Adoption has not only changed my children's lives, but it has changed ours in just about every aspect. The rapport between adoptive families is something that is almost indescribable. We all share an unspoken bond that transcends the fact that many of us have never physically met. So, when we actually do get to meet another adoptive family, especially one that lives hundreds of miles away, it just makes it even more special. Isn't God awesome how he can bring strangers together and make them feel like they've known each all their lives?
Monday morning, I packed the van, packed the kids and headed to Orlando, three hours away, to meet one of my favorite families, The Ferrills. They absolutely blessed my socks off!
This beautiful, God-loving, homeschoolin' Mama of seven, with the sweetest southern accent you could ever imagine, made our rain-drenched day sunny.
Then there's the children. Oh my! I don't know which one I could possibly claim as my favorite, because they were each sweeter than the next. Almost edible. Really. And polite is an understatement. Kudos to their parents for doing such an amazing job! They all ran to the door to greet us when we arrived. I tell ya, when I grow up, I wanna be like Laine!
The two youngest, Kimmie and Quan, were even more precious than I imagined. Quan is a little replica of Kai, except much more sedated (although Laine disagrees) and Kimmie is a beautiful, little lady. I could've easily packed them up and brought them home with me!
Candace, the lastest addition to the Ferrill family, just grabbed my heart and ran with it the minute she flashed me one of her smiles! Boy, oh boy...Mr. Ferrill better keep that shotgun by the front door with these girls living there.
Next is the most adorable red-head I've ever met, Carlie. She was so kind and welcoming, immediately sharing her toys with our little ones.
Then there are the two boys, Clay and Colby, ages 9 and 11. What perfect little gentlemen. Some day those boys are gonna make some very lucky ladies proud.
And last but not least, Amanda's newest buddy, Katie Lyn. She offered to prepare peanut butter sandwiches for the entire crew (14 of us!!!). She's truly got a Mama's heart and the love for her siblings just oozes out of her.
I also got to meet someone very special to the Ferrill family, Kylie Watkins. Remember this name, because chances are very good that you may be seeing Kylie on the runway of the Miss America pageant! You see, in February of this year, Kylie was named 2009 Miss University of Mobile. A huge accomplishment! Now in June, she is competing in the Miss Alabama pageant.
Please keep her in your prayers because this young lady is exactly what America's teens and young girls need as a role model. She is not only stunningly beautiful, but has a genuine love for the Lord and for children. Kylie, we're rooting you on in Florida! Godspeed all the way to the Miss America crown!
Now, onto the good stuff you've been waiting for, if you haven't already scrolled down and peeked!
It was really tough choosing which pictures to post, so I tried narrowing it down to some of my favorite moments. I do admit though, that the pictures don't really do justice to the good time we had.
(Front row, left to right: Carlie, Candace, Quan, Anna Grace, and Kai.
Thank you so much for having us. It truly was an honor and a blessing meeting your family. We had a wonderful time and the kids have done nothing but talk about your family since we got in the car! AJ wanted to know why we weren't going back after playgroup today since he had told you, "See you in the morning!"