Thursday, April 23, 2015

Joanna turns 5 & her special day out

 Joanna Faith Wright was our surprise package!  We were reeling from pain of a international adoption that was halted because of technicalities.  The pain was REAL!  It was more than we could handle.  BUT GOD! 

God brought us to Christian Adoption Consultants and within a week she was in our arms!  It was a miracle, one that we are grateful for daily!  (Not to mention now we get to work for CAC which we love!!)
 (I know this is a post about Joanna, but Joanna loves her "twin" brother) Michael being adorable! 
 Not only did Joanna come to us through a "stork drop", which is what we call those cases where an expectant mother already has a baby or is going to very soon, but she just has such a joy about her. 
 I mean that face!  It kind of tells who she is in so many ways!  We will forever miss our daughter we lost, but are thrilled God brought us to Joanna!!!  She rocked our thoughts about domestic adoption.  About if large families can adopt, and how the process works. 
 She also has broken all kinds of molds for what we thought was typical for children!  ;) 
She loves meat, skipped baby food, loved being a baby burrito (wrapped tightly as a baby and now), loves to laugh, and as always loved her snuggle time!! 
 I am still no good at switching the picture...sorry.  But isn't she cute with her Aerial outfit and wig? 
 She is our first to have an "obsession" over one certain character for more than a year.  She chose strawberry ice cream cake (with Oreos on the base and side). 
 I have to admit I cried!  I mean she is our baby and she is now 5!  Both Michael and Joanna are now 5, and my mommy heart just wishes at times I could keep them all small.  Of course I love watching them grow up as well.  I just love all the stages really. 
 Posing as she has daddy help her with her Aerial Lego set. 
 Big breath! 
 I so love her enthusiasm, her spunk, and her crazy faces! 
 We LOVE YOU JOANNA FAITH WRIGHT!!!!  (By the way her birthday was March 23rd, but hey I am only a month late). 
 So at least once a year we take a day and spend it with both of us and one child our kiddos have coined the term "special day out".  This year Joanna wanted to go to Aquatica and since we have tickets we headed there with just her, mommy, & daddy. 
 Then because it is low season and they closed early we headed for Pizza at Mellow Mushroom and on to Sea World. 
 Yummy food!  We had never been to a Mellow Mushroom.  It was great food and we all loved it. 
 Hey mommy.....take a picture she says. 
 Sea World has an all new Antarctica area with a new penguin ride and viewing which is fantastic.
 Play time with our angel! 
It was a great day!  I love getting some one on one time with our beautiful children.  It is a true blessing!!!


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  2. Happy Birthday, Joanna!!! I remember meeting this bundle of joy when she was just 9 months old.

    She is ROCKIN' the red wig! And, that cake . . . AMAZING! Bet her daddy made it.

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