Thursday, September 1, 2011

Zemma's Pledge of Allegiance

I just found this video of Zem... We were walking into Maddie's school one afternoon and she asked me about the flag up front. When I told her it was the American flag, she put her hand on her chest and recited the whole pledge! I had no idea she even knew it :) She learned it at Bible study. Here is the reinactment :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Before and Afters

 Here are some before and afters.....Not exactly how I want them but for some reason I CANNOT figure out the art of adding pictures on here. Man, you would think with as much as I blog.... :)


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

The new house

We recently purchased a new home. No more in laws basement!!!! Yay!!!! We are obviously excited, but I am fairly sure that the two people who live above us are even more elated than we are :) As you can see, the house needs some lovin. I have big plans for it and am looking forward to closing (end of May) so that we can get started. Hopefully someday I will get around to posting the end results...:)

Living room angle 1

Living room angle 2


kitchen looking into dining

bath 2

basement bedroom/playroom

basement (luke's space...or so he thinks...)

basement angle 2 (yikes)


Just a few easter pics:

Zem's Readoption

Because Zemma came home on a certain adoption Visa, we were required to readopt her upon her arrival here in the states...As always, we procrastinated,so here we are - 1 year later. Adoption final. Praise God!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Zemma's 3rd Birthday

On December 29 we were able to celebrate Zemma's birthday - a first for us, even though she turned three... We are so blessed by her presence in our family. She makes us laugh often and is a constant reminder of God's faithfulness to us.
I have thought often about where we were last year - waiting, without her. I can remember the feelings of incompleteness- as if something or someone were missing - especially during the holiday season. I would wish and dream of a sibling for Maddie - someone to share in the excitement and fun with. I would long for the craziness and volume of a big family - kids yelling and even fighting! And, I would pray for that child, who I knew was somewhere out there even though it felt as if we would never meet.
Now, here we are this year and I can look back and realize how much God cares about the details of our lives! This Christmas did feel complete. Maddie and Zemma now have each other and I so enjoy watching their relationship grow. Yes, there is fighting, and yes Zemma is sometimes louder than more than a few children combined :) And best of all, we were able to hold our baby as we celebrated her birth, and the birth of our Savior.
We were abundantly blessed in 2010!

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Luke and I met while in school at SBU. We have one beautiful daughter Maddie, who is 5. Currently we are beginning the process of adopting a child, or children from Ethiopia. The Lord has blessed our family in so many ways and we are forever thankful.