Monday, July 27, 2009


I know I have been neglecting this blog, but life has been crazy! Crazy good in most ways. These last 2 months have flown by!!!!! Literally. In some ways, I can't believe it has been 2 months since BB moved in and in other ways it feels as if she has always been here. We have just seen pure joy on her face over the last 2 weeks. First there was her birthday. She has never actually had a birthday party where you invite frineds and decorate, etc. She loved absolutely everything about it. I'll post birthday specifics later. Then, last week she started cheerleading. This is a "dream" of hers. (her words :) They had a cheer clinic each night last week and each night when it was over....she was overflowing with joy. I don't know any other way to describe it. We were all in awe of it. Again, she loved EVERY SINGLE part of it. Even taking her new water bottle with her name on it. It is truly a gift...and a reminder about how we all should watch such a little person love and live in the moment and appreciate everything. She's just turned 7 and she has taught me so much!! I will post more about cheerleading later, too. I think I hear her dance music now. She "practices" constantly and it is precious. She has a serious work ethic!

And just in the last few weeks, her little personality has really begun to shine. She is so funny! She sings and dances and cracks us up all of the time. She is just happy! The other night...she got up and started dancing to some background music coming from a TV in another room. I said, "You are just a crazy little dancer!" She stopped, looked at me and said, "My name is B....., and I love to dance!" in this silly little voice with a hilarious expression. We all just busted out laughing. She really is a hoot!

We still don't know when the courts will make any decisions on "forever" for our family. But for now, we thank God for her and for this summer together and we pray for the future and hope for years of laughs with her. While we wait, we will follow BB's example and live in the moment and with lots of joy!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Beach Fun

We had the best time at the beach. It was so nice for it to just be the four of us and do our own thing. BB was overjoyed with every aspect of the trip. When we first got to the beach, she was facinated with everything. She loved the sand and loved for her feet to "sink" into the sand at water's edge when the waves would wash over them. At first she would hold Dickie's hand and just laugh and squeal when the waves would wash in. Then, she got more brave and didn't need a hand. The first splash in the face was hilarious, too. She was shocked that the water was salty. Then, she discovered the shells. She was obsessed with finding more and more! She used her net for a while and then it became a game of whether she could reach down and get the shells before the wave splashed her in the face. It was so much fun for all us. Reed was such a good big brother. He hung out with her the whole time just about. They swam and floated, built sand castles, dug trenches, dug for shells, hunted for sand crabs at was a blast. He even did what most brothers do and dumped her off of her float. She quickly insisted he not do that again.

We even came home with 3 new pets. More on that later. I need to take pictures and post that later. This was an added thrill....since she has been asking about a new pet since the day she moved in.

No matter what happens in the future, the memories of this trip will be with us forever. I cherish my memories of childhood vacations. I know she will, too. Hopefully we will make many more vacation memories in the years to come.