Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CallaAnne Day~

How has it been a year already since they placed Calla in our arms?
Here a few of the highlights of our trip to get her~
 Landed in Nanning with new friends {Catherine & Blake} with one day to spare~
 CallaAnne Day was so wonderful. She came right to us and never cried~
 We took her back to the hotel and let her begin getting to know us~
 Day 2 was all about signing For Real papers~
 Just look at our precious baby~
 We loved our days in Nanning even though the heat was crushing.
It was very hard to leave Calla's home behind but it was time to get to Guangzhou~
 The best part of Guangzhou was Elvin, our guide!!!
Calla was very sick all week with a mystery fever and he was wonderful to help us~
 As the week wore on, she became sicker and sicker~
We were SO proud of Evie and Holly on the trip. They were definitely BIG sisters!!!

To celebrate we let Calla choose something special and she wanted to watch Trolls~
 Mill came over for a little while and she helped me get a cute pic of the baby~

R E D E E M E D~
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I am redeemed, You set me free 
So I'll shake off these heavy chains 
And wipe away every stain now I'm not who I used to be 
I am redeemed…
{Big Daddy Weave}
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When I remember the little girl we swooped into our arms a year ago and watch her videos, I can see glimpses of who she is now. Love covers a multitude of pain in the cocoon of family.

*Once so sick with infection, now she is well~ {many specialists and appts}.
*Once so sad from abandonment, now she is secure~ {picked up every single time she melted into a tantrum}.
*Once so scared from trauma and unable to fall asleep, now she sleeps in her bed with sisters close by~ {many hours being held, sleeping with us, or sitting by her bed until sleep won}.
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She's come so far and yet so far to go. In my experience until our sweet ones have been HOME longer than not, they may question if this love is forever.
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It's forever little Calla baby~ we adore and love you always. Even on our worst day together, you are worth it and redemption looks beautiful on you!!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cuteness~

SJ dressing up with the little girls~
 Playing instead of schooling~
 Calla baby~

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lots of Yard Work~

Exercise is SO good for the heart, soul, and mind especially when you watch the sun come up over your house~
The bitty girls went with us to the nursery for new plants~

We continue to get rid of the big and old~

and plant with new plants~
 It's hard work but feels so good for a clean slate~
Down the front of the house we go!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Grand Loves~

An appointment in Atlanta means time with the Grand Loves~
Isn't Marshall Man growing?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

LOVE~


Everyone!!! Got a float for Easter but they all gather on one. 

Oh Calla! You've come SO far over this past year!!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Play AND Work~

Rosie and the girls bought a watermelon and it was the perfect snack at the pool~
Watermelon and popsicle eating belong at the pool!!!

After dinner Scott and I began another yard project in the front~
 We moved to this house about 9 years ago and the plants have grown SO big!
It was time to pull them up and begin again... a clean slate~
 HUGE improvement and can't wait to get the new ones in~
And then this happened~
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There is NO way they will ever forget these fun nights!!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day~

Mother's Day was wonderful simply because ALL my children were home for the day~
And they know before I mention it to gather for a photo!

We spent the whole day just being together~

SO wonderful Calla is home in her Mama's arms and cutest couple~
 ALL 10 gathered around me~
  
My sister and family were home too so she and I got a photo with our beautiful mom~

My Beautiful Originals and GrandLoves~
Thank you to my amazing husband and children for making me feel SO loved!!!
It was a beautiful day filled with everything I need, all that I want, and nothing that I don't!
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I'd say that's a pretty wonderful Mother's Day!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Moments to Remember~

I walked in the family room last night to find all of them piled on the sofa...
reserving library books online~

Today I invited SJ to take a book outside and read wherever she wanted to.
I looked out to find her in the treehouse reading to the neighborhood cat~

While EK was inside with all her art supplies out painting this~
Moments to Remember for sure!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Happy 9th Birthday Payne Curtis~

Payne has waited for this day for a long time since we celebrated at the end of April~
He is as sweet and happy as he looks!
LOVES everything space, rockets, and got a telescope for his birthday~
 He also got a new watch~

We were invited to come keep the boys for a little while and boy were they sweet!!!~
 He was due a nap so Savannah sent me a video showing me how to swaddle him
and I looked over the edge of the crib and he smiled at me like I had done a great job~
 He went right to sleep all snuggled in even without a pacifier!

Savannah suggested we take them to ride the carousel at the mall.
When we got there, the lady said they could all ride FREE for signing up for the birthday club~
 They were ALL so excited!!! Especially Calla~


On the way home, we stopped by Chick-fil-A for a nugget tray and a little cheap cake~
He loved his little lemon creme cake and said It was the GREATEST DAY!
They all swam after dinner and Payne loved playing with his new boat from his aunts~

Yay! Happy birthday Payne Curtis! You are a treasure to our family,
and we adore you!!!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sweet Bitty Girls~

I had to snap a photo of the bitty girls in their smocked dresses that the big girls used to wear~
 AND it was the best day in church Calla as ever had!!!

Calla chose this little dress for her birthday because she said it looked like Poppy from Trolls...
her favorite movie~

Morning play before other kids are even awake~

Sweet Calla fell asleep during our afternoon read aloud time~
Our sweet bitty girls!!!