Tuesday, September 25, 2012


This isn't the update I was hoping to give...  We heard from our social worker last night that the birth mother has changed her mind, and has backed out of the adoption plan.  We're disappointed.  It's an odd feeling, mourning something that was never ours; more like mourning the idea of something, and dreading having to go through this process again.  We've definitely hit a low valley on the roller coaster ride, but we will continue to trust that the Lord does indeed work everything together for good, even when it is hard to see how, we continue to trust that He will.

We appreciate your continued prayers for us, as well as this young woman who will be a new mother in less than 2 weeks.  Adoption is not easy.  It takes a lot of vulnerability.  It can bring so much joy, but there are times where there is a lot of pain.  But, God continues to be good, all of the time.

"...The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1:21

Thursday, September 20, 2012


It is with much joy and excitement, we want to announce........

We're expecting a baby boy!!  AND, he will be here in less than 3 weeks (unless he decides to come early of course)!  We've been waiting to share the news, because with adoption, things can always change, and obviously still can, but we want everyone to be praying for everyone involved.  God has been working mightily and He has answered our prayer, as well as the prayer of this dear, young woman, who is blessing us with this little life.  God's timing is truly perfect.  We are extremely excited, and honestly, a little nervous too!  I can't wait to share the whole story with you all!

Please pray for this young woman (she is amazing by the way!), as the next few weeks will be very difficult for her.  That the Lord would give her comfort and strength. That she would have a safe delivery, (I know she is quite nervous about that part).  For the baby, that he would be strong and healthy. Please pray for us too.  We will have to be out-of-state for 1 week (or more) after the baby is born, living in a hotel room until paperwork can be processed between her state and ours.  Dan won't leave me in another state, alone in a hotel room with a new baby; so he has to take unpaid time off of work.  Pray for the Lord's continued provision.  Also, pray that the paperwork can be processed QUICKLY between the two states, so we can return home quickly.  Also, that the Lord would give us wisdom in raising a son.

Again, I want to thank everyone who has been praying for us, supporting us, encouraging us, and those who have donated to help ease the financial burden that comes with adoption.  (There are a lot of you!) We are truly blessed!!  We cannot wait to share the rest of this story and introduce you to this tiny, yet HUGE, answer to prayer. :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yellowstone Pictures

 I am finally getting around to posting our Yellowstone pictures... 

We stayed in Cody, Wyoming and traveled 1 hr to the park each day.  The park is HUGE, 2.2 million acres to be exact.  So we spent a lot of time driving through it each day, stopping here and there to check out cool things, and we covered a lot of ground on our short time there.  We saw a lot of animals the morning we went at dawn, but no bears, Dan was bummed about that.  It is an amazing place, and we would highly suggest a visit at some point in your life!  We were really glad that we were able to go for our 5 year anniversary.

Saturday, September 8, 2012


This is overdue because we've been on vacation... (I'll be posting about that soon!)  We wanted to thank everyone for your part in our Give1Save1 week!  We've raised $126.85 so far (and since the blog has no other families this week, we are being left up for another week!), which will be used to pay off a chunk on our adoption loan.  We were really amazed at the generosity of friends and strangers, and we are blessed, and thankful for those who have passed our link on to others, and would continue to the rest of this week!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  God is good.

Today, my husband and I celebrate 5 years of marriage!  It is crazy how fast time goes...  It seems like we just got married!  Marriage is so wonderful, and I am so thankful to have spent the last 5 years of my life with my best friend, and look forward to spending every day we are blessed with, with each other.  We went on a road trip to Yellowstone to celebrate, and aside for the ridiculously long drive, we had an awesome time!  (I will post some pictures soon!) Looking forward to this next year of marriage...