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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


One Month Later

From this on February 1... this last week. I'm so thankful to the Lord for Ivy's wonderful transition. It has all been a wonderful experience, adopting older. It seems it was something God had slowly worked in our hearts.

When we started the adoption process back in 2005, our intentions were to adopt a healthy baby. Never, ever, never did we want an older child (too many unknowns), or a special needs child (way too many unknowns). Little did we know that we had so much maturing to do! While waiting for our referral of Eva, I started wondering what was "Special Needs" , and why was everyone excited when our agency got a new list? So, I started investigating and checking out other blogs of families who had adopted special needs. Yes, there were definitely many unknowns and some heart-breaking outcomes and stories, but I felt this was something we could do! Once we returned home with Eva, I started some more research of special needs. We found Joy on an agency specific list. She had a birth defected hand. Is that really a special need? Then, our journey to Maggie in 2009 was one of those heart-wrenching stories I've read about. It was not at all what we expected or planned. In His mercy, somehow God decided, despite our grief, uncertainty, and failures, to bless us with Ivy. She's been a wonderful "Unexpected" adoption.

Here's a few random pictures.

Ivy and I at the doctor's office.

The girls' room seems to always be a mess lately.

Seth and the girls...always the fun big brother.

Jack and Jordan

Seth's monstrous cheese-stuffed burger. It was messy.

Ivy's play-dough wontons. She's quite creative!

8 kind words:


It's been a month already? Wow. I'm so glad to see she's doing well. :)


Everyone looks SO happy! I LOVE Eva's short hair... it is adorable. Love all of you...


Mike and Barb

Just a month?? Wow, what a difference. That first picture is just heart-wrenching! But it's wonderful to see how well she has transitioned!
Great pictures!

Deb, Russ, Lily, Lucy and Lainey

What a wonderful family you have... Ivy is so precious and in fact all your children are precious. I know you are ONE PROUD MAMA!!! It is amazing how Our Lord wiggles us through. Your thought and writing from your heart has touched me so. Hope to see you all soon


I can't believe it's only been a month. It's as if she has always been with your family. I LOVE the pictures...even the burger. :) The wontons..amazing. Eva's hair is just adorable.


Already?!!! You know I do believe she is putting on some weight!! She has such a glow and joy radiating from her face!! And she is so creative!! The wontons look good enough to eat!

Our family:

God is so good!!!!

Sweet photos!


Great pictures again! I love seeing and reading about Ivy's progress. It gives me such hope for Harper. Thanks for sharing!

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