Saturday, February 11, 2012

New Hair....ummm...NO hair!

I got a hair cut :)

A big one.

I donated FOUR braids to Locks of Love.

I don't have a "final" picture yet, but my hair is cut into a short bob...I love it!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nutty, Nutty, Nutty!

This week has started out being nutty, and it's going to finish being even nuttier!

I've had one work project after another piled on, I've been trying to stay on top of adoption stuff (HA!), I've been trying to help my baby girl deal with yet another tooth, I've been cooking for now TWO grown men that are living in my house, I've been trying to find time to work out (key word...trying), and I've been attempting to plan a birthday party for my baby girl.

Can you believe she turns ONE next week??? I sure can't!

We have several steps to take before we have our next homestudy visit. We are literally fighting through one road block after another. It's getting somewhat infuriating...and also motivating. I know we are fighting the enemy on this, and that just lights a fire under my booty even more :)

I planted flowers a couple of weeks ago (I know this is the WORST time of year to plant them, but they were all on CLEARANCE! And they looked like they needed some lovin'...I couldn't resist!). All but one of them are still alive! The one casualty lost it's life in the crazy storm we had a few nights ago....the rest are hanging on for dear life as I try to remember to water them each day.

My husband MADE money on a phone trade this week. He upgraded from his blackberry to an iphone, and they more than paid for it with their trade in program. He's been drafting fantasy players from his phone and playing Angry Birds all week. He's a happy camper.

Yes, I have TWO grown men in my house now! One of our teenagers from church is staying with us for a couple of months, and we are delighted to have him! He's a joy to have around and he is SUCH a big help! But I tell you what, cooking for two men is MUCH different than cooking for one!!!  In spite of that, Mayah is thoroughly enjoying having a big brother!!

Speaking of Miss Mayah, she has officially learned how to dance. It doesn't matter what kind of music it is; she will bounce and shake her booty like you wouldn't believe. Beyond adorable.

That's all for now. Just couldn't believe I hadn't updated in this long!!  I will post birthday party pictures after the weekend!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bringing Him Home

If you've been following my other blog, you know what we've been up to lately...the endeavor we've undertaken.

I wanted to take a couple of minutes here and expound upon our reasoning and share our hearts with you.

You've probably seen the fundraising logos in the sidebars, and it's true, we are adopting!

No, we're not adopting because we can't have children biologically, we are adopting because there is such a great need.  This is something Nathan and I have had on our hearts individually for many years. The fact that we both had a heart for adoption was one of the things that attracted us to each other in the first place.  We don't believe that children were meant to live life on their own, that they were meant to fend for themselves or to be tossed from foster family to foster family or from orphanage to institution. Children need to belong. Children need homes. Children need to be loved.

God gives us direct commands to care for the orphans (Jas 1:27, Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 18:5). We are perfectly aware that God does not call every individual or family to adopt an orphan, however, we firmly believe that God calls us as Christians to be involved in the adopting of orphans...however that involvement needs to happen for you.  We are asking you simply to take a minute, pray and ask God how He wants you to be involved in the orphan crisis and how you can help to bring an orphan into their forever home. If He leads you to help us bring our son home, THANK YOU. If He leads you to another type of orphan ministry, THANK YOU. There is a need, it has to be met; the most important thing is that you somehow get involved. Don't let this slip by you.  If you want to know about some great orphan ministries, you visit the Resources page on our blog to find a few places you can get involved. 

No matter how young or how old you are, you can be involved in the life of a child and change their fate.

We are in the position to love another child, however, the initial costs are too great for us to shoulder on our own (visit our other blog or click on the logos in the sidebar for ChipIn or JustLoveCoffee). We are striving to make this a community effort, and if you are reading this, you are a part of that community.

We know it may seem crazy to you at this point, but we already love our son immensely, even though we don't know who he is yet. We can't wait to make him a permanent part of our family and watch him grow up.  We've been picturing him and imagining what he might look like....wondering how he and Mayah will play together, thinking about how old he will be when we go get him and dreaming about holding his sweet little hands, hugging him tightly and wondering what his little laugh will sound like.

We've also been thinking about what would happen to him if we don't bring him home to us. His options are slim: child soldier, HIV/AIDS, orphanages with no regular care, or death.  The child mortality rate in the D.R. Congo is so huge that it's terrifying.  We want to save him from the virtually inevitable fate he would face otherwise.

Again, you may think it's crazy....but that's my son. I will not let him face a bleak future that I can save him from.  He's our responsibility to protect. He's our child. God has put him in our hearts and we won't let him go.

He is already a part of our family, and we are so thrilled to have him...we just need help in going to get him!  Thank you so much for your encouragement, your love, and your ongoing support! We are so grateful to you and we know our son will be grateful to you as well.

Help us save his life. Help us bring him home. Help us bring him to Jesus.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Turbo Fire!

Oh my goodness, my muscles are in a continuous state of aching.

My dear friends Elizabeth and Carrie and I have undertaken the mountainous challenge of the Beach Body workout, Turbo Fire.

I'm seeing the beginning stages of results, and I must say....I'm quite pleased so far :)  Normally, I tolerate loathe working out, but Turbo Fire (and the company of good friends) makes it pretty fun!  Yes, we have our silly moments and we goof around plenty, but we work HARD! Elizabeth can attest to that fact (as I almost puked in her living room floor last week)....she can also attest to the fact that I become an instant idiot when trying to use resistance bands (no, they are not meant to be used as jump ropes, nor shot at your friends like rubber bands).

I highly recommend this workout...if you have friends who will do it with you! I don't think I could be self-disciplined enough to do this on my own!

Here's a sneak peak at what we've gotten ourselves into:

I'm not usually one to endorse products, but I just feel SO much better after a good workout!  I have more energy, I want to eat better, I'm sleeping makes me a happier person in general :)  Endorphins really do make you happy!! :-D  If you're close and you want to join us for a workout, we'd love to have you! The more the merrier!  Also, if you want to get rid of baby weight, this thing is a miracle worker!!