Friday, May 29, 2009

What we do for fun.....

This is how the Wheeler family celebrates Memorial Day......a pool on a trampoline with warm rainwater in it!! It may look redneck....but it was perfect!

She did not want to get out of the pool.....and who doesn't love a good play-doh in the pool!

We are on the search for a good swim jacket for Eliana.....does anyone have any suggestions? This jacket is supposed to be fitted. Her little 20 pound body doesn't fit in most things!!

I already commented on my Facebook.....but this is the lead singer of Fundamental Elements (and one of our friends through adoption)! Chris and I went to hear them on Wednesday night....and were BLOWN AWAY!! You can check them out at (Katie, we have cute husbands!)

Thanks Paige for keeping Eliana while we went to hear FE!!! Eliana was so cute cuddling with you on the couch.

Eliana is now trying to feed most of her stuffed animals and babies....she rocks them non-stop too. Please note that she is feeding her stuffed cat Polly's water (our dog).

And she's off......this girl can RUN!!! She is seriously so fast. If I let her down.....she is a mile in front of me in two seconds. We think she is going to be a cross country runner!!

Thanks for praying for me.....please keep it up!! Just know I appreciate it more than you know. God has promised to bring me through this.....and I am clinging to that right now.

Love y'all,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

When I need a laugh....

.....I look at this. This is Eliana holding her sweet cousin Harper!! She looks so fed up with her. I have needed a lot of laughs over the last two weeks. If you think about it, please send up a prayer for me. I have had a really rough time....had to switch medicines and my body is going crazy!! Thanks friends.

Love y'all,

Monday, May 18, 2009

We should have seen this coming....

I remember getting this picture over e-mail from her foster mom and thinking "those look like mischievous eyes."  I was right!!  This little diva is going to keep us on our toes the rest of our life.  She is the definition of the "Strong-Willed" child.  She is sassy.  She is funny.  She is mischievous.  She is entering into a new phase....and one that honestly scares us to death but keeps us laughing non-stop.  There is something about the church nursery that brings out her sassy/bully side.  One day she bit a little girl.  Today they informed me that she was trying to push people down....she is a 20 pound bully at church.  Chris said "How could a little girl in a cropped cardigan push people down."  I looked at her in the car and said "Eliana, did you push the little kids in your class today"......and she instantly had the guiltiest look on her face.  It was quite funny but I had to remain serious.  Chris and I are so excited this little sassy diva is ours. 

We love being your parents are the greatest joy!!  Seriously, every minute with you is fun.  We are praying for you every single night.....for so many things!!  We are so proud of all that you are learning and accomplishing.  We are your #1 fans!!   Keep it up little one. 

Love you,
Lindsey (Mama)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

She can say her middle name now!

Chris here...
If you say "Eliana...Hope...Wheeler" she will repeat each word after you.
When she says "Hope" it's without the "H" and it's super cute!

Every day with her feels like such a privilege. I keep thinking back to this time last year...desperately waiting and "hoping" for any news...any new picture....anything! It's crazy to think that was just last year! I feel like Eliana's always been with us!

I LOVE HER LAUGH! She is so much fun!
This girl loves animals...all of em! Cats, Dogs, Bunnies...even Alpaca! She hugged this Alpaca at the Franklin Main street Festival's petting zoo. ( She also climbed on it's back and grabbed it's ears!) Yeah, she loves animals...especially soft ones!
What can I say, I'm crazy bout this "Teeny Wheeler!"


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jillian Michaels is going to become my new best friend!

I am tired of sitting on the couch (eating ice cream) and watching the Biggest Loser.....crying my eyes out....and doing nothing to change ME! So, Chris and I are starting the 30 Day Shred tomorrow morning. Some of my fav blogs (Boomama and Big Mama) have joined a 30 Day Shred I am joining. I probably won't be able to walk for a week....but I am going to do it. Who wants to join in?!!

Love y'all,

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Dia Del Madre!

You are such a good Momma! Thank you for investing all of who you are into Eliana's little soul! My deepest desire is for her to grow up and be just like her Momma! You are literally modeling the life of Faith, and Biblical Hope in front of her! You are a beautiful expression of the Grace of the Gospel to her!

Thanks for staying home and pouring into our baby girl!
(And for the record...all her sass, spunk and fire come from you!)

I am so proud of you and the Momma that you are!
We both love you with all our hearts!

Chris & Eliana