Thursday, May 14, 2015

Take Me Out to {Perry's} Ballgame!


Perry's team was kinda the underdog team of the bunch this year.  And we consider that pretty stinkin' lucky because aren't the littlest littles the absolute cutest to watch sift dirt through their gloves pick flowers stand there and watch the ball roll by play?  

Like, ever?! 


So to up our anty, somebody decided these little giants needed some war paint for the last game.  

...Maybe we shoulda tried the scare tactic back in March...


It might not have made too much of a dent in the other team's confidence, but I have to say I think it gave our little guy's a little pep in their step.  Despite still feeling a little puny from his four day sickness over the weekend, Pman totally rocked his last game.  Two AWESOME stops at third base and a rockstar hit to the outfield, along with an RBI or two.  


But no matter the number of wins or losses, a little league baseball uniform means precious little league baseball pics.


And that, my friend, makes for an AWESOME season.

{thankful for}
new ball park friends
learning first from third
getting to hear little ones yell "TIME!"
snacks after the game
ball park sunsets
growing confidences
a daddy that loves to be involved

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

{Super} JackCruz

 Because when life gives you a child who wants to be naked as much as he does, you throw a cape and some 'goggles' on him and start snapping.




{thankful for}
little boy underoos
the superhero within
a cape and some 'goggles' hanging out in the dress up drawer
fresh sheets

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Happy {Eighth} Anniversary

Today marks eight years since two babies stood at an alter before God, friends, and family and said, "Yes" to forever.  


And that was the very best decision I have ever made.  

I am one that believes that you can find love with more than one person on this planet.  But, I don't believe everyone finds love with their best friend.  And that, I have been lucky enough to do.  

We are just alike enough to make things compatible, and just different enough to keep things interesting. 

Some of my favorite things about him:

He loves cheese dip as much as much as I do
He has a passion for the fatherless
He texts me from the outfield
He tells me I'm beautiful and he couldn't love anyone more regularly
He throws our boys up in the air and tickles them like crazy
He can't go to the Humane Society without coming home with a dog
& He makes the BEST omelets on the planet

This guy is awesome and I'm forever grateful that He's mine and I am his. 

*My biggest regret from our wedding day is not purchasing more photo prints.  We have a gorgeous photo book with hundreds of pictures in it, but very few to actually frame for around our house or to scan in for a blog post.  So, I just take blurry Iphone pics of the ones we do have. ;)* 

{thankful for}
one day more

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Slaying {Dragons}


"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist.  Children already know that dragons exist.  Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed."  ~G.K. Chesterton

I love going back through my Bible and reading the notes I took during specific times or seasons I have been through and really reflecting on what God was trying to show me then and figuring out how that same principle or lesson could apply to my life today.  

Recently, I have been going back to a passage I studied at an adoption conference a little over a year ago.  In Exodus 33: 7-11 we are told about Moses entering into The Tent of the Meeting to speak with God.  While God was meeting with Moses, a pillar of cloud would come down upon the tent and settle at its entrance.  We see that when the meeting was finished, his young aide Joshua would watch Moses exit the tent and would remain there to soak up the holiness.  He would watch Moses to see how he responded and how his actions would reflect the knowledge he had learned.  

There are so many things to take away from these few verses, yet what has just been resounding in my heart is that Joshua watched Moses.  

I think it is so very important to be mindful that our children are watching us go into The Tent of the Meeting with Our Lord.  And not only are they watching the defining moments in our lives, but they are witnessing our everyday and ordinary.  They are watching to see how we will respond to His orders and teachings.  They are watching to see how we will react when things don't quite go our way.  They are watching to see if we view ourselves as worthy and use our talents gifted from Him.  They are watching to see if we treat others with kindness, mercy, and grace.  

They are watching.  They want to see how we will respond. 

And they will internalize what they see and become what we teach.

In mothering little boys, one area in particular that I feel so very important to model for them is that with God, all things are possible.   {Matthew 19:26}

When things are tricky, I want them to see their Momma persevere and put her faith in our Savior.  When things look grim, I want them to see their Momma rally with hope and prayer.  When things are clearly unfair, I want them to see their Momma seeking justice for the broken and finding peace in the fact that this world is not our home.  I want them to see their Momma overcoming fear, trials, and tribulations simply by knowing and having a relationship with The One who has already conquered all these things.

I want them to see their Momma slay some dragons.

And I want them to know that they can do it too.  

{thankful for}
living scripture
trials that bring Him glory
childhood imaginations
that the victory is already won

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

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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