My name is Angel. I'm 34 yrs old. I'm a homeschooling, gluten free, Jesus loving, Disney going, Twilight reading, nose ring wearing, picture taking,world traveling, orphan holding warrior girl of a mom to 4 beautiful children. Each of our children is such a blessing. I can't imagine life without the joy they bring. Of course... never 2 b forgotten...I have an amazing husband (Russ) who I adore w/all of my heart. I would pick him over any man in the world- hands down. Plus he is super hot too. :o) Living an average life doesn't cut it for us. Who knows what wild adventures lie ahead. I guess I have what most people might consider kind of a crazy life. I wouldn't want it any other way. My life is amazing. The ups and downs have taught me so much along the way. I am excited to see where God leads us. It's gonna be GREAT! Join us for the journey... Angel
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Kaiya's Adoption Timeline-
LOI to agency 10-23-07 LOI in China 10-31-07 Sent I600A 11-21-07 USCIS gets 1600A 11-26-07 Recieved PA 11-29-07 Prints app papers 12-04-07 fingerprints done 12-05-07 Received I 171-H 12-14-07 DTC 12-29-07 Dossier in China 1-01-08 LOI 1-08-08 LOA 4-07-08 Travel 5-21-08
This is Nonny! She is married to Pop- Russ' Mother
This is Polka Dot! She is married to Grandpa- Angel's Mother
This is Grandpa! He is married to Polka Dot- Angel's Father
This is Lauren! (the one in the middle)
This is Lauren and her brothers. You knew her as Esperanza if you followed Zoe's adoption in Guatemala. Zoe and Lauren were very close in Guatemala as they both waited to be adopted. Now Lauren lives in the US with her biological brothers (shown with her here) who were adopted before she was and her wonderful new parents!
This is Tia Bek. She is my mom's best buddy and a part of the family. Zoe adores her and Bek speaks to her in Spanish to help her keep it as a second language.
Scott and Carol
This is Scott and Carol with Lauren. They are her parents. These people are beyond amazing. They adopted Lauren's younger siblings. Her youngest brother had a rare extremely life threatening disease. After over a year of battling for his life they started the process to adopt Lauren. They are some of the strongest people I know. I am so grateful that we get to know them through our girls. We are meeting them in Sea World this summer with all our kiddos! YAY!
This is Lidia! She was Zoe's foster sister in Guatemala. She was waiting along with Lauren and Zoe. She came home to her amazing family in the US a couple of months before Zoe. She was nine years old when she got home. Zoe and Lidia are extremely close. We went to visit them in July.
This is Lidia's family! They are experienced in the adoption world. Before they adopted Lidia they adopted Bayla (their youngest) from China. Now Brinley has come home from China too. Congrats! Lisa (Lidia's Momma) found me from my blog during our first visit to Guatemala. She just "happened" to run across my blog and see that my pictures (of Zoe) had the same house furniture as her pics of Lidia. She wrote to me and SURE ENOUGH our girls were foster sisters. We had the same lawyer but different agencies. We probably never would have met if God hadn't intervened. Now we are great friends!
G- foster mommy
We will call this sweet lady G for her privacy- she was Zoe's foster mommy in Guatemala. She is wonderful and I have the highest respect for the love and care she gave my sweet girl. Zoe lived with her for over a year before coming home with us. I truly thank God for this wonderful foster family. Zoe speaks with G and her family on the phone often.
The struggle to bring Zoe home- Praise You In This Storm
My Husband- LOOK AT THOSE MOVES!
My Christmas 2006 Gift To My Blogger Buddies- a tribute to our children
Zoe's first blog interview after we brought her home- Jan 07 home 2 months
Zoe's birthday present Feb 2007- 3 months after Zoe got home. They are so sweet together!
Zoe's birthday celebration Feb 2007- 3 months home
Home school with girls Feb 2007- Zoe home 3 months
An interview with cutie KK March 2007
An attempted interview with Zoe foiled by Kaitlyn- March 2007 4 months home
KK dancing and singing March 2007
A Giggly Princess March 2007
My Video Tribute To Zoe- Her Journey To Us April 2007
Our Family Beach Vacation- April 2007 5 months home for Zoe