Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Finally in Colorado


Finally we made it to Colorado. Can you see the mountains? Can you feel the cooler, drier air?



Alan, so glad to not be driving anymore and glad to not be in the heat.



We went to the Air Force Academy. This was on the walk to the chapel.





We looked in all of the chapels. It was pretty neat.



The Protestant Chapel. This is the organ and choir loft.



The platform.




My sweet family. Note the pouty look on the little one's face.



Now here come the smiles!



This is the "HAHA, I got what I want" face. I told her she had to walk....




My wonderful children, pretending to be in the Air Force.









The Air Force football field. My Horned Frogs will be there in September. Go Frogs!! The Air Force Academy was incredible. I am so thankful for the men and women who choose to dedicate their lives to the service and protection of our great country.




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On the way to Colorado

On the way to Colorado, we decideded to stop at some Nebraska sites that I had never been to. Normally I like to drive straight and not sightsee, but I thought, what the heck, we might as well. It is our state. So we stopped in Kearney, NE at the Kearney arch. It was pretty cool to go through and hear some of the history of this great state.


Tossing coins on this big map.

You go up in the arch and everyone had earphones that led you through the exhibit.



Alan explaining the route that was taken.

Very cool to see how big a part the UP played in NE. It is really neat to be part of a company that helped connect our country.


Hannah loves to have her picture taken.












Top of the arch, looking out over the interstate.









North Platte, NE
Home of the Golden Spike



Still my railroad enthusiast.



Still loves having her picture taken. Can you just see the sass? Love this little one!



Looking out over the railyard, watching the trains hook up.





Peek a boo

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Monday, August 1, 2011

God's Amazing Blessings


We had the privilege of sharing our Gotcha Day with some of the same people we shared it with 3 years ago. We all met in Colorado and spent time together laughing, crying, comparing notes, remembering what used to be and looking forward to what is to come. 3 years ago, we were handed beautiful little strangers. Today we have these amazing little girls that are active, funny, loving, witty, charming, and yes, even a little naughty at times. One of our group made a video of our Gotcha moments and then put in pictures of the girls now. It was incredible to watch the video because it took each of us back to that day, to that incredible moment when our name was called and we were handed our forever child. It was as overwhelming now as it was back then.


These are just some of the beautiful girls from China who have become a part of forever families over the last few years.






And these are our Guangdong Girls-6 of the 14 girls who came home 3 years ago and changed our lives forever. God is so faithful and good. Thank you Lord for each of these amazing blessings!!!
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