While waiting for Maggie, we are picking up her brother in Africa!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Louie and Gracie

Aren't they sweet! Louie is the one peeking over the fence. He is crazy, but loveable! He is 8. Gracie is our little baby. She is 4. Ariel (pictured in previous posts) is 7.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Laverne Trip

Since Brian is in Wisconsin, Baylee and I decided to go to Laverne to see the Grandmas. Boy, were we spoiled with good food and sweet company. It was so hard to leave. We are so blessed to have such wonderful family. Not only my precious grandmas, but aunts, uncles, and cousins too. Below are some pictures I took while we were there.

Lisa and Baylee at Aunt Carolyn's Soda Shop

Baylee, Jaci, Josie, and Jordi

Baylee and Grandma Brown

Baylee and Grandma Margie

Yeah! The go cart is finally done!!!

Daddy had just as much fun as Baylee!

Baylee and Diablo

Baylee having fun at Wild West Night at church!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Baylee and Daddy submarining!

Look at that gorgeous face!


Ariel was so hot outside. She had just had a bath, so I let her come in to the kitchen to lay on the cool tile while I was cleaning out cabinets. She thought she was in heaven!


Ariel always puts her arm around you when she is with you. She speaks with her paws. Sometimes those massive paws can hurt however. She is such a lover though!

I love puppies!

Baylee with Drew and Colton's new puppy Emma.

Fireworks Fun!

Brian and his nephews, Jason and Cody, put on an exciting display of fireworks every year. This year a lot of neighbors put on a display as well. It was awesome.

Swimming Fun!

Finally the rain stopped! Now we can swim with neighbors/friends Drew and Colton!

Friday, July 6, 2007

CCAA Update

Referrals are coming in! People are getting calls and referral pictures of their babies. These people are LID (Logged In Date) November 8th thru November 14th, 2005. We are LID September 4th, 2006. This means that there are still 8 and 1/2 months of LID's before us! Yuk! We still celebrate everybody's referral however. It means that more orphans have a forever family. We so hope for a speedup because it has taken 2 months to get through 2 weeks worth of referrals. At this rate it will take another 2 months just to get through November 2005. Let's not even go there and figure out the math to what that would mean for us. The rumor has it that November is a really big month, and that is the reason it is taking so long to get through it. We were at 10 months on July 4th. I did call my adoption agency the other day and she said the wait is still lengthening, and she expects it to get to 2 years for sure, but she doesn't believe it will get to 3 years. I could handle 2 way easier! That would mean we are almost half way there. I will keep praying for our baby in 2008!!!!!

But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn't happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently. Romans 8:25

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

What a cutie!

Beautiful Big Meadow!

We could see this gorgeous lake from our campground! I have many wonderful memories of digging for worms with my grandma in that green field and then fishing with my grandad. When I walk around the lake, I can still feel my grandad's presence and hear his voice. It always makes me a bit emotional. I hope that we are creating the same sweet memories for Baylee.

Cute chipmunk

These little guys would eat right out of our hands!

Cheezy grin!

Baylee with Grandma and Grandpa

Bristol Head Campground

This is where we camp between two charming towns called Lake City and Creede. We have many wonderful memories here! The view is beautiful!

Beautiful young buck

Baylee is quite the fishergirl!

Mom and Daddy

These two are the real adventurers! They know how to live life!

Quadrun Fun!

Brian and I went on an adventure. It was so much fun! Note to self: Next quadrunner adventure-do not wear contacts!

Cool Brian!

4 Wheeler Fun!

The North Pole

The North Pole was so much fun!

Santa's Sleigh!

The sleigh was taking off! Hold on Baylee!!

Tilt a Whirl

Fun! Fun! Look at Daddy's face!

The Peppermint Slide

This was one of Baylee's favorite things at the North Pole! She slid down it over and over!

Ferris Wheel

The North Pole ferris wheel offered quite a view!

The North Pole Chapel

Baylee and Santa

Baylee go to visit the real Santa at the North Pole in Colorado! He told her it was 180 days until Christmas and that sometime between September and November, she needed to let him know what she wanted this year!

Garden of the Gods!

We all felt so small in this beautiful place!

Baylee and Gina

We are at the Garden of Gods!

My Whole World!

Garden of the Gods

Queen of the Mountain!

This massive rock is the same rock I stood on at Baylee's age!

Cascade Falls!

Baylee was standing in the waterfall! It is the same waterfall that my mom and I used to hike to when I was her age! It hasn't changed!

Monday, July 2, 2007