Friday, April 24, 2015

4 years ago...

4 years ago 
we met these two incredible boys!!

Wow!!!!


How our lives have changed!!


They have changed us forever!!!


It was an amazing week that we were able to spend with them,
getting to know them just a little more every day!
Never did we image what God had in store for us 
over the next 4 years -
but we are incredibly thankful to have these incredible boys 
call us "family"!


Unfortunately, 
we had to leave them for 2 months
but we got back to them as soon as
our paperwork allowed!!! 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One step closer!!!

I woke to a sweet, sweet email today!!! 


Our paperwork for our babies 
has
reached the next stage!!!


Article 5 has been issued!!!

What does this mean?

It means we are one step closer to our babies!!!

Two more steps to go 
and then we can confirm 
travel arrangements!

Please pray for our kiddos!
Praying God is preparing them for this huge change!
Praying they are happy and healthy!
Pray for us as we confirm travel
and make plans for the kids at home.
Momma is getting anxious!!! 
I just can't wait to hold these precious babes!!




Friday, April 17, 2015

Addicted to adoption?

Soon we will be celebrating 4 years 
since we first met Donovan and Elijah!!!


I get nostalgic as we approach the anniversary 
of all of our children's first meetings 
and family days,
and the precious photos,
the only glimpse we had of our children 
before meeting them.


This year is a little harder because we are missing 
Laynee and Miles something awful!!


 The other day, Donovan came out of school,
got in the car and said...
"I can't wait until July!"

I was kind of confused because his birthday is in June,
and this is about the time he starts talking about his bday!

I asked him, "why July?"

He answered,
"Because you and Daddy will bring home 
Laynee and Miles!
I can't wait to meet them!!"

Ohh how I love his heart!! 

I think my younger kids "get it" more than most people.

They remember the wait 
for their family to come get them.
They remember the pain of being alone,
and of being scared at night.
The pain of hunger in their tummies, 
and for some of them the pain 
of physical abuse. 


They amaze me at how they can decide to love,
and trust.
(even though some take longer than others!)


Jorja, who doesn't like physical contact at all,
ran up to me the other day 
and about tackled me with a bear hug!!!!

I was shocked!!!!

(We usually get a high-five or fist bump.
Once in a while, we can get a side hug.
But, if that is all she can do - then we will work with that.)

Since the day she gave me that BIG hug - she has been giving me hugs everyday!

Today, she gave me another big ole' hug -
and said,
"That feels good!
I didn't think that would ever feel good."

It can take a time - 
but it is worth it!!

We are often asked if we are addicted to adoption...
I guess in a way we are! 

Addicted to seeing hope enter the eyes of our children 
who once had no hope.
Addicted to sharing the love of Christ with our children
who had never felt the love of Christ.
Addicted to being a wild and crazy family -
who learn and grow together!!!

But, believe me - every adoption journey is different,
and definitely comes with a bit of fear!
Fear of the unknown!! 
We are nothing special - 
but our GOD is bigger than any challenges that we may face!


We can't wait to bring Laynee and Miles home in July!

Laynee has many medical questions in her file-
but thankfully none of them are a surprise to God.
We are excited to see HIM work miracles with our little girl!


Some questions have come up recently about Miles too,
but we know that God has everything under control!!


If you would like to help us on our journey to 
bringing them home we would truly appreciate 
your prayers, please pray 
as we prepare the kids at home,
pray that Laynee and Miles are getting the care that they both need,
and that their hearts are prepared to meet us.

If you would like to help us with our adoption fee's 
we would truly appreciate your donations too.


Each Puzzle piece represents a donation of $10.
We will add your name to the puzzle!
(Lots more puzzle pieces left!! ) 

You can donate on the paypal button on the side of our blog.
We truly appreciate every donation
and especially every prayer!!


Thank you so much for joining us on this journey 
to our "babies"!!





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Incredi-boy!!!

This boy!!!! 



Wow!!!
We are speechless!
Which I guess is good because then 
we just give God all the glory!!!

Our boy was so excited to be in his school program!

Normally, when Elijah gets excited 
he also gets anxious 
(which he did),

and unable to focus on anything else
(which he did),

and is unable to regulate himself 
and have a hard, hard time...
which he DIDN'T!!!!!



It has not been easy!
Not easy for Elijah or any of us -
but he is so worth it!!!

So proud of our sweet boy!!!

And he was proud of himself too!!





Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Back in the game!!!

Guess who is healing sooo incredibly well 
that he gets to get back to 
regular activities!!!

Ohhh yea!!! 

Hero Hagan!!!!  


Ohhhh yes, 
we have official word!!

He is released 
and able to join his friends in PE and recess!!!


God is so good!!




Thursday, March 26, 2015

A new boy!

So, y'all know how much I admire Hagan!

If you have been around this blog for any amount of time,
you know that 
he is our medical miracle for sure!!

And look at him now...

2 months out of school,
4 months in a back brace...

our boy was becoming complacent.
He never whined about his circumstances,
but he also knew that it was too hard to 
do many things -
so really,
he became a couch potato!

But look at him now!!

Leader of the pack!



He's walking to school with the rest of them!!
(actually Hagan is running to school - 
he has to take at least 2 steps for every step the other kids take)

So proud of our little man!


He was nervous about going back to school -

but ohhh how happy he is to be with his friends!


He loves to play 4 square outside with our kids and the neighbor kids.

He truly has a new spunk that I've never seen in him!


He's never felt so good!
We had hoped to not have to do this surgery for a few years - 
but I think we made the right choice!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Baby boy... for now!


Our little guy will soon be loosing his status as "the baby" of the family.

We're not too sure how he's going to take this -
but knowing Griggs 
he will take it all in stride.


Cause he still has his big sissy wrapped around his little finger!


And will fight for her no matter who tries to comes between them!


Good luck Bobby Joe,
she is all his!! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Break 2015

After snow/ice days weeks before -
I, personally, wasn't ready for Spring Break...
but the kids were!!


We had a nice time at home just hanging out and 
doing a few things around town!

Here's just a snippet of what we were able to do!

Jailyn attended the local SPCA camp!
(Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)


She loved every minute of it!!



And we were strong - and don't have a new puppy!

Though it is hard to say "no"!
Jailyn wants to be a foster momma - 
maybe one day,
but right now, I'm not ready for that,
but I love her heart!!



We went to see Paddington with our friends Jackie and Joshua.


and lunch too!


What a great movie!!
Jailyn was at her camp,
and disappointed that she missed the movie - 
but reassured when I told her that we would 
by it when it comes out in DVD!


Even Conner had noting but good things to say about the movie,
and he is our movie critic!


Elijah was doing so well that he was rewarded with his own 
play date with his buddy Joshua!


I love these two!!!


Donovan and Jorja love art!
We were able to get them into an art class!




They sure loved it and are very proud of their work!


Great job Donovan and Jorja!!!


Between rain days, we were able 
to get in a park day with friends!


We love our park days!!!


Jailyn has been wanting to go ice skating -
and was able to go with some gym friends!


Happy Birthday to our friend J!


one of the best things about our gymnastics team -
is the sweet friendships they have all made!
S was a good skater and helped Jailyn!
It was so sweet to see these two sweet girls!



Along with making many, many creatures and projects 
from old boxes and construction paper -
Hagan and Elijah's favorite thing to do 
we all had a great 
 Spring Break!

We are incredibly blessed
and thankful to all of my Plexus business,
without Plexus we would have been stuck at home -
not being able to afford any of these fun things!
Incredibly grateful that Plexus supplements
make me healthy -
but the business opportunity allows me to afford to 
to give my kiddos things that I couldn't otherwise!!

Incredibly blessed! 


Monday, March 9, 2015

E is excited for school!

This boy!

This boy!!


Did I tell you...
this boy!!!


I can't believe how much he is enjoying school!


He is finally feeling safe.


And respected.


He loves his special ed teacher,
and trusts that when he leaves her classroom to 
go to general ed classrooms
he knows that she will still be there for him
when he returns.

Elijah was so excited for Open House that his teacher 
did have a hard time getting him on the bus 
to come home that day.

He didn't understand that he had to come home 
and then mom would bring him back.


And really, I wasn't going to bring him -
you know the stress of crowds and the unknown
at the end of the day usually sets him off.

But, he was so excited that I couldn't say no.

So, off we went!



And he was so proud to show his classrooms 
to momma and siblings!!!

He is doing great!
He is up to spending 3 hours a day in general ed. 
(this is huge as a year ago he couldn't do 20 minutes a day!).

And taking pride in doing his work!!!! 


I am so proud of how hard my boy works every single day!!
Every minute he struggles to deal with the trauma that he had to endure. 


God is so good and HE loves my boy!!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Texas in March???

Who would have thought that we would be 
pulling out our snow gear again!!








Some very happy faces!!!





Best snow day!!




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