And many of you know Teri (The Mac's House) who is such a great advocate and source of support for so many Reece's Rainbow families. Teri and I have been emailing for....hmmm...how long Teri?? Well since before we met Zoya I do believe!....so a long time! Teri is one heck of a woman let me tell you. She has encouraged me many times when I was feeling down and celebrated with me many times as well. It really does feel like she is family! She is one of the most generous women I have ever met and it amazes me to see how dedicated she is to helping RR families through leaving encouraging blog comments, donating to fundraisers, and just being an awesome cheerleader! She is a perfect example of how God calls ALL to take care of orphans. Even though she is not adopting a child herself, she goes above and beyond to help others in their adoptions! Her granddaughter, Izzy, and Zoya share a birthday and that shared birthday must be the reason they are so alike! Izzy loves seeing Zoya's pictures and videos on the blog so she was so excited to come and finally meet Zoya. You would have thought this girl has visited every day for the last year with her friendliness and hugs! She just can't get enough hugs...sweet angel! Soooo I was REALLY excited when Teri said they were coming to visit family close by us! Of course we had to plan a get together so we decided that Teri and her hubby Dan, their daughter Bri, and their granddaughter Izzy would come and visit WITH Summer, her daughters Taylor, Sara, and Belle, and her son Owen....WE HAD A PARTY!
One of the most amazing things about adoption is how it brings people together...families and friends, and people who you would have never met otherwise. I just love that part. So many of my close friends are friends I've met through adoption! During Zoya's adoption, and now with Laina's I am reminded how blessed we are to have all of the support that we do have!!
Here are some pictures of our fabulous party!
|Zoya waiting for her party guests...|
|I think Teri was confused...she must have thought it was December 25th or something....she bought Summer and I beautiful bracelets!! And she brought toys for all the kids!!|
|Super Owen is strong enough to push a car!|
|Belle is the only one looking...she is saying thank you for the cheese potatoes!|
|Zoya just LOVED Dan! Excuse her mouth full but it was such a cute picture!|
|Where is Shawn??|
|Zoya wanted to wear her life jacket...I just go with the flow....|
|Girls playing ball with Mya|
|My beautiful girl...|
|Oh the fun of a tunnel! Even Mya wanted to play!|
|Shawn doing the "disappearing Owen act."|
|Super Mom with the three 3 year olds!|
|Love how Shawn loves on Belle!|
|Zoya and Daddy...|
|Bri lovin on Bellie :)|
|The June 3 birthday girls...|
|Giggling with Mr. Dan!|
|Here comes a hug, Zoya-style!|
|Looks sweet and innocent right?|
|I think Izzy met her match in the hug wars!|