Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Time for Football!

Man. I'm feeling old today. Griffin and Peyton have their first football game tonight!  I'm nervous and excited and freaking my freak. I'm terrified, really. They have been practicing since May, so hopefully they are prepared. Yes, all summer. In the 975 degree heat.

Our school is not very old, so the football programs are very young. I could care less if we win any games(of course I want them to win, for their sake) I just don't want them to get hurt. I hope they learn to love the sport and take all their frustrations out on the field! ha!

Please excuse their hair and sweaty-ness! This was right after they got home from practice last night and I was all like, "OH MY GAHHHHHH, look at y'all in your jersey's!!!!" Followed by lots of eye rolling and, "DO NOT PUT THIS ON INSTAGRAM!" haha! These two make me laugh everyday! :)


Friday, August 12, 2016

Immigration Approval!

It's been a rough week! It's been stressful and busy.

Brooks, along with me and Josh, had to deal with something this week that I still can't even talk about on here, which has made me even more stressed. HE IS FINE. He is one brave little boy and we are so proud of him! But let me tell you about the momma tiger in me. Don't mess with HER!

After dealing with the situation I was SO excited when Josh sent me a text saying that we got our immigration approval in the mail that day! PRAISE THE LORD! This is the LAST thing we needed for our dossier to be sent to China! :) It was supposed to take 3 months to get! I'm anxiously waiting on an email/phone call from our agency to tell me when our dossier will be sent!

And, no, she still doesn't have a NAME!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to School!

The kiddos went back to school today! Griffin is in 8th grade, Peyton is in 7th grade and Reece is in 3rd grade! She's all, "When I'm in 5th grade, Brooks will be in Kindergarten!" STOP IT!




Most moms are all  But, I'm all  I used to be in that other mom club. But every year I love summer more and more. It's those couple of months that we get to hog our kids all to ourselves and not have to share them with school. We do what we want and we don't have to be responsible!  Plus, this is Griff's last year of middle school. Boo to THAT! My kids are the bomb diggity and I miss them already!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

USCIS Fingerprints

Josh and I had our fingerprint appointment with USCIS this morning! We had to be in Birmingham at 8:00AM! Yes, that's alot. Up, dressed, kids disbursed and out of Tuscaloosa by 6:30! But, we made it with 10 minutes to spare!

USCIS stands for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. In a nutshell, families who are adopting internationally have to fill out an application and send it to USCIS to be approved to adopt internationally. There's a lot that goes into it but the fingerprints were to conduct FBI background checks. We should be assigned an officer soon that will eventually send us our approval letter!

THIS IS THE LAST PIECE OF PAPER WE NEED FOR OUR DOSSIER TO BE SENT TO CHINA!!!!!

As you can imagine, we are very anxious for this to go smooth and FAST!

Other than today, we are just basically sitting around waiting on other people. That's not much fun, for it to be completely out of our hands.

BUT, WE COULD WORK ON NAMING HER! Yes, please!

We received an email from our agency yesterday and in that email it mentioned that we need to have her named by the time we accept a match! Which could happen at any time...so, yea, a name would be good.





Monday, August 1, 2016

Moving on up!

Our sweet Brooks baby moved up to a new class at school today!! It makes me so sad that he will turn four in this class!


He is such a big boy! He doesn't need our help much anymore with anything, "I super skrong, I do it!" is what we hear all the time!

I'm pretty sure he's super man!

I have a recent little story to share about him. On this past Friday, his teacher called me. She said that they were out on the playground and he had stuffed his ears with this rubber stuff that the playground is made out of! UGH. They weren't sure if they got it all out and since that would potentially cause big problems if they didn't...off to the doctor we went. His doctor walked in the room with a HUGE smile on her face. This was not a surprise to her! HAHA! Such a little boy thing to do! His ears were fine.
 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

150 Million

Friends, did you know that there are almost 150 MILLION orphans in the world? That makes me so sad.

Know what makes me even more sad?

SEVEN percent! THAT'S ALL! That fact should make you think long and hard.

It amazes me that a few years ago this wasn't even on my radar. I was SO happy with my four beautiful kids that I had always dreamed of. I didn't want another child. When I felt the tug on my heart to adopt, selfish me tried every way to ignore it. When I finally caved and started praying about it I watched the Lord completely change my heart right in front of my eyes. I went from that selfish, "I don't think we can raise anymore children." to "Can we adopt 50?!" haha! Pretty sure if you asked Josh he would tell you the same thing.

I remember the moment, actually. I was feeling more obligated that we needed to adopt more so than a "want to". It was a Saturday in early 2015. The kids were all playing in the floor in the living room and I was just hanging with them. Then it hit me and I felt the NEED to have another. (No, I don't care if you think I'm crazy.)

The Lord took something that I LOVE-children-and used it to draw me closer to Him.

I am not in any way, shape, form or fashion worthy of THAT. But, I am so thankful He has chosen us!

My heart is broken for the orphans in this world. These babies that grow up without the love of a family.

Can I just say that if you feel that little tug....just think a little more about it. And pray about it starting right now! :)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Is this thing on?

More than once this weekend I heard, "Have you just abandoned the blog?" So, here I am! haha! I always have good intentions with this space but life is busy right now! Once again I will say that I will try to keep up! 


Well, we finished up our home study in record time! It was supposed to take 4-6 months and it only took 2! We love our social worker and are very thankful for her! She will be a part of our lives for the next several years and honestly that will probably turn into forever! :)

We are on the list to be matched with our daughter and that could happen at any moment now! EEKKSSSS!!! Very anxious for this to happen! Our dossier is almost ready to be sent to China and in all likelihood we probably won't be matched until it's there...but, that's ok! 

Meanwhile, it's been life as usual around here! 




This was the morning that I didn't realize I hadn't put his shoes on until we were pulling up to his school!!! We detoured to the office until Daddy could save the day! haha!

Field trip to the zoo!

My G and P like to drag me out on the go carts and sling me around!



We spent the entire day learning ALL about the International Adoption Clinic at UAB! So thankful we have them!

Field trip to Shark Tooth Creek!


Mother's Day! This is one of my favorite things I have from each of my kids!! It makes me laugh out loud! He thinks I work at the gym but he nailed it with coffee and strawberries!


I have no words for this...melt me!

One day when I showed up to work out at the gym Big Mama was there...and we matched!!

Reece had a color run at her school!

Property Queens at West Alabama Aids Outreach event!

My Lover Love! We celebrated 14 years of marriage in May!


I can't even.

We went to Tannehill...and tried to take a picture..and this random dude hopped in! I felt like I was 12. HAHAHA!





This is Miss Jennifer...she was one of Brooks' teachers this year. She is spending her ENTIRE summer in Uganda working with children! She has also worked in an orphanage in China. So, we basically love her forever! :)

Time for your check up!


Uncle D got a job in NEW YORK CITY and moved way too far away from us!

The kid's passports came in!!!!!

Daddy/Daughter Date night at Chick-fil-A!

Father's Day!

So we have this marriage goal that we have had for a while...

4th of July at no other place than the beach!


Our babies are growing so fast! Time, slow down, but speed up and get us to China! ;)