"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Friday, September 17, 2010
We had an amazing weekend this past weekend. Bella's foster family came to visit with us and stayed with us a few days. We were so excited to see them and be with them again. We have kept in close contact over the past year and could not wait for their visit. Bella loved being with them all again and picked up where she left off with her sissy, Cassie. Those two were so cute together. Best buddies forever. They are more the same height now and it was so cute to see them playing on the swingset, swimming and helping each other destroy the playroom together. We thought they would have fun sleeping together so we got them all snuggled in together and they just giggled with each other. We had to go back in there a couple of times to tell them to settle down. The second time I went in I saw Bella on her pillow jumping up and down and Cassie in the middle of the bed jumping up and down. Let's just say they were wired! I settled them back down and told them to go night night. Well, around 1:00 a.m. Bobby went in to check on them and they were still up!!! They had gotten into Bella's speech homework papers and were tearing them to pieces! Needless to say, after that their sleepover was over and we had to separate them. After the first time of going in there, Michael and Bobby rigged up a video camera so we have all of their little adventures on tape. Should be fun to watch in years to come.
We just enjoyed time together as a family and hanging out. We introduced them to some of Cincinnati's favorite places like Skyline Chili, Graeter's and Jungle Jim's. Jungle Jim's is an international market and Julie was able to get some foods and spices that she used to use in China. We also introduced them to Corn Hole, which they thought was something we made up. But I think we won them over!
I was able to learn more about Bella's time with them and her time in the orphanage. Some of it heartbreaking, but we know she is thriving now and are thankful for that. All in all we had a great time and know that God brought our families together to be one big family. We are forever grateful to them and for them. They are such a blessing to us all!
The boys with their aunt Janel ... couldn't pass posting this pic - so cute!