Sunday, January 5, 2014

In Review

We are now a few days into 2014 and I have to say, I am so excited to see what this year will bring!  I have also been reflecting on 2013 and unlike some years where I am ready to see them end, 2013 was a great year for us.  The year started off with a wonderful trip to China to bring Eli home.  I can't express enough how this little man is not the same little boy that was handed to us on that January day.  Eli is so full of joy and life and love.  There is not an hour that goes by that he does not make us smile. 

This year also brought a lot of time with family and friends, birthday parties, trips to Milwaukee, Myrtle Beach, Gatlinburg, Cedar Point, Hocking Hills and soccer, soccer, soccer.  Catching up with some pictures ... 

All 4 kiddos at Hocking Hills ... such a beautiful place and a favorite place for us to visit in the fall.
Halloween, TinkerBell and an Ape who quickly got the hang of asking for candy.
Bella and her cousin Addyson having some girl time - love their smiles!

Fall Fun

Lakota Futbol Club - tournament runner-up
The holidays were extra special for us this year since it was Eli's first Christmas.  He woke up Christmas morning and was so excited when he saw a car under the tree that he knew was for him.  He came running into our bedroom saying, "Mom! Car!  Mom!  Car! Mom, new Car!!!"  Priceless.  His speech has just been coming so quickly and is getting more clear all of the time.  He could have cared less for the other presents under the tree.  He just wanted to drive his new wheels. 
Love these two - they have such giving hearts.  They could not wait to give each other the gifts they picked out and bought.
We also celebrated Bella's 8th birthday surrounded by lots of family.
Aunt "T" made Bella Olaf cupcakes (from the movie Frozen) ... so cute and yummy!

So here is to a wonderful 2013 and an exciting 2014 that is yet to unfold!  May you all be blessed and surrounded by God's love this year.

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