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

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Don't know where to start. 
This is A LOT. 
Overwhelmed may be an understatement. 
Need prayers. 
Need His comfort. 
Excited yet fearful.
Trying to take it one step at a time.
Harder than it seems.
Want it all done TODAY.
Taking a start by making a copy social security cards.
One check mark down.
One million to go.
Thankful and blessed the He chose me to adopt.
Long journey
She is worth it all.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010



I love the Texas twang!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Afraid no more

Clayton has been afraid of the dark since he was probably 2 years old.  He would only sleep with the light on.  Not the closet light, a night light, or the hall light.  He needed the full lights on.  Now that the boys share a room the fear has passed on to Oliver.  So, if you pass by our house at 3 am, it looks like we are still awake due to their bedroom light on, the bathroom light and the hall light on.  Our neighbors always know we are home because they can see the boys' light on.  Well, for some reason, the past week the boys slept with the light off...and they did it again, and again and again.  Wow.  Have we conquered our fear of the dark?  Will we save millions of dollars in electricity every year? 
We went out for yogurt to celebrate.  Here's to being afraid no more!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


I got the phone call this afternoon.  I CAN.NOT believe it.  I feel like I am in a dream.  We have been accepted into the Ethiopia program with American World Adoption Agency.  Our next steps are to sign the acceptance letter, and send in our first program fees.  Once they get that paperwork, we will be turned over to a family coordinator and also a social worker that will be doing our homestudy.  We will also be doing our international adoption training which is an 8 hour online course.  I am trying to just take one step at a time.  If I try and look at the whole process at one time, it becomes so overwhelming.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

AWAA phone call

I heard a little something from AWAA.  A little background here.  The application was online and it took me FOREVER to fill out because I felt like I was going to answer something WAY WRONG.  Like accidently check the box that I am a criminal or that I have TB.  All of those dots seemed to run together.  So, I looked over the application for what seemed like a million times.  Guess I missed something.  The sweet lady on the phone had a big question.  She said that she had never seen this box checked before.  It was the one that asked. "Would you be able to provide an escort for your child to bring them home?"  I checked NO.  Had to laugh.....they don't provide that service.  Of course, I meant to check YES.  UGH!!!  I can't wait to get that little girl in my arms.  Well, at least they didn't discard my application.  She actually said everything looked good, and sent me a few more forms to fill out.  Just got those sent in today.  So anxious to hear back to see if we are approved!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Phillipians 4:6

Love my husband.....

...and his sense of humor when things just seem like they aren't going our way.  I love how he sees the best in every situation.  I love how he is always looking out for the bigger picture.  I love how he always sees God's blessings and points them out to me. 

Our past two weekends looking for a clunker that we could pay cash for did not seem fun to me.  I did not see the best in the situation.  I did not see the big picture.  Honestly, I cried the whole time.  But, today, as I read Joel's version, I had to smile.  Love him......

Saturday, September 11, 2010

15 months

Baby Boy, YOU MELT ME!!  I completely adore you! 
You are my favorite age.  I absolutely love 15 months to 2 years.  You are learning so much and just so much fun.
You have quickly fallen into the boy role.  You love to throw balls, roll cars and wrestle.  You hold dinosaurs and "roar".  Everything has to be thrown, including food.  Just all part of being a boy.
You are walking so well.  You started walking right before you turned 14 months.  No more baby for you.  You can almost run.
Your laugh is hilarious and quite contagious.  You sound like woody wood pecker.  It is soooo funny.  You just walk around a laugh all day long.
You are a great sleeper.  You sleep 12 hours at night and take a long afternoon nap. 
You are starting to say a few words.  You grab my car keys and say "bye".  You go to the refrigerator and say "mi, mi, mi" for milk.  You sign "all done".  You say momma and da.  You blow kisses and give high fives.
You LOVE being outside.  I can't wait for it to cool off a bit...well, a LOT so we can spend the days outside.  It is going to be so much fun.
15 month stats
25lbs 5ozs (50%)
33 inches (90%)
We LOVE YOU, sweet BABY!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Our New Baby

After Abbie was gone, something was missing....
I kept waiting for a little something to jump into my lap for a little nap...
...waiting for a greeting at the door as I arrived home....
...waiting for that companionship that only a dog can bring....
Well, here she is....
The boys are smitten.  "She is our dog" they claim.

We have fallen in love.  I think her Daddy has fallen the most.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Adoption Application

....SENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WooHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!  We should hear back within 10 days.  I can. not. believe it.   Thank you to everyone that has prayed for us, donated money, had garage sales for us, and donated stuff for garage sales.  Your prayers have been heard and God has provided in a BIG way. 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Adoption Application

I have been working on the adoption application today.  It is all ready to be sent in except for one little piece of information.  Hopefully I will have what I need tomorrow so I can send it in.  SO EXCITED.  God is good.  He has blessed us beyond measure.