Monday, December 29, 2008
Is it true...Can it be...!
If you think you are misreading this...you are not!
Keith & I decided to submit a second Medical Conditions Checklist into our agency for child number 3! We had a little bit of paper work to prepare ~ so far ~ and we will just be waiting...waiting for what I do believe is going to be a long time before we hear anything (if we even do). We also decided that this time around, we will leave the decision up to the CCAA and our agency on what gender will be placed in our hearts and home (we are open to both a little girl or little boy). I know many of you are wondering "What brought this decision on after just arriving home - not that long ago - with our second daughter from China?" And to be honest with you, a lot of the answer to that question is very private, but I can tell you this. ..We have always wanted a large family. Since returning home with Annabelle, life has truly been a wonderful blessing. And since our agency required very little for us to do...we decided to "see" if the miracle of adoption will happen again for us. We have been honest with everyone on this possible 3rd adoption...that it just might not happen. We will give our agency two years to find a match for our family. If in those two years, no match has been made, we will remove our MCC and know in our hearts that "He" has another plan for us.
So for now, the waiting begins again for us. Will we be blessed for a 3rd time? And if we do receive a referral...Will our referral be for a little boy or will we be a house full of girls? Only time will tell....
And in case you are wondering when will I be posting our Holiday photos...I promise, they will be posted very soon...
Saturday, December 27, 2008
(in my opinion ~ this photo states it all!)
As 2008 is winding down, I am taking some time out of our still very busy lives to reflect. What an AMAZING, WONDERFUL, and BEAUTIFUL year it has been...How did we ever get so lucky to have two incredible daughters!
The picture featured above was taken within the first two weeks of us arriving home from China as a new family of four and as Francesca becoming the "big sister". It was taken one afternoon after the girls and I had some lunch at our favorite local establishment . As soon as I saw the photo after downloading, I knew that with a little tweaking it would be a photo that will speak volumes. After getting it just about perfect, I did get it printed up in various sizes for gift giving this past Christmas. It truly is a beauty and I must admit, I am so proud of the end result.
Here's to 2008 that will forever live in our hearts (as does 1997, 1999, and 2005). As I am sitting here typing this...and I look around and see all what we have been blessed with...I am truly wondering what else "the road that lies ahead" has in store for us. I have a feeling it is going to very interesting...Hope you all are enjoying your holiday celebrations with the ones you love most. In my opinion, this is what life is truly all about and what is most important to have within your heart ~ love.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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Friday, December 5, 2008
This year our Francesca has taken a real liking to that movie that features a little boy who is not-so-sure that Santa exists and that famous train that rides to the North Pole. She watches the movie at least once a day and has me read the book to her always a bed time. I am "hoping" that this year, Santa will leave her one of those special reindeer bells under our Christmas tree...just for her.
I know that this is year that she would truly appreciate that bell and treasure it forever...and I know for a fact that she...just like her
Mommy & Daddy...will always hear the ringing of that bell...
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I personally think they did an amazing job...and I couldn't be any prouder of my two artists! The minute we were done taking this photo, the girls ran straight over to our tree and placed each of their creations on it. I guess you can say I have two new favorite ornaments this year!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
(in their Christmas jammies!)
(fun time, jumping on the bed!)
Which one will it be, you'll just all have to wait and see!
Now, here are a few photos from around our house. I so love decorating for the holidays! I always start right after Halloween and almost every room in our home has some kind of festive decoration displayed in it! Here are some photos from our kitchen...
Saturday, November 29, 2008
My Family of Four!
Before we all sat down to a great meal hosted by us this year, we all got together to visited my grandmother aka G.G. at the nursing home. You can just see by the expression on her face how happy she was to see us all there. The kiddos were jumping, dancing, and singing all around and G.G. had a great big smile on her face for most of the day. It was so sad when we had to leave (our meal was planned for 5:30PM and we needed to head home to get the girls down for their quiet time and get things rolling in the kitchen), but we promised her we would see her again after Mass Sunday morning. That's all she needed to hear. Oh G.G. - We Love You So!
Grandma was there too and of course we just had to get her in on the photo action as well with the girls!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
- My Husband..."My EVERYTHING"...who is truly the love of my life...You give to me so unconditionally and love me for who I truly am!
- My Two Girls...for "sunshine" alone that they bring into my life everyday, I will always be tremendously grateful for. Oh...how I love you two!
- My Mom...she is my rock and my best friend!
- My Sister...I love you so...You are always making me laugh! :)
- My Grandmother...I am everything I am today because of her never-ending love and guidance.
- My Family...I love you all so much and I wouldn't be where I am today without each & every one of you!
- My very, VERY, close friends (person-to-person and online)...Gina G, Amy & Owen W, Mary H, Mel S, Beth G, Sarah M, Lisa F, and Lisa O ~ I will NEVER find the words to tell you all how much I love you and how much our friendship means to me!
- and to my "faith"...who is always there for me...no matter what!
Friday, November 21, 2008
(yes, that's our eating machine!)
Just look at that face...do you think she is happy or what!
Francesca posing with her favorite decoration!
(she so loves this Nutcracker...and the ballet!)
(she just takes my breath away!)
Artist hard at work!