Thursday, December 6, 2012

Love reconnecting these sweet girls and us mamas!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Princess Abbie

So not only we were DTC today - which is super huge news!!  I also got a little Christmas present from DP early!!  And no DP the vacuum does not count ;-)  This sweet husband of mine - contacted our friend Miko in China to see if he could get some professional pics of Abbie made - he was thinking like our Target or JC Penny studio - nothing to big or elaborate - Miko let him know that this kind of thing was available and very inexpensive as in 15-16 US dollars.  DP was just thinking that the pictures would be emailed to him and they were but then even to his surprise yesterday he got a phone call from Andrea who works with Lifeline saying that she had the package of pictures at her house - Miko sent them back with another family who had just gone to China to pick up their son!!  I cannot wait to hug this girls neck again!! I just love her so!!! Now I should explain our picture taking at Target or Penny's is not the same in China - they go all out!!  I am so glad for Abbie's sake as it looks like she got the royal treatment!!  What a sweet treat for all of us!!  So without further ado - here is our princess!!





Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Calendar...


I cannot take credit for this idea - I got it from here.  I have been wanting to do something with advent and the month of December - and really in all honesty I have been wanting to make a Jesse Tree like the one here that my friend in the computer Lauren made.  She is so super crafty- she even made me a tutorial but I have not quite had the gusto to tackle this project - mainly because art is not my forte!! So much so that in high school my art teacher begged me not to take art!! Anyway - I saw this idea and thought this might be a project I could tackle.  We already owned the Jesus Storybook Bible - it is one of my absolute favorites - if you have kids - this is a must have Bible!!  My SIL Melanie helped me figure out what the dimensions probably were for the actual calendar and then I got to work - it wasn't as hard to make as I thought it was going to be and I really enjoyed doing it and knowing that we will have it for years to do with the kids is a sweet treasure.  We have enjoyed each night looking to see what story comes next in God's redemptive plan and of course counting down the days to the long anticipated birth of our Rescuer!!  I love these special times with the kids and treasure them in my heart.  

DTC (Dossier to China)

So super thankful to see this package heading out!!  One step closer to Abigail!!! 

The Thankful Chain


So the colorful chain you see above is the chain we started working on before Thanksgiving.  We decided to add it to our little Christmas tree in our playroom for decoration.  The kids love to put that tree up during thanksgiving break - it actually was the first tree to go up.  (We have 3 up - so thankful we got married during the Christmas season and the two trees we bought for wedding decor have made it all these years!!) The thankful chain is now on the little tree in the family room.  This was the first year I had done this with the kids and it was such a fun experience.  These are the things that we put on the chain -

teachers
school
grandparents
alarms
sun 
neighbors
grace and mercy beach
animals
jie jie (big sister in Chinese)
singing 
freedom 
military
art and paint
vacations 
watching movies
Chick-fil-A
forgiveness
health
the world
house
friends
food
rain
family
God's word
the cross
Jesus rose again
heaters
clothes and shoes
books
Christmas
underwear
ge ge's (little brother in Chinese)
candy 
God
churches
praying
fireplaces
birds
missionaries
sports 
entertainment
songs
baby Robert
Abbie
family
my hubby :-)

I look forward to doing this again with the kids!!