Friday, August 3, 2007

Life is Full Of Important Days

Happy Anniversary! To us and to our little Hannah Banana! We have been married six years today and Hannah has been home for four whole months. When I think back to our wedding day, so bright, full of promise and just bursting with energy, I think to myself ~ this ride has been all I anticipated and so very much more. I can't wait to see what the next year brings! I never expected to find what I have found. Neither did my dear husband, and so we feel blessed. Then, what a rich embellishment to have not one, but two, beautiful daughters that daily amaze us and bring more joy than either of us knew existed.

An impromptu picture taken when we weren't looking! It became our favorite

At the time, I was still with the youth group, in fact, they sang at our wedding - it was truly touching. We were married in a country church high in the hills of the county where we live. It was a hot day, but pretty, and I gazed out the window watching family and friends enter the church. It was electric. The church was filled to capacity and people were even standing ~ practically an entire congregation came to see us wed. Understand, I had married a fellow choir boy earlier in this life of mine. Sadly, that marriage ended in a public and painful divorce (there was a time when I could not even utter the "d" word). I wondered at the time how I would ever minister to those kids - I was broken, wounded and felt like a failure. The truth is, those kids kept my spirit alive - the Lord used that time to heal, raise me up and each day He brought renewed purpose to me. During that time, He also brought to me a gentleman, whom He would have me marry, despite my plan to "never do that again!"

So, at the end of the ceremony when they pronounced us, that church rose to it's feet and there was not only applause, but cheering (we have pictures) and it was incredible.

Today, I am thankful...

for a husband who works hard and puts his family first in all instances.

Thankful for his dimples and infectious laugh.

Thankful for his talents and gifts and the way he has shared these with us.

Thankful that his shyness complements my "wear it on my sleeve"-ness.

I am thankful I prayed for him and the Lord answered my prayers.

Baby Emily

Then, came the baby carriage. Emily came into this world with a smile on her face. Happy and exuberant, this little girl had a sense of humor early in her little life. She loves Jesus (and will tell you all about Him if you care to listen.)She loves animals and the alphabet, she's learning to read and she loves to sing. Now, with her little sister in tow, she wants to hear all the stories of when she was a baby. It's fun to remember...they grow so quickly.

Finally!! April 4, 2007

Twister anyone?

And Hannah, well, she's just delightful. She's waving and saying hi now, but don't come too close, because she is not ready for anyone but Mommy and Daddy to hold her. She calls us Mama and Daddy and calls Emily, "Mimi". She tells you when she has to go to the bathroom, and requests a clean diaper when necessary. She's walking and gaining speed and precision everyday. She knows lots of body parts and wants to quiz us daily. Her favorite word these days is "up" and her favorite cup is the orange one with the monkey and a straw. She thinks patty-cake is hysterically funny and asks for it often.(this has replaced the itsy-bitsy-spider which was her favorite!) It is hard to remember the Hannah that got off that plane four months ago, scared and unfamiliar. This little girl binds this family together.

So today, we are thankful...

Thankful the Lord knew Hannah before we did and put us together as only He could do.

Thankful that Hannah knows us, trusts us and grows each day.

Thankful that she likes to play with her sister and vice versa.

Thankful that Emily desires to bring joy to Hannah and gets such joy out of being with her (she wants to be the first to see her in the morning.)

Thankful for all the steps that brought us to this place. It is a beautiful place.


Danielle said...

Happy Anniversary! I LOVE that wedding photo! It is really beautiful. I love the idea of a wedding in a church in the country. How beautiful.

Your daughters are beautiful. I love the photo of baby Emily with that roll of toilet paper. SO CUTE! Both your girls are beautiful! You can really see how sweet they both are through their photos (I'm sure they are even sweeter than they look).

Thanks for praying for Kevin. I personally do appreciate it as does his family! You're wonderful.

Did you design your blog yourself? I really want to learn how to make a header and if you did I'd love to know how you did it (if it can be explained).

Hope you are enjoying your 6 year and 4 month anniversaries.


Kimber said...


Happy Anniversary to all of you! What a sweet tribute to your whole family. God has blessed abundantly.

Kimber said...

I meant He has blessed you abundantly and I forgot to sign....

redmaryjanes said...

Look at your beautiful children. Congratulations on your wonderful marriage and children.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Happy Anniversary and what a beautiful post of your beautiful and blessed life...

Angie said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful post and tribute to your precious family.

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I, too, have been following your Adoption Voyages site for a while now. I didn't know you had a blog either..I will be keeping up from now on! Your "voyage" has given me hope that I will one day have little Ruthie home too.


Nesting For Natalie said...


You have made your blog over since I was last able to look at it. How beautiiiiful it looks! The red toille is perfect for your little lady bugs :).

What a touching post this was. The picture is stunning!

Happy Anniversary to you both! Your husband has sounded like the most terrific guy ever since you described him in China.

Lucky you, lucky girls, lucky him :)! I should say BLESSED!

Love, Amy

Thanks for the prayers!

Lori said...

What a beautiful story and post sharing that story! Happy Anniversary!


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