Monday, November 15, 2010

Not goodbye, just see ya later...

Well, Miss "A" is probably leaving today. Her Grandpa is making the long trek up for Florida, and if all goes as planned, he should be picking her up later this evening--(Sniff, Sniff).
This last week was spent mostly making sweet memories and relishing in the time we had left together. Shane actually took Thursday and Friday off of work so we could ALL be together and have some good family time before saying "goodbye"!

Thursday, we deemed as "A" Day. The kids had the day off from school, so we woke up and decided to head out to breakfast. We let "A" pick any restaurant she wanted and Johnny K's, which is our family's favorite breakfast place, was it!

We rarely go out to breakfast, so when we do, it's a real treat.

We all enjoyed our fill of hotcakes, eggs, bacon, grits, and buttered toast. After breakfast, we took "A" to visit my Grandpa who is staying in a near by rehabilitation center. We wanted her to have a chance to say goodbye to him as well.

We enjoyed such a sweet time with my Grandpa.
I know he is going to really miss our "A" too!

We left there, and decided to hit the local park.
It was such a beautiful day and we wanted to enjoy it.

Because it was a school holiday, the kids ran into several of their friends at the park.

"A" had fun playing chase with Tyler, one of her best buddies from school. We played at the park for a while and just enjoyed the day together.

The rest of our weekend kind-of played out the same!

Lots of together time, lots of fun, and lots of memories made!

Saturday the kids played in their LAST soccer games of the season.

It was definitely bittersweet as we watched "A" play in her final game.

We had the opportunity to meet "A's" sweet Grandma and Great-Grandma over the weekend too.

They drove up from Florida to spend some time with miss "A"!
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We all got together for dinner at our house on Saturday night. We enjoyed a sweet visit and it was a blessing getting to know "A's" precious grandma and great-grandma.

They brought LOTS and LOTS of presents to open!!!

"A's" grandma is only about two and a half hours away from where she will be staying in Florida.

I know she is looking forward to having her close by and will be making lots of weekend trips to visit and help with the transition!

Let me tell ya, there was no shortage on hugs, kisses, tears, and goodbye wishes shared this weekend.

With my brother, Tim

saying "goodbye" to her wonderful Sunday School teachers

Hugs from her sweet friend, Amy.

with my sisters, KK and Al

Love from Papa and Mimi

"A" is DEFINITELY one very loved little girl!!!


Rachel said...

This makes me cry! Y'all are precious. I know you are going to miss her so much. Thanks for letting us be a part of her journey with your family :)

Julie said...

i had to hold back tears through that post :) it has been great following this journey with you all...lot's of prayers for "a" as she begins this new journey. and many prayers for your family as well!

Jessica K. said...

Praying for sweet A and your family! I hope everyone has a good transition, I hope she finds happiness in Florida and I know she will always have a special place in your heart!!
Know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family making their way there from Germany!!

Celia Jimenez said...

Ugh...I have been so weepy today...and this just let the dam loose. I can not stop CRYING!!! Last night was so bittersweet. Praying for all of you today! Love you!!!

Caroline said...

She is so blessed because of you and she has probably learned things from your family that will last forever.
Thank you for sharing with us.

Sarah said...

What a precious little girl... and what a beautiful family to show such love to her! Thank you for going above and beyond to show her Jesus.

Anonymous said...

It's hard to say good bye to sucha sweetie :) I've been following you for a few months and have loved getting to know miss A. :)
Hugs to your entire family !

Donna said...

What a wonderful gift you have given A and vice versa, I am sure. Blessing for you all!!

Carolina City Girl said...

i got tears in my eyes reading this. "A" is such a blessed little girl to have been so loved by ya'll...she will be on my mind and heart this week for sure. I'll be praying for your family and for Miss A as you all adjust to the change. she is precious!

Melanie said...

Very teary over here, too!! We have been thinking of you guys & praying for you all day! We miss "Miss A" already! We are praying for her transition to life in FL. I love all of the photos of A with all of your sweet family...SO much love! I know that God is going to use the short time she was with you in wonderful, mighty ways in her life!

jess said...

Ok. I ask myself why, but I know I don't know the whole story... She just seems so happy with you and you obviously love her to peices. But thank-you for making the hard choice - to be willing to be foster parents and say goodbye. Sometimes letting go is harder than holding on I imagine. Praying for you and A as you both make transitions now...

Stacy said...

What a special gift she has been for your family and what a gift you have been in her precious life. May God walk you through all of the good-bye steps today, holding your tender hand along the way.

Thank you for sharing your weekend with us. The pictures tell a million words and the the one with you and Miss A is beautiful! Special memories that will last a lifetime.

Will be praying for you all as you walk these steps.

Much love,

Courtney said...

I tears fillig my eyes the whole time I was readig this. You guys have been such a blessing to this little girl.

Stefanie and Bill said...

What a beautiful little girl she is!!! What a wonderful gift that your family has been to her and she has been to you! I just know God is going to do really big things with Miss "A"! May God comfort your family during this transition as I am just certain your children loved her like a sister!

Annie said...

This post makes me cry!

Good luck "A", God bless you.

Paige said...

I am trying my best to hold back my own tears as well! "A" is one very blessed little girl to be loved by so many! I will be praying that she has a wonderful time in Florida!

Mary Ann said...

Sitting here crying! She is a doll! I know how you all must feel! But God put her there for a good reason! Praying for that sweet child!