Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Daddy and daughter bonding time....


Look at this picture of Eliana.....it makes me want to cry!! SHE LOOKS SO OLD (AND BEAUTIFUL)!!! Seriously, I love her so much....not to mention the crazy guy behind her. She can scream louder than me.....but I want to enjoy every minute.

Love you all,
Lindsey

Monday, April 27, 2009

Practicing her Marimba!!


I walked into Eliana's room today....and this is what she was doing!!! It is probably one of the cutest sights ever.....and she is really good at it!!

Love you all,
Lindsey

P.S. The chair and the marimba are from Guatemala....I had to do an excellent packing job on our way home!! I am so glad I bought them.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

How I want to live.....

If you haven't read Katie's story.....don't wait another minute.

Click HERE!!!

Love you all,
Lindsey

Friday, April 17, 2009

Fun with the McBride family.....


Yesterday we had so much fun with the McBride family (Adventure Science Center & Mexican food).....they were in town working on details for their Ethiopian adoption!!  WE CAN'T WAIT TO MEET THEIR NEW KIDDO SOON!!  We love you all so much.....and are so thankful for your friendship.  

Love y'all,
Lindsey

......to follow their journey, click HERE!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Eliana LOVES laundry....



It makes her day when she gets to help us with the laundry!! Basically, she loves to transfer ANYTHING!! She does it all day. She will move all of her stuffed animals from one spot to another....then she will move her books to a different location. Chris says that she is going to work for UPS when she grows up. I walked into my room the other day and she was standing in the room with my Kanakuk shorts on her head. Needless to say, I couldn't stop laughing. Is she not the cutest thing ever?!!

Love you all,
Lindsey

P.S. Thanks for all of the encouragement about Xiomara.....it means so much to me!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

We will NEVER stop loving and praying for Xio!!

This is probably one of the hardest posts that I have written in a long time. Many of you that have followed us from the beginning have prayed for precious Xiomara!! For those that don't know her story, click HERE. The Lord brought her in our lives when we least expected it....without her, we would never have found our precious Eliana. A lot has gone on with her case in the last year and a half.....and most of it we were told not to voice on our blog. The last few days have been pretty tough for Chris and me. We have cried and prayed and cried some more. We found our that precious Xiomara is being adopted by a Guatemalan couple!! PLEASE HEAR ME, we are BEYOND THRILLED that she is being adopted.....that she will have a forever family. The selfish part of me is just grieving that she will not be in our family. We were also told that she was NOT adoptable....so we are having to sort through feelings of hurt there too. The bottom line is that we LOVE this girl....we will NEVER stop praying for her. Please join us in praying for her new family. Pray for our hearts.....I am having to let go of my dream of Eliana and Xiomara being sisters. If you would like to hear how you can pray more specifically or want to hear more of the story, just e-mail me privately. I cannot even begin to tell all of you how much you mean to me. Thank you for loving this little girl.

We love you Xio....
Lindsey (and Chris)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Gibberish from a 21 month old!

video

Ok,
I don't write often but I should because there is so much to tell!

This video is a little older but we thought it was still worth showing! When laying in her bed, she will just talk to herself and even make herself laugh. Eliana is truly hilarious to me. She makes me laugh every day. To say she's sassy is an understatement. Her personality is getting bigger and bigger.

She loves to transfer things from one location to another. Today she was way into helping me move clothes from the washer to the dryer. We moved them one at a time...like one single sock at a time! She's learning how to help out !

I keep telling myself that this will all be gone so soon and I'm trying to be as intentional as I can to enjoy each day for what it is...everyone says it goes by so fast.
Happy Twenty-One Months Eliana, we love you so much!

Grace and Peace,
Chris

PS A big shout out and thank you from Linds for all the great ideas on money making possibilities! Keep those coming if you think of more!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

I need ideas PLEASE!!!!

When we brought Eliana home, Chris and I made the decision that I was going to stay home with her......and I love EVERY minute of it!! The only problem is that we really need extra money. I know that thousands of people are in this exact same position. We are trying to pay off doctor's bills and the rest of her adoption. I am trying to sell things on ebay.....and we are going to do a garage sale in a few weeks.

But, I was wondering if anyone has any ideas for making money from home?!! I have internet access and a computer.....so I could do data entry or book keeping. I just don't know how to find those kind of jobs. I am willing to do WHATEVER!! If you know of anything, please let me know. I would appreciate it SO MUCH!!!

Love you all,
Lindsey