Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Little Birthday Surprise

Instructions on the outside of a package I received on my birthday.
Notice it says "Just for You".
Little did I realize my two girls
thought that message was for them.
Yup! The UPS man brought ME a package! Most of the packages that we get around here are for the girls. It was so exciting when a package was left for little ole me! (I know, it does not take much to excite me).

Yummy!! I LOVE chocolate covered strawberries!
Apparently someone else does also.............
only minutes after I opened them!
That will teach me to follow the instructions!
Thanks so much! They were delicious!!!
So delicious I have had to up my walks to twice a day! ; )

Friday, January 7, 2011


Introducing the newest member to our family!
Our daughter Chloe Joy!
Praising and thanking the Lord for this precious child.


We are so excited we have another daughter waiting in China!
More info a little later......

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Our Little Adventure

 We had a very cold week and even had snow in some parts of the city. We are outside the city and saw some snowflakes but not enough to amount to anything. So we thought we would head up to the Mount Lemmon to play in the snow. Oh. My. Goodness. I think the whole city had the same idea. Traffic going up was crazy as you will see at the bottom of this post. (I give up getting these pics in order) After what seemed like forever we finally made it to Windy Point which was the area you had to stop at if you didn't have chains or a 4 wheel drive and of course was packed. No problem we have a 4 wheel drive and it looked like the traffic really thinned out. Well Dh  someone had to use the restroom so I figured we all should and when we came out the sheriff had just finished putting up cones and telling everyone the ski lodge parking lot was full and there were to many vehicles up there. : (  Such a disappointment. I was looking forward to getting in the pines and much more snow. It was the first time Jaden had ever seen snow and she didn't mind at all. She just couldn't wait to see what it felt like, how it smelled and yes even what it tasted like. We still had a wonderful time taking in all of God's beautiful creation.       
First we tortured Jaden and took a few pictures.
"It is the first time I have seen snow guys.......
I just want to get playing in it!"
Heading up the mountain.
A much happier Jaden after she had a little time playing in the snow.

Sarah has played in the snow in China so she new what it was like.
All the way up this little girl who never stops talking was so excited and full
of questions. "What does snow feel like? Is it cold? Can you just pull over and
let me touch some? Does it smell? How come we didn't get snow? What makes snow?"
I love her curious mind and the teachable moments. 
Hmmmm....... I wonder who made this snowman? ; )
The traffic was so slow you could get out and walk.
We told the girls that we will go up one day during the week
when there are fewer people heading up. We will find a nice
spot to do some tubing and make some wonderful snow angels.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Little Of Our Christmas

Setting up our first live tree in over 20 years!
Love the wonderful smell!

Checking out the star and baby Jesus.
Sarah loves to help and enjoys baking cookies.

Yummy! The girls did a great job decorating the cookies.

SO excited she can't fall asleep.
It was such a blessing to see Sarah really enjoy and understand what Christmas
is about. Last year only being home a week she was overwhelmed.
May we always remember the reason we celebrate.  Happy Birthday Jesus!

Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
Emmanuel GOD with us!
LONG day time for a nap!
 Jaden didn't want daddy to be lonely in sleepy land.
So she shared some of her friends.