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Super huge update

Such blog neglect happening this year! I need to do a better job to document everything so I can turn my blog into a kind of family yearbook. We’ve been a little busy. πŸ™‚ We are finally a family of four & are loving it. Lily is a wonderful addition to our family & she fits right in. Since I’m so far behind, I’m going to just post pictures of what’s been happening the last several months.


Created for Care 2014

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Tee ball!


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My birthday & the referral of our beautiful daughter, Lily


SO excited we have a daughter!!!!

SO excited we have a daughter!!!!




Washing my first load of mostly PINK clothes



Meeting & bringing home our daughter


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So, these were just the highlights. Of course a lot more went on, but because I didn’t blog it, I don’t remember all the details. Hoping to do better from now on since we are settled as a family of four. However next week I start back to work! 😦 Β That’s gonna throw a curve ball & will take some getting used to too.


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More birthday fun!

We had a lot of fun on Samuel’s birthday. We went to Marbles museum since we have a membership there that was given to us as a Christmas present (Thanks Mimi & Pop-pop!). My brother & his girls met us there for a few hours of fun! After the Marbles fun we came home for a nap & then daddy got home in time to celebrate before we went to church. πŸ™‚

He decided to fix his own hair with his new hair gel!

He decided to fix his own hair with his new hair gel!

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Sweet babies!

Sweet babies!

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Bedhead! He had just gotten up from a nap. Now it's time to open a couple of small gifts from mommy & daddy. :)

Bedhead! He had just gotten up from a nap. Now it’s time to open a couple of small gifts from mommy & daddy. πŸ™‚

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Officially 4 years old!

Officially 4 years old!

The day before his birthday we celebrated with his preschool class with cupcakes. He got to celebrate all week!

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Then on Friday night Bill & I took him to see Dinosaur Train live! He loved it & had fun. It was a fun family night! Dinner at Moe’s & then the show.

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We celebrated Samuel’s 4th birthday with family at our house on the 22nd of February. He has been so excited to turn 4 for months!! He couldn’t wait. We are so thankful to all of our family that came to celebrate with us. We love you all! Thank you for joining us in celebrating our special boy & what he means to us. I cannot believe that he is 4 years old! Where does the time go?

Samuel, mommy & daddy love you so much! You are our joy! We are so thankful that God gave us you. You are so smart, caring, loving, & fun. πŸ™‚ We pray that God would bless you & watch over you. We also pray that you would come to know Him at an early age & spend your life serving Him. We are forever grateful to your birth mother for choosing life for you & being so brave! We will always have so much respect for her. We will also be thankful for your foster family that took care of you & loved you until we could. We cannot wait until you are a big brother! You will be the best big brother ever!


The birthday boy!



Yes, you will see there is a mixed theme. Hey, it’s what the birthday boy wanted! πŸ˜‰


Taking a nap with Juju before the party got started.


My life!


So, here’s the themes. πŸ™‚ He wanted 18 wheeler, Cars, & Avengers. So, that’s what he got!


Cake is not perfect, but made with love from momma. Thanks for the idea Beth!


There were food themes to go along. Mater’s Dip Sticks


Luigi’s Tower of Tires


Thor’s Hammer


Captain America’s shield


He loved it & that’s all that mattered!











So thankful for the women that loved him before us.





We were blessed with beautiful weather so everyone could go outside!



My sweet boy! How are you 4?



Proud of his UNC jersey


He melts me! Love you sweet boy! Happy birthday!

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January fun!

The quickest way to catch up! πŸ™‚ Β Here are some pictures (not all) of our January fun!

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The New Year!!!

We celebrated bringing in the New Year of 2014 by being together. My little sister Mary came over & we had a lot of fun playing games & being silly. Samuel wasn’t able to hang to see the acorn & NYC ball drop, but the rest of us celebrated with sparkling grape juice & I did get a kiss from my honey! πŸ™‚ Mary almost missed ringing in the New Year. She fell asleep right before & I woke her up (by accident) telling her to get her grape juice. Being with family is the best way to bring in a New Year!

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Christmas Day 2013

I will eventually catch up! πŸ˜‰ Christmas Day was so much fun!!! We opened presents as a family, finished our Jesse Tree, & spent time with more family later that day. We saw Mimi & Pop-pop as well as the Perrys, Bill’s dad’s side of the family. Once again, we always love spending time with our family. It really is one of the things most important to us.


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Christmas Eve 2013

Christmas was busy for us. However we loved getting to spend so much time with family! Bill had to work half a day on Christmas Eve. So we started the day with breakfast at my mom’s. Then we met Bill at his mom & dad’s for lunch. Finally that evening we visited with the Raybons. So, like I said, it was a busy day! I am so far behind with blogging! I am going to just let the pictures speak for themselves.


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