Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Exactly One Year Ago...

I was getting ready to take one of the most amazing journeys of my entire life. I can NOT believe it has been a year already. CAN YOU??? I praise God for leading me around the world to find my youngest daughter in a place more beautiful than I can describe. So many of you took that journey with me. You were here every day on my blog holding your breath...waiting for Kaiya Rain Zhen. I thought it might be fun to take a look back this next week or so. Check out the post I was writing exactly one year ago tonight! Love to you, Angel

Monday, May 18, 2009


A new book from "Tom Davis" is coming out June 1st and I already pre-ordered mine!! I've heard great things from people who got a sneak preview. :0) Can hardly wait to get my hands on it!

It's on sale right now at amazon...only $10 if you pre-order. SWEEEET!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Kiva Update

I was excited and grateful to get this video journal from one of the precious ladies we lend to through Kiva. I honestly have tears listening to her tell how she is grateful that now she has enough food and that she can help others though she does not have much. She farms and raises 2 children on her own. Now that her business is doing better she can afford to educate her children. If you do not already loan through Kiva please change that today. It only takes $25 dollars to make a loan!! Your money is paid back and can help literally hundreds of people. Here is a whole blog post I did on why I think this is an important way to help - Kiva lets you make a loan to a specific low-income entrepreneur -- empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.

Look what I am setting up in our yard right now!!

My kids usually play outside for HOURS every day. The last couple of weeks they have been dragging in telling me it's WAY TOO HOT! I know it's true.... and that has had me VERY concerned about a whole summer with three little ones stuck inside. My solution was this!

I started shopping for an inflatable back yard water park and loved this one but it was WAY too expensive. Then I found it at our Sam's Club for $300 cheaper!!! WOOHOO! It's a Kaiya birthday/summer fun present from parents and grandparents. We really had to scrape the money for this one but I think it's gonna be totally worth it. The thing is amazing!!! :0) We just got it home about 45 minutes ago and it's already up and filling with water while they splash around. Plus you can just deflate it at night and put it away. It inflated in about 2 minutes. I'll take more pics once we get the water slides going in a few minutes! SO EXCITED!! YAY SUMMER!! Angel

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hannah Montana Movie

I surprised Zoe and Kaitlyn with the Hannah Montana movie and friends to go with us! It was a great movie. I actually really liked it! Go figure...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Kaiya Rain Zhen is 3 years old!!!!

Yesterday, May 10th was Kaiya's 3rd birthday. We had a great time and I will post more pics later. I just wanted to remind you of what she looked like about a year ago!! I can't believe how much she has changed. Love this girl. :0)

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Pretty Baby!

Friday, May 08, 2009

UMHB Buddies

Last week we got to hang out with a bunch of my old friends from UMHB where I went to college. It was really cool to get to catch up a little on life and see so many cute kiddos. Loved seeing you girls!!! :0) Angel

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Meeting Shamu

I absolutely love capturing that first sight of Shamu!!! It never fails to get a fun reaction from the little ones. Kaiya did not disappoint. She was amazed at Shamu!

San Antonio Getaway

A couple of weeks ago I surprised my girls with a trip to San Antonio. We swam, hung with some cousins and spent some time at Sea World! It was a great mini-vacation.