Monday, September 14, 2015

A new 3 year old that we wil meet next month!

Yesterday our little boy in Korea turned three.  It seemed like we needed to celebrate someway here for him.  We have now found out that we will be traveling to Korea the end of October.  It is hard to miss your childs birthday.  We will have some catching up to do on that subject.  We are all so very excited to meet him.  

The girls wanted to make the cake.  I am sure there will be a lot more "making" once he is home!  Home and a three year old again. Hang on we are in for some change!

Had to have a photo of someone with the cake. I took whoever would agree to another photo.

Starting to look through clothes for him.  The little shoes that I love.  Can't wait to see those little toes that will fit in them and the personailty that will be who he is.  You learn to love a photo. It doesn't talk, laugh, cry, or become upset.  Soon though it becomes real and I am SO ready!  Lots to do before then and then I will kiss this new three year old!

Friday, September 11, 2015

August 365 Project

Still working on my 365 day project.  Love how it makes me think outside the box.
-Trip to a craft show with friends...does life get any better?
-My sweet third grader loving the last days of summer
-A new treasure for my living room...loving it!
-A hug from my eigth that he still gives me hugs
-My garden...hang on don't freeze for a long time
-Canning...thinking of those winter days
-A photo of me...picking time

-My favorite photo from August
-So many kites on the beach this year
-Pool time on vacation
-Apparently I forgot to sunblock my stomach!
-Oh this red truck...LOVE
-My new nine year old and his birthday gift

-Fingernail painting poor tile
-A tea from a friend...homemade!
-My thirteen year old has bigger running shoes than me
-Po...Andy's  best friend
-Pool time!
-Perfect fifth

-Waterworld with all eight cousins
-A view on one of my many drives

-Some carnival rides to celebrate a birthday
-Oh my sweet niece...beautiful blue eyes
-A Happy huge day closer to Korea
-Back to school...summer was too fast
-Soaking up those last rays at the pool

On to September...lots more to come!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Tractor time!

Every photo session I do holds a special place in my heart. Some are planned and some are spontanious.  This was one of those for a friend whose Dad was turning ninety.  He was a farmer and had raised his kids on a tractor out working for him.  I have watched this friend on her tractor and my country loving soul could not resist the chance to take some photos for her Dad.

She too is a photographer, but every once in awhile those of us who are behind the lens needs to be in some shots. 

I know the values her Dad taught her are part of who she is to our community.  It was hot this day, the sun was high, but after all isn't this the time of day when I farmer works.  

What can I say about this one! I love a good hat!!! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

One HUGE step closer to Korea

This past week was huge in our lives.  We found out we are getting very close to going to Korea to meet our son.  The dates are not set yet when we will travel but the preparations have started.  My mind and my heart is filled with so many thoughts, feelings, and a little anxiety.  
We will get to go over and meet him and spend some time playing.  There will be a court date that we will all attend. That may be the anxiety part of my mind!  I imagine that he will find our children more to his liking that Brian and I at first. This is ok as they too have waited a long time.  
There will be heartbreak with this trip. We will have to say goodbye and return to get him some weeks after our first meeting. I think of him then and his little heart leaving all he has known.  There is no way to say it will be easy and my heart aches for all of the emotions of that day.  Adoption is filled with so many sides and perspectives. We will need to bring Luke home and work as a family to create what will be new to us all.  It takes time and patience, but I know with Brian by my side and these kids who so want to help we will be ok.

This trip to Korea is about Mr. Luke but it is also about sweet Katie.  It is our turn to see where she is from and hopefully have a very special meeting for her.  I can tell her mind too is spinning with the thought of going back and learning more about where she is from.  

There is a lot to do now and my "nesting" will start very soon. I am so excited to meet the baby of our family and complete our family! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Reflections on the Beach part 2

A final post on our days on the beach.  Being a photographer I had a goal to get a family photo on the beach.  Taking photos of other people's families is very different than my own.  I had taken this photo of the kids a couple of years ago. I wanted to duplicate it as a way of showing our growth that is happening at light speeds before my eyes.

It is a challenge to get a good family photo. When we were done with the formal the fun shots are playing in the water.  I can still hear their laughter that night and just the thrill of soaking their clothes!
I haven't even looked at our formal shot yet because these are the ones I love!

I will move on to fall now, but I will remember these days!

There is big news in our life right now. I will post more about that soon!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Reflection on the beach part 1

Life has gone forward but I still wanted to put at least a little of our beach photos on the blog.  Seems like a long time ago now that we were there. Brian and I were talking about all of our fall schedules (!) and wishing we were back to the calm beach. Seems like a lot more fun than trying to figure out all the kids and events that are upon us.

We spent most of our days on the beach without any other destinations.  Of course they had to stop at one gift shop and only the one with the big shark mouth would do.

I have spent a great part of my adult life scrapbooking.  I sold Creative Memories for a long time and have books filled with lots of detail and design.  This summer I spent a week not sleeping trying to figure out how to get my photos, that I so love, into books.  I decided some of my photos I will continue to do in a more fancy way but some are going to be done with "Project Life".  It has been so much fun and simple. Simple to get my photos where they need to be in books with stories. Always good to change things up a bit...but then again that is what life is about!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Getting ready for week two of school!

Tomorrow we head back to school for week two.  This was the kids on the first day at school. Everyone on the first day gets up bright eyed and so excited.  They were a little tired by the end of the week, but glad to be back with friends and so many stories of teacher and classes.
Mr. Andrew is in third grade this year.  He was excited to be back with friends and for the first time spent a lot of time picking out his outfit today.
Riley is in eighth grade this year.  He went back as a leader to help the sixth graders learn the ropes.  
Miss Katie is a third grader this year.  She loves everything about school and new books to read and take home will be her favorite.
Sweet Brianna is a fifth grader  this year.  She is so very social and dreams of being a teacher one day.

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