This is the one that started it all!
And we are soooo glad she did!
Our plan was to adopt 2-3 little girls...
Anna was the first to come home!
had a much different plan!
Now 16 children are home with their
Loved forever, cherished forever and siblings forever!
Once we saw God's miracles through you,
HE had so much more planned
(Emma is not in the picture.
We waited but she had swim suit issues and
she joined us once she figured them out.)
Birthday girl jumping into the pool!
And then everyone was in!
Good shot Daddy!
I love all the smiles!
Jake has never been swimming before...
He's a bit afraid of the water but
he is slowly getting more comfortable in it!
Hubby helped him learn how to dog paddle,
kick his legs and even get his face a bit wet!
Grace and Jake will be taking swim lessons
this spring and summer!
It will be wonderful therapy/exercise for Grace!
Luke and Joey will be taking a refresher course, too!
The birthday party was the day before Grace got her cast off.
She was so excited to say "bye bye" to that cast!)
Some of the kids enjoyed the hot tub after awhile!
While others relaxed in the pool with Dad!
After swimming it was
"showers for everyone"!
Jake and Emily (in Washington DC) were Saturday
and Anna was Sunday!
It was a FUN and busy weekend!
Anna has been home for 9.5 years!
The time has flown by...
They clean up well!
Oh sweet Anna!
You came to us at 16 months old and now you are 11 yrs old!
What a joy you are to our family!
Yes, it's finally your turn!
Some of the children made cards for birthday kids!
Anna loves science!
I think she is going to enjoy this gift!
And this one, too!
She has been growing quite a bit lately
and her old roller blades no longer fit her!
So it was time for a new pair!
Anna loves to read!
Anna chose a red velvet bundt cake!
Red Velvet has never been my favorite...
but it is now!
I can't believe how big my babies are getting!
Sometimes I miss the younger ages and stages...
However, 10's, 11's and 12's are quite fun, too!
(As are 8's!)
and 17's, 16's, 15's and 14's...
20's and 30's!
Happy Birthday sweet girl!
You have patiently waited for your turn!
Everyone loves watching Sarah light the candles!
Time to sing!
Looks like you have one boyfriend!
Thank you for starting all of this!