Loving Saturdays~

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Today was spent just being home...
 yard and house chores,
lot of playing outside,
taking in all the gorgeous blooms,
and grilling a delicious dinner. 
We ALL loved this beautiful Saturday!


Friday, March 30, 2012

Rosie has two beautiful sisters
that are amazing role models for her.
Everyone says she looks so much like Savannah
and she and Amelia share a love for art.
Like Amelia, Rosie has taken art in high school each year
and loved it under the inspirational teaching of Mrs. Ayers~
 Monday evening we were invited to an art show
and absolutely LOVED what Rosie had created from her other love... Photography~

And because two big sisters have poured love into Rosie,
she is able to spill onto her younger siblings
who think she is the greatest~
Rosie, we couldn't be more proud of you.
Thank you to Mrs. Ayers, Savannah, and Amelia
for inspiring one of the most beautiful 16 year olds I know!!!

Ivy Joy~

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Last week I asked you all to Pray for Ivy Joy. She did not get the size valve they had hoped but went ahead with the surgery. She is on ECMO and fighting hard. Hasn't been that long since we brought SJ home from one such miracle surgery and she is living proof prayer and God's grace made all the difference.

 Please lift up IJ and her sweet family in prayer and send an encouraging note. These notes go along way in a time like this. You can read her blog and comment here  
 The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting …” Psalm 100:5

The Rest of the Story~{a lot of words}

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

If you missed the beginning, go HERE..
and now read the rest of the story.

Two days after I learned for sure G's file had not come back
to the shared list, I received an email from a sweet blog friend, 
Kelly asking me if WP used to be at SF...
I already knew where this was headed
before I even finished reading. 
Sure enough Kelly went on to tell me her precious friend Kim
had sent LOI for a little boy about WP's age
and thought they might know each other.

I immediately sent Kelly a message back saying she HAD
to call me right then for an amazing God story.
Ok get the picture...
we only know each other from reading each others blogs,
commenting and emailing some,
and just our adoptions in common,
she lives way far away from me,
and she didn't really know me....
BUT that didn't keep her from calling. 
No joke, one minute later my phone rang and it was her.
After all, adoptive moms and families have an amazing bond
that is just hard to describe except~ God.
Kelly and I talked for such a long time just like
we had always known each other.
We cried about the miracles of God
and how if we were paying attention,
we might get to see Him at work through us!
SO amazing that He would allow me to know Kelly
who in turn knows Kim... amazing!
 The most amazing part of the story???
Kim's family only lives about 3 and a half hours from us...
ONE state over. :)
Our boys will always know each other
and we can even get them together!
About 2 days later,
my phone rang and Kim was on the other end.
You would think awkward but not so. 
It was as if we had known each other forever.
Completely a God moment to be talking
to a precious mama that already loved G
as much as I did~ probably more!!!
We spoke for a VERY long time
and I shared every single thing I could think of with Kim
about her precious son.
That was an indescribable privilege. 
Thank you Jesus!

Kim was to be at the C4C retreat in the coming weeks
with her best friend and wondered if we could meet.
Of course and I was looking forward to it.
The next day she called to say her best friend could no longer go
and offered me her spot.

Go to a retreat,
away from my family,
with a complete stranger,
the mom of sweet G,
are you kidding me God???
I have to be honest...
I really wanted to say no and did put her off a couple of days.
I needed time to pray and talk to Scott.
I wanted to think of an excuse...
of yeah~ money, after all we are in the adoptive process.
I just couldn't shake the overwhelming feeling
God wanted me there and I couldn't say no.
PLUS, Kim's friend didn't want me to pay for the spot~
she was GIVING it to me. HUGE!
What a blessing!!!
I called Kim and yes.
I hung up scared and nervous for what I had just signed up for.
Friday, March 23 came and I left home around 12:30.
Our first session started about 4
and afterwards I roamed the crowd looking for another person
looking for a person. :)
We were texting and I told her where I was standing.
I actually asked her to hurry so my heart could stop pounding.
I heard her call my name,
I spun around to see my new precious friend,
Kim Franks... G's new mommy.
We embraced and began a beautiful weekend together.
We were complete strangers
until a little boy far away @ SF brought us together
in such a God way.
We had the best time and talked about everything
under the sun. Don't know why were were surprised
but we had LOTS in common!
Isn't God good like that??? 
Sunday came too fast for us as friends
but perfect to head back to our families.
We learned lots about each other and MORE about God.
I can't wait to share some great things He taught me
at the retreat in the coming days. 
I SO hope to go again next year
and hope many of you will pray about coming as well.
You WILL be blessed, I can promise you that!

The whole time spent with Kim,
God kept giving me the scripture~

Ephesians 3:20
Now all glory to God, 
who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, 
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.


EllaKate Day~ 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I could barely stand to think EK would be at school today
so we asked her teacher if we might celebrate with cupcakes.
She woke with a smile knowing we would be coming for lunch
and a little celebration~
 She was very shy when they sang to her.
Loved seeing her flower project lying on the table
in which she chose her referral photo to display.
Her class loved celebrating with her.
SO thankful to have such a sweet teacher,
Mrs. Gurley, who cares about EK.
 After we picked EK up from school,
we stopped by my mom's for a little playtime.
On the way home I asked her what she wanted to do for dinner
and she said... Happy Meals.
so she would have one more thing to hang on her backpack~ :)
 A few weeks ago I worked on a digital style Lifebook
for EK made @ Shutterfly.
She opened it after dinner and LOVED it.
Nothing sweeter than reading her story to her~
Lastly we celebrated with a little dog cake
she chose from Ingles~
Happy EllaKate Day precious daughter.
We couldn't be more blessed to love you
and be loved by you!!!
Blessings and love forever!!!

EllaKate Day~ 6 Years...

SO amazing that 6 years ago
our beautiful, beautiful EK became our daughter~
 and I began this blog.


EK is such a beautiful girl inside and out.
She is rocking kindergarten and loves it.
She is a nature girl for sure~ all things outside.
She loves horses and wants to have a horse farm someday.
She is a great little sister and awesome big sister!
She loves books and reading.
She's also a math whiz.

Scott and I couldn't have been more blessed
on March 27, 2006
when we were handed one of the most precious gifts
in our lives.
We love you to God and back sweet baby girl!!!

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, 
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, 
who does not change like shifting shadows. 


Story of a Brother~

Monday, March 26, 2012

Way back last year when we began our wait for WP,
I scoured every person's FB wall 
who had visited Shepherd's Field looking for new photos.
I noticed a precious little boy in a lot of them
and was told G and WP were together all the time.
{Foster Brothers}
 I prayed for both boys through the wait.
Right before we traveled I asked SF if G had been matched
and they said no... through much research it was discovered
his file was lost and needed to be rebuilt.
We went to China for WP in November
and were able to meet G and love on him.
I even held him while visiting their house
and prayed over him~
I felt so strongly in my heart that he was our son too
and began praying God would lead the way.
We traveled home and began our life with WP.
On Christmas Eve, we received word that G's file
would soon be ready and wondered if we still wanted him.
We prayed for a few days and decided yes,
we absolutely wanted him.
 We began our paper chase again 
anticipating G's file being released. 
In late Feb it was actually released to the shared list 
and locked by another family.
They had 72 hours to decide and in my heart I just knew
it would come back since he was our son.
It was an excruciating wait 
{thank you to every precious person that prayed with us}!
 96 hours passed~
I heard a clear word from God,
"Your job wasn't to be his mom...
it was to help him find his mom."
I can't explain it but I had an overwhelming peace
and prayed I might know the family...
maybe even be able to tell them this amazing story.

Now before you think
I sound too good to be true...
I have had such a menagerie of feelings
from why would I would feel SO strongly he was our son
and then not be true... to being overwhelming sad...
to complete unbelief this could really be happening.
Oh it was happening and was only the tip of the ice burg!

If there is one thing I have come to know...
God always has a plan and His plan is always best
even if it is not what I wanted or prayed.

More to come...

Ephesians 3:20
Now all glory to God, who is able, 
through his mighty power at work within us, 
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.



Sunday, March 25, 2012

I've said it before~
There is no place like home.
Had the best of weekends with Kim
and other like minded adoptive moms
but OH so glad to be home!

SO Where~

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I was meant to be this weekend~
 Recognize this scripture?
Yes, the name of my blog and life verse.
God has blessed in so many big ways.
I look forward to sharing in the coming days.
I have met SO many wonderful women this weekend
walking the same adoption journey
in the name of Jesus~ Praise His Holy Name!

Created for Care Retreat~

Friday, March 23, 2012

Together for the weekend~
 God ordained and we were obedient~
To HIM be all glory!

Created for Care~

Thursday, March 22, 2012

This time tomorrow the two mamas of these two boys~
 Will Perry and Grayson (WP's foster brother),
will meet face to face in such a God size way.
There is huge story waiting to be told but not until
Kim and I have spent a weekend together

I have had many friends attend this retreat
(and been SUPER blessed)
but I haven't been able to make it happen myself...
actually never wanted to make it happen really
because I am a home body, 
never leave my family,
and usually have been freshly home from China.
Tried to say no this time but God wouldn't let me.

Thank you to Kim and her best friend for this opportunity!
I will be there soaking in all God has for each adoptive mom.
I fully expect Him to be there blessing our hearts!

Psalm 38:9
You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh.



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Last night while reading blogs
I came across a great activity (here) for the littles' school. 
Haven't shared much about home school lately
so I thought I would share...

I looked in our recycling and found 2 milk jugs,
cut the top out, gathered sticks/dice and we were ready.
Sometimes the most fun things are the simplest~
 SJ loved rolling, counting, and putting the sticks in~
 WP just loved dumping, pouring, and doing it all again~
 There were so many things we thought of to do with them...
EK jumped right in with it after school.
I gave her two dice with numbers on them to 10
and she rolled both to work on addition~
 I can't wait to see what we think of to play tomorrow!

Forever Home~

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

WP has been~
 Things about him now...
~ He loves playing with his trucks and train.
~ He will try anything the girls are doing.
~ He speaks well enough for us to understand him.
~ Still says some things in Chinese and smiles.
~ Loves his sleep... nap and night (always wakes up happy!).
~ He gets along very well with all his sisters.
~ Hugs and kisses so well.
~ Asks to be held all the time.
~ Very attached to me AND Scott... often chooses him over me. :)
~ Loves all his clothes and will say, "Cute!".
~ Independent potty goer.
~ LOVES to eat... everything!!!
~ Milk is his favorite drink.
~ He will get upset at times when he doesn't get his way
but all in all...
He is SO easy and has been a complete joy!!!
Can't imagine life now without a BOY in the house.

Seeing Clearly~

Monday, March 19, 2012

About three weeks ago,
Scott and I decided we needed to get our eyes checked...
not able to see far away and needing help reading up close.
 and you would think this solved all of our problems...
ummm no~ they make us so dizzy,
we feel sick when we wear them.
SO~ still not 'Seeing Clearly'. LOL


Life is Good~

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Each busy with their own creation~
Life is really good!

Saturday Fun~

Saturday, March 17, 2012

It has been the best day just being together
with ALL our children...
Digging for worms~
 Riding with Daddy in the golf cart~
 Moving big stumps~
 Littles and BIGS hand in hand~
 Beautiful Camellias blooming!

 Resting (under the trampoline)~
 Just being together~
 Being silly~
 Washing all the trucks/cars~
 Ending with laying out, playing golf,
and grilling out...
a perfect Saturday!!!

SO Proud~

Friday, March 16, 2012

I don't know anyone that is more proud 
of his new clothes than this sweet boy~
 (New clothes thanks to Sam, Max and Cole!)
 He absolutely loves having short sleeves and shorts on.
Today we bought him new crocs
and didn't take them off all day.
SO Proud!

Please Pray~

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I have a dear friend Mary newly home from China
with her precious baby Ivy Joy.
Ivy Joy has a very serious heart condition
and needs immediate surgery for repair
but there is a big condition~
she needs a human pulmonary valve from a toddler.
That is a very heavy condition for two precious families.
Mary and her family are asking for prayer for Ivy~
 Please join me in prayer for this sweet baby.
You can read Mary's blog @ Loving Life with Lexi.
Please visit her blog and share your love with their family.
My heart is so heavy for them
and we must all be in constant prayer for God's will,
peace, and mercy for all involved.
Expecting a miracle!!!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

You know they say 'the longer it takes for teeth to come in,
the better they will be, and the later they will lose them'?
That would be Rosemary to a T.

She is 16 years old and had to have her last 4 baby teeth pulled SO...
she could finally get braces TODAY~

 One Word~ Beautiful: before AND after.

Smile. Life is beautiful, and so are you.