Monday, April 20, 2009

Gladney friends!!

This week we got together with the OKC Gladney Family Association peeps and it was wonderful!! It is pretty much a group of all the local Gladney families who have adopted or are in the process of doing so. It is always such a blessing to get together and chat with friends who are in a similar place in life and to see all of our sweet babies playing together! We got to also catch up with Mary and Natalie who are Gladney caseworkers- Mary is the one who walked us through our adoption of Malak, listened to me BAAAWL my eyes out and when we didn't get through court, talked me off the ledge :) She also showed us Malak's face for the very first time...a life changing moment. She is just precious and loves all of these kids so much!


Mal and Mary huggin'...


Mal and Mary kissin'...


Of course we had to have a family shot with the woman herself. (Could I look any cheesier??)




Here are the Ethiopian mama's!

Nikki (who has 3, yes 3! kiddos coming home from Ethiopia SOON), me, Amy, Erin and Corrie (who needs a blog! :) Erin and Corrie and their families came all the way from Arkansas...it was so much fun to finally meet and talk with you ladies!


This is Addis and Malak. We took pictures of Addis when we were in Ethiopia picking up Malak, so it was fun to see him all grown up now! They were in the orphanage together...I am choosing to believe they remember each other and loved being reunited. :) They are the same age and were pretty stinkin cute together! It was so fun to see all the little Ethiopian boys running around together. :)

Malak, giving him the eye....



Then, he closes his eyes and slooowly leans in....

And plants one right on the smacker! Sweet friends!! This is the best shot of all 4 boys together. Haha. (Silas, Addis, Eli and Mal)
All of us ladies again with Andrea (our social worker who did all of our homestudies), Natalie (Gladney caseworker) and Mary (gladney caseworker).

And as an added bonus...This is where I found Malak this morning...playing in the dishwasher of course. Where else would you play while mom is trying to do the dishes??


8 comments:

Amy said...

hi.. I haven't been here in awhile. Love the fam shots below and loooove the smoochy shot of Addis and Malak. :)

In my new found effort to spend less time on fb, I am trying to get back into comment leaving. :) Since we talked this morning I haven't checked fb once! There is hope for a fb addict!!!!

Blog Shmog said...

You guys are cute! And are you seriously that tall? If so, I'm really jealous. :)

Renovatus Church said...

How wonderful for you all to be together at last!! And Tara, you look adorable, i must say.

marm

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Starshine said...

What great pics! The boys are all so adorable!

Nikki said...

LOVE the pictures of Malak and Mary. Mary is the coolest! And the smooches are pretty darn cute!

Hope you guys have a great day!

Sam said...

you all are so stylish you need to be smacked. seriously. could you all get any cuter? I do not think so. ugh.

Rebecca said...

Malak really loves him some Mary! Really sweet!

Are you really as tall as you look in the picture with all the Ethio moms? I didn't realize you were that tall.

Addis and Malak are really cute with their smoochie faces!