Adopting a child won't change the world, but for that child their world will change.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Decorating the Christmas Tree

I am not a decorator.  We have been in our house for almost nine years and some of our walls still do not have anything on them so when the kids say they are ready to put up the tree, I usually try to put them off for a while.  This year they asked to put it up on Friday...Black Friday.  Richard and I had done several hours of shopping between 7:00 p.m. Thanksgiving evening to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning trying to get the best deals on Christmas presents so we were more than exhausted.  We told Samantha and Riley that we needed to wait until Saturday or maybe even the next weekend because we had alot of company coming over Saturday afternoon (Seth's friends, Jaxon and Zane along with their families) and would need to get ready for that.  Friday afternoon, Seth wanders downstairs and asks his dad when we were putting up the tree.  Richard asks him what he knows about Christmas trees and he says only what he has seen on TV.  You can guess what happened next...we put up the tree :)  Seth and Jayden had a great time helping the other kids who are almost big enough to do it on their own which is so nice. 
 
 







This is the usual response we get from Seth when we
try to get his picture, the arm in front of the face.

 
We have asked Seth to give us a few ideas for Christmas gifts to which he says "I don't know".  Samantha is so specific that she even prints off pictures and tells me where to buy the item.  This year Riley only wants one thing which will be very easy and Maylin and Jayden love whatever you give them.  
 
Last year Christmas was a little difficult for Richard and I both as we knew we had at least one son out there that would not be with us.  This year God has blessed us with two sons who we love so much.  Take a few minutes and listen to this song by Third Day.  It expresses how every adoptive family feels this time of year. 
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Halloween 2012

The kids went to Trunk or Treat at a local church.  Jayden was not sure what he thought about getting dressed up, but after getting candy from 2-3 people he had it figured out and had a great time.  We teased Seth that he should dress up and he said "no way".  Then I told him he go as a Chinese boy named ZhangYun.  He loved that idea and when someone asked him what he was dressed as he would say "a Chinese boy".  



Tow Mater.  Jayden loves anything with wheels.

Maylin as Mulan her favorite Disney Princess.



Eli dressed as a dragon.  He is our best friends little guy. 

Kaylee dressed as Fancy Nancy and her mama, Michelle with Jayden.

Jesiah the monkey.  This was also his first Halloween.
He has been home almost a year. 






Riley put his costume together.  His shirt looked like it had rounds of bullets on it. 




All of the kids checking out their candy. 





Sleep Over with Jaxon


On October 27th, Jaxon came to our house to spend the night with Seth.  They ate Chinese food for lunch and pizza for dinner.  Seth may say he does not like pizza, but I think he is learning to like it because he at three pieces.  After dinner all of the boys decided to have a pillow/wrestling match so I grabbed the camera.  This went on for at least an hour.












Jayden decided it was safer on Antha's lap as he calls her. 




Seth and Jaxon would plan in Chinese and of course dad didn't understand what they were saying.  It was a great evening and we loved spending time with Jaxon.  He is an awesome kid.

Three Amigos Picnic

On October 20th all three families went to Warrensburg, Missouri for a picnic.  We were very blessed with amazing weather, food and fellowship.  


Riley and Maylin blowing bubbles. 

You will notice several photos of the boys with their soda
something they seem to really LOVE!



Jayden had a great time on the playground.  He played for hours.


Jaxon's sister, Jayden, Zane's sister and Maylin


One of the many faces of Jaxon

Zane 



Jaxon's sisters Jazmin and Judi

Seth and Jaxon playing Uno with Jaxon's mom and dad






Jayden was wiped out after a day of playing hard :)

Seth does not like to have his picture taken.