Monday, December 11, 2017

We are Thankful for Gabe!

Gabe's birthday was on Thanksgiving Day this year. We took the RV down to Georgetown to spend Thanksgiving at my sister's house. Gabe woke up on Thanksgiving morning with presents on his mind. 


Gabe asked for a mandolin this year. He was certain that the big box had that special gift inside.



Instead he found a rock and some smaller boxes....



He was really trying to be a good sport, but was not very good at hiding his disappointment. After several excruciating minutes, Byron finally pulled one final box out from its hiding spot. 


Gabe was so excited - and started playing it right away!! Within minutes of getting the beautiful instrument tuned, he began to play "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". He's kind of an amazing kid. 


We left the RV around 10:00 to find that Aunt Rachel had a surprise party ready for Gabe upstairs!



She had some experiments for the kids to perform and had decorated the upstairs like a mad science lab!




Gabe loved it!! 



We had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. (Many thanks to Galina Stepanov for these following two pictures).



 After dinner we sang to the birthday boy! 


It was a special birthday full of special people! 

Celebrating Faith's Birthday Moana Style!

On the Saturday before Faith's 6th birthday we met some sweet friends at Hula Hut for a birthday lunch. 





We love Hula Hut! It is such a fun place to eat - and was perfect for having a Moana themed birthday party. 




These girls are such sweet and silly friends!


On the morning of her birthday, Faith went straight for the presents. 


That evening we had a fun dinner and cupcakes to celebrate the new 6 year old.


She looks so grown-up!



We are so blessed to watch this precious gem blow out her candles each year! 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Our 3rd Gotcha Day!




Three years ago you were adopted.
You were placed in our lives
and born into our hearts 
in a very special way.

We prayed for you,
we dreamed of you,
we prepared for you,
we waited for you.

And when we finally held you
for the very first time
it felt like you'd
belonged to us
forever.

poem by Kimberly Rinehart

Happy 3rd Gotcha Day!!

1 year home:


2 years home:


3 years home:



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gabe is TWELVE!!

It is so hard to believe that it has already been 12 years since this bright eyed boy with a big smile entered the world. 



He is smart and big hearted. 



He loves to read fiction and loves to tinker with computers and electronics. He has even taken apart my old broken laptop and put it back together again. 





He still loves music, too. This year he joined the youth praise band at church where he plays the piano. It is so exciting to see him use his talents for the Lord. 




He is always thinking and often has big ideas. 





His most endearing quality is his big heart. He loves God and he loves people. 


We are proud to call him son! 

Happy 12th birthday, Gabe!! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Celebrating Rachel

My sister, Rachel, had a birthday at the beginning of the month and she and her family came up here to celebrate!


I planned a Murder Mystery Party for her using printables from The Dating Divas. If you haven't checked out their site - stop everything and check them out now. They have so many cute ideas!



For our first round, the adults plus Gabe and Selah were the suspects and the rest of the kids were the detectives. 
Here is Byron getting into character:


Rachel was the cook:


Selah was the maid:


It was basically a life sized Clue game. SO FUN!


For the second round, all of the kids were suspects and the grown ups were detectives. 



We sang happy birthday and Rachel blew out the candles.


It was great to celebrate my sister!!