Friday afternoon, I am certain my children made memories they will hold dear long into their adult years.
It began when my friend Laura invited us to visit with them when they vacationed on Hilton Head.
We do LOVE the beach, so, of course we accepted the invitation.
But, it was even more special because of this precious girl:
That beautiful girl in those photos with Josie-Tatum is Lydia. She is special to us because she spent the first months of her life in the same orphanage as Josie-Tatum. The LORD has blessed us to be able to keep in touch with her family through the years. Just minutes after seeing each other, the girls were reconnected like the best of friends.
Below is the traditional "red couch" photo families were known to take when their travel groups stayed at the White Swan hotel in Guangzhou China. Josie-Tatum is second from the left and Lydia is on the far right.
Here is another photo of the girls at a second trip we made together, less than 2 years after our first meeting when we traveled to China together.
Just seeing the girls together again would have made the trip memorable, but it was an exceedingly more than that.
While they spent most of their time in the water together,
my other children were treated as well.
Dan spent most of his time in the water with them. It started with a ride in the inflatable boat:
I went to him more than once and asked if I could take over. The first time he said, "I'm alright," and Ellie shouted, "Yeah, mama, he's alright." Dan sweetly told me to enjoy my time. What a blessing!!!
Later, Dan and two of his boys spent time in the water swimming with the Littles. They each had their own swimming buddy.
Aaron and Zeke
Dan and Drew
Ellie and Shayne
Zeke also enjoyed watching Aaron and Shayne play around with the soccer ball, and joined in himself.
Dan helped Zeke manage riding on his boogie board.
The family's oldest son Tanner is the same age as Whitney. They became friends in China, too. I enjoyed watching the two of them when they were both maneuvering the boat.
I also enjoyed the look on Tanner's face when he was playing with the kids.
I think Whitney enjoyed herself, too.