Monday, August 15, 2016

Two Projects

I'm not sure both of these can really be called projects.

Both both were ideas that had been pinging around in my head for a while and I finally got them out into our real world.

First (and the least worthy of being called a "project) was reorganizing and writing on labeling my daughters' dresser they share.



 My girls are fourteen months apart in age but are now wearing the same size clothes.
Until recently, they each had two drawers for their own clothes in a small four drawer dresser.
This was becoming a silly solution because I would want a shirt for one but but it would be stored in her sister's drawer.
I was constantly opening and closing drawers over and over again to find this one top.
Easy solution: combine 'em. Duh.
Now everything is completely shared.
Of course, let's take the accessibility to the next level and write all over label the drawers so it's easy for sitters and grandparents and dad to find what the girls need.

For the labeling I just used a chalk marker.

Inexpensive, fool proof, and easily wiped away. 


Of course I embellished a bit with it too. 
Go crazy!
Remember: it wipes away. 



Next on the docket....

An honest to goodness project that I am so stoked is finally done!

We had this nice blank wall in our living room that would be a perfect place for some snapshots.
So after looking around for some inspiration, I landed on this idea from www.kellimurray.com....


I ordered a bunch of my favorite shots of this summer as 4x4's from Shutterfly.


Then I found some sturdy branches in our yard (one for a top support and one for a bottom), trimmed them to 3 feet long, and painted them white.
I taped each to my kitchen table 3 feet apart and strung them with copper wire.

Once I hung the structure, I attached all of my photos somewhat randomly to the wire.


We're all in love with the finished product.
And I really like that the pictures can easily be switched out for new ones.
I'd like to get a photo box to keep close by to store the removed ones.
It would be fun to flip through those.

It feels so good to get some stuff done.
This has been a full, fun summer and that has meant that home things have been kept to a minimum.
But I'm starting to feel the pull towards fall.
I'm wanting to prepare our space and things for the seasons to change. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Post #2

One of the biggest things that keep me from blogging regularly like I used to is dealing with all the photos!
I take pictures of EVERYTHING these days.

Every moment with little kids seems like something you'd want to remember in 50 years when they're grown and your just remembering....
Plus of course all those little people of yours are moving CONSTANTLY so you have to take a bajillion shots to get a good one (read: in focus and not a blurry mess)

To weed through all those test shots, edit a handful of good ones, and finally post them is a task.
Plus to delete even one of those bad pictures feels a little like deleting a memory, no matter how brief or bad the shot was.

Agh.
And of course I make more of than it needs to be.
No wonder I'm lucky to post once a month!
Ha!

Anyways, I did it.
I went through my bajillions of ordinary moments captured and here are a few for my books to remember when I'm 70.....

Let's kick this off right:

I think this look promotes fear rather than festivity.
Also note the doubled up glasses. 

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Lots of swimming at a local state park. 
It has one of those great zero entry pools that are fantastic for our young crew. 

This hair!!
He did actually get a BIG haircut a few days after this. 
His beautiful locks were just a bit too much though I love long hair on little boys.

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We were planning on going to a family reunion on the 4th of July.
It turned out to be a messy, rainy, gloomy day so we brought the kids to see Finding Dory. 
I thought it was "ehhh" but the girls liked it :)

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The rest of that week, Adam went with our student ministries to church camp in Ohio.
I was able to fly over and visit for a day in a small private plane flown by a man who goes to our church!



Needless to say, it was awesome!
The whole day just felt like an extravagant, sweet gift straight from God. 
Seriously. 
I felt like I was on an all day date....... with Him!


When Adam came home at the end of the week, he was well missed and well loved. 

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The following week, we had a birthday girl to celebrate!









We kept this little 2 year old's birthday very small with swimming, 
a family dinner, and a couple gifts the day of. 
The following Saturday we went to a splash pad with some friends and cousins. 
It was really fun.

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Adam's sister Allison was nearby staying with Adam's parents for the week so we made of point of spending the day with her. 

She bought the kids these great bubble guns!
So that occupied an afternoon. 

While the girls were happy playing, we went off on own.



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Last week was filled with day camp at our church. 
We had about 50 kids take part each day with breakfast + lunch, games, crafts, songs, a skit, and a short lesson taught by Adam. 
I got no pictures except the last day when we had water day and a big blow up slip in slide was set up. 


Our oldest getting her druthers and getting to be in charge of the hose. 

And you better believe we got in on that!
Actually I was the first one to "test the waters" before the kids got to it!
I think I know what I want for my upcoming birthday....

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The last big event of July was a young adult retreat. 
The group stayed the night on a nearby lake taking in a couple study sessions on a chapter in the Psalms. 
The second day of the retreat was spent out on the lake boating and tubing. 

I was able to make it out that day and brought Sweetums as my side kick. 


Miss Emily and Lauren out on their flamingos.






So that's it for now. 

Lots of fun, lots of sun, lots of gratitude. 
There's still a whole 'nother month of summer!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Busy, Lazy, Fun, Full, Sunny Summer Days

How far back to I want to go?
I feel like summer really did start on Memorial day when Adam hosted a cookout for our young adult ministry.
It was at a local tree farm of a family that goes to our church.



It was just warm and bright, the kids played in the trees and on the swing set, we roasted hot dogs and 'mallows to make s'mores, played and talked until the sun went down......
What else is that but three months of summer concentrated into one evening?



And not that it's been nothing else ever since, but for the last month it's pretty much been nothing else.
Ha!
Lots of campfires and bug bites and watermelon and swimming and sweet tea and swim stuff drying in the sun.....then getting rained on...... then drying out again (it's a cycle).

We went away for a week in the middle of June to spend some time cabin camping on a lake with Adams parents, brother and his family.









On our week away, we ate a lot (and well), we hiked nearly everyday, slept in, and took naps.
I read whenever I could (wish I brought more reading material along).
The girls ran wild with their cousins between our cabin, Mamaw and Papa's cabin, and the cousin's cabin. 
One day we rented a boat which is very high on the priority list when we get away. 
There's nothing like a day out in the sun and water then coming home tired, happy and sun kissed smothered. 













Time away from the normal places and routines is magical.
If you can make it happen, do it!
Even if just a staycation.
It counts.
It was too long since the last time we took a timeout.
We won't go so long between breathers this time.

Of course since making it home, the days have easily filled up.

Softball games and playing in the dirt


Happy hour at Sonic

To cap of June, Adam and I celebrated 7 years of marriage and the 1st anniversary of living in our home. 
We made a chill day of it soaking up our kids, heading out on our own for dinner to stuff ourselves with sushi, and ending it with a good old movie night. 

I'm in love with that man. 
The things God has done in my life through him. 
The things I get to watch God do in Adam's life. 
It's crazy. 
It's a crazy honor and privilege. 
Plus on top of all that honor and privilege, it's just crazy fun. 

July looks like it will be flying by as quickly as June did. 
With church camp (which I get to visit!), a birthday girl to celebrate, and our church's day camp, I'm sure I'll have another boatload of pictures to dump soon. :)

Hopefully I'll get around to doing it in more regular, bite sized chunks like I used to
Hopefully. 


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I Wonder

Adam and I are knee deep for the next week or so in renewing our foster care license.
Having just celebrated mother's day, continuing to pour into our calling to foster and adopt, and just loving life with these little ones in our arms I'm wondering what God's plans will bring.

No one ever really knows God whole plan for their life.
He reveals it one day at a time.

I don't foresee any more siblings coming from our children's biological family.
But I wonder if God will grow our family through other family trees.

Like I said we are keeping our license up to date.
We plan to even when the adoption of ours kids is complete.
It's an honor that God would not only charge us with this role but trust us with these delicate lives and situations.

I wonder if there will be a season of short but deep relationships made with kids that just need somewhere safe and loving.
I wonder if we will be joined with another family line through adoption.
I wonder what souls He will bring our way if we just remain open and willing and stay filled with His love.

It's just exciting!
And scary.
But mostly exciting.

God is so creative and brave and adventurous.
He entrusts big things to His little servants and hopes that they will ask for His help.

We are getting ready to celebrate 2 years with our first child and I can just barely wrap my mind around the journey we have traveled.
So many ups.
So many downs.
One major dark valley and several smaller ones.
Joyous days when we brought each of them home.
Sick with hope that we would BE ABLE to bring them home.
The stretching of hearts and a family.
The relying on friends and relatives.
Celebrating firsts and birthdays.
Anxious moments of caring for sick little ones.
Months of angst over if my littlest will grow at all.
Fear that my oldest won't see me as her true mommy.
Mornings cuddling and tickling.

The knowledge that if God does not show up this exact moment, all will be lost.

But He has always shown up.
I am still here, my husband and I are still one, and our children are in our arms, because He is faithful.

So I wonder.
What do these next few years look like with God as our God and His Word as our foundation.