Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking Back on 2012

Wow! 2012 is really at it's end.
So lets look back for a second and see what went on!

In January we celebrated Chinese New Year.

In February we took it easy and shared some love on Valentines Day.

In March Lily mastered the potty!

In April we celebrated Easter at our Grandparents.

In May we announced Dang Tian Hu was becoming part of our family. 

In June we began our summer Black & White Wednesday.

In July Joshua was placed in our arms!

In August we began the adjustment to life with Josh.

In September I almost won Sunday Snapshot!

In October we celebrated lots of birthdays!

In November Joshua had his first casting.

And in December we remembered the 1 year loss of Luke.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas in Pictures- 2012

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Ours was very nice and enjoyable!

We headed down stairs around 8ish.

We were soon greeted with the smell of Coffee Cake. (Monkey Bread)
Then everyone sang Happy Birthday to me, (yes I'm a Christmas baby).

 After eating we began unwrapping presents. In our family it's youngest to oldest.
I think Josh thoroughly enjoyed his first Christmas home!

Apparently Anna-Grace really wanted this doll.

I got some Toms.

Mom got a Panini maker.

Dad got a GPS!

Josh became a knight in shinning armor!

He liked his costume!

He also got a very special blankie made by Mommy! He buried his face in it for quite some time!

I got a much wanted North Face Jacket!

Anna-Grace got her much wanted Rip-Stick!

It was a very pleasant and enjoyable Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you!

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Message to You...

From Lily to You!

Monday, December 17, 2012

The 5th Casts

Today Joshua got his 5th casts!! (Sorry don't have pictures)
Dad, Anna-Grace, and Josh got back around 3:30.

Josh an I took this opportunity to be silly in front of the camera! 

I love this child! <3

We're just so cute!

 Hope ya'll having a good Monday!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Pinned It, Made It! Monday- Curls

So, I saw this picture of Pinterest, and was like... "I want to curl my hair now"

So, I did, and it looked good so I was like,
"Hey Dad, take a picture!"
Now I have a Pinned It Made It Monday!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Where is the Joy?

So this it not an "Ooo! Merry Christmas, I love decorating and singing Christmas Carols"
Sorry, wrong post. That not what you're going to hear.
Some people might end up saying, "Oh, Emma is such a Grinch, she doesn't like Christmas." If that's you opinion, fine. However it is definitely not how I am trying to come across.  

I was waiting until 'my time of the month' was over for this because I tend to be a bit emotional. Okay VERY emotional. But I think i'm pretty good now. 

So the title says it all. I don't have the Christmas joy. Most years I can't wait to put decorations up and sing carols, all the 'stuff'. This year I'm just kinda 'blahh' about Christmas. I was kinda like, "Oh it's December.. again".

Some of you may know what happened last Christmas. Other may not know, so I'll do a little overview.

Last Christmas we had our Grandparents from Florida, (and Virginia) over. Our house and hearts were full.

However our joy was crushed when we heard Luke died the day after Christmas

Two days after the agency called us my Mom had a seizure in her sleep. 
 Not really a Happy New Year.
So now your caught up, and know all that happened last December.

Okay here is the To Be Honest section.

TBH I have a had a really difficult year.
TBH I was in a depression stage for a while.
TBH I really thought everything was over, my life had fallen apart.

I don't think you really know how it feels when someone losses a close family member unless you've experienced it for yourself. I know I never did.
It like someone takes your heart and rips out part of it.You feel this terrible emptiness.
For some it might be the memories you made together. For me the memories we'll never make together.

Never being able to tell them how much you love them. Never kissing them good-night, and comforting them when they have boo-boos. Never teaching them songs, or reading them stories. These are the things that make my heart ache. 

The ache was SO big a year ago, I thought it would never end.
And I don't think it will end. Because I still ache. Not as much as I did them, but it still hurts.

I had this dream (not joking either), and it was like in heaven, or something. I saw Luke, he was running and jumping, and laughing calling my name. It was SO incredibly sweet, and sad.

Really weird, last year during school. Everyone was at the school table and I looked over, and for a split second I like saw him. He was just sitting at the school table smiling. I'm not even kidding. It was SO weird.

  Another time I was just laying bed and he was there laying next to me. For only a second. 

Maybe I weird. And I little crazy, but it's so true. I saw him.
I've never told anyone about it though.

I started a Pinterest board the other night: Bible Versus & Words of Wisdom  
There were some pins that really spoke to me.

(From Random Board)

(From My Passion Board)

So there were a lot of them.
I guess that good, right?

Many of you know this summer we adopted Joshua. What a healing that was. But as I looked back on that time I was reminded of how I felt while visiting some foster homes/orphanages. 

Loving those children was like loving Luke.

So while I was holding him..

and him...

and her...

 and of course him!

It is like i'm holding (and loving) him.

I feel better writing all this. It been locked away inside waaay too long.
I know this Christmas will have something new for me.
But for now I'm hanging low.
Am I rejoicing over our Savior's birth? Oh course.
Am I excited about presents and family time? Not yet.

By the way, I could never EVER express this out loud. I don't work that way.  
(From Me, Myself, and I board)