Saturday, September 22, 2012

Lyla's First Week HOME

 Our Beautiful Princess!!!

 Not sure if Lyla wasn't a fan of Conor's breath or she just didn't feel like listening to him
 Yes, she is sitting like a CHAMP!!!!!!!!

Bellie is doing wonderful in schools.  It sure helps to have amazing teachers that genuinely care for their students!!!!  Can you believe I didn't think she was ready for school????
 Everything is worth tasting!!!!
 My Sweet Little Bellie Bug!!!  I am so PROUD OF HER!!!!!
Again, I can NOT believe Lyla is on our couch, in our living room, in our HOUSE!!!!  GOD IS GOOD!!!!
 SG Loves her Little Sister!!!
 Lyla and Buddy the bird just hanging out!!!
 Sometimes they don't always agree.
 This was Sarah's last night!!!  Sarah is the most AMAZING teenager in the WORLD!!!  This girl can do anything.  She did EVERYTHING!!!  She took care of the kids, she did the laundry, she cleaned, she cooked, she blogged so I could see what was going on from Ukraine, she organized my cabinets, she prepared TWELVE freezer meals for us, etc.....  Look, I could go on and on and on about all the things Sarah did for our family!!!  I seriously want to send my teenagers to the Birschbach house for teenage boot camp.  Pat & Jill are doing something amazing over there in Wisconsin.  We are so GRATEFUL that they allowed their precious daughter to help us!!!
Sarah - We Love You so MUCH and We Miss you something AWFUL!!!  The kids ask where you are all the time.  I know with all my heart and soul that you will do the most incredible things with your life.  I am so HONORED and BLESSED to know YOU!!!!
 Awe!!!  I Love this picture!!!!!
 Say "cheese" Gavin!!!!
 All my girls!!!  I am so BLESSED!!!!!
 This new life tires out our little miss!!!
 Gavin just LOVES going to school!  He can't wait for his bus to arrive each day.
 "Where is my bus"
 SG and Bellie waiting for their bus!!!
 Look at that Bug!!!  OH I LOVE THESE GIRLS!!!!!
 Floor time!!!!
 Blessed Beyond Belief to witness all this LOVE!!!!!
 Lyla is all over the place and Loving her new freedom!!!
 OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  STUNNING!!!!!
 Happy Birthday Daddy!!!!  The kids wanted the cake to read "Happy Dad"!!!
 Belle and Lyla were telling secrets I think.
 Here they are!!!  Our three pots of gold at the end of the Rainbow.
 Reece's Rainbow has Blessed us TIMES THREE!!!!!  With these most amazing precious treasures!!!!
Forever Grateful for these three!!!!!!!  We Thank All Of YOU that have helped us bring these miracles home.  WOW!!!!!!  Some of you have been with us on this journey for over 2 years.  Can you believe it??? Can you believe that Lyla is on that couch with Belle & Gavin?  Can you even believe what GOD has done????  HIS PLAN???  I still can't believe it!!!!!!  THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wouldn't want to end with any other picture!!!!!!


  1. Summer,
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post/pictures with all of us. Yay, Belle! She looks like such a big girl in her classroom. It is great to see the pictures of all of the kids together. What a blessing to have all of these beautiful children! I hope we can see all of you in person next summer!!

  2. Oh my goodness. I remember a pic of just Belle and Gavin, and just longing and waiting for the day I'd see one of them WITH Lyla. Amazingly wonderful !!!!!

  3. Its so wonderful to see how well she is doing in her new family! And just how very very happy YOU are... Blessings.

  4. I still can't believe Lyla is home with you! And I totally tear up every single time I think about it. I am beyond happy for you.

  5. Precious! Beyond precious!! God is so good. Tears & praise to Him from here.

  6. Am I seeing right that Lyla is able to sit up for herself now? That is amazing, only being home so little so far and already she looks a lot better! And very happy too!

  7. Okay, the sleeping while sitting up pic is my favorite! Tiring job having a family! Praise God!

  8. So amazing what God & a little love can do to a child! I am so happy Lyla is adjusting to her new life so well. It was meant to be! I sure hope I can meet your family someday.

  9. Oh my gosh, how beautiful. You have such a great family. Love this post!

  10. I find it hard to believe too, you must wake up and count heads and think to yourself you must be in a dream.

    ok the photos are ALL precious!

  11. LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU ALL SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!! Emailing you now...

  12. Hi, Summer, I'm so happy you were able to get these three home. Can you even believe that in other countries these beautiful children were cast away as unworthy?? They are so beautiful, not only on the outside but on the inside as well. Their little spirits and zest for life just glow.

  13. What beautiful pictures, esp the last one!!! You are truly blessed!!! Oh, and the one of SaraH too of course. :-) Thank you so much for blessing her by inviting her and for the gifts too. Totally unnecessary, but very appreciated. Giving God all the Glory! Love to you all!