Sunday, June 26, 2011

Switching Over~

It is official~
I am switching over to Everything Beautiful
and will hide Isn't She Lovely July 1st.

That means...
I need my followers to go to 
and click the Follower button~
I have placed it at the top of sidebar for easy access.

If you are not a follower yet...
PLEASE go to
and click the Follower button~
I have placed it at the top of sidebar for easy access.

Why should you click the Follower button?
I will be choosing a Follower winner
via random number generator
on July 1st for a Sew Shay camera strap
made with the fabric of your choice.

Why else should you click the Follower button?
It would just make me happy!


SO~ NO more posts here.
You must switch over to get the Ankerich news
as of today. :)
New blog~
Everything Beautiful 
 everythingbeautifulshay.blogspot.com.


Thank you ALL so much!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

School Home~

All of a sudden, SJ has taken a big interest in doing school.
Yesterday she said, "Mom, I want to do school home."
aka~ Home School
I pulled out a few mazes and she worked for a long time on them.
She couldn't wait for her Baba to get home to see her work.


She has a very long attention span and will work as long as I am willing.
Today she worked a good 45 minutes tracing letters and names
I wrote with a highlighter.
She's very diligent and learning SO fast!!!
So proud of my baby! :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Need a Will Fix?

Facebook is a wonderful thing at times~
especially when a family posts that they are about to fly
to China for their little girl @ Philip Hayden Foundation
where Will lives.

Yep, that happened and I immediately sent Gayle a message
that our Will was there.
Asked her to blow him a kiss while she was there.

Well, she did WAY more than that!!!
You guessed it~ PICTURES!!!!! YAY!!!

Gayle actually sat on the floor and played with our baby~
This is what Gayle shared~

Quite honestly...the pictures we took of him are not the best...we were trying to be discreet as the ayis were there and Sara said that they do not yet know about Will being adopted and we couldn't talk about it or make it obvious.

I have sent this picture separately because it is my favorite...i didn't notice the sweat coming down on his face, or I would have wiped it for him! He is such a sweet little boy with a quiet disposition, but slowly we 'made friends' and he was happy to play blocks with me/us. I was showing him how to blow his tower over and he loved that! This picture is of him holding up his tower...this was his 'proud little smile' as he held it for the picture. I truly cannot wait to follow your journey of bringing him home...i am excited to watch him bloom and open up as he is loved on by your amazing family!!

Thank you SO much Gayle for loving on our son

and giving us this precious glimpse of him!!!

More pics of Will's house and PHF to come. :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Blog Changes Yet Again...

I have really struggled since seeing Will that our blog name had to change~
thus Embracing Love Everyday.
Didn't LOVE it and continued to search.
I have had my bible for about 11 years and it is MARKED up
with notes from sermons, bible studies, and just God speaking...
I sat last night and this morning pouring over all the underlined scriptures
to see if one would speak to me.

I FOUND it in Ecclesiastes 3!
Ecclesiastes 3:11
"He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;
yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."

This scripture speaks volumes to my heart right now.
Seems so perfect to find this Word at this particular time in our lives~
25 years of marriage and searching for what God has for us now.

NIV explains "we can never be satisfied with earthly pleasures and pursuits.
Because we were created in God's image~
1. we have a spiritual thirst,
2. we have eternal value, and
3. nothing but the eternal God can truly satisfy us.
He has built in us a restless yearning for the kind of perfect world
that can only be found in His perfect rule.
He has given us a glimpse of the perfection of His creation.
But it is only a glimpse;
we cannot see into the future or comprehend everything.
So we must trust Him now and do His work on earth."

My blog is a way of documenting "everything beautiful in its time"
and all that encompasses in our family.
In the next weeks,
I want to switch over to a new blogger location
meaning my blogger address would have to change.
Wondering what to do?????

In the meantime,
hope you like the new look~

The title is here to stay~
the header may change.
Happy Thursday!!!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Little Rosie News...

Haven't spotlighted Rosie lately...

She got 7 inches cut off her hair~ VERY cute~

She made varsity football cheer leading this year
and has had camp all this week~

She also has a summer job keeping my nephew's boys
but since she had camp this week, they stayed with us.
We swam every morning and the fav~ Popsicles!
A cute one of SJ~

Rosie also kept the littles last night
while we went out for our anniversary.
Here they are watching us drive away~

I tried to persuade Scott we didn't need to spend the money on dinner
but he said, "It's our 25th anniversary~
there are just some things you HAVE to do!"

Rosie shot these photos of us before we left.
I love this B&W one~

We had a great dinner away reminiscing over the first 25 years
and praying over the next 25-50 years. :)
We're shooting for our 75th anniversary!!!
Think I'll still be blogging??? LOL

The passage read at our wedding~
Ruth 1:16-17
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”



Wild Olive Tees Adoption Fundraising Program

We are excited to announce we are one of the featured families @ Wild Olive Tees.
There are eleven featured tees for you to choose from.
When purchasing a tee, you will need to add our Family Code~
ANKERICH0611
for us to receive credit for the sale.

Please note the family code will not reduce the price of the tee
but will give us credit for your purchase.

If we sell up to 49 tees, we get $7.50 per shirt
and if we sell 50 or more, we get $10.00 per shirt!

SO hoping you will love the shirts and buy away!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Silver Lining~ 25th Anniversary

On the first day of summer and the longest day of the year,
I get to celebrate 25 years of loving my precious husband!
Today is our 25th silver wedding anniversary
and I sit thinking, reminiscing, and being thankful for silver linings...

In the song Josh sang Sunday, some of the lyrics say~
Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think its more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don't you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining~

We have had some of the sweetest moments in our marriage
(births and adoptions)
and some of the saddest as well
(deaths and moves)...
all working together to make us who and where we are.
I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That's what faith can do.

Scott and I are celebrating by being at home doing the normal things of life.
He is working in his home office.
I am taking care of children and doing house chores.

The thing that makes our marriage so strong
is not putting huge expectations on the other person.
We always thought we'd go away for an extravagant vacation to Hawaii
but instead we are home living life anticipating
our 'vacation' to China coming later in the year. :)
Sad? NO~ exactly where God would have us be!!!

Thought I would share a few of the silver lining moments in our last 25 years.
Our very first picture ever taken together in 1983~

Dated 3 years of my college years~

Got engaged in November of 1985~
My engagement announcement photo.

Rehearsal Dinner photo~

Married June 21, 1986~

Honeymoon bound~

Had our first baby, Savannah in 1989~

Amelia came in 1992~

Rosie was born in 1995~

Sarah Lenox and Parker were born and in Jesus' arms on their birthdays.
Then God began speaking to us about adoption.

In 2006, God sent us to China for EllaKate~

2010 God sent us back for ShayleeJoy~

This year we celebrated the marriage of Josh and Savannah~
becoming a bigger family with 5 daughters and one son~

and have SO much to look forward to...
sweet Will!!!

I am SO thankful God has allowed us silver linings over the last 25 years
and know He is just getting started!
The next 25 will be the best to come I am sure!!!

SO what are we doing to celebrate?
Living life at Lakeshore Drive with the blessings God has given us~
can't think of anything better!!!

James 1:17~
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Monday, June 20, 2011

For This Child I Prayed~

1 Samuel 1:27
I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him.

Sunday was a day we will never forget...
ShayleeJoy JingJing was dedicated to the Lord!
The Burgess family shared about their work @ university in China
and the love they poured on the people in Putian City SWI.

The morning began with two littles loving on their baba!!!
SJ's first Father's Day with her forever baba~

Our house was full of love this weekend and
we loved loving on the Burgess family
who was here to speak in our church
and be a part of JingJing's dedication service.

The service was perfect
with the Burgesses speaking, Jing's dedication,
and Josh singing J's song!

We were SO blessed to have family and friends
here to help us celebrate.
A friend with a Putian City son was here all the way from Nashville
and it was SO sweet to spend time getting closer and sharing~
Thank you Heather and Zion for driving so far
and for the precious frame you gave Jing!

Jing loved Ms. Sheryl reading her books~

Besides our two huge families,
we were surrounded by other adoptive families~
the moms and their babies...

The Brooks Family~

The Warwick Family~

We were also loved on by family~

and John Daniel~

This is such a sweet photo of Lydia and Jing.
Lydia loved on Jing when she was still in the orphanage~
she said she would run into the baby room,
scoop her out of the corner and take her outside
where she would sing and dance and pray for her~
Oh Lydia~ how I love you so!!!

Rosie and Sammy~

A cute set of twins~ LOL

After a day of amazing JOY,
it was time to say goodbyes and see you soons~
The sweet thing is we will see the Burgesses again
when we travel to get Will.
They live about 45 min away from where we will stay
so it will be the sweetest thing to be together again soon!

And the MOST bittersweet part of the day
was watching two cars with half my children go driving out of the drive~
Josh and Savannah headed home
and Amelia headed to college.

Scott and I had once again had a VERY emotional Sunday
similar to the one we had the day after the wedding~
change is so hard yet so necessary.
Wouldn't change a thing!!!
Because I am very blessed~


Psalm 45:11~
Let the King be enthralled by your beauty;
honor Him, for He is your Lord.


A Sweet Father's Day~

We had a very sweet Father's Day
(dedicating Jing!)
and celebrating with a house full of love!

What could be sweeter than a dad with his beautiful daughters?
First year for SJ with a forever baba!

A dad with his beautiful daughters and one son?

How about next Father's Day with two sons?!?!
Last year for Will not having a forever baba!!!
(Sent to me by Jennifer along with the video!)

He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers … Malachi 4:6a (NIV)

How Do You Spell D.A.D.?
The time we have with our children is a gift from God.
Depend on God!
Always love them!
Devote your time!