Thursday, October 3, 2013

Deja Vu

We found out this week that the young woman we were matched with is deciding she wants to parent. Happy that it happened sooner rather than later...Trying to make sense of it all and trying to decide where to go from here, to continue trying or just stopping. Please pray for us, as we need direction.  I heard the lyrics of a song today that helped put things in perspective.  "We can trust our God, He knows what he's doing, though it might hurt now, we won't be ruined"  I doesn't always make sense to us, but we have to rest in that.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

News

Well, once again we have some news to share with everyone! Things have been busy and lots of changes are in the works... Dan just put his notice in at work and will be starting a new job in a couple weeks!  We are excited for this new position for him. The owner of the company is a born again Christian! Praise God!

AND...... Although things in adoption are never a "for sure," (I suppose nothing in life really is...) we are expecting a baby boy in January! We are matched with a beautiful young woman from the city we just moved from! Small world.  We've really been enjoying getting to know her and her family; they are so great! Please pray for them, as the next 4 months are sure to be very emotional and trying. Also, please pray for Dan and I. It is so difficult balancing our excitement with the fear of being disappointed again.  This situation is definitely the most positive one we've been in so far!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to pray for us and give us support! It has been a LONG, emotional journey and we look forward to seeing how it all unfolds! We'll keep you posted...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kitchen Pictures!

A lot has been going on at our house!  I finally got around to taking some pictures of the kitchen, however, there are still trim pieces missing, some drawer pulls that have to be installed, and eventually granite counter tops and a subway tile backsplash.  But here it is before, in the middle of the floor sanding process.




And AFTER!








 We are so happy with how it turned out! And I can't wait to see the finishing touches completed!

In other news, we have 9 new babies at our house!  We got a kitten, named Phillip.  He is adorable and is annoyingly cute.  Here he is resting on Dan.


  The other 8 babies are our tiny chicks. They are strange creatures and are so funny to watch! (Falling asleep with their heads in the food bin, sprawling out their legs as they sleep, pecking each other's eyes...)  They are hanging out in our basement for now, since it is to cold for them to be outside yet. We ended up finding a chicken coop on craigslist!  I'm so happy Dan doesn't need to build one.  Here are the little ladies.  We are going to have a colorful brood!  (This picture is a couple weeks old, so they are much bigger right now, and have a lot of feathers already.)


In adoption news; we updated our home study last week because of our move (and it was coming due in July anyways.)  We got a new social worker and have been happy with her so far!  We are hoping this is the year for us, because I don't think we will renew our home study again...  Please keep us in your prayers!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Big Move!

Hi poor, neglected little blog.  I realize it has been a super long time since I last posted, and a TON has happened between then and now.  Brief rundown.  We put our house on the market and it sold the first day!  Surprise!



 We had been wanting to move to acreage since we've been married.  We both grew up living in the country and we really missed that living 'in-town'.  We also had a lot of equity into the house that would be nice to benefit from.  Well, our move went as smoothly as possible!  We found a house we loved on 6.25 acres a little north of where we lived.  We were able to close on both houses the same day!  It was a very smooth transition, and we absolutely LOVE our new place! I didn't realize how much I missed living in the country...   Every morning, while we eat breakfast, we look out on our land and watch a family of bunnies, playing and eating grass, watch all sorts of beautiful birds fight for their spot at the bird feeder, and witness all of the trees turning from death, to vibrant green!  It is so peaceful.

I have completed a ton of projects already!  The kitchen has been completely transformed.  We sanded and re-stained the floors from a light oak color, to a deeper dark color. (the day after we moved in we took on the floors.  Crazy much!?)  Plus a suprise ER visit the next day when Dan got a weird stomach bug.  (The first week was a little stressful...)  :) We painted the oak cabinets white and added hardware.  It is amazing what paint can do to brighten a place up!  I'm a sucker for white trim, so I've been converting the whole house.  (Which is quite time consuming!)  I've made curtains and painted doors...  I honestly love home renovations!  I think I would enjoy having my own HGTV show (OK, that's a stretch) or start a hobby of flipping properties...  Maybe one day.

I met one of our neighbors so far.   Such a nice family!  She asked if we had children, to which I responded that we're in the adoption process for our first child.  She shared with me that they have 11 children that are adopted!  I couldn't believe it!  How neat to have another family formed through adoption right down the road...

On June 4th we have 9 baby chicks that are joining our family!  I am so excited for them to grow and start laying.  We have plans for a chicken coop in the works...  Poor Dan, he has so many projects!  I am starting my garden right after I finish this post!  I have a big area this year, and I am so excited to get my hands in the dirt! I look forward to the day I can teach our children about how to grow plants and help me gather eggs.  There is just something about growing up learning these things...  It is a lost art.  I am thankful that my parents taught me these valuable things when I was young.

I will post some before and after pictures of the kitchen soon!




Friday, November 16, 2012

Other Finished Projects

Another house project update, since that is the only thing I have to update on...

One of our other projects was putting in new flooring (since the carpet had pet stains from the previous owner) and closet doors in our upstairs bedroom.  The walls were a nasty green color when we bought it, and we painted it a light blue then.  I really wanted a grey (and yellow) room, so we decided to redo the walls grey in here! I've still have to make my yellow curtains...

Here are the before pictures:
Our door-less closet

Dan painting the grey over the blue walls

The grey paint is finished, next we ripped out the nasty carpet!
Here is the after with the new flooring in!


YAY, closet doors!


I love this little room....  Even though it is just used for storage right now.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Finished Bathroom Pictures

We finally finished our bathroom renovation!  We actually did a few weeks back, but I completely forgot to post the pictures of the finished product!   I originally posted the 'before' pictures and progress pictures here.  Here is a look at the finished product...  It was a LOT of work, but we are really enjoying having this bathroom finished and functional.  We are completely done with house projects now!  :)









Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How We're Doing...

I wanted to check in with everyone after my last post that shared our news of our failed adoption.  We're doing good! We've been SO encouraged by everyone who has sent cards of encouragement, flowers, and emails!  We've felt God's love through the body of believers. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family!!!  We know we will find our baby.  It may take a little longer, but that’s okay.  He or she will definitely be worth the wait!

I've been so encouraged by the psalms lately, and this verse really stuck out to me the other day in my reading, and it describes how we've felt during this trial.  Psalm 29:11  "The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace."  We've been given strength and peace from God, when it seems like we should have lost all hope in this adoption process.  It is that peace that passeth understanding!  I thank the Lord for that...

Also, I really felt a burden from the Lord to write a letter to the birthmother.  I really felt like she needed to know that Dan and I were not angry at her for changing her mind.  I wrote her a letter explaining that we didn't have any hard feeling toward her, and that we still cared about her and her son and were praying for them.  I sent a bunch of verses of encouragement as well. She responded right away, which I was surprised by.  She said she couldn't thank us enough for that email.  She said she thought for sure we hated her, and the fact that we didn't, proved to her that we really are who we say we are. Baby boy was born early, too!  He is already a month old, and he is adorable!  She is really struggling being a single mom and she is still trying to decide if parenting was the right choice for her.  Please pray for her.  She is in a tough spot right now. I know that the Lord brought her into our life for a reason, and if it is simply so I can be an encouragement to her, I want to be that.

We've been super BUSY!  We're trying to finish all of our remodeling projects, especially our exterior work before the snow starts falling!  We've been in our house for over 3 years, and have focused all of our attention on the interior, and haven't done a thing with the exterior.  (Sorry neighbors!)  But we tackled replacing siding and painting our house, and we went from the worst looking house in the neighborhood, to one of the best.  We're so happy with how it turned out!  It was a dramatic color change, but we're very happy with it!

Here is the before picture:

And here is the finished product!

Now we need to do some much needed landscaping!  We'll see if we get to that this year...

Thanks again for everyone's support.  It means so much to us.