Fundraising is Humbling

Asking for financial help and donations for our adoption is a humbling experience. In our pride, we would love to be able to say that we have planned and put away money for adoption for years, and we’ve got this! That is probably the way we would have tried to go about it, had we done the planning. However, this adoption didn’t come about in our human planning ways. God stepped in, and asked us to step out in faith {Read More}

Puzzle Piece Adoption Fundraiser

  So, as you’ve probably seen by now, I posted our big adoption news last week!  We are super excited, and in the midst of Home Study prep and paperwork.  We are also in the midst of fundraising for our adoption. To get started on raising funds to bring our son home, we are having a HUGE garage sale, and accepting garage sale item donations from local friends to help us raise a good chunk of money for our adoption {Read More}

We Have a Big Announcement!

We are ADOPTING!! Adoption is something the Lord first put on our hearts a little over 10 years ago. The Lord has now brought us to the place where He has made it very clear to us that it is now time for us to grow our family through adoption! In fact, He has specifically put a boy on our hearts that we feel He is calling us to adopt – to be a part of our family forever and ever! We {Read More}

Our Homeschool Day Schedule for Fall 2016

  We are gearing up to get back to {home} school next week.  We are starting our 10th year of homeschooling!!  (Man, that is hard to believe.) Friends often ask me how we set up our day, and what our schedule and routine looks like.   I thought I would share with you what our schedule will look like for this upcoming fall semester.  I always think it’s fun to take a peek into how others set up their homeschool {Read More}

Reflecting on this Past Year

One year ago today, I delivered our little Brendan David at 18.5 weeks, who was already with Jesus.  What a year it has been.  I wish I could say I have been fine, and pulled through beautifully, but the truth is, losing this baby has been the most difficult grief out of our three boys that have been born stillborn between 18-21 weeks.   This year was hard.  Very hard. But even in the hard, God has been so faithful.  He is {Read More}

I Awake and I am Still With You (Part 3 of the stillbirth story of Brendan)

{If you have just stumbled upon this post, here is Part 1 & Part 2 of this story}   {Part 3} Walking into labor and delivery to be induced to deliver your precious baby that is no longer alive is a horrible feeling.  I don’t really know how exactly to explain it.  This being our third time walking into labor and delivery like this, it certainly wasn’t any easier than the first two times.  This is the place you are {Read More}

You Keep him in Perfect Peace…

…whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Isaiah 26:3 To read Part One of this story, click here. {Part 2} After our doctor confirmed to us that our baby had passed away, I tried, through tears, to explain a little bit about the bad feeling I had been having.  I just told them a few quick pieces of the story, but I’ll share the whole thing here. I think the very first thought I had about losing {Read More}

The Lord Gave us 18.5 Weeks with our Precious Brendan

Just a month ago, I posted about our exciting news.  Finally announcing (here on the blog) our newest pregnancy, at 15 weeks along.  I announced the pregnancy long before that to family and friends.  For whatever reason, it just took me a while to finally blog about it. 🙂 It is honestly a surreal feeling to be, once again, posting about the death of another one of our precious little ones.  I think I still feel a little shocked.  It is hard to {Read More}

What’s in Our Easter Baskets This Year?

    I like to try to pick things for the kids Easter Baskets that have something to do with Christ, and developing a relationship with Him.  So here is what we have going in their baskets for this year… Trevor (11.5 years old): Reel Kids Adventure Story Book Set – Trevor loves to read! A boys devotional book   Zoe (9.5 years old) Zoe’s favorite Christian Artist right now (and she doesn’t have this cd yet) Zoe’s other favorite {Read More}

Exciting News!!

For whatever reason, I tend to become very quiet when I am in my first trimester of pregnancy.  I am already a naturally quiet person, but for whatever reason, that first trimester of pregnancy pretty much shuts me down.  I tend to post WAY less on social media.  I just sort of power off in that area. Now that I have emerged from my first trimester, I am here to finally announce on the blog, that we are expecting again! {Read More}

Felicity’s One Year Old “Sunshine & Rainbows” Birthday Party

4 Months ago, we had Felicity’s One Year Birthday Party.  Since we have called her our “little sunshine” from birth, and she is our sweet little “rainbow baby,”  I decided to go with a “Sunshine & Rainbows” themed birthday party. Here are some photos from her special day… The Food Table.  Rainbow table cloth from Target. All of the Sunshine signs, posters, banners, etc I purchased from this Etsy shop. I made rainbow cupcakes for the guests, and a sun-shiny smash {Read More}

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas!  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas & a Happy New Year!  Praying each of you know the love of  our Savior, Jesus,  this Christmas and always.  May our focus be on Him, and the awesomeness of what He came to do for us!  My heart swells with JOY at the sheer thought! On a blogging note, I would like to apologize for my undeclared, unplanned blogging break.  I am planning to get back into the swing {Read More}

Don’t Just Pin It ~ DO it! {8/9/13-8/16/13}

Welcome to another week of Don’t Just Pin it – DO it!   I hope you will join me, and link up your accomplished pinterest task of the week! Here are a few details about the link up: You don’t have to have a blog to participate – ***See stars below for more details!  Also, don’t feel like you have to create an entire blog post based on your completed task – just stick it into a weekly wrap up post, or {Read More}

Teach Your Kids How to Have a Quiet Time

Today I am over at the Teach Them Diligently Blog talking about teaching your kids how to have a quiet time.  Head on over there to read the whole post….   About a year and a half ago I began to think about what a huge blessing it would be to my kids if I taught them how to have a quiet time.  What does that mean?  What does it look like?  How do you do it?   ….To read this {Read More}

FREE New Ebook ~ 31 Days of Encouragement for the Homeschool Mom

Are you a homeschool mom in need of a little encouragement on your journey?  Or do you know someone who is? I am thrilled to share this wonderfully encouraging new resource with you!  Candace from His Mercy is New along with the help of Amanda Pelser  compiled 31 encouraging and inspiring articles from several Teach Them Diligently bloggers – and the result…this amazing new ebook created to encourage the hearts of homeschool moms. I am humbled and grateful to play a small {Read More}