9/8/16

WE ARE MATCHED!


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WEEEEE ARRREEEE MATTTCHHEDDDD!!!!!!!!! AND THIS IS HOW WE FEEL ABOUT IT!!

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 WE ARE OVER THE MOON EXCITED!!!!!



This match has been a longggggggg time coming. We've been in this adoption process for three years now, and can't believe that it's finally happening!!!!!! We are just in complete SHOCK!!!

We got THE call last Friday the 2nd at 4:07pm. I'll never ever forget it. The Lord's timing in all of this just blows us away. Last Monday and Tuesday we were really struggling with what the Lord wanted us to do. We knew our home study update was Thursday morning and we had to make a decision if we were going to continue with our adoption through our agency or pursue another route. We begged the Lord for a clear direction and wisdom. Wednesday, I received an email from a complete stranger who told us she felt the Lord leading her to cover our home study update fee. WE WERE BLOWN AWAY! We knew it was completely from the Lord and we took it as our clarity to move forward with updating our homestudy with our agency. Thursday morning, our social worker came over to update our homestudy. During her visit, she told us of a birthmom (BM) who was very interested in our profile book. Of course, we got excited over the news, but I didn't really think much would come of it because of all the nos we had gotten in the past. Well, Friday afternoon, I'm prepping our home for a shower I was throwing and right in the middle of putting up some decor my social worker texts me and says that the BM who is interested in us is at the office asking more questions about us. I told josh and just IMMEDIATELY started praying that by SOME MIRACLE she would want to meet us. Not 15 minutes later, my phone rings....

My social worker said "she's pretty much picked y'all, she just wants to meet Wednesday". WE WERE IN SHOCK!!!!! It was THE LONGEST WEEKEND OF MY LIFE. We told the news to some family and close friends so they could be praying. Wednesday finally rolls around and Josh and I just kept saying "is this real life????" The ride up there was quiet. We prayed and prayed and prayed.

Meeting her was the most surreal experience of my life. I just kept staring at her like a weirdo because I couldn't believe she was sitting there, choosing us. The meeting couldn't have gone any better. She is all things lovely, strong, beautiful, and courageous. We love her dearly! We left the meeting unsure if we were officially chosen until my social worker texts us confirming she did choose us and wanted to move forward with us!!!!!!!! AGAIN, IS THIS REAL LIFE!??????!!!!!!!!!!!


We rode home in just complete shock of what had just happened. WE ARE MATCHED!!!!!


This sweet baby is due September 30th!! Just a few weeks away!! We were cautious in sharing this news because nothing is official until papers are signed, but we wanted to share and celebrate the Lord moving!  and ask for LOTS OF PRAYERRRRR!!!! please consider praying for us, our BM, and baby daily!!

-Please pray for our BM. She is an amazing woman who we love so much already! Please pray for her emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Pray she has an easy pregnancy these last few weeks and an easy and healthy delivery. Pray for peace for her and strength. Pray the Lord draws her to Himself and gives her great peace.

-Pray for the sweet baby! We don't know gender yet, but should find out soon. We won't share publicly until baby is born for privacy reasons. Please pray for health of this baby and safety during delivery.

-Please Pray for our BM's family. Pray they will be supportive and encouraging for the BM. We want her to feel as loved and encouraged as possible.

-Pray that the Lord would allow this adoption to come to completion. We are hopeful and excited and trusting in the Lord. He makes all things new. He is sovereign. And He is faithful. And even if this doesn't work out, HE IS STILL ENOUGH!

Goodness, I feel like I just word vomited all of that out. We are celebrating what the Lord has done and so thankful for how He works! SOLO DE GLORIA!

8/22/16

Baby Registry with my favorite Baby Cubby


 I've been trying to keep a running list of the few things we will need if/when we receive our placement. Yesterday marked ONE YEAR of being on the wait list this time around. I never thought we would wait this long, but we are trusting the Lord to provide in His timing. Still, I thought it would be a good idea for my own sanity, to make a list of things I need. We have so much already for our kiddos that I just need a few items. I've been putting off doing this because I had a hard time finding everything I needed in one spot.

I discovered The Baby Cubby last week. Basically, this is an online store/community for parents. All Baby Cubby items are handpicked by parents. Their items are price checked daily to make sure you get the best deal, and I don't have to worry if the item I'm picking is safe for my child, because they do all the research for me!


I've found every item we need on their website, and it's giving me major baby fever. I created a registry of my favorite items for when we get our placement call. 

A few of my favorite things:

 Sakura Bloom Chambray Sling

I'm in desperate need of new baby carriers. I love the idea of a sling for when they are tiny. I LOVE this color!!!

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4Moms MamaRoo

 I've heard people rave about this "swing". The current swing I have works great, but it's older and only swings in one position. This Mamaroo has 5 different settings! If you have one of these, what are your thoughts???





Freshly Picked Moccasins - Green Camo
I've owned a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins before. And needless to say, WE LOVED THEM!!!!! These little studs never come off their feet and are crazy durable. I pretty much want them in every color. But these camo for a little boy give me all the feels. 




Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier
I've been wanting an Ergo ever since I borrowed my friends for our trip to New Zealand two years ago. I was so so impressed with it. I wore W in it for hours upon hours and my back never hurt. I was even able to nurse her while wearing it. 

Baby Jogger City Select Stroller with Second Seat - Silver Frame - 2016 Amethyst
We MAJORLLLYYYY need a new double stroller. I've been researcing options for a while now, and I've been impressed with Baby Jogger strollers. This particular stroller even comes with a gilder board for older children to stand on! THREE BABIES can fit on this thing.... YES PLEASE.

 Little Unicorn Marindale Backpack Diaper Bag
And last but not least, my favorite diaper bag. I've been eyeing this one for a while, and I think I'm going to bite the bullet and buy it. I have multiple friends who have it and LOVE it! I pretty much want everything Little Unicorn sells. 

If you are expecting a little one soon, I highly recommend shopping through The Baby Cubby before anywhere else. I don't even have to check Amazon, because they price check through them. They aren't just an online store, they are a resource for parents navigating through parenthood. Oh, and did I mention free shipping on orders over $49! HOLLA!!!

Do yourself a favor and check them out. I was so excited to discover them, I just had to share!


7/31/16

July Recap

July flew by insanely fast! Once we got home from our trip to Branson, I blinked and it was August.

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 all the morning sass.  photo IMG_7655.jpg photo IMG_7661.jpg


died my hair purple before a girls trip to Nashville with some ladies from my church. Over 30 women went and we had the best time!  photo IMG_7692.jpg photo IMG_7695.jpg
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Josh and the kiddos had fun while I was gone! They went and got doughnuts and broke in their new car seats.  photo IMG_7699.jpg photo IMG_7698.jpg  photo IMG_7747.jpg
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I sure was thankful to get back home to these babies! 
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 love these toots!
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Reading with Aunt Erin! photo IMG_7797.jpg


 Willow has really gotten into purses, baby dolls, and playing dress up lately! She was thrilled to play with Jovie and wear all her dresses! photo IMG_7839.jpg


 All the princess sass!
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 Christmas in JULY! photo IMG_7874.jpg photo IMG_7879.jpg photo IMG_7891.jpg


 My brother and his sweet wife had their baby!!!!! Lincoln Allen YOU ARE SO LOVED!!! I can't WAITTTT to get my hands on this baby! They moved off recently to North Carolina and we miss them like CRAZY! photo IMG_7895.jpg photo IMG_7898.jpg



7/12/16

Annual 4th of July getaway!

For the past two years we've gone on a quick getaway for the July 4th with my parents. It's been such a fun tradition!! This year we decided to go to Branson, MO for a few days. We stayed in the nicest condo and thoroughly enjoyed the time away!

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This girl. She's the best little travelor.  photo IMG_7238.jpg

 We got in late Sunday night, ordered pizza, hit up walmart, and called it a day. Monday morning, July 4th, we went Downtown to the landing and walked the river and ate lunch.  photo IMG_7259.jpg
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 Happy Fourth..... PLANE!!!!
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 watching the fountains down by the river!!
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 passed out after lunch on the river. We let them snooze for about an hour until we went to Silver Dollar City. photo IMG_7270.jpg

Spent all Monday afternoon and evening in the park! photo IMG_7275.jpg

 C LOVESSSS thrill rides. loves loves loves. The kid wanted to ride everything possible!  photo IMG_7282.jpg
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 That night we went for a late night swim and played with fireworks!
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 Tuesday morning we woke up and did Silver Dollar City again. Josh and I left the kiddos with my parents and went to ride a few rides with my little brothers. They were clearly thrilled to be waiting in line.  photo IMG_7413.jpg

 Their favorite part was the tram ride back to the parking lot.  photo IMG_7457.jpg

 We took naps before heading back down to the river landing for dinner! photo IMG_7458.jpg

 Oh and ice cream. ALLLLLL the ice cream! photo IMG_7477.jpg photo IMG_7490.jpg photo IMG_7510.jpg
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 The river that night felt incredible, so we lingered a little on the docks.  photo IMG_7571.jpg photo IMG_7573.jpg

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 Wednesday we packed up and decided to go to a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum because it was raining. It was actually alot of fun! Afterwards, we grabbed lunch at the YUMMIESSTTTT BBQ restaurant. I'm craving it right now major!
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So so thankful for this trip away. Right before we left we got a call about a possible match. It didn't end up working out (5th failed possible match), so I was extra thankful we were on this trip to take our minds off things. Thanking the Lord for all this time as a family of four!