Friday, May 24, 2013

Picture Packed Friday Post!

Thank you all for accepting my challenge and reaching our goal for entries this week into our -


If you don't know what this is click HERE and read all about it first....I'll wait....

But before you get to see the promised Henry pic, I thought I would give you a few bonus ones...

We (and by "we" I mean mostly my amazing husband and our two home-from-college sons!) worked feverishly the last week to "switch" and add to our "boys room" and "girls room" upstairs...

Here is the new and improved "girls room":

We already had the double bunk on the right and added this bunk, where we plan our new big girl will get to sleep on the bottom:

She will also get the drawers on the side of the stairs and under the bed...

My 8yo got this new/old dresser (many thanks to my dear friend K!) which Paul refinished and painted and the girls enhanced with the room's flower motif:

And then we added a new tall but thin bookcase and  re-configured the one closet to fit our 4 year old's dresser and leave hanging room for lovely dresses for 4 lovely girls:

Our girls are BEYOND EXCITED to share their room with their new sister (and with baby sister once she gets old enough to move out of mommy and daddy's room).... and if anyone out there thinks they NEED a separate bedroom for each child in their house, I cannot more emphatically state that your children will be making memories and experiencing JOY beyond compare by sharing a room (and bedtime stories and clothes and hair accessories and secret whispers after prayers) growing up!!!

So now to the main event...a private never seen outside my home Henry picture....

When you go to Henry's country to adopt, you sit in the government office and they take out files, the file of the child you hope to adopt documents his/her medical condition, availability for international adoption, and has actual physical picture(s) of them....we were able to "trade" the picture you see on the header of this blog (one of 3 pictures we had of Henry, all taken at the same time) for 2 pictures in his government file that we had never seen before....

My sweet baby boy....probably about 3 months old...look at his chunky cheeks...The malnourishment and constant aspiration pneumonia had not set in yet...look at the small pic...he looks scared...

I cry every time I see these pictures...if only I could have gotten him home then...if only I could have stopped the severe lung scarring that happened that first year of his life that contributed so much to his death...if only I could have had a few more months with him before I had to say good-bye....

All I can do is work as hard as I can to get our newest children fast as I can...for THEIR sake AND because Henry would want us to....

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Here is the LINK again.

And here is our final picture for the weekend....God Bless all our men and women who have served, most especially those (and their families) who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.


  1. Oh he does look scared in that smaller pic. But still so precious and chubby! Your fsp has climbed a lot!!!!

  2. Carla,
    You are such an amazing witness to all of us! These kids are so lucky to have you as their mother and join such an amazing family.

    God Bless You,

  3. Thank you for the new pictures. What a precious little guy. I wish he could have made it to you much sooner too.

    I donated today.

    Sue - Wisconsin

  4. Oh Carla! Such a cherished photo of Henry. He was such a little peanut. It makes me cry and smile at the same time. I'll never forget the blessing of getting to meet your little man. I'm sure he will be smiling down on you and his new brother and sisters as you work to get them home as soon as possible. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.