Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act. Proverbs 24:12

Sunday, January 31, 2010

That's My Girl!!!

When Bon Jovi started playing on the Grammy's, Hannah started dancing and clapping! Guess she's about ready for her first Bon Jovi concert!

Some Pics...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Couldn't Have Said it Any Better!

Why adopt-
Because, really, these kids are no different from your own. Not at all. Because it’s just not okay with us to say no to a child who needs a home when we have one. Because it’s just not okay with us to say no to a child who needs a family when we have one. Because it’s just not okay with us to say no to a child who needs room to thrive when we have room and can make room. Because it’s just not okay with us to do nothing.

(adoptive mom, Heidi)
This quote came from a great adoption blog,

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Love this Pic!

New Africa Shirts Coming Soon!

My hubby designed some really cute Africa shirts that I will post soon. We will have them in sizes for toddlers thru adult! Can't wait to post them!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday Sweet Hannah

We took our family to The Queen of Sheba Restaurant in Oklahoma City. We love the food there and thought it would be a great place for Hannah's birthday party. We had so much fun!

Hannah and MiMi, the owner of The Queen

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Cake is Finished!!

Hannah liked the icing!

Chrissy was COVERED in powdered sugar. She was licking it off the floor as fast as she could. :)

Ta Da!!!!! I think it turned out great!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Cake

Well, Eddie started making the fondant for Hannah's birthday cake. It has to sit in the fridge overnight. He's doing great so far!!

Hannah got tired of watching her Daddy make the fondant.

He's looking like a pro! :)

More pics tomorrow!

Birthday Cake

Okay...my husband watches Ace of Cakes everytime it's on. He loves that show. He decided that he is going to make Hannah's first birthday cake. He says if Duff can do it, he can too. He's carving it in the shape of Africa and even using fondant (making that on his own too). So I will post again as this progresses. :) Pics too, of course. He says it's going to be AWESOME!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


As Hannah's first birthday is quickly approaching, I have been thinking a lot about her birth mother, whom we have not met. Up until now, I can honestly say that I have not thought of her a great deal. Of course I have prayed for her and I have thought about her when Hannah makes a funny little face and I wonder if she got that from her birth mom, but I have not thought of her often in the last 8 months since we have had her home with us. I know that may sound selfish and I sure don't intend for it to be. I don't know if it's just because we are so busy with day to day things or if it is because I know Hannah was meant to be ours at the moment of conception...that God's plan all along was for us to have her in our family. Maybe it's both or many reasons, but now I am thinking of her a lot since Hannah is turning 1 on Saturday. I know her birth mom will be thinking of her at that time and probably wondering where she is and if she is ok. I can't imagine what she must go through when she thinks about those big brown eyes that I'm sure looked into hers as she held her the first few weeks of her life. I wish I could tell her that Hannah is loved beyond words and is so happy and full of life. I wish I could hug her and tell her thank you for giving me such a precious gift. I wish I could tell her that I love the name she gave her...Sitota, which means gift...and that we kept it since she named her. Hannah Rose Sitota Mullins. I will be praying for Hannah's birthmom often as Saturday approaches. Please pray for her along with me...and for all the precious women who have to give up their children. So many people come up to me and tell me how blessed Hannah is to have us as her family but that's not the way it goes. WE are blessed beyond measure to have Hannah in our family. We are the ones being blessed and I will be eternally grateful to her birthmom.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Not-So-Sweet Side...

Everyone always comments on my posts about how sweet Hannah is and how she is ALWAYS smiling. Well...here's some pics of the not-so-sweet side. She was totally ticked at me for not giving her my camera and she let me know it. Loud screaming goes along with this mean face she is making in the first pic. :)
Oh...on another note...I am finally on Facebook. So if you want to be my "friend", find me. :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Almost One

Hannah will be one next week! It's hard for me to believe. Time is flying by...I guess it's because we are having so much fun with her. Will be posting some fun video of her soon!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Christmas in Ethiopia!

Merry Christmas!!!
Ethiopia celebrates Christmas on January 7th instead of the 25th because they still use the old Julian calendar. Their Christmas celebration is called Ganna.
We still have our tree up so I am thinking we need to celebrate! You can't have too many Christmases, right? :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Guess Who's Standing??

Hannah stood by herself for a few seconds yesterday!! We're that much closer to walking! :)
P.S. Please don't pay any attention to my husband's brown shirt with his red shorts. I did not let him out of the house that way.