On June 2nd, Brad and I celebrated 10 years of marriage! We left all 5 kids for an entire week and returned to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where we honeymooned 10 years ago! It was such a great, relaxing vacation!!!!! Happy Anniversary, Babe! I cannot imagine my life without you in it!! I love you:)
Braylen dressed as a Tap Dancer and Alea as a Queen. Alea was a little nervous about others seeing her in her dress, but she was so proud to be Queen. Braylen had fun tapping away!!! This day will always hold a memory for me. On this day in 2006, we got a call that about changed our lives forever. Ted from Home of God's Love called saying that Alea's birthmother wanted to keep her and we may not get to adopt her. It was such an emotional time for us. We loved this little girl and desperately wanted her in our forever family. Thank God, a few weeks later her mother gave us the most special gift ever! We are forever grateful to you, birthmother for loving her enough to let us raise her as our own!!! It's a bittersweet day for us indeed!
On October 7th we celebrated Braylen's 8th birthday. She took fall leave and acorn sugar cookies to school and then when she got home, she opened her presents from Alea, Brittany, Uncle Curt, and Aunt Amber and us. Then we headed to Outback Steakhouse for dinner! She loves their mac and cheese and they even gave her a free sundae to celebrate! I cannot believe my baby is 8 years old!!! I am so lucky to have her as a daughter and we love her so very much!!!
Today we celebrated Braylen's 8th Birthday with family. We had a zoo theme and a campfire! It was a fun laid back evening!! Braylen had so much fun playing with her cousins and roasting marshmallows on the fire :) Thank you to everyone who took time to come and spend some time with Braylen and us!! We love you all :)