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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

From Az to Ca to MN

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Our fun with the Little's is coming to an end. We have enjoyed their company so much And Jill and I had a blast with them in Ca.
Friday we arrived at the hotel after the 6 hour + many potty stops drive.
 Ruby having a pretend phone call at the hotel before dinner.
And Lexi playing with her train.

We spent Saturday playing the day away at Sea World. I don't know if it was Sienna's first time on amusement park type rides but she was totally in to the rides and the Sesame Street Characters! So was my little Lexi! She is going to be a total roller coaster girl!! And you already know she is crazy about the characters!

Ruby does not like the characters and no way was she going to take a picture with them!! The greatest part of Ruby's day at Sea World was seeing the sharks and eating the Lemon Ice Cream she had looked forward to all day! Keeping track of 5 little kids at Sea World was a breeze  thanks to our awesome bigs~ Rylee, Claire, and Cassidy!! They are the most wonderful teens 2 mom's could ask for!!

These 2 have a very special bond! It is precious to watch!
Claire trying out a game that looked soooo easy? Not so much! It was HARD!!!

 Touching starfish for the first time! This was the last event of our day, it was almost 9pm!
 They were so proud of their bravery!

We almost lasted til fireworks......but not quite!! It was a long day!!

On Sunday it was off to the beach. We took our time getting there, knowing the Little's would be beat from the day before. They appreciated the leisurly morning and took thier time getting ready that day. It is a little difficult terribly hard to get photos of 5 Little's all together in an open area. They just run and run and want to play!!! So here are some mixed up photos of our fun day at Mission Bay.

Straight to the water! And YAY Lexi likes the sand this year! Last year she would not put her feet down the entire time we were at the beach!

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Everyone was so happy and playful!

Ruby dug a hole to China!
All By herself!!
Jill and I thought it looked like a Squaty Potty!
And all of the girls were able to get the kite up, all by themselves!!! Oh were they ever proud!!

Jeff and Diana,
It has been an absolute pleasure hosting your girls with Jill these 2 weeks! We have had smiles and giggles every single day and they have been 100% happy!!!!! I hope you have had worry free days and I thank you for trusting us with your angels!
Honestly....... this is my dream job! My dream volunteer job, hosting little gems while their parents  are in China bringing home ONE LESS ORPHAN, UNITING ONE MOE FAMILY!
I could do this every day!!
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Sharon Ankerich said...

Mary, you are a precious friend and you have made a sweet family so happy keeping their girls happy and safe, not to mention loved. It was SO great for you to post what you all were doing!!! Wish you could keep my two littles while we go get Will. LOL They would LOVE going all these wonderful places!!! What a blessing!

DiJo said...

You and Jill are such a gift to us. As much as we miss our little girls, we have not worried about them once. God had them protected in such a special way!! I love all of these photos. and I need the one of Cassidy and Ruby for a frame for her room! So sweet.. Please thank her for being such a beautiful big sister role model for Ruby. I know she will carry many of these lessons with her into her relationship with Emme Jade! Now we look forward to a very long travel day tomorrow, and then finally being re-united as a family of six! We can't wait to see you all on Thursday! Thank you again for serving Him in this way! Like Jill, I have great admiration for the mother that God has created you to be! Love, Diana

TanyaLea said...

oh Mary ~ what a gift you and Jill have blessed the R family with! Just to know that their girls were in the watchful care of two fellow, very godly and loving families, just had to bring them just great peace! I love the idea of your 'dream job'... do you need an assistant!?! ;)

God bless you and be with you all as you make your way here to Minnesota. I think you need to stay a few extra days and come visit me, too!! ;) Wishful thinking ...maybe next time?!!? :)

Thanks for sharing such fun stories and amazing photos with us. It was so fun seeing some of my favorite families all together as one for a couple of weeks! I haven't smiled at so many fun adventures like that in awhile! :

Happy travel!!


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