Thursday, February 11, 2016

nevermind you, February, we're doing a Christmas post

More snow days here in Kentucky... More going through neglected pictures from the last few months.  I didn't realize how many we had taken on Christmas morning.  These were too special to not post.  Luke got me a metal picture (yes metal) to hang up of Allie and me.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

We're kids, ya know.

I was soooo stinkin' excited about giving this personalized coffee to him.  I stumbled upon one day and knew I'd hit the jackpot.  This guys loves his coffee, and he loves personalized gifts.  He loved it so much he teared up a little.

Needless to say, it was a wonderfully perfect morning because of this little girl right here.

Jesus loves adoption, this I know

My brother, his wife, and all four of their children made the long trek to come visit us and meet Allie back in October.  We all had so much fun!  Half the fun was watching the kids interact with Allie.  Talk about preciousness overload!!

Joshua, Jacob, Grace, & Hannah

This is one of my favorite pictures on the planet... My brother's family adopted Hannah from China toward the beginning of last year.  She is so sweet with Allie.  She loves to hold her and help feed her.  I look at this and am overwhelmed by God, by answered prayers, by the beauty of adoption, and by God's provision in bringing these two little girls to our families.  Thank You, Jesus!

 The heart can hardly prepare for the moment you see your brother holding your daughter.  We love you, Uncle Chris!

It was a slightly chilly October day, but not chilly enough that we couldn't go out and play in the plethora of leaves in our front yard...

It won't be long and Allie will be right out there with you, kiddos!
Thank you so much for visiting us!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

psalm 126

Luke's mom and bro

More pics from Allie's first week.  Actually, most of these were from her first night with us.  Luke's family was leaving the following day for a fall break trip, so they wanted to be sure they saw her before they left.

Luke's dad

Sister-in-law Kristin

Nephew Braden.  He's so smitten!

I believe this was the following day.  These are some of my good friends, Roxanne and Kara, and Kara's little one, John Davis, who is also adopted.  Roxanne (in the red) is the one who dropped everything and went to Wal-Mart for us as soon as I called after we left the lawyer's office.  We consider them family.

Luke and I love to think back to those first few days... So many people came to show their love.  It was pretty much a love fest filled with pure rejoicing over our precious child and what God had done.

"...It was said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them.'  The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." 
~ Psalm 126:2-3

it's about time

An unexpected snow day today called for getting to some long awaited projects.  Luke took mountains of pictures in Allie's first couple weeks and I had not gone through them all until today.  Talk about nostalgic... Seeing how small my baby girl used to be.  That size was present for merely a flash of time, gone in a moment.

There are so many good shots with my mom, I couldn't resist sharing them.  This was her first visit with Allie.

Mom was holding Allie in this shot and I think I might have been trimming her nails, but I'm not sure.  Either way, I love this shot.

We took advantage of the warm October air as much as we could, and Allie LOVED it.  We can't wait for spring!

My dad with Allie.

There will definitely be another post coming with more pics of her first few days!