Well, the adoption didn't take place. The birthmother changed her mind about putting her baby up for adoption right at the time of her due date. She didn't tell us, our social worker or attorney about her decision. We figure she had the baby two weeks ago, but she hasn't had any communication with us. She went into the hospital as a non-public patient so we didn't know she was there apparently. We aren't sure what happened exactly, or why she won't contact us back. It is the weirdest situation to sit with someone who swears that she's given her baby up for adoption to you in 2 weeks and then she vanishes. No contact what so ever!
That said, it is what it is. We believe our family is going to grow regardless and look forward the process. It was a devastation at first, but as time passes we have decided to push forward and research our options. I'll keep ya posted, but nothing in our immediate future right now is scheduled for our family. God has a way of doing things His own way and timing...not ours:)
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Today was a breath of fresh air! Jack and I took a day trip to the Children's Museum. We haven't been in a few weeks, and we try to go often. It is one of two places Jack asks to go to. He Loves Chuck E Cheeses and The Children's Museum.
Some weeks balancing work, family, social and community can overwhelm me! If I have a few busy days and Jack spends time with other people, he seems to be in a funk for awhile. I wish he wouldn't be...but he is. After we spent the day together, he seems to be turning his attitude around a little. Being a mom is stressful, being a wife is stressful, being a business owner is ULTRA stressful...it will all be worth it one day...right?!?
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Well, we have had an interesting week! How do you know what God wants for your life? How do you know what to do when faced with big decisions?
Trust that no matter what you face, God doesn't give you more than you can handle. Will it be hard...probably! Will you question your decision...most of the time! But will there be a reason you do what you do...ABSOLUTELY!
Being open and ready to take on new challenges may just prove to be AMAZING! If we aren't open to new challenges...they may just pass us up!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Jack is trying to be a "Big Boy," and go potty! He looks the part, but doesn't act the part.
He asks for reading materials for the bathroom...I've never done it, Jake has never done it. Where does he get this from? If anyone out there does it and taught it to Jack Attack, please let me know. It cracks me up!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Well...today Jack spent the day with Auntie Lisa, Cousins: Ali, Paige and Alec. The cousins had school today, so Jack ran errands with Auntie Lisa, then they all went to Chuckie Cheese! One of Jack's favorite places!
After he got home, he decided it was time to sing for us. Cousin Ali painted his nail black like a rockstar...so we thought it was appropriate to make a music video! Enjoy the song "Jesus Loves Me"...Jack Jack style!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This past month has been a journey and a roller coaster ride! It has been amazing to watch John and Ashlee become parents. Audrina is a princess and we are so happy to be apart of her daily life.
Who knew our household would multiply this way...this year! Audrina is a miracle baby. I think it runs in the family.
Through all the changes, I'm glad they have been with us. We are glad to have this special time with them as their family is beginning.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Look at that big boy...in his big boy underwear!!!! He is so funny! He is starting preschool tomorrow, and in preparation we have been talking about it all week. We have also started putting underwear on him while he is at home to help with potty training.
Last night he wanted to put his backpack on and he found a little purse and keys. He gave me hugs and kisses and told me he was going to school now. He was so stinkin cute with his half naked body and bags for school.
Jack loves his sweets, his favorite is Oreo cookies dipped in milk! He could eat them every day!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
As for the adoption update, we received a call from Bethany Adoption Agency last week. We were given a spot in their program, but we have decided to pass on it and stay with AIAA. We were wait listed with Bethany, and thought we would take the spot if given the opportunity.
The Pro's to Bethany:
They conduct the homestudy and all support is close by
The Con's to Bethany:
The home study is more expensive
It can take up to 24months to get a kiddo home
We would have to redo our home study
We can't make a gender preference
Jake and I decided that AIAA is the route for us! We can't wait to see our little girl. I think often about our little girl, and wonder if she is born yet! I often find myself browsing through the girl department at stores and can't wait to buy all the cute little outfits. (anyone else agree that boy clothes aren't as cute????)
Anyways...we have decided to stay on track with AIAA. We are in the final debate over what to do about raising the rest of the funds. We trust that God will make a way. We know that it will happen soon. We are actively looking for the right option, just haven't picked one yet! Stay tuned!
As for Jack, we took his pacifier away today! It happened out of necessity, but we are going to keep it up! It has to happen. He is 2.5 years old, and we are going to put him into a preschool starting next week. I want it to happen before he starts. Today our neighbors, Brad and Jenny, came over for dinner. Jenny is due to have a little girl in February and we talked with Jack about giving Jenny's baby his pacifiers when she comes out of her mommy's belly. Jack said yes! This is the first time he has agreed to let go of his pacifiers! Then...bedtime came and I couldn't find a paci anywhere. So, we "gave" them all to Jenny's baby. When I put Jack to bed, he cried for at least 30 minutes! But he went to sleep, and he will get used to it. It broke my heart, but had to happen. YIKES!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Scott was rockin it out in a marching band with Jack! It has to be Jack's favorite thing to do these days. Jake and I have to march in a parade a few times a day. Scott and Steven stopped in for a visit on their way back to college in Oklahoma. They attend Oral Roberts University. They are twins, and I struggle to tell them apart!
This is their buddy Matt, he hopped a ride from Michigan back to ORU. He was also asked to march in the parade!
Jack was determined to get this little helmet to fit him! He tried multiple times, and he got so upset when it didn't work!
We had the boys get a snowmobile helmet so he could wear a helmet. It made him feel better...at least for a little while.
This was by far Jack's favorite gift! He loved it! I know, a 2 year old with a real guitar...why not?!?
His Cousin Nick is his hero, he plays basketball and football. (Uncle Virgil held him up for the photo)!
He's going to be a rockstar...he loves everything music! He is obsessed with marching in parades now!