Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Rest of Winter

We know you are all anxiously waiting to hear more news, and so are we!  We are telling people that when we know, YOU WILL KNOW!  We will be screaming it from the rooftops and blowing up Facebook :)  Until then, we wait and pray that each day is going to be THE DAY.  In the meantime, here are a few pictures of the last couple of months.  Love to you all! 
Valentine's Day was filled with love and kisses and heart shaped egg-in-a-nests and our first go at homemade Valentine boxes.  I married a guy who sets his Valentine box standards rather high.  They were fun, but lots of work.  We are already planning for next year ;)
As one of our amazing Christmas presents this year, the Hubers got us a membership to Union Station in Kansas City.  It includes Science City and a discount to the traveling exhibits (Pompeii).  I see lots of "science field-trips" in our future.  Thank you Nana and Papa!
 Joni got reading glasses.  Could she be any cuter?
 We took a field-trip with some other homeschool kids and had a fun Dr. Suess Day.  The girls made Oobleck, built towers to hold "10 Apples up on Top," and we ate green eggs and ham.
We went on our first camping trip of the year!  We love it and have to carve time out of our crazy schedules to make it happen but when we do, we enjoy it so.  And its not camping without Shing-fling-ding for breakfast....and this time we had a truck load of it :)
One of our favorite things about living in Leavenworth is the small town feel but the big city isn't far away.  We go to Kansas City every now and then and when friends want to tag along its even more fun.  We hit up Fritz's this week and a free traveling play center (this quarter's theme was Under the Sea).  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Thank you forever and ever.

The wall is done, our hearts are full, and our time in Haiti was more wonderful than we can ever type here.  We were healthy, safe, comfortable, and with our precious son everyday for 15 straight days.   He was sweet (most of the time) and we felt like we bonded with him right away.  The girls had a blast with Nana and Papa who did an amazing job of keeping them occupied for 2 weeks too.  We will never be able to fully thank you all for being a part of this process.  You are a blessing to us in so many ways.  Please pray for quick turn around...that is a big prayer request right now.  A lot of thing need to happen before he comes home and we are hopeful that it will be sooner rather than later, but only God knows...trying to trust Him and His timing.  The link below shows our next steps and where we are in the whole process....the link is also available at the top of our blog in the adoption section.  Thank you again prayer warriors and friends and family.  We love you all!

Monday, December 19, 2016

I'm still in awe at the love and support that has come our way since we started this wall on December 1st.  A few short weeks later and Royce's wall looks like this.  What a blessing!!!  Thank you to everyone who has given and prayed and asked and loved Royce from near and far.  You will never know how grateful we are to each of you!  We leave for Haiti exactly 2 weeks from today and while there is a lot to do and prepare for, and we thank you all for being a part of our journey.  Our YouCaring and PayPal accounts will remain available for clearing envelopes if you still would like to give.  Thank you all!  We love you!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Let's Bring Royce Home!

It's a Boy!  After almost four years of paperwork and waiting, we've received a formal referral for a little boy from Haiti! We're not allowed to reveal much information about him other than his age (18 months) and his new name (Royce).  

Thankfully, with receiving a referral, we're in the home stretch! Thank you all for your encouragement and support!  A formal referral also means, though, that the majority of our fees are due very shortly.  By our calculations (with fees, plane tickets, doctor visits, etc.), we have about $25,000 to go.  With the generous gifts we've received from family and friends, a chunk of that is taken care of, but we're still in need of about $20,000 more.  We are continuing to save all that we can each month and will also be applying for a couple of grants for which we are eligible (we'll send updates about this).  In the meantime, though, we're starting an envelope campaign: 

We've decorated a wall in Royce's room with 201 envelopes--one for every week from the first day we started the adoption process until the day we got a call from Haiti.  The idea is that everyone who would like to give a financial gift to help us bring Royce home would pick one of the weeks (for example, week 23) and send us that amount ($23).  In return, we'll use the envelope on the wall to send you a thank you note written by Hadley and Joni.  You'll also be among the first to receive a photo of our family together with Royce once he's home as well as our other updates along the way.

Every envelope counts and every dollar gets us that much closer to bringing Royce home, so please consider helping us, whether you choose envelope #1 or #201.  We have a bank account set aside just for the adoption in order to make it easy to keep track of your gifts and of our fees.  There are three ways to give:

1) Just sending a check to our house is the simplest.  Message Andy on Facebook ( or leave a comment below if you don't have our address.

2) If you have PayPal, you can send money for free (no fees) using this link: Setting up a PayPal account is also free.

3) You can also give us a gift using a credit card through  They won't charge you a fee, but they will take a small transaction fee out of what we receive.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Wyoming...back Home on the Range

Here we are, 2 days after the mega-party, on our way to Wyoming for 2 weeks.  Andy headed to his second round of summer classes in KY and the 7 of us headed the other way.  Taking into account that we had 4 children and we were in the car for more than 10 hours, they did pretty well.
Our last stop before home was this hole in the wall Nebraska restaurant with big game animals everywhere.  We couldn't get the kids to eat with all the running around and looking at stuff.
We stayed busy in Cheyenne too.  Super Day at Lions Park was a hit (before the rain started).
only in Wyoming do they have roping lessons :)
And we made sure to have some fun visits with Uncle Ben!
We also had a fun Denver day...the zoo and Casa Bonita!!!
Our attempt at a good picture of these 4 was a challenge the whole time we were there.  I've gotten too used to saying "smile" and they do.  Maddy made the photo-ops super interesting.
We went to a Hibachi grill in Cheyenne as a family too...this was the fun before picture...
And the terrifying I'm-going-to-catch-on-fire picture.  
And we spent time at home with Oma and Opa.  Making smores and enjoying the fire.
Making "soup"
Running through the sprinklers.
Planting flowers with Oma.
Swimming (but only a couple times...we aren't in Kansas anymore with the 125% humidity).
And our attempt at the annual 4th of July picture for Oma...the was the first one...and then Maddy decided that she was done...
And this is the only (and first since before Hunter was born) of the 8 of us...whenever we get together Andy or Shaun is missing.  It isn't perfect, but I'm glad we got something.