Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
2006 has been another blessed year for our family.
Jake continues to enjoy school and his new neighborhood and friends. He began the year by finishing his basketball season on a high note. His team took second and he learned a lot of new things about teamwork and hard work. He had a good baseball season and continued to have his ups and downs throughout the season. He started the year playing 3rd base and finished playing 2nd base. Next year we begin kid pitch. Heads up batter!! We went on our annual ski trip to Winter Park, CO and he really had a blast and got so good that by the end he was almost skiing better than us. The summer finished with our annual trip to Beaver Lake, AR. Jake amazed us both by deciding that he was going to put his own skis on and get up on his water skis without help. After a couple of tries he was off. Also, he learned to kneeboard forward and backward this summer too.
As second grade began Jake went through his normal adjustment period. Over the last month or so he has taken to reading “chapter books” and can’t get enough of new words, new characters, and wants to buy or check out new books daily. He loves his teacher Miss Cannady and she is doing a great job encouraging him with all of his work.
Jill has had an interesting year. She fell on our last run on our last day of skiing in March. Six weeks later, after a painful 9 hour car ride from Colorado, Jill had ligament replacement surgery (ACL) which went well and she was up and around a few weeks later. She still works at Bank of America but now has moved closer to home and works on the west side of town with a large, diverse team. At times it has been challenging but she perseveres for the sake of all her customers whom she loves and looks forward to seeing whenever they come to visit her.
Scott has continued his work at Pfizer. He is about to finish his 6th year. There have been challenging times as the company makes major changes in personnel again next year. He continues to love coaching Jake’s baseball and basketball teams. When he is not coaching or working he has been doing some running. He completed his goal of finishing the Turkey Trot, a 10 mile run, in less than ninety minutes. He looks forward to getting ready for the Wichita half marathon next September. Oh yea he turned 40!!
Our family is about to be completed, as many of you know we received our adoption match on her eighth month birthday, November 30th. Baby Emma will be able to come home with us around the first of February. It will be a two week trip for the whole family.
Merry Christmas and thanks again for your thoughts and prayers
Scott, Jill, Jacob and Emma
Monday, December 04, 2006
Hi my name is Ruqin (pronounced RooChin), aka Emma.
I just wanted to introduce myself to all of my new family and friends and say hello from Quangxi Province in southeast China.
I was born on March 30, 2006 and just turned 8 months old on the day my new mom and dad were notified about me. I will be coming home around February 1st of 2007.
I weigh about 15 lbs and am about 31 inches long. I love to laugh alot, play with my red ball toy and generally enjoy life sleeping, eating and playing my way through each day. As you can see I work out doing push-ups and am working on my crawling for some cardio 5-7 days a week for about 30-60 minutes :)
Although, I am on the opposite side of the world from my mom and dad, I am not scared. I know God has sent an army of angels to look out for me until mom and dad get her. I sure hope they hurry. I can't wait to see my big brother Jake. I heard he has been very excited and has been letting everyone know as much as he can about me. I love you Jake.
I want to also say thank you for all of the prayers even when you didn't know exactly who I was. I can feel them every night and it helps me to sleep peacefully.
Once again, thank you and I love you Mom, Dad and Jake.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
The weather was great for football, basketball, Cranium and Pictionary. (Maurice performing the "crab" walk and Jake drawing his pictionary word)
Sunday, November 19, 2006
The holiday's have arrived. We are ready to cook the bird for Thanksgiving(one of Jake's spelling words) and we are ready for our favorite time of year too.!
We got lights! Yes, our Christmas lights are up and we have power. Be sure to come by and look!
Great job babe! I am so proud of you!
Last Tuesday was Jake's Music program, The Heart of America.
They learned what a Vet was, a Veteran, not a veterinarian, the Star Spangled Banner and how to respect our beautiful flag.
They sang the Star Spangled Banner, It's a Grand o' Flag, America the Beautiful, and Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
School party too. Dad got his first school party experience. Which included taking treats, picking up special drinks and cleaning up after 22 2nd graders.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
On Thursday, October 5th, we celebrated Frank's life. We drove to St. Mary's Kansas for the service and burial.
Jake went in and viewed the body with Scott and he said that Great Grandpa Frank was not in the body, he was in heaven with God. If you could only imagine how proud we are of Jake. Even though he did not see his great grand parents very often. He sure loves them.
Great Grandpa Frank, Brandon and Jake.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
The past several weeks I had been planning a surprise party for Scott. My gosh, I had forgotten how much work it was to pull a party together, especially a surprise party. I cannot even remember the last time I had to lie. I managed to involve my parents, sister, our neighbors and even someone from the church. (I had to have a plan to get Scott to church, just in case my plan backfired)Thanks to everyone who helped me pull this off.
Scott showing off his new "Wolf" necklace and John Frederick.
Thanks Michael for being our cook for the evening.
The burgers and hot links were AWESOME!
Our neighbor, Jamie Lewis.
Scott and the boys!
Kaden, Hunter, Jacob, Jordan and Jake.
Happy Birthday Dad!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
So with several visits to The Guinn Report and other sites, I convinced Scott that this would be a great idea for us.
We hope you enjoy spending time with us.