Monday, April 23, 2012

Leaving for China!!!

I am leaving for China to adopt our 5th child.

You can follow my Journey to Joy on our adoption blog

Joy From the East

Much LOVE,


Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Princess Turns 5

Happy Birthday to our Lily-Bug. What a delight is to watch this sweet girl grow up. She giggles more than any child I know but could take down a giant in a fight. She is sweet and she is tough. And I adore both qualities in her. She loves all things pink and pretty. She is our princess. Happy Birthday Sweet Girl. We love you.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

End of School Year Celebration

The end of 2nd grade has come for our girls. A little early! It's time to go to China and adopt Joy and begin our summer bonding as a family of 7. The girls worked so hard in their studies this year and I am so proud of their efforts.

We like to find a small way to celebrate each year. Dale brought home cupcakes and M&M's to celebrate. The kids decided to decorate their cupcakes with the candies.

We like to give our "awards" as well, even if just verbally:

Autumn was awarded "The bigestest overcomer" this year for her efforts in reading and writing.
Kya was awarded "the most math work completed" this year for finishing 1 1/2 years of math in 1 school year.
Lily & Aaron will officially be in Kindergarten in the next school year.
And, I will suddenly have 5 school-aged children!


Monday, April 16, 2012

A Hot April Day

87 degress! Bliss!

We really enjoyed the weather today. After a little "window" school work and a piano lesson, the kids rushed out to play in the sandbox and sprinkler, moving onto snacks and bath.

We'll round out this evening with a trip to Pizza Hut to support our Church's Mission trip to Greece this summer.

Good Times

Thursday, April 12, 2012

This boy...

stole my heart

is full of mischief

is learning to be a man

and treat his sisters like princesses

for now he may be my only boy, but he is all boy and he is learning valuable lessons in this house full of girls.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hoppy Easter

I hope everyone had a very Happy-hoppy Easter...

.... just be careful who you hop on.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Artist Corner

Spending time outdoors painting in God's fresh air. ~ Taking a day off school work to just relax.