Sunday, October 31, 2010

Great ending to a perfect weekend!

Sunday evening, my friends Angela and Ashley brought over their babies for a little trick-or-treating! They were so cute!

Braeden was a bear.

Aiden was a turtle but got hot so he had on a cute Halloween outfit.

The boys were exhausted after a long busy Halloween weekend!

Finally Bryan and I made smores at home on the grill. They were tasty!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Halloween Camping

Bryan and I went Halloween camping this weekend with some of our friends. The weather was wonderful and the place was packed!

Roxy won second place in the pet costume contest. She was a pumpkin.

Everyone in the campground decorated their campsites with Halloween decorations and lights! This was our campsite.

This is Holly with little Bella dressed up like a ladybug!

Mom and Dad came up to visit us on Saturday. We sat around a campfire while the kids were trick-or-treating around the campground.

The kids rode around on golf carts to all the different campsites to get their candy.

We had a great weekend! Can't wait for next year!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Special Evening

Tonight Bryan and I attended a small service at church...

A Service of Reflecting, Remembering, & Rejoicing

A very special woman planned this event. Her name is Allison and about five months ago she suffered from a miscarriage. God laid it on her heart to plan a special service to share her testimony and celebrate these babies that many of us had lost. The service consisted of prayers, worship, and some beautiful songs. Allison's youngest daughter read a story to us called No Tears in Heaven. It was one of the most touching moments of my life. There was not a dry eye in the crowd. We also lit candles in honor of our lost babies.

I really appreciate Allison planning this special event for our church family and community. Sometimes we move so fast in our daily lives that we forget to stop, remember, and reflect on these special babies that are in heaven now. She is such a brave soul to share her story with all of us.

Many of my friends attended the service and I was so honored to share this special moment with them. I know that it helps to find comfort in other people who have experienced the same loss and pain. Through prayers, we will all heal but never forget our individual losses.

How quietly you tiptoed into our world. Softly, only a moment you stayed but what an imprint your footprints have left upon our hearts. ~Unknown~

Monday, October 25, 2010

Updates & Free Stuff

The weekend flew by as usual but I wanted to share a few things.

Saturday, Bryan and I attended our adoption agency's fall conference and it was great! The speaker gave us some wonderful information to think about and prepare for. My favorite part was meeting the other waiting couples and getting to talk about how excited we all are waiting on our miracles. Some parents were there that already had placement and I love hearing their stories. Everyones adoption story is different but they are all exciting and a blessing. Attending the conference reaffirmed to me that I am so excited about adopting and I know that this is what Bryan and I were meant to do in our lives!

I just have to share that on the way home we stopped and did a little shopping. My favorite purchase was the Yankee Candle Spiced Pumpkin. My whole house smells like Fall and I love it!

Another purchase I made was a picture book that the agency recommended for us. It is called Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis. I bought it at Books-a-Million and it is the sweetest story about a child being adopted and the parents journey to get the baby. Bryan and I have always said that adoption would be an open topic in our family and this picture book is a wonderful way to share with our child their story one day!

I love my friends with babies because I just keep getting free stuff!!!

My friend Ashley passed along this brand new swing because Aiden didn't like it.

Angela passed her along her tiny bottles that Braeden is not using anymore.

Just wanted to say thanks because every little bit helps!!!

Ashley shared with me this photo from Aiden's dedication service a couple of Sunday's ago. I loved his little while outfit! I thought it was a great photo of all three of us.

Finally, I want to thank everyone for all the prayers that have been said for Bryan and I. Just today I was told that a very special prayer was given for us by some friends in their Sunday School class in a different town. Just knowing this has really lifted me up all day today. Know that I am constantly praying myself and I am praying for all of you as well. Thanks!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Aunt Francis!

Tonight the family gathered to surprise my Aunt Francis for her birthday! We had a wonderful dinner and great fun!

Happy Birthday Aunt Francis! We love you!

Tomorrow Bryan and I are going to the Fall Adoption Conference that is being held by our agency. We are super excited to meet people and become even more educated on adoption. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Much Better Day!!

Today was such a better day! I feel great and I am back to normal. Yesterday was a day full of anxiousness and worrying but I prayed harder than I have ever prayed before and I woke up this morning feeling a sense of peace again. I know its going to happen and when it does it will be the best day of my life.

I do want to say congratulations to Ben and Heather who received their miracle. I don't personally know them but I have kept up with them on their blog. They waited nine months for their miracle and he is a precious baby boy! When I saw their picture on the agency blog, I actually teared up because I was so excited for them. Congratulations!!!

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Today I am having a rough day. I don't have very many because I normally try to stay very positive and optimistic. Waiting is hard and sometimes it just gets to me. I feel sorry for myself and wonder why am I having to wait so long. Everyone else gets to have a baby easily and some couples only wait a few months before receiving the call. I know I've only been waiting for four months with the agency but it has actually been closer to six years of wanting to start a family.

I know there is no need to get all worked up about our future because I have no control over it but sometimes its difficult. I can't help the fact that I want a baby now not a year from now. The only thing I can do is continue to pray and pray really hard. I have to remember that God will not lay more on my plate than I can handle but sometimes I wonder if I can actually handle this. I know that tomorrow will be better and I will continue to stay busy and before I know it I will have a child of my own. Until then I am just laying around the house feeling sorry for myself. Thank goodness I have a wonderful husband who understands and allows me to have these days.

I am going to be very selfish and ask that you keep me in your prayers!

But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure. Romans 8:25

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Today was really nice. This morning I woke up early and attended two classes at the YMCA. Then I came home and cleaned up the house for a small party I am having tomorrow afternoon. Bryan was gone all day racing his RC car and it was nice having the day to myself.

My friend Whitney and her daughter Emery came to visit this afternoon for a couple of hours. They live about an hour away so we don't get to see each other as much as we would like. I can't believe Emery is already 9 months old. Whitney and I have been friends since the fourth grade. We had a wonderful visit!

Roxy had an exhausting day!

Tonight Bryan and I went to eat Chinese and decided to stay around the house. We both have had a busy day and just wanted to relax.

Friday, October 15, 2010

October 15, 2010

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

This is a special day of remembrance for me because of the four miscarriages I have had. I know that I never held these babies or even got to feel them but I still miss them everyday. They were special to Bryan and I and will never be forgotten.

Please say a prayer for anyone who has suffered through a pregnancy loss or lost an infant in their lives. There are many people who I know that have experienced this pain. All of you are in my prayers today.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Anniversary Bryan!

Today Bryan and I have been married for 8 years. I love how our relationship has grown into something wonderful. We have gotten better with age and have the most fun together. I am so excited about our future together. Everyday I feel so lucky because I married my best friend.

I love you!

Today we took the sixth graders to the Renaissance Festival. It was a wonderful field trip! The kids were wonderful and behaved very well. I love the food and the people at the festival. They stay true to character the whole time! Their costumes are elaborate and their accents are great. The guy below was a camera hog!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekend Recap

As usual this weekend has flown by. Friday night I wasn't feeling that great. I think it was just allergies but they can still slow you down. My mom had surgery on her foot Friday afternoon, so Friday night we went to visit her for a little while. She is doing good but is probably getting bored sitting around the house. Bryan and I just grabbed some dinner and stayed at home for the rest of the night.

Saturday morning Bryan and I got up and went to Lowes to get a new front storm door. Bryan put it up and it looks great!

Also on Saturday I cleaned up and organized the nursery. I had not even put away my gifts since the shower. I also washed the clothes and blankets so they are ready.

Last night, Bryan and I went shopping and ate some sushi for dinner. Our anniversary is Tuesday, so we celebrated a little early.

This morning we went to my friend Ashley's church because they had their baby Aiden dedicated. It was a great service and I was honored to be a part of this special day. Now I am just laying around the house watching the Panthers lose the game. Oh well!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Today's Prayer

I was reading my daily devotion and the daily prayer was:

I praise your holy name, Lord Jesus. And I pray that you will help me today to remember that you have a plan for me and that there is a path all cleared and ready for me to follow. In your precious name I pray. Amen

This was just another reminder that God has a plan for me. He will guide me to do what I am suppose to do in my life. Again, this is not always easy but I am trying to be very patient.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Happy Sunday

So I just realized that I have not posted all week long. Really not much has been going on but I have been really busy! Do you know what I mean? This past week flew by because school was busy everyday and then I had meetings and workshops after school. Plus I went to the YMCA to workout every evening. By the time I got home, I crashed!

This weekend we have just been hanging out around the house. My house is decorated for fall with pumpkins and mums inside and out!

Sunday service was really good today. We had homecoming and a past preacher delivered the service. He did a great job and preached a meaningful service. Following the service, the whole church ate a wonderful meal together. Now we are watching football (Go Panthers!) and preparing for a small cookout tonight. Our friends Scott and Angela are coming over and bring their new baby Braeden. He is already 7 weeks old!

Maybe this week will be a little bit more interesting! I hope everyone has a great week! Happy Sunday!