An Auntie's bragging rights...
Ok, I know I just posted... but I have to brag a bit about my neices and nephew! I finally have pictures of all of them to share and I can't help myself. Our neices and nephew would be special to us no matter what, but we consider ourselves particularly blessed by the way that God himself seems to have hand picked and placed our special family together, one sweet little child at a time. You see, our situation is special because not even one of the five precious children are related to us by blood. And we "inherited" four within 8 months - the fifth to be added later.
By September, 2004 Ellie and Ethan were the only grandchildren on either side of our family. And then 8 months later... there were four more. Yay!
John's sister Ginger and her husband Russ adopted Madison in September, 2004. John snapped this picture of her during church while we were home a couple of weeks ago. She is such a sweet girl and adorable to boot! (Sorry Ginger, I know she's not smiling, but I just love this picture.)
Then in December of 2004, my brother Chad and his wife Janeene adopted our one and only nephew, Elijah! This is the most recent picture I have of him, as they live in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. I'm sure the little guy's grown a ton even since this photo. He was just a baby when we saw him last! I hear that he's mister personality. Of course. He has Chad for a daddy. (Some of you out there know what I mean...)
And then in April, 2005 my Mom married Gary. We instantly inherited two beautiful and amazing little nieces - Mady and Libby - through Gary's daughter Jenn and her husband Jim. Then in November, 2006 they adopted Emma from China. We were finally able to see her a couple of weeks ago! All three girls have lots of energy (so sorry Jenn!) and love each other to pieces. And Mady never ceases to touch my heart with how fiercely she cares for Ellie.
From left to right: Jenn holding Emma, Libby, Ellie, Mady, Me holding Ethan (who is obviously thrilled with the whole photo-op).
I just wanted to share with you all how thrilled we are to be part of such a loving family and how special we consider our wonderful little adopted and inherited nieces and nephew! I just couldn't help myself... I feel much better now!