Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bye bye summer!

We only had 9 full weeks of summer this year. I know the teachers love the breaks during the year, but as a mom, I feel like it makes for a short summer. We packed in as much as we possibly could though.

Library magic show
Dance camp
Swimming lessons
Nike volleyball camp
Ga Tech volleyball camp
Recreation volleyball
Volleyball tryouts for school
A "giving party" where the girls made lunches for underprivileged children in our town
Playdates for the littles
Sleepovers for the oldest
Many swim dates with friends
Lots of adoption paperwork
Lots of kisses and hugs
Lots of great conversations ie. Mommy, am I a Christian?

I am proud of the girls as they move on to their next year of school, new friends and new teachers. But my heart aches a little too.

Let the new year begin!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

How did we get here?

In two short weeks 3 of my 4 children will be in school. Those days of the triple stroller are long gone and have been replaced by young ladies who all have their own ideas, friends and activities. I pray that I am doing enough but I always feel like I am not. Enough time, enough discussions, enough hugs, enough yes answers coupled with enough no's. It all goes by in a flash and I am just trying to hang on and enjoy every minute.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Moving furniture really stinks

We moved 6 rooms of furniture this past weekend.

So. not. fun.

We still have 7 closets to clean out and move.

I am sore and a little irritable, but I am able to see that this will be great once it's done. Tim and now live in the playroom, so we are having to adjust to having a line of traffic flowing through our room and a smaller bathroom. But the pay off is that all three little girls have all of their stuff in one place and I think Leah may not like the long walk to our room, so she's staying in her bed and Mackenzie now has her own room. And now we have a room for the baby. It's unconventional but I am finding that you have to be flexible when having all these folks living under one roof.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Today I had to weigh out the pros and cons.

Pros- I love it! It's a great workout and it's super fun.

Cons- Heavy on the booty shaking, so not very appropriate for the girls to do with me.

But desperate times call for desperate measures. One time wont hurt them right?

Monday, July 12, 2010

A car wash

Seems simple enough, right?

Husband says, "Hey when you're out today can you get the truck washed?" Sure, no problem. After all we have driven it 1000 miles in the 10 days that we have owned it and it is quite dirty. I have this fast pass that I pay monthly for. I literally don't even have to stop moving at all if I am not in the mood to clean out the inside.

I drove up and the fast pass wouldn't work. I realized that the card that I have it charged to expired in June and I will need to get out of line and go inside to give them my new card info. That was far too much effort for me today. So I just decide to use another card and pay for a wash.

As I drive into the car wash it is blue skies..... and as I drive out,  it is pouring down rain.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

"Colorful" thoughts

I am having lots of them these days. I have been praying and reading to prepare for what our son and our family will experience in relation to becoming a more "colorful" family. I would be quick to say that this is our adoption and we shouldn't worry with others will feel or say. But the truth is, I do think about how he will be accepted by others. And in what ways we need to educate ourselves, our children, our family, etc. I think there should be a balance between teaching all of our children that we are all part of God's human race while still recognizing and celebrating the differences we will bring together.

Here's a post that I found very interesting in my quest for knowledge....


Paper pregnant

I found this shirt online today. It's catchy and I "get it." I can see how you can relate waiting for a baby to being like a pregnancy. Our pregnancies have all been surprises. We never sat down and decided when we felt it would be the right time to have a baby. So in that way, I do feel like I am experiencing an aspect of being a mom that I never have before. I am able to plan a little better. Although I am quite aware that this is all in God's timing and not mine. I do get the joy of thinking about our baby without the heartburn, weight gain and swollen ankles. This is definitely an exciting time for our family.

On  the other hand, there's a momma out there who is (or perhaps will be, depending on God's plan) experiencing all of those things and more. Not only is she experiencing all the discomforts, she knows in her heart that she will not be able to provide for this life that she is carrying. She probably feels alone and scared. Her family may not be supportive of her. And I know it will not be easy for her to give her baby away. As God prepares us for this joyful addition, we are not naive to think that there wont be heartache for one family while ours celebrates. Adoption is trauma. At the heart of every adoption is a mother who couldn't or wouldn't take care of her child. I am praying for this momma and the family that our baby will come from. I pray that she will take care of herself and of her baby as best as she can.  I pray that God will comfort her and show Himself to her through this time.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thank you Nikki!

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Feeling ready for a change....

to the look of my blog. Stay tuned.....