Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Larger than Life!!!

This young man, I can't say this little guy anymore because he's 11!!

This young man,
is larger than life to me! 

He has such passion and convictions! 
And a silly sense of humor!!


He is confident in himself,
even though he has been bullied on so many levels!

His brother and partner in crime bailed on him
for camp this year. 
(that's an entirely different story)

But, Hagan, when given the option to cancel his camp experience, 
he refused!

He didn't care if he would be alone. 

He didn't care that he would be the only Little Person.

He didn't care that there were activities that he probably wouldn't be able
to join in on or be the best at.

He said that he wanted to go so that he can learn more about God.
He wanted to go to camp and learn how he can have a closer personal walk with God.
He wanted to go and grow!

Oh how I love this boy oops, young man!!! 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Stay on the path given me!

God is making me a new creation. 

One would think he would get tired of chasing after me.
I'm so thankful he has never given up on me. 
Instead he allows for growth, even through the pain. 

He knows that I am comfortable on the beaten path. 
The path that is well worn, with not too many curves!
He knows that if there is even a small rock on my path, 
I will trip right over it! 

The insecurity of going a different direction,
not knowing where it may lead... scares me!!!
Can even paralyze me! 

Many people think that I'm adventurous... probably because 
we've gone off the beaten path a few times to bring our babies home. 
But to be completely honest, 
every child God brought home to our family, 
we followed HIM in fear!  
Many times I've even had serious conversations with him, 
"If you want to close these doors - that'd be okay!" 
I did.

God shows us the journey HE has for each of us individually.
Even when it's not what we have dreamed or imagined!
Even when the path is painful and hard-
He is faithful and holds us closer.

His plans are so much bigger than our minds can fathom!

Isaiah 55:8
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are my ways your ways,
saith the Lord. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

Tag Team Parenting at it's best!

This wasn't the first time, 
and won't be the last, I'm sure! 

But to parent our kids for their individual needs  -
sometimes it means that Bryan and I go our different directions!! 

During the day Dad took us to a Car Show  -
a very, very hot Car Show!
 and some goofing off along the way!

Three little monkeys!!

This was Griggs' favorite!!

Hagan was getting over heated!!
Thankfully Big Brother is always willing to help him out!!

Mom bribed everyone with the promise of yummy popsicles if they had good attitudes!!

We love this shop downtown!!

After a relaxed dinner at home,
 Bryan took Conner, Donovan and Jorja to an FC Dallas soccer game! 
With fireworks!!
2-0 WIN for FC Dallas!!!
Whoop! Whoop!!

I took Jailyn, Elijah, Hagan, Laynee, Griggs and Miles to see a movie!! 
I wanted to see Toy Story 4, but they choose Secret Life of Pets!
and NO fireworks!!
and a some what normal bed time!

Some of our kids can enjoy fireworks up close,
and some can enjoy them from a far,
and some ... just the thought of fireworks causes incredible anxiety!!

Some of our kids can handle crowds, 
and some need small events,
and some need silence to be able to regulate themselves.

We're just a family trying to allow some kids to have bigger experiences and 
allow all of our kids to feel safe in their environment!

And though I had more kids with me,
I had some one the easiest! haha!
And definitely the ones who like taking selfies with momma!!

Fun and good memories were had by all!!
Isn't that what freedom is all about!! 

Monday, July 1, 2019

back at it!

It's been a long time since I've posted on my blog...
and ohhhh how I miss it!! 
Not sure if you miss my posts but I miss this type of scrapbooking! 

In the past few years as a family we have experienced a roller coaster life  -
so many ups and so many downs!!

But through it all we it all we have 
helped each other through our struggles,
respect each others pasts,
continue in honesty 
and grow closer as a family.  
(even if we are a little chaotic!)

Family is everything!!!

So, let me introduce or re-introduce you to my family!!! 

We, Bryan and I, have been married almost 29 years!
(July 27th is our anniversary!)
We have three biological kids!
Amazing kids who have grown into incredible adults!

Brady, Kenzie and Conner

Brady is married to our sweet Terrinika,
and have two beautiful kiddos - Hakia and King!
And are expecting their third precious treasure, Bella Mae! 

We are blessed with 8 children through international adoption. 
(China and Ethiopia)
Jorja, Donovan, Jailyn, Elijah, Hagan, Laynee, Griggs and Miles.

(photo includes our grands)

and our precious treasure, Ivory Marie, who never made it home to us but 
 has been walking with Jesus for almost 2 years.

We are passionate for the orphan, and for special needs children and adults.
We are learning how to navigate through the broken world of mental health, but will do what we can do for our son.  

Welcome to our world! 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Jailyn is a teenager!!!!

13 years ago I had the worst pains in my stomach and back!
Like seriously!! 
I felt like I was having contractions for about 18 hours! 
I couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, 
couldn't get comfortable - 
the pains would come every few minutes!! 

I have never felt those pains again.

11 months later  I saw this little girls file!

And learned her birthdate: 9-30-2005
The same weekend that I felt those contracting pains!!!
I knew then that she was my daughter!! 

Jailyn Hope,
you have grown into such an amazing young lady!
You love with all your heart
and give your friends and family your all!

 Cheesecake was her choice of birthday cakes!
Mom's first homemade cheese cake - not too bad!

You've always been spunky and large than life!
You can command a crowd like no one I know! 

Your gymnastics coaches rely on you to help lead your team
with spirit, strength hard work and perseverance!

You are always there to help mom with whatever needs to be done!

You are an amazing young lady 
and you're just getting started!! 

Love you Jai!
Happy 13th birthday!! 

Monday, May 14, 2018

My baby loves babies!!

My boy is obsessed with babies! 

I’ve wondered where this came from...
this love/obsession for babies. 
He notices ever baby in public and 
makes sure I take note too. 

He notices every baby birdie, 
baby gecko, 

And if he doesn’t see the momma he gets very concerned for the care of the baby. 

He’s not interested in holding a baby but wants to make sure the baby is being taken care of! 

In every public restroom he asks about the changing table and goes over how a momma should keep her baby safe while changing their child’s diaper.
Which spills into how mommas should 
take care of their babies daily.

His concern is deeper than just thinking a baby is cute, 
but the hole in his heart is so big and so deep! 
The unanswered questions he has about himself as a baby overwhelm him.
 He doesn’t know what he looked like as a baby. 
He doesn’t know what he weighed when he was a baby.
He doesn’t know exactly where he was born. 
Why wasn’t cared for with unconditional love.
Why wasn’t he treasured for who he is.
Why was he left to fend for himself at such a young age.

So many questions that will never be answered for him. 
These questions weigh my baby down!! 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Market Day!

Such a fun school tradition! 

Market Day!

Creating a business plan, creating their products,
and selling their product!

Hagan loves to write Comic Books,
so he wrote a 3 book series of 

Captain Boxer

I love his creativity!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Making a difference!

Last weekend at Jailyn's gymnastics meet
Jailyn and I were blessed by an amazing lady!
A stranger, who within minutes made us feel like family!
She didn't have too!
But, she did!
And she made a huge impact on us!

So, Jailyn and I stayed at a hotel that was across the parking lot from Cracker Barrel!
Of course we decided on breakfast there! 

Neither Jailyn or I could sleep -
so we made our way to breakfast early.

We were seated 
and soon our server came to chat with us.

She was a doll!
She chatted with us and Jailyn told her why we were there.

Ms. Kelly wrote down Jailyn's name and told
her that she is going to be praying for Jailyn through the day.
"Praying that she does her best.
Praying that she has fun.
Praying that she and her team are safe,
and praying that Jailyn will be proud of her skills today!"

I got chills!!

Of course Jailyn had to go back to the next morning 
to show Ms, Kelly her medals!

Ms. Kelly was so proud of her!
She even called to her friends at the restaurant,
"This is Jailyn, that I told you about yesterday!
Look at her medals!!"

Ms. Kelly, 
you are amazing!!
You are an amazing encourager!
You are a gift!! 

You taught us a very important lesson in caring for your neighbor! 
Even if we may never see each other again! 

Mark 12:31
"Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment 
greater than these."


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sigma Theta Tau International

Last night we were able to celebrate Kenzie at her
Sigma Theta Tau 
Si Iota Chapter
Induction Ceremony! 

Top 35% of her class!!

Kenzie has worked so hard in nursing school!

Though I think some of her work just comes naturally!! 

 (So happy Conner was able to join us!!
He's a busy college kid too but he always takes time for his sister!)

Nursing is a gift and Kenzie was definitely blessed with this gift!! 

Balancing science and compassion 
comes easy to Kenzie!! 

Kenzie and Camden! 
Aren't they cute!! 
Love ya Cam!

Sooooo proud of you Kenzie!!! 

Ephesians 4:10
"God has made us what we are.
In Christ, Jesus, God made us new people so that we would do good works.
God had planned in advance those good works for us.
He had planned for us to live our lives doing them."

Monday, April 9, 2018

New Life in Christ

Romans 6:4
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that,
 just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, 
we too may live a new life.

Hagan has been wanting to take the step 
of baptism for over two years!

Because of his many, many surgeries - 
he choose to wait until he could be dunked!

Two weeks ago
I told him that our church was having a baptism...

He couldn't believe he was finally healthy and 
could take this step of obedience to God!

I am so thankful for my Hagan 
who is a giant man of faith! 

God has used Hagan and will continue to use him in Mighty ways!

A new life in Christ!

"I'm not afraid - I trust my Lord" - Hagan Anderson


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