Friday, August 29, 2014

Congratulations Joel & Katrina- IT's TWINS!!!!

Our double blessings
Joel & Katrina signed on with Christian Adoption Consultants in January.  After a couple of months their home study was complete.  
They got the call that they were matched in May!!  This past July they brought their double blessings HOME! 

Here is a little bit of their story......
 It's Friday the 18th.  Just a few hours away from knowing for sure whether or not these girls were to be ours.  The papers were to be signed at the 72 hour mark, which would be around 3:30 pm.  We began the day praying for all involved, that the Lords will be done, and that everyone would be at peace.  The birth mom text Katrina and asked if she could spend some time alone with the girls.  For the past several days we tried to bring the girls to the birth moms room so she would be able to spend some time with them.  We dressed them all up and took them to her.  She smiled, seeing them, and said,"wow they are going to be spoiled."  
   So we left them with her as we went to our room to pack some of our things, knowing we were leaving with or without the girls.  In our room we finally got the call that we could get our girls.  The papers had been signed!!!  We went to the birth moms room with a mixture of joy and sheer compassion for the birth mom.  As she gave Katrina a hug she said, "Please send lots of pictures.  It will be healing for my soul."  We were so amazed that God had now entrusted these two precious girls in our care.  
   In our room we thanked and praised God for the wonderful gift of these daughters.  That evening, in our hotel room, Katrina text the birth mom to show her our love and to tell her the girls were doing well.  She responded back, "I can't get over how precious they are but I will be forever thankful for you and Joel."  How that comforted us both to know that she was content in her decision and not regretting it.
   Here are a few photos of our darling daughters.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

We leave tomorrow......

 So just some pics of our family as we went to visit our Life Group leaders and friends- for some swim time...... 
 So some fun stats about our upcoming in we leave early tomorrow! 
1300 miles to get there which will be spread out into 3 - 8 hour days.  We have learned that for us unless it is under 15 hours we spread it out.  That way we keep some of our sanity, our kids have the evenings to stretch their legs, and we actually don't miss out on our family time.  You know where you all talk and look at each other (hard to do in a 15 passenger van).  
 We will be in Iowa!  Where I spent 30 years of my life!!!  Home of HUGE pork chops, corn as high as an elephant's eye by the 4th of July!  Mostly small town living at it's finest with many farmers around. 

We will be visiting clients while we are there, staying at a camp that Jason and I met at, visiting some of our children's birth mother- (please be praying about this as of course this is a big deal and we are thrilled and yes there are a million emotions for our children, for us, and for their birth family), going to the Iowa State Fair, meeting up with family, and chillin' breathing in God's mercies!!! 
 Then we will travel down to Missouri- stopping to visit some Christian Adoption Consultant friends on our way through!!!  YEA!!!! 

My parents moved about the same time we did to the Branson, MO area.  So we have rented a cabin- again to visit my parents, visit some clients in the area, and chillax in the pool!!!  Breathe in God's blessing on our family!!!
 Yesterday I packed pretty much the whole day.  Today I loaded it all up except a few last minute things and a cooler for water, milk for Michael, meds for Michael, and a few cool snacks.  I think last night I counted 3 bags of snacks, diaper bag, 3 large suitcases, 5 small carry on type pieces, 3 laptops, double stroller, toys- each child packs a small bag of toys/books, backpack to carry Michael on hikes around the camp, portable seat for Michael, and a partridge in a pear tree ;).
 Of course we have brought bedding with us as well in one of the suitcases.  We will be staying with friends on the way too and from except one night.  So we booked a couple of hotel rooms for that night. 
 Now we realize that vacations are a privilege and not a right.  We take our vacations seriously because the money God has blessed us with we want to spend on memories!  Times laughing and being silly.  Times dedicated to focusing on our children and ourselves.  We haven't planned anything expensive for this trip, but will treat our children to special things we don't normally do - like eat out. 
So here we go!!!  2 more children to be tested for home school, clean up the house, finish some work things, and sleep well because tomorrow we rise early!!  :)