Friday, November 29, 2013


How to introduce my kids?  I've wanted to write out fancy letters, and such, but for now, here is our adoption announcement.  If you double click on it, you can see it better.
All I can say is it was meant to be!
Well, last week Denali lost her other front tooth.  Her room was a mess and so the tooth fairy left her a note stating to clean her room, cause the fairy could not find her tooth.
The kids all thought the tooth fairy had hand writing like mine, and she did not have the best sentence  structure. :)  The next night, Denali left a note and a clean room.  
 Grandma reading books to the kids.  Look at Denali playing with Quinn's hair.


 At Sunday school we played minute to win it, and played games like shooting down cups with rubber bands, moving turkey feathers around with a straw and our breath, and tweezers moving around M & M's.  It was a fun Sunday.
 Thanks Giving morning, we hung out and watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.  
 Denali wrote a Thankful note.  It reads:  I am thankful for Isaiah and Quinn because they make me giggle.  They cuddle with me.  By Denali.  Oh how thankful we are this year!
Then today we got the tree up.  It's going to be a wonderful Christmas season.  I'm not sure how we are going to get everything done, but we will have fun doing it.



Saturday, November 23, 2013

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 Ready to get the day started!
 Balloons 
 What a great family and support!
 We love Chrissy
 Court room 43 Changed our lives forever.
 Signing papers!
 Trying not to cry as our lives change forever!
Names have officially changed as well.
May we introduce
Denali Quinn Otte
and
Isaiah John Otte
 The judge that changed our lives!
 Our lawyer who helped us so.
 Our support worker Lindsay.
 We are now a forever family!
 Face paint!
 Our state worker who helped us finalize things.
 Phew, this is exhausting.
 Our amazing therapist!
 We are loving the face painting.
 I love this, it's been a long morning, and we have taken way to many pictures, some of us love it, and one of us does not.
 What a day.
 Our case worker, Sonja.
 And our family and friends who celebrated with us!






 Our family of five!  Official and exhausted!  A wonderful day!
The end of the night Denali lost a tooth, and the kids were obviously in a great mood!
WE are blessed!


Friday, November 22, 2013

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Tomorrow is National Adoption Day, and our family is changing forever.  We are adding two new members.  Technically we have had them since January 17th, 2013, but now they will be part of our family forever.

Quinn has been so excited to tell everyone about it!  If you can't understand the words, it says something on the order of, November 23rd is National Adoption day, and Denali and Isaiah will be part of my forever family!  Quinn is over the moon excited about it.
All three kids got to share their news and show pictures and give out treats at school!  It's been a fun day.  We have been decorating the house, making up special treats, buying new outfits, reading lots and lots and lots of books about adoption, and having lots of conversations about it.  
It's pretty wonderful, 49 kids are being adopted tomorrow just in Lancaster County!
What a wonderful weekend we are going to have!
and finally I will be able to blog and share pictures of all three of my kids!
What joy these two have brought into Quinn's life and our life is beyond explanation.  The way Quinn loves them and they love Quinn is a gift from God.  
He had a plan for us!  I'm sure glad we listened!
We are blessed beyond measure!
Susan

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We love working at therapy!
Look at that smile and imagine the sweetest laugh ever!
That moment when you know the folks around you want you to do your best, 
and then you do!
It was that kind of session!

Then to top it off, after walking and walking, she got to hang out with two therapists she loves and her friend Amelia!  What a great day!

Friday, November 15, 2013

It takes a village.....

to "grow" Quinn's chair!

We are thankful for all 4 of them that worked to help Quinn do her best.  Go team Quinn!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Did you know it's only 9 days until National Adoption Day! It's going to be a fun day for 49 kids in Lancaster County and all over the US!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


We are back to our schedule, and feeling good!  Annie is Quinn's partner this time for dance, and Quinn was full of giggles at class last night, in fact I saw more giggles last night and sweet moments. It is like therapy for me, watching these girls glow in the moments of movement and acceptance.  It's beautiful to watch.

Also on another note, Quinn got a 100% on her Spelling test on Friday.  It is adapted for her, but she got them all right totally on her own.  Usually she gets an 80 or 90, which is still wonderful, but getting them all right is wonderful!  YEAH Quinn!

Friday, November 8, 2013

I'm thankful for Antibiotics!  Quinn is back to her wonderful self!  At therapy she was full of laughs and worked hard.  It's interesting to see if we miss a week, how she does loose skills, and needs to catch back up.  So thanks again to all her therapists, who push both of us to help her be her best!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

What fun can follow up a fun halloween week?  An ear infection!  Quinn is tough!  She hardly ever cries and will work as hard as possible, and I love that about her.  So when she cries, it's hard to hear and turns me into a huge mess!  Thanks to pain meds and antibiotics, a couple days of rest, and she is so much better!
I'm thankful for a better night sleep for both of us, and being able to snuggle!  I love a good Quinn snuggle!