Love Makes Families

Love Makes Families
A family of 7 due to the blessing of adoption!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Wanting Them!

Let me start by telling you that I love my Children!!!!
All 5 of them!!!
My 3 beautiful princesses that God blessed me with through birth...
 And my 2 handsome Princes that God is blessing us with through Adoption
 Adam is above and we are still thinking of a name for our handsome man below
This process of adding to our family is an emotional roller coaster like I can never describe.
I have felt every emotion in the book......
Joy when I look at their beautiful faces.
Sadness when I remember that they are thousands of miles away.
Frustration when I have no control over how fast other people work on their behalf.
Anger that they are so tiny, mistreated and unloved.
Fear when I remember that I still need $9000 to bring them home.
Peace when I remember God has control over this.
Anxiety when I do things that are completely out of my comfort zone....
I hate flying, I have never left the Country, I do not even like to travel a few hours away.....
Faith as I learn to trust My Father in Heaven more than I knew I could.
Shame when I realize how long I was ignorant to these innocent children.
Tired... literally because I stay awake all night thinking about what fundraiser I can do next, worrying about what my Boys are doing, dreaming of life when we are all together.
Disappointed when I share and people think I am lying.
Pride in my girls as they show how much I have taught them in the way of giving and being accepting of others no matter how different they may be.
Honored to be called Mom by 3 and soon 5 amazing children

The strongest emotion I feel is LOVE!!
I LOVE these kids. 
They are my life.
Love of Christ for allowing me to be on this journey and trusting me to follow through.
Love of those who support us in prayer, kind word, donation or any way they can!
Love for all the children.
Yes, ALL of them!!

I watched a movie tonight called October Baby.
It was a little slow at first and I almost wanted to turn it off.
I am so thankful I did not....
I turned out to be an awesome movie.

This is kinda like how people feel about these orphans.
Just seeing them... a picture with a list of needs or even meeting them for 15-20 minutes...
They say, they are not going to be any good. Just leave them and save a child worth saving...
BUT if you give them time, you will be thankful because they will turn out to be 
Awesome Children!!!
If you are lucky, they can be yours!!!


The last line of the movie was said by a child who was adopted....
Left by her birth mom.... UNWANTED!
She turned to her dad and said "Thanks for wanting me."
That one line says a lot!!

I pray one day my kids will look at their lives and know I wanted them.... All of them!!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Who is #2

As Many of you have guessed we decided we are going to adopt a 2nd BOY!!!!

So here is the news.... IT'S A BOY!!!!
The problem is that we do not know what to name him, so we have decided that since we did not sell the last 49 pieces of the puzzle that for $10 you could suggest a name for our newest member of our family.
I know he is not "officially" our son yet, but in our hearts he is :)

Meet.... Son #2
Isn't he the cutest little man ever!!!
So we will have 5 little ones, 2 boys and 3 girls all under the age of 8 :)
When we bring the boys home they should be 8,7,6,6 & 4
That will be so fun!!!

Here is what our puzzle looks like now!
When his face is fully revealed we will announce what is new name will be :)

Have we told you what Adam's name is??

Please donate to our RR FSP.
We are still about $9000 from being fully funded to bring 2 home :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Losing weight for Orphans

Several of us (adopting moms) were discussing the other day just how much weight we have gained during our adoptions. It turns out many of us have gained the same or more than we did during our pregnancies. Sadly, we will not lose any of this weight magically when our kids come home.
 
This caused us to have an idea.....
Why not lose weight and make money to bring our children home at the same time.
My friend Melissa, Kevin and I are doing just that!!
We are asking for sponsors to help us.
 
You can sponsor us in 3 ways.....
 
1. Designate an amount you would like to commit to for every pound lost (+- $1 per pound) - think ground beef (we are selling by the pound  )... you can chose either or both of us
                     
 2. Commit to donate $25 (+/-) once I have reached 10 pound weight loss.... you can also chose to donate to both once we reach a team goal.
                     
 3.  JOIN US - compete with us.  Try to lose the same or more than I am - if you don't make it commit to donate $5 each week you don't meet or beat me!  We both are winners (or is it losers?)
 
We will be posting pictures of our weight and modest pictures of our overall appearance weekly.
 
My starting weight is:
My goal weight is:
 
 
Kevin's starting weight is:
Kevin's goal weight is:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A puzzle to reveal #2

We have decided to combine revealing who our boy is with our need to fundraise more because we are now bringing home 2 sweet children.

For each $10 you donate I will remove a piece of the puzzle that cover the picture of a child that we plan to adopt. There are 100 pieces. For each piece you donate, I will add your name to the puzzle and add it to the child's room. 

Will you be the first to remove a piece?? I will add the update pics as people donate :)
51 pieces removed

49 pieces removed

48 pieces removed.... only 5 days in and almost half way

46 pieces removed

43 pieces

Up to 42 pieces.... Kinda hoping we are half way by tomorrow :)

39 pieces uncovered in just 2 days.... WOW

A huge jump thanks to Al






Our FSP is starting at $6700 :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bringing home 2!

Last Sunday (as in Jan 13) Kevin and I decided we wanted to add another child to our adoption.
We just fell in love with him, and when we found out we still had a chance to update and add another, it did not take long.... As of right now less than 72 hours later, we have signed commitment papers, gotten our HS updated, and sent out our info to USCIS.

My hubby told me I had to have $1000 by this Sunday in order to be able to commit... We have raised $559 so far and only need $441 to get our goal... If you feel led to give please donate via our RR link on the right :)

I cannot wait to share the face of our newest addition with you!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Words from a mom

As I sit and ponder here and wonder what you do, 
I hope and pray that you know God and know he loves you

I wonder what, your dreams are son, I wonder if you know
Just wait a little longer child. As a family we'll go

We'll journey through this life with you and teach you all we can.
We'll hold you close and love you so even after you're a man.

I plan to make up to you the 6 years that have passed.
We will make it up to you with memories that last.

Your first real hug and I love you
I hope you know my dear sweet boy that one will never do.

I'll say those words and hug you tight
I'll make you strong with all my might.

I promise you my only son that we will make it through
No matter what it takes, my son, I will get to you

The Devil might not like it, but Mommy does not care
Most people know the will of me and they wouldn't dare

Mess with my child and you mess with me
You have someone fighting son, just wait and see

The days seem long as I wait for you
Thinking of you is all I can do

Please hurry time I need him now
I'll be the best mom, I'll figure out how!

I love you boy, I wish you knew
Just how much I LOVE YOU!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

October 2012

Poppy Grandma and Alyssa making jewelry to bring Adam home!

Picture day 













My little stair steps!!










Dora Twister!



My dad in his movie.... sadly before high quality!




Poppy and Grandma took the girls to see horses!



























Dad and Kevin got to go see the Jazz beat the Lakers!!!!