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Archive for August, 2013

Summer school

What has Samuel been up to this summer? This summer has been flying by! We have enjoyed a lot of time together. We continued reviewing our letters & numbers this summer. He will start preschool in September for 2 mornings per week. He is excited about starting back & has been asking about his friends. We have also utilized the freebies around us. The local movie theater shows free kids movies on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. We have been several times & he really enjoyed that. We also went to our local library & joined the summer reading program. It was 6 weeks long & we probably went to about half of them. They would sing songs, read books, & also did a craft each time. Samuel really loves crafts. I think that’s why he enjoyed reviewing his letters.

I got a few pictures of some of the preschool things we did this summer.

 

Dots & glueing

Dots & gluing

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He loves to cut with scissors!

He loves to cut with scissors!

I think he did very well cutting out shapes! I drew shapes for him & he cut them out all by himself!

I think he did very well cutting out shapes! I drew shapes for him & he cut them out all by himself!

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This face

3 years ago we saw this sweet face for the first time:

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We were told not to fall in love immediately & that we needed to have his file reviewed by a doctor before making a decision. We did have his file reviewed, but in our hearts we knew that this was our son. No matter what we have done whatever it took to get him home & would have cared for whatever needs we faced. He’s perfect. He’s our son!

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Mimi’s birthday was on July 18th! We have a lot of July birthdays. 🙂  Thank you Mimi for all that you do for us & especially Samuel! We are so thankful for your help in caring for him. We are blessed to know that someone who truly loves him is taking care of him. We hope that you had a wonderful birthday & are thankful you could spend it with your close friends. We love you!!!

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July 10th was my momma’s birthday! We hope you had a wonderful birthday Nana! We love you so much. Wish we could see you more. We are so thankful for you & all that you do!

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Our niece Kayla turned 17 on July 9th!! I can’t believe how time is flying by! She was 6 years old when Bill & I started dating. We are so proud of you Kayla! You have already accomplished great things. We can’t wait to see what all God has in store for you! We love you so much!

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Bill’s brother, Brian, had a birthday on the 8th of July. Happy birthday Brain! We hope you had a great & wonderful day!

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3 years ago

(I have several posts to catch up on, but wanted to post this one on time 🙂 )

3 years ago today we received our referral for Samuel!!! I remember the day like it just happened. I actually still have the voice mail from our agency saved. I love listening to it from time to time. 🙂 We missed our referral call! My cell phone had died on the way home from work so when I got home, Bill came running out of the house! He said we missed a phone call from our agency & he had been trying to reach me. I remember that when we called back, they were busy & had to leave a message. The wait for the call back seemed like forever! We were so nervous & didn’t know 100% if it was our referral or not. When finally got a call back & it was our referral phone call!! Our social worker wouldn’t give us any information other than we had a referral & needed to make an appointment with our home study agency to review the file. We called right away to make hat appointment & were very thankful to only have to wait until the next day. I don’t think we slept at all that night because we were so excited!

We wanted to celebrate a little, so we went out to eat & then had ice cream. We spent time together as a family. 🙂 Prior to going out to celebrate we had our home study update for our second adoption. We were hoping we wouldn’t have to do an update because that meant our home study was expiring, meaning we’ve waited a long time. We are hopeful this will be our last update for this adoption!

 

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