Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Break 2013!

This past week was our Spring Break! It was so great to have the time off with the kids. Jeff took vacation also so we all had the week off together! We started our week in Tulsa visiting the Aquarium, Zoo and Incredible Pizza!

The kids did the photo booth at Incredible Pizza and Loretta was kind enough to edit their picture!

This was Lyla's second trip to the Zoo. She loves animals like nobody I've ever known!
We ended our week with Lyla getting her hair cut! It is so cute!
Now our countdown to Summer Break begins!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Lyla's Journey - Gotcha 3 years!

Today is Lyla's Gotcha Day! Three years ago today we adopted her in China. My oh my... this girl has changed so much over the past 3 years! When we got her she was crazy!! She ran everywhere, wouldn't hold our hands, would walk up to a stranger (in a park, restaurant, or anywhere for that matter) and take their drink and drink it, constantly hit Liem, eat everything she could find, yell, and it took a long time for us to finally see her beautiful smile. You could not take your eyes off her. It was like having a 2 year old in a 6 year old body! She would run out of the hotel room on her own, jump into the bathtub like a swimming pool, was terrified of the shower and obsessed with brushing her teeth.
Fast forward to today, she is absolutely amazing! She has the most beautiful smile, she is compassionate, she is a great reader, she loves people, and is so sweet! She works very hard in school and in speech. She needs to have a schedule and can get stressed out easily if her schedule changes. We always like to prepare her for the day ahead so she knows what to expect! She has come so far in 3 years. Everyone that meets her loves her, she is the sweetest little girl!

Please continue to pray for her. This week she was diagnosed with a tic disorder (Tourette's). She is fine and we won't treat it until it starts to "negatively affect" her life (hopefully it won't get that bad). As of now, it doesn't affect her at all. We are not to correct her when she has the tics either. It concerns Jeff and I more than anything because we don't want her to be made fun of and we all know how kids can be!

Join us in celebrating her life and let's shower this sweet girl with love and prayers!

Friday, January 25, 2013

All About Liem!

January 22, 2013 we celebrated Liem's 10th Gotcha Day! It is so hard to believe that we have had him for TEN years already! We adopted him when he was 7 weeks old. At the time, he was the youngest baby from Vietnam to come home! He had the cutest chubby cheeks that you've ever seen. This post is going to be all about Liem. A celebration of the first 10 years of his life. He is such an amazing child. We are so thankful that God chose us for him. We often pray for his birth mother and oh how I wish she knew how amazing he is! He is brilliant, funny, athletic, adorable and so sweet. I love how he is a social bug. He loves to play all sports, hang out with his friends, play with Lyla and he loves school! Not many parents are able to say that their kids love school, but I am thankful that I can honestly say that! Enjoy the pics & memories through the years!
Referral Pics
First time we met 12/31/2002 (one month old)
 Gotcha Day - 1/22/2003
Liem's nurse in Vietnam
 First Family Pic!
Pics from the rest of our trip in Vietnam
Slept in a suitcase the first night
 He LOVED his walks with daddy!
Beautiful people in Vietnam
 Home SWEET Home - 1/30/2003