Saturday, August 14, 2010

Goggle Girlies...

Would you look at those smiles?  

Summer Blessings

This summer started off with a bang.  On June 1st we completed our final adoption...and Riya Kendi Monique became ours forever!  This little girl was smiling from morning til night and her joy was contagious.  It was truly a special day...

Waiting for our Adoption Decree
The judge gives a stuffed friend to all the kids, Riya went for the biggest!
Adoption day thoughts, so many for such a little mind and heart...
Court in session!
With the same judge who made Luke, Elly, and Max forever Johnston's

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Update #1

So, for those long ago promised updates...

The red truck was broken into last month.  I know it happened while I was in the shower, which makes it all that much more creepy and unsettling.  I found out when I went out in the rain to throw out a poopy diaper and noticed the front passenger door open on my truck.  How odd, I thought.

Then comes that sickening feeling as you get closer and just know your personal space has been seriously invaded.  I got up to the door, cautiously looked around, and then peered in. Yup.  They got the GPS, both DVD players, a lot of movies, an Ipod, some cords for the sound system/GPS that Ben was seriously annoyed about (hard to find), and my peace of mind regarding humanity in general that day.

However, peace of mind was returned when...we realized that the movie that they found when they opened their "new" DVD player was none other than Eli's favorite Veggie Tale.  God Made You Special!  So chew on that one for awhile thief, and let's hope that God uses that ugly situation to turn some lives around.  Nothing like a picture of a smiling big, red tomato to throw your specialness/usefullness in your face!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

7 Smiling Faces

Finally some new photos to put up!  I can't believe how much the kids have grown and changed in just one year.  We are so thankful for each moment we have had with our babes, all of them have such amazing qualities...

Each of these faces are a blessing from heaven!

Almost 2Almost 3
Kinder2nd Grade
3rd grade5th grade
7th grade

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Sweet Ben

I am constantly writing blog posts in my head.  I know that it doesn't seem that way from the serious lack of posts...but one post that keeps running through is a dedication to my sweet man.

It's funny how having 8 kids can really help you appreciate the man God has given you as a life partner!  He could have blessed me with anyone but he picked Ben, and I am so thankful for him.  A man who shares my love for kids, chaos, and spontaneity!  This Christmas Ben was given a poem by a student in his class that just sums it up.  

Mr. Johnston Is Cool!

Mr. Johnston is my teacher.
He is awesome in every way.
He helps me with each subject, so that I get an A.
He helps me with my diabetes even though I am new.
'Cause guess what, he has it too!
He helps me with my "gluten free" which means I can't eat wheat,
but he can't eat it either...isn't that neat?!
He taught us kickball and football.
It is SO Fun!
We give him a high five when we are done!
He can kick a ball farther than anyone in the school.
There are 4 words I want to say:
Mr. Johnston IS COOL!


Thank you Lord for blessing us with this super cool man, we love him!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Just what a Mommy wants to hear

As I was tucking the girls in tonight Isabelle said she had a problem.  She just "COULD NOT get that team member praise song out of her head from church on Sunday"!

Wow!  Now that is exactly the kind of problem this Mommy wants all her kids to have.  Thank you Lord!

The kids DO listen...sometimes anyway...

Tonight I was watching the one show that seems to have sucked me in, The Bachelor.  Now I know this is due to my inability to avoid a love story even if it does have a ridiculously crazy beginning.  I just can't help myself though, so back to the point.

TV commercials are just plain horrid.  They are one of the biggest reasons our kids should not watch, and don't need TV.  Even my two year old knows that.  Eli walked past as a yuck commercial came on and before I could change the channel he says, "dis not appropriate Mama".  Well said Eli!