Friday, October 14, 2016

Happy Birthday Griffin!

Today our Griffin is 14! How he is this old I have not a clue! Sheesh, time flies!

Here he is on his third birthday! Oh my heart!

I love his funny, goofy self!

Life for Griffin lately has been eventful and boring at the same time! Having a broken foot leaves you pretty immobile! It's been six weeks since he broke it and he is still not allowed to bear weight on his foot. He got the pins out last week! YAY! And was put in a boot but he won't be able to use the foot for another week or two, hopefully!

I love you Griffin! I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful birthday!!!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Fun!

We spent last Saturday at the Pumpkin Patch with my sister and her family! We had a wonderful time, Griffin Farms never disappoints! And the cousins always love being together!

Poor Griff hobbled around the place on crutches ALL day and never complained. Hopefully he will start being able to put weight on his foot SOON!

We also ran into Reece's BFF and her little sister while we were there so they had EXTRA fun! Those two are inseparable! 

Of course I have no pics of us actually getting our pumpkins, just picture 6 big pretty orange ones! haha! Next year, we'll have SEVEN!! Eeekkss! Can't wait for Mia to be HERE!

We love family time!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Field Tripping!

Whew! We are SO busy...but it's good because it passes the time until we get to China! ::

Last Wednesday, I went with Brooks and his class to The Barnyard! We all know this was right up my ally! We went on a hayride to get pumpkins, played on two different playgrounds, jumped on the air pillow(yes, I did!) and  played with and fed all the animals! It was a fun day! OH and we milked a fake cow!

What can I say, he's a pro!

Then on Thursday Josh went with Reece on a field trip! They went to our local recycling center and then to CHOM! They had a fun time!

 Reece and Lily, can't get any closer!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Adoption Update!

September has been HUGE!

* We were matched on 9/6/16.
* Our dossier was mailed to China on 9/16/16.
* Our dossier was logged in, in China, on 9/20/16.
* We celebrated Mia's birthday on 9/23/16.
* We received our Letter of Acceptance on 9/27/16.

Things of note:

Most of the time, but not all of the time(obvi), a family's dossier is already in China and logged in by the time they are matched. This was not the case for us because, well, you know why. See this post if you don't. We were waiting on one measly little piece of paper to be certified and authenticated before we could send our dossier to China. Everything was finally together and ready to ship out on 9/16/16. It's supposed to take two weeks to arrive in China and be logged in their system. Ours took 4 days, and two of those were weekend days!

Then it was time to wait for LOA. This usually takes a few weeks up to a few months to receive. Apparently we are trying to break records because we received it on 9/27/16!!! WHAT! And guess what day it was signed by China!

9/23/16-Mia Faith's birthday!!!! :)

It seriously made my day when I saw that!

So, on Mia's birthday we were pretty bummed. It's hard, y'all! When I got to work the girls threw a surprise party for her complete with a cake that looked like a Panda Bear and lots of things with her monogram on them! That night we had a little party for her at home, we sang and ate cupcakes! It was all good for my soul!

At the beginning of the year, our agency released travel dates for the year. One of those dates is Josh's birthday. He has had a feeling all year that this will be the day we travel! He has felt this way since the beginning of our adoption! At first I was skeptical, because I thought we would NEVER get here! LOL Now that things are lining up...I feel like he's right! Oh what a birthday that would be for him! Best one ever!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Publix Field Trip

A few weeks ago I went on a field trip with Brooks to Publix! Griffin and my sister also went because Griffin had just had surgery and my car was in the shop so I drug my sister too! haha! It was a crazy week! The kids took a tour around the store and also decorated a cake! They had a really fun time! Pretty sure he's the only one that I would wear a hair net for! :)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Mia Faith

Ok, friends! Let me start off by saying that I know some of this is very vague. I hate it when people do that but for the sake of our girl and this adoption I have to be that way right now. The LAST thing I want to do is make her birth country upset with me! Bare with us! We love you all and are SO thankful for your support and more importantly your prayers as we wade through this together! I'm so excited that people want to know more!

What a whirlwind of a few weeks it has been! INSANE.

Let's back up to Friday, 8/19/16. I felt anxious ALL day long. I couldn't shake it no matter what I did. Looking back, I think it had something to do with the next weeks events.

On Monday (8/22/16) we received a "spotlight" email from our adoption agency. We get these pretty often and they feature children who need families. They are usually older children(we are trying to keep our birth order) and I sometimes open them and sometimes do not. When I saw the one from Monday, at first I almost didn't open it. Then something told me I should. I read about a little girl who will be turning two very soon. I clicked to download two pictures of her. As soon as I saw her face my heart exploded. I called Josh to see if he had seen the email yet and he told me that if I wanted to see more info on her to request it. I emailed our agency and asked for more!

We received her file on Tuesday(8/23/16). We read over it after a very long and tiring day...the boys first football game was that night and we were all dog tired. But, we were excited to be looking at HER. We were confused and scared. Her needs are a little more complicated than we thought. BUT, what stuck with me was she was 9 months old when she was abandoned. That's pretty old. She had a note with her that had some very important information on it that I will cherish forever! I can't stop thinking about her birth mom. She desperately tried for 9 months to take care of her but just couldn't.

Anyway. Wednesday we were still thinking and praying and trying to figure it out. It was so hard! We were also told that there was another family looking at her file. At this point, I just started praying for clarity. I needed the Lord to show us what to do. We decided to send her file to the International Adoption Clinic to have it reviewed by one of the doctors. That night, I messaged another adoptive mom(that is local) on facebook to see if she knew of any other adoptive mom's that had adopted a child with the same needs as her. Of course she did! She put the two of us in touch. The next day, Thursday, I was able to talk with her and she was exactly what I needed! I felt so much better after talking with her. Not only does she have a child with this need, she is a nurse practitioner so she knows what she's talking about! I called Josh as soon as I got off the phone with her and he felt better too. That afternoon I received an email from the doctor at the IAC. It was supposed to be 72 hours before we heard from her and it had only been a few hours. She stated in the email that she wanted to talk with us the next morning and that she would LOVE if we had a video that we could send her of the little girl. Just so she could see in action how she was doing and such. Well, we didn't have that. I knew our agency had requested it but you never know if they will send one or not. I sent an email back to the doctor and told her this. Not even 5 minutes later I checked my email and in it updated medical file AND A VIDEO of our girl! This is when I KNEW the Lord was working it out FOR SURE! :) Josh and I weren't even supposed to be at home when we received the email, normally at that time we are still at work. But the Lord even made sure we would be watching it together. And boy when we started watching...CLARITY! :) All the tears were cried because we knew this was what we have been praying and waiting for! This is when we decided to name her Mia, she just looks like a Mia! More on her middle name later! :)

The next morning we talked with the doctor. She was SO sweet! She explained everything she could. She went over everything that we already knew. We told her that another family was involved and she said she KNEW how hard that was because she's been there too. She told us she would be praying for us! As soon as we got off the phone with her we immediately emailed our agency and told them that we wanted to move forward with her. Later that day we learned that the other family had not made a decision yet. We each had two weeks to make a decision, so we knew they had until September 6th. We waited and waited. Our agency sent us a questionnaire to fill out in case the other family also wanted to move forward. An "advocate for your family" type of thing. If the other family said they wanted to move forward there would be a big meeting to decide who got her.

September 6th rolled around and we anxiously waited on a phone call. We had been in contact with our agency a lot up until this point just checking in. I went to Target at lunch for some retail therapy. I happened upon a cute little toboggan in the dollar was a panda! I knew she needed it so I tossed it in the cart! When I went to check out the cashier grabbed it and said, "Ohhhh this is SO CUTE!" Of course I told her why I was buying it. She said, "Oh I want to adopt a little girl from China too!!! I even have a name picked out...Mia!" My jaw dropped as I said, "that's my daughter's name!!"(this was the first time I called her my daughter!) We both had chill bumps and I promised to bring her by to visit! :) About 30 minutes later I started feeling SO anxious again. It was not fun but I told my sister something was going on because I just couldn't shake it. About 30 minutes into feeling that way my cell phone rang, I saw it was our agency and I anxiously(literally) answered. It was the director. She was calling to tell us that the other family did not want to move forward and that she is most definitely OURS! She also told me that she almost called us before sending the spotlight email to see if we would be interested. Either way, the Lord was making sure she came our way!

Y'all this whole process has been such a blessing! It has been hard(STILL IS) but it's turning out so beautiful! I feel like I am sitting around with my jaw on the floor just in awe of the Lord's work in this, from the very beginning until now! I just look back at things and smile because only He could have done this!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Our First Broken Bone(s)

Well friends, we have experienced our first broken bone with our kids. And, of course, we can't do anything simple so it's actually THREE broken bones.

Last Thursday, when the boys arrived home from football practice Griffin was limping. My heart sank. He said another child fell on it at practice but that the trainers thought it was just sprained. My mommy heart thought otherwise but the hubs and I decided to give it a day or so. The next day my poor baby went to school and hobbled around all day. I decided if he wasn't WAY better the next day we were having it x-rayed. Saturday rolled around and it wasn't better so Josh took him to the doctor. I stayed at home with the other kiddos because we are working on switching Brooks and Reece's rooms! After about an hour and a half I text the hubs to check in and he sent this back...

It would be safe to say I had a complete come-apart. Like, it was bad. The other three kids came to my rescue and were super sweet and calmed me down. I know it's not my fault but if I would have listened to my mommy instinct he wouldn't have walked around for two days like that. SO MAD AT MYSELF!

But, he thinks it's cool...

On Tuesday he had surgery. They placed a few pins in his foot that will stay in for about a month and then they will come out. Ouch. Let me tell you how tough this kid is. Before the surgery, he had NO pain medication...he was in NO PAIN. Blows my mind. And, even since surgery, he doesn't complain hardly at all. He is such a trooper and we are so proud of him!

This was us post-surgery..just hanging out and having a Netflix day! Love my Griff!