Saturday, we saw the sun rise in California on the way to the airport.  This time it's a one-way trip.  The emotions are all over the place.  We've lived in California for the last five years.  We've had a lot of life in those five years.  Good life, good memories.  As I was packing up, I came across this photo from our very first day at Woodleaf.
Abby was five and Joe was three.
We've had two more babies and grown lots of hair since then.
Woodleaf is different, too.
This is a picture Abby drew of all the Woodleaf kids in 2007.
Betsy, Max, Abby, Tamara, Hannah, Augie (O), Canaan (K), Sam and Joe.

Now she's almost big enough to babysit the Woodleaf kids.
I am so overwhelmed right now with love and gratitude.
We have been so blessed with friendships in California.  Our friends rallied around us and helped get us get packed with such short notice.  They came together and celebrated with us the things that have made these last five years so wonderful--our friendships.  It hurts to put distance between those relationships but we are so so grateful to have had all those people who love us and have shared life with us in Cali.
Now the sun has set on our first day in Alabama.
 The first day of a new adventure, a new season.
We were welcomed to this side of the country with such abundant love.
Our families have opened their homes and made sure that we had rooms ready complete with special touches for each one's individual tastes.  They had barbecue waiting for dinner (and chow chow even!).  A friend loaned an entire toy box (with toys in it) for the little boys until the rest of our stuff arrives.  My heart just swelled with gratitude.
With all this love coming at us from both sides of the country, it's no wonder we have emotions leaking out all over the place!


It's that time again!

I know you've all been waiting with baited breath.
It's our annual park picture!
So without further ado I present...
I can hardly stand how fast they are growing.
You can take a look at our past years' pics here.
Of course, it is always a challenge to get a good picture of all four at the same time.
Here are some of the other faces that didn't make the final and a couple photo bombs.  
This is when I asked them for their best smiles.
As hard as it was to convince them to get into those pics, they were all excited to try some crazy perspective pics.
Watch out for hungry, hungry Abby.
Joe, the incredible.
And would ya look at that.  Just look at it.
 It's super mom!