R is really growing up!  She just turned 6 months old, and I can’t believe how fast the time has gone.  Due to the delays of her adoption paperwork early on, we haven’t finalized yet, but hope to within the next few weeks.  TPR has happened, so we don’t have to worry about that anymore.  Now, we are literally just waiting for the court to call us with a date.  It will be so nice when that finally happens!

A few updates ….

R is quite mobile these days, rolling and scooting to get where she wants to go.  We have to start getting some equipment up to keep her away from our stairway and too-widely-spaced railings.  She is right on the verge of crawling and sitting, and loves to get up on her hands and knees and bounce.  She has already fully popped two teeth, and I am just waiting for the next ones to make an appearance.  Interestingly, we are finally starting to see signs that she is bi-racial.  You really can’t tell from the photos, but her skin is starting to take different color tones.  I don’t think she will ever get as dark as A, but I think she will appear to have a perfect tan!  And of course, she is almost always happy!  She is, by far, the happiest baby we have ever been blessed with! 

Look at those fat rolls! All that fresh goat's milk does a baby good!


All those giggles wear a baby out!


Now, just for fun, I have to show something really cool.  Have you ever heard the term, “God builds perfect families?”  Well, we firmly believe that.  There are so many people today who are into the whole science of selecting the gender and/or appearance of babies.  I know from experience that it can be a bit nerve-wracking when you adopt a child, as you have no idea what that child will look like, or whether/how they will “fit” into your family.  We know some people who like to adopt internationally, or through the state, for the simple reason that they have a say over which child they adopt (some do it for this reason, but certainly not all!).  However, in the beginning, we made a choice to trust God to match us with our children.  Although we can’t say N or A look much like us, I can guarantee they still “fit” perfectly into our family.  R, however, is another story.  Look at this picture:

That is a photo of M, taken around 2 months of age.  R has had her moments where she looked identical to this photo!  I just think that is sooo neat!  Only God could arrange that so perfectly!  Many, many people just assume I gave birth to R, as she looks so much like us.  It will be interesting to see how she changes as she grows. 

In the mean time, we are loving every moment with her.  She is so happy, and always smiling.  A loves to feed her, N, M, and JR like to play with her, and she is so content to just be in the same room with us.  We are truly blessed with her!