Thursday, April 30, 2009

Blessings From Others

So many blessings being poured upon our family. We have been receiving beautiful gifts since last year. Although we feel completely grateful for receiving the gifts, it's not an expectation that we have. Since this is our family journal and Lucey's journal...I know she will want to know all about her journey home. To see pictures of the sweet things that others have sent to her. The prayers poured upon her by others. The love that brought her to us. Those material things that became a part of her life.

My Mom, Nana, bought Lucey's car seat for her. What a wonderful gift. I really researched and found this one based on safety ratings, being able to face rear up to 35 pounds and cost. Thank you Mom--she will be using this for a long time. Hopefully she will gain strength and weight and we will be able to turn her around and face her forward some time this year.

My long time friend--from 28 years ago--Who I have kept in touch with via snail mail and phone calls all these years --who I talk to almost everyday as we support each other through love and prayers--Jeanne--bought this thoughtful gift. A Life Book for adopted children. She knew exactly what we needed because she and her husband have adopted two kiddos of their own. It's so comprehensive. I have never seen anything like this. My goal is to work on it this week. Now that Ron is home, I have a little more time. There are two of us to run Tucker Taxi Service. Ron is doing the dishes as I type. nice to have my love and my helper back.

Jeanne bought these extra great is that?! Did you see the one at the top of the second picture? "My first PCS." Permanent Change of Station. At the end of this month, Lucey will be experiencing this as we make our move across the state. It's exciting yet, a lot of work to move a family of 6 plus one very cute dog. Thanks Jeanne!!!

Thank you Katie, the sweet floral dress will be perfect for next year and look at that...a matching dress for her baby. Ron actually thought that the dress was for me and the baby dress was for Lucey....okay, that's hilarious. I know I'm a small person but really....Ron, you crack me up. I love the pink bathing suit and cover up. Every girl needs a nice cover up.

Shea-Shea, Thank you for the beautiful V*ra Bradley bag, Vera Bradley jewelry box and toile "holder" Right now it's holding tissue. Shea sent a huge box of so much....I'll have to catch up later with photos. Shea, you spoiled us girls.

Katie met me at T*ys R *s. I thought we were meeting there to hand over a kid....but she met me in the store and surprised me with purchasing Lucey's mattress and cover. Thank you Jim, Katie and Ben for such a generous gift. We prayed over the mattress and voile....Lucey feels so cozy in there that she has slept through the night from day two. I love the S*rta cute.

This is actually not Lucey's crib....we had quite the crib saga of epic proportion. This crib was damaged and then recalled and so on. It's such a long story...I don't have the energy to even explain it. All that matters is that Lucey has a beautiful crib now that we only paid a small amount for because of the company messing up.
OOPS: I made a mistake...I took this picture after the first crib left. This is Lucey's crib. Well, you get the idea...we had crib trouble.

The cover....

Lucey's crib--the one we finally ended up with and one I didn't choose. When I opened the box I realized they had sent the wrong crib and I said, "The heck with it..." I put it together anyway. After two months I was tired of dealing with the crib issue. I actually love it!!

My Dear, Sweet Friend, Jilly--Lucey's first piece of jewelry. What a sweet and thoughtful gift. Thank you!! It's so tiny. I wondered how it was ever going to fit Lucey. Well guess what? Lucey is even tinier. We try it on a lot while we are getting dressed in the morning. It's something she will have to grow into though. Something to look forward to. Lucey can't wait! So for now, she is wearing her plastic bracelets. ;-) Jill has three handsome boys and husband who is getting ready to deploy. Please pray for Jill's husband, Brian....for safety, for absolute protection as he leads his Battalion into harms way. For Jill and the boys...for peace and for rest in the Lord's arms. For protection over them. For some reason, when the men deploy, things tend to break down. I know this first hand. We had a broken arm, two water leaks, a staff infection and some people around us who were toxic to us and it created unnecessary stress. So please pray that Jill and her boys will be protected and that everyone around them will be supportive and loving. Jilly, I'm praying for you...I love you!!! Call me if you need anything!!!

I've know Katherine for almost 18 years. She was just a young girl when we met ;-) She has many of them is making beautiful blankets. She has made blankets for my boys...she made Adam's 16 years ago. Thank you so much for this beautiful blanket you made for Lucey Lu. It's absolutely gorgeous. It's so soft and so elegant. She loves it!!!

Last year with a little reluctance, we retired the boys blankets that Katherine made to their memory boxes. I just wanted to show you how much we treasure them. Oh how they were missed. I miss them too...they were such a part of them for so long. They were loved. I hope you and the girls come visit soon!
Thank you again to all of you....for all of your continued support and prayers. I treasure each and every person who is a part of us.
With Love,


  1. So many wonderful gifts - the bracelet is so beautiful.

  2. The gifts are really beautiful, and many of them are things that can be kept for a life time. I agree with Gina that the bracelet is especially beautiful. I also appreciate the military pages to the memory book. I was the daughter of an air force officer, and I will always be proud of my dad's service, and so will Lucey.

  3. I am laughing at the car seat thing. My Anna is 5 years, 2 months old and she is 35 pounds. She is also about 44-45 inches tall. There is no way to keep her facing the rear with her long and lean legs. They go on forever. We love her Britax seat and laugh that she will be in it until she gets married!

    I love how you are documenting all the gifts. You obviously have a great support system and lots of love from family and friends.

    Jen Schmidt


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