Thursday, December 17, 2009

Article 5

We received notification that our article 5 has been signed and sent to CCAA in Beijing!!! I know some of you are thinking what does this mean now? Well this means that our TA ~ travel approval ~ will be coming in 3 to 4 weeks. This is very bitter sweet for us, because we have been waiting for Article 5 for some time now, and now that we have it, it has opened our eyes to our timeline in regards to our girls traveling with us. On that note ~ we have had another option open up for us! We are not sure what we are going to do, but have talked to the girls and we have some more talking to do later...... It has been a day of emotions for us but we are so blessed to have received the news today and be one step closer to TA :)

"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him"

Psalm 62:5

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy Saturday~

Good Morning,

I'm sure that all of you are getting ready for the Christmas festivities to come, or re cooping from the ones that have already happen. Christmas is a little different for us this year, we are not spending what have in the the past, because we hope we are not here. Lots of waiting this season, usually its waiting on Santa, but that's not the case this time. But the reality is that our Article 5 should have been signed and sent to Beijing already, and its not so TA still looks aways away. Things we are waiting on:

1. Article 5 to be signed and sent to Beijing

2. TA ~ travel approval before Dec 18th :)

3. Ashley to take and finish her first ACT test

4. Decision to purchase gifts for all

5. Kaylee's teeth to quit hurting because of the rubber bands

6. Kaylee's braces to come off ~ Jan 27th

7. But most important ~ Gods Timing!!!!!

Today is a special day for my girls, because they spend the day with their grandma and grandpa, eating, shopping and the big high light of the day ~ LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!!! David and I will spend some due time together, since we have been so busy! Looking forward to some time with him having dinner and maybe doing some Christmas shopping!

I have been very busy on the fund raiser party orders...... Thank you all so much for your purchases, we are truly blessed to have your help through this wonderful, incredible journey! Much love to all, and enjoy your family time during the holiday season!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Words of a Wise Woman~

Please allow me to share, I have been doing a Beth Moore study now for 10 weeks, and it comes to an end tonight! :( I have learned so much by Beth Moore ~ we have been studying the Fruit of the Spirit! I have really learned what love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control really are! I have learned how to apply them ~ through God filling me, not be doing something myself! The few that I was worried about didn't even mean what I thought they did! Oh and Patience ~ learned the most about that one! It has been a wonderful time of learning and hanging with ladies every Thursday night! I know that I only will have the Fruit of the Spirit by emptying myself and allowing God to fill me, so I must be with Him daily, praise Him through out the day, pray to Him every morning and through out the day, share with Him, and love Him as He loves me!

The Company I Keep

Let me be known by the company I keep

By the One who determines each day that I greet

From the moment I wake til He rocks me to sleep

Let me be known by the company I keep!

Let me be known by the company I keep

When the valleys are low and the mountains of steep

by the One who holds fast when swift waters are deep

Let me be known by the company I keep!

Let me be known by the company I keep

By the One who implores me to sit at His feet

And quickens my soul to discern what is deep

Let me be known by the company I keep!

Let me be known by the company I keep

Eclipsed by the your presence that I may decrease

Til all You have chosen this traveler to meet

No longer see me but the Company I keep.

~Beth Moore

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law

Galatians 5:22~23

Monday, November 23, 2009

Good Morning to All

Hear my prayer oh God, listen to the words of my mouth
Psalm 54:2

What a wonderful weekend we had! I hope it was wonderful for all of you as well. It started off on Friday when we got the call from our agency saying that our provisional approval was a Yes. Then more good news to follow. But before that I would like to share with you something that has been very close to David and I heart. We have thought about this from the beginning of this journey. David and I would like to take our girls with us to China, and as we have progressed, we are realizing that so many things have to happen in order for the desire to come true. The first thing we must do is give it to the Lord, we are trying to do so many things in our timing, in our own strength, and in our own resources. We know that we must let God do all of this and just let Him have it. But I would like to ask all of you that is willing to join, to join us in prayer. We know that if God wants our girls to go, they will go! So we are praying boldly and continually that He will allow them to travel with us and meet Emily the first time we do!!!!!!! Now~more good news, we felt we had missed the deadline for traveling with our girls. Our agency told us that we are about 4 to 5 weeks out from TA ~ travel approval. This means it is still very possible for us to travel around December 25th ~ Woo Hoo! We need TA between Dec 18th and Dec 23 to make this possible. With this timeline they would only miss 6 days of school, which is wonderful for both of them, because Ashley will stress over homework and test that she missed. So with this good news, we are still hopeful (patience with circumstances) that we will travel by the end of this year. :)
Our family at the shower ~ minus one!

Now for the rest of the wonderful weekend. Our wonderful church and some fantastic ladies gave us a shower on Sunday. I was so excited for it, that I woke up on Sunday morning earlier than usual and could not go back to sleep. One of the hostess's asked what would you like at the shower, and I said "Cake and her", my wish was granted. she was there and we had the best cake in town ~ tasted wonderful! We were showered with gifts, to name a few ~ lots of pink clothes, pj's, shoes, blankets, bows, diaper bag, diapers, toys, bottles, practical tools to make life easier, and the last but not least..... A crib that has a built in changing table, and will also turn into a full size bed in the future!!!! God is so very good. Thank you so much to the ladies that hosted the shower for us, what a blessing to someone who is literally starting over. To everyone who gave such wonderful gifts, thank you, they all are precious to us and we are so blessed to have such wonderful family, and friends! From the bottom of our hearts we love you all!
Me and the hostess's ~ some of them could not be there but I thank you all!
The Yummy Cake
The wonderful gifts ~ thanks to all!
One of the many cute outfits that we got, I think this might be one of Kaylee's favorite, check out her thumb!
Our crib ~ now I cant wait to revamp Kaylee's room for our new arrival!!
Some of our guests
Some more of our guests!

What a blessing, I cant say thank you enough to show how grateful we are! So many emotions to mention, but we are feeling love, excitement, and joy and are looking forward to what is to come!!!!! Thank you again, we love you!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


We are currently waiting for our LOA to be shipped to China. First we must go through the paperwork approval at NBC in Chicago. We are about to the end of that wait, and then our paperwork will be cabled to China and begin the work for Article 5. We are currently in the 1 1/2 week of our 6 to 8 week wait. We know that it will be worth it, but still very hard some days. I am so amazed at our journey of Faith to our sweet precious little girl ~ Emily. God has done some incredible things and changed some point of views in all our family. I thank God for the blessings that He has given all of us, and I thank Him for what is to come for the Mueller family! God you are such an amazing God, faithful and just, loving and forgiving, full of mercy and compassion!!!! Thanks for checking in with us and your comments! We love you all!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Expecting LOA between 2 ~ 3 today..... Woo Hoo!

Monday, October 26, 2009

LOA Update!

Ok let me start by saying today was not what I had expected it to be. And yet it all started last Friday, when our LOA had been sent to us via Fedex. We didn't know that had been, but it was. We had come to the conclusion that we should have our package stopped in OKC and we would drive there to sign it and return it asap to K. I sent an email explaining this to K and gave her the address on which we wanted it remain. When we received the the email back explaining that K had already sent it our way.... Yipee I thought we will have a day earlier. Can you believe it! So last night we began to prepare for LOA arriving and we would immediately head to Enid and send it back. We then heard that the package was not coming until tomorrow and it was currently in OKC. A few phone calls, we had requested that they hold it in OKC and we were coming that way. We hopped in the car and was about to head to the city, when we called to assure that it was being held. They told us OH NO we cant hold it for you, it is in the city but we cant release it to you until tomorrow. I refused to take that as the final answer but I was not the one on the phone with Fedex. So the final update on LOA is that is guaranteed to be here tomorrow by 7 pm, shipping via Fedex. Frustration filled me, but I only had a pity party for a short while. Tears streamed down my face, but I quickly realized that I am NOT in control. He is, not me. Why we are waiting is beyond my abilities, but I don't mind because He has proven over and over that He knows best, and who am I to doubt that. I do ask that you continue to pray for us and we continue this journey, with Faith in our Christ Jesus. We love you all!

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

For everything that was written in the past, was written to teach us, so that through endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Romans 15:4

"Be still and now that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on earth."

Psalms 46:10

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Oh my goodness... This mom is doing the happy dance! (and you all now that I cant dance). We are on day 94 of the wait for LOA, and today we received the very important email saying "Your LOA is on its way"...... Thanks Karla! During our bible study, and after I had shared my heart with what God had shown me this week about Peace, and being still and wait on him, my sweet husband came in and shown me the email. Now you know that I gasped and took all the air out of the room. Everyone reaction was priceless, and I was quick to share that we had LOA...... :) Praise you father, because your timing is best. I know my focus was on other things regarding the adoption journey. When I confessed that to Him this week and my dear friends, He delivered that very thing I had given to Him. Where my focus was on, to my surprise He still told us tonight that it could be very possible. I am in Awe, but not of Him because He is a God that loves me, answers my prayers, listens to my dreams, and praises. I am so excited to see the timeline before us, and have peace about it. Thank you my father for always being there even when I could be pushing you away!!!! I love you Lord, and Emily we are one step closer to holding you my precious daughter!!!! :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Received a Blessing!!!

Hello all,

We have been waiting for LOA(letter of approval) for some time now, and still no news :( but much to our surprise we had an update on our baby Emily! As far as LOA, we have our paperwork done and we are just waiting for our agency to call us saying that they have it.

Now for the update..... We asked our agency to see if we could get an update around Sept. 1st and we were so excited to see this today. We got measurements of her and weight as well. She weighs 18 and 1/2 pounds and her foot size is 2 1/2 ~ 3 inches. She has a lot of hair, but still cut in a short do ~ :) Her mommy thinks she looks so sad, and just wants me to come and get her. Her crib looks lonely and she needs a buddy!!! Enjoy the pictures of our sweet Emily and keep checking in with us, we expect LOA soon!
Emily ~ about 13 1/2 months

I think she wants me to hold her, what do you think?

PS.... Remember the Johnsons in your prayers!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Kaylee!

Today is our sweet Kaylee's 14th birthday!!!! My goodness I cant believe how old my girls are getting. Kaylee, we are so proud of you and all your accomplishments! You have grown up so fast, and are such a beautiful girl, inside and out. We love your sweet spirit, your love for children, your love for Christ, your serving heart, your giggle, the time you invest into your friends, and the way you love your family (immediate and church). Kaylee we love you so much and are so thankful that God gave you to us to love. You are a truly a blessing, and a gift from God! Im so looking forward to what God is going to do through your life, and cant wait to see where God takes you. Happy birthday Kaylee, WE LOVE YOU!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Ashley

I want to wish my sweet Ashley a Happy Birthday!!!!! Her birthday was Saturday October 3rd, and we had so much planned this weekend that I didn't have some spare moments to blog about it.
So here it goes........ Ashley we are so proud of you and the young lady you are growing up to be. We love how you love the Lord, and love your family. We love how you take school seriously, and take pride in your accomplishments. We love that you put others first, sometimes even when you don't want to. But most of all WE LOVE YOU! Happy Birthday, Hope you had a great one!

Monday, September 28, 2009


Ok no doubt in my mind...... OU wins! But, I had a opportunity to travel with the Ringwood FCA to FCA gameday at OSU. We were able to see a football game, have a FCA rally and hang with other students within our school who share the same beliefs! It was a lot of fun, even though we were at a OSU football game. Lots of orange all around us, with a few crimson and cream shirts mixed within ~ Brave souls! The final score was 56 ~ 6, of course OSU favor. Makes for not much excitement but lots of touchdowns! The other team was Grambling State, known for being "The Best Band in the Land". They really put on a show! Anyways..... I may be an die hard OU fan, but I must say WTG OSU!
Ashley and SC at the football game!
"Bullet" the horse, rides after a touchdown!
"Grambling Band"
"Grambling Band" ~ A tribute to Micheal Jackson.

Monday, September 21, 2009


I'm so excited to share my fundraiser idea. Many months ago I had seen a very cool necklace that inspired me to start a fundraiser. With the help of CJ and LW I was able to start "More Precious Than Gold" last week. Thank you so much to the both of you, for your help and encouragement and support. After many hours of looking at beads and putting them together, I have been inspired by 8 necklaces. I have started with ~
Emily ~ an Asian design with an American flare
Ladybug ~ red, black with a white accent
Ocean Mist ~ ocean colors with a silver accent
Nature Inspired ~ green and brown
Safari ~ many pottery colors
Licorice Groove ~ black and white with a flare
Pretty in Pastel ~ pastel green, blue and pink
Iced Mocha ~ 3 shades of brown
I am very excited to share them with you. 100% of the profit goes to help us bring our "More Precious Than Gold ~ Emily" home. We hope you enjoy the necklaces and I thank you for helping bring Emily home.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Good Evening all!
I must share with you whats on my heart. I am overjoyed, overwhelmed, and over filled with Gods love. I have been preparing my heart for a Bible Study that God laid upon my heart many months ago. As we embark upon a journey through they fruits of the spirit tomorrow, I must share that I am really excited and scared at the same time. I so want to please God in all I do, and I know I can do this and will do this, but Satan is attacking me in all areas of my life. I must focus on Him and all He is going to do for me during this Bible Study. Tomorrow evening I, along with many other ladies, will begin a Bible Study entitled "Living Among Ourselves" (a study on the fruits of the spirits). This study is done by Beth Moore and I so LOVE her work and how God has used her to do big and mighty things. My prayer is that I will be open to Gods words and teachings. I think in my mind that I know the fruits of the spirit that I MUST work on, but I want to open to God and honest to myself with the ones that I felt were ok or better than ok. Lord, please speak to me about all the fruits of the spirit and let me focus on your will not mine. Thanks for listening to me, and letting me record my thoughts! May you all be blessed and remember to put God first in all you do and have. Love you all!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Our Sweet Emily~

What a blessing to be woke up at 1:30 in the morning...... No really it is when I hear "April are you awake?" I was thinking what and why? He said it again and I responded..... He then said "Get up we got pictures!" Well you can imagine that I was up and out of that bed in nothing flat!!!!! We have been waiting for these pictures for a long time, but the wait is over and so worth it! Emily's birthday was August 29th and we sent her a cake to help her celebrate and hopefully get some pictures. Well that prayer/wish came true. What a blessing to have organizations, like Ladybugs~n~love, serve adoptive families. They are truly a God sent gift to so many families that are waiting to hold their precious children. Thank you so much Ladybugs~n~love! Now for what you all have been waiting for ~ especially me and my family ~ God is so good to us, even though we don't deserve His love, mercy, or gifts. He still gives them to us, because He loves us so much. Thank you God for all the blessings you have given to us, individually and as a family. We are truly blessed. Now here is my sweet little girl ~ Emily!

She is a true "Mueller", she seems to love cake!
Happy Birthday Emily!
Mommy, Daddy, Ashley and Kaylee love you very much!

Stay Tuned!

I promise that I am still working on a video with my girls talent on it. I am having trouble uploading it onto the computer.... Please bare with me, and I WILL get it!!!!! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fair Week

We are enjoying the fair week so far. We have an event each night through Saturday night. Monday was bingo, and last night was the pageant? Both girls were in it and I will post more about it later. I am working on the video of Ashley's talent. I will tell you that Kaylee is Miss Cinderella 2009 and Ashley received Personality Plus and 1st runner up. I am so proud of both of my girls, they make me smile and my heart swells with love for both of them. They both did so well last night and well did all the girls. Congrats to all the winners. I must give a very special THANK YOU to Brian for all the hard work you put into "Popular". We are all very appreciative...... :) Also I must thank AF, Tina, LP and KR for all the support and help they gave me and my girls as well, I would have never made it with out them. Tonight was fellowship where we ate fried chicken and had live entertainment. I sang with two other ladies tonight. It is so much fun hanging with everyone as one body of Christ. Looking forward to the rest of the week! Keep checking for pics and a video of my two beautiful daughters......

PS..... No pictures of Emily yet, still patiently (at least trying to) waiting!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Emily, Happy Birthday to you. Our sweet Emily turns 1 today. Oh how I want to hold her and kiss her and love on her. We sent her a cake, and we are waiting patiently on those pictures. We thank our Lord for allowing us to be Emily parents. I pray she has a wonderful birthday today, and that somebody loves on her..... alot!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wait on Gods Plan!

Hello all, as I sit here in my living room checking my email at least once an hour, usually more than that, I sit and think about the journey we have been so far. It starts with the desire to adopt, and then wait on Gods plan, then thinking He changed my heart, wait on Gods plan, desire returns, wait on Gods plan, talking with husband once more, wait on Gods plan, take first step in adoption process, wait on Gods plan, here the news this little girl file has been sent back to CCAA, wait on Gods plan, pray and are given a glimpse of His plan and proceed with adoption, wait on Gods plan, fill out paperwork, wait on Gods plan, receive two referrals and making that most difficult decision, wait on Gods plan, receiving our little girls information and picture, wait on Gods plan, wait on PA, and still waiting on Gods plan. I know this seems like a lot of waiting, and yet it really has not taken us very long to get we were are today. As we wait for LOA, I think how much will we wait, and when I think of waiting, the thought comes to me "It is worth it" His plans are perfect, and as I look back there is no doubt that His plans are worth waiting on!

Now you ponder why is she checking her email every hour..... We are expecting pictures of our precious little Emily any day now! Also would you please keep D & T in your prayers during this difficult trial they are facing right now! Many blessings to you all!

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, August 20, 2009

One More Step Closer

Much to my surprise, we are at our one month stepping stone toward our LOA (letter of acceptance). I am taken back to the moment when we first started our journey, and how excited I was and how blessed we were that God had chosen us to adopt. Today I am still excited and even more blessed then when we started. Our Gods plans amaze me every day, and how He knows each and every step we will take, exactly who will run into each day, the things we will say (sometimes not to His glory), the actions we make public, and yet He still loves us, and wants to spend time with us despite the things we have done.
As far as the one month anniversary (ha ha I feel like a teenager celebrating the 1st month of a relationship) we do now that it takes 60 ~ 90 days to receive our LOA, and although 1 month does not seem like a lot, it is to adoptive parents, because we know we are one month closer to holding our precious girl. How I long to hold her, kiss her, and just look into those eyes and say "Mommy's here". We pray that our LOA will be closer to the 60 days, and we will see Emily before the end of the year. I do know that the enemy is attacking, and all of our adoptive families needs prayers. So please continue to lift us all up in your prayers, because we all want to hold our children that God has chosen for us! With that we do know that we will see and hold them soon! May God Bless You Today!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Anniversay!

Today is my parents 39th Wedding Anniversary! Happy Anniversary to you from David, April, Ashley and Me! We hope you have a wonderful day today, and may we honor you and thank you for all the wonderful things you have done for me and my family..... So many of the characteristics of myself have came from you, you taught me how to love, care, and put others first! Thank you for helping me raise my children, and teaching me so many things through the years! You are fabulous parents and may you be blessed today beyond your imaginations!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Emily's Care Package

We are so blessed to have found a organization to send a care package to Emily. Thank you so much to Connie, for sharing this company with me. Within the picture are books (6) and a doll for Emily. Candy and nuts for the orphanage care takers, and hopefully they will take pictures with the camera. This care package makes me happy and sad at the same time. I want to hold my little girl so bad, and when she receives the doll and books I want to be there to see her smile. We also sent a cake to her ~ to be delivered on or around August 29th. This will be a celebration of her 1st birthday. We do hope to receive pictures then, and will be able to see her on her 1st birthday. Emily ~ WE LOVE YOU. Thank you Ladybugsnlove, you are such a blessing!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Not much in our adoption journey happening as of right now. So I am posting on those everyday life events. Very excited to be joining our Youth group this Friday and Saturday to go to YEC. YEC (Youth Evangelist Conference) is for the Youth to encourage, train, and inspire students to see their school as the mission field God has given them. It is filled with loud rock bands, (don't get me wrong love these bands) which include Skillet, Group 1 Crew, Blue Tree and Jeff Johnson. This is a overnight event, with lots of Worship, teaching, learning, fellowship, fun and laughs. Looking forward to hanging with our Youth Group. :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

School Time~

Today we enrolled in school, although I am not in school, I seemed to have more paperwork to fill out then they did. Ashley will be a Jr this year (I know one of the hardest years) and Kaylee will be in 8th grade. The big 8th grade graduation this year, Jr/Sr Prom, college prep, and both of them will have many games (basketball, fast and slow pitch softball ~ Kaylee, and Fast and slow pitch softball ~ Ashely) Well we don't start school until August 13th, it feels like it should start in a few days. I think they are both excited as much as they can be........ I don't know about most of you, but every time I enroll my children, I feel even older, I know the reality is that I am, but I don't need the reminder :) Talk to you all soon!

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Hello All, I hope you had a wonderful weekend, spending time with your family, worshiping the Lord, maybe even cleaning...... We had a really good weekend, you might remember that we redone our bathroom a few weeks ago, and I said I had hoped to install a shower into the tub. My husband decided that this was the weekend. I am very excited to say, that we (mostly him) finished it Sunday @ 10 pm. We really didn't even fight, and pretty much agreed on the decision to be made.

I am also very excited about Tuesday night. I have tickets along with my husband to go see Wicked the Musical. I have seen a little bit of it in San Antonio, only seen the second half due to a severe asthma attack. So you can imagine that I am very excited about going again to that I can see the first half..... :)
Keep in touch! Thank you for your unending prayers..... They are appreciated. May I pray for you, if you are comfortable leaving something or would just like me to pray for in general. Please leave me a message I will be happy to lift you up, it is a privilege!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Our God is an Awesome God

I just want to say we serve an Amazing God. Who's plan are greater than we can imagine. He knows what is best for us, and orchestrated our lives to serve His plans, and worship and praise Him. Let us praise our Lord today for the works He has done this week. My life is so blessed because of my Savior who loves me, and I love Him.

Proverbs 8:17

"I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What a day we have in Jesus!

I must start by saying that our God is so good! I have been feeling that this week is going to be an incredible week, and that is all going to start today! My heart and prayers go out to the Johnson's today, please lift them in prayer! God will answer those prayers today, with great expectations. Also I know that the Hamm's are waiting on paperwork today, My prayer is that they receive that today. We have been waiting on PA (pre approval from China). My God is so good and we just received PA about 20 minutes ago. I am so excited to announce to all of you my precious little girl EMILY......
Her birthday is August 29, 2008 (almost 11 months old), and her special need is Cleft Lip and Palate. Here is one cool part of her story, she is at the same orphanage that Kambry (Clayton and Connie's little girl) is from. Can you believe that, the entire country of China and we share the same orphanage between our daughters. How cool is that? Our little Emily is very little at that, she weighed 11 pounds at 6 months. Our entire family feel very blessed to call her our daughter and can't wait to hold her, hug her, kiss her, and just be mommy! All in all today we are expecting a Y E S (just pray for that), PA (pre approval), word from CIS (Hamm's) and LOA (Johnson's). That is a lot of the alphabet, but our God can deliver and will!

Friday, July 17, 2009

A Busy Week

Hello to all of you,

VBS is going very well. Tonight will be our last evening. We have been studying Peter and his faith, relationship with Jesus, forgiveness from Jesus as well. Tomorrow will be our program, the students are having fun as well.

Also tomorrow will be the "Gulicks" biannual Reunion. We have a reunion every 2 years taking us to Texas, Arizona and Oklahoma. This year it is in Fairview, we are looking forward to getting with some very special cousins that I have not seen in a few years.......

Most of all this week we are waiting on "PA" (preapproval from CCAA). It can come any day now and we are waiting patiently..... I want to share my little Emily with all of you, it is so hard to wait now. We now who a daughter is and that makes the wait even more difficult. This week has also been very difficult for our dear friends, Connie and Clayton. Please lift them up in prayers! We love you all, and hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009


We as a church are so excited about starting VBS tonight! Connie and I will be teaching 5th and 6th graders, which we have been doing for a few years now, but we love this age group. There is so much work involved with VBS, and many people are praying for the students, workers, teachers, directors, and our pastor. This is also the first year that both my girls will be helping and not attending as a student. Kaylee is the Kindergarten leader, and Ashley is the music director assistant. Both of them are very excited as well to be helping. And as for me, a mom, my heart is filled with joy to see my daughters serving the Lord, their church and community. Many thanks to our directors L and A for ALL the hard work they put into VBS. WTG ladies, we appreciate all you do! Must go know so that I can help Connie with prep work........ Have a great week, all of you!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Check our our new bathroom?

We finished our bathroom yesterday! I really liked the way it came out, it is a little bit of me and a lot of the girls..... They picked out most the decor and the pattern themselves. It was time for a change, and I really like the change...... The girls really like it as well, and David even said that he liked it too. Enjoy the before and after pictures:

From This:

To this:

To the final stage:

From This: Notice the not so updated light fixtures! We changed those too, one of my happy moments in life.

To This: This taken after 6 hours of stripping wallpaper..... Never want to do that again except for one very special friend.....

To This: TA DAH!

From This: This one is the most dramatic!

To This: notice the mounds of wallpaper!

To This: new paint

To This: the final picture, and we are done!

This is one is just for the new light fixture! I'm so excited to have it, and the girls said you can see, just don't look directly into the light because it will blind you! I tried and it does :) We will enjoy this bathroom for many years to come.....