Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Adoption Benefit

Our church put on an adoption benefit for a local family. It was a great success! Not only did we raise a good amount of money for them, but many people were made more aware of the plight of the orphan!

This family is such an inspiration to so many. They started out with their biological daughter, and then proceded to adopt 3 little girls from China (some with disabilities.) Now they are in the process of adopting 2 little boys from an Eastern European country... one with Down Syndrome and one with Cerebral Palsy. They guys are awesome parents and have such a burden for children around the world without families to love them.

Currently the mom and her bio. daughter are in Europe visiting their 2 little boys. They spend 5 days with them and then have to come home. In a few months, when everything is finalized, they will be able to go back and bring the boys home with them! If you want to read about their amazing story, you can on their blog, A difference to this one.

You can also make a tax-deductible donation to their adoption by following the Reese's Rainbow Sponsorship link on their blog. Every bit helps to bring these two boys home!!

The Proud Parents, Greg and Jennifer

We spent most of the day getting set up and practicing

Jimmy Passwaters came and sang in 2 bands and helped with sound
Greg and Jennifer
Ryan's family helped a ton - here we are having a decorate the basket contest :)
Ryan's wife and mom :)
They put on an amazing dinner for the benefit!
The Pickin' Pals with Jimmy Passwaters
some bluegrass gospel!
The Bay City Quartet
Greg and bio daughter, Morgan, singing along
I love this photo!
What a blessing to know these children!
Two of Greg and Jennifer's treasures with my Olivia
Our church praise team rockin' out!
Greg, Jennifer, and Sharon D
Myself and Jen :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Birthdays and Halloween

We spent Emelyn's 11th birthday in VA, visiting Garr's Mom Linda and her fiancee Buddy. It was also Mom Linda's birthday!! And it was Halloween too. We had a great time. We came up with some creative gifts (read: inexpensive) for Mom for her bd and Eme got an ipod from Mom and Buddy. She loves it! We have recently gotten a membership at the YMCA and it is so cute to see her working out with her ipod strapped to her arm. :) Buddy agreed to dress up as a pirate with Abby - he's so much fun :) Daniel had a costume but refused to wear it (as usual.) He did carry a sword though... Here are some photos from our weekend:

Eme was a SWAT member

Eme and Abby battling

Pirate Abby
She was so cute posing!
Olivia was a Snow Queen
Daniel is too cute!
This was so funny!
Daniel kept bopping Buddy on the head with the sword
and they were both belly laughing!!

Buddy and Abby dueling it out!
We went to a car show trunk or treat
Buddy, Mom, and the kids
The best photo of all 4 kids taken that weekend,
with one of our favorite neighbors, Ms. Shirley

Danny waiting to trick or treat

Our snow queen