Sunday, February 17, 2013

What I've Been Up To!

Hello teacher friends!  Boy, oh boy have I been all kinds of MIA lately, or what?!  I really do have a good excuse though, I promise!  The Mr. and I traveled to Africa 2 weeks ago to pick up our little angel!

Please meet Joelle Tenley Lemons
Is she a doll or what?!  We have been in full parenting mode ever since meeting our little girl (hence the absence on this poor blog)!  She amazes us each day and brings so much joy to our household!  

And, I am LOVING being a mom!




Before I go play with sweet Joelle today I just have to say a HUGE thank you to Y'ALL, my teaching and blogging community!  Without your support and prayers, this would not have been possible!  TpT has been such a blessing in our adoption journey, and I cannot say enough how thankful I am to anyone who has purchased one of my units!  God has definitely been good to us!  As always, if you don't see me around my teaching blog, I'll be blogging about all things JOELLE on our family blog!  Hope you all have a blessed week! 



62 comments:

Busy Bees said...

God is so good. The smiles on your faces tell it all. Such a blessing~
Robynn
BusyBees

Deedee Wills said...

She is such a stinkin' love bug! I'm so happy for you all!!!

Across the Hall said...

What a photogenic family!! You look like a natural, Amy!!

Halle
Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

The Sherman Four said...

She is absolutely beautiful and looks soooooo happy!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

Miss King said...

Congrats! She is adorable!

The Brown-Bag Teacher said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! Congratulations, Amy. Enjoy your time with your daughter :)

Catherine
The Brown-Bag Teacher

S. Simpson said...

I was hoping and praying that this was the reason that you were MIA. She is perfect CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

✰ Stacy

Simpson Superstars

Elizabeth said...

She is precious! I'm so very happy for you:)))

Elizabeth
Fun in Room 4B

Nancy VandenBerge said...

Amy!!
This is fantastic news!! What a blessed gift you all are to each other! So happy for you!! Welcome, Joelle!
Joyfuly!
Nancy
firstgradewow.blogspot.com

Katie Smith said...

Congrats to you guys! Joelle is a sweetheart!
Katie :)
I Want to be a Super Teacher

Emilee Neagle said...

Congratulations...she is a complete doll! Look at her smiles :) Makes my heart happy knowing this sweet princess has a warm and loving home!
Emilee
Woodward, OK

Laura said...

Adorable, Amy! Love that pic of her riding piggy back! Enjoy that sweet baby!
Laura
Peace, Love, and First Grade

Miss T said...

She is gorgeous! And we don't mind you MIA to spend time with your DAUGHTER!

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Julie McKown said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful!
Enjoy every moment!!
Little Literacy Learners

Carrie said...

She's beautiful! Enjoy your little girl.

Tanya said...

She is precious and sweet. Congratulations!

Tanya ☺
First Grade is Fantabulous!

Amanda said...

You are both B-E-A-U-tiful! :) SO happy for you!

Aimee V. said...

Her smile is beautiful! So happy for you and your husband!

Aimee
aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

Amy S said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations!

Teach Junkie said...

What an incredible start to your family! Enjoy the moments you get to cherish and enjoy making the transition to full time parenthood ;)

Leslie - Teach Junkie.com

Jennie Pruis said...

Congrats to you and your family! So happy for you. Enjoy your little girl!

Jennie
Leap In To Learn

Amber @ Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher said...

Congrats to your and your hubby! She is so adorable!

Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

Retha said...

Our family is so happy for you! Our prayers r with you! Your units have helped me sooo much in my teaching. I am so thankful for your Christian witness also. Thank you so much for all you do and may God continue to bless your family! Congratulations

Courtney said...

Congratulations Amy! She is beautiful. Enjoy your time with your sweet child!

Swimming into Second

Kimberly Jones said...

She is adorbs!!!! Enjoy being a mom!! What a blessing to your family!

Kelley Cirrito said...

She is such a doll Amy!!! I am so happy for you!!!

Ms. Richards said...

Amy, she is adorable. Enjoy every minute with her.

Krystyn


Ms. Richards's Musings

msrichardssmusings@gmail.com

Anna DiGilio said...

She is absolutely Beautiful!!!! I can tell you are a natural born mom!!! Congratulations! I am just so happy for all of you! She is adorable!

hugs
Anna

1stgradefireworks said...

Wow! What a beautiful family! You both are truely blessed!
wendy
1stgradefireworks

Heidi said...

She is such a cutie! The Lord has truly blessed you.

alicia.de.trouyet said...

i'm always checking what's up on this incredible blog and the most I love it knowing you're a mom... blessing to your new and better family

Kelly Teaching Fourth said...

God is so good! May He continue to bless you and your beautiful family!

Jenn Bates said...

Congratulations!!!! You both look so happy!
Jenn
Finally in First

Karyn said...

Amy I am SO, SO happy for you all! Such a beautiful little girl! I'm so glad all of your wishes have come true!

Joey Udovich said...

How wonderful! I am truly so happy for you and your new family! I won't write too much, but to make a very long story short, I have agreed to be my sister's surrogate after a VERY long and painful 3 years for her and her husband. She found out in December that she would be undergoing a radical hysterectomy and she would never be able to carry. She is 33. So we will be trying with their two embryos this summer. My point is that we have such amazing journeys in our lives...ones that sometimes take us by surprise! Children are the most rewarding journey that we can have and I am so happy to see that yours is going very well for you!

God bless!
Joey
www.createteachandshare.blogspot.com

Love to Learn said...

Congratulations on your precious new daughter! Can't wait to hear more about your adventures in motherhood!

Love to Learn

Rhonda said...

Amy, i am so happy for the 3 of you. A child brings so much joy, laughter and love to your life. Your story brings me to tears, happy tears of course! Congratulations.

Rhonda
Classroom Fun

Sue Cahalane said...

What a beautiful little girl! Being a mom is heaven on Earth, enjoy every minute!!
✿Sue
Science for Kids Blog

zputty said...

Buying your units has been so much fun for my students. They have enjoyed all of the hands-on math learning. If the love these pictures shows was helped by your wonderful products, then that is a big bonus!
Congratulations!

Sandy Wooten said...

Congratulations on your sweet girl! I love how Joelle has a doll with a matching headband! Too cute!!!

Jessica said...

Joelle is adorable!! Congratulations! Very happy for you!
Jessica

Apples and Papers

Linda said...

I'm so thrilled for you! Congratulations! Joelle is precious!
Linda
AroundtheKampfire

Shelly Houseman said...

Congratulations! What an incredible gift God has given you. She is simply adorable!

Bug hugs,
Shelly

Where the Wild Things Learn said...

She is precious! Congratulations. You are all so blessed to have found each other :) Enjoy this new journey in life!

Amelia
wherethewildthingslearn

Kinderaffe said...

I am a loyal follower.

What a lucky little girl!

All the best!
Sara

graciegirl said...

What an awesome blessing Joelle is- she's beautiful! AND I love all her girly headbands. So happy for you and your hubby. Don't apologize for being MIA for however long it is cuz your daughter is more important than ANYTHING else!!!

Jamie said...

Congratulations!!! Just looking at your pictures made my eyes tear up. I am so overjoyed that God has brought you your daughter, and am so happy that you're a mommy!!! She is one very lucky girl :)

littlefolkgal said...

Not only have you been blessed , but this precious little girl has received the biggest gift of a mom and dad. She is adorable, and I LOOOOOOVE the UT outfit.
"Hook "Em"! My son was in the Longhorn band for a 5 years!!

madefor1stgrade said...

So excited for you! She is darling and you both look soooo happy!!
Best Wishes!
Diane

Susana said...

Awwwww pictures are so cutee!! she's adorableee!! I'm so happy for you and your new family!! I wish you the best in this new journey!!! May God keep blessing your familyyy!! :)

tara thompson-ward said...

Congratulations! She is a doll! <3

…andtheyallfalldown...

Katie Knight said...

Oh Amy, so precious! A good friend of ours is going back to get her second little girl from Africa. We love that family and their (first) daughter Dory is just ... well there are no words... she is a gift, and Joelle is a gift too! Bless you sweet girl.

k=Katie Knight

Anonymous said...

I am an adoptive mom as well! Congratulations! She is a doll!

Tama Trotti said...

Congratulations! She is a doll! Enjoy every minute!
Cheers
Tama

Di said...

Oh I'm so happy for you. What a blessed, beautiful daughter you have.
God is so true to His promises!

Mrs. Eger said...
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Mrs. Eger's Third Grade said...

This is awesome and so very exciting!
Congratulations!




http://mrseger.blogspot.com/

Jo said...

Oh my gosh Amy, Joelle is absolutely precious! I am completely teary eyed at the love I am witnessing in each picture. God is SO good!

JoAn
Tiny Toes

the classroom creative said...

God bless, Amy!

Enjoy this time with Joelle, teaching and blogging will always be here...

Our best,
Nicolette & Karen

Lori Moldenhauer said...

I understand your joy! I have adopted five kiddos and they are my life! Congratulations!!

Lori
Little Priorities

forkin4th said...

What a blessing - Joelle is gorgeous and has an absolutely beaming smile. I know that God intended for her to be a part of your family all along! I'm so touched by your story and how your family was able to fully fund Joelle's adoption through your TpT earnings - amazing!! It's really evident that she has grown so much more confident and joyful as a result of all the love your family is showering her with; you all are so blessed!

Also, just stopping by as I'm always inspired by your cute creations! I would be honored if you would assist me in my upcoming giveaway. I'm planning to celebrate my birthday month and gaining 200 blog followers! If you're able to contribute, please shoot me an email at rivas423@gmail.com with a snapshot of your product and/or your blog button so I can send them over to visit your page as well! Anything you'd wish to offer would be great!
:)
Antonia @ forkin4th

Rebecca said...

I have seen your journal a few times when looking at units for second grade. I am just starting my sixth year of teaching and I love the awesome things you do. I actually came back to your blog to read it for personal reasons. LOVE this story of your sweet girl from Africa- it melted my heart. What a pretty little girl you guys have!

Rebecca