11 Years Ago

I a town near Guatemala City, a baby was born.

Today, that baby girl turns 11!!!!!

How is this possible.

Liliana, you have turned our world upside down in so many different ways.

You are creative, artistic, smart, witty, loving, caring, challenging and so much more.

You are loved beyond words and we wish you the Happiest of Birthdays.




She was five months old the first time we held her.


It broke my heart to leave Guatemala after that visit, so hubby sent me back for a second visit when she was 8 month old.


Two months later we returned to bring our beautiful little girl home.

2008 - What a Year!!!!

We watched her grow.

FFF Early

We’ve watched her change.DSC_0394

She became a big sister.

Meeting Naomi

She discovered hidden talents.


She tried new things.


And went on new adventures.


My water-loving girl

Is now 10!!! Double-digits!!!!

There are not enough adjectives in the world to describe this beautiful young lady who has changed our lives in more ways than we ever imagined.

Happy Birthday Liliana!!!!

Daddy and I love to more than words can express.

Happy Father’s Birthday

It was a double celebration for our family today as we celebrated my hubby on Father’s Day and our baby girl Naomi who turned 5 today.

We celebrated with a trip to Indianapolis where we indulged in some wonderful Ethiopian food and a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo.

My intent was to write a marvelous blog post about how wonderful of a father my children have followed by all the things that make Naomi awesome.  However, after a day at the zoo and then travel home, my time is limited.

Instead I’ll keep this short by saying Happy Father’s Day to my hubby who truly is an amazing father and Happy Birthday to Naomi who is awesome in so many amazing ways.






And Just Like That

Lili turned 7!!!!

She really wanted a remote control car.  She received a remote control truck and is so happy!!
She really wanted a remote control car, but received a remote control truck.  She is thrilled!!


We took the train to Chicago.
We took the train to Chicago.
She chose the planetarium as her birthday destination for this year.
She chose Adler Planetarium as her birthday destination for this year.


She just loves Science.  Maybe she'll be astronaut some day.
She just loves Science. Maybe she’ll be astronaut some day.


Just hard at work floating around in space.
Just hard at work floating around in space.
She was doing the "happy dance."
And the planetarium caused her to do the ‘happy dance.’



It was a good day and she was one happy girl!!!
It was a good day!!!

Happy Birthday my beautiful Lili.  You’ve grown and changed in so many wonderful ways this year.   I’m so proud and lucky to be your mommy.



That Man of Mine

He turns 51 today!!!



Let me try to describe this man of mine.

In no particular order he is . . . . .

– Smart
– Genius
– Funny
– Compassionate
– Loving
– Adventurous
– Dreamer
– Thinker
– Handsome
– Hard-Working
– Inquisitive
– Devoted
– Unforgettable
– Supportive
– Creative
– Impatient
– Courageous
– Mine

There are so many more words I could use to describe this man of mine, but instead I end it here.  Of course those who know him are welcome to leave comments here is they would like to add to my list 🙂

Happy Birthday Dave!!! I love you!!!!!!