Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A project for a summer day

This was a day project for Blaine and the kids. We have a cute little pond in our back yard and the project was to build a little dock into it. Mihiretu LOVES to work so he's a great help.

Aliya had a great time helping, too! A girl with a power tool and wearing waders!! She's got style:)

For some reason, Aliya thought the waders were a great fashion statement. She is holding Tia, the new puppy.

Mr. Muscle Mihiretu is putting in the last post for the dock.

Misganaw posing on the completed project.

I don't have pics of this but the following weekend, they built an adorable curved bridge to go over the river-like end of the pond. Super cute:)

Yesterday, I took Aliya to the make-up counter at Macy's for a little lesson in how to apply make-up. She's never worn make-up at all and really wanted to start but was afraid to tell me, so she told Katie. How funny! This is not something that would upset me at ALL! So we went and let me tell you...this girl loved every second! I'm sorry I didn't have my camera but you have to take my word for it...she looked even prettier than usual:) She LOVED her eyes so we purchased the make-up for that. We thought that was enough (OK, I thought that was enough!) to start with. She was so thankful and appreciative. We had fun together!

Last night, we all went to view our new family picture that we had taken a couple weeks ago by the same lady that did our original family portrait when we were a much smaller family of 4. It was a beautiful picture but it was lost in the fire. I really miss it as it was a central point of our living room. We decided to have her retake our pic since a family of 4 were are no longer! It is funny...when we had the first one taken, we decided our family was complete and it was a good time to do a formal family portrait. We had never before had one done but decided to splurge, just this once!

But God had other plans for our family!! Just when we splurge...God says, "Hey, I have some more kids for you!" This made our old portrait pretty obsolete.

Then we had the fire and decided we would spring for the sitting fee and the insurance company would replace the size pics we lost in the fire. However, these pics have ALL of us in it! So happy to have this wonderful gift. It is very hard to find the good in having a fire, but this is an example of a good thing coming out of bad:)

Many blessings,


  1. I can't wait to see the new pics.

  2. Cute pics! Love the fashion statement!

    Can't wait to see the family portrait - so glad you are able to see the beauty from the ashes literally!

    Love and blessings,

  3. Tia is apparently a Springer Spaniel puppy. Liver and white color. THE BEST kind of dog in the world. Good choice!! :)
    Can't wait to see the family photo.

  4. Love the dock! Great project for everyone. :) Can't wait to see the family picture! I know it will be great!!:)
    Have a wonderful day friend!

  5. Laura, I recently wrote a post on how when you decided to adopt, the devil declares war. One of my commenters sent me over here. And, wow.

    God bless your amazing family and steadfast your strength as you advance His kingdom!!!

  6. 老天爺賦予了強者的能力,就是要他比弱者多擔待..................................................