Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Traditional Easter Pictures

Now most of our family photos in the house look incomplete because most of them were taken before Godwin was with us.  We are trying to fill the frames with photos of our complete family now!  Here are a few taken on Sunday!  Oh, we praise God for His goodness to us!
By the way, our friends, the O'Learys with Feeding the Orphans, challenged us to wear adoption shirts on Easter.  Why spend the money on new clothes when that money could be used to help orphans?  Isn't the day of Jesus' resurrection about his adoption of us anyway?  Oh, we loved the simplicity of it.  It is so true!  We donned our t-shirts along with many families in our church.  Love it!  

Our complete family - including Mathiang! 

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Jumpity Jump

Just four weeks ago, Godwin stepped onto the trampoline at my parent's house and couldn't even lift his feet.  Now he's jumping, jumping, and jumping.  It's beautiful to see him bounce!




Do you think he's happy or what?

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Destroying the Deck - Phase 2

Now our old deck sits completely in our backyard.  I know the neighbors love it....
I have signs posted and a huge table blocking the doorway to be sure we don't go out the door!   It's frightening!
Of course, I had to include one pitcure of our adorable Godwin in his new sunglasses!
Yes, this is our backyard!  Anyone want to come for a deck-raising party??

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Destroying the Deck

For those of you who know Omar, you know he's a big boy.  Actually, for a 13 year old, he's a HUGE boy.  Omar spends many weekends with us, and a last weekend he stayed here.  On Saturday afternoon, he was walking down our back steps and...went through one...  After going through the one rotten board, he toppled down taking out four more steps!  It was frightening, but he was fine.  Thankfully!

Within two days, Reid had taken off the steps.  Nearly all were rotten.  With a three year old now, it's a bit dangerous to have a deck without steps attached.  Soooo....when Reid examined the deck in its entirety he realized that it wouldn't be long before the entire thing came crashing down.   Much of it was dilapidated. 

Reid came up with a plan to build a new deck and gave the boys a very fun job - taking down the back deck!  Every boy in our neighborhood has come to help with the job!

The boys have a plan for a fantastic fort in the woods to be constructed out of the wooden boards.  Airsoft games are around the corner this summer for sure!  Even Godwin Derrick helped - whenever he wasn't being carried by one of his brothers!   

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Baseball Begins!

It's that timeof year again.  Back to the ball field to watch Franklin and Braden swing the bat.  Perhaps it's because Reid played, but I love to watch our kids play America's favorite past-time. 
Godwin Derrick doesn't quite understand where to place the mitts!  So cute!  He loves going to the baseball field where he can run and play.  He's making lots of friends quickly!
Franklin is playing pitcher and first-base this year.  Not to brag, but God has gifted him as an athlete.  He always knows what to do and how to do it.  :-)

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Spring has HATCHED!

We enjoyed an evening with our friends, Chad and Stephanie Bowling, who are also adopting two children from Ghana.  The boys were captivated by their baby chicks and ducklings!  Quack-quack!  I love Spring!




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