Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Funny Girl!

So back in September after we got home from Taiwan, Janie's MiMi bought her this really neat bouncy seat. Janie was much smaller and couldn't really crawl or stand yet so we thought she would love to bounce in it and watch the lights, music, snow-globe. Well, she proved us wrong! She liked it for about a minute but then unfortunately, she didn't like it so much--she does not like to be "confinded". (She's not very into her pack-n-play, car seat, etc...she likes to MOVE!!)

Well, fast-foward to present day....Janie has re-discovered it and LOVES it now!! Of course, she is using it in all the wrong ways...so mommy has to stay right beside her--but she loves to stand up at it, crawl all over it, climb on it, bounce backwards--funny girl!!!





Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas through my daughter's eyes!





This is my absolute FAVORITE picture from this season. Her sweet little face looks so peaceful in this picture. She is such a perfect gift--God's perfect love!


Obviously this Christmas was special for one very important reason--JANIE! God has blessed me with the most amazing daughter. I am beyond thankful.
 
Of course, we took TONS of pictures of all the new traditions, family visits, new outfits, toys, baking cookies for Santa, finding our Elf on the shelf each morning, presents, and more presents!

But my favorite photos are the ones of Janie experiencing the Christmas season for the first time. Seeing her looking in awe at the sights just warms my heart. Seeing Christmas thru the eyes of my daughter is incredible! I am so blessed.

Here are a few pictures of Janie "discovering" Christmas!

















Tuesday, December 22, 2009

253





253...

According to the US State Department, that is how many visas were issued to Taiwan children in 2009. The US State Department's chart of statistics for international adoptions can be seen HERE.

Janie is one of those 253! In honor of that....here are a few pictures from the first moment I met my beautiful daughter. 

Monday, December 21, 2009

More Christmas Cuteness

I am so blessed to have off 2 weeks at Christmas time! So, Janie and I are enjoying every second of it. Teachers report back to work on Jan. 4 so we have 16 full days to spend with each other! YAY!!

My adoption agency did a spotlight story on Janie in their December e-journal. You can read it by clicking HERE.

They also did a companion story that is related to Janie's adoption. You can read it by clicking HERE.

Here are some pictures from this past weekend! We went up to Cartersville on Friday night and spent the night to be well-rested for our big family Christmas gathering all day Saturday! Then returned home and had fun at church this last Sunday for Christmas Day!!

Janie sleeping peacefully in her pack-n-play--getting ready for a big day. Notice all the green pacifiers--they are her absolute FAVORITE so we had plenty on hand in case she missed her crib!


Janie is up and ready to have FUN!

Look what I found in my Christmas Stocking at our family party....


Janie playing with Uncle Randy!


Janie at Church on Sunday!


Janie and her friend from church!



Being silly at home with Mimi!

And, Janie with Santa again....because it is just so darn cute, I had to post it again!


Janie and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas! This is the best Christmas I have ever had. To have my beautiful daughter home is amazing! God has blessed me so much. She is the perfect example of God's perfect love!

I feel His love surrounding me everyday. This beautiful child He has given me is such a miracle. I am honored to be her mommy! I pray each day that she always feels His love! I pray that the Lord continues to guide me as I make all the decisions in her life. I pray that He helps me to raise her into the beautiful lady he has planned. 

What a gift!!! I'm so lucky to have her in my life. She makes me smile EVERY second of EVERY day.....I am complete!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Janie Met Santa!!



JANIE LOVES SANTA!!!!!!


Sunday, December 13, 2009

FIRST HAIRCUT!!

OK....So Janie's hair is absolutely beautiful and one of the first things you notice about her! But, I think it has gotten just a little out of control....Time for a trim--what do you think?!?! (Ha Ha)

So we headed off to the salon!! Denise has been cutting mommy's hair since I was 13 years old. And she has been cutting Mimi's hair that long too.....so obviously, she was honored to give Janie her very first hair cut! Janie did so great! She sat there like a little angel! She was a little unsure of what was happening exactly--but she was perfect. She got a little wiggly-but no tears at all! She didn't really smile much though....I think she was just trying to figure out exactly what was happening! 






After the haircut, Janie changed into one of her Christmas dresses and went to meet Santa.

OH. MY. GOODNESS!! She was amazing!!! 
She loved, loved, loved Santa! 

She kept looking up at him wiht amazement and gently rubbing his beard. The picture is incredible!!! She has one hand gently holding onto his suit, one hand holding his hand, and looking right at the camera flashing her biggest, brightest GRIN! I'll try to upload it and share later!!!!!

By the way, Janie is 10 months old on Monday!! I cannot believe we have been a family for 3 months already--on one hand it feels like yesterday that I met her, but on the other hand, I cannot remember life without her. She is such a joy! I adore every moment with her!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday HARRISON

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday Dear Harrison!
Happy Birthday to you!

Janie would like to wish Harrison a very happy 1st Birthday!! Harrison was Janie's roomie at the birth home in Taiwan. He is now home with his forever family. 
 
You can follow his family's journey by clicking here

This is a picture of Janie and Harrison at the birth home in Taiwan. This was taken a few months ago--they have both grown so much since then! What a couple of cuties!!


Harrison, Janie and I hope you have a GREAT BIRTHDAY!!!