Wednesday, October 26, 2011

So many updates!!!

Sorry for leaving y'all wondering about us for the past couple of months! I figured y'all deserve a little update on the happenings of our family, so here you go! Sorry it's SO long in coming!!

First up-- ELLIE! All our stuff has been super delayed because our entire dossier was lost, and so we are having to do the re-use process, but we are working on getting her home as soon as possible! Still waiting for LOA, unfortunately. The whole process has been extremely frustrating considering we sent LOI back in May and were already through review, but trusting God in HIS perfect timing! Our agency did tell us yesterday that we should have it in at least 2-4 weeks. Not soon enough, but at least a light at the end of the tunnel! But here are some updated pictures of our girl... isn't she ADORABLE?!?! The last 2 are from back in August and the first 4 we were sent yesterday from our agency! Our baby girl is now 17 months old and has 16 teeth and weighs 22 pounds! Can't wait for her to be a part of our FAM! Never thought we'd still be waiting...

As for the family, everyone is doing well!!! I was home at the end of Sept. for homecoming and it was SO good seeing everyone! AnnaClaire is doing soccer, Kate is loving dance, Grace is swimming, and Charlie just got his leg braces off so that is good news! They are all doing great with homeschool stuff and I'm sure keeping Mom very busy! I miss seeing their precious little faces daily, so it was good getting some time, although it went by much too fast! They're coming down this weekend and I'm so excited to show the littles off to all my friends and show them all around AU! AnnaClaire turns SIX tomorrow, which is just crazy! My babies are growing up without me!! They are all doing so great though!

Dad sent me all of these yesterday... they are from trips to the apple farm and pumpkin patch! I know they are all enjoying and embracing fall back at home! I may be biased, but I have the cutest siblings in the world :)

Yesterday was Kate's THIRD gotcha day!!! I can't even believe it's been 3 years since this precious little girl joined our family and changed my life! I remember it like it was yesterday... the screams, the tears, the heartbreak, the resistance, and the somber little 19 month old that slowly broke down her walls and let us in... and that same little princess is now 4 and a half and so full of JOY and LIFE no matter how small she may be! I love her more than words could ever describe and am so thankful that I have the absolute blessing of being called her big sister! I so wish I could've been there to celebrate her special day but am thankful to at least have some pictures to remind me of how thankful I am for HER and that God chose HER to be a part of our family!
My PRECIOUS roommate!

As for me, I am LOVING Auburn! I cannot imagine being anywhere else in the world! God has blessed me ABUNDANTLY here and I am so thankful! I have an incredible roommate who has become one of my very best friends and precious girls that I have met in my dorm and become very good friends with! I am in a sorority and loving that! It's so much fun though and a great group of girls! I'm definitely staying busy between balancing all of the social stuff and schoolwork, but getting used to the balance! I'm going to a Church that I love and hope to become more and more involved in. And of course football is great. Even though we aren't having the best season, it's still been so fun to watch and I've gotten to visit some of my friends at other schools for our away games, which is SO fun! I've seriously had such an amazing adjustment here and just love college life! Obviously not every moment is easy and there are definite lonely times and times when I wish I could just be home for a little (my own space, home cooked meals, my family, my friends from home, being familiar with everything and everyone would be nice... you know, those typical things that everyone misses!) However, I am extremely blessed and ADORE Auburn! My friends and I are always going on walks and we just stop in amazement that THIS is our school!

So that's about all I can think of for now. Sorry I just left you all hanging for so long and come back with such a long post!!! I've missed blogging and having a record of everything going on in our lives! I'm going to try and teach Mom how to blog so she can pick it up and keep y'all updated, especially as we get closer to completing our family!!


Lillie Family said...

Thanks for the update! You look like you are having a great time, which you should be!!

Glad to hear the update on Ellie. Hopefully her LOA is in the mail shortly!! So frustrating to hear yet another story of the 'reuse' process not really panning out to anything faster. :-)

Enjoy the rest of the semester!!

Jen Barbee said...

So glad you are back with us Emily! Thank you for the updates.

Jean said...

Thank you Emily for posting!! I have missed you and your family!

I am so glad you are loving school and doing so well!!

Yes, your littles are absolutely adorable!! I love seeing pictures of them!

I am so excited for Ellie to join your family!

God Bless You!!

Catherine said...

Hey Em! Thanks SO much for the update!

Your mom and I have become wonderful friends over the past number of months and she's been keeping me up to date on what's going on but the pics, that puts it over the top! So great to see how your 4 littles are doing and how they're growing up. It happens so quickly...too quickly! I can see changes in all of them, especially your little Kate. What precious siblings God has blessed you with. And, you're an amazing big sis! God uses you is so many wonderful ways Emily and I know He is using you at Auburn. Glad to hear you're having such a great time! It shows in your smile, your laughter and oh the fun of you TPing! :o) I know you'll have a wonderful time when your family visits!

Someday Hannah and I are planning a visit and it will be great to meet you in person! Until then, we'll hit a Chick-fil-A when we're in FL in a couple of weeks and think of you and your amazing, wonderful family!

Blessings, Catherine

Wolfes Home said...

Yippee! Pictures and an update. :) yes, please get your mom to blog so we can be sure to follow the trip to China.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful to hear from you! I was hoping you were just busy since you had not posted. Glad you are enjoying AU!

Anonymous said...

So glad you posted! I have missed you and your updates. I want to follow your families trip to China, so please teach your parents to blog!
Roberta Madden

Inga said...

thanks for the update. The littles have grown so much.

Anonymous said...

Another vote here for continuing to keep us posted and welcome. Thanks, Emily!

Janet and Kevin said...

Emily - so happy you are loving college life! Thank you also for the update of your cute little siblings.

janet and gang

Anonymous said...

Hello H family! So sorry you all are still waiting to bring home your precious girl. Emily love the update! Thanks for keeping us all in the loop. ;) Happy 3rd Gotcha to Kate. Can't believe it's been that long since we were all in China together.

Hugs to you all

Our family: said...

So fun catching up on your sweet family! Your new little sis will fit in perfectly with your beautiful family!