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

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More Birthday for Oliver

Nonna and Nonae took Oliver for the weekend for his birthday.  They took him to LegoLand Discovery Center.  He had an absolute blast!!!  They said he was the perfect age for it.  

Gigi and Grandpa took him out for a special night out just for him.  He got to go pick out new crocs and jibbitz and they took him to In n Out Burger and he even got a shake.  They said he ate his entire burger, fries, a large lemonade and his entire shake.  I don't know where he fits it in his tiny body.  I have been a horrible picture taker lately, so no pics of Oliver's date night with them.  

Our boys are so incredibly blessed to have such amazing grandparents.  They are so so so loved.



Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscar Night 2012

The Walls family likes to party.  We go ALL out.  I guess I should say that my parents go all out.  Oscar Night is a HUGE deal for our fam and has been since I was a little girl.  As we have gotten older it has become an even bigger deal.  We have theater type food, dress up in costume, trophies and prizes for choosing the correct winners.  SO. MUCH. FUN!!! 

Elliot was enjoying his first ever hot dog.



 Macey really went all out.  She one second place for costumes.  First place was my aunt that came as Minnie from "The Help" and she even came with her pie (which makes my stomach turn when I think about it.)
 I loved Emily's Costume.  So creative. So cute!!
 Scott was the guy from the muppets with his muppet.
 Sweet Charlotte came as the Princess and the frog.
 We weren't to creative this year.  I came as nothing and my boys wore their halloween costumes.  Clever!

 This year the boys entered an animated short-film into a competition.  It was awesome (thanks to Joel) and they WON!  of course no one needs to know that they were the only entry!!

Elliot won his first trophy and he was so proud.  He just stood their smiling.  It was priceless!
Another great Oscar night!  We look forward to it next year!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Surprise

Going to the Lodge...Great Wolf Lodge!!  We have been planning this surprise for the boys for months.  They have been wanting to go to the GWL for years, but every time I looked at it, it was way too pricey.  We finally found a deal, but it had to be during the week.  So, we took it!  And it could be for their birthdays.  If you ask the boys what their favorite part was about going to the Great Wolf Lodge, they would say getting to skip school!  
We waited for them at the bus stop on Wednesday afternoon and did not tell them where we were going.  They were soooo excited when we got there.  They put their suits on right away and headed to the water park.  Els was terrified of the water at first, but after awhile, he was a sliding machine.  I have millions of pictures of him on these slides because we did not leave the slides for the entire time we were there. Up and down and up and down...over and over and over again.  He LOVED it!  











 The big boys and Daddy spent their time on the BIG slides, at the wave pool and in the lazy river.  I got to go a couple of times too.

It was so much fun!  To top it off, we got to go to dinner at my favorite place. SWEET TOMATO!! YUM!!!  Happy Birthday, BOYS!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Wait

The struggles, the difficulty, the faith, the trusting, the constant battle, the pain...she describes it perfectly.  (Thanks, Laura for posting this on FB.  Helped me feel not so crazy and alone)

http://www.kimvanbrunt.com/2012/02/honestly-guest-post-the-wait/

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day


Valentine's Day was just a normal day around here.  We had school, afternoon at the park and then we had soccer practice and basketball practice on opposite sides of the city.  So, we just had our 2nd annual Valentine dinner and headed in our different directions.  So romantic....



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Encouraged

 (A friend of mine designed this graphic for me.  Isn't it lovely?!)
Over the past month, I have been down in the dumps about our lengthy adoption.  It is not going the way that I had planned.  I have said before that I am sometimes at peace with it and sometimes I am in a battle.  Right now, I am just working on fully trusting God with this.  I am trying to believe that he has this.  I am so thankful that in these times of trial, that God has placed the most amazing people in my life, shown me scripture that has pulled me through and given me hope. 
** Joel's sermon last week was about the authority of God and it was clearly spoken directly to me.  It is so easy to forget how big God is and how teeny tiny I really am.  How could I not believe and trust him?  He made the world by just speaking.  He didn't ask me how to do it.  I am not in charge and he is my authority and the authority of ALL things.  So POWERFUL!  

**Two of the songs in worship that week were so incredible.  The words spoke directly to me.  
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
I want to praise Him no matter what.  There is no one like Him.  Yaweh, Yaweh we love to shout your Name!!!!!!!
Listen to them.  These Songs are AMAZING.  I wake up to these songs.  They remind me who He is and what He can do!

**I had the chance to meet my friend Carrie for lunch.  It is such a blessing to have a friend who is also on the same journey.  She understands.  She is such an encouragement to me.  She reminded me that it is a blessing that we have been called to adoption and to missions and that I should feel blessed and overwhelmed that he has called me to something so BIG.  I walked away from our lunch encouraged and so humbled that God chose me to walk this path and to change lives for His kingdom.  I have asked him over and over again (daily actually) to open my eyes and to break my heart and he has done just that.  So thankful!

**BSF.  Every week God speaks to me.  This past week the title was "An Ideal Life".  What do I define as an ideal life?  More money?  A cuter wardrobe? Luxury?  Living the "American dream" by collecting more stuff?  The principles of this week.
*A life of service to God requires humble submission to God's plan and God's people.
* For the Christian, the "ideal" life is not a life of ease but a life of service to God.
*A life of service to God requires dying to our life and living for Jesus Christ.  
*A life of service to God requires following the spirit no matter what even into danger or death.
Acts 20:24
"I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace."

I must daily die to myself and live for Christ.  I am here only to please God, not man.  I am here to glorify His name and be obedient to Him.  I am so encouraged and I am going to finish this race. 

"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of god.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."  Hebrews 12:1




Friday, February 3, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

6





donuts for breakfast. new birthday shirt by mommy. super fun day at school. mcdonald's for lunch at school with marlene, gigi, mommy and els. cupcakes for your class. new lego set and hot wheels track. happy birthday's sung by many. fuddrucker's for dinner with nonna, nonae, aunts, uncles and cousins. hot dog and fries. chocolate sheet cake and more happy birthdays. super fun candles that don't blow out easily.  "this is the BEST birthday EVER" and "I had such a GREAT day".  and that is how we roll when we are six.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

TEN




Ten months of waiting.  Waiting and waiting and waiting......and waiting.......