I've just returned from a great trip to Louisiana. It was a blessing to be there for my first Mother's day and to spend it with my mom, Grandma, aunt, Charlene, and Nat. That was just the beginning of a great week. We celebrated Lauren graduating from High school and had the grand opening of my cousin Bret's new motorcycle shop Minden Motorsports. We also threw in Brandon and Walker's 14th birthdays.
These were a cherished surprise!! Cousins Charlene and Leslie did the plaque and Great Grandma did the hand prints and poem. What a mother's day!
Lauren from left to right with her Meemaw, Mamaw, Grandma, and Grammy and reading the Alma Mater perfectly!
Shelby sporting her Minden Motorsports t-shirt and being a biker babe with cousin Brandon
Always a helper bee when it comes to opening presents...as you can see by the end she was the biggest present of all!
This is our spot of land...now picture a great house with us in it
The pool was a big hit...a little cold yet for me but when the hot tub was cranked up that was pretty great! Can't wait for many more gatherings this summer!
Sewing with Great Grandma
Shelby loves all the dogs at the farm. Sam moved out there this visit and seems to be adjusting well to farm life.
This was waiting for me when I got back home...I thought it would be another 4 weeks before I got this...now only if I had a job...
Last but not least these are a few of my favorites of Shelby and Avery from a girls weekend we had with her and Aunt Jen. back in April. Can't wait to go to North Carolina in July and see the whole family.
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")