Saturday, July 11, 2009


Our wonderful friends, Christy and Eli, sent Sabrina this adorable dress for her birthday!
To make it extra fun it arrived on my birthday! Christy traveled to Ethiopia with
us. It is a crazy kind of bond that forms. Christy and Eli will always be very special to
our family. Thanks for the package!

I finally got a video of her walking to post. So, here she is walking!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Only Scott

Yes, we have 100 baby quail in our garage. Apparently we will raise them here, then at our cabin, and then release them at our cabin. (About 75 miles from our home.)

Sand Lake, MN

Along time ago, when I was just a little girl, my family went to Sand Lake for vacation with the Gerdes family. Some thirty or so years later Matt Gerdes and I brought our families back to Sand Lake with our newly adopted little girls.

Our weather wasn't great this year, but we had a nice time just chillin'. The last night we went on a great boat ride. Thank you, mom and dad for the boat. It felt like home. (And it felt amazing to slalom one week shy of my 43rd birthday!)

Sabrina driving the boat with Daddy.

Not bad, huh?

The whole gang. Unfortunately, Jake was unable to come due
to his work schedule.

Back row: Scott, Diane, Matt, Elke, Anna
Front row: Conner, Noelle, Sabrina, Tyler

They had a great stash of miscellaneous bikes available.
This was Noelle's ride for the week. Awesome.

Two bathing beauties!

We got to meet up with some friends from our Madison days.
We figure it had been about 14 years since we had seen each other.
Great fun! P.S. They have 10 kids! And brought them all
to meet us. Louisa and Noelle had a great time. Thanks
Jeremy for coming even though you didn't want to!

Bowling in Deer River. With the great weather, we also went to a
movie and consignment shopping.

This is in Grand Rapids at the logging museum.
Noelle needed a break from all of us, and spent her
time building this great fort out of Lincoln logs.

Wow, nice picture of me. Ouch! Anyway, this is in the logger
potty. I would have fallen in for sure!

This beach stuff is hard work. Though she is just imitating
Noelle, not sleeping.

I love this picture. It was taken the first night. It was too
cold for swimsuits, but Sabrina loves the water.
Thanks Gerdes for a great week and lots of memories!

Sabrina is 2!!

November 24, 2008
Sabrina is finally in our arms!
June 24, 2009
Sabrina turns two!!

She loves music and singing. We went kayaking in Minnesota and I think I sang "I caught myself a baby bumble bee" a couple hundred times. She kept saying "more".

She is walking pretty well now. I am trying to get a video to post. She is still very bowlegged and fairly tentative. She still will scoot or crawl if she thinks that is easier or more expedient.

Sabrina and Anna (adopted from Korea, Sept. 08)

She couldn't stop talking long enough for a picture. She loves to talk and has an incredible vocabulary. We really wanted a Barney cake but couldn't find one. And momma was not sure about making one. She has a Barney DVD that she loves to watch.
Sabrina has enriched our lives in amazing ways. I cannot imagine having missed out on knowing and loving this little girl. God's plans are so much better than ours. She is a ray of light all the time.
I love you more than you will ever know.
Zeituna, thank you so much for this incredible
sacrifice and gift of allowing me to raise
this amazing little girl.
We will do everything in our power to raise her
to love Jesus and to keep her safe.
My heart is so full, words escape me.
much love,


Yes, this is the same little girl with the strawberry blonde hair. For her birthday she decided she wanted to be a brunette. So with some birthday money, and help from mom, that is what happened. It truly looks great. It brings out her beautiful blue eyes and somehow balances her amazing freckles that she loves so much!