It's hard to believe that another decade has come and gone. The last ten years has brought many blessings and a few sorrows. Getting married in 2002 was one of the greatest days of my life. Darrell is a wonderful husband and friend. I am truly blessed to have him in my life. The adoption of our son Riley in Sept. of 2008 was and is the greatest thing to happen in our lives. We waited for so long to become parents and God truly blessed us with such a beautiful and wonderful son. We hope in this next decade we will bring home his sister from China. Some of our sorrows have been losing my dad and Darrell's mom. Tomorrow is the 2nd anniversary of my dad's passing. I miss him so much and Darrell's mom too. The hardest part is that they don't get to be apart of Riley's life but we know that they are in heaven having a great time and we know that we will see them again one day. God has been so good and faithful. I look forward to what the next decade brings and trust that God is in control of all things. Blessings to each of you!!
Well I turned 35 yesterday! It was a good day! Darrell took me to dinner and to see the movie Julie and Julia. It was such a good movie. I had been a little depressed earlier in the day and that movie cheered me right up. I'm thinking I need to get Julia Child's cookbook and give a few of her recipes a shot. I'm certainly no cook but I think it would be fun to try. We ended the day with cake and ice cream with our sweet friends Mark and Mindy. Thank you to Mindy for watching Riley for us while we went out. I took 35 a little harder than I thought I would. I know I'm still young and all that but there's just something about turning 35 that got me a little down. I'm over it now and I am determined to make 35 a great year.
Riley turned 1 year old today. We had a great time celebrating Riley's Birthday with friends. He had such a great time and really enjoyed is cake as you can see from the pictures. Darrell and I feel so blessed that God brought Riley to us. We have enjoyed every minute of his first year and can't wait to watch him grow up. We love you Riley!! Happy Birthday!
At the end of June we went to Orlando and St. Petersburg, FL. Darrell had a work conference in Orlando so Riley and I tagged along. We spent most of the week at Universal Studios. We got to stay at the Royal Pacific Hotel on the Universal Studios property. It was beautiful. As you can see from the pictures we had a great time at the parks. Riley even got to ride a few rides in Seuss Landing. At the end of the week we went to our family condo in St. Petersburg and spent the weekend. We had a great time. Riley got to go to the beach for the first time and he even ate sand. I'm sure this won't be his last time to eat dirt. I can't believe my little baby boy is going to be one in less than a month. Where does the time go.
The last week of May we flew up to Boston to surprise Darrell's twin brother for their 40th birthday. This was the first time Riley met all of his Aunts, Uncles and cousins on Darrell's side of the family. We had an amazing time. Riley got to visit 3 states on this trip. Of course Massachusetts, also New Hampshire and Maine. The weather was rainy and cold with a couple of nice days thrown in. It was so good to see everyone and we had the best time. We can't wait to go back up for Christmas.
Riley turned 9 months old on May 8th. Today he had his 9 month check-up. He weighs 21.8 pounds and is 27 inches long. Dr. Wiley said he was doing great and was very healthy. He has one tooth and he is so close to crawling. He will get up on all fours and rock back and forth. He can scoot backwards. He is growing up so fast. It seems like yesterday that we brought him home. He is such a joy!
We had a great Easter with my family in Lubbock. Riley looked so handsome for his first Easter. He went on his first Easter egg hunt. Daddy helped him find lots of Easter eggs. We had a great time celebrating Riley's first Easter.