Saturday, October 30, 2010

Healthy prayers please

We have got a couple of prayer requests. Tim has been in pain for two weeks already suspecting a kidney stone. It gets better but then it gets much, much worse. He went to the urologist on Friday and apparently this is a really large stone that is taking it's sweet time passing by. It could take up to 4 more weeks to pass. We are very thankful that there's nothing more serious going on but this is definitely tough for him and for our family. Also, Madison is sick and has gotten progressively worse really quickly. There are several cases of pneumonia at school, and she is showing signs of that.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Adoption retreat

I am registered for this. Any of my adoption buddies want to room together?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Yes, I know it's already cold and here I am just getting to the vacation pictures from a month ago. Don't judge. ;)

 My blond girlie

 Our sweet neighbor hooked us up with a goodie basket for the beach and this was Vivian's fav.

There's always food involved, even on the beach.

Mackenzie braving the waves.

Madison and Leah are just watching.

We always ended up at the pool after about an hour on the beach.
Playing on the playground.

Beautiful sunset.

Madison showing off her mad monkey bars skills.

Sweet girls.
Photoshoot time!

My babies aren't babies anymore.

Beach shot

Baytowne Wharf, one our favorite picture spots.

The annual fountain picture.

Another beautiful sunset

Very cool

The ladies in the big chair

What a weekend

My heart is so full after this past weekend.

On Friday and Saturday our sweet friends had a yard sale for us. Many families donated items to sell and even more worked at the sale. We were not even there on Friday because we had a seminar at our agency. We were so humbled by the love we experienced this weekend. And so in awe of God's hand in all of it. There were many opportunities to share the gospel. After all why would people who already have 4 children, want to adopt more? The only answer is the Gospel. :) We also heard adoption stories and were able to bless others with items not sold. It was an incredible display of God's love.

We have been somewhat hesitant in our openness towards the idea of a birth mom. Almost weekly, we hear stories about domestic adoption and how the parents came back and disrupted the family. Naturally, this has produced some fear.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

The seminar that we attended this weekend at our agency included testimonies from a birth mom and an adoptive family. It was really precious to hear the stories of these families and what they have gone through. The adoptive family was very similar to ours. They had two young boys and had adopted a baby girl. There's is an interracial adoption which brought up some of the same things that we will experience.

But it was the birth mom's courage that really moved us. She was not a teenager. She was not on drugs. She was not uncaring. She was not "taking the easy way out." She was not uneducated. She is not on a mission to disrupt the adoptive parent's lives. She was not "giving her baby up." She loves her baby deeply. She has a son with special needs. She had a relationship that she thought would last and it didn't. She has family and a church who would've stepped in to help her if she had decided to parent. She made a very informed decision and it was the hardest one she's ever had to make. She had people that tried to talk her out of it. She lost friends as a result of her loving decision. Most inportantly, she saw God's love through her journey.

Every year, over half of the unplanned pregnancies in the US result in abortion. The current estimate is about 1.3 MILLION abortions in the United States every year.

Adoption is trauma. It's not easy. It's not all wrapped up in a pretty little box. The further we dive into the depths of this journey, the more we see that. And the more we see God's love shining through.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Remembering our babies

Oct 15th is pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day

Monday, October 11, 2010

Yard Sale for adoption

Our sweet friends are having a yard sale this weekend to help raise funds for our adoption. If you are in the area, come on out and see what treasures you can find. Many families donated items so the variety will be endless. The neighborhood is also having their sales this weekend as well.