Saturday, November 22, 2008
Mark had knee surgery on Wednesday and was out of commission for a few days. But the bandage is already off, the crutches have been kicked aside, and he's already looking forward to getting back to work on Monday. Merrilee loves to sit with him on the floor and read books, so she was happy when daddy could get back down on the floor with her.
A very nice package arrived in the mail this week from Bob, Kendel, Drew and Josh Ehrlich. It was a gray, stuffed elephant for Merrilee. She already loves it, and her phrase for the week was "G-O-P." "Republican" had too many syllables for her. As you can see, she already loves it...
Hopefully, she'll cherish it always. And in about 16-and-a-half more years, she'll be old enough to vote.
For those of you out-of-state, Bob Ehrlich is Maryland's former governor, and he and his wife, Kendel, now do a talk show on WBAL Radio.
A special thanks too to the Myers family down the street -- Kim, Andy, Hannah, Drew and Sophie. They gave Merrilee a cabbage patch doll. As you can see, this has become another one of her favorites...
And mommy went out shopping the other day and got Merrilee a special cradle for her cabbage patch doll...
By the way, how about that fancy striped turtle neck sweater. Merrilee picked that out all by herself!
Merrilee is looking forward to her first Thanksgiving in her new forever country with her forever family. The whole Miller clan is coming over for dinner. We'll try to post some pictures of that event too.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Rev. Mark Waddell officiated. This was especially meaningful for us since Mark and his wife, Libby, have adopted two wonderful children from China.
Here's the abbreviated version of the baptism...
If you'd like to see the full version of the baptism, you can see it on YouTube HERE.
Merrilee looked so cute in her baptismal outfit. A special thanks to Aunt Judy and Uncle Jim in Arkansas who gave us her outfit as a gift. From the bow in her hair, right down to her cute little shoes, Merrilee loved being dressed up for this special occasion...
She can't wait to visit all of her relatives in Arkansas in December. She is really getting excited about meeting everyone.
A special thanks to Doug and Sharon, for hosting a little post-baptism luncheon at their house. That's Sharon in the picture above with Merrilee. Doug, by the way, was our videographer for the baptism. Their two sons, Stephen and Christopher, were the two acolytes during the the baptism!
Can you tell that mommy and daddy are two proud parents? Merrilee is really loving her "forever family" and "forever friends."
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The highlight of the afternoon was probably when Merrilee, dressed as a lady bug, ventured into the "pumpkin patch" with Emma, our neighbor across the street, who was dressed as Shrek.
Here's a short video of that.
When we got home, Merrilee was outside with Doug, Kadie, and Jordan, who babysat for us while we were at he Bat Mitzvah.
Merrilee is growing so quickly. She can already climb the hill in front of our house without falling down!