Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Party !


We had a great Christmas party with friends from Ethiopia! All three of these little girls were in the baby home together in Ethiopia and now they get to celebrate Christmas together here!








Go Bears!

Guess who got to meet the Baylor bear!!














Happy Fall!





















Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Today and everyday

Today is World AIDS Day. And sadly not even all of us think or stop to reflect or do anything even today, one day. For over 33 million people world wide (World AIDS Campaign .org) it is world AIDS day every day. What are we doing to help people all over the world get the medications they need to live? What are we doing to get our government to put funds toward stopping the spread of AIDS? What are we doing to love the people and families affected by AIDS? Find ways to educate yourself, (an excellent book is There is No Me Without You by Melissa Faye Green) to help, to give, to love. It is World AIDS day every day, in every part of the world. Be the difference and help change the world.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Great day!


Today we had our court date to "re-adopt" Maya in the states. This happens basically so we can get a U.S. birth certificate, change her name, etc. Everything went great and this nice judge granted our petition! We now have a new Ethiopian-Texan ?! It was nice having everyone there to see it happen. The boys have been such a great part of all this journey and they loved being there with Maya and standing in front of the judge to make it "official."

Friday, November 20, 2009

Congratulations are in order!

What a great day!! Today one of Maya's little friends from the baby home passed court and got a new family!!! Congrats to the Raines and to Baraket!! We can't wait to see you all together!



Now, who's next?! Which one of you is ready to open your heart and family to a little one who needs you? There are more children waiting . . . possibly waiting for you. Faith, hope and love are all you need.

http://www.beafamily.org/

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAKOTA!!!


Six years ago one of the most amazing kids was born! I could not love this little guy more if I tried! He is kind and funny, smart and creative. He is determined to be the best at whatever comes his way and he loves to help and take care of people. I love you Dakota and can't wait to see what this next year holds!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! We had a cowboy a baby cow and a SWAT team member visit us this year!!










Soccer!




Carter has had an awesome soccer season! He has played hard and done excellent!

Lady in Red!











Friday, October 16, 2009

I did it!!







I braided her hair!! After two days and lots of hair butter, it was finished!! She hates for me to braid/do anything to her hair so this was a huge accomplishment!! I had to get her very busy with some project, like putting cards in a box and taking them out again and again!! You know, very important tasks!! Whatever it takes! Anyway, it's not perfect by any stretch but at least it's a start!! I love her hair pulled back because it shows her beautiful little face!!





Popsicles!




I love them, I can't stand the cold, no I love them!!Really!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Wedding!!

My brother got married this weekend!! We are so happy for him and his new wife, Cindy. She is amazing. They are a great couple!! I can't begin to tell you how amazing she looked! Everything was perfect and they graciously asked both boys to be ring bearers! Dakota loved it! Carter did to, but not quite as much as Dakota. Quotes from Dakota, "I've always wanted to be in a wedding." "Do we get to keep the tuxedos?!" Quotes from both boys," Look we're secret agents!" "Hey, there are pockets on the inside of the coats!" I think best of all was the dancing! All three kids danced, danced, and danced!! It was great! The band was incredible and the kids went crazy!!! Here are just a few pictures of the kids.
They left it all on the dance floor!! They had a blast!