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

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Two Down

We have been two boys down this week in our house.  Just this cute little two year old living here.  I wasn't sure what to do with myself with just one child.  Don't get me wrong.  I have lots of friends with one child and they are hard working mommas.  I think it is just what you are used to.  Our week was quiet, slow, relaxing yet boring at times.  I am used to cooking dinners for an army five, washing lots and lots of little clothes, stepping on many small toys and having many activities planned for the older peeps.  It was nice to slow the pace down a bit.  We slept in everyday...like really slept in (one day until 10 am...thanks, els). I went out with some girlfriends one night. Joel took me out on a date another night.  I took Els on a date to see Winnie the Pooh.  I cleaned my entire house and it has stayed clean (including laundry).  The terrible twos have gone into hibernation this week too.  Nice to have a break from that.  Elliot has not had to compete for my attention all week, he has not had to fight for toys or worry about other little hands taking something away from him.  He has never had me all to himself.  Little does he know that in just three weeks he has it made.  It goes back to just us two when school starts.  (Tear)

Although I feel relaxed and rested and love my clean house, I was really bored today and really was missing the older boys.  They make our house fun and loud and exciting.  I can't wait to have them back tomorrow night!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tired Baby

Elliot was being so quiet.  I looked around and he was sound asleep in the boys' room.  Sweet baby!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Evelyn Rose

Me and Hillary have been best friends for most of our adult life.  We have walked beside each other through many blessed times and many difficult times.  We have rejoiced together and shed many tears together.  She was there when every single one of my boys were born.  She anticipated the births of my boys as much as I did.  She is precious to me.  She moved to Austin a year and half ago.  I have been so sad to miss her entire pregnancy.  Saturday night, I got a phone call from her saying she was heading to the hospital in labor.  I didn't realize it would hit me like it did.  I was heartbroken that I couldn't be there with her and for her.  I was crying and Joel said "why don't you just go?" What?  I can go?  So we decided that either I would go alone, or we could all go.    I didn't sleep all night.   I was anticipating the birth of this new life.  All through church, I kept checking my phone for a text. (sorry, Joel, I really was listening to the sermon.  It was AWESOME!!)

At 11:25 Evelyn Rose came into this world.  I could not wait to see her and hold her!!
After church, we came home, tossed a few things in a bag, made a quick priceline hotel reservation and off we went.  I could not wait to surprise Hillary!!!  

Sweet Evelyn Rose

 Look at all this dark hair!!  I was expecting her to be bald since Hillary is so blonde.

 Hillary is completely in love....
 I could not imagine not being here for this special day!  
 My traveling buddies!!

Thanks, Joel for making this trip with me!!  It meant a lot that you knew how important this was to me. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

God's Word

It always amazes me that God knows exactly the words you need to hear at the perfect time.  This verse was posted yesterday on our AWAA group.

"But these things I plan won't happen right away.Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently.  For it will surely take place, it will not be delayed."  Habakkuk 2:3

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


This week has been hard.  It started out on Saturday morning when I realized that yet another week of NO referrals.  We are months and months away from a referral (the wait time is  was7-11 months for infant girl) but I was beginning to realize that there was no way we were going to have a referral at the 11 month mark.  We have only moved one spot in 3 months.  ONE!!  It made me sad.  My suspicions were confirmed today.  I got an email from our family coordinator that stated that the wait times have been changed to 11-18 months for an infant girl and wait times are showing a trend of increasing.  SAD!  That is all...just sad.  I know God's timing is perfect, His plan is sovereign...I trust Him.  I know He will bring our daughter home to us and it will be a glorious day.  I just want her home with us and it just makes me sad that she will not be with us this year or probably even next year. It is like being pregnant without a due date.   Just sad....

To top off the bad news for the day, our puppy has to have major knee surgery on both knees ASAP.  Really?  Super sad....

The good in the day...
*completely cleaned out three rooms in the house and donated all the "junk".
*the playroom actually looks nice (for a moment)
*bought all of the boys' school supplies.  So on top of things!
*I got a book I have been wanting to read forever at the library.  Love free stuff!
*plus, it is girls' night out!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It's A.......

My sister decided to find out the gender of her baby by having a gender reveal party.  She had her sonogram on Tuesday, had the doctor write the gender on a piece of paper and put it in a sealed envelope.  Erin then dropped the envelope of with our friend, Danielle.  Danielle is the one who made the cake.  We all were so excited and could not wait until Saturday.
What was it going to be??  We were pulling for a boy since we are the only ones that represent boy in the Walls family.  But, I had a feeling that it might be a girl.  I really had no idea and was going to be so excited either way.  This baby was such a blessing and we are all overjoyed that he/she will be a part of this family.  My sister suffered through infertility with Olivia and knew that she would be doing the same with her next, but God had other plans and she got pregnant without any medical help.  Praise God!!
The cake was darling!!!
 Who thinks it will be a girl?  Erin, Olivia, and many more..

 She knows.  The suspense is killing me!!

 It's A GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats, Scott, Erin, and Olivia.  This baby girl will be so loved!
So excited that Annie will have a girl cousin close to her age.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Camp Gigi

Brave Gigi had 5 of the grandkids spend the whole week with her.  They were all so excited.  She had a fun, exciting week planned for them.  They spent the week at her church's vacation bible school and then they had fun activities and dinner out every single night.  

They started out the week with a good behavior lecture from Grandpa.  Clayton's face says it all.

Clayton had the best time!  Thank you, Gigi for making such wonderful memories!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Itty Bitty Cinnamon Rolls

Aren't these cute?  

3 Months

We have been DTE for 3 months!!  Which means we have officially been waiting for 3 months.  We are still standing strong at #48 on the "unofficial list".  Although, someone got a referral yesterday, so we possibly might move to #47.  One month and one step closer.