Party Day

“M” was very excited about her classroom’s party for Valentine’s Day. Each morning this week she asked, “Is it party day?”

Although our family has had some challenges the last six weeks (which has meant a hectic schedule), we wanted to help make her day at preschool special. So Daddy went to school!

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The Room Mom always does a great job organizing the holiday parties. The students decorated cupcakes:

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And they played the Pie Face game. Each child received a heart with the number of clicks to spin the handles. I’m surprised that “M” braved it! It looks like she had fun!

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My heart sunk a bit when Joey told me that she got whip cream in her hair! But he did a great job getting it out with wet wipes without messing up the style. I did her hair the night before and hoped it would last several days — Dad saved the day.

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Of course, for this little one whose love language is Words of Affirmation, the valentine cards were her favorite. She read the names when she got home and beamed with happiness!

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Elaine and her husband, Joey, are licensed as an adoptive family and foster home in Ohio.

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Holiday Happenings

The months of November and December are so busy, aren’t they?  But lots of memories and fun are packed into those short weeks!  Our home was no exception.  We enjoyed visiting extended family and welcomed a new sibling right before Christmas. (It’s getting hard to find photos of “M” without any of the babies; she loves being near them!)

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We were able to see the Festival of Trees and Trains again this year.  “M” made many beautiful crafts in preschool.  And we looked forward to opening a new door in the LEGO Friends advent calendar each morning!

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Elaine and her husband, Joey, are licensed as an adoptive family and foster home in Ohio.

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Halloween and Fall Fun

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Our little lady requested Tinker Bell for Halloween. (We found a cute option online.) This was her first year trick-or-treating, and she got to wear the costume two other times at parties. It’s so fun to watch her imagine at home in her fairy dress! 🙂

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All the kids have enjoyed playing outside this Fall as well!  I’ve noticed that I haven’t taken very many photos while we’re out so I captured a few yesterday while Dad was blowing leaves / cleaning up the yard.  Here’s a few of “M”:

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We also got portraits taken yesterday for the babies’ birthdays.  We got one shot of them together, which is adorable.  She loves her Bub and Sis so much!  I can’t share pictures of those cuties, though.  “M” is growing so fast!  She’s such a little lady, now.

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Elaine and her husband, Joey, are licensed as an adoptive family and foster home in Ohio.

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‘Tis the Season

Since the end of October, two new friends have joined our family. “M” has enjoyed playing with both of the little sweeties. Our house is fuller and louder. Our hands are full of good things. And, of course, this time of year is extra busy, in general, with holiday festivities.

I can tell “M” is worn out from all the activity around her. Most gatherings result in tears.

Here are some photos from last Sunday evening’s program at church:

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We have seen Santa three times this month already. The first time involved screaming, the second she stood quietly in front of him (but not close enough to touch), and the third . . . well, it went a little better:

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We may be tired but we can’t say we are bored! : )

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Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

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Elaine and her husband, Joey, are licensed as an adoptive family and foster home in Ohio.

 

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celebrating mothers

Last year at Mother’s Day we started what we hoped would become a tradition.

We set out flowers for each child in our home. Our kitchen counter displayed three vases: two vases with a single flower in each were to honor birth-mothers for their link to our family — really, their connection to the children forever; plus, a fuller vase to represent our combined family.

This spring, however, we do not have any foster children in our home. So I let Moriah choose the flowers. She picked orange tulips. (Tulips are my favorite flower.)

A single tulip in a bud vase reminds us of her birth-mother. And the rest of the flowers are in a larger vase.

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I am so thankful for the woman who carried Moriah in her womb and then chose adoption for her daughter. And I celebrate her this Mother’s Day. She plays a meaningful part in our lives even though she is not an active part right now. She is remembered always. This week, she is honored.

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“It’s hard to explain to others that you love your children so much that you wish they had never been subjected to separation from their families through adoption.” –Andrea

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Elaine and her husband, Joey, are licensed as an adoptive family and foster home in Ohio. Learn more about Joey and Elaine.

 

 

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Easter Weekend 2014

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Daddy worked all weekend so Moriah and Mommy traveled to Grandpa and Grandma’s house for a visit.

We enjoyed beautiful weather with a lot of outside play time! You rode Grandpa’s tractor with him and fed Fanny (the dog) lots of treats. Aunt Kristin painted your finger nails and toe nails within 30 minutes of arriving — you had looked forward to that for several days!

Friday night we had our family dinner with Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt Kristin, Uncle Jake, and Maryann. 🙂 We love our family.

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On Saturday, we attended a community egg hunt. You loved it! You were ready to collect all the eggs and had a hard time waiting, of course.

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You found a prize egg and got to take home a boat (for the sand box). It was the perfect prize for you. 🙂

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That afternoon, you and Grandma peeled the eggs and made Deviled Eggs for everyone to enjoy.

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Later, we went to an Amish farm and walked through the barn. You wanted to look at the animals but not pet them! You did not like getting close at all.

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We even got to ride in an Amish buggy with Oscar (the horse) and Abe (the driver). Aunt Kristin rode along too.

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We are blessed with a family who celebrates the resurrection of Christ with us! What a joyous weekend! He is risen!

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Elaine and her husband, Joey, are licensed as an adoptive family and foster home in Ohio. Learn more about Joey and Elaine.

 

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