Thursday, December 1, 2016

9 years old!!!

Yesterday was Hagan's 9th birthday!


It was a slow day,
going at Hagan's recovery speed,
but it was good to see a smile on 
that face once again. 


Miles and I took Hagan to McD's for lunch,
though he couldn't play,
he was super excited the Happy Meal 
had TMNT toys!! 


After school everyone took turns playing Connect 4 
with Hagan.
A game no one wants to play with him,
because he always wins! 
And then opened presents! 


And we celebrated wth his choice of 
hot dogs and cupcakes for dinner!


I wish I would have gotten a photo of his face 
when I pulled out the 
"9" candle.
Who would have thought a little candle
would mean so much to 
our boy!!! 


Happy Birthday Hagan! 
We love you to the moon and back!! 


Sunday, November 27, 2016

My twins!

 Who would have thought these
 two needed each other so very much?

Only God!


I am amazed that God brought two little boys,
from two different worlds,
together,
to be not only brothers 
but 
"twins"!
(born 3 months apart)


Elijah has so much emotional pain
bottled up inside him!
Hurts on top of hurts!

He works so hard to trust people,
but sometimes 
the pain 
is just too much.


Hagan has so much physical pain.
Pain on top of pain.

He works so hard to be "average".
But the pain is just too much sometimes!

These two, 
God put together,
Two worlds apart!


Yet, brothers through and through!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Our Big Announcement!!

October 28, 2016

The day our first born became a husband!

Brady and his finance, Terrinika,
surprised us with news that they were going to get married 
sooner then planned! 

We are very excited to announce the beautiful union of 

Brady Alexander 
and 
Terrinika Michelle

Wow!!!! 
They kinda look a like!


My baby!!! 


Haika and King - aren't they angels!!
Our new grand babies!
(ages 6 and 5)


Our daughter-in-love, Terrinika Michelle 
and her babies!


Off to get married!!


And this is about where I started to cry! 
 FYI - It's really hard to take photos while crying!


I think Terrinika was about to cry too.


Judge Paul Raleeh was amazing! 
He shared with them how marriage is not
about finding the right person 
but being the right person!
Marriage is not taken lightly 
and is work to be done together.

He then prayed over them!

And Brady prayed over their marriage too! 
(I may have gone into the ugly cry at this moment!
Proud momma
and feeling Truly Blessed!)


the ring...


the kiss...


and it's official!! 
Introducing Brady and Terrinika Anderson


and family!!! 


Brady, Terrinika, Hakia and King
We are all excited to be one BIG family!! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Cards are his love language...

My birthday was last week and my hero
was the only kiddo who made me a card! 

In his own quiet way,
no one else even knew.
He had made the card days before,
put it in a special place
until my birthday.
Then he quietly but it in front of me,
and gave me a big ole Hagan type hug!

My sweet boy will make a wonderful hubby one day! 

He has a heart of gold!

and according to his card, 
he gives it to me!! 



Oh Hagan, you have my heart!! 

We got sad news the other day,
but hey, as Hagan says,
"People can send me cards again." 
(and he still has every card from his last surgery.)

While in Colorado a few weeks ago,
I noticed a screw in his back bulging out.

UGH!!!!!! 

We called the doctor's office as soon as we got home,
got in for x-rays 
and went to talk to the surgeon.

I told Dr. B that I was hoping that he would 
call me, "crazy and overly sensitive" 


but shoot!!! 

Mom was right! 
I hate being right some times!!

Though the surgeon wants to set him up for surgery in the next week,
Hagan begged him to allow him to go to his Little People camp in a few weeks.
So, we will have X-rays again before camp,
Aug 8-12.
If X-rays don't show much change he will be allowed to go.
If it's gotten worse,
and needs emergency surgery -
he won't go to camp! 


Please pray with us that everything will remain stable and that Hagan
will be able to go to camp! 
He has his heart set on it! 

and we'll let y'all know when surgery will be scheduled so you can shower 
him again with cards! 
Thank you so much! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

a year ago our lives changed in two incredible ways!!!

Our babies were finally in our arms!!! 

(Laynee Faith - 5 yrs old)

(Miles John - 3 yrs old) 

Whether they wanted us or not!!


They began to enjoy each other...


 And understand what being a "family" means...



What a wild ride this year has been!!


Up's and down's!!! 


Learning about each other 
and growing together!


We are so blessed to call these two treasures "ours"!!!



Sunday, July 10, 2016

Longest three weeks of my life!!

The past three weeks have probably been the longest weeks of my life!


Resting on God's promises and clinging to peace that only HE can give! 

HE is in control no matter the outcome! 




Three weeks ago, Jailyn came to me and told me that she has a lump in her groin area.

I kinda took it with a grain of salt, knowing how I define "lump" and wondering what Jailyn defines as a "lump".
After I checked it, yep, it was a lump. (by my definition.)

Because this was the night before we were leaving for Colorado there wasn't anything we could do at the moment!
Our doctor's office was so wonderful that on Friday they got us an appointment scheduled for as soon as we came home.


We went in and started on antibiotics to make sure it wasn't just an infection of some sort.

Two weeks on meds, and no change in the lumps. 

Day by day my heart sunk further and further, 
though I tried not to think about it and rest in my Savior,

 I am human and there are all the thoughts and fears of all of the "What if's"!


We went in for an ultrasound to see what the lumps were...

Thank God, my girl is just lumpy!!

Nothing to be worried about,
but good to know!

So thankful to see peace rush over my girl!  


I pray that I would have praised Jesus whatever the outcome,
 but again - I am human,
so I won't say that! 
I do know that HE holds our future -
no matter what our future holds.

( I love that Jailyn picked out the photos for 
this blog post!) 


Longest three weeks of my life!!

The past three weeks have probably been the longest weeks of my life!


Resting on God's promises and clinging to peace that only HE can give! 

HE is in control no matter the outcome! 




Three weeks ago, Jailyn came to me and told me that she has a lump in her groin area.

I kinda took it with a grain of salt, knowing how I define "lump" and wondering what Jailyn defines as a "lump".
After I checked it, yep, it was a lump. (by my definition.)

Because this was the night before we were leaving for Colorado there wasn't anything we could do at the moment!
Our doctor's office was so wonderful that on Friday they got us an appointment scheduled for as soon as we came home.


We went in and started on antibiotics to make sure it wasn't just an infection or some sort.

Two weeks on meds, and no change in the lumps. 

Day by day my heart sunk further and further, 
though I tried not to think about it and rest in my Savior,

 I am human and there are all the thoughts and fears of all of the "What if's"!


We went in for an ultrasound to see what the lumps were...

Thank God, my girl is just lumpy!!

Nothing to be worried about,
but good to know!

So thankful to see peace rush over my girl!  


I pray that I would have praised Jesus whatever the outcome,
 but again - I am human,
so I won't say that! 
I do know that HE holds our future -
no matter what our future holds.

( I love that Jailyn picked out the photos for 
this blog post!) 


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Elijah- God went before us

You know when you have an incredible fear 
and completely lack trust in a profession.

Such a fear, that it takes you five years to 
finally take your child to a professional.
Trying everything else because you don't trust!

I have nothing against the profession,
but my fear is finding the one who understands 
kiddos from international abandonment trauma!

Today was our appointment for Elijah at a psychiatrists office.
A psychiatrist, who was the only one in the Dallas area 
who took our insurance 
and 
was taking new patients.
And,
the office is within 5 miles from our house.
(seemed too good to be true!)

We kept the appointment,
went,
and honestly not expecting much...

but, God heard my prayers!
God had set the stage!

Though we were first scheduled to see a different RN,
but God had that changed -
for no real reason shown to any of us...
The nurse that we first saw,
get this...
is an adoptive momma! 

An adoptive momma who "gets" it!!! 
Who understood my boy!!! 


As we talked, finding more and more things we had in common...

I asked her who her social worker is...
and of course,
we have the same incredible social worker!! 
The Nurse agreed, she checks up on us all the time!!! 
She is amazing! 

The Nurse also, went to high school with one of my 
most favorite adoptive mommas!! 

When the doctor came in,
she explained how we connected and he was so excited!
Genuinely excited that we understood each other,
and that he could help.

He changed up some of Elijah's meds that were given 
him from our out patient facility,
and disagreed with some of the diagnosis -
but agreed with us that Elijah's issues are 
majorly from PTSD. 

We go back in 2 weeks to discuss how Elijah is doing 
on the new meds, 
but we are praying that this will help us get further with him,
and help him learn how to cope with his trauma. 


I'm still amazed! 
God is so good! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

5th grade Celebration

Two celebrations back to back -
just too much for this momma to handle!!

(first day of kindergarten)

Jorja Noelle is officially a 6th grader! 
A Middle Schooler!!!
Oh my!!!


Where did our baby girl go?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Kinder Graduation

 Two of my babies celebrated Kindergarten graduation today!

I don't normally get too emotional at this kindergarten celebration,
now the first week of kinder - that is a different story!!! 
(I'm a mess!)

Today, it hit me!! 

These two kiddos - melt me!! 


Griggs is still only 5 years old and in so many ways 
is still my baby! 


He's one of the youngest kindergarteners,
and falls asleep on our 4 minute drive home
from school
3 out of 5 days during the week.

(I love this photo!) 

But works hard in class everyday,
and learned so much - academics and about himself!



Laynee. 
What can I say?


This sweet girl has never seen such a celebration!
The teachers prepared them for the program,
but she was confused as to why
there were so many mom's and dad's and families
there to see them perform today.


Sweet Laynee, our daughter for only 10 short months,
experienced for the first time today
what it felt like to have her family cheer her name
when her name was called out.
(and with the size of our family - we were loud!! )
and she was giddy!!! 

We are so blessed to call these two son and daughter!


And of course there is this stinker!! 
Never to be left out!!! 
Watch out kindergarten, you have a year to prepare for this stinker!

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