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

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Decor

I love fall!  It makes me so happy.  I love the decorations, the weather (well, not yet.  Come on TEXAS!!), the clothes, the food (pumpkin...YUM!!!).  They had pumpkins at Aldi for $2.99 and I bought 5 :)!!  I needed a cute, cheap, easy wreath for my door.  I found this tutorial on pinterest.  Her wreath is a little fancier than mine, but I wanted it done quickly and wanted it simple.  Not bad for $5.  It did turn out a little smaller than I thought it would, but still so super cute!!!

I DID IT!!!!!!!!

I have had a date at 5:30 am (4:30 am when I work) with Jillian Michaels for the past 30 days.  I FINALLY completed the 30 day shred.  I have had this dvd for years and I would start it and only do a few days.  Did I shred?  That is up for debate.  Over the first couple of weeks I GAINED 5 pounds.  UMMMM!  WHAT???  I was not eating bad and getting up super early EVERY MORNING.  This was really upsetting for me, but I still kept going.  I know. I know.  Muscle weighs more than fat.  It's muscle???  Stop weighing yourself.  But, I am obsessed with my scale.  And no, I am dumb and did not measure myself.  So here I am at the 30 days.  She said on the dvd that I should be noticing a six pack at this point.  Ummm....my abs missed that memo.  No six pack here.  But, I do feel stronger.  I have a lot more endurance.  I could barely make it through level one on the first week and now I am flying through level three.  My muffin top is a little less muffiny.  And now I am officially up 2 lbs instead of 5.  So, all in all, I guess it was a success.  Plus, getting up at 5:30 has its perks.  I work out, get the boys up and to school, have my quiet time, shower and get dressed, get Elliot out of bed, do a few loads of laundry, catch up on emails and blogging, clean a little, maybe even put dinner in the crockpot and it is only 9am.  I still have my whole day ahead of me!!!  It makes my day seem so less chaotic.  Monday, I will begin her newest dvd Ripped in 30.    I don't think you will find me walking around shred and ripped in 30 days from now, but it's worth a try.  I am just proud of myself for actually completing something that I said I was going to complete.

Monday, September 24, 2012


I am taking a break from following our unofficial "list" and emails for our adoption yahoo group because it was stressing me out.  I have been anxious lately and I just needed to cut some things out that were causing me stress.  So, Carrie is my updater when there are referrals.  She sent me a wonderful text on Friday that there was a referral.  When there is a referral there is always rejoicing even if it is not my referral because it means there is one less orphan in the world.  One more child has a mom and dad.  This time was super exciting for me because I am in the SINGLE DIGITS for a 18-24 month old girl...........WOOHOO!!!  We are #9!!!!!  This brings me so much hope.  I needed this.

Goodbye diapers

All the diapers and pull ups are packed up. We are saying goodbye! Elliot is now officially sleeping in underwear too! Growing up too fast.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sweet brothers!

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL????

It was the perfect morning for some football.  It felt like fall.  The boys had their first games which was actually just a scrimmage.  They both did really well.  Clayton made two tackles.  He dove for those flags.  We were both so proud of him because he gave it his all.  At practice he has not been trying very hard.  At the game, he tried hard and did his best.  He got the defense star this game.

Oliver loves playing football.  He is did so much better at football than soccer.  He made two tackles and ran an 80 yard touchdown.  WOOHOO!!!  I was the crazy woman jumping up and down on the sidelines.  
Elliot asked if he could have a football jersey.  And asked why he couldn't play football too.  He wants to play so bad.  Clayton played a little game with him while Oliver's game was going on.
Here is Oliver getting his offensive star!  Way to go, Oliver!!!

Sadly, all of my picture are from my phone lately.  I left my camera charger on vacation and I haven't replaced it yet.  So...the next best thing.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bye Bye Crib

Sad day for Momma. Fun day for Elliot.  Today we said goodbye to his crib and hello to his big boy bed.  Three weeks ago, I lowered his bed down super low to test him.  I wanted to see if he would get out in the middle of the night.  But, he stayed in.  He even called for me to come get him every morning.  His crib was getting a little cramped.  Before I took the crib apart, I got a little emotional.  He is still a tiny baby, right??? 

I have had my eye on this bedding from Target for several years.  It matched his room perfectly.  Part of it went on clearance this week and I was so worried that it was going to be gone.  My parents got it for him for his birthday present.  It turned out soooo cute!!!!  
He was so excited.  He kept jumping and jumping and jumping off his bed.  "yeah  for my space bed."  "Yeah for my big boy bed."  He loved it!!!!  
He looks so big in this picture!!!
I have always loved his room so I am excited that most of it stayed the same. 
It was so fun to climb in bed with him and read him books.  He talked a little bit in his bed and then fell sound asleep.  We used a pool noodle (thanks pinterest and Alcorn family) on the side so he will hopefully not roll off.
Sweet dreams, baby boy!  You will always be my baby boy!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

First day of preschool

Such a big boy!

Saturday, September 1, 2012


This day snuck up on me.  Where did August go?  We  have been DTE for 17 months.  17 months of waiting and praying for our little girl.  17 months of God stretching and molding me.

Proverbs 16:9
"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."

I have this posted on my fridge this week.  I need a constant reminder that no matter how much a try and plan this out, God is fully in control.