"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Oh My! Oh My!

Well, we have several things to share...none of them as truly exciting as what happened this afternoon, so I will start there!

We decided to take an outing to the zoo because we just wanted to get out and the boys (including Blake) LOVE the zoo! So, we were chasing the boys around and they love being free at the zoo (can you picture it??). All of the sudden, we look up and couldn't believe our eyes! It was Momma Mandy!!!!

For those of you that don't know, that's the boys' birthmom. We have not seen her in FOREVER! It was such a blessing, such a God thing that we literally ran into her! She died seeing the boys, of course she gets updates and pictures, we talk on the phone and send email...but seeing them is just so much better! I couldn't quit hugging her and I wanted to pinch myself that God ochestrated this! Thank you Lord...we all needed to see her! I could go on and on about her, but will save your ears (eyes I guess??). She's fabulous and more than we could ever ask for. Cooper told her he was DeMarco Murray and when we parted he gave her a hug and a kiss. Owen was a bit more cautious (as he normally is-like his daddy!) and just talked and showed off!

Last night we had our annual Deaconess hayride in Norman. It was so much fun to see all our adoption buddies and of course the hayride, fire, weenie roast and smores were wonderful too! Here are some pictures from that! I didn't do a great job with pics, our hands were kind of full trying to keep the kids out of the fire, but still enjoying the night!

Cooper got a little nervous about the hayride-which is shocking because he's our dare devil, so I took advantage of the fear and cuddled him like crazy!

The best daddy ever making smores for the boys...and he doesn't even like smores! I know, who doesn't like smores?)

Little Miss just slept through about the whole thing, but we all sure enjoyed being able to share our latest blessing!

We got to see our friend Turner again! If you haven't checked out his blog, he's linked on the right...such a pumpkin and he's a Deaconess baby too! (Shameless plug!) Oh yea, and those are his parents, Chassidy and John!

Owen wanting to feed Sadie and love on her! Notice where the bottle is, she's such a trooper! You can tell she's a little nervous about what's happening!

The boys got their flu shots on Saturday and as a treat got a sticker (it amazes me what a sticker does for a child!). They gave their stickers to their sister...are they not precious little boys!?!?!

Me just wanting a pic with my DAUGHTER! Still can't believe I have a daughter! Isn't she getting big! I must say she's gorgeous, even naked!

Okay, we'll have to post more later...I gotta run to the store! Love you all!


Hendrick Family said...

I love these pictures. I also love your green coat. We're still in shorts in Texas!


Melodie said...

we should have gone to the hayride deal and we could have seen you all. deaconess has been so nice to include us! maybe the christmas party! sadie does look a little afraid of owen feeding her. and so glad that you guys got to see Mandy! only God could have done that.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the pics and your words... Makes me teary.. miss you all so much! Just wish we could have seen Mandy, too! Know you got some great pics-can't wait to hear all about it... Love, Noonie...

Chassidy said...

Wow..I'm speechless! I overheard you on Saturday saying how it had been a while since you had seen Mommy Mandy and you wanted to see her...isn't God amazing!

It was so great to see you all Saturday! It's such a blessing to meet other families who are experiencing the same things as we are...and I don't know how I ended up not getting to hold sweet little Sadie too. We could certainly do our house but we've got some wild dogs and I'm afraid Owen might have an allergic reaction. In law's place is great if they don't mind..just think about it and let me know! Can't wait

kim said...

What a great God story! ...the zoo, of all places!! Your family is beautiful, and your spirit for adoption is contaigous!