Tuesday, December 25, 2007

WOW!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Maci definitely made Christmas fun this year! Every time she opened a gift she said "WOW" in the most excited voice. It was so cute! Maci and Daddy putting the reindeer food out on Christmas Eve.

Maci helping WeeWee open her gift.
Maci just lounging in the new chair she got for Christmas!

Riding on the horsey that Aunt Debbie got her.

Monday, December 24, 2007

HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!!!

It's so hard to believe that one year ago today our precious Maci was placed in our arms. I remember that day so vividly. We woke up very early--neither one of us could sleep. We just couldn't wait to see our baby girl. We flew to Nanchang that morning and as soon as we got to the hotel, we only had an hour before we boarded a bus with 14 other families to pick up our babies. I remember being so nervous. What if she didn't like me? What would I do if she cried? And how would I comfort this scared little girl? I remember praying to God to show me what to do.

When we got to the Adoption Center we were led to the 26th floor. We entered a big room where all of the babies were waiting. I remember walking around the room trying to find our baby girl. Donnie and I both spotted Maci at the same time. Maci, you were all bundled up in your pretty pink coat. You looked like a little peanut. I wonder if you knew that your whole life was about to change. We stood back as other families names were being called. Then we heard the words--"Farmer Family." This is it! This is what we have been waiting 21 months for! Our little blessing from God! We showed them our passports and they placed you in my arms! It is very hard to describe in words how I felt at that very moment! Me and Daddy were so overwhelmed with joy! Our prayers for a beautiful little girl were answered!

For Maci's first Gotcha Day we decided to go eat at our favorite Japanese Restaurant in Evansville. (I know it's not Chinese, but close enough) Both sets of grandparents went also! It was such a great day! I dressed Maci in her red and green silk outfit from China. She looked so sweet.

Maci posing on the rocks in front of the koi pond!
Maci's Happy Gotcha Day Cookie!

The Farmer Family!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

SNOW ANGELS

Maci and Heidy wore their matching blue Christmas dresses to church today. They both looked absolutely adorable. My sweet little snow angel!!!
I could just eat her up!!!

Best friends!

What an adorable face!

The whole Farmer gang!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

ALL DRESSED FOR CHURCH

I dressed Maci in her red Santa dress for church today. I think she thought she was Santa Claus, because all she could do was say "Ho Ho Ho" all day long! I managed to snap a few pictures of her in front of the Christmas tree before we left for church.What a pretty girl!
Cheeeese!
What you talking about Santa?


Thursday, December 6, 2007

CHRISTMAS DINNER WITH GRANNY AND GRAMPS

Every year since I was a little girl, my grandparents have taken me to their Christmas Dinner at the Moose in Albion. We have carried that tradition on to my kids. So, on the first Thursday in December, we all load up in the van and drive to Albion to have dinner with my granny and gramps at the Moose. Then the kids get to sit on Santas lap and tell them what they want for Christmas. After that, we all go to the grandparents house and put up their Christmas tree. It's something that we all look forward to every year at Christmas time.
It was Maci's first time seeing Santa up close. She wouldn't sit on his lap or even get close to him unless I was holding her. So, her first Santa picture has mommy in it. As you can see, she wasn't going to take her eyes off of him for a second.

Here is a picture of Dillon, Peyton and Maci with Granny and Gramps Yokel. Grandma didn't want to take the picture because she didn't have her wig (Gretchen) on. I think she's beautiful with or without it!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

CHRISTMAS COOKIES

After the Christmas Parade we all went home and decorated Christmas cookies. Maci had so much fun! She was such a big girl! I think she decorated about 6 cookies all by herself. I'm not sure if she got more icing and sprinkles on the cookies, on the floor or in her mouth! Today was such a great day for the whole family!


Mommy, can you tell I've been sampling the cookies?

Maci is carefully putting the icing on her cookie. Isn't she such a big girl?

2007 CHRISTMAS PARADE

Today is Mt. Carmel's annual Christmas Parade. We haven't been in several years, but we are pretty excited to see how Maci reacts to the floats and seeing Santa Clause for the first time.
Maci's all bundled up and ready for the parade.

Mommy and Maci!!!

Maci and Daddy!

It was pretty cold! As you can tell by Dillon and Peyton.