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2014
05/26

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College Reunion

It’s been 10 years since I graduated with my bachelors. At 18 years old I went to college. I was very naive and ridiculously gullible. Nate can attest. I had lived in quite the little bubble growing up. When I was a senior in high school I remember saying that my goal was to go to a college that I didn’t know anyone. Well I ended up 30 minutes from home at North Texas with a high school friend as my roommate. I was accepted at my other two schools Oklahoma Christian and Univ. Of Oklahoma and I am not exactly sure why I chickened out of going to OU (my favored school). But after that first semester of UNT I knew that was not the place for me. In November of my freshman year Nate and I broke up and my papaw passed away. I remember laying in bed in my dorm room thinking why didn’t I go to OU. That next morning I woke up and tried to figure out how I could reapply. Turns out you are accepted for the whole school year so within days I had told my parents I wanted to switch and set it up with OU that I would be there in January. I was scared to death but just knew without a doubt that’s what I was supposed to do. One of the best decisions I ever made. College changed me big time. More specifically all my roommates, my friends, social work classes, changed me. My views on religion, politics, life, did a complete overhaul. I was definitely not the person I wanted to be back then but it molded me into the person I am today. I got to attend the wedding of my college roommate yesterday. She is one of the most fearless and full of life people I know. She was walked down the aisle by another BFF from college and it was beautiful. The groom is yet another friend from college days so it felt pretty much like a reunion with all of the guests. I had the best time seeing all these familiar faces and hearing about their new paths. Love them so much for being good friends then and now. Wish I had gotten more pictures!

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2014
05/19

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Family
Our Adoption

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Adoption Day

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I previously shared with everyone in a blog, Baeya’a “Official” Adoption Day that we were headed to the courthouse in Dallas to finalize Baeya’s adoption. Thought I should do a follow-up to let y’all know how things went.

We arrived at the courthouse to meet our attorney that the adoption agency had recommended. When we went into the courtroom the judge entered a few minutes later. He asked everyone to stand and swear that we would all tell the truth. There were several other families there for adoption hearings and more. We were the first to be called up by the judge. Our attorney asked what Nate’s full name was and then proceeded to ask several questions to which Nate answered yes and no. The questions included odd things like, “Do you understand that Baeya will be apart of your family for the rest of your lives?” Ummm. Yea, I think we’ve got that part. And other questions like, ” Have you completed a home study with your adoption agency and passed?” Check. When Nate finished answering the questions, our attorney asked me my full name and if I agreed with all the answers that Nate had given. Once that was over the judge ruled that we were a family and came off the bench to get a pic with us, which was nice and we were told doesn’t always happen.

So now…We are done. Done with seminars, trainings, book reports (yes, this happened), social worker visits (even though we loved her dearly), support groups, doctor reports, and monthly reports. Lucky for us, we have several friends that have adopted and will continue to be as much apart of the adoption community as we can. I believe that adoption is one of the most beautiful physical representations of God’s love and hope that our story, Baeya’s story, will continue to encourage others to consider open adoption and orphan care. Here are some pictures taken by my very dear friend Caroline, who was very brave and brought her camera to the court when we were told it wasn’t allowed. Turns out security let her right through after making her take everything out of her camera bag! She is an amazing birth photographer so just in case you are interested and/or would like to see more of her amazing photographs check out http://www.carolinecarmackblog.com/.

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I completely forgot to give credit to my other wonderful friend Elizabeth who took the Easter pictures that were on Baeya’s “Official” Adoption Day and did an awesome job of capturing Owen and Baeya’s personalities. You can check her out on facebook at Simply E3 Photography and Design.

2014
05/08

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My Projects
Our Home

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Baeya’s Nursery

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I have been putting off posting pictures of Baeya’s room, it will, I’m sure, continue to change but I figured it was a bout time that I went ahead and posted since it has been SIX months now. I really wanted it to have a touch of girly but not too much, just in case she grows up to be a little more on the tomboy side. Didn’t want to peg her into the girly side just yet. As you may recall this poor room was Owen’s playroom and I was duped into thinking neon green was a good idea, just in case you are wondering…it’s really not!!! Owen’s Playroom/Future NurseryDisneyland Camera Pics 055

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2014
05/08

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Family

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Disneyland

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Nate has a short line rail show that he goes to annually and it just so happened to be in San Diego this year. So how could I let him suffer in horrible San Diego all by himself? We planned for me to meet Nate out there and we could have a weekend away. As the show creeped up on us we realized that the rail show was within our 6 month adoption window by one week so we had to change our plans. (We are not allowed to leave Baeya overnight before the adoption is finalized.) So we switched it up and decided to meet Nate in Anaheim and hit up Disneyland. And I am so glad the plans changed. I am pretty sure I had the most fun on our trip. There is absolutely nothing better than seeing your kid so happy. Carsland is at California Adventure Park and if you have spent any time around Owen, you know he carries “Whightning” and “Cisco Nulli” in his hands a good 85% of his days. My parents were able to come with us which made meeting Nate in Orange County a whole lot easier, along with everything else. We were able to use our British Airway points on flights for Owen and I. Our Hilton points covered 2 nights at the hotel, which made the trip a lot less expensive. Yet again, thank you Nate and your points obsession. The day we left, Baeya turned 6 months old which makes her half bday pretty memorable. When Owen turned 6 months we were in Branson, I think Baeya got the better end of that deal. We had an early flight on Friday and were able to hit up Disneyland that day, the next day we went to California Adventure Park, and the third day we took a break and hit up the beach and aquarium.  Our last day we went to Disneyland again, but I wish we had gone to one of the parks the third day for the evening festivities (fireworks). Definitely need to wait until the kids are a little taller to head back and ride the bigger rides, but overall Baeya was able to ride almost every ride that Owen was able to ride. I highly recommend the Buzz Astro Blasters ride and the Toy Story Midway Mania ride, my two favorites. The kids were such troopers. We bought Owen a new Towmater and Lightning McQueen before we left and he played with them in every line waiting on the rides, not complaining once. Baeya did so good sleeping when she could catch a few mins. in the stroller or someone’s shoulder and loved the rides. The time change didn’t even phase them because they were so tired from all the adventures they slept until at least 7 every morning. We had already planned a trip to Disneyworld with my family for next summer and I can’t wait! Grow Owen Grow, I want to ride some more rides, and of course visit Hogwarts! Disneyland Iphone pics 031 Disneyland Iphone pics 032 Disneyland Iphone pics 033 Disneyland Iphone pics 034 Disneyland Iphone pics 036 Disneyland Iphone pics 038 Disneyland Iphone pics 039 Disneyland Iphone pics 041 Disneyland Iphone pics 042 Disneyland Iphone pics 044 Disneyland Iphone pics 046 Disneyland Iphone pics 047  Disneyland Iphone pics 050 Disneyland Iphone pics 052 Disneyland Iphone pics 056 Disneyland Iphone pics 057 Disneyland Iphone pics 059 Disneyland Camera Pics 063 Disneyland Camera Pics 068 Disneyland Camera Pics 069 Disneyland Camera Pics 070 Disneyland Camera Pics 072 Disneyland Camera Pics 073 Disneyland Camera Pics 074 Disneyland Camera Pics 086 Disneyland Camera Pics 091 Disneyland Camera Pics 093 Disneyland Camera Pics 094 Disneyland Camera Pics 096 Disneyland Camera Pics 099 Disneyland Camera Pics 102 Disneyland Camera Pics 103 Disneyland Camera Pics 105

 

2014
05/02

Category:
Family
Our Adoption

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Baeya’s “Official” Adoption Day

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There are things that, like anyone, I thought would definitely happen in my life as I grew up. For example, when I was little I thought I would marry my high school sweetheart (thanks mom and dad), sorry, probably a bad example since this happened, but most of my “plans” for the future changed dramatically during high school and college. Except one thing that was a constant from the time I was little. I wanted to be an adoptive mother. I have written before that this has been something on my heart for many many years. I thought about what it would look like, I thought about the process, and I thought about the kid(s) over and over. Now, today, “officially” I become Baeya’s mom. I have loved every second of the last six months and never considered that Baeya was not “officially” my daughter. In case you haven’t read our story, here is it, Fritzel Number 4

As soon as her birthmother handed Baeya to me and said, “here is your daughter”, that was it. Game over, she was a Fritzel.

Nate and I were talking about how strange it is that we are going to see a judge, who has never met us, so he/she can tell us that we are a family. I mean seriously, that’s old news, haven’t they been reading my blog?! JK. Either way, don’t give Nate and I any reason to celebrate because you know we are going to take you up on it. So we are celebrating God’s perfect plan, connecting us with our ridiculously wonderful daughter and of course, being a family of 4.
I also want to highlight a few milestones in Baeya’s life. She turned 6 months last Friday, went to Disneyland, started eating food 3 weeks ago, and started sitting up 2 days ago (she may still be a bit propped but it still counts). Things I adore about her: she’s stubborn, she has the best laugh, she adores her brother (this is completely mutual), I can tell she’s super smart, and I hate to bring in looks but I mean come on, with those dimples!

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