Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Recap: Dossier/ Soccer Weekend

Since I managed to fail so miserably at posting everyday for one solid month, wanted to play catch up on a few quick things.  First, the day we subitted our completed Dossier was a FANTASTIC day.  First, Bell and I went to the Capitol building together to have everything authenticated and do some shopping together, which was followed by two days of copying, scanning, and burning documents.  On August 5, we mailed it in after praying over it and I think my heart was beating pretty fast that weekend waiting to make sure it made it to Gladney safe and soundly. 

As soon as we left the Post Office, we were off for the weekend to Bentonville, AR for Bella's Regional soccer tournament.  The girls ended up getting third place and qualifying for World's!  It was so HOT, but I could watch them play ALL DAY LONG!  So fun!!  We all had a great time .....
Love seeing these girls pray before each game...thanks Coach!

Four little monkeys in one hotel bed!

First Day of School Pics

Here are the traditional first day of school pictures...always standing in the same place, always giving me the "I can't believe you are making me do this" smile.  Love this 5th grader, 3rd grader, and Kindergartener.  Julia will start Mother's Day out next week for the first time and can't wait!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Last day of summer

So the last day of summer vacation came and went and school started yesterday.  It was a tough day for me...always is, but I cried and moped around and cried some more pretty much all day long and then felt insanely guilty for wasting an entire day feeling sorry for myself by the time my head hit the pillow last night. Watching the kids grow up into strong, self-confident, kind-hearted people is the best feeling in the world even when it is sooo hard to let go and watch them take off! Here are some pictures of our last relaxed day of summer feeding the horses, riding bikes and being together....


Tuesday, August 9, 2011


We are officially on the WAITLIST as of today...August 9, 2011.  So excited I can hardly stand it! Our Dossier is on it's way to D.C. for Authentication and then will be headed straight to Ethiopia.  I know that God will grant me the patience and endurance to run this long race, but man do I want my little boy in my arms.  I keep finding myself zoning out of what I should be doing in order to continually calculate if or when he was/is conceived based on our age preference.  Praying that the Lord will give me peace beyond my own understanding as we begin this long wait.  It's easy to trust in God's timing in all of this right now, but I imagine I will be wavering on that in a year from now.  Holding tight to the fact that I want what He wants for our family, not what I want for myself....a lesson I need in so many areas of my life if I really dig deep.  Can't wait for this incredible season of spiritual growth for Randy and I, as we are being molded more and more each day!