so busy.EASTER 2011 054

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Somehow they just prefer to not get in the way of my camera.

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Some hiding places required a little creative stance to get them picked up without getting muddy.

Isn’t that hair gorgeous?  Soon we will be getting it cut…sending it to “Pink Heart Funds” to be made into a wig for a child with cancer.  I keep telling myself…it will grow again!!  

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