There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle......
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

~Albert Einstein~

Legoland....everything is made of leg. They even have a minature city.....all made of lego.






We are heading to Disneyland. We are all so excited to be going. Denaye and Maya have been counting down the days......they have never been so this will be so exciting for them. We are going for 2 reasons...first because we want to and second because the repairs to our hardwood floors are being done the week we leave. Yes we planned it that way. We have to be out of the house for at least a week and I could not imagine trying to live a normal life in a hotel room for that long. So we leaving for sunny California...it is always easier to live in a hotel when you are NOT still trying to make lunches, do homework, go to work, get kids to school.....etc. We are all looking forward to getting away and experiencing Disneyland with the girls. Sam has been to Disneyworld, but that was a few years ago and he doesn't have much memory of it. He is pretty pumped!! We are also going to take in Legoland. It looks like a lot of fun. Here is a link to check it out. http://www.legoland.com/california.htm I showed the kids the website and they are super excited to get there. It is geared towards kids up to 12 years of age. They did however add on to the park and put in some monster rides as well.

Doug and Kada cutting the cupcakes.

Jesse made up a song to sing at Doug's wedding....I'm sorry I missed it. Brad played guitar and Jesse sang.


This is a family shot......the proud parents Brain and Renee

Rod and Jesse at Whiterock betwen the ceremony and the reception.



The happy couple....




Rod's dad and some of his grandsons. Jesse, Kyle, Elmer, Doug, Craig and Brad.





Last weekend Rod, Kyle and Jesse hopped in the car and drove for 12 hours to go to a wedding in Langley, B.C. Rod's brother, Brain's oldest son Doug...did you get that......got married. He married a lovely girl named Kada. We couldn't all make it, but the boys really wanted to be there to witness the event. Kyle was the assinged photogapher for our family and he had strict instructions to come home with pitures. Kyle did get the goods and so here are a few pitures of the celebration. We wish them all the best and a lifetime of happiness....God's blessings to them and we love them very much.
Debbie and gang


Back in January our upstairs bathroom toilet broke and damaged our downstairs kitchen ceiling and hardwood floors. It did thousands of dollars worth of damage all because of a 2.29 cent part. Anyway they are coming in today to start the repairs and we have to move out for 3 days. This is not something I am looking forward too at all. Our entire family has been disrupted along with our routine....if you can call what we do a routine. We are moving into a hotel room while the repairs are being done. We have to move out again when they do the floors.....that will be for a week and we are just going to leave town for that one. Maya went to school and told her teacher she wouldn't be at school for the next week as she is going on a holiday.....huh!!! I got a call from her teacher asking why we hadn't given any sort of notice. I explained to her we were moving into a hotel for a few days, but that the kids will be in school everyday. It turns out Maya associated hotels with holidays and therefore assumed even though we were still in the city she would be on holidays. I had explained this to her all over again that night before bed and at the end of my explanation she asked me if we were taking an airplane!!! It is funny what kids perceive. Our house is in a shambles, but hey we'll get through it.

EASTER 2009

Sam, Maya and Denaye colored easter eggs...the finished product.

Easter morning...love the hair Denaye. She finally has developed a liking for cholcolate, so this is her fist big choclate bunny she ever got. She was very excited. Up until Christmas time Denaye would not eat choclate and then the taste buds kicked in and now everything has to be chocolate.

Maya has never had a problem with sugar of any kind.....

Denaye easter morning, on our way to church.




4 of our children on Easter morning....





My nephew Zach







My mom.....


Kyle and his friend Chase

Our friend Debbie


Glen and Shannon....Shannon and Debbie are sisters.
We spent this Easter with friends and family. We have made some new friends over this past year. My friend Debbie has a son that played on the same hockey team as Sam. The boys have become good friends and so have us mom's. Debbie's sister Shannon and her husband Glen and their 2 kids joined us for Easter as well. It has been great getting to know them.....their son Chase and our son Kyle are good friends from school...and so I suspect that we will be seeing each other a lot. This is a good thing as we have enjoyed their company. My sister Jody and Mike and their kids were with us and my mom too. It is always nice to spend time with family. We had a BBQ...the first one of the season. I love BBQ's!!! The weather was beautiful and the food was great and we enjoyed our afternoon.
The kids had an Easter egg hunt in the morning and filled their baskets with lots of cholocate bunnies and then we were off to church to celebrate the empty tomb.
Jesus has risen...Blessed be his Holy name.
Blessings to all
Debbie

JESUS HAS RISEN

Blessed be his holy name.......
The reason why our family celebrates Easter is because we believe that Jesus is the son of God and walked this earth some 2000 years ago. He died and then 3 days later rose from the grave so that we might live for all of eternity. He did that for us.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned......
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only son......

Have a wonderful Easter and if you have not yet considered the truth behind Easter, I encourage you to find it.....it will change your life.
Blessings
Debbie

It has been 2 years since we received our referral for Denaye and Maya. I can't believe how time has flown by. Some of the first pictures we ever saw of them are below. They came to us bald, scared, confused and unsure of where life was taking them. Today they are happy, secure, loved and full of enthusiasm.....and oh yes they have hair!!!!

Denaye's referral picture...she looks so sad.

Maya's....referral picture....shortly after this was taken Maya's hair was shaved off as well. she had a fungal infection that required her scalp to be treated.
This picture was taken yesterday...spring is finally here. My how they have changed.

Denaye cute as a button. They have both blossomed into such beautiful girls...hard to believe it's been 2 years already since we first saw pictures of them.

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