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I am a wife, daughter, mother, bilingual teacher, poet, author, women's Bible study teacher, world traveler, orphan advocate, and an adoptive mother.  Our adoption journey has been filled with a lot of hurt and loss, along with even more hope, grace, and healing.  Through it we have experienced more of God than we ever bargained for and have watched Him miraculously redeem our story when we surrendered all the broken pieces to Him.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy birthday, Mike!

Our yearly "a birthday a week" celebrations started again at the Alspaugh house on Halloween. (What were we thinking adding another November birthday to the mix?) Here are a few pics from Mike's birthday.

The boys put their money together and ordered their dad a sign for him to put up in his office at work.

I got him a cool "all-in-one grill tool" that will come in handy when we go camping. It has a spatula, a knife, tongs, flashlight, and thermometer all connected into one gadget, kind-of like a deluxe pocket knife.

Later we followed our yearly tradition of dressing up and asking for candy.  

You can see from their costumes just how differently these boys were raised and the importance put on Halloween. David just got creative and made up something (he's supposed to be a trainer). No money spent, but he's a happy kid. Juan pondered for weeks over what he wanted to dress up as. He finally decided on a "professional killer". (Truthfully, I'm not a fan of any kind of scary, spooky, or develish costume. I like to keep the costumes light-hearted and somewhat silly. However, Juan David came from a culture where Halloween is one of the biggest holidays celebrated, and even in his orphanage, they went all out on costumes and decorating. To say he's highly disappointed in Halloween here is quite an understatement. So, I just go with it, especially since he may not dress up again after this year. I think he's quickly aging out of Halloween.)

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