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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

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Anya at her pre-school Christmas Party

Mary Claire at her 2nd grade school party

Avery played Santa Claus in his pre-school Christmas skit!

Avery's pre-school parade float. The parent's put together the float and the kids ride on it in the parade. This was our 3rd year to have a child in this preschool and we have never worked as long on a float as much as this one....thank goodness we won!!!

More pictures of Anya at her Christmas Party

Anya with her teacher, Ms. Cammy. Check out all of the spilled juice and yummy cupcake all over her shirt....she sure did enjoy the food at the party.

Family pictures at the end of Avery's Christmas skit.

Mary Claire and Anya

Mary Claire all fancied up!!

Mom and Anya at Pre-school Thanksgiving Feast

The following 2 pictures were taken at a pageant that Mary Claire and Anya were in. Before, you start wondering if we do pageants and the thoughts of Toddlers and Tiara's come to your mind. The answer is "no" we do not do pageants. However, my 8 year old came home one day from school asking me if she could please be in the "prom"....what the prom???? She meant the pageant that was a fundraiser for our school. It was a "natural" pageant, meaning no makeup, no pageant dresses, no fake hair, and no fake anything for that matter. After asking a few more questions about the "prom" I told her yes and then decided I would also put Anya in it. We had no idea what we were doing, but they both did great....Mary Claire got 2nd runner up and Anya did too....Anya also got the People's Choice Award in her group. The audience voted in each category who they thought should win and Anya got it in her category. It was fun and my oldest enjoyed it. I've been told that the pageant is supposed to run on one of the next episodes of Toddler's and Tiaras, so watch for us!!!! Just kidding.
Granddad and Anya at the pageant

Pageant Girls!

As I finish this post...and it's past time for me to go to bed. I just want to speak to any of you who may be viewing this and wondering about the thought of adoption for your family. To be honest; going through the process of adoption is hard. BUT, as I was looking at all of the pictures that I have from just the 3 months that Anya has been home with us I am amazed at how well Anya is doing. She is a complete blessing to our family. She is a blessing who was months away from being transferred to an adult mental institution. I am so thankful to God for giving us Ellis Anne and through her, opening our eyes to the children of Reece's Rainbow. Adoption is worth every bit of worry, every fundraiser, every piece of paperwork, every sleepless night, the travel away from your family; adoption is worth it and it changes lives. It changed Anya's life and it is changing our lives. We are blessed. It is worth it.

In case you missed the family that adopted through Reece's Rainbow here it is....



  1. I love all the pics! Anya looks like such a big girl, so independent, she looks like she has always been a part of your family. So sweet.

  2. Wow. Three months already. How come the time after they come home seems to go by so much faster than the time it takes to get them home? Praying my next 3 months fly that fast.

    Beautiful pictures of your girls. Thanks for sharing.

    Carlene's soon to be momma :)

  3. Your girls are so precious. I had a dream last night,that Nellie was home and had adorable hair bows in her hair.

  4. Oh so happy to see pictures of you and your beautiful family! You and Reed are doing the most wonderful thing. God bless you all. I wish you could update more.: ) I just love hearing about you all and the pictures of your children and family!!! Love, Kendra Williamson

  5. such beauties...they have my vote!!!
    happy 2012!

  6. Ready for more pictures of Anya and Ellis Anne! Have been missing those sweet faces.



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