Thursday, August 30, 2007

And she's one...


Dear Sweet Maya,


Today you turn one year old. I really can't believe it's here. I look at you and you look too little to be that old. You have brought so much joy to your mama's life this past year. We share a special little girly bond that I hope lasts a lifetime. I think it completely surprised me how much I feel that mother-daughter bond. I love it! I must say girl, you are getting so funny. Making faces and being silly. I love seeing your sense of humor develop, you need it in this family! And then you have your sassy side, and sassy it is! You keep us on our toes with your curiosity and desire to explore. I always pray I will learn how to reign in that spirit of adventure when needed, and also know when to celebrate it as a special part of who God made you to be. I know God has a perfect plan for you life. I just feel so blessed that He gave you to us to be a part of this family. I can't imagine it without you. The other night I went in to check on you and you woke up. I scooped you up and just rocked you and held you. I know these times are fleeting. Soon you'll outgrow my lap. So I just sat in the dark and hugged your warm little jammy self, smelled your sweet hair, and wished and wished the moment could last forever. I know it can't. You'll grow up and leave this house and maybe even have a family of your own someday. But for today, you're just one, and I'm going to enjoy it. We're going to sit and feel the breeze of this beautiful day coming in through the window, I'm going to hug and kiss you a lot, and I'll probably even let you get away with a little more trouble than usual. I hope you have a fun-filled day trying new things. My heart just swells in my chest almost to bursting when I think of the love I have for you. I love you sweet baby girl. Happy Birthday!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

In case you haven't heard...

First, I have to start this out by saying if you weren't at Apex this weekend, you seriously missed out. My sweet and wonderful husband did an amazing job speaking. He's usually behind the microphone with a guitar, so delivering the message tends to make him a little nervous. This week it didn't matter how he felt, because God had something to say. He did such a great job clearly communicating what God is doing in our midst right now and what He truly desires from His church. And...if you didn't already know, you heard this weekend that Phil and I are adopting. This has been brewing in our hearts for a while now. We've prayed about it, talked about it, researched it, and we are now at a place that we know we would be straight up disobedient if we didn't do it. We are so excited to begin the process! We are getting ready to put our house on the market, and once it sells and we are in a new one, we will be sending in our application. We are waiting until we get in our new house just because a home study would start as soon as we're approved, so we wouldn't want to go through that process twice. We know God's timing is perfect in all of this. We plan on going through America World because we are so impressed with their programs and the way the Word is infused in everything they do. We will be going to a seminar next month to hear more from them and also from other families who have used them. Right now we are leaning toward getting our new little family member from Ethiopia. This is something that has been in the forefront of our hearts and minds, so I couldn't really keep blogging without sharing it. God is calling us to step out in faith, and even though it's easy to get overwhelmed and scared, we're ready! We would absolutely love your prayers as our family prepares to begin this exciting new phase of our lives! Here are a few links to some other blogs I read that are using the same organization and adopting from Ethiopia. They might help give you a little more insight into the process.

http://www.blessingsfromethiopia.com/
http://www.thedudafamilyadoption.blogspot.com/
www.youbelong.net/thecavitts
http://www.twomorewaals.blogspot.com/
http://www.scotthimes.com/
www.totsites.com/tot/journeytoafrica/journal

Thursday, August 9, 2007

I'm Baaack!

Ok, so I was gone longer than a week. I just haven't had much chance to blog lately, and every time I come to post I've been drawing a blank. A lot has happened in the last few weeks, so I don't even know where to start. I'm going to take the easy way out and list some random things.

- Phil went to a conference in Texas for a week. God is really using that and has been doing a lot in the midst of our family. You can go here to read about one facet of it all. More details to come...

- Gibson is no longer wanting to stay in bed at night. He gets up and comes to the gate countless times. We've tried a million different things and aren't sure what to do next

- Maya will turn one in exactly three weeks. What?!

- I'm planning a little fall shopping trip with my Mom and sister (And all four kids! Yes, we're crazy)

- Phil had a birthday. We went on a fun date and saw Bourne Ultimatum. It was seriously AWESOME

- I finished reading Night, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Peace Like a River. I don't think I can explain how thouroughly I enjoyed each one of these books. Loved, loved, loved them!

-My Mom is having surgery in two weeks. Pray!

-I found a fun farmer's market near our house that sets up every Wednesday. I've gotten some great, cheap produce and our family has completely fallen in love with the homemade bread from one of the stands. We missed it this past week and are currently in mourning

Ok, I'm sure there's more, but I will stop boring you with the "list" format. Hopefully I can finally start to keep up with posts!