"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The CALL!!!

It happened.  It Finally happened.  No more DTE dates to record.  39 months, the last and final.  39 long months.  We got the call and accepted the referral for the most beautiful 5 month old baby girl I have ever laid eyes on.  We are so completely in love!  God has done immeasureably more than we asked or could have imagined.  It is so surreal.  I feel like I am dreaming!!!  

This happened on Monday, July 7th.  It was at 2:34 pm.  I was at work and I was in the middle of feeding a baby.  I had my phone in my pocket and felt it vibrating and I peeked in and saw the area code of my agency.  I screamed out "it's my adoption agency".  I put the baby back in bed and ran out of the room shaking.  Two of my sweetest work friends heard about it quickly and ran into the breakroom as I was on the call.  They conferenced Joel in and she told us all the details.  I could not stop shaking and I still cannot stop shaking.   It may not seem real until she is home in my arms.  We are hoping and praying that she will be home before her first birthday!!!  

The best phone call I have EVER received!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014


I love this boy's freckles


June is coming to a close and I don't have much to show for it.  We have been busy just enjoying the summer.
What have we been up to...
1. Sleeping Late (my favorite)
2. Swimming (Lots of swimming)
3. Elliot swimming lessons
4. Clayton to California (Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal)
5. Clayton Church Camp
6. I was one of the church camp speakers.
7. Clayton and Oliver to Camp Gigi
8. Not menu planning.  Eating lots of sandwiches.
9. Staying up late. Watching movies together.
10.Oliver to SMAK (Summer Musical Activities for Kids)
We have fit a whole summer's worth of activities into one Month.  July is just as busy.  Today is the first day I have had all three kids in one place this entire month.  We have already made so many memories!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


I felt so discouraged today.  I felt like God had forgotten me.  That maybe he wasn't listening.  But, he led me to this verse. 
You are precious in my eyes,
and honored
and I love you.
Isaiah 43:4

Then, this evening, I walked outside to the most beautiful rainbow and sunset.  He has not forgotten me.  He loves me so intimately that he would put a rainbow up in the sky just for me.  His promises are true.  He is good.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Everyday, the wait seems so long.  We are at the very end and this has been the hardest part so far.  Waiting on pins and needles every day for that phone call.  Expecting, hoping....but, it hasn't happened yet.  I woke up one morning and saw this posted on facebook by one of my sweet friends.  She asked people to pray and change their profile pictures to this.  How awesome is that!!! Keep praying for our girl.  It's happening soon!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


This boy has been so excited to turn 5 for months and months.  Every day he has asked "How many days until my birthday?"  It finally arrived and it was everything he thought it would be.  We had donuts for breakfast, he wanted sandwiches for lunch at home,  Kid Mania, Mcdonalds for dinner and birthday cake to top it all off!  He got some new Imaginext stuff, legos, and new clothes.  We are so excited to see what 5 brings for this little guy.  He has so much to look forward to this year.  He will be going to kindergarten and he will be a big brother!!  Big stuff!!  Happy Birthday to my favorite little 5 year old!!

Sunday, June 1, 2014


It is happening SOON!!!  I just know this is our month.  38 months will be our last month waiting for a referral!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

We had a fun day together as a family.  We are so used to going so many different directions.  This was a good day.  We went bowling, had some chipotle, Joel smoked some chicken wings for dinner, we played some football and had some ice cream.  So thankful, so blessed.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sunshine Award

We are so proud of this boy!  He got the sunshine award at school.  He was picked out of the whole second grade for this award.  You are definitely Sunshine in our lives.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Oliver has been so slow at loosing his teeth.  At the end of second grade, he has finally lost his top two teeth within weeks of each other.  I LOVE a toothless grin!!!  I am so sad that he is going to start looking like a big boy when those big front teeth come in.