Monday, June 8, 2015


This spring was full of gymnastics for our girls and they had great anticipation leading up to their recital.  

We weren't sure how Olivia would do because she cried all through her Christmas show at school.  Also, Kyrie's recital was after Olivia's so she didn't have big sissy as a model.  Our girl absolutely shined in front of the crowd.  She loved every moment of it.  

We were a bit disappointed because the week leading up to the recital she told us as well as her coach that she couldn't wait to, "sing on the stage".  She didn't sing but, she belted out a loud "TaDa" after every adorable move.

Big brother gave her flowers and he was super excited about the hug he got in return

We had a couple hour break and then it was Kyrie's turn to shine.  She absolutely loves gymnastics and we are so proud of how hard she has worked over the last 9 months.  It's great that she has found something she is so passionate about.


I thought I was gonna handle my little guy going off to kindergarten well.  It's not as new the second time around.  We have done this kindergarten thing before.  Well, to my surprise, I was a puddle of tears the last day of preschool and all through the graduation ceremony as well.

Lesson learned:  letting go is hard no matter if it's your first, second, third, fifth or tenth child.  Being a mommy is my greatest life honor and I will certainly miss the preschool years with my little buddy but, I couldn't be prouder of who he is becoming.  

Through preschool Brooks showed he is strong, resilient and free spirited.  He went to a different school all three years of preschool.  At each place, he quickly adapted, made new friends and stole the title of "Romeo" and "Class clown" both of which we find perfectly fitting.

We are so proud of you little man.  We can't wait to see where God leads you in your life.  We know He has great plans for you.

"Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your Gd will be with you wherever you go" Joshua 1:9

Friday, April 17, 2015


I just read this post  on one of my favorite adoption related blogs, No Hands But Ours.  It made me think a lot about our first year home.  At the time it didn't seem too hard.  We had been taught by our social worker, fellow adoptive families and our agency to focus solely on attachment with our new child.  We did and as we watched Olivia fit seamlessly into our family it seemed all things were sailing well.  However, in hindsight I see that to focus solely on your new child is not healthy.  Family suffers, marriage suffers, friends suffer and YOU suffer.  Everyone needs REST.

For the first time in 8 years I do not have a baby or toddler in my home and I am not pregnant, nursing or paper chasing.  I am finding REST.

I set out in the beginning of this year with a personal challenge.  I am not sure where this came from as I have always loved working out but, I have never had the desire to run a race.  I signed up to run a 10K.  I found those long training runs to be RESTFUL.  No I wasn't sitting or sleeping or really doing anything restful at all.  But, I was doing something for ME and spending time with ME in my own thoughts.  I prayed a lot on those runs.  Most days my prayers get interrupted by the little voices of my children so praying in solitude feels luxurious.  

REST comes in all forms.  I encourage you tired and weary mamas to find your way to REST.  You deserve it.  Your children deserve it.  Your husbands deserve it.  Your friends deserve it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Few words are necessary.  It was a perfect day spent as a family, playing, eating and worshiping the One who gave it all so we may live this life only possible through his Grace.