Monday, May 16, 2016

Adoption Q & A!

I feel like I left everyone kind of hanging after we announced that we are adopting! It wasn't intentional AT ALL, we've just been super busy preparing for things and well, the blog was neglected.

People are stopping me everywhere I go asking questions about the adoption...which makes me SO EXCITED! I decided I should do a post with some of the main questions that we get asked A LOT!

The number one question is ALWAYS:

WHY did we decide to adopt?

So, I've had adoption on my brain for years. Years and years. Hubs and I had talked about it briefly and thought that maybe one day we would adopt. But that's all the conversation was. We have our four beautiful biological children and thought our family was complete.We took measures to not have any more biological children.

In the fall of 2014 I started really thinking more and more about adopting. I didn't really talk about it with anyone seriously but things just kept popping up and reminding me that maybe we are supposed to adopt. Things like random radio commercials about adopting. One day I was riding down the road with Reece and she just blurted out, "Can we have a foster child?" Um what? There are other random things that I will have to go back and add...can't think of them at the moment.

I kind of blocked out adoption at this point because I really thought maybe it was not the right time. Brooks was only a year old at the time and I guess I just thought the kids should be more grown before we pursue it? I don't know why I thought this.

Fast forward a few months and the random things started getting me thinking about it again so I started praying about it. This is when things started coming at me out of control! Everywhere I turn it's in my face. One of the main things was that I was thinking about was how much it would cost...and almost the very same day my sister and I got TWO full price offers on a flip house that we had for sale! TWO FULL PRICE! At this point I feel like the Lord is like "HELLO!!! I can't BE anymore CLEAR APRIL! I've got this, you just have to say yes!"

When this happened I decided that I better talk to the hubs. I filled him in on everything that was going on and I thought that maybe he would need a few days to process but no. At first I really didn't have to say much of anything, he already knew. He briefly said, "Do we really have room?"(We have 5 bedrooms) to which I responded, "THEY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING! No Mom or Dad, no ROOM AT ALL. They ALL sleep in one room and play in another, that's IT!" He looked at me like, "Ok, you have a point there." and said, "Let's do it."

I love that man.

That's a very condensed version of why, but you mostly get it...right?

How long before we get her?

Ah. I wish I had the magic answer. When we started the process our adoption agency told us we would be in China in about 18 months. But, really, it's all up in the air.

How old will she be?

We are in the middle of our home study right now so it depends on how that goes. We would prefer to keep our birth order and feel like the younger she is, the better. She will probably be around 2!

How much will the adoption cost?

An arm and a leg! Surprisingly this has been the least of my worries! You would think it would be a big stress but it really hasn't. It will cost around $50,000 or so, if you just HAVE to know a number. It will probably be more than that for us since we are taking the kids and plan on making a pit stop in Japan! :) Because, why not?

Do we have a name for her and will we keep her Chinese name?

We have not named her yet. We have some ideas but nothing is final. We will probably keep her Chinese name as an extra middle name or something? Maybe, I don't know.

Why China?

Because we like Chinese food.

HA! No, because we feel called to China just like we feel called to adopt!

We had our first home visit with our social worker yesterday! It went really well! We have two more visits with her and then we are done with our home study! One step closer...



Monday, April 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Brooks!

Brooks is THREE! His birthday was Friday and we celebrated him ALL weekend! On Friday, my sister and I took cupcakes to share with his class! He LOVED it! Friday night we went out to eat as a family and had another cupcake! Then, on Saturday, we celebrated with family and friends with a Finding Nemo swimming party! He loves Nemo!



 

  I love this sweet boy! I can NOT believe he is THREE!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Meet Lucy and Spring Break!


 Oh hey! I wish I had the time to blog but I give up! Between everything going on in life right now, there's just not time. So, I'll dump pics here hopefully once a month and do a little catch up!

Since I last blogged we got a new baby! Her name is Lucy, she is a blue doberman. And she is the bomb diggity! Josh drove for about 9 hours to get her and it was love at first site for the two of them. She even goes to work with him! I swore I would NEVER EVER have a big dog in the house. But, dobermans just really don't do well outside so hubs said we weren't getting another until we could keep it inside. I still said no. Then a few months ago I really starting wanting another dobie and decided that if hubby let me have a PIG in the house then I should let him have a dog inside so the rest is history! By the way, Tucker the pig has been outside in his new fabulous pen for a few months now! :)

Here she is! Our little LuLu!



We spent most of our Spring Break at the beach with cousins! It was such a fun time! 

This picture is not great at all, but it's the ONLY one I have of Griffin from the entire week! He WOULD not let me take any pictures of him. And I wasn't in the mood to make him!


 One day while it was pouring rain we headed over to Pensacola to the National Aviation Museum!

 The rest of the time we just beached, ate and played with pirates!







This was early one morning...the kids broke the swing the night before and they were having popsicles WAY too early in the morning and Bella was trying to get me to help her to get away! ha!


Your go!


These two!!!!! I can't even.





Now for some randoms! 

I'm trying to have "date night" with my kids once a week or so! Sometimes it's hard to have one on one time and this makes it easy!



 A few weeks ago Reece did a color run with her cousin for her cousin's school! They had the best time!!!


I think that about wraps it up for now! Off to work on some home study paperwork!

Monday, February 22, 2016

New Farm Babies{AGAIN!} and an Adoption Update!

Last Wednesday was an exciting day around our house! When I arrived home from work Josh was feeding all of the animals so Brooks and I went to "help"! I noticed something about Trixie, one of our pygmy goats, that may indicate she would have a baby soon! (Trying to keep it PG here!) We weren't even 100% that she was pregnant and if she was we thought it would be a while because she wasn't very big at all. Last time she had babies, back in July 2015, she was huge! After being around her for a few minutes I realized that what I saw only indicated that she had already had a baby. They were not in sight, so I just KNEW I was going to walk around the goat yard until I found a dead, stillborn baby goat. :(

I went to their little goat house and peeked inside and didn't see anything...then I looked over to the right and there was a tiny little black baby sleeping! Then I looked a little further and saw another little tan baby sleeping! EEKKSS! SURPRISE! I scooped them up and all the kids and the hubs came running to see!

Two little baby GIRLS this time!

Meet Pixie and Tink!






They are the sweetest little things!

This is one of the older ones that was born in January, but I just love this picture of him with Reece! He's the best little goat! He loves to be held or just sit in your lap!
And now for a not so great adoption update.

We received an email Friday that the home study agency that we were using has had their Hague Accreditation put on hold and we need to switch home study agencies. This means nothing to you, I know. But for us, it's huge. Our first big bump in the road. I've done A TON of paperwork that now has to been redone and some other things that will have to be redone. It's all very time consuming and now to start over? UGH!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Adoption T-shirts!

Our adoption t-shirts are now on sale!!

We were overwhelmed by everyone's support when we made our announcement! Everyone is excited and that makes me even more excited! :)

The shirts are $20 and we have youth and adult sizes! 

Let me know how many you want! :)

Friday, February 12, 2016

We're Adopting!

We are super excited to share our news...

We are adopting a little girl from China!!


We feel like the Lord has called and we are simply saying, "YES!" I'll blog more as I have time but we really thought our family was complete with our four awesome kiddos! Apparently, He had other plans all along! haha!

We've spent the past year praying and researching and finally feel like it's time. We started the process in January and we are in the beginning stages of our home study! I might as well be pregnant because I am a nesting MACHINE right now. If it doesn't bring me joy, it's gone! haha!

Please pray for us! It's very overwhelming, especially when you also have 4 children to care for. There's paperwork, paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork. Classes, classes and more classes. SO.MUCH.TO.DO.

And, you know me, gotta make it a little more complicated than it already is. We are taking all 4 kids with us to China! (By the way, they are super excited to have a new little sister, especially Reece!) There are several reasons for this...for one, I can't be away from my babies for that long. I.WOULD.DIE. Second, we want them to be there for that moment when we pick her up...I want them to be able to experience that. Third, I really think it will be easier on the little girl we adopt to have other children around her because that's what she will be used to. Fourth, not many people can say they have been to China! What an awesome thing to be able to do! There are many more reasons but those are the main points!

So, how can you help?

It's EASY! We are funding our adoption mostly through flipping houses! If you see me, Josh or my sister post a house for sale on Facebook...SHARE IT! :) That will help us sell the houses! The more times they are shared, the more people will see them and the faster we will sell them!

Also, we will be having a t-shirt fundraiser very soon! We want a party at the airport when we return home and want all of our peeps matching in a super cool shirt we have designed! :)

We know it's going to be SO worth it when we have her in our arms and can kiss her sweet cheeks!

More details soon! :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Farm Babies!

On Sunday, January 10th, our Foxy girl gave birth to two of the most precious little baby goats you ever did see! We were leaving for church and had been on baby watch for a couple of weeks! As we were going down our driveway the hubby saw them first! Reece and I bailed out and ran down to meet the new babies, who were super freshly born!

I love baby goats! Almost as much as baby humans! :)

Their names are Sweet Pea and Peanut Butter Cup and they are both boys!





It was a super cold day so right after church I snuggled them up in my jacket while the Hubby got a heat lamp set up for them!

                           

They are both pretty tame, just like their momma, but the little black one is SUPER sweet! He just wants to be held anytime we are down there...and he kisses you on the cheek!