Our friends have been foster parents for the last few years. In March 2011 they started fostering a newborn. Since that time they felt God telling them to adopt their baby boy. Thankfully, after a long journey, God gave their baby boy to them! Yay! Today, we got to celebrate with them in this very momentous occasion. They invited us to go roller skating and then enjoy some lunch. Our kids (and Mom ;) ) had a blast skating...the first time for the girls and Jared!
We praise God for how good and faithful He is! We pray for our friends and their baby boy as they are all one family!
Paul and Brielle skating
Brielle, Anna, Jared and Suzan skating
Anna skating with Paul
Taking a little break...Brielle, Bethany, Suzan, Anna and Jared
Jared. He did a GREAT JOB skating! He barely fell at all! I think he would've skated all day if we let him - Ha! ;)
What cute centerpieces my friend made!
The party theme was the alphabet..."a is for adoption, p is for popcorn, c is for cheese pizza, etc., etc." She made these out of an old, wooden pallet and then grew the grass herself. She said it was super easy and cheap to make! She even made the cutest banner of pictures of their baby boy and each letter of the alphabet, like "D is for da-da" and then a picture of their baby and Dad or "Z is for zoo" and a picture of their baby at the zoo. Cute! She's so creative!
After a lunch of pizza, popcorn, veggies and dip and juice boxes, our friends had snow cones for everyone. Needless to say, our kids LOVED them! Here, Brielle
Bethany, with a "thumbs up" ;D
And Suzan, not wanting to stop and smile for me ;)
Ryan, Suzan and Baby Boy, thank you SO much for your friendship, for allowing us to care for you, to pray for you through your fostering and adoption journey and now praying for you as dad, mom and son! Thank you for the fun today, that we could joyfully celebrate this occasion with you! We love you guys!
This is our life: rejoicing in 13 years of marriage...raising a sweet, active and very smart 9 year old boy...carrying, delivering (at 32w3d) and now raising 5 year old quadruplet girls (yes, that's FOUR girls - poor dad and brother ;) )...and ultimately living a life centered and obedient to Christ...Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' - Matthew 37-39