If you like really shiny cars, this one is for you. It just needs some Christmas lights or ornaments, don't you think?
Cloud 9 website.
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Fort Worth Fabric Studio has a linky every Friday on their blog, and then they have a feature called Fabric Frenzy Friday Features (say that three times really fast...) on Sundays.
On Sunday, Christmas in the City was featured. Thanks, Lindsey!
Every year Mark and I have soup and cookie day, on a Sunday afternoon in December. After a lunch of homemade soup, Aaron and Christa take off to do shopping or have coffee or whatever. The kids stay behind and we make cookies. While the youngest one napped, the three older ones had fun with the alphabet cookie cutters.
Levi decided the afternoon was too nice to stay inside so he and Grandpa went outside for some football kicking pointers.
The cookies ended up very nicely decorated.
Our kitchen table looked like this.
Who cares? It's all about making memories.
Last night, Levi and Charlotte had their orchestra concert. Levi is playing the violin and Charlotte plays the viola. It's amazing what beautiful music their elementary school orchestra performs at such young ages.
So here it is! The part I have been waiting to share since March of 2014. Aaron and Christa have had a beautiful little girl since she was three months old--she will be two years old in less than two weeks. They started out with the intention of adopting her through the county social services foster/adopt program. It has been a rollercoaster of a ride at times, including the times when it seemed like she would not be a permanent part of our family.
For the last 21 months I have been able to share unidentifiable pictures of her. Like this one.
But I kept this one private in case it might be too revealing.
Photo by Shannon Oberg
On Monday, Ella became a forever member of our family. So I would like to formally introduce our newest granddaughter, Ella Jane Wiens.
The adoption hearing was held on Monday morning. So many friends have walked along with our family throughout the whole process, including some of you very special women I have met through this forum--blogging. I think the judge was very impressed with the number who were there for the hearing. In fact, he said that of the over 200 adoptions he has performed, this ranked in the top 10. Other than Aaron, Christa and the children, only ten of this group are actually immediate family. Amazing.
And now I can finally share three of my very favorite recent pictures.
Photo by Shannon Oberg
It just doesn't get any better than this.