Blessed smiles!

Yes...it was a hard trip!  But once Ellie figured out that we were there to stay, she decided that maybe we weren't so bad after all!  Her first love was Doug! (so what's new, right?)  Then she decided that Kate was alright...then Sarah.  Lastly, and FINALLY, she figured out that I was Mommy and since she was stuck with me, she'd give me a chance!  I will admit that our first week together was one of the more difficult weeks of my lifetime and not one I'd want to repeat.  Many times I was certain that we had gone wrong in giving Ellie the name Elizabeth JOY... what were we thinking?  There was obviously not a hint of joy in her little body!... Oh, but how wrong I was!!!  Each day Ellie woke up with a brighter and brighter perspective!  And by the time we returned home to Houston, we'd realize that God knew exactly what He was doing when He gave us her name!

“He Knows My Name”
I have a maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in His hands
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call
I have a Father
He calls me His own
He’ll never leave me
No matter where I go
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call




Here are some of my favorite photos from our journey to bring Ellie home...  What a precious blessing she is!



Our first REAL smile!



Not the best photo... but one of the best moments in my life!!!  A smile for ME!





















Sisters Forever!




















Red Couch Favorite!
"God sets the lonely in families"


And Ryan was nervous she wouldn't like him? IMPOSSIBLE!




Gran's girl!

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