My parents organized a trip to Branson for my 40th birthday (we used to go to Silver Dollar City almost every year as kids and it was often around my birthday). Two of my brothers and their families were able to come, as well. We had a great time!
She asked me to ride with her on the Pirate Ship. I don’t enjoy this ride, but when your 16-year-old daughter asks you to ride with her, you do! 🙂 And of course she wanted to ride in the top row! 😉
Kierstyn loved getting to hang out with her cousins!
Baby D did SO well! He’s just one of the easiest babies ever and brings so much joy to our home!
My parents watched Kierstyn and Baby D for awhile so that Jesse and I could go around and ride some rides by ourselves and with the three older kids. It was so much fun!
The new water ride was a big favorite!
And we also found apple dumplings with cinnamon ice cream!
This sweet boy loves to give hugs and kisses. He fell asleep on Jesse like this.
My sweet friend, Kate, planned a special birthday night for me at her house — complete with my favorite food from the Cheesecake Factory.
Jesse and the three older kids planned a special surprise evening for me — including getting babysitters! I tried to get it out of them what we were doing, but no one would say a peep. They planned a fun Escape Game (which we escaped from — yay!)
Then, we went out for Indian food at a new-to-us restaurant!
We finished out the evening with cups of steaming tea. So delicious and it reminded us of our trips to India!
She is just the most delightful child. She is constantly learning new words and surprising us by what she figures out.
In a world with so much upheaval and unknowns, her infectious joy keeps us all grounded!
Shoes are her new love! She’s always trying to put on our shoes and walk around!
Look at this boy sitting!! He has made huge strides in the last few weeks and we just continue to be amazed and celebrate his progress!
I got to travel with Kathrynne to Oswego, IL to speak at another Fresh Grounded Faith event.
We had to hit up Portillo’s — which we were told was a must-eat-at place when in the Chicago area!
We got a Chicago dog, fries with cheese sauce, and a chocolate cake shake. It was yummy!
It was an honor to get to share a little about our infertility/foster care/adoption journey with the audience on Friday night.
And then on Saturday, I shared a talk on the lies I believed and the truth that set me free — and how this has radically changed my life. (Some of it was taken from the first three chapters of my book, Love-Centered Parenting.)
I hurried back home on Saturday to get to be with these two. I missed them so much!
Sunday, Silas had a baseball tournament and these two spent close to 11 hours at the ball field. They are so good at just going with the flow and adapting to wherever we take them!
Look at her all grown up with her sweatshirt and leggings!