James 1:27

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27

Saturday, December 22, 2012

We began this blog when we started our adoption journey to Colombia to adopt a sibling group of children.  As we are now celebrating our second Christmas together as a family, we started a new blog.  It is at www.ourkidsfromcolombia.blogspot.com.  Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, and support over the past two years.  We hope you will continue to follow our family!

A Special Night Out

Every year, our church has a special dinner theatre.  This year's title was called "A Christmas Post."  We are blessed with many talented people in our church.  The kids had a great time and got all dressed up for the special night.  This was the second year we have gone as a family, and here are our pictures from last year and this year.  It is a lot of fun to look back and think about what our life was like as a new family a year ago.  We will look forward to seeing what our life will look like during the holiday season of 2013.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

So Many Changes

Every year, we want to go and have a family portrait made.  The kids aren't very excited about always taking pictures, but we keep telling them that one day they will be thankful they have them.  Each picture represents a memory we won't be able to get back.  It is amazing how much the kids are growing.  Angie has definitely taken a growth spurt and will be taller than Lori before we know it!  Here are their pictures from last year and then this year.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Visit with Santa.

The kids went to the mall for a visit with Santa.  We don't go to the mall often so it was a new excursion for the kids.  Although they enjoyed seeing Santa and the Christmas decorations, the highlight of the trip was walking through the Disney store and playing at the lego store.  The next time we have a free evening, we will have to go back again.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It Is Time To Decorate for Christmas!

We always start decorating our house for Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving.  The kids were excited and a big help, and they loved helping with everything.  Angie helped Dainis carry and place everything in the yard. Her job was also to put the branches on the Christmas tree.  Ingrid helped Lori put up all the garland and bows around the outside of the house.  Juan had a great time using a hammer to stake all of the reindeer down.  Ingrid and Juan had the big job of sorting through all of the tree branches and carrying them to Angie.  Everyone helped with the ornaments, and we only broke two this year!  When the kids are home, they always want the Christmas tree lights on, and the Christmas carols playing.