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S: January through June 2009

FC: WEBER January through June 2009

1: The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

2: Trip to the Zoo | We ended Christmas break with a family outing to the zoo.

3: { | One of our favorite things to do as a family is to spend the day playing together.

4: Moriah's 4th Birthday

5: Chuck E. Cheese

6: North Carolina Our last trip as a family of 5 (or so we thought) | We thought James and Malaya were coming home soon, so we decided to join Jason on his trip to North Carolina for a YCOW. It was one of the best trips we ever had. The girls and I went to a nature preserve and they had their faces painted. We went out for pizza. We talked about what it means to "plant flowers instead of weeds." The girls were angels the whole trip. The next day we went to the Biltmore with Jason. We had an enchanting day. It was just what we needed. We took the audio tour, saw the vineyards and tasted food and juice. Then, we went to the Olive Garden for dinner.

7: Playing at a hotel is one of the girls favorite things to do. I had the privilege of playing mommy to 2 stuffed dogs--Connor and Callie. Carmen spent her own money to buy a new wolf for her pack of animals.

8: Little Rock Marathon

9: (Your Text Here) | We were so proud of the girls' preparation for the marathon. They had to run 25 miles before race day. Jason worked with them 3 days a week and ran around the neighborhood and at the track. They also ran on recess. On the day of the marathon, they had to run the final mile. We were so proud that it made us cry! We went to Purple Cow afterward to celebrate with the Halls and Alls.

10: Moriah | A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

11: springtime

12: Mr. Weber goes to Washington | Just days before President Obama's inauguration and the transfer of power between the Bush and Obama administrations, Jason and Paul took part in the very last meeting of the Bush White House's office of Faith Based Initiatives. Jedd Medefind convened a group from around the country to discuss youth emancipating from U.S. Foster Care. Paul and Jason met with key leaders and took in important historical sites like official inaugural ceremony port-a-potties.

13: It was cool to get inside the gates of the White House grounds. We got to see the set-up for the inauguration and parade as well as the house the Obamas were staying in until they were sworn into office. | The Inauguration

14: Valentine's Day

15: Family | Life | Tennis Lesson | Dying Fish, Family Dinners, Silly Hats, New Roof, Snakes and Brave Husbands

16: James and Malaya

17: In fall of 2008, through much prayer we decided to do an adoption from foster care again. A few weeks later, Jason was meeting with Christie Erwin and she mentioned these 2 kids that she had in the heart gallery. We went over to Christie's and picked up the packet of information on James and Malaya. Caryl Watson was there with her new foster baby boy in her arms that I, Trisha, met for the first time. We prayed and prayed about whether we could add a 2 year old and a 1 year old to our family. God lead us to two specific passages. With His assurance that we could do this through His power, we moved forward to tell DHS we would like to adopt James and Malaya. Thus the waiting began. Our paperwork took 2 months to get to the right department. Then, we were told that our homestudy needed to be redone. It was killing us that our children were waiting and not home. Then, we found out that they had a family for James and Malaya. We trusted this was God' plan. Then, in January our paperwork was finished. We were assigned a caseworker-Kashena Walls.. She said Monica was sitting in her office right then and the family had just fallen through. We could come pick up their packet!! We were told they should be home at the latest by the beginning of February. | It seemed like at every turn there were more delays. Lawyers, meetings, foster mom...Foster mom was so hostile, but we begged Monica to let us meet her to see if we could help. The meeting went well and we got to meet J & M. We were set up to meet foster mom at McDonalds to play the next Saturday. However, she canceled. This took more meetings to resolve. Finally the day came to begin transitioning them in our home in late March. We spent so much time staring at this Heart Gallery picture wondering when they would finally be home.

18: FIRST MEETING

19: We met at DHS, went to MacArthur Park then went to pick the girls up.

21: The transition plan was simple because foster mom was not cooperating.. Over Spring Break week, we would have them part of every day. We got to know each other and do fun things. We scrambled to get bedding, clothes, and toys. Jason took off the week to get to know his new kiddos and help with the settling in. It was not an easy transition though. Foster mom sent no lovees for the overnight visit. We had our first overnight visit unexpectedly, so we had to put up Malaya's crib in Moriah's room in a hurry. Malaya screamed louder than any child we've ever known when we put her down. We would rock her until she fell asleep. James would cry at night. He would not take off his shoes or clothes. They were scared of the bath. Their noses ran constantly. Despite all this, we began to fall in love.

22: Build A Bear | Because they did not come with any lovees, we went to Build-a-Bear to get them one. Malaya picked out a pink Monkey -- Cupcake. After much looking, James confidently picked out a black bear -- Chocolate. Chocolate became his comfort object that he held when he slept and when he was upset. Chocolate was waiting on his bed every time he came.

23: The Zoo | The Science Museum

24: " | James at 2-years-old wore a size 4. Malaya at 1 wore size 3 -- almost the same as Moriah. We had friends give us clothes for James.

25: BECOMING A FAMILY | James immediately took to Jason. We would constantly hear, "Hi Daddy! Play Daddy! Where's Daddy?" James sat with Jason no matter what he was doing. It was not all smooth though. James and Moriah had to learn to share. James talked SO much during meals. We were all on audio overload after each meal. James yelled "STUPID!" at the top of his lungs at me the first time I took him to a store.

26: JAMES

27: MALAYA (KIT KAT)

29: EASTER | happy | Spring Time

30: . | We had a rainy Easter so we did the Easter egg hunt in the house. The day before we did an Easter egg hunt at MacArthur Park

32: The Hair Tutorial Lisa Weathers came over with a lot of products and gave me my first lesson on braiding. It took me 2 hours to do half of her head. After that, it was our Saturday night ritual to braid Malaya's hair. This was a big deal for me conquering my fear of not being able to do her hair.

33: Goodbye | James and Malaya's foster mom challenged the adoption. We were told the adoption was moving forward, but it would just take a little while. Despite state regulations about the age limit on adoption, the head of DHS made the decision to stop the adoption. Tracey showed up at our door to tell me. We only had a few hours to say goodbye. We took them to JC Penney to get their picture taken. Thankfully we had brought along the one thing that could always make them smile -- Cutie mandarin oranges. We then met their foster mom at a McDonalds parking lot to drop them off (just as we had done with Brittney). James was cheerfully yelling "goodbye Daddy" as we got in the van not knowing he was saying goodbye forever to the only daddy he had ever had.

34: Seagrove, Florida | After an emotional Spring, we decided that we all needed to get away. A week before we left, we began calling on condos near where we stayed the previous year. We found a nice 3 bedroom house for not much money 3 days before we were suppose to go. Seagrove has become one of our favorite places. It is off the beaten path of the other resorts. The beach is near empty. It is a bicycle ride o the other more crowded cities. Just perfect for our little family!

40: Playing | VACATION | Traditions

41: Being Together | God's Creation

42: Our House | We were in a cute little neighborhood. There was a little path behind the house that led to the pool.

44: Bike Riding Day!!! Our first stop on our 7 mile day was the nature preserve to look at sand dunes, bugs and shells.

46: Pizza and Waterpark We rode for a long time looking for a pizza place. We took a long break to play.

47: Park and Ice Cream

49: Pirate's Hideaway We went into SanDestin to play in pirate land and do a little shopping.

50: Quiet Times on the Beach One of the things we look forward to most on beach vacations is going to have a quiet time in the morning. We take turns gong down in the morning. The girls joined Jason one morning this year.

51: Date with Daddy Carmen and Jason went to a special clinic in Seaside to learn how to really build a sandcastle. Mommy and Cecilia stayed home and read books together.

60: Goodbye Guest Room

62: S W I M L E S S O N S | Cheryl Holmquist gave the girls swimming lessons again. We went M-F for 2 weeks. She gave each of the 3 girls swim lessons for 15 minutes. Moriah LOVED it1 We got a pool pass to Parkway Place again and spent much of our summer at the pool. Josh loved it too, but we had to be careful not to let him swallow water.

63: Piano Lessons | We did Suzuki piano lessons with Miss Molly. We were amazed at what the girls could play by the end of the year.

64: Hope for Orphans | Filming of Your Church and the Orphan video The DesCarpentries helped fund the new video promoting YCOW. We had such a fun day filming around our neighborhood. The twins LOVED being filmed. Joseph from school, Kilyan, Mican and Jeremy Elmquist all joined the video.

65: "The more you laugh the longer you live" | Foster Care Prayer VIgil The previous year, one day in the shower at a planning retreat, Jason had the idea of having a national day of prayer for foster kids. Hope for Orphans partnered with Focus and ShowHope to launch the National Foster Care Prayer Vigil. We held one for kids at the FamilyLife building. We brought the Heart Gallery come in to help us pray.

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