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Monday, January 23, 2017

15 Years Ago

I can not believe that it has been fifteen years since I met Caeli.

I remember being nervous and thinking that it would never happen. Finally we were able to travel to China. We arrived late at night and found out that she would arrive the next morning. I was up early and so excited. We were in the lobby and I looked up, and she was carried into the room. My life changed in an instant. I thought she was beautiful and I was so happy, yet I had no idea what an amazing young lady my daughter would be. I love her more each day and she adds so much joy to our lives.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

 We celebrate New Year's at home, after going out for dinner.
 Caeli and Kianna each had a friend over. 
Madi & Caeli
 We had a great time and were all glad to see 2016 end.
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Christmas 2016

 The girls were glad when exams were over and winter break started. Kianna got out on Tuesday, December 20th, but the public schools went through the 23rd. Friday afternoon we finally had time to decorate gingerbread houses.
 The pictures aren't great, but we had so much fun making the houses.
 The next day was Christmas Eve. We ran last minute errands and then enjoyed Christmas dinner.
 I can't believe how fast this year flew by.

 With my sisters; Jodi and Pam.

 My beautiful girls!

 Christmas Morning.

 The girls each get a nutcracker every year.
 Opening presents.
 Kianna taught herself to knit (by watching youtube). She said she was making a blanket for Caeli and she finished just before Christmas.
Caeli loved it.

Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wreaths Across America

 Kianna's school takes part in a wonderful program called "Wreaths Across America" each year. The school held a fundraiser and donated more than 500 wreaths to the program. "Wreaths Across America" is a program whose mission is to Remember, Honor, and Teach by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies at more than 1,100 National Cemeteries in all 50 states. On December 17th a ceremony was held at the National Cemetery in Phoenix. It was one of the coldest days we've had this winter, but over 2,000 people turned out for the ceremony.
 There was a flag ceremony, many guest speakers, and the Benchmark Advance Choir sang. All six branches of the military were represented. The entire ceremony was so beautiful.
 The first song the choir sang was about America and what it meant to them.
 Then the choir sang a medley of the fight songs of each branch of service. There were many veterans in the audience and they stood as their song was sung. It was such a moving experience, the kids did an amazing job, and received a standing ovation.
 When the ceremony was over each volunteer was given a wreath to place on a grave and was asked to say the veterans name aloud, and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country.
Kianna place a wreath on her grandfather grave.
It was a very special sight and I am glad that Kianna and her school got to be part of it.