Welcome to our blog...we hope to be pros at this in time to go to China so we can keep connected on the trip of a lifetime. Please see the end entry if you haven't been thanked for all the support over the last few years. Jenny

Sunday, November 1, 2009

From birthday til now what's been going on?

We had a shower at church on October 3rd to officially welcome Shelby home. It was wonderful we had brunch type food and of course cake. We had asked for fall and winter clothes since most of Shelby's wardrobe was for summer ware. Wow did we get spoiled. So many cute things!!! There was also a money tree and now we are set to buy a spring wardrobe too...could one little girl be any more blessed? I don't think so.

I think Shelby had a great time!!!

This is a high chair that was on back order that came for Shelby's birthday and she loves to feed her bitty baby-Thanks Aunt Jen, Uncle Craig, Austin and Avery!!

Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Harold came for a visit in October and the girls went to the pumpkin patch. Shelby loved looking at the animals and walking around like a big girl. Aunt Charlotte let her slide several times and this is one of her favorite things to do!

We started Halloween week off with a trip to the zoo for Ghouls at Grassmere. The animals were up but we got to paint a pumpkin, take a hay ride (Shelby pointed at all the scary stuff and laughed), and trick or treat. She didn't get the whole hold your basket up but she sure liked the treats!

On Wednesday we went to church for trunk-n-treat. The Harnists plus Hailey joined us and we had lots of fun. We ate at the cook out and then we were off. Tonight she figured if you hold your basket up you get candy and she said trick or treat for the first time!

So now it's Halloween and we went to the Wards for a wienie roast and more trick or treating. Shelby was a trooper. She walked almost the whole way and when Kenzie and Gracie took off for a door we were right with them. She loved the roasted marshmallows and was worn out when we got home.

We are now counting down to Thanksgiving when we get to go to Minden and see all our family. Shelby still has some cousins to meet and we can't wait to hug them!!!

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Still waiting for Shelby...

Our wait for Shelby began on September 13, 2005. We are now very close to being with our angel. We hope to travel in early 2009. This has been a journey filled with many highs and lows. I want to take this oppportunity to thank everyone who has stood by me and prayed for us. My mom-she has been on this roller coaster from the first informational meeting and we take turns keeping each other grounded, my family-my grandma who helped me have the best nursery ever and my LA gang-for not giving up that they will soon have another niece and cousin, friends-way to many to name but I'm going to try (and if I leave someone out don't fret we will call it a paper pregnancy moment)-Lauri (all the cards), the Wardskis, Jen., Lisa, Sheri, Tiffany, my Hillcrest UMC friends...always patiently letting me cry, vent, and forever guess at what China will do next, and last but not least my work family-I can't even begin to express how they have kept me lifted up...from Sally starting her hair bow collection, Chinese New Year celebrations, Sebrina always keeping up with the rumor queen and marking the days off as we get them, and finally all the cards and pick me ups left quietly on my desk at the most needed times. They always know when the end of the month comes (referral time) I need a shoulder and pep talk and never waiver in staying positive. So thank you all again for what you have done and all that I know you will do until we have "Shelby Marie from Tennessee" (from the famous ? my dad had for her in her quilt scrapbook "Shelby Marie are you really from Tennessee...you look Chinese to me")