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S: The Adelseck Family 2013

BC: I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever. I will give you thanks forever and I will wait on Your name, for it is good. Psalm 52:8-9

FC: 2013 THE ADELSECKS | This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1: Your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord. Psalm 128:3-4

2: The Wilmarths came to visit. All 8 of them. We had a house full of fun. We went to The Great Park and rode the Merry-Go-Round and played soccer. We had an adult date night. The four of us went out to eat and then we went to see Les Mis. The next day we went to the beach and then spent our evening at the jacuzzi. On Saturday the boys played soccer and later the adults played "How to Host a Murder."

3: The Wilmarths Visit

4: January

6: School began with Anatomy class where the older boys dissected a cow eye for the younger class. One child almost passed out. The boys finally understood Chick-Fil-A's motto, "Eat more chicken." Even though Dan begged, no one licked the eyeball. | Science

8: CrossRoads Gun Show

9: Aunt Pam and Uncle Nick always have a booth at the CrossRoads Gun Show at the OC Fair Grounds. They asked if Collin would like to help them work the show. They were expecting a big turn out since Obama wants to enforce gun control. Collin had a great time learning about all the knives and how they were made. Avery and Mommy loved hanging out at the booth learning about all the skins and Indian artifacts. | January 26-27

10: Caden's First and Sixth Birthday Celebration!!! | I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him. 1 Samuel 1:27

11: February 1st | The Burns and the Lunds joined our family for Caden's birthday. Bronwyn made a yummy cake shaped like a 6. It took 3 tries to perfect the cake and it was delicious. We played pin the tail on the donkey, but the "Cars" version. It was a tie between Carson and Brittan, but Carson won the "World Famous" Banana slicer in the end.

12: Kids Winter Challenge 2013 Voyagers | February 8-10

14: Owl | Pellet | Dissection | The owl regurgitates the harder material along with indigestible items such as feathers, fur and bones in the form of a pellet. | What is an owl pellet?

15: Jenny lead the kids through an owl pellet dissection. When the kids were done, there was fur all over my house.

16: Collin 14, Cameron 16 & Carson 12 | Joey gave Collin a gift that kept giving. 9 boxes wrapped to reveal a gift card for arrows. | Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

17: For Carson's birthday we started the morning off with crepes and then went to a Galaxy game. Chandler was just traded to LA Galaxy so he gave us tickets to celebrate Carson's birthday. | Cameron celebrated his birthday with Cookie dough and then a mini party with the Burns and Hass' at the Jacuzzi. The Burns embarrassed him and made him wear a birthday hat.

18: Cow Heart Dissection | February 14, 2013

19: It was Valentines Day and what better way to teach the kids about "Love" then having them dissect a cow heart. Michelle McCoy came and taught the boys and then they performed the dissection for the youngers. The kids had fun sticking their fingers in the different parts of the heart.

20: Knott's Berry Farm replica of the real Independence Hall, the authenticity is remarkable right down to the liberty bell. The building is so exact, one can even see fingerprints in the bricks, just like in the original in Philadelphia.

21: Our school is never boring. As we were studying reptiles in our science class we had snakes, lizards and turtles visit our class. In our anatomy class the boys did blood typing. It was cold in the house and they were not able to get enough blood. However, the little amount of blood that Collin was able to produce made him dizzy and he turned as pale as a vampire. | March

22: Visiting The Wilmarths! | I trust in you, Lord; I say, "You are my God." Psalm 31:14

23: Paintballing, jazz jamming, foofoo, fun, forts, scrapbooking, fish bowl, yummy food, Easter worship, cry room at church & backyard fun.

24: Compassion 4 Congo Reunion! | Jonathon,Jordan, Alayna, Jediah, Kara, Kaliah, Greyson, Brandon, Caden, Matheus, Jamie, Charlotte | 12 of the 14 orphans in their forever family. | The Wilmarths | The Adelsecks | The Laytons | For His Glory

25: All the families that have been blessed by Compassion for Congo!!! | The Dresdows | The Loucks | The Greggs | The Wheatleys & Sockols

26: San Diego Wild Animal Park April 5th | Another field trip with FART academy. We all had a great time enjoy lots of animals God created on the 6th day of creation.

27: Caps for Sale 50 cents a cap!!! The kids reliving one of their favorite childhood books outside the Safari Park.

28: In the month of April we celebrated three special birthdays. Mommy took Avery Joy to a Tea House. Alayna waited through 6 birthdays and was excited to finally celebrate her 1st and 4th Birthday. | Avery Joy

29: Alayna Love

30: Tustin Ranch Road Bridge Field Trip | They have been building a bridge on Edinger. Every time we drove by Avery Joy would pepper mommy with questions. She didn't have any answers to Avery's questions. So she drove her Suburban onto the construction site and asked if they would have us over for a field trip and explain bridge building. It was a success. Every kid loved the trip and the workers loved our group. The provided pizza and a hands on craft about bridge building... all because Avery was curious.

31: April

32: Tustin, California

33: The Bridge Completed December 2013

34: We visited the Nixon Library and were able to walk through American History in the Museum. George Washington wanted to meet Caden and Alayna. | March 22

35: We went to Riley's Farms and the kids were able to experience what farm life was like through many hands on activities. Dawn bought us an Apple Pie so the fun kept going after the excursion ended. | May 3 | Riley's Farm

36: Cameron was the #1 setter on the Frosh/Soph Beckman Volleyball Team. They had a successful season. They destroyed the competition.

37: Collin played and Dan coached another 4 v 4 tournament in San Diego with the Schumachers. The Bruins brought home the Championship. It was just another medal for all the boys, but it was Dan's first coaching medal.

38: The family was working in the garage when Avery decided she wanted to teach Caden how to ride a bike. She took him to the street and within 5 minutes he was riding. Good Job Big Sister! | Cutest Dog in the World!!

39: Caden had his first taste of organized sports. He played with a lot of the boys from church and even had Pastor Chris as his coach. The boys finished in first place. Caden started the first game with a goal and was one of their top scorers. He had a great season.

40: God's | Girls | Love the Lord, all His faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to Him. Psalm 31:23

41: We have an a wonderful year filled with lots of activities. We enjoyed a day spa, movie night, play dates, bible studies and a service activity. We made posters for the Florence adoption benefit breakfast.

42: Starr Ranch Field Trip | March 20

43: Our end of the year party was filled with State Reports, Food, and Fun | June | Collin spent some time on YouTube learning how to open a coconut.

44: Kevin Downes flew us to Alabama so Amy can check off one of the items on her bucket list. She starred in a .5 sec clip with two lines in his upcoming movie. It was a long day. What felt like hundreds of takes for less then 2 minutes on the big screen. We were not to interact with the "talent" unless instructed. Thankfully Amy was instructed. They put make up on us and we were able to enjoy lunch with the cast and crew. After the long day, Amy's passion for acting was quenched. She just wanted Cajun food and sweat tea. She is still bitter her lines were later "dubbed" over. | Amy Adelseck

45: March 24-27

46: All of the boys guessed what they would win. Collin guessed correctly!!! | Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

47: It was a family affair. Everyone loved watching the game in action and shouting "NO DEAL!!!" | Collin is finished with Home School and is off to Beckman "Home of the Patriots"

48: Getting our weekly veggie box finally paid off. We were invited to a special event at Tanaka Farms. They cooked lots of yummy food and there were lots of fun activities for the kids. | Tanaka Farms

49: June | Matthew 6:26 - Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

50: We decided to start Caden at Spirit Preparatory Academy at the beginning of February. He loves it. He had a wonderful year with Ms. Carter and the rest of the class. Within 5 months he was reading English and doing math, | Kindergarten

51: I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17 | June 2013

52: boys2MEN Family Beach Party

53: The Hoffmans Came to Town | We had a Fire Pit that the kids set up and shopped for! Shanna and Alayna had lots of fun together

54: After this event our church raised $42,000 to send to C4C

55: Pastor Didier and Judge Puna speaking to the people at Voyagers Bible Church | Some people think it can't be done, but our home housed 18 people for the weekend. There were bodies everywhere. | After this event our church went on to raise $42,664 for C4C

56: Compassion for Congo Benefit Dinner

57: We had the privilege of hearing Papa Didier sing. It was a glorious night. | Saturday, June 22 | The religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans...

58: This year Sonrise Island was Camp Sonrise! The kids had a blast. Carson was Cody's helper, I was Jenny's helper and Collin helped in Caden's class with Ella. Cameron rocked it on the stage with the band.

59: June 24-28 | I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1,2

61: We finally decorated a float and were part of the parade. We started the morning with an pancake breakfast and painting time. | In God we Trust

62: Dan and Amy were blessed with an amazing after adoption-moon!!! Grandma MJ came and watched the kids so we could escape and be husband and wife again. We enjoyed fun, sun, food and drinks.

63: We went on zip lines, took boat rides, did jet skis massages, shoping and ate the best food EVER at Las Barillas!!!

64: Yosemite 2013 "God does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles. He gives rain for the earth and water for the fields."

65: July

66: Arizona | Dan had a lot of work in Arizona. He was building a new house. He spent about 2.5 months there. The 5 of us took a trip to visit him and love on him while the big boys were at Hume. We went hiking, visited a children's museum, and played a game of scavenger hunt in the mall. Avery loved the hotel breakfast and the free mints.

67: September | If life gives you lemons... Better find some sugar and water.

68: After schooling for 8 years at home, Collin is off to public school with Cameron. All five boys are in the Early College Program. These boys start High School and College in the same week. Collin is not very excited, but he was blessed with a great schedule. He and Caleb have every class together. There will be no more working out with mom in the morning, but instead a zero period that starts at 6:45 am.

69: Caden started another year at Spirit. This year his teacher is Mrs. Jacobson. She is perfect for my little man's first grade year. | Alayna started Friendship Corner with Addison, Ellie and Erin. | F.A.R.T Academy 8:30-8:45 Prayer-Amy 8:45-10 History-Shannon 10:15-11:15 Art-Jenny 11:15- 12:30 Recess 12:30-1:30 Writing-Bronwyn 1:45-2:45 French-Amy 3:00-3:45 P.E.-Michelle This year is going to be the best year ever! "If you're smart, You FART"

70: Testing October 11 & 12 | Mr. Williams | West Coast TAEKWANDO | August Testing

71: Amy and Debbie started Taekwando. The testing was fun, but the highlight was watching Caden test and pass. | Double Trouble are now Orange Seniors and Carson is Red Senior and Caleb is a Red belt (he broke his arm and was unable to test at the last testing)

72: Trick or Treat | October 19

73: The Gerhardt's Halloween PartyAmy won the prize for best costume!!! | A Geisha and an Ethiopian Coffee grower

74: Pumpkin Patch

75: Trick or Treating!!! A fire started when Amy put a cape over the security light. Jenny smelled it and Chris put the fire out. Phew!

76: Women's Retreat "Seek Me & Find Me" October 25-27

78: Friendship Corner @ the Irvine Fire Station

79: November 6th

80: Amy is so BLESSED!!! She had a wonderful birthday. It was filled with homemade breads, sweet teas, roses, balloons, Chick-Fil-A. Plus she spent the day kid-free in front of Dan's computer scrapbooking. The evening was spent enjoying an amazing dinner cooked by Dawn.

81: Happy B-day Amy

82: We have enjoyed so many great times in the past at STARR Ranch we decided to set up a monthly trip there.

83: STARR RANCH | STARR RANCH

84: Beckman Soccer

85: This is one of the greatest years of soccer ever!!! Our two boys are playing together on the JV Beckman team. They have a great time together. Collin is the stud mid fielder and Cameron leads the team in goals. I keep waiting for the boys to hug on the field and then shout, "We love you mom!" | December

86: 1st Degree Probationary Black Belt

87: I started Taekwondo to make my way through the belts with Caleb. Although it is difficult, my success in this sport will help me develop courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. After we found this amazing studio, Caleb and I started together. We discovered that Taekwondo is more challenging than other sports. In Taekwondo, you keep learning new things rather than doing the same thing over and over. This keeps every day new and exciting. They display belts that show your rank and this makes you want to achieve a higher rank. Life is a lot like Taekwondo; the harder you work to achieve something, the better you will get. One of my goals was to get to black belt with no setbacks. Thankfully, today I have reached that goal. Because of my enthusiasm, some in my family joined Taekwondo. When they joined they became as enthusiastic as me. Having my family there reminds me to work harder to be an example and help them achieve their goals. It is fun to teach them, and learn with them. When I started Taekwondo I told my mom I was going to quit when I became a Brown belt!! Breaking boards seemed impossible. But I pushed through, and with the encouragement of my friends, family and the instruction of all my instructors, I broke a board on my first try. There was no reason to quit, I learned perseverance. Plus, my friends and family were learning with me. The thing I am most excited about when I get my black belt is to be called Mr. Adelseck not just by my younger sister and brother, but by my mother!!! I will miss being called Carson City by Mr. Williams. But I hope he will still call me Mr. Carson City every now and then. I already started setting new goals. I am more excited now than ever. Best of all, as a black belt I will be able to do new things that I would never get to do as a colored belt. I hope to join the demo team and go to black belt Mondays. Most of all, I want to thank my instructors, especially Mr. and Mrs. Williams. They have invested so much in me and have believed in me since the first day I stepped into Taekwondo United. Thanks to everyone who has helped me. The black belts ahead of me are inspirational and great teachers. I hope that my success will enable me to love God and those around me more.

89: Winkler's Christmas Party December

90: We thought it would be fun to take all 6 kids to get a picture with Santa, but it wasn't. After waiting in line for 3 hours, we were told that we needed to pay $39.95 for the picture. Amy and Avery started crying. We just didn't feel right about the bait and switch scheme on Christmas. It was wrong. Santa felt bad and grabbed Caden and Alayna and made Dan take a picture.

91: This is our families favorite event of the year. We love Christmas Eve Breakfast with the Burns. We were so thankful that they hosted two years in a row because of the arrival of Caden and Alayna and this year because of Amy's knee. | Christmas Eve Breakfast | White Elephant Gift Exchange

92: J O Y

93: Christmas Eve was extra special when Paul and Bree came prepared to entertain with a White Elephant Gift Exchange and Cookie decorating. The gifts were awesome and the cookies were delicious!

95: Dear Santa, I can explain...

96: We love Christmas and we really love Christmas Day dinner. We feast on Pea Soup with all the toppings in the cutest green elf bowls.

97: Another great New Year's Eve with the Lunds. We enjoyed BBQ wings and Market Force!!!

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