Saturday, March 19, 2011

I'm BACK!!! And today was Joshua, Sarah, and Elizabeth's 3rd Adoption Day!

 Look at this cheeky girl.  She never wanted a paci even when we tried to force one in her mouth for the last year give one to her.  And yet she sucked on these blue whistling lips.  Hey, it occupied her while we scooped up some last minute bits and pieces.
 This was the road that leads away from camp...our home for the last 7 years.......
 Our last smaller 16 ft moving truck and of course our dream boat of a 15 passenger van :)  Great for holding all our treasure in the world.
 One last pic of our front entry....and all the bikes of course. 
 The view from our window....
 You can see the slide from the pool....
 And the cabins as well....
 There is my hard working honey.....loading things up!!
 Joanna says why am I stuck in here???
 Our kiddos watching some netflix on the camp's laptop since it started raining the last day we were there and all of their stuff was packed!
 Looks pretty empty!!!  Ready for us to leave by 4:15am - Sent on our way by "big" Sarah (the young lady who worked with us over 6 years of our time there!, babysat our kiddos endless times, and spent a lot of time with us- she put up with a LOT!) waving out her window.

I would love to say it has been a bed of roses, but that would be a here goes....

We arrived after dark..don't remember the time, but as we stepped into our temporary rental home......we noticed we had no air conditioning in 1/2 the house.

Then as the boys were in the tub upstairs.....a waterfall of rain came through the ceiling the next morning- anybody remember the movie Money Pit???

Then when we went to get online- no internet (still don't have it, we are borrowing......) even after it had been requested to be installed a full 10 days before we arrived!  And they have talked with the housing managers many times!!!! ugh!!!

And the tv's here are tiny!!!  Good thing we don't care.....and their cable isn't hooked up, no worries there the only show we wanted to watch was the Duggars anyway.  Oh well...

Then we went to visit one of my cousins- Heidi, Mark, Mckenna, & baby Jessa......and someone who works for them had their dog in the yard- that bumped Matthew and split his gums and chipped his tooth.

Then the next day as we were sending daddy on his 2nd flight home in a week to bring down our Suburban (which was waiting at the airport for him) traffic was CRAZY!!!  As in stopped.....and he ran like crazy - and caught his flight- Thank goodness!!!!

So are we ready to throw in the towel?  NO WAY!!!!!  Because you see......we have gotten to visit with my cousin's family, my aunt Jane, and Jessa & Joanna are already close buds.  You should have seen them hugging!!!!  TOO CUTE!!!  But did either of us have a camera- no.....sad days......sorry.  AND we had a GREAT time hanging out!  We have sooo craved that for such a long time!  And tomorrow we are hanging out again!!!  And we have said things like isn't it great we get to be so close now and our kiddos get to have fun playing together.  And when Abigail & Mckenna were holding the babies- Jessa & Joanna- too cute (again no camera), but what a beautiful thing!

Let me tell you we have just moved, and are looking forward to meeting some great bloggy friends, and facebook friends!!!!  WE CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :)  The good news is our AC is fixed, and there is no longer water coming down through the ceiling either.....and the best part was we had safe travels!!!
 AND TODAY WAS JOSHUA, SARAH, & ELIZABETH'S 3RD ADOPTION DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  When I think of the almost 3 years we had to wait to adopt them after they were placed with us through foster care.......all the court dates, the weekly visits, the heartache- I WOULD DO IT AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT!  Because I just love them sooo very very very much!!!!!!!!
 So it was fun to spoil them today with presents, remembering the day we got to stand up in court and say- yes your honor we want to be their mommy and daddy forever!  We know this is irrevocable, and we know the vast responsibilities, and YES!!!!!!  WE WANT THEM TO BE OUR CHILDREN FOREVER!!!!  Nothing more powerful than that!!!!
 I mean who would want to miss this???
 and this??
 and this.....
 and this....
 I mean I could seriously gobble them up!!!
 and this handsome young man put together this complex lego firetruck in record time!
 Then we decided it was time for the park- there is a state park 15 minutes up the road. 

 The boys showing off their tat's
 Oh yeah, Abigail's tat on her neck and even Joanna had a tat too :)
 Oh yeah, Abigail had one on her ankle too.
 The girls butterflies on their faces and on their shoulders too.  Too cute!
 And since the famous chef Jason just arrived back yesterday- totally exhausted from yet his 3rd trip to FL from Louisiana in a week and a half.....we let Dairy Queen make the cake this time- YUMMY!  And the young lady who checked us out at DQ was adopted herself!!!!  How awesome is that?
 Look at those adorable faces.......
And daddy & Joanna.......

Thank you sooo very very much for all of your prayers and love sent to us!!!!!!!  We sooo very very very much appreciated them all.  As we catch our breath.....I will definitely be back to blogging more.  I have missed my crazy blogging give me time to catch up with you all :)

I just realized this is my first post from Florida - since our move :)  he he he .....too fun!


  1. Love the update!!!! What a ride the pass few weeks. Excited about your new adventure!

    State Park 15 min away- sweet. We are always on the lookout for a state or national park... they are the best.

    Happy Adoption Day...

  2. So sorry it was such a rough start! Can't wait for you to be more settled. Looks like a fun start to a new life though and what a beautiful way to celebrate adoption day. Praying for you guys!

  3. oh my goodness what a trip! But God is faithful and He has good things in store for you there! Welcome to your new home! :)

  4. We only watch the Duggars on TV as well, too funny:)
    Happy adoption day to your beautiful children. It sounds like you are already making memories in your new home!! Glad that the trip is now over and you are all safe!

    Welcome home!!

  5. You have been busy! My first thought when I saw the adoption day presents was "How in the world did she have time to wrap all those gifts?" (Of course, I'm the slowest gift-wrapper in the world.) But I think I do need you around my house - maybe I would get a lot more accomplished!! :) So glad you had safe travels, and many blessings to you as you enjoy your new home - your new state!! And Happy Adoption Day to your kiddos!!

  6. What a whirlwind segment of life you've posted! I'm glad I got to share it with you via computer. Your children are adorable and your positive attitude is an inspiration! Hugs from Guatemala!

  7. So glad you all survived the move. :)

    Great pics of the camp and your house ... we have so many FUN memories of visiting you there. Now ... we can't wait to visit you in FL. Yippee! Remember, our son Jeremiah will be stationed in Pensacola for a year or two, so we will have to take a Road Trip. Our kids are already talking about going to visit you. :)

    So thankful that you now have family close. Oh how I dream of having a family to be close to. Hoping that some of our Big Kids will settle near us (whenever/wherever the Lord decides to "settle" us).

    Hope your weekend is BLESSED!!!

    Laurel & the gang :)


    And happy adoption day, how awesome!!!

  9. Awesome, inspiring, faithful - your family are all of these things and more, thank you for sharing yourselves with us!! Happy adoption day kids!

  10. Such beautiful faces!! Happy Adoption Day!! So glad Jason is home and his travels are done. Whew! :) Been praying for you all and so glad that God has moved you closer to family...what a blessing!
    Much love!

  11. I LOVE that you celebrate adoption day! OMG! Congrats on all counts.

  12. I will miss your camp too. Whenever I tell my husband about your family, I always say, "my friends with 8 kids at the camp." I'll have to start using your name now, I guess. :) I'm so excited to hear about your adventures to come in your new place. I love seeing all of the photos. Happy Adoption Day, Sarah, Elizabeth and Joshua! Much love !

  13. Thanks for the update! Your adoption day celebrations looked like fun!! Moving states with 8 kiddies, dad making 3 trips in 1 1/2 weeks, and water coming through the ceiling can't stop the Wrights from celebrating. Party on to the glory of God!! :-D

  14. SO GLAD YOU MADE IT!! What an adventure! you will look back and laugh at all the fun and craziness. The kids all look happy -- as long as you have each other that is all that matters. God has great plans for you -- hang on for the ride!!

  15. So glad that you made it safe and sound!!!!

  16. Glad you made it safe. Sounds like its been an experience but so good to be close to family. Happy Adoption Day !!!

  17. Oh wow that is quite the trip! So glad you made it and are all back together and HAPPY ADOPTION DAY TO THE KIDS! So cool.... DQ Cakes are pretty good too!