It has already been eight years since we got Lily's referral! It was the day I got to see her face for the first time. I'll never forget the love that filled my heart when I opened the email from our adoption agency and her picture popped up on my computer screen! It was love at first sight. I stared at her picture every day longing for the day we would be able to go to South Korea and bring her home. Thankfully we only had to wait 3 months until we got our travel call and were able to bring her home.
What a blessing this little girl is to me every day. I take a picture like this every year and it is so fun to see how much she has grown!
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Thank you for the kind words you have sent my way! We are still alive and well. I cannot believe it has been so long since I posted. What in the world?! I wasn’t planning on taking such a long break but I guess I needed to. I have hardly picked up my camera or turned on my computer the last few months. Instead I have been focusing on homeschooling, working on calligraphy projects, doing a Bible study with Kayla, enjoying time with Brittany before she leaves on her next mission trip, and teaching Lily how to sew, cross stitch, and cook.
Lily working on a quilt for her doll.
Thank you for caring about our family. It is a joy to read your comments. I am grateful for you.
The day was special from beginning to end. We started our day at church singing Christmas carols and hearing a message about our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
We were so happy to have Matt and Jerusha come over to celebrate the day with us. Brittany and Kayla made manicotti for dinner. My husband read the story of Jesus’ birth and we prayed together and everyone said something that they were thankful for. Lily was so anxious to be done with all that and just unwrap her presents!
Kayla got in another ice skating accident and busted her face right before Christmas. So thankful it wasn’t any worse.
Lily’s elf, Oliver, was pretty worn out this year. He just sat on the fireplace each day and every once in awhile he got enough energy to move. When Lily realized he moved, she got so excited and ran to find him because he always had a surprise waiting. This tea party was one of his surprises.
Matt turned 22 four days after Christmas. I always think of him as my Christmas baby. Jerusha made my whole week when she showed up at our house on his birthday. She gave me these beautiful flowers to thank me for having him. She is the sweetest thing!
My husband and I just got back from a fun trip to Oregon. It sure is nice having older kids that can keep things running smoothly while we are away!
This sweet girl took care of Lily. She is the most patient and sweet 17 year old. She is such a gift.
November 20, 2016
It was such a beautiful and relaxing day. I felt so grateful for amazing weather and that everyone felt good.
Here are a few of my favorite memories…
Listening to Jerusha and her sisters sing while getting ready at our house.
Watching Matt when Jerusha walked down the aisle. He had tears in his eyes.
Listening to my husband’s beautiful prayer during the ceremony.
Dancing with Matt at the reception.
There were so many special things it is hard to list all of them, but the very best part was getting a precious new daughter. She is a gift from God.
Incredible wedding photography by the talented, Ally Jeppsen.