Wednesday, July 23, 2014

One Month of Forever

Just one month ago, we were in a government building in the middle of Guangzhou, China, meeting our Maryn Gentry.  Sweet girl walked right out of what she had known all of her life and into a new life and family for forever.  
Thankfully, her heavy spirit on that day has been replaced with a lighter step!  Miss Maryn, you are not the little one we met one month ago - one month ago, we met a little one who was terrified of us and screamed in a desperate attempt to be returned to what she had always known.  Today, you are full of joy!  Today, you light up a room with your contagious, easy smile.  
Today, you have parents who adore you and who take note of all the little things that make you, you!  Like the way you put yourself to sleep by making the cutest little sucking noise and twisting your non-existent hair; the way you play with our hair when we hold you close; we marvel at how quick you are in your step and we fret when you fall; we take note of how observant you are and we laugh when your face makes a new expression - you are so expressive!  
We all love to hear you laugh and we will all do just about anything to make the laughter neverending! Your big brothers cannot wait to hold you each morning when you awake and they are constantly vying for your attention.  Your big sisters are all about teaching you to dance and squeal loudly in delight!  We love to hear you chatter, this you do all day and we never tire of your sweet, soft voice!  
We remain in awe of you little one.  We thank God each day for your life and we feel honored to have been chosen to be your forever family!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This girl turned  7 1/2!  Unbelievable how time is flying!
 These three finished up another successful swim season!
 Lake time - jet skiing is a new favorite activity with all of our guys!
 MK and Jay participated in the city of Columbia's "City Meet" - both are great at this swimming thing!
 Little Maryn got a new ride....
 Bonding continued with the boys - Maryn LOVES them!  
 We got to spend a fun-filled afternoon with a group of our dearest friends, our adoption crew!
 And these three shared their special story - the little guy driving is being hosted by the little guy on the back's family....he has been here for almost a month and because of his stay here, he now has a forever family pursuing his adoption...the little guy with the mask will be his brother when he comes home sometime next year!  Amazing!  Another cool fact...all three will be cousins!
 Ava and Maddox enjoyed their reunion!  
   This pic describes the story of adoption - it is not perfect but its beauty sustains all imperfections!  
So thankful for adoption!