June 10, 2013

Ethan Headed To Nationals

We enjoyed a great year of speech and debate.  Ethan, Hannah and Ben were all involved and saw great improvement throughout the year.  It was an exciting (yet grueling) season, as we participated in seven tournaments in five months in five cities!

Regionals was here in Houston last month and we thought that this tournament would mark the end of the season for us.  Lo and behold, Ethan had other plans.  He finished in the top 8 for his Biographical Narrative and also for Team Policy debate.

So now we are off, once again, to one more city later this month for Nationals.  This is the last tournament of the season...finally.  Regardless of the outcome, we are very proud of Ethan, Hannah and Ben for their sustained efforts, diligence and overall positive attitude during this busy season of life.

Congratulations, Ethan!

May 19, 2013

Ellie's Adoption Anniversary -- Year 3

We enjoyed a great day with Ellie to celebrate the three-year mark since our adoption of her.  We asked her how she wanted to spend the day, and she said, "the Zoo!"  So we packed up a lunch and headed out to see the animals.  Later that evening, we enjoyed a Chinese dinner followed by ice cream!  To close out the night, we watched "The Ellie Movie" (video of our China trip), as she began to fall fast asleep after such a busy day.  We are so thankful to God for bringing Ellie into our lives and look forward to many, many more celebrations.