Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thankful Sunday

How fitting is it that Thanksgiving is the first holiday we will share with Arina? We have so much to be thankful for. Of course, life is never peachy all the time, I still have crap with insurance to fight about, bills that they don't want to cover. Jax is still puffy, and no real answers or doctors rushing to find out why. And some days that stuff seems overwhelming, and you have a bad day. But at bedtime, I look at my beautiful boys, and my beautiful new baby girl, and all that goes away.
I'm so thankful for a fantastic hubby, and fantastic boys.
I'm so thankful for my little warrior boy, who will be the big 5 in a couple of weeks. We never thought he would see his first birthday, and soon he will be 5!
I'm thankful for my new baby girl, who was so strong, living in an orphanage, and now sleeps in a soft bed and gets loves all day long!
I'm thankful for fantastic friends. Friends that texted and emailed all day when Arina came home, waiting for updates, and lending a shoulder when times are tough!

Now for the pictures!
These boys don't love their new baby sister at all!



This poor girl has been running nonstop since we got home. Saturday we had two parties. The first one was a birthday bash with Hopekids for kids with birthdays in Oct/Nov/Dec. Of course, Jax has a November birthday! The boys had a great time. There was laser tag, skating, and the blast zone, an area with these soft balls, and they have guns and cannons they can shoot at each other!



Happy early birthday to my sweet boy!



Big brother took Arina on her first big slide. She didn't cry, but she wasn't too sure about it!


Lovin that turkey and rice dinner!

25 comments:

Alicia said...

So glad Arina is home! She is so precious and what an awesome family she has come home to!

I have been praying for you all every day. I hope you get some answers for Jax and all of Arina's tests come back ok.

Hugs and love...

Zoey's mom said...

Love all the pictures.Love the one with Tanner feeding Arina.So sweet.And the baby food one ... must be so strange to be feeding a baby again!

We love you guys and cannot wait to see you all again.Which by the way,is when??

Tina said...

You have changed this one little girls life, she is so blessed. Yes it is really appropriate that she has come home for Thanksgiving.

The pictures are beautiful, it's all so perfect. Your boys seem so happy. The party looks like fun. Yes Arina must be really confused with all this going out suddenly from being inside fours walls and in a crib earlier to all these people all the time around her loving her, she truely is blessed and I give thanks for that, that another little child has been saved.

Cammie Heflin said...

I LOVE seeing her in your family! She is so precious! So very happy for you guys!

Kelly said...

Congratulations Rugg family on your new baby girl!! Arina is beautiful=) So sorry that I missed her homecoming, have been away from our blog for little while! But I am glad to be back to such wonderful news!! LOVE these pics......there sure is a lot of LOVE going on over there!!

I hope you get some answers for Jax & Arina!!

I am so happy for you all!! ENJOY every second!!!

Melissa M said...

What a lucky little girl to have such amazing brothers!!

Denise said...

I swear she gets cuter every day!!! I am laughing because I know you made that bow to go with that outfit. How cute the boys look with her too. Did you book Disneyland yet?

Kristin said...

OK - we need a picture of Arina and Jax next to each other. They look sooo much alike! True brother and sister :)

Junior said...

Love the pics, great to see Arina home with all of you.

stephanie said...

Beautiful pics!!!!! Your boys look like they are in heaven!

And Arina seriously just gets more and more beautiful with each picture you post!!! Those eyes!!! WOW!

EN said...

She's absolutely adorable- Congratulations! You always have her dressed so cute, too. Love the hair bows!

The VW's said...

Thanksgiving.....definitely a fitting holiday for your family this year!

I love all the pics of your FIVE children! :) They are adorable!

Hope all the insurance woes and Jax's health issues are cleared up soon! Love and Hugs!!

April said...

What a wonderful party! LOVE seeing your sweet family all together!

Colleen said...

Beautiful pics of an amazing family! Arina is SO beautiful!

Evie's Story said...

You know I'M LOVING the bows:-)

Rochelle said...

WOW can't believe Jax is almost 5! WOO HOO! Those pictures of the boys with Arina are priceless. LOVE!!!

Shelly Turpin said...

I am loving seeing Arina home!!!
I love the pictures and her brothers' sweet love!
I've been thinking about Jax's birthday. While we were thinking about Bella's bday, I was thinking about his too. These miracle babies that just keep on goin'. They amaze me!

Anonymous said...

I am loving seeing this beautiful little girl with her loving family!! She is so gorgeous - I would not be able to take my eyes off her if I were you!! Boys? what boys? HA HA - I can say that because I had four boys too before I got my girl!! Praying for some answers to Jaxson's issues. - Maureen C

jjpsmommy07 said...

Beautiful little girl! She is so lucky to finally have found such a wonderful family to call her own. Congratulations on your baby girl!

Angi said...

Love all the pictures! I am so very happy for you guys:-)

Mama Mason-Mann said...

She is so beautiful and I just love all the pictures. She looks like she just fits right in!

COOLWHIP said...

You have a beautiful family. What a blessing.
Apperently we have some one in common. My husband grew up with your husband's buddy Daniel R. Small world.
Kelli Whipple UDSF newborn contact

Michelle Z said...

Lacey -- she's so pretty!! COngrats! :)

ParkerMama said...

She's beautiful.

So very thrilled for you!

CFMama said...

Precious. How are you enjoying the girly stuff? You are a pro with bows and headbands already! And she looks adorable wearing them.