Wednesday, July 20, 2016

In the month of May... yes, I know its mid July.

 Time for some catch up... where to start? How about May?

Here's me and my sweet boy at the Mother's Day Tea at his preschool. Oh, how we will miss St. Matthew's next year!

Our good friends, the Thompsons made a visit to the DC area, so we had a little reunion with many of our Hawaii friends that now live here!  It's amazing how big this group is, right?
Love these gals!
Keaton, Lucas, and Iain (looking a little skeptical)
Addie, Mark, and Eli
The next day was Mother's Day. We had a yummy lunch at Zoe's after church, and then my family left me (per my special request) at Stonebridge Center for T-H-R-E-E  H-O-U-R-S. I spent the day shopping and walking around all by myself. An odd way to spend Mothers Day, yes. But, tt was amazing!
"Reading with Dogs" - a fun Thursday tradition at our library! Sailor especially loves it!
It's starting to get nice outside - finally! This boy loves his sis (most of the time).
Boy Scout camp out!  They dealt with some storms and a considerable amount of mud, but still managed to have a blast!
We enjoyed a very windy Belmont Bay food truck festival!
Enjoying Keaton's last week of school and eating lunch with his classmates. What a sweet group of kids - we will miss them next year!
Mark is obviously ready for summer! It was about 65* this day...
Keaton on his last day of 2nd grade! I can't believe how old (and big) he is getting! He is such a good student, and we are so proud of him!
We love Mrs. Moss! So happy that Keaton had her for 2nd grade!
We wasted no time - driving straight to Charlotte after picking Keaton up from school. Sailor enjoys her big cousin Mary Elizabeth, and MEL is so good with her!
Teaching Sailor to drive (with attitude!)
Thankful to Jenny for watching the kids so we could skip away to Bristol for our good friend Chris Quillen's wedding.
So fun for Scott to catch up with many of his college buddies.
They had a fun reception at the Bristol train station!
From Charlotte, we drove to Nashville, and spent the night with our good friends, the Denny's! We had not seen them since Mark was a baby. Since visiting them in May, they had their 4th child, a baby girl, Katherine Grace.
 a long 10 hours in the car later...
We made it to Brumbra and Papa's house! After a good night's sleep, the boys had fun cuddling with their cousin Christian on Brumbra's back patio.
Garrett made cinnamon rolls on our first morning! Yum!
Scott and I skipped away to Tulsa for dinner with one of our favorite couples - Lisa and Donovan! Can't wait for their wedding in September!
Visiting my parents' planks on the new Pathfinder bridge!
The Hudsons invited us out for dinner in the country. It was a blast to see Meg and the kiddos (in town for Memorial Day).
Feeding the horses
Halle Kate and Sailor June back together again!
 Sometimes I'm still just amazed we both have girls now!
All of our kids - 5 boys & 2 girls!
And a ride on the Cruiser!
 May was a fun-filled and very busy month for our family! Can you see now why I have no time for blogging? And we haven't even covered Memorial Day...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Adoption 20 year anniversary & Family Time!

20 years ago today, my parents took a huge leap of faith. Instead of embracing their freedom and their almost empty nest, they chose to open their home and welcome a sibling group of five children Dustin Archambo (then 10), Tim Archambo (then 9), Lindsey Archambo (then 6), Alexis Archambo (then 5), and Jason Shane Archambo (then 4) as a part of our family. Nothing short of a calling from God would compel them to such a selfless act. My parents have never claimed to be perfect, but have always loved us and faithfully pointed me and my siblings toward the perfect adoptive Father. For this, we are indebted eternally.

Mark 9:37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Here's a picture of all of us at our annual family reunion. We had not all been together for 6 years before this!
And all of our families!
Between all of us, my parents have 10 grandsons and 4 granddaughters! We are so thankful for all the cousins, aunts, and uncles that my kids get to spend time with when we are in Oklahoma.

Sailor and Uncle Justin
Enjoying their daily ice cream in the pool!
Mia's getting older, but she can still have fun with the boys!
Nicole, Gabe (10 mos.), and Lindsey
Ruby and Sailor
Adrian is almost 6 now!
Amber, Tim, and baby Aydan
AJ (almost 18!!) with Sailor June
Mark and Ruby
Uncle A reading to Chloe and Sailor
Alexis and Christian (3)
Sailor and Ruby
Keaton (8), Mark (5), Adrian (5), Sailor (19months), Easton (5), Christian (3), and Chloe (2)
Christian and Sailor - we called them the "Frenemies" because they loved to play, but also annoyed each other!
Garrett and Easton
Sailor and her Uncle A. She LOVES him!
The Frenemies again....
Lindsey playing ball with Caleb in my parents awesome yard!
Papa taking the "Little's" on a gator ride!