Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mother-Daughter Brunch

We had the blessing of going to a mother-daughter brunch today. Those of you who know me well, know I used to avoid these events like the plague! Oh, those years of thinking "it was never going to happen." I'm so glad that God had a plan far greater than my dreams or hopes.

This picture just takes my breath away!

Ava Lu sure enjoyed the strawberries and all the fun in grandma's beautiful garden.Here are Sammy and Kylie, Ava Lu's cousins. She had fun playing with them and all their attention.
Thank you, Blanca, for taking these pictures to capture the memories of our first mother-daughter event. It will forever be a warm memory of true fulfillment.

Looking foward to Mother's Day #2. Presents aren't necessary - I have my forever gift of the heart!


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Big Girl Bed

We finally transitioned Ava Lu to her "own" big girl bed. The transition was rather smooth given she has not slept in her crib all but 5-7 nights in the last year. She's been sleeping in the spare bedroom queen size bed! So, I finally let go of the crib being in her room and put her twin bed up.

It's great to have her sleeping in her own room beautifully decorated just for her!

And, in celebration of our one year anniversary, we got together with others in our travel group from the Bay Area. How wonderful to see how all the girls have grown. . . and all the happiness and joy in these families' lives. It was a great celebration party. One of our travelmates, Lori, made an amazing slide show of the trip. Once I get a copy of it, I'll post it to our blog. Tears of joy were streaming down my face as I watched it! Here's a photo of the group one year later.

Ava Lu is talking more and more. In fact, she repeats EVERYTHING we say. Watch out! It's fun to hear her begin to articulate her thoughts and feelings. She is truly a joy and gift from God! In fact, this morning she and her daddy were watching the Travel Channel and she came into the bedroom to tell me she wanted to go to the beach. Of course, the beach she saw on TV was in the Bahamas. I told her that I wanted to go as well. So, our likes and desires are already lining up!

Here's to more exploration of the wants and needs our little girl,