December happenings…

Here is our month in pictures, as well as a wrap to this year’s blog. This was a goal of mine…to blog for the entire year and then print the blog into a beautiful book for my kids, and I did it. Truly a miracle. Seriously.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2013 to YOU!! And remember, “The days are long, but the years are short”. Cherish your time, for we are only a vapor on this earth and we don’t know if we will be given the gift of tomorrow.

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So loved…

Today was a big day for Josie. She got to meet her biological siblings, Katie and Miguel. {They didn’t get to meet her at the hospital because they were sick at home with fevers the day she was born.}

Katie has been waiting for so long for this day…and such a bittersweet day for her. To meet her, hold her and then have to say goodbye once more… She was the first to hold Josie today and just beamed the entire time. It’s troubling to be 10 and to try to understand the why’s of adoption, not resent the people that “took” her baby sister, and be heavy-hearted in between the sparse yearly visits. Pray for Katie when you think of her. She was near tears on the way home. We know this pain all to well and know that this is something she will be working through for the rest of her life. There are SO many bitter sweet aspects of adoption. We grieve for this girl.

DSC_0310Katie not only had a sweet time of bonding with Josie, but also playing hard with Max, Mitch and Ruby for a few hours. Miguel, who’s just one and a half, automatically latched on to Kayla and played with her in the play area for practically the whole time.

DSC_0313Our kids did so good taking a step back and letting Katie, Miguel, Peggy and “grandma” hold, cuddle and feed Josie. We were proud of them for sharing their sister with her other siblings.

DSC_0318Peggy just amazes me. She’s so humble, so sweet and so giving…She loves Josie, and yet is so happy that she’s with us. I’m so glad we could have this open relationship with her…openness scares a lot of people, but I think the less secrets there are, the healthier we can all be. DSC_0319 DSC_0321DSC_0312Josie will grow up knowing that she has another family that love and adore her. She will know without a doubt that she is doubly blessed, doubly loved and that she was CHOSEN.

It was a blessed day. Thank you Lord.

Minute to Win it!

ahem…backtracking to Thanksgiving pictures…

We went to our friends’ home and played some super fun, super silly Minute to Win it (go here to see a ton of different games to play) games! Brace yourselves…yes, we are all sporting tights with a baseball at the bottom…on our heads 🙂 And trying our hardest to knock down the water bottles in less than a minute. And may I just add that the Madre of the house, yes me, whooped everyone in this game! Pretty sure it’s because there was a baseball involved!

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The next game was, “using only your facial muscles, get the Oreo from your forehead to your mouth”…in a minute. I just loved the game because of the photo ops! DSC_0328 DSC_0330 DSC_0334 DSC_0338

And this one…stack a certain number of die on a popsicle stick…easier said than done. But Kayla wins the prize for being the most steady in this game 🙂DSC_0347

So, there you have it. A few laughs at our silly expense 🙂

Josie Jo

That’s what she gets called a lot around our house. Josie Jo 🙂

She’s cooing, she’s sleeping through the night, she’s smiling at us, even squealing little sounds of joy! She’s eating her hands a lot and drooling everywhere suddenly.

OH how we LOVE her! And yes, I would agree with her shirt…she is “Mommy’s favorite gift” this year!