"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

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Reason to Sing

This song has been my story for the last 4 months...can you see it now?

Do you wonder why you have to
Feel the things that hurt you
If there's a God who loves you
Where is He now
Maybe there are things you can't see
And all those things are happening
To bring a better ending
Someday somehow you'll see you'll see
Would you dare would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing
Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It can’t compare to the joy that’s coming
So hold on you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling
It’s just the dark before the morning... (Josh Wilson's Before the Morning)

Getting a double chin and caught a grin on camera!!!

One talented Gigi holding baby Emery and being a horsey for Sadie!!

Oh man...the adrenaline from Friday is starting to wear off and I can feel the lack of sleep catching up with me. But let me be clear...I LOVE it! I am just getting around a little slower than usual!
The emotions have also settled in and I can pretty much cry at the drop of a hat. I think for the first several days I was so shocked that I could hardly believe what God had done. Yesterday and today...it's been ever so real. We've buckled four pumpkins in their car seats and driven around and I can just feel my heart about to burst with thanksgiving. I am sure I have concerned a few people as they catch me bawling driving through town. What a nut!

Today, precious Mama O went to court to relinquish her rights. What a terribly hard day for her. She said she felt so much peace and that they judge was very kind to her! How awesome! On Friday when we met her at the hospital, and birth father signed his relinquishment forms, she asked me why she had to go to court and why she couldn't just do what he did. **SIGH** I told her that I agreed, but that I was working on getting that changed! Anyway, when the agency let me know she was finished with court, I just cried. I had to hide in Mardel and try to compose myself. What a wonderful day for our family to rest easy.

After she went to court, I took Emery to meet her for a visit. It was so good to get to talk with her again and get more pictures. There were so many things that I forgot to ask her in everything that happened on Friday...what a blessing to get to see her again so soon!

The kids are still obsessed with Emery. Sadie just now says "MINE" and plops herself down on the couch to hold her. You'd better pay close attention though because she gives you no warning before pushing Emme off her lap to go play with something else! Side note: We've decided not to put them in the room to sleep together quite yet! Sadie seems to have grown overnight when compared to tiny Emery. Crazy how that happens. She seems to have taken very well to her sister and I couldn't be more thrilled for these two to have each other as well as big brothers to protect them!

Owen and Cooper pretty much fight over who can feed her or sit closer to her or hold her first. They think everything about her is fabulously cute...even her poop. That's right. That's love people. The smiles that fill their faces when they see her is priceless. They both kiss her non-stop and simply can't get enough of her grunts and silly baby faces.
And for Emery...she is such an easy baby. She sleeps so well, even though she seems to have her days and nights confused. For such a bitty baby, she eats well too. She doesn't eat much, but when it comes to feeding time...she's serious about that one ounce...and then she is serious about not eating any more. She.won't.do.it. She'll just let it roll down her chin! She was back up to her birth weight at only 5 days. She cooed at me for the first time today. I have never had one do it that early, but I think the silence was killing her as her siblings were at school for the day!

OK, I need to sleep...now for the pictures!!!
More than we could have asked for...our dream come true.
I think they are going to be besties!!!

Makes my heart JUMP!!!

She LOVES being held by Owie. He is so good with her!

Noonie and Papa checking out granddaughter #5, grandkid #11 and last one accepted into Camp Noonie Papa 2014!
"Why in the world do you take so many pictures!" Notice the HUGE feet!!! Mama O wears size 10/11! Looks like we are going to be shorter than yet another child!

How cute is this? I was changing Emery's clothes and Sadie picked up her bottle and just started feeding her! Notice the milk on her cheek. I am sure she got jabbed a couple times before hitting the mark. Still sweet though!

Emme's first movie!!!

For real...how cute are they! We were in heaven! We saw Toy Story 3 for Father's Day with the best daddy ever!


Kristin said...

Tears flowing! Love, love, love it!!

Betty S. said...

What a wonderful day! The kids are so cute and love their new baby sister dearly. Prayed for you all today! Love ya sweet friend.

Melodie said...

sweet family. can you believe your little family might be complete!? crazy! looks like emery's got her sister's skinny legs.

Becki Francy said...

AHHHHH....I am dying!! Super pretty please - can we come thursday??? I need to snuggle her! And how did her hair curl up so quick????

Laura said...


Especially on Blake :)