1. We had a video chat with Josie. The kids and I got to spend over an hour talking with her and watching her dance, twirl, play piano, and show us all her toys. This was the first time my girls got to see her 'live' and they loved it. Now they are asking everyday to see her again. We are going to try to do the video chat weekly so that Josie can get to know us a little better before she comes home. She looks very healthy and happy. She was in good spirits was asking me for things to buy for her.
2. We received another generous donation towards our adoption. Thank you Professional Construction Services! You are beyond awesome, and through God, have blessed our family greatly.
3. DAVID COOK IS THE NEW AMERICAN IDOL! We are all David Cook fans and were so happy, and surprised, he won. (We loved Archuleta too. Another very talented young man.)
4. Steven Curtis Chapman's youngest daughter was killed. About an hour after American Idol was over, I heard the awful news. SCC's youngest adopted daughter, 5yo Maria, was accidentally run over her driveway. My prayers and sincere condolences go out to the family. I cannot imagine such a horrible tragedy. Who can? The Chapman family has done so much to help orphans all over the world and have answered the call to care for the orphans in a huge way. They are the founders of Shaohannah's Hope which is a non-profit organization to assist families financially in the adoption process. They have adopted three little girls from China. Here is their family website if you would like to learn more about them. (Steven Curtis Chapman has written many songs about adoption and the call to care for orphans, one of them being the song "What Now" which is the song featured on the video I put together from when we went to Guatemala to meet Josie.)
Please pray for the Chapman family as they try to overcome this tragic event and their tremendous loss.
5. We are in the planning stages of an "Adoption Fundraising Garage Sale." It looks like it might be held on Shay's birthday weekend, June 6 & 7. Here's the flyer.
6. Our girls performed and sang in their choir group at church. The play was called "Esther-Ordinary Faith," and was based on the book of Esther. The play was one of the best ones they've done yet, and the message of faith brought the entire audience to tears. Both girls had solos and sang beautifully. I am so proud of my girls. Haley is on the left, wearing the red belt, and Aubrey is the one giving the bunny ears to her neighbor.
This video is a little shaky. Shay kept trying to grab the camera. (Remember to pause the music before you watch the video)
7. We just returned from a Memorial Weekend mini vacation. We had river plans, but cancelled them due to cold weather. We ended up in San Diego at the KOA campground. The weather was cool, but nice enough to enjoy ourselves. Of course, the kids didn't even feel the chiliness in the air. There were activities all weekend long for the kids. We barely saw the girls. Grandma came and that made it extra special. She even watched the kids while Sammy and I snuck out one evening and walked 1/2 mile to a Japanese restaurant for dinner. Here are some pics from our trip. I may post more when my mom sends me the pics she took.