On March 8, 2009, we entered the transition home for children adopted through Celebrate Children International and met our daughters, Essie and Chloe for the first time. They didn't speak any English at that point, and they still called each other by their Gumuz nicknames, "JuJu" and "Juri". Since coming to be a part of our family in Kentucky, they have brought great joy not only to our lives, but also to the lives of so many they have met.
Now the girls are 8 years old and in the 2nd grade. They are taking gymnastics classes, and they love to jump rope. (They are really pretty good.) Their newest hobby is listening to music on the mp3 players they got for their birthday last year. In particular, they listen to Disney music, Patch the Pirate, and Adventures in Odyssey. Over. And. Over.
We are so blessed to have Essie and Chloe in our lives. Take a look at how they've grown over the last five years:
First Family Photo: March 8, 2009
2012, with brother A.J.
Off to school on March 7, 2014