Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fall News

It has been a fairly busy fall and I had all kinds of things I wanted to post, but just never seemed to get around to it. We had our annual fall pumpkin carving and it was lots of fun. We combined it with Joshua's 1st birthday party -- Joshua being our grandson. I had pictures to post and then Joshua's mom went into labor and had a beautiful baby girl -- Madelyn. So, we were busy visiting and helping with Joshua and I never got around to posting pumpkin carving pictures. I do have pictures of Madelyn to post, though.











































We finally got our new shed so we can clean up all of the stuff in our yard. The kids were beyond excited to watch it be delivered and set up.


























I, of course, took pictures and it was kind of cute to me to turn around and see that Sarah had run into the house to get her camera so she could take some pictures.



























So, we both took pictures of the truck unloading the shed.




















































The next day I was out picking up some things at the mall and was gone for a couple of hours. When I pulled into the driveway this is what I saw -- Bethany on the porch of the shed -- rocking chair, blanket, and even an extra blanket to keep warm. I think she thinks it is her new playhouse -- it is not.





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Moments to Remember

When you have 9 adult children that have moved out and are making homes of their own, but you go upstairs to put laundry away and find your 8 year old on your bed reading -- this is a moment to remember. I am blessed. Grown children, grandchildren and still little ones at home. I recognize how blessed I am. I run and get my camera and snap a picture of Bethany. I want to remember this. 


























I walk outside on a beautiful autumn day and there is Claire without a care in the world running and playing with such joy on her face -- another moment to remember. I, again, remember how blessed I am and snap this memory. 



























Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Wedding and a Festival

I am really enjoying the beautiful weather this fall -- I think fall is probably my favorite season. We haven't done much lately but a couple of events have taken place. 

Last weekend our son, Michael, got married to a lovely girl named Kasia. It was a very small wedding with mostly family and a few friends. They are planning on having a larger wedding with more friends and family later as Kasia is from Poland and her family was unable to come at this time. Bill and I passed through Poland when we adopted Caroline from Ukraine and I thought it was the coldest place I had ever been -- maybe it was just my imagination. Michael actually lived in Poland for six years and that is when he met Kasia. 

A few pictures from their wedding day.




























































































Yesterday was the Down syndrome festival and our girls danced with Miracles in Motion and Bella modeled for Gap -- Emily also modeled with her. It was cold and rainy and very messy. It seems like it was also cold and rainy last year. Sarah and Caroline didn't seem to mind the cool weather and rain but Claire felt differently. As you can see in the picture below, Claire wasn't real enthused about dancing in the cold. 



























But, most of the kids didn't seem to mind the weather and they did a great job dancing. This is such a wonderful group of kids and I am so glad that I found this group for our girls. 


























































Bella waiting for her turn to walk the runway -- which was rather messy.



























When Bella and Emily's turn came, Bella did walk, but was not very animated or enthused. At least she didn't cry. 




























We have had a pretty nice fall so far and in only a few weeks we will welcome a new baby into the family. That will make 4 grandchildren for us.