Sunday, September 15, 2013

Gotcha Day Reflections

Gotcha Day from Becky Bilby on Vimeo.


When Gotcha Day rolls around - I always get a bit nostalgic. But I think Moms are allowed to do that.  Every adoption is miraculous - every birth is miraculous - but some hold such a spot in your memory whether from fear, excitement, etc. that reflection is bittersweet.  Today is one of those days for me - when I think back on the day we got Jada, fear was abundant and almost overshadowed the excitement, to be honest.

So when we have days now that we see such huge progress - we want to jump up and down, praise God, and want to take her back to China and show her orphanage workers with pride.  There are still tough days - plenty of them - when I have learned that God WILL give you more than you can handle.  But I'm also learning that when He gives me more than you can handle, He's causing us to focus on Him and that is all good too.   We are grateful for the gift of Jada and the gift in her name too - "God Knows!"

Happy Gotcha Day, Jada!!!

Monday, September 09, 2013

Caleb's Big Day!

Our little man is not so little anymore - 17 years have flown by.  Caleb - we praise God for your heart and how you are growing into a man that is strong in character.  We love having you in our family and are so grateful for your spirit.  Happy Birthday Caleb - we love you!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

New Outfits and a Photo Shoot

Grandma and Grandpa found us these adorable outfits and we wanted to show them how cute the girls looked....but sometimes photo shoots don't really capture it.....
 UNLESS you are Chloe - where there is never a bad picture!!

 Jada thought she was in Disney again!

 I do love this one of my squirrely girls!!

 And this one brings a smile to my face!

 And then we told Jada to stand up tall and smile....

 Tried again.....

 And again....

And by this point I was laughing so hard it was hard to get the camera to focus!

But the good ones are worth it!! 

So Grandma and Grandpa - thanks for the cute outfits and the MANY good laughs - Mom needed that!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Performance Day!

Chloe's summer of baton and flag practice paid off today!  She had her big performance!  What a riot to watch!  And notice Miss Smiles!  I asked her if they were told to smile and her response was, "Well of course mom, when you perform you MUST smile!"

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Soccer Mom Strikes Again

Caleb is in his second year of soccer - it is something he thoroughly enjoys and we love to see him doing his own thing!  I took some pictures today with the overcast sky - it was perfect picture weather!

Soccer in Iowa - LOVE that background!
When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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