15 April 2014

i missed Christmas!

We tried to be intentional this Christmas and be all-in with our kiddos. We did a little advent tree and had a list of fun Christmas-season things to do. (note to self, don't overwhelm yourself or you will dislike the month of December.) We visited Christmas lights around town (perhaps a few times a week) and watched Christmas movies and made Christmas cookies. I did almost all my Christmas shopping on amazon which made the season even more delightful! A pain deep in my heart will always be the lack of actual winter here in AZ. Don't get me wrong, I am so thankful for beautiful weather, but it just doesn't feel like Christmas without snow. At least our kiddos don't know anything different ;) This winter was especially warm, but we cranked the heat and turned on Christmas music as often as we could. We watched the Polar Express on a regular basis and White Christmas at least once a week (you think I'm kidding.) We watched it enough for Jack to learn this song.

This Christmas Eve I made John's favorite ham and cheese rolls his Grandma made when he was a kiddo and our kids loved it! (which is a rare thing in our little fam.) We kept some nice and warm in tin foil until daddy got home, but couldn't wait for him to eat. I also made this delicious potato soup (per a friend's recipe) and we chowed down for days on that.

Get ready for picture overload.

It amazes me how much Jack has grown even since these pictures were taken.

We also rode on the Polar Express with Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Justin, Aunt Leilani, Aunt Maggie and cousins Andy and Aaron. It was so much fun! Grandma and Papa came up early to make cookies with us. 

this is just so them.

our ham and cheese rolls. we may or may not be watching a veggie tale christmas movie.

Christmas morning!

that's a fake fire, for the record.

 our birdie was happy to just chow on raisins.

these two were busy for hours.

and little miss had to remove both her's and her dolly's clothes.

merry Christmas in April!!!!!!

13 April 2014

flashback to winter part 2

This winter we spent a lot of days indoors. We ventured out on occasion, but the allergies started early. 

Zoey and Jack have discovered a deep love for painting. Especially Zoey. She could paint 6 pages of doggies in one sitting--and the girl is good. She's into detail and I will find her leaning over the page, focused. She also loves the color pink. She calls most colors pink, but all the same.

Jackboy loves to color his cars. He doesn't yet realize that a week or so later I wash all the washable paint off, but in the meantime he loves it. 

I'm still torn what to do with all the creations. I keep a couple, but I am a known hoarder, so I try to restrain myself.

We also started going to gymnastics on Monday mornings in mid-January. It was a lifesaver. Such a great way to start the week and Jack loves it. It costs 3 bucks for the first kid and 1 for the second so for a total of $4 dollars for one hour your children get all of their energy out. It has helped Zoey with her walking/climbing/jumping/running in amazing ways. It's been so awesome to watch her grow stronger and work those little muscles!

They've also developed this little relationship that makes my heart sing. They really love to be together and I could write full-on novels about their conversations (one sided, for now. Lucky Jack.) and games that Jack mostly talks her into. Zoey loves him so much and when he's gone she asks for him and even yells out for him the whole way home. I am so thankful that they've connected and hope it creates a life long friendship for the two of them.

In early February a few of us ladies from Cornerstone had a small gathering at a dear friend's home. It was called the if gathering (you can learn about it here.) It was such a great way to go deeper, listen and watch incredible speakers and worship together. It was truly a growing time in the Lord and in our friendships. I wish we could do one once a month.

I really love these kindred souls.

10 April 2014

flashback to winter part 1

We have probably been outside only a handful of times since about February. So sad to write that. Our winter was so short this year (and included about one slight snowfall) and things started blooming mid-February. Our allergies went crazy. Mostly for Jack and John, but us girls often wake up in the morning full of sneezes and snotty noses. We have beautiful trees in our backyard that are the very culprit.

We love you trees and don't want to cut you down, but can you please be done blooming?

But ya know what, we'll take it. Allergies and all. Because, I mean…this is seriously beautiful.

08 April 2014

been awhile!

I have missed so many moments! 
I've captured them, not to worry, just not on this blog.

This winter (if that's what you want to call it here) went so fast I can hardly believe Easter is next week. I'm going to try to stay caught up on this (though never a guarantee.)

Our biggest life change is that we have stepped out in faith and are hoping to adopt a little one from Haiti (you can follow our journey at www.uponwater.com) I've had such a strong desire to adopt since I was a little girl, but since getting married and having two biological kids, the timing just didn't seem to fit. In January John mentioned adopting our next kiddo to which I was both shocked and in awe of God's incredible timing. We're trusting in God to provide funds and know He is faithful. Our hearts are all in, but unfortunately, international adoption is very expensive. We're praying for the funds and trusting God will provide.
Our hearts break for those without families, without a mom and dad. God has been revealing His heart for adoption and how it mirrors our adoption into His family. I've been reading this incredible book and it was as if all these thoughts and questions I've had for so long were answered in a book by someone who also felt called to adopt. We can't save all of those without families, but by His grace we can rescue one. And hopefully raise them to know and love Jesus. 

So, entering into that journey has included filling out paperwork, collecting passports, birth certificates and all sorts of materials (mostly during nap time.) We're nearly done with our home study and are about to enter into getting documents together for our dossier. 
Then the waiting portion begins.
But we thought it would be worth it to work hard in these last couple of months to get the documents together so we could get dive into the waiting process.

And in the meantime, we watch Jack and Zoey grow. We've talked about the adoption; about getting a little sister from another country. We know the wait may be long, a couple of years perhaps, but we know that in the waiting we hold onto the heart of Jesus and know that He's using that time to equip and grow our kids and open their hearts to the idea of become a new type of family.

Zoey turned 2 in February. My girl is growing up. She's so hilarious and busy. My, is she busy. 
She keeps us on our toes.
She awakes around 1:30am, comes into bed with us (wants to snuggle in the middle) and I usually retreat to her big girl bed around 2 and then she greets us for the day around 6:45. This morning Jack woke me up at 5:45 and said, "Come on, mom. The sun is up! It's morning!'
Too early, kiddo.
The next hour was spent being kicked from behind and asked a dozen times "is it time to get up yet?"

They are so fun. I have so many pictures to add and share, more will come soon!

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