Saturday, October 3, 2015

SJ's Bandaloom Business Update~

Sometimes God teaches us big lessons through the faith of our children.
Remember that little bandaloom business SJ decided to start back a few weeks ago?~
{My thoughts: Just let her do so she thinks she is helping bring CallaAnne home}...
BOY was I in for a Faith Check!!!
What I thought was just a whim turned out to be big blessings~
EK has helped her make over half of them and now she is teaching Evie.
As of today SJ has raised $200 and there are orders still pending.

No, she hasn't made that many bracelets but people are just that kind
and helping to build her faith in God's provision for our adoption.

There have been other donations given to our family over the last week as well
and we are excited to announce being chosen to fundraise 
{More info to share very soon!}

Matthew 18:3
And he said: "Truly I tell you, 
unless you change and become like little children, 
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Story on Film~

Today we had the joy of having Nicole Cole from 314 Productions 
filming God's story being written in our family~
She was with us all day and lots of sweet moments shared.
We pray and believe this film will spur hearts toward
many MORE children finding their forever families!!!

Psalm 68:5-6
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
God settles the solitary in a home;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ben Curtis Long Weekend~ {Shaycation}

After our dr appt on Wednesday, we met Josh to pick up BC
so they could be off for all the fun shown in these photos~
 They met Josh's brother Zack and family in London~
 It was our great JOY to have Ben Curtis with us~
 He loves to laugh and enjoys being with all the littles~
 Every single thing he does is cute~
Today was the best with a full kitchen and Savannah/Josh on a flight home.
We are going to miss this angel but I can't wait to see him welcome his mama and dada home.
The sweetest baby in the world and a wonderful Long Weekend loving him!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

ZTA Parent Weekend~

Scott and I were thrilled to spend the day with Rosie for ZTA Parent Weekend~
 It was a dreary, drizzly day but that didn't spoil our fun~
{Loved having Michelle (Rosie's big) and Hayden along}
 Loved the game and loved the Redcoat Band more~
SO thankful Rosie loves her school and her sorority.
Even more thankful she came home for the weekend!!!

{BIG Thanks to Amelia, Aunt Susan and Memommy for keeping the littles!}

Friday, September 25, 2015

SJ's Little Band Bracelet Business~

Remember me saying we met with our social worker over the last week or so?
We love her because she has helped us with half of our children's home studies
and now with CallaAnne so it's like welcoming an old friend back again.

In the times we met with Heather she shared things about her sweet family
and one really stuck with SJ.
She told us her kids had really loved selling band bracelets they made to people in their neighborhood
and SJ decided she wanted to do that too.
(To help bring CallaAnne home)

That very afternoon she gathered her supplies and got busy
with two brothers looking on who would become her partners~
I just happen to share this pic on FB and IG and instantly SJ was in business
with really more than she could believe possible.
Her hope was to sit at the top of the driveway and sell to our neighbors
so she made a sign and I set her up~
She made $2 and was quite proud
but was floored when I told her she had orders for more than 50 online.
It would take SJ, EK, and even Mimi to get the orders filled.
(We are still filling them so please don't give up on us. :)

NOW the background story...

In the meantime while SJ has been making bracelets like crazy,
Scott and I have been talking with a sweet friend at 314 Productions about
shooting a film sharing our adoption story in hopes of moving hearts on this journey as well.
The film will be shot on Wednesday of next week
and would you believe SJ has raised the WHOLE fee for the film???
Isn't God amazing?
That a little business she thought was just for fun
actually made a HUGE difference for CallaAnne and hopefully many more sweet ones waiting for their Forever!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Adoption Timeline Update~

When the decision to pursue an adoption had been made,
 there is a flurry of activity that ensues.

Some Needed and some just plain Crazy.
I admit to both and trying to do it all at the same time. :0

Tons and tons of paperwork Needed to be filled out:
applications, home study documents, and dossier documents
so my desk has looked like this for the last month two weeks~
And over the last 20 days I have finished every single document I needed to complete, gather, notarize, and mail 
trips to the sheriff's dept for criminal checks, medicals at the dr for adults and kids, 
and then to post office~
Those were the Needed things!

Crazy things would be moving ALL the girls to new bedrooms and painting~

Below is Rosie's new room, Bitty girls' where Calla will be also,
and EK/SJ's room~
(Still have to paint the middle room and add bed for bitty girls pink)
At least all the furniture is moved and two room completely done!

We met with our social worker and just waiting for home study to move forward to immigration and fingerprinting.
Thankful for each step closer to sweet CallaAnne~
So very thankful to call her our baby!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Together We Have Hope Everlasting~ {Amazing Opportunity}

I want to invite everyone in and around Atlanta, Georgia to
Together, a support group for adoptive and foster moms.

Here are the details and hope to see you there in October!!!


I know you’ve seen it, the miracle that happens when we come TOGETHER for 

the orphaned child.

Prayer warriors come out of the woodwork to lift high before the throne of God 

families growing in faith and their treasured waiting children.

BTDT mommas and papas spend countless hours encouraging, sharing stories of 

hope and answering questions in coffee houses, fellowship halls and Facebook 


Friends who are more like sisters huddle around kitchen tables and mounds of 

paperwork and MAKE IT HAPPEN.

And then after chasing paper and dreams for months and sometimes years on 

end, it happens. Sons and daughters, once cast aside and called orphans, come 

home to hope and future and family.

Praise God for his relentless mercy and unfailing love!

Months ago Almighty God gave us a vision for another way to come TOGETHER.  

A group of mommas who walk the road, arm-in-arm, as God scoops up their 

families and changes the trajectory of the life of a child in a way that only He can.  

Mommas who worship ‘TOGETHER, study God’s word TOGETHER, laugh and 

cry and share stories and chocolate and coffee TOGETHER.

Join TOGETHER, a support group for adoptive and foster moms

Peachtree City United Methodist Church 

October 6, 2015

6:30-8:30 pm 

255 Robinson Rd

Peachtree City, GA

Not close to Peachtree City?  No problem!  Contact to learn more about how we 

can bring TOGETHER to your community.

Please contact Tamara Robinson, Lauren Kuehn, Kathy Slay or Andrea Sisler 

through Facebook or by email at

Saturday, September 19, 2015


Haven't seen this big of a smile since we left for our vacation~
I think Macy is even smiling!!!
 Best friends back together!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Beach Moments~

We head home in the morning since it's supposed to rain all day
and it will be nice to have a whole weekend PLUS we miss Macy SO much!
Yesterday I awoke to this gorgeous sunrise and no filter was needed.
God is the Great Artist~
 We enjoyed having my sister and Sam down for the day playing in the ocean~
 These four making plans to stay with their Sissy when we go to China :)
 Ending the day with a wonderful dinner @ Lee's Inlet Kitchen~
Love you Sis and Sam... missed Chris and Bec.
A wonderful day!

Today we had a super cloudy day with the threat of storms but we stayed out all day~
 About the time we came in, the bottom fell out and stopped before we go to putt putt~
 This is always the one thing we HAVE to do and it their favorite thing~
 Our goal is not to get the ball in hole as much as keeping it out of the water~
 Evie the expert giving Holly putting lessons. :)~
 We grabbed some dinner and headed back to condo for bed.
We walked in the bathroom to find Evie perched on the counter brushing her teeth~
This girl has skills. :)

A wonderful time away at the beach but you know what we always say...
There is NO place like home!!!
Can't wait to hug our bigs and see our sweet dogs!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Week Away~ {Beach}

Other than home there is no other place we would rather be than at the beach~

 It is a bit chilly in the mornings but perfect in the afternoons~

 SJ has gone on little runs with her daddy each day and builds the best mud castles~

 Sand, tide pools, and waves have made our days so wonderful~
Only thing missing are our bigs, BC, and CA.
Thankful for a Week Away!