I have come to the conclusion that Leavenworth, WA. is one of the most magical places on earth. If you haven't heard of it, it's a little town that is built to look like a small bavarian village. It's amazing at Christmas. One of the Christmas presents we were treated to this year, was a Sleigh ride in Leavenworth, given to us by my brother and his wife this year. Yesterday they treated us to lunch, and then we went to the farm that provides the sleigh rides, complete with handmade sleighs, large draft horses, and jingle bells. The atmosphere was perfect with fluffy falling snowflakes as we rode around. It was amazingly beautiful, and we all enjoyed it so much. Afterward, we sipped hot cocoa in a tee-pee while warming up around a wood stove. We then went back to town where we walked around in the bavarian village. The kids went sledding, while I wandered in some adorable little shops. I never have enough time when I go to this town, and I have decided that in a few years, when the kids are bigger, I am going to take them all for a 4 day trip there around Christmas time. We will then have time to explore the entire village while taking in the sights and sounds of Christmas. Picture a Christmas town filled with bright twinkling lights everywhere you look, and music playing on every street corner, with horses and carriages wandering past, and happy people milling around. It is pure heaven in my estimation, and I just need more time there. Thankfully, I just booked a two night stay at my favorite bed and breakfast there for next December, and will have some of this time, but I am very much looking forward to a few more years down the road when I can take all the kids for a longer trip, where they can join in on the fun as well. Don't get me wrong, I am so excited to get away next year, but it's always fun to see the kids enjoying themselves as well. We are so thankful that we were given such a fun, meaningful gift, and most of all I love that we made some memories at one of my favorite places on earth. We are blessed!
They say God's ways are so much bigger than we could ever imagine. In our case that is very true! We were blessed with a biological daughter in 2001. A few years later we brought her baby sister home from China. Soon after that, our home became filled to the brim with little ones from our state foster care system. How blessed we are! Not only is our farmhouse filled with sweet children, but you will always find kittens in the barn, ponies in the pasture, and chickens in the henhouse...life is full here on this little piece of heaven the Lord has so graciously blessed us with. We give Him all the thanks and praise!
Age 10. Little homemaker in training. She spends her days sewing, reading, helping with babies, baking and tending to her pets.
Age 5. Our blessing from Guangdong, China. Adopted November 2007, at 16 months of age. We can't imagine life without her!
Our first foster placement, who came to us as an infant in July 2009. She is 2 years old now...and we are blessed to be moving toward the adoption process with her!
Our second placement, a preemie, who we brought home from the hospital in March 2010. Her current plan is adoption as well...but we're not there yet, as her case is dragging on. She is the baby of the house, and what a blessing she is!