31 May 2011

birthday boy

this guy had a birthday while we were away... I think it was a good one. I am continually amazed by him; as a father, as a husband, as a follower of Jesus Christ. He's what most would call a "good guy." But he is also so much more than that. I am blessed beyond measure to be called his wife.

I pray the year ahead is full of all kinds of treasures for you, Bradley, as you continue to follow after God with all of your heart. Thank you for being the leader in our family, thank you for submitting to His will for you, even when it doesn't make sense to everyone else. Thank you for choosing Him as your guide... it makes it so much easier to follow you. I love you. Always and forever.

And you knew this would be on your birthday post, right? After all, "you are a novel in a sea of magazines..."

"well, that was ...


We had the greatest getaway weekend with David & Casey! I'm not sure exactly when the plan was hatched, but we decided to get-together for the long weekend, and to ease the driving we decided to pick a place to meet up rather than staying at one of our houses. We chose near Asheville, NC. We found a cabin on vrbo.com. I'll admit, I was a little hesitant about what to expect, but I think we did alright with our choosing...

Here are the guys on the porch by the front door...

{and the pics are in random order, so please overlook that annoyance}

Walker tried out the fountain downtown Asheville...
and both of the boys enjoyed multiple dips in the hot tub on the deck... as did Uncle David & Daddy... for some reason I only got in once, and Aunt Casey opted out for the sake of not cooking baby. Good call. The guys enjoyed it a lot though!
I don't remember the name of this creek but its by Chimney Rock, NC. The boys had fun playing around in it... (until someone notified us of a snake...)
We all waded in it a bit, it was so cold & refreshing!

here is a collage with some other views from the cabin as well as more from the creek...

We went to the 11th annual Mountain Sports Festival, it wasn't exactly what we expected (we decided maybe the first or second day would've been a little better than the last day), but there was fun to be had - the boys tried out the climbing wall. I was really bummed that I had a dress on so I couldn't do it - or wait, no I wasn't.
I actually forgot the camera so all these pics are from my phone. I somehow missed taking a single picture of David or Casey, so I guess we'll have to do this again... ;) I think if I had the camera I would have actually taken some of those kind of pictures, the phone/camera thing doesn't seem legit for those kind of pics - at least in my mind - for now. Maybe one day I'll get it.

Anyway, it was great to get to spend time together with them. I'm not sure why it has taken us this long to plan something like that... hopefully it won't be that long before we do it again. I'm guessing the next time we see them will be in their hometown when we meet the little man on his way! So excited about that!

30 May 2011

fun news

In case you didn't know, we went on a nice little getaway this weekend where we met up with David & Casey and stayed at a sweet log cabin near Asheville, NC... I promise to tell you all about it tomorrow (most likely)...

...but in the meantime, I just wanted to quickly tell you about a phone call we got on the way to Asheville (not THE phone call). It was Wilson's teacher, Mrs. Z. She was calling to let me know that Wilson's report card and awards were ready to be picked up in the office. And there was one other thing she had to tell me that she couldn't tell me on Monday when we picked Wilson up...

... she is moving on to 3rd grade - and bringing her class with her!!! How awesome is that? We were actually at Wal-Mart when she called and Brad couldn't for the life of him figure out who on earth I was talking to, or why I sounded so giddy! It was such a fun and unexpected blessing for us!

I told Wilson and he said, "I guess I don't have to pray about my 3rd grade teacher anymore!" He gets a big grin whenever we bring it up. He's pretty happy about this development.

24 May 2011

we kicked off the morning with some Alice Cooper...

...because... "SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER..." and for unknown reasons, whenever we arrive at the last day of school I can't help but belt out some Alice Cooper. And the boys look at me like I am making up my own song... and then when they hear Alice Cooper sing it they look at me in disbelief, "like really? there's a song like that in real life?"

So the actual last day of school is not until Friday but because Brad has leave this week we worked out a deal with Mrs. Z. so Wilson could spend more time with Daddy. She helped get everything ready for Wilson and gave him his end-of-the-year treat bag yesterday. We are so thankful for her. She has been a wonderful teacher and again we feel blessed that Wilson has had such a great year at school.and for a reminder of what his first day of 2nd grade looked like:

20 May 2011

Wilson's world...

Wilson was also hard at work last week while Yaya was in town. He got to show-off his map skills on this end-of-the-year project. Thankfully we found a website that had free printable world maps. Yaya was a big help in this project too...You can see he was pretty pleased with the final result! (So was Mussy, she's so proud of her boys!)

18 May 2011

something as silly as a table

Did you know we've been considering a new table since before Christmas? Its true. The table we had worked perfectly for the four of us, and we could make it do with patio chairs if we had a small amount of company. But knowing that God was expanding our family through adoption made us realize we needed a bigger table...

And the search began. But it wasn't until we could earmark some of our tax return $ that we really started looking. We set a budget, which at first seemed huge, until we started looking at furniture stores! Wow, dining room table sets are kinda pricey! We started looking at thrift stores again, I was making a weekly walk-through at a couple places to see if I could find something just right. My friend, Amy, (that recently had her first baby-awesome story there!) joked that we couldn't have a child placed with us until we found a table. While I appreciated her urgency, I knew we could make do for a day or two if we had too... we still have those patio chairs.

Probably in the last month I started looking on craigslist. I'm leery of being murdered by a stranger so it wasn't my first thought to look there. But thankfully, military people move all-the-time and aren't that attached to their furniture. I started seeing a lot of dining room tables listed as "Fort Benning." Most of them were small. Many were just not at all what we were looking for.

And then there was this one. {I know this would be the perfect time for a picture of the whole set, but Brad took that with his phone and I didn't think about it until I started typing this.} It was originally listed for $800. It wasn't the style we would go to the store and pick out. We like clean lines and simple. This is not that. But... it works so well with our gorgeous buffet, and those expensive curtains that have been moving around with us.

I kept checking craigslist daily and noticed that the price on this set kept dropping. We decided we needed to check it out... And it came home with us for less than half of our original budget! Woo-hoo!

And because we are certain that God intends to bless our family with more sticky-fingered-messy-kiddos, we knew the creamy fabric wasn't a great fit...So we took advantage of the extra labor and expertise of Yaya last week and did some family bonding over the seats. Walker wanted to be involved every step of the way...

I hate to think of what might've happened if Yaya wasn't here... or if Barbie hadn't lovingly threatened to call me "Grandma" if I covered those seats with cheap vinyl... We found a great dark brown pleather-ish fabric and a 50% off coupon at Jo-Ann's... I think they look pretty great.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but I feel like finding a great table and then making it work for our family has been a huge encouragement to me. I can't go buy baby clothes for our new kiddo, I don't know if I'll need a bassinet or big bed. But I do know God is at work in the details. I do believe He is going to grow our family through adoption and somehow, this table reflects our faith in Him to do it.

Eventually we'll add a couple more chairs, but we aren't rushing that. The kind I have pictured in my head can be purchased just about anywhere...(this is sort of what I'm thinking)

I am kinda waiting to see if we'll need a highchair first. ;)