The goal of my blog is to share our adoption journey and advocate for the waiting children. I also hope to provide information, encouragement and support to those interested in or pursuing adoptions and those dealing infertility which I dealt with myself for five years. Additionally, I would like to encourage others with my journey to good health. A blog by Sharon Ankerich.
Savannah and Josh went on a wonderful trip to Key West so we got to keep the boys while they were gone. I set up a cute little room right off our suite for them sleep and play in~
We met Josh at CFA to get the boys and ran by the barn to show them the cows~
Once home, they immediately wanted to play in their new room~
Saturday afternoon Ella took her piano assessment and moved on to Level 3!~
We played outside for a while and it was time for Marshall to sleep in a trundle for the very first time~
Sweet little sleeping baby!
After rest, we had swimming time and popsicles~
A great first day for sure!!!~
Aunt Susan dropped off a keyboard and everyone was SO excited to try it out~
We got really brave and took everyone for a evening boat ride~
Just some sweet photos of our time together~
Sweet Marshall always loved playing with his tigers~
And this last photo is of the boys strapped into Scott's truck headed home first thing Thursday morning on his way to work. Cried and cried when they left but they are ready to be home with their FUN mom and dad..
Calla got a set of Lola book for her birthday and one morning she woke up wanting to make her own Lola book~
We had such a fun lesson one day with directions and went outside to play a simon says game of walking in a certain direction~
Our hymn gave us the wonderful activity of reading Saint Francis and then writing a biography narration~
Amelia found a dead female cardinal beside the road and brought it to Ella who proceeded to pick the bones for her nature shelf. She amazes me~
This was our very first year ordering a butterfly kit and boy were we blessed by it! 2 cups of caterpillars arrived still as could be but in just a few minutes were crawling all over the place looking for food~
Only about a week later, they began to make their chrysalises on the top of the cups~
So we moved them to stands then placed them inside the butterfly house~
Another week passed and we woke to 10 beautiful Painted Lady butterflies~
It was SO wonderful to have the boys here to expeience this with us!
They were amazed although BC said they did it at school, he was able to see close and hold one~
We took them out to our butterfly bush, put our hands in to allow them to light on our hand, and watched them fly away~
What a gift to witness the miracle of seeing caterpillars to butterflies~
God is SO amazing!!!
We are reading through the Beatrix Potter series so we nature journaled squirrels~
AND one morning Evie was standing at the kitchen sink when all of a sudden a huge bee flew to the window. I assumed it was a Cicada killer but Ella said NO Mom, that's an Eastern Hornet.
After I recovered from the shock of capturing it to protect us (and observe), we spent the whole morning researching and sketching it~
Pretty awesome sketches I think~
We tried to save it but it passed so now it's on our nature shelf in all its beauty~
Do you believe in divine appointments by God? Would you believe my friend Catherine and I had one in the middle of the night on a giant jet on the way to China for our two babies, Calla and Theodore? That's exactly what happened!
We would realize we were going to the same province to meet our children and see each other through the trip having no idea the amazing friendship God would build for us. Over the last three years, we have talked most every week if not every day.
Catherine and her family were vacationing about two hours away and drove over to spend the day with us. Scott took the day so he and Blake could play golf while we visited and the kids played~
It was amazing to watch our kids become fast friends just like their parents had done~
And I can't even describe what it was like to see Calla and Theodore playing and enjoying their time together~
Calla was so happy to say Theodore was from HER China!
It was the most joyous day having our families together and we will always remember it with happiness! We sure hope to visit them one day as well!!!
If you're like me, there is NOTHING to buy my mom that signifies how much she is loved or appreciated. I thought and thought and finally one day it dawned on me that we should move her mother's piano home to her house. It had been stored for so long and time to be revived. I asked my brother to help us move it and thought we would put it on a truck. OH did he have a more clever plan than that~
WHO would think to use a tractor but an awesome farmer like Jason!
He drove it right to Mama's front porch and dropped it off~
Scott, Logan, Jason, and David put it inside and now mama can play as much as she wants!!! Happy Mother's Day Mama!!!