Saturday, November 18, 2017

Day 2,257

The Completed Projects of Friday

Projects, projects, projects!! We only have 4 1/2 months every year to accomplish the things that most can do throughout the year as weekend projects, and so, we're staying busy and finding joy in the progress. 

During one of the early stages of the adoption process, I had envisioned a huge picture wall that would encourage Bearett to recognize his permanent place in our family and home. While in Spokane in October, we had our first set of family photos taken for this specific purpose. After ordering all twelve frames and printing the pictures, we were finally ready to see it come to life. Our helpers laid tape and measured accurately. 

After the tape was placed, we took a break and headed to Whole Foods, where Ella Mae rode big girl in the cart for the very first time!

Back home, Dada worked hard to finish up, while Mama started another side project of peanut butter and jelly mastery. 

I got the sandwiches mastered. Adam got the wall mastered. I could cry. It's just what I was hoping for and besides needing some sort of "Conley" something at the top of it, it's absolutely perfect. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 2,256

The Foundation of Friendship

New friends that eventually turn into best friends. I love watching their friendships grow - and all the parents' too!!

These two baby girls are just two days apart in age. With mamas who love Jesus and love each other, they're automatic best friends. And clearly, they've both found their voices too, making our supper party of ten last night, one that was anything but quiet. Good thing we like it that way!! We're so excited about getting more and more involved in the lives of the people at our church and look forward to life alongside them. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Day 2,255

The Sibling Display of Love

Some siblings share rivalry. These siblings share only love. It's fascinating, sweet, and so pure. 

But these two - although I wouldn't call it a rivalry yet - are definitely tough on each other and have high expectations. Or maybe Amelia is only two and she's not able to fully grasp the concept of being gentle with a baby. I'll get back to you on that. If nothing else, at least Ella Mae already knows how to fight back. She's a professional hair puller. 

And she's even almost a professional MOBILE hair puller. Ladies, fair warning. Dad too. 

And just for fun: Amelia's newest trick is in learning how to blow spit bubbles. She calls it her "beard." So there's that. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Day 2,254

The Daddy Magnet

Showing Dada what we can do with a bat! These kids can snack a baseball all right. It just has to be on the tee for now.  

And the hugs have not ceased since he's returned. Apparently neither have the eye gouges. 

Day 2,253

The Shouts of Joy

One sound of the door alarm and my children were screaming in delight. 

It could only mean one thing: 

DADDY IS HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Day 2,252

The Veteran Supper

Almost big enough to sit at the grown up table, but turns out, I don't trust her in a chair quite yet. Her vantage point was likely exhilarating though. Bottom of sissy's shoes, fallen dinner scraps, the underside of a chair where gum probably stuck. You know, cool stuff. And she didn't complain. 

We celebrated Veteran's Day alongside our church body and just dearly love and appreciate these people, these heroes, and this community of Believers. We hit the jackpot. So thankful. 

And guess who only had one more sleep until Dad got home?!! They were pumped. And clearly, very tired. 

Thank you Veterans. For your sacrifice and servsnt hearts. I cannot say I've ever given what you have and I likely never will. It is with a tremendous amount of gratitude that we praise you and honor you as heroes in protecting the freedom that we so desire. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Day 2,251

The Sneaky Ma

I love sneaking up on them and finding peaceable moments of togetherness like this. They play and love so well. They also fight well - don't let the sweetness deceive you! 

As much as I like watching Bear and Amelia play, I also LOVE Ella Mae's hair when she wakes up from rock solid naps. This girl is something extraordinary.