Yesterday started super early as a family from our home school group (4 people total-mom, dad, brother and sister) came to watch the little ones as Tori and I set off for Wichita for a BUSY DAY! I was up, had lunch in the crock pot, instructions written out, clothes out for everyone, Brendan's school work for the day ready & bags packed. Tori got all her school work done on the way there. I miscalculated the time it would take to get to Wichita. I was to be there by NOON and realized quickly I was running WAY BEHIND! Luckily, so was the conference I was suppose to be at! We arrived about 12:15 and sat with Cristi, Loretta and Angie (my girls:) at The 2008 Kansas Governor's Conference For Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect. I received The 2008 Recognition Award from the KS Alliance For Drug Endangered Children for my advocacy work during the awards luncheon.
After I received my award, the MC of the lunch-Susan Peters of channel KAKE Wichita invited Victoria on stage with her (keep in mind this was a luncheon of around 400 people). She told Tori what a blessing she was and asked her how she felt to be blessed by adoption. Tori was so nervous and beet red-she froze up! So finally she asked what her favorite subject in school was and she blurted out "math!" and Tori doesn't like math much-very cute and TONS OF APPLAUSE! I hope and pray by exposing the kids to my advocacy work that they too will become advocates themselves for adoption one day & learn the importance of speaking up for things they are passionate about. We left right after the lunch-Tori got a special belated birthday gift from Cristi-THANKS CRISTI! Luckily we are learning how to write thank you notes in home school this week so that will come in handy!
Our next stop was at THE GAP to see my cousin Sarah! Tori was the flower girl at Sarah and Trenton's wedding this year and I know Tori will always think Sarah is "extra special" for that! Sarah helped us pick out some new duds for Tori and she also gave her a belated birthday gift! We loved seeing you Sarah, even if it was too short a visit!
Next stop to see some very special people in our lives.....Brendan, Tori and Wyatt's birth mom Abby and baby sister Arien.
We had a great visit with them and went to Abby's favorite hamburger joint. Tori had ice cream and french fries for dinner and we even tried FRIED OREOS for the first time YUM YUM!
It was so nice to see them and know that they are a part of our " BIG HAPPY FAMILY."
Look at that picture, these faces say it all-Here we ALL are, 2 moms with our girls, bonded 4 life by God's Grace. I am so thankful for her and I know she is also thankful for me. Words can't even describe what we have with one another. AMAZING!
Nick will be home today and will be off for several weeks on vacation-I AM SO GLAD!!!