Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My {Dearest} Perry

My sweet boy-

Mommy is sooooooo proud of you!  Six months of being a BIG brother!  And, in my book, six months is a big deal.  

A really big deal.  

And dude...You've totally rocked it!!

I know it hasn't always been easy.  I know it hasn't always been fun.  I know it hasn't always seemed quite fair.  

But my sweet baby, you are learning and growing, and getting even better every single day.  

I've seen your patience lengthened, your love stretched, and your laughter multiplied.  

It has been my utter privilege and immense joy to watch you grow into this awesome BIG role God has in store for you.  


Jack Cruz is soooooo lucky to be your little.     

And I am so. very. proud.  

{thankful for}
sunshine
hand-me-down skateboards
toothless grins
rainboots
inner joy
time
new mercies every morning
 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happy Six Months Forever {and Big Brother Day}


I truly can't believe it has already been six months since this little bundle of sweet-firecracker was placed in our arms.  On one hand, it seems like he's been with us a lifetime and on the other, it feels like we just hopped on our plane home from Korea yesterday.

The love and laughter he brings to our home is immeasurable.  His spunk is not to be rivaled.  He loves his big brother like crazy and loves to edge on a sibling spat.  He gives hugs and kisses freely, belly laughs like St Nicholas and talks the entire live-long-day.

There is never a stranger that is not shocked that he is only 2 1/2.  This boy is a big 'un.  Bigger than any three year old around... and some four year old's to boot.  Coupled with his size, he is as strong as an ox and as active as the energizer bunny.  It is no shocker that all the ladies at Holt lovingly nicknamed him PowerMan

He eats anything you put in front of him, but junk food is always guaranteed to be a success.  He is still addicted to cokes and candy is his love language.  His two favorite things ever though would have to be his blanket and pillow.  

To celebrate Six Months Forever & Happy Big Brother Day, JC and I brought some yummy Subway to school to eat with Mr. P and then after pick-up we headed in town to grab a few shaved ice treats.  It was a fun way to commemorate this happy little milestone.  I can't wait to celebrate a lifetime more!


{thankful for}
forever
the best big brother ever, learning more everyday
the bravest little PowerMan
pink roses and Krispie Kreme Donuts

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ever hope for or imagine. Eph 3:20    

A Day Out with {Thomas}

Our family has this thing with radio contests...we are those that believe you won't ever win unless you call in.  In college, I won things pretty regularly thanks to my lucky pink flip phone that redialed over and over faster than all the other competition!


My IPhone doesn't have quite the same winning streak as Ole Pink Lady, but lucky for me my Mom's phone still has the magic touch!  She called earlier this week to let me know that she had won tickets to A Day Out with Thomas and wanted to give them to Justin and me to take the boys to.  We had gone before when Perry was Jack Cruz's age, so we were super excited to get to show our newest little Thomas-lovin' boy what it's all about.


As soon as Jack Cruz laid eyes on the Thomas engine, he lit up and started squealing and shaking his arms up and down like a little hummingbird!!  It was for real the cutest thing in quite some time!  Perry, on the other hand, was old enough this year to put two and two together to realize that Thomas didn't talk or use facial expressions...so we had to do a little fibbing and assure him that in Sodor its Sir Toppam Hat's magic that helps all the trains come to life.  And with that bit of explanation he was good to go.  He really loved it all too and was very excited to be there, but a little piece of me realized that he is growing up so very fast, and soon I won't be able to keep all the magic alive for him.  But I will hold on tight to and deeply cherish the magic while it's here!

{thankful for}
radio contests
beautiful Spring weather
FOURever family moments
the magic of childhood
some cool new train sets
peanut butter and cheese crackers

Monday, April 13, 2015

Two Little {Indian} Boys







{thankful for}
a photography class that is pushing me to try new, exciting things
a quick break in the rain
a Grandaddy that makes us a tee pee in 15 minutes after I say, "Hey Grandaddy,
I'd *really* love a tee pee for this idea I have!" 
STUNNING evening sunlight
my two little {indian} boys

Friday, March 27, 2015

Red Cake {Yumminess}

Doing a little guest posting on my sweet friend, Nancy's, blog this morning.  


You definitely wanna hop on over and get my Grandmomma's famous Red Cake recipe.  

It's a little piece of love, from our heart to yours. 

And enjoy getting to know the Crazy Nine... because they are pretty much awesome sauce.

{thankful for}
khaki pants
odd side jobs
forgiveness and grace
vanilla candles
the tiniest sprinkles of spring
weed flowers, graciously gifted every afternoon

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The {List}

We've done A N O T H E R round of sickness over here.

Seriously.

I can't even.

And despite doing an epic job at keeping up with my Project{365} this year, I haven't downloaded the majority of my photos.

And I ran across this cute list on a feed I follow and thought it would be super fun to break the silence.

*So, here is my list*

Reading: The Best Yes, my Bible (my one year plan is realistically looking more like the three year plan)

Playing: Design Star.  We have some plans up our sleeves and that means our house needs to be getting market ready.  So, we've been trucking away at our #onegiftcardatatime master bathroom, just ordered some flooring for 4 spaces in the house, and have a small craft room in the works.  We are also playing bedroom basket turnover as soon as we get the floor in.

Watching: Well... was watching... seasons are in that breaking point and we really don't have anytime anyway with Pman's new ball schedule.  So, up until last week we were shamlessly addicted to The Bachelor and Switched at Birth.  I'm also a Duggar fan and have enjoyed seeing their realities unfold this season.

Trying: To cherish every single day.  hour.  moment.  Our family has gone through some big changes recently and patience from everyone is a must.  But even in the trying times, I'm truly trying to cherish the moments because I know how fleeting they are.  Best advice I was ever given (shout out Sista Shasta!) was: The days are long, but the years are short.  {que the tears...}

Cooking: Pork Chop Bulgogi, Macaronni and Cheese, Rice, Corn

Eating: ...ate... two mini cupcakes and a few lime tortilla chips for after-school-snack

Drinking: Sweet Tea.  All day, everyday.

Calling:  I haven't called a single person all day I don't believe.  It's really hard to talk with Jack Cruz in the background.  Even if he's all happy go lucky.  And he always takes the phone from me anyway.  That cruise ship director guy that keeps calling is gonna have to brush up on his Korean before he gets anywhere...

Texting: My Bible study girls.  I love that we can 'converse' all day, everyday, about {EVERYTHING}

Pinning: Some dream home ideas, farmhouse tables, colorful bunting, craft room storage, and anything with a white sofa.  Because it was be a whiiiiiiiiiiiiile before I can purchase a white sofa.  Can I get a Momma-of-boys-woop-woop?!

Tweeting: I tried twitter for .2 seconds.  There are no pictures.  Kinda like this post.

Crafting: Cut boards for my farmhouse craft table this weekend.  Scouting out the right boards for the legs this week and hopefully will be able to turn them next week.  ... building is considered crafting, yes?

Doing: Swinging on my front porch, listening to my kiddos playing in the mud behind me, typing this blog post

Going: to ball practice this evening.  Pman is on the 5/6 year old ball team and we are literally scheduled for practice/games 6ish times each week!  With some not starting until 7-7:30 and lasting about an hour and a half each!!! HOLIZE COWZ.  Five year olds, people.  Five.  And did I mention they aren't allowed to use a tee?!  ... I'm like dying over here.  I refuse to fuss at Perry for playing in/throwing/eating the outfield dirt.  I seriously wouldn't mind a tee.  Nutso.

Loving: THIS WEATHER!!!!  Oh My Stars, fabulous.  And that my kiddos are currently head to toe mud balls.

Hating: That they are wearing their BRAND NEW WHITE {were white} monogrammed St Patty's Day T-Shirts.  At least that's a one day holiday.

Discovering: More and more each day that I L-O-V-E being a boy mom.  I have always dreamed of a little girl.  So has Justin.  And we both still do.  But last night I actually looked at our boys across the dinner table... ok, Taco Bell's table... and whispered to Justin that the crazy part of myself thought it would be really super awesome to be starring at three little boys.

Enjoying: The one person swing my grandparent's gave me for my birthday two years ago... that I'm currently swinging in.

Hoping: Like I mentioned above, we have a little something dancing around in the background that's had a few roadblocks and we are really hoping for and looking forward to that being ironed out.

Celebrating: St Patrick's Day!!!  I love a good excuse to whip up the boy's some festive shirts the night before!

Smelling: Dinner seeping through the windows.  Because they are up.  Because this weather is AH MAY ZING

Thanking: God that Perry is currently hugging Jack Cruz and checking on him and saying he's sorry, since he accidentally just whopped him in the head and slung mud in his eyes.  Oops.  No seriously, this is huge.  Like parting the red seas BIG.

Considering: Hmmmm.  You know.  I am considering something right now.  But its in the pray-about-it stage and I'm not quite sure I'm ready to lay all my cards down on the table right this second.  I'm mysterious like that.  And nope.  Because I know everyone's thinking it, we're not planning another pregnancy or an adoption.   Well, actually we definitely are, but not for this very second. ;)

Finishing: My afternoon unwind and relax time.  Because its time for homework, dinner, and ball time.

Starting: Laundry.  Because my boys are LITERALLY mud from head to toe.  Those shirts are totally ruined.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Our Blanket of White

Remember that last post when I said we were all finally feeling better and all healthy again?  Yeah.  That lasted about 48 hours and we were back at it again.  Colds, sinus infections, strep throat, and ear infections this round.  


And though two of us were still feeling pretty crummy, there was no way we were not playing in this year's blizzard.  

And yes, all my northern friend folk, to us Alabamians, 3/4 inch of snow is considered quite the winter storm! ;) ... But to our sweet surprise, we got a little more this year... some even getting 8-10 inches!!  (The 'crazy' amount of snow started about 2 minutes North of us, but we got just enough to have lots of fun, but still be able to grab some take-out cheese dip from the local Mexican restaurant down the street! Phew!)


{thankful for}
a snow week
a hubby that brings home surprise cheese dip
two snow angels
a dapper little snowman
two rosy noses
snow boots
a triangle bathtub
peppa pig
snuggly blankets
labradoodles
the sweet reminder that He washes us white as snow

Our Adoption Timeline

  • June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
  • July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
  • September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
  • October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
  • October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
  • November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
  • December 1, 2011- Filed our I600a
  • February 1, 2012- I600a Approval Letter
 
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