Here am I (five months pregnant), with Hannah, Kelly, Lindsey, and Christopher, walking out of the San Antonio temple after our new daughter was sealed to us for time and for all eternity during a special, sacred ceremony, this past Saturday afternoon. We were happy to have a wonderful group of guests in attendance with us, Kelly's two sisters, Debbie and Brenda, my sister, Julie, Kelly's mom and dad, my mom, my good friends Lorraine and Stewart, Carol and Rick, and one person from our ward, my buddy, Sue.
Dinner later that night consisted of a feast at the Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas, for some incredible pork ribs, cole slaw, and more.
We strolled along the Riverwalk to show our visiting family members one of San Antonio's popular tourist spots.
It was a beautiful, windy day, the Saturday following Thanksgiving, in San Antonio.
We tried to find a corner with less wind to blow in our faces.
More photos of the family.
The family, strolling along the Riverwalk.
Our cute kids.
Taking a break after strolling by the Alamo.
Lindsey and the Nutcracker.
Lindsey with Grandma.
We ate at Mesa Rosa on Friday night since some of the family members were wanting some Mexican food, and this place is nearby. These lovely women sitting by my husband are Debbie and Brenda, his two younger sisters.
Here are Julie and Mom, remembering the Alamo.
Hannah is here with Kelly's parents sitting on a bench outside the lovely temple.
My sister, Julie, me, and Hannah, are posing after dinner at Mesa Rosa.
Grandpa likes to squish Christopher.
Kelly's mom and dad with Lindsey and Christopher in the background.
Deb and one of her long, lost ancestors.
The kids smiling for pictures with the aunties.
We are amazed at how well Hannah has adjusted to her new family, new surroundings, and her English is blossoming so quickly. We are very proud of her and love her so much. She's such a good girl and we are grateful to have her in the family!
Our family got to attend the monthly stake temple day at the Taipei temple on Saturday. Lindsey and Christopher did their temple work, then waited outside on the beautiful grounds and at the chapel next door until we were finished with our session. After that, we enjoyed hamburgers at a place we heard about called California Grill, then did some exploring.
Lindsey arrived last week from Rexburg, completing 32 credit hours and her first year of college at Brigham Young University-Idaho. We are so glad to have her home with us! She will be with us until she starts school again in September and will be taking two classes online in the meantime. In addition to Lindsey's arrival, we've been blessed to have the company of 7-year-old Nini (her real name is Yeh Min-Yu) with us this week. She's so darling and we love having her around too. It's kind of funny that when Lindsey was a little toddler and she could not say her name well, she called herself Ninnies. So we h…
One year ago today, this little angel came into our world, sent directly from heaven, without a doubt. Isaac is our fourth child, but the first that I gave birth to. He was the result of a successful fertility treatment called In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), our first and only attempt. The fact that I was 48 years old when I got pregnant, is a miracle in and of itself. I had long since given up the idea of ever being able to experience pregnancy and childbirth after having been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, until a rare contact from a dear friend had renewed my desire. This is the story of how Isaac came to be, and the loving environment that welcomed him. Take note of the numerous small miracles along the way, leading up to our pursuing this dream.
There was a three-week window of opportunity when our family had come to our Austin home for the holidays, while we were living in Taiwan for one year. My long, lost friend sent us a beautiful Christmas card, perhaps the fi…
First day of kindergarten was a huge hit!
The only thing that went wrong, other than arriving to school a few hours late due to our flight from Denver and no sleep the night before from seeing the 2017 American solar eclipse in Casper, Wyoming, was losing two small, black buttons from his brand new blue and gray plaid Hurley shirt. My little boy started kindergarten and I'm so excited for the freedom it will give me while he's away at school, but especially I'm glad for the fun times he will have in learning and being with new friends. He was so ready and excited! I didn't know any of the kindergarten teachers at the school, but after meeting Mrs. C, I'm so glad we got her! Her body language and introduction to Isaac were so sweet and made him feel safe, loved and welcome.
I ordered this fun and festive balloon from ATXBubbles and they delivered it to our front door. Isaac loved his after school surprise.
He picked out this backpack because the inside says &quo…