As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles. - Walt Whitman

Monday, November 13, 2017

Catch Up...

Whew! It's been almost a month since my last post! Things have been so busy around here, that sometimes it seems like we can't find enough time to breathe. But God is good, and He pulls us through every season. Here are a few pics from the last month that I want to include in our yearly blog book:

Today is Gotcha Day! Six years ago today, we took custody of these 2 beautiful boys. They have certainly changed our lives for the better, and we love them with all our hearts.

Here are some more photos of their birthday trip to Great Wolf Lodge last month:










We recently attended Ashton and Malia's first choir concert of the year:


Jordan recently brought home this paper...it warmed my heart:

 Family time:

All the kids made the honor roll again! I am so proud of these 2 boys...they have worked so hard at their schoolwork.

Two pirates recently visited our place:

Sleepytime snuggles:

Chris was gone all of last week, and it was a hard week for me. It seemed like everything was either breaking or going wrong. After I picked up the 5th vehicle from being fixed (and we only have 4 vehicles), I pulled it into the garage and parked. Then, I looked down to see this. The number 11 has always been special to me, and God has used it on numerous occasions to show me that He is in charge and everything's going to be ok. For example, six years ago, we left on 11/11/11 to bring the twins home from Ethiopia. Anyway, last week, I knew that God was sending me another love note and telling me not to worry...He is there and He is good, even during the stressful times.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Help Us Intervene For the 8 Million...


A week and a half ago, we held our 5th annual benefit dinner and silent auction for All God's Children International. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came and/or donated to our cause! On behalf of the 8 million orphans languishing in institutions today, we are very appreciative of your support. Please click on the the video link below, and watch the amazing work that AGCI is doing to provide hope to orphans around the world.

Would you like to partner with us? Our family's goal is to raise $100,000 for AGCI's orphan campaign over the next 3 years. Click here - allgodschildren.org/manz - to donate, and all proceeds will help to elevate the standard of orphan care worldwide. Thank you so much!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall!

Jordan - 3rd grade

Jalen - 3rd grade

Malia - 6th grade

Ashton - 7th grade

Adrian - 9th grade

Shana - 11th grade

Quintin is definitely a book lover. He begs us to read books to him all the time.

Chris and I recently had to fly to Florida for a board meeting for The New Beginnings. We had a very nice and relaxing weekend.








The kids recently got to climb aboard and explore a brand new ambulance at Uncle Karl and Aunt Angie's house.




Family fun:

These 2 got to celebrate a birthday! 




They got a surprise trip to Great Wolf Lodge, which we will visit later this week.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Birthday!

These two handsome guys are celebrating their 9th birthday today!

We love you so much, Jalen and Jordan, and are so thankful for you!  Have an awesome birthday and a wonderful time being 9! XOXOXO

Friday, September 15, 2017

Over the Past Few Weeks...

Now that Shana goes to college, Quintin thinks it's great fun to meet her for lunch sometimes...

Especially when she goes shopping with us between classes and buys her baby brother one of his very favorite things ever:




Mr. Q also loves to keep track of the progress on Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw's new house:


 Zoo day:








Baby cousins Tianna and Tayla got to come for a visit:

God's handiwork:



Quinntin loves to watch for the bus in the morning:

 Larisa, Shana, and I were able to attend a retreat for adoptive and foster moms. Since Shana is in college for social work, I thought it would be good for her, too. We had a wonderful time.



















Our football player:

Twins!

We celebrated Adrian's birthday...
 



Snuggle time:

Quintin is a busy and smart 21-month-old. He sings Jesus Loves Me, Jesus Loves the Little Children, the ABC Song, and I Have Decided to Follow Jesus. He knows tons of words, is starting to speak in full sentences, knows some of the days of the week, can count to three, loves to look at books, and sticks his finger up his nose and asks, "Booger! Where are you?" :-D  Typical boy...



Quintin loves blueberry scones from the bakery at Meijer, and Quintin's daddy loves to spoil him with blueberry scones from the bakery at Meijer... :)


One last shot of a little sleepy-head. Somehow this guy finds his way into our bed at night far too often. Maybe someday I'll be able to catch up on sleep...