Saturday, January 2, 2010

Christmas Pictures

We were so blessed to celebrate Christmas this year with Olivia. It was so much fun to have a little one around. She was interested in the first couple presents that she had to open and then after that was definately more interested in the wrapping paper than anything else.

More Pictures

I can only add 5 pictures at a time so there are lots of posts. Olivia got a drum set for her birthday and loves to play it as you can see in the pictures. She also loves to walk behind her toy that she can push along the floor.

More Pictures

We took Olivia to the pumpkin patch this year and she loved the pumpkins and the straw. We also got to celebrate her first birthday in October which was so much fun.

New Pictures of Olivia

Here are some new pictures of Olivia. The first two pictures are of the first time she had a pinwheel snack and as you can see she loved them!! The third picture is one day when she was playing at home and was a ham for the camera. Travis helped coach JFL this year and we got a picture of everyone after a game.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

We want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!! 2009 was a wonderful year for us because we changed from a family of 2 to a family of 3. God blessed us with the most perfect gift in 2009, a daughter. We cannot believe that Olivia has been home with us now 6 months. She has changed so much in the 6 months that she has been home. She is such a character and she has the most contagious giggle that I ever heard. One of the changes I want to make in 2010 is to keep our blog current. I want to share our adoption story with others and encourage those that are thinking about adoption. 2010 is going to be an exciting year for us. We have decided that if God will allow us we want to go back to Ethiopia to adopt 2 more children. We plan to start the process again late this summer or fall. We are waiting a little while because I am going back to school to get my elementary education degree and I want to be done with my student teaching before we go back to Ethiopia. We ask that you join us in prayer for all of the orphans all over the world that this will be the year that they will be joined with their forever families. I know that you really want to see pictures so my next post will include pictures of Olivia over the past 6 months and you won't believe how much she has changed and grown. Wishing you a year full of joy and happiness.

Friday, July 10, 2009

A Trip To The Zoo

Olivia loves to be outside and around people so we decided to take a trip to our nearby zoo. She just laughed and laughed at the goats and loved being outside. The only bad thing is that now her dad thinks she needs a goat!!! She loves her swing so I took a few pictures of her just hanging out getting ready to leave and the rest are from the zoo.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

We're Home!!!!

We got home early Sunday morning around 1:30am. We are finally getting caught up on our lack of sleep from traveling and jet lag. Olivia has been an absolute angel. She is adjusting so well to all of the changes that have taken place in her little life in the last week. We went to the doctor on Monday and she weighs 11 pds 10 oz and is 23 3/4 inches long. We are anxious to see how quickly she will grow. We really feel spoiled because she is sleeping thru the night and is taking great naps. Here are a few pictures from our trip. I will really try hard to keep our blog updated!! Dubai-(we stayed an extra day to relax and go on a dessert safari)

Meeting Olivia for the first time Some random shots from the rest of the trip
Meeting Olivia for the first time