The girls enjoyed going down the hills on the dish and sled. Nobody hit any trees!
Lily was disappointed that she couldn't make snow angels, the snow was way too packed.
This is Lily's acting debut! She was the cutest little lamb ever!
Right in the middle of the play she asks, " mom, do you have a mint?" Not sure where that fits into the nativity scene?
Christmas morning at our 3rd oldest son's (Aaron) house. Lily received a play guitar and as you can see, she loved it!
Lily is very much into horses! Ever since she road one she wants everything horses! So, she got what she asked for!
Both of the girls received new bikes. They love them. Lily was riding through the house on her "magenta" bicycle, her favorite color.
We have a neighbor who poses as Santa every year. It took Lily quite a while to warm up to the idea of sitting on this guys lap! I think she was freaked out by the "Ho Ho Ho's". Who goes around talking like that anyway?
Halloween - Prairie girl, colonial girl team up with the incredibles!
Mom made both the outfits for the girls. Very Cute!
Lily turns Four
Check out the horsey cake, mom made that too.
Matching dolls, too much fun!
Lily has been asking for bitty baby twins...one happy girl
All dressed and ready for their first day of school (with our homeschool group) This is Emily's third year and Lily's first. Emily LOVES school, she wants to do school year round.
Lily had her 2nd Gotcha Day on Sept 1st and Emily had her 7th on Sept. 16th
In So. California we don't get snow so Lily is making "sand angels". This is the same kid who would not even stand on the sand when we first got her.
Lily's First Visit to the American Girl Doll Store
This was Lily's first visit to this store (and daddy's). We all had a fun time checking out all the dolls. We splurged and had lunch there. Lot's of Fun!
This is Felicity's Horse, Penny. According to Lily, every horse is Penny
The other night I found Lily standing over her 6in. plastic horse, in bed, trying to ride the horse! Like I said, she's crazy about horses.
Ventura County Fair
This Summer we had a foreign exchange student from S. Korea come and stay with us for 3 weeks. We had a great time with Lydia. The girls enjoyed having a "big sister" for a few weeks.
Lily Loves Horses
We have friends at church who have a horse and during a visit to their house Lily got to ride her with help. Anyway, since that day she has been head over heals about horses. When we went to the fair she HAD to ride the horses.
Dress up, Singing Songs, and Performing for the Family
Isn't she just the cutest thing in the world? Of course there's no bias here, it's just a fact!
Our little flower is beginning to blossom.
Although her name is Lily, she sometimes reminds me of a rose. she's beautiful yet she does have some "thorns"!! Don't ruffle this girls feathers, or boy, you'll get an ear full. Lily is going to be a very strong person, she is not afraid to speak her mind even if she knows she's going to get in trouble for it. But she totally blows us away sometimes with the depth of thought that she has.
The other night she got in trouble and was sent to her room. I went up there to talk with her and make sure she understood why she was being punished. We got into this long conversation about God. At first she said, "well, where is He, I don't see Him?" I told her, "God is like the air, we don't see it but we know it's there". Then she put it into her own words. "Daddy, you mean it's like this, if I looked into the sun I would be blind, right, and if I can't see that doesn't mean that things aren't still there right? like if I am blind by the sun and I can't see my pillow, it's still there, right daddy? So, that's the same thing with God, right daddy, I can't see Him but that doesn't mean He isn't there, right daddy?" Then she said "We're blind to God, right daddy?" "Uh, yeah, Lily, that's right, you got it girl!"
We're blind to God, isn't that the truth, until He opens our eyes we can't see Him!
It's amazing how kids GET God so much easier than many adults. Like Jesus said, we must be like a child.
Okay, here are the vitals that we have so far. Joshua was born July 27th, he weighed 7 lb. 8 oz. and is 20 in. long. Time? around 8:30pm but will post the exact time when we find out.
Joshua is spending a couple of days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars Sinai just for observation after his arrival via C-section. Mom is doing fine! Dad, well, there's still hope that he's going to pull through...Ha!
This coming Friday Lily will have spent half her life with us!!
It is hard to believe that she has been with us for 22 months. Lily has changed in so many ways, yet still remains Lily. The sweet little girl with the cute curly hair. In fact, she barely has more hair than when we first got her. She actually got her first official haircut last week!!!
Here is what she looked like on Gotcha Day September 1st 2008
We have been told, "You should be thinking of retirement" not adopting another child. Well, we believe in God's economy there is no retirement. We are here on this planet to serve His Higher Purposes, not our own. It is with this heart attitude that we are heading into this adoption. Christy and I have been married for almost 35 years, we have 5 sons 2 daughters(adopted in '03 and '08) and now... Olivia .Joy!