Monday, October 15, 2012


We had a very special visitor this past weekend!  Spencer is a bear who spends the week in Liam's class and then goes home with a different student each weekend.  At the end of the weekend the students are to draw pictures of their adventures and the parents write an explanation of the weekend's activities to share with the class.  Spencer had lots of fun with us this weekend!

He joined us for our family movie night at home on Friday where we discovered his love of popcorn!

Was tucked lovingly into bed each night and listened to stories with Liam.

Joined us in a downpour for Olivia's two soccer games on Saturday and when we stopped at Culver's in between games to warm up.  (Yes, we gave him a sweater to wear out in the cold!)

He played dress up with Liam.

Spencer also came to see Hotel Transylvania with us, attended church, and played and played.  It was a very busy weekend!

When I gave Liam the paper to draw his pictures of Spencer's adventures, I was VERY impressed and proud when Liam immediately said, "I need to put my name at the top first."  He then proceeded to write HIS NAME ALL BY HIMSELF - this is HUGE!  Yes, the letters are out of order, but still he did this will NO prompts/verbal explanations from me AT ALL.  He wrote the L and m first and then put the a in front and the i at the end.  I'll take it!  SO PROUD!!!!!

A GREAT weekend!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

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Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
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But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
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