Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Snapshot {Family Time}

Three years and four months ago, we brought Rylee home from China.  Just after receiving our travel approval, my husband lost his job.  It was a stressful time, but nothing was going to stand in our way of bringing our daughter home.

He took the first job offer...  it was several states away, so we packed up and left for China.  We came home as a new family, to a new home, in a new state - where we knew no one.  It was hard, it was stressful, it was lonely, it was scary... we made it through.

Four months later my husband was offered a job back in the same area we had just moved from.  We went back.  It was another move, more stress and more change for Rylee.  But we made it through.

One year later, my husband lost his job again...  It was hard, it was stressful and it was time to give up on the auto industry.  We did not want to move again.  I started working two jobs and I was fortunate to be able to do both from home.  We also started our own business and one or both of us have worked 6 to 7 days a week for the past two years.  We made it through.

And we have thrived as a family.

These past few days, we have finally made it to the point where we can take our first non-working - the four of us only - family trip!

The place was beautiful...

The weather was perfect!

The sunsets were amazing!

The children were fun and smiling and beautiful!

The beach was breathtaking!

The trip was perfect!

And I am so thankful!

Ni Hao Yall


  1. LOVE the pics - what a great trip!!

  2. Thankk you for this post! We are just coming out of a huge finacial struggle and hope to be albe to take a family trip again some day! It looks like you all had so much fun!

  3. So happy for you friend! You totally deserve that holiday! Great photos, everyone does look happy!

    xo ellie
    ps I love your new header!

  4. What a great trip and all the more of a celebration due to the struggles that came before! We moved when I was pregnant with my first child. It was hard to be a new mom alone. A trip to China, a new job, new place, new child--glad you made it through!

    Oh, Lovely, lovely photos!

  5. What the heck camera do you have by the way lol?? Awesome pictures!!
    I am so glad you finally had some time to breath :)

  6. So glad you got to sneak those moments away. I realize all to well the ups and downs of the auto industry. Hope everything is back on track!

    {stopping by from Sunday Snapshot}


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