Boy, I am going to miss this dear girl when she heads back to school. Her joy is infectious and we have enjoyed having her with us every minute this summer. I can't believe that she is in third grade this year.
Anna Mei was up and at going at 5:50 AM this morning as usual. I love that my girl is an early riser. Not only is she an early riser, but as soon as she wakes the girl is ready to go. She had this spa up and going a bit after 6:00 AM this morning, and boy was it fun!
Molly got in on the action, and did a lovely job making herself even prettier than she already is.
Even Jillian wanted to play with us which always makes this momma so very happy.
Her nails were quite a sight with the red polish accenting the mug and dirt that is ever present on my mud loving girl's hands.
Anna Mei was my make up artist too.
If you ever feel like a 5:00 AM manicure, our kitchen table is the place to be.
Another beautiful morning to be beyond grateful for the fun these little girls bring me. Beyond blessed to be their momma!
I rock this baby to sleep, and hold her during her naps as much as I can. As I snuggle this little babe against my chest, it is impossible to not be overcome with just how miraculous all of this truly is. We have five amazing daughters that God has allowed us to raise for Him in this season. Four beautiful babes from across the ocean. Once orphaned, these sweet, precious girls are now cherished daughters who, though they have no biological connection to us, are grafted into our hearts. We call them ours. Daddy takes them for bike rides. They run into his arms when he comes home from work. They sing VBS worship songs at the top of their lungs while they dance around our living room at night. Though life with four littles who have varying degrees of special needs, and one big girl who is about to go off to college is so extremely chaotic, this life is so much more abundantly blessed by their presence than I could have ever imagined when I set out dreaming about what my life might look like when I started all of this. I didn't even know to dream this big for my time here on Earth. My dear man's favorite idea, that we first heard at a teen conference, is that God's plans are so much bigger than your imagination. That is so true in our lives. As I hold this dear one in my arms, I have so much reason to give thanks to God for planning this incredible life for me. I continue to feel so unworthy of parenting these babes as I make many mistakes throughout the day, but God continues to show me about His mercy and grace in my life. This huge story for us just started with one yes. My has God taken our very shaky yes when we signed on, and turned it into a big, giant faith shaping journey. Friends, knowing God and serving Him is the thrill of my life. It is all that matters. The only hope that never fades throughout our crazy, chaotic days. I am so very grateful to know Him today, and all the days of my life, because, while so much about life isn't easy, I always have hope in Him.
How can it be that we are moving this young woman out of our house in just three short weeks?
I have no answers, but the reality is our time with this girl as a child are gone..just like that. I am grateful to God for the gift of this incredible girl who was the first to make me a momma. I am even more grateful that God didn't follow my plan of only doing this momma thing once because having an empty nest in just three short weeks would not have been a good idea. What was I thinking in my twenties? Grateful God gave me just a few more of these beautiful babies (two of whom will likely never leave me) because my nest will never be empty. Praise God for His plans!
It has been several weeks now since we met our daughter's extra chromosomes. Trisomy 9p is the official declaration given.. the nuts of bolts of why she is who she is today. To us, we don't see her as anything more than perfect, valuable, and created by a maker who makes no mistakes. He intended for her to be put together just as she is, and to be our daughter. I could go on and on about just how miraculous she was made. I don't think Daddy has even read the pamphlet about the rare designer chromosomes our daughter has because, as he said, she is first of all just our daughter. It makes no difference to us that her chromosomes are out of the ordinary. On the contrary, most days we feel as if we have won the family lottery being able to parent these extraordinary daughters we have been given by the Lord. The geneticist at the U, who has seen all our girls and is very familiar with our beautiful family, said that we should put no limits on what our baby girl might accomplish because look at all she has done already. I agree! God knows what this time on earth for her will bring, and all that she will do to change this world to bring Glory to Him who created her. We are just along for the ride, and couldn't be more thrilled to call her our precious, treasured daughter.
Sometimes a girl plays so hard, she just falls asleep in the middle of her destruction. I love having a baby to mess and destroy all within her reach again. This girl is doing some serious exploring this week and we are thrilled to walk through all her piles.
I am a Christ follower, wife of 20 years to my best friend, and a stay at home momma to five amazing daughters. I am currently waiting for one precious special needs treasure to come home from China. I am passionate about the orphan and special needs adoption. I love to teach God's word, am involved in youth ministry alongside my dh, and love,love, love cooking. Above all, I desire to serve God and surrender my life to His call.