Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time at Girl Scout Camp

Last week I took my girls and my niece up to Sky High Ranch Girl Scout Camp.  Many years ago I too stayed up at this camp as a young girl.  I was lucky to have been able to attend camp many years and those memories are some of my favorite.  I was so hoping that these girls would feel the same and be asking to go back next year.

I was right they are asking to go back. The stories they are telling and the songs they are singing melt my heart.  

This camp had not changed since I was there and it was like stepping back in time. I loved the fact that in a world that is so fast  my girls could take a break from that and spend time in a place that was simple and peaceful.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Meeting someone like me

Every once in awhile in life you meet someone who is like you in so many ways!  Last month we meet my sweet friend Gayly and her awesome kids.  We had meet on line some time ago, but this was our first time of meeting in person.  When I look back on this summer this will surely be one of the most amazing days!

These two boys were from the same region in China.  They had so much in common that at times it seemed unbelievable.  There will be more meetings of these boys and their families.  Andy spent many days after talking about them and feeling a connection that has not been felt before.  
There were many comments about finding a family like ours and sharing similar stories, challenges, and triumphs.  Thank you Gayly for meeting me, it was an amazing day!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Family Camp

A couple of weeks ago we headed to the mountains with extended family to spend some time together.  In total there were eight kids which meant it is never boring!  These kids rode bikes all over and even did a little fishing.  
We took the kids to a pond that was great for fishing, but it seems the playground equipment was more of a hit.  It was definitely a full merry go round with our crew.

The morning that we were leaving.  Everyone was little dirty but that is all part of the fun.  These kids get so much out of being together as they are not just cousins but also friends.  

A few more family shots.  Andy and Sam were so happy to be shirtless and free.  They made me laugh with their own way of drinking!

Summer is speeding by as we are hoping to have some more trips to the mountains as well as some down time at home.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Celebrating Eleven Years

Happy 11th Birthday our sweet girl!  It is hard to believe that Miss Bri is already eleven.  She is becoming her own person with her own loves and passions.

One of them has become horses and her love of riding lessons.  I think she loves that fact that this is her activity something that interests her alone in our family.

I know when I watch her ride she is all smiles and loves these animals.
She is becoming a very sweet young woman who loves both people and animals with her whole heart.  So now to start a day that is filled with all that is Brianna!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mountain Escape

With summer upon us and the chance of rain diminished it was time to head to the mountains for a night of camping. Our boys no longer want to sleep in the pop up with us so they set up there own tent.  Riley was very good with Andy getting him all set up for the night.  
It was a weekend filled with friends, and all that these Colorado mountains have to offer.  
There is no need for a table when you have a rock to eat breakfast on.  There is something about being out there that makes a person so very hungry!

Time at the lake meant waiting for your turn to kayak but a mud puddle turned out to be the perfect place to play.

This oldest son of mine is so at home in the mountains.  He loves to go and explore.  There is more camping trips in the work. I love to be out there away from all the parts of life that make our life feel hectic at times.  

Monday, June 15, 2015

Seven Years Ago Today

Seven years ago today this little man became our son.  How long we waited for him and how glad we were to hold him in our arms.  He was full of life and energy on that day and that remains true today.  

He challenges me everyday to think outside the box and to never quit.  I love him to pieces and am so glad I was chosen to be his Mom.  It is a name I share with a woman who we wonder about and pray for daily.

Happy Family Day Mr. Andrew!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mother of four..hoping for five

Mother's Day has come and gone.  With it were lots of hidden surprises, homemade cards and flowers that were planted at school.  It was a day that had snow so our usual planting day had to be modified.  I didn't have to cook that day, always a bonus in my world.  These four kids mean the world to me.  They have taught me more than any other adventure in my life.  There are so many days that are not easy and situations when you wonder what really is the best way to parent a situation.  It is a blessing to see them together, the oldest teaching the youngest something new, and the youngest not letting the older grow up too fast.

There was a hole on my lap this year though as we wait for our son to come home.  It has been a long wait and not a lot of information to go on.  I still believe it will happen, but I have to say each Friday at five, when our adoption agency closes, my heart sinks a little with the knowledge that another week has passed with no news.  He will come and I am sure hoping my next Mother's Day photo has one more little face in it.

It would not be right on Mother's Day to not think about the women who gave birth to Andy and Katie.  The price they paid for my happiness and the horrible loss they must feel.  I think of them often but on this day just a little more.


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