Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Calling All Cowboys and Cowgirls....Big Birthday Bash

When you turn "5" in our family, we typically allow a first big kid birthday party...
Well, this year all of our littles were turning "5" and it just seemed like a better idea to do one all out party. We would have the same guests likely and it would be much easier on everyone just to do one party (especially Mommy).

So we reserved our neighborhood gazebo at the park. Our neighbors brought a horse and pony. We played carnival games. We ate yummy food.

Thank you to all our friends who could celebrate with our Little Birthday Group.

Asher turned 5, February 23..

Elliana turned 5, June 5..

Adelia turns 5, July 31...

Isaiah turns 5, August 28....

Sweet boys!!

Horse Cupcakes !! Yummy..
Thanks Makenna for making this.

Mommy, with all four kiddos. Happy Birthday 

Moriah blowing bubbles with Ellie.

Addie rode the pony!

Lenea with friends.

Isaiah blowing bubbles.

 Our blessed.

Intruducing...Sawyer Crew

On June 24, at 12:41 AM our son, Tyler and our daughter in Love, Emily welcomed their first baby, our first grandchild into the world. Little Sawyer Crew, weighing 7 lbs 6 oz.

He is just perfect and beautiful. It has been so hard not to be with them at this time. But I just booked my flight to go there on July 21st for 4 nights and I can't wait!! It will not only be a get away for me by myself (which I haven't done in a LONG time) but I will get to spend all that time with Ty, Em and Sawyer loving on them.

Anyway, here is my sweet grandson. God makes wonderful gifts..

James 1:17 "Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father who made the heavenly lights, in whom there is no inconsistency or shifting shadow. "

Friday, June 26, 2015


It was with joy and great anticipation to announce that our family is back on the adoption journey to another little boy in China.

We will  name him Silas Christopher Yuan..

He just turned 1 year old, April 24th and we just completed our homestudy. A travel time about March or April 2016 is anticipated.

Our children are SO excited about him. Even Addie, who has been home with us one year is already asking when I am going to China to bring home baby Silas. I am not sure how excited she really will be once I leave for two weeks though LOL. but at least she is processing it early.

Anyway, here is his sweet little picture. We just heard he had heart surgery as well, but our cardiologist who reviewed the reports isn't sure if he will still need more upon coming home.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


Finally, two years later, I have a video for our precious Elliana and Isaiah...Feeling so blessed and honored to be their Mommy.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Fun, Refreshing, Week of a Wish For Isaiah

The time had finally come for Isaiah's wish to go meet Mickey Mouse at Disney World in Florida.

It was December 28th, with a couple kids in our family finally seeming to come down with the flu we were trying to hard to avoid. So the many prayers, extensive hand washing, masks on the faces for the healthy people, vitamins galore and homeopathic remedies went into full swing, all in the hopes of a short existence for those who were sick and a non-existence for those who were healthy. It was only 3 days until our flight to Orlando.

December 30th came and Toby was still extremely feverish along with Addie. The rest of us were holding out. We went ahead and traveled to the hotel by the airport, in faith that things would turn around by morning.

We were all up bright and early. Toby's and Addie's fevers were both broken. Addie was doing remarkably better, but Toby had a cough. So we kept him in the mask for the entire travel day. We also kept Isaiah in a mask so he would not pick up the virus still.

Onto Orlando we went. We picked up our 15 passenger rental van at the airport and drove to our resort. We arrived in the evening to our amazing resort, Give Kids The World. It is a lovely, little place designed for Make A Wish children and their families. It is staffed by thousands of volunteers. There is a a carousel, train ride, arcade, swimming pool and splash area, mini golf, special visits with Mickey, horse back riding, ice cream to eat all day, and parties every night, all free! We could have spent our entire week just here, but we were also given free passes to Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studies. We hope to return to Give Kids The World as volunteers some day as the younger kids are older.

The weather during our entire week in Florida was beautiful. We even went to the beach one day, which was about an hour drive. I think that was one of the favorite days for all of us. Not only is the beach the most favorite place for many of us in our family to go, but it was just peaceful and relaxing. In spite of the annoying seagulls that kept trying to snatch our food from our bag.

This was Addie's very first time at the beach. She wasn't so sure about the water, but she LOVED the sand.

This was Ellie's second time at the beach and she LOVED the water and the sand!

Isaiah and me on a train ride at Animal Kingdom.

At Animal Kingdom there was a safari jeep ride that was very neat. These rhinos were on a road right next to our jeep.

Our first day to the parks we went to Animal Kingdom. We had a lot of fun there, however Jay stayed back at the hotel with Toby as his cough was wiping him out. Jay kept Ellie by default, as we knew she would have the hardest time in general at the parks, so any day she could get in her nap and hang out would be a bonus for her.

The next day we went to Magic Kingdom, our entire group. There were 13 of us. Our 12 in our family and we also brought along one of our helper young ladies, Charis. She was a huge blessing and we were so thankful to have another pair of hands and eyes to help navigate our crew around.

Magic Kingdom was my favorite park. That was also the day that Isaiah had a special meeting with Mickey Mouse. He was quite apprehensive to be close to Mickey. He looks a lot bigger than on the television. All the other kids did great and gave him hugs and high fives. It was really neat that this Mickey was able to talk to us with a real Mickey voice even.

Fun meeting with Anna

Our family just arrived at Magic Kingdom.

Meeting Donald at Epcot

Epcot was very neat
In front of the famous Castle at Magic Kingdom

We also had the wonderful opportunity to see my father, his wife and my half-brother James. They were taking James to the airport to head back to TX to finish up his tech school for security forces in the Air Force, just like Jay was. Anyway, they haven't ever met any of these children, only Tyler, so this was a privilege all around. They live about 2 hours away from Orlando, so they drove up and had breakfast with us in our villa.

Some of the younger kids had never been on a horse. We got everyone up except for Ellie. She was going to but when she saw the horse she just kept shaking her head "no, no"..No way, was she going to get on that animal!

Isaiah on a horse for the first time, the volunteers were so kind and caring to all of us.

One of our favorite parts of the time in Orlando was going to Sea World. My older kids convinced me to ride something called the Mantaray....Uhm...I like roller coasters for the most part, but this one was what I would call extreme. You sat in the seat that put you face down and your road the roller coaster like you were flying. I could not open my eyes the entire ride and I was laughing and screaming that I did not want to be on it either. I am glad I gave my kids a good laugh. Makenna loves roller coasters and was laughing so hard at me the whole ride. Sorry. never again. When it stopped I asked Eliza, who was sitting right next to me, "What did you think, did you like it?" She just shook her head "No" She had no words....point made.

Anyway, we enjoyed the Killer Whale and dolphin shows, we went on a few fun rides and got to feed the stingray and dolphins. It was a wonderful place. Lots of memories were made that day.

Here are a few photos from our adventures at Give Kids the World. We got to spend 6 nights and 7 days on this wonderful trip. We had a very long travel day home and got home at midnight, which felt like 2 AM to us due to the time difference. We were so blessed and can't thank everyone enough for making this trip possible for our Wish Kid. We are so honored and humbled.

Hugs from Miss Mary.

Ice Cream every night!

Thank you Charis. We love you and so appreciated all your help!

We had a cute little Christmas Tree in our villas.

A Candyland Play ground. One of the daily gifts we received was a Give Kids the World Village Candyland Game.

More and More Birthdays.....

So God has blessed us with lots of birthdays from December 31st through February 25th..

I did not do birthday posts so I am playing catch up on these..I love you all my birthday kids, just a very busy mommy.

December 31st is Lenea. She turned 7!! We were actually traveling to Florida on her actual birthday for Isaiah's Wish trip. So here are a few photos from the couple days before when we celebrated her day.

Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Girl. I can't believe you are getting so old so quickly. 
Lenea, Jesus Loves You! Lenea, Jesus Cares! Lenea, God has a plan for your life and he will always be there!

Then, on January 9th is our oldest son's birthday, Tyler. I already posted about him a couple posts back called "Always A Mommy".. But Happy Birthday to me sweet 23 year old who made me a Mommy first.

Following Tyler's birthday is Eliza. I am so amazed at how quickly she has grown into a beautiful, precious, and gentle woman...I blinked and there she was all grown up! This last January 14th, she turned 17.

Where has the time gone Eliza Lu?

Eliza is such a gift to our family!! She only has about 16 months of high school left. I am not sure where God is leading her after graduation yet but she has such a heart for special needs kids and orphans I know it will be something amazing.

Next in the birthday line up is Makenna. She is no longer a teenager! She turned 20 years old on February 3rd. I can still remember the day she want was born. She was perfect in every way. I was so excited and apprehensive to be raising a daughter! God has grown a strong, smart and kind woman into my life. I am so blessed to call her my friend. I love you mostest Kenna.

Then we had a big celebration for our Moriah (Mo-mo), on February 7th. For each of our children's 12 th birthdays we do a bigger sort of Blessing for them. This is a time we encourage them into adulthood and special time for the transition. For Moriah, I had several women of all ages write her a letter of encouragement to be a Godly young woman. Then I took her to breakfast that morning and we read the letters. In the afternoon we had some friends over for a time for encouragement and tea and prayers for Moriah. Then that night her Daddy and I took her to her favorite, Chinese food. We came home to cake and ice cream celebration with all the siblings! Moriah is such a joy and faithful young woman. She is gentle, loving, patient, hard working and loves Jesus. Again, I don't know where the time has gone. She is turning into such a radiant and pure woman of God. I am so blessed.

 On February 23, our first Asian munchkin of the "four-4 year olds" turned "5"! Asher is such a joy and happy kid to be around. We will be having a combined big birthday bash for all 4 of them this spring. Asher, I am so blessed to be your Mama. God knew exactly what He was doing by creating you. I love you so much....

 And the last but definitely not least birthday for our "season" is for Tobias. This year he turned 10 on February 10th. We typically give a birthday party for number 5 where they get to have a theme and invite friends. For whatever reason Toby did  not get one of those. So I promised him for number 10 he could have one. I love you Toby. You make me laugh and you help me to stop and smell the roses. I know God is making you into one strong leader. I am thankful to be your Mommy.

Silly Boy

Sunken Treasure Ocean Party with 4 friends.

Making Sea Slime with the boys

Toby loves Legos from his best friend, Hudson.