Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall is in the Air

We have had ever-so-slightly cooler temperatures the past week and we are loving it!  We've been watching football, eating even more soup than normal, and enjoying seeing the leaves starting to turn colors!
We have a few pumpkins sprinkled around the house and a mum on the porch, but other than that, we are just enjoying the simplicity of the season before the holidays!

{thankful for}
crisp morning air
vibrant colors of Fall
watching Jake with Pman

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Journey to Jack {Sunday Snapshot}



How do YOU do it? 

It is C-R-A-Z-Y. 

(My sweet friend Cat took some awesome family photos for us!)

We seem to have drawn the short end of the stick lately.  We know great things are in store and its just the enemy is attacking, but this week consisted of my car needing towing-thankfully just a completely dead battery and my external hard drive crashing in the middle of me moving photos over before I had a chance to burn them to a CD.  So, off the the external-hard-drive-doctor it went.  PRAYING they can recover those treasures for us!  

BUT (being very vague here...) on an extremely exciting note, we finished the LAST batch of papers we are responsible for and mailed them off this week!! Eeeeek!!  SUPER exciting!  Please pray everything is there, its filled out correctly, it makes it to its destination safely, and is translated and sent to its final destination quickly, where then Jack will wait for his vEry imPortant next part of the process to occur. ;)  We would LOVE for this to occur in 2013 and pray that it does, but it would be a miracle.  

Thankfully... I just happen to know someone in the miracle biz!  

And... we have a lot of praying friends.

Honestly though, through all these struggles and the wait, we are holding up pretty well (at least at this second).  Since being matched, I think I've cried for about thirty seconds, three different times, but I'm pretty quick to get myself together and remember my God's got this.  

And He gives the sweetest hugs along the way.  

Outweighing the bad, this week also held lots of sweet, sweet moments for our family.

We FINALLY "met" Miss "Sarah's" new family!!!  Not only are they absolutely FABULOUS, but they are choosing for her middle name to be Grace and her new Mommy's name is...wait for it..... RUBY!  I think she has found the most PERFECT family EVER and we are beyond thankful we have this little God-hug snuggled perfectly into our/her story.  I can't wait to grow our friendship with them and watch their journey to their beautiful new daughter unfold...and if that's not cool enough, I believe we have a very good chance of traveling close, if not together.  Fingers crossed!

We also had the pants blessed off us with not one, not two, but SEVEN new photos from a sweet friend!!  Our little guy is C-U-T-E and P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S!!!  My oh my he is P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!!  Our friend's little girl must think so too as one photo captures a little smack-a-roo from her!  Too sweet.  We are forever grateful and will cherish these photos for a lifetime!

{thankful for}
ultimate victory in Him
a dead battery
a Grandaddy that comes to save the day
a preschool drop off with no tears
a thumbs up at pick up
a sweet spend-the-night party
sweaty snuggles from my blondie
photos of my brownie
a clean house
a successful yard sale
Food Giant deli goodness
my family's willingness to give me their junk
a coke icee

Ni Hao Yall

Monday, September 9, 2013


I'm sorry I've been MIA.... I've completely filled up the memory space on my computer.... again.  And have been too busy to move stuff over to the external.  Which means, I can't download the over 1,000 photos from my camera, and let's be honest.... blog posts are SO much more interesting with photos.

Ok, so WHAT a great day!!!  Pman had NO tears at school today which is H-U-G-E!!!  He still didn't want to be there, but having his sweet friend Aiden in his class (his first day was today) helped BIG time.  We are so grateful for today.  Praying tomorrow goes just as smoothly.

I found a book that I have been looking for for months at WalMart today!!

And then, we got some SUPER exciting "Jack Process" news.  But, we still don't have another set of clearances that we desperately need to step forward.  Would you PLEASE pray that we get these in record/knock your socks off time?!  We would once again be so grateful.

{thankful for}
no tears
a new book for Jack
a new toy for Pman
photos printed
another care package
stepping forward
prayer warriors

Our Adoption Timeline

  • June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
  • July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
  • September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
  • October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
  • October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
  • November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
  • December 1, 2011- Filed our I600a
  • February 1, 2012- I600a Approval Letter
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