Thursday, September 29, 2011

Battle of the Easter Egg!

Zoe Grace will play the role of "Little Sister"
Olivia will play the role of "Big Sister"
Little Sister wanted to wrestle over the easter egg.
Little Sister then started to get a little more rough. Big Sister did not like that very much.
Big Sister then thought Little Sister wanted to lick her...
... but instead, she bit her. It was very emotional.
Little Sister really just hurt Big Sisters feelings.
She thought it was quite amusing.
Mommy made it all better.
Little Sister got put in time out.
Then it was time for a game of follow the leader.
Little Sister grabbed the egg when no one else was watching.
Little Sister triumphed. The End.

First day of Mother's Morning Out -

Here we come!
Mommy and Zoe
Daddy and Olivia
Zoe was as happy as can be -
Olivia was not interested in staying.

A quick catch up from the beginning -

This blog is for all of our family and friends to be able to keep up with the hectic, everyday sprint that we call life. I guess I should take you back to the beginning and catch you up very quickly to where we are now.
KC & I were introduced by a good mutual friend in college. She fell in love with me instantly and we have been together since then. It has been the best six years of our life and we wouldn’t change anything that has happened.
We got married on March 1, 2008.
We had our first baby, Olivia Claire, who you will see plenty of later, on Dec. 7, 2009.
We then felt called by God last summer to adopt a baby. So we brought home our new daughter, Zoe Grace, on August 19, 2011. She was born November 4, 2010 in Ambo, Ethiopia.
We hope you enjoy our blog! It is more of a modern day way for us to scrap book without actually having to deal with the paper. Follow us on our journey to where it is God is leading us to go. This blog will be more of a pictorial play by play, rather than a literary accounting. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Introducing Zoe Grace!

Wow! What a jammed pack couple of months we have had and man have we been slackers on our blog! Sorry guys but we’ve had our hands full…

Introducing Miss Zoe Grace……
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Here is the run down…
May 6 – received the call that we had a June 2 court date in Ethiopia
May 29 – left for Ethiopia
May 30 – met our precious daughter
June 2 – court date (didn’t pass because MOWA letter was not there)
June 17 – passed court, Zoe is officially ours!!
August 2 – found out we were not submitted to Embassy icon sad Welcome Home Zoe Grace!
August 7 – Surprise! Found out there had been miscommunication and we had been Submitted, accepted,and approved to travel!!
August 13 – left for Ethiopia!
August 15 – we passed Embassy!!
August 18 – Zoe heading to her forever home!!
August 19 – Welcome home Zoe Grace you are officially a US citizen!!

We are so lucky to have a huge support system and the best friends and family. They were there to greet us when we stepped off the plane.

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Our sweet friends then hosted an awesome welcome home party. Zoe never skipped a beat and fit in right away. It’s so cool that she automatically has 6 best friends in our small group.

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The party had been planned out so well and the details were noted, even down to the toppers on the cupcakes. It really was done top notch. Thank you Raleigh and Christen for the awesome Welcome Home package you guys put together! If you or someone you know is adopting, you can click here to order the package for their coming home party.

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Guys, it is Amazing how God hand picked Zoe specifically for us and how she has adapted so fast to our family. Right away she fell into Olivia’s schedule which makes me one happy mommy!

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Speaking of Olivia, she loves her “Sissy”! They are so cute together icon smile Welcome Home Zoe Grace! They are definitely sisters pulling hair one minute and hugging the next, true sisterly love icon smile Welcome Home Zoe Grace!

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We are so thankful for each one of you that has supported, prayed and helped us bring Zoe home. I can’t believe she is finally home, life couldn’t get any better. icon smile Welcome Home Zoe Grace!

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-JW & KC