Thursday, August 29, 2013

Funny Little Guy!

Apparently Mommy's favorite show NBC's Law&Order SVU has had an impact on Isaac! Last night I discovered when the theme song played he stopped what he was doing and listened intently. I was a little hesitant to tell his physical therapist about it this morning, but when Isaac resisted some of his therapies I suggested playing the theme song. I really wanted to try out my theory to see if I was correct. She sat him on a big horse to exercise his muscles and improve his balance. He cried, a lot! Then I played the theme from my phone and he calmly sat. I really wished it had been "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" as I don't quite know this therapist yet, and it was a little embarrassing trying to explain why he was so familiar to the song!
What can I say? I like repetition. I'd rather watch a familiar show than new stuff. Of course Direct TV, Hulu and Netflix make it nice because I can fast forward through gory and scary stuff if Ellie is around.
I've developed quite a crush on Chris Meloni and dream of more children named Elliot and Olivia. Okay not really, just wanted to make sure you were still paying attention!
So here is a cute video for the day. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Photo Shoot Part 2


Photo shoot!

Inspired by the post on Living Locurto I had to try this out! I love how the pics turned out even though I had to bribe her with Pez and a new toy out of Isaac's closet. So worth it! Would love to write more but my friend Jill hijacked my day which is awesome!

Friday, August 23, 2013

A vessel

Being a vessel for God is an amazing thing. Two years ago I met someone who ended up becoming a huge part of my life. I met another mom whose life intersected with mine by such design I don't consider it an accident. At the time they were struggling in their adoption process. There were many roadblocks in their journey, something I had not experienced and I was eager for her to have the same joyful experience as mine. I am just going to say this because it's my blog and I can!

I'm talking about International Adoption. Specifically China. My agency is amazing! Can I shout it from the rooftops? My agency is a vessel for God. They are bringing children home to loving families and they are efficient, caring, personal, and professional doing it.

My friend decided to switch to our agency, and now a year later occasionally introduces me to friends as "the reason we have our daughter", to which I shake my head. God just used me. He placed me and gave me just the right obnoxious voice. He gets all the credit and glory of this amazing little girl and her family.

Recently I have been given the opportunity to advocate again for my agency. I cannot wait for the story to be written, to look back and be blessed by again being part of such a great story. I am not worthy of such blessings yet I am given them anyway.

Please pray for the child whose story God has already written, and who's family is waiting not being able to see the full picture but walking in faith just the same.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Time for an update

Big kids are back to school! Summer is a senior and Wyatt a freshman. Last week I was in a bit of a manic phase. Pinterst was my friend and I was obsessed with my "new year's" resolution. I am happy to report despite going a mile a minute, I did manage to do all things on my "resolution" wish list. (See photos below)
Drama queen!
Isaac is doing great! We started vision and physical therapy. He is eating more and more solid table foods, although last night's Mexican enchiladas might have been a mistake! Blowout number two occurred on the brown rug, again. Isaac can now sit unassisted, can go from sitting to his belly, can scoot or crawl backwards, and roll over both ways. He is a blankie baby! He loves cuddling a blankie as he drifts off to sleep in my arms. He sleeps all the way through the night, only waking on occasion.

Ellie is going great as well.  She's fully potty trained! Woo hoo, only one kid in diapers! Ellie is eager to learn and is practicing her letters. She loves pretending being a rockstar and a pirate! She also loves running around sans clothes in only her undies. She is such a silly girl and so fun to watch flourish.


Monday, August 5, 2013

My New Year start

Fresh starts. New beginnings. Most people think of these things occurring in January. Not me. My fresh starts have always been in August when school starts. From as far back as I can remember, around fifth grade, I always vowed the school year would be a better year for me. I was a crappy student. I would always have all this hope for the new school year. There I would be with shiny new school supplies, fresh crisp notebooks and a resolution to keep everything "perfect." A few weeks into the fall I would already have messed up. Perhaps it was a few broken crayons or maybe some sloppy handwriting, and then all bets were off. I guess I was an all or nothing kid. Once a few things were messy, I was hopeless and there I would be a disorganized train-wreck, yet every summer I vowed to get it together.

Fast forward to adulthood and most of my friends would call me super organized. I am I suppose,but there just seems to be a vision in my head of what fall should look like. Each summer since the big kids started school I would imagine the fall as "perfect." I would have everything in order, I would have snacks waiting for the kids when they came home, every meal would be planned, I would be this crafty organized super mom. It's yet to happen and yet I still dream. I still  in July look towards a beautiful fall full of crisp fall air, yummy fall meals, a perfectly ordered house, a mom who can give full attention to her kids, school needs, appointments, clean the house and sail blissfully into the Christmas holiday where the transition from perfect fall to perfect holiday season complete with amazing Christmas crafts, decorations, home made cookies and gifts is a seamless transition.

Why do I do this? Why? It is impossible to be this person and yet I still wistfully dream. This year I dream of structured time with Ellie to do preschool things (we've decided not to send her this year at three), I dream of a stocked freezer full of delicious meals, (okay so I have made progress in this area) I dream of a clean organized home, time for fitness, better quiet time with my bible, and oh yeah...a shower DAILY complete with perfect hair! 
Did I mention I also need to be perfect on the the first day or else it's all down hill?
School starts next week for the big kids. Will this finally be "my year?"