Monthly Archives: February 2013

2013
02/27

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Family

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Owen’s 2nd bday party!

We had a great time with all of our friends and family at Owen’s bday party! Just counted and there were 53 people including all babies, toddlers, children, and adults. Definitely missed a few families but had lots of fun. The Bounce house/slide was a hit! We have loads of hotdogs left if anyone would like some! We asked for donations for the teen MOPS program at our church, instead of gifts for last years bday and this years bday and we got tons! Everyone was so generous and we are so thankful to have such amazing friends! Nate and I love having our friends and family over to our house if you don’t already know that, parties are our favorite. It was definitely worth the clean up (or will be once I finish cleaning up, Ha!), that’s how we know if a party was a good one.  I asked Nate what his favorite part of the party was and he said it was when Owen found him and gave him a hug.  Owen is a sweetie like that, he is always keeping tabs on where we are and if he needs some love he is more than willing to come and get it.  After the party we had some of the family stick around to open a few presents that they had brought for him.  He played the rest of the night with his toys, but was ready and willing for bedtime.  Thanks again everyone who got to come to Owen’s bday and make it so special for him. 

2013
02/26

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Personal

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Volunteering…Kid’s Crew

I was just blogging about how I love to volunteer and felt I should share an opportunity with some of you who really would like to volunteer but are overwhelmed with finding a place to volunteer at. Currently I volunteer for an amazing organization, Alliance for Children. They have a “Kid’s Crew” that goes to Cook Children’s and sits with children who have been in an abusive situation (to the point of hospitalization) and their guardians are not allowed at the hospital due to pending investigations. These babies and children are stuck in a hospital either bored or wanting/needing to be held. We all get an email when there is a child at the hospital and then sign up in 2 hour shifts when we can make it. So even those of you who work full time can volunteer on weekends and/or evenings. Sometimes I go months without any emails. I recently told a friend about this and she suggested that I tell more people. So let me know if you want any additional info. There is a 1/2 day Saturday training in order to volunteer, but it’s very informative and interesting. There is no better feeling than the feeling after helping someone. Promise you won’t regret it!

2013
02/26

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Personal

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Love Languages

I have talked about the love languages in a previous post but I had this crazy thing happen this evening. As I was checking my email, trying to avoid writing a paper that is due tomorrow, I came across an email from Habitat for Humanity. I have been wanting to volunteer for this organization for many years and signed up for their email list about 1 year ago. (Background) Nate is two days younger than I am and he loves bdays. (Sorry dear, it’s true.) So we always try to get something together that’s really fun and shows each of our personalities. Last year we had a whole weekend thing because we turned 30. I love, love murder mystery dinners and wanted to dance (also a favorite of mine) so we went to the grapevine theater for a murder mystery dinner and glass cactus to cut a rug. Now Nate loves all things sports so the following day we went to a Rangers game. (Back to Present day) I told Nate several months ago that this year I wanted to do a service project with any friends that wanted to join in for my bday. Low and behold the email comes tonight and the service project is April 6th the day before my bday! Back to the love languages; my love language is “quality time”, but I somehow got it in my brain that the way to show love is “acts of service”. Unfortunately, Nate’s love language is not “acts of service”, his love language (he said I could tell) is “words of affirmation”. Anyway due to my need to show love I may go a bit overboard with volunteering. I have been working on scaling back but it’s very difficult for me. Regardless I am so excited to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity on April 6th. If anyone is interested in joining us, please let me know!!! I am truly encouraged by God’s perfect plan on a daily basis, which brings me to the saying, “it’s funny how things work out.” Is it funny, or just more info that God is in control”?

2013
02/26

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Our Adoption

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Choosing Adoption

In the short time we have been going through the adoption process I have noticed that a lot of people have asked why. Which is a question that I don’t mind answering at all. In fact, I really like answering this question. I want to make it clear that Nate and I are adopting because we truly want to adopt. We want to love and raise another child. We feel that there are A LOT of kids coming into this world that need a loving family. We are that, a loving family that wants to grow. We are choosing to have the experience of adoption because we think it is a wonderful and amazing thing. I cannot say enough how brave any woman is, that becomes pregnant unexpectedly, and chooses to make an adoption plan for her child. I will be forever greatful to our future birth mother for her hard decision and sacrifice. Ever since we were turned down from Gladney for being fertile I have been thinking about this concept. Gladney’s reasoning made sense, the birth mother’s (often times) would rather their child go to a family that is longing for a child and is unable to have one, specifically a first child. Nate and I are choosing adoption, because we want to adopt just as badly as we wanted to have Owen. I would also like to say that I truly feel for any couple struggling with infertility. I am not saying that people who are infertile and choose to adopt only do it because it is there second choice. I don’t believe that is the case, I just believe that adoption is a wonderful and amazing experience that anyone wanting and able, should experience. I do not know what it might feel like to be in that situation and would never wish that kind of pain on anyone. I just want to reiterate that anyone who chooses adoption no matter which way they do it should be encouraged and supported. I believe that God wants us to support the orphans whether it’s through fostering, adopting, volunteering, financially, or another way.  I hope I did a good job of explaining our feelings, kind of a hard blog to write.
James 1:27

2013
02/25

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Family

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Owen is gonna be two tomorrow

Owen turns two years old tomorrow. I can’t even believe that it’s been two years since I held him for the first time. I can still remember crying in the hospital when they took him to the nursery right before we checked out of the hospital. I did not want to be separated from him for one second. He has such a fun, loving, and laid back personality. He loves to laugh and “shoot baskets”. We decided to invite some of his friends over for a sports themed bday tomorrow, since sports are his favorite thing right now. (Apple doesn’t fall far from daddy’s side of the tree!) We also made a trip to the Sesame Street musical with our friends Ambur and Brayden this morning. Owen loved the show! He kept yelling “Abby!”when she came on the stage, apparently we have moved on from Elmo. So I am going to sit and reminisce, maybe shed a tear or two. All those ridiculous moms were right when I was a kid. They grow up too fast! Man, I hate when my mother is right!:) Just FYI, Owen was totally freaked out by the costumed characters running around before the show, he was clinging to me like a monkey and physically shaking.  Halloween may not be as fun this year.