A couple of months ago we decided to designate the same Saturday each month for our family dinner/celebration. We opted for an early meal, so Nolan and Allie could both be there. Nolan kept getting scheduled over the time....and Allie's schedule has changed. We decided to change for dinner instead of lunch as that is best for the young kids (after nap) and Nolan "is always working."
Nolan surprised us. He arranged to come home early and be here. The general manager even made SURE he got out of there in time to join us! It was a great surprise.
This month we had much to celebrate: Stacia's 17th birthday, CyRi's 1st anniversary and Little Buddy is home with CoRielle as their journey continues
|Toddlers were quick to come with dessert|
|Josiah, Carrie, Livie|
|Benny, Annie, Gideon and Stacia (17th bday)|
|Alex, Jared, Michael|
|Cy and Stacia|
|Cory, Little Buddy, Arielle, Danny, Benny|
|Cory and his 3 boys|
|Little Buddy & Arielle|
Arielle, Little Buddy, Liv and Benny 📷by Carrie
|Meanwhile Danny checks out the chicks📷by Carrie|
|Liv did a GREAT job with the little ones📷by Carrie|
It is fun to have Jared and Larissa in the area! Jared was especially helpful cutting the ice cream cake tonight. LOL
|Jojo and Bre were quite a team!|
|Allie and Krista caught up while we played.|
|A picture of that cookie, apple, chocolate|
yumminess Krista made
I reminded him, "Benny, Little Buddy lives with you now. I'll get to see him when I come play with you."
Benny had the sweetest, hugest smile I've ever seen when he replied, "That's right!"
Jumping in to make sure this is clear.
Photos - I have clarified this morning (8-22). According to our case worker in the state of Alaska we are allowed to post photos of foster children as long as we don't identify them. As an added measure of security, WE have chosen NOT to post full facial photos, but will post profiles from time to time...never with his name or such for the first six months. Do remember we have two other toddlers born within weeks of Little Buddy which you WILL see full facial photos...but you are NOT seeing a full facial photo of Little Buddy.
Adoption is a process with many steps. In our state the foster/adopt process involves placement for 6 months as a foster child before there can be permanency and adoption hearings. It's all a journey. Fostering is the first step, and we are trying to get all the rules right. We've come to love him from afar this past year as we've prayed for, he, his family and the situation. This was the first opportunity for our family to love him face to face.