Pastoral’s Appreciation Service

This service was amazing to say the least.  It’s so often that we get caught up in our day to day life that we forget to say “thank you” to those who are so important in our lives.

This service was beautiful, and filled with so many loving hearts who truly LOVE our Pastor Sandra Gates, and wanted to do whatever we could to show much we appreciated her and all that she does for each one of us!

I was in charge of the program (which I will attach below) and the pictures.  I hope the images do the talking, but I know that Pastor was truly loved by so many, and that’s what is important at the end of the day!

(Here is the program I created)

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4 months of.. pure joy!

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Can you believe that baby girl has been with us for 4 months now? It’s so crazy how our family feels so whole with her in it! God knew what He put a special needs baby girl in our world.  We are both experienced, have so much love to give, and will never forget how much of an amazing blessing she is, each and every day.

This month has been a LOT on me with weekly visits with her parents (a 5 hr driving day for me) a TON of legal stuff (will post more on that soon), a lot of appointments with different specialist, shots for baby girl (that came with all of the side effects), a huge sleep regression, and lots of improvement (therapy wise).  Let me tell you, I am so glad month 4 is over, and looking forward to month 5! 🙂

All the children have absolutely loved getting the chance to love on her, and take care of her, just like their own sister.  It’s adorable to see her bond grow deeper and deeper with each of the other 4 children, and we couldn’t ask for anything more.

This road to adoption seems so far away at this time, and we don’t know if God is going to grace us with the opportunity to be able to be her parents, or if He is going to give her back to her biological parents once the trial is complete, next April.  But one thing that we do know, is that we don’t ever take one day for granted with this precious baby, and raising her, has absolutely been one of the biggest blessings of this year.

She is so adorable, and I can’t wait to see what month 5 with the Johnsons, brings us!

Please say a sweet prayer, for her health during this season, for her parents, and for us to have Grace and Mercy during this precious time and to never take anything for granted!

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Rochelle is 2!!

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This year, I am doing better, with knowing she is exactly where she is supposed to be.  It’s interesting.. this thing we call grief.. it’s an unending roller coaster of ups and downs, and it’s a ride so many of us are on. I am happy to say right now.. we are on the “up” side.

This year I still kept with tradition and did #pinkforRochelle on FB for all of our friends and family to participate in a balloon release in honor of her name, or just wearing pink/doing something in her honor.  It was so nice to see so many friends/family participate!

We were going to do our own balloon release, but God had other plans and it was POURING the entire day of the event, so we cancelled it and just did a craft with all of the kids with the balloons and made the most of her sweet memories.  Now that we have 3 boys (who didn’t know our sweet precious Rochelle) we got to tell her amazing life, battle, and story in those 2 months and 1 day, and how Brielle will forever be bonded to her baby sister (she still talks about her quite often).

We love you Rochelle Elaine Johnson ♥♥ Happy 2nd heavenly birthday!!

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Lucky number 3!

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The past 3 months, have completely flown by and I cannot believe on her 3 months with us, we got 3 more children to add to the clan!!

Between the weekly visits with her parents(we have to drive almost 2 hours there and 2 hours back) each Tuesday, to the endless amount of doctors/therapy visits.. she definitely keeps us busy!

She is already loved by SO many, and I seriously can’t believe our precious girl is already 7 months old! It has been just recently that she is losing all of “newborn” tendencies and it’s so amazing to witness the growth in her brain, and also her extremities.  She is such a miracle in every possible way, and we love that we get the honor of sharing life with her and can’t wait to see what the next few months hold for her!

She has really adapted to our home, our environment, our crazy schedule and all of the kids so well, it amazes me.  She is so familiar with “her people” that she will smile SO big when she recognizes a familiar face (it’s the cutest thing, literally).

We still don’t have her sleeping away from us in her own crib in her room yet.. but we definitely foresee that in the near future (since her adjusted age–the age she was actually born at would only be 3 months old, we are waiting until she gets closer to 4-5 months old for the big transition).

She is also still teething.. like major time! Baby girl even ran a high fever for 3-4 days with no other signs/symptoms even sent us on a trip to the ER. Still as of today.. no teeth! Little girl is a drooling/teething machine lately!

Thank you for all the love for the her, for the gifts from people (especially my parents–y’all are amazing) and for all the help each of you have provided in her short life, and all the love you have given not only baby girl, but to all of my children!

Can’t wait to watch baby girl soar and grow into such a big girl soon!
(Update**She officially rolled over front to back for the first time ever on Monday  11/07/16)

Here are some pictures.. which of course I have to blur/black out her face due to foster regulations and rules!

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