"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Sunday, May 17, 2015

An Adoption Assistance Afternoon

It's that time again...


Adoption Assistance, our home study agency, puts on the best picnic around. 

Rain was on the radar, but that didn't stop us. We took shelter one time, but otherwise it was an afternoon of fun for everyone. 



Adoption Assistance has helped in the adoptions of children from 53 countries. It's a great place to start for anyone considering adoption. 

The flags that flew today speak volumes, knowing that each one represents a child or children (many, many children)...


Who now have a home.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Four Months

Declan is doing some big things these days...

Trying out the swing at the park...


Enjoying the exersaucer at church...


And turning FOUR months old...


Friday, May 15, 2015

Pasketi Dinner

Throughout the year, our school has provided several enjoyable evening activities. Different nights devoted to Reading, Math, Music, Wellness, and Science. A movie night for families and one for dads and daughters. A fun filled carnival. 

But tonight had to be the sweetest. When I heard about the Mother/Son Spaghetti Dinner, I said, "Sign me up."

Because who doesn't love spaghetti? And what's even better than spaghetti,
is spaghetti cooked by someone else. 

But this best part of all was my special date. Time alone with this little guy is hard to come by...


Well, we weren't exactly alone but our third wheel didn't talk much and enjoyed a nap...


And considering that Easton told anyone who would listen that he was going to eat "pasketi" at school...


I believe he felt the same. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring Smiles

Ah, spring pictures at school, so late in the year there's no time to place orders. Instead, a huge package of photos are preprinted and sent home with instructions to pay for what you keep and send the rest back. 

Then what happens to "the rest"? Thrown away? Recycled?

Just thinking of the magnitude of waste makes me cringe. I highly doubt many people are buying the whole package, I know we aren't. 

Nevertheless, here they are, perfectly posed in a field of fake flowers...

Piper, Kindergarten...


Lila, Preschool...


Easton, Preschool...




Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dedication of Declan

This year's Mother's Day was extra-special as, once again, we had the honor of committing to raise another child to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



Of course it was Declan's turn to participate in the the Parent/Child Dedication ceremony at our church...



It is an incredible blessing to know that we're not in this alone. We have a wonderful church body and faithful family members to walk alongside us in this endeavor. Speaking of which, BoBo and BeBe came to offer their support, as they have each and every time. What a wonderful example they have been, and continue to be...


Today is a celebration of mothers, but at the end of the day, it's not just about me. I'm thankful for my five little darlings and a husband that faithfully leads us...

  
I don't know where I'd be without them, but I sure wouldn't be "Mommy".
 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Derby Flashback

Today we are flashing back to Derby Day. 

Last week millions of people stopped what they were doing to take in the greatest two minutes in sports. 

But I'm not talking about that derby. 

A little lower scale, but just as exciting, was the Kindergarten Derby. 

The horses were prepped...


The line-up was set and we joined a crowd of hundreds to cheer on the littlest jockeys in town...


After the Friday afternoon post time, we headed into a full weekend, including but not limited to, a cousin sleepover, birthday party, and multiple park visits. The days got away before I could document this historic race. 

And although she didn't win any roses...


We don't ever want to forget the little jockey in the tall pink boots. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Miss April

It's been another exciting week in the life and times of Piper McReynolds. 

She started it off by losing her second tooth. The score is now 2-1 in the tooth pulling battle with Lila. 

Next came a kindergarten field trip to the zoo. Bless those teachers!

Then a Wednesday night church group field trip to a farm. 

Finally, we met her at school this morning for a Student of the Month ceremony. And I say met because she insisted on riding the bus even though the ceremony started 15 minutes after the morning bell. 



I was glad to celebrate our April student of the month. Her siblings were glad to get donuts. 



After hanging around a few minutes Piper asked, "Can I go back to class now?"



Of course, because we sure wouldn't want her to miss anything.