My List Has No Checks

We’ve had a pretty lazy day. Of course, Jacob woke up super early, which is his Saturday ritual. I had a few plans for the day but they lost out to laziness.  I watched a lot of HGTV instead. (and Sherlock Holmes–good movie, by the way!) The boys love doing nothing on the weekends, especially now that school has started. We did eat today, so never fear-  my children are not hungry. They may be tomorrow if I can’t make Sean I don’t go to the grocery store!

What I didn’t do today: laundry, grocery shopping, pack for my trip

What I did do: eat, watch TV, nap, cooked lunch, listened to the boys play

Sean and I are going on a school visit with work next week. (we work together, fyi)  We are going to South Korea. It should be a great trip! We will visit NICS’ 3 schools there and do a bit of sightseeing, too. Any suggestions?

Also, we will be able to visit the orphanage that our little girl is in. (Learn about our agency here.) I’m super excited and just as nervous.  It will be pretty hard to “just visit”, but I’m very thankful to be able to meet her in person. If all goes according to plan, we will post some pics of our visit, and you will be able to see the cute little miss! So remember, when you see on Facebook or Twitter that we are in Korea, we are not bringing our little girl home! And on that same note, we are still not sure when that will happen. Next year sometime is all we know.  HOPEFULLY, it will be during this school year.  With adoptions, your timeline is never set in stone.

Okay, so a few quick silly updates on the boys:

Jacob’s new favorite word is “literally” and he literally uses it 97x everyday. Currently, he loves all things Ninjago.

Caleb is a middle schooler. He is perfecting the art of being uninterested in us in public. (but he’s still the best big brother ever)  Actually, Jacob said he is a “medium” brother.


I’m very excited to meet our little girl, but will miss the boys so much. I guess it will be the same after meeting her. One more cart added to my emotional roller coaster!  Most days I’m fine, but sometimes it’s hard to wait.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to post while in Korea, but I’m not sure.  If not, we’ll put pictures up soon.

Also, we will soon be announcing a few fundraisers that we are planning. We will have a few different options for those who want to be involved.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Finally Friday

Y’all, it’s been a long week. My boys started school Monday and getting back into the routine has been tiring. (This one is a bit rambly…-you’ve been warned!)

Jacob is adjusting well to 3rd grade at a new school, likes his teacher and has a few friends in his class that he already knew. Yayy!  Caleb, on the other hand, is adjusting a little more slowly into middle school. His school is huge and none of his buddies ended up in his main classes. He’s a little down and it hurts this mama’s heart. Caleb has always been our sensitive one and takes everything to heart. He misses his friends. He has had such a good attitude. He’s a one friend kinda guy, so we’ re talking a lot about getting to know people and giving them a second chance if they disappoint. He’s only 11…he shouldn’t have to worry about being disappointed, but he has been and will be again. We disappoint, his friends disappoint, life disappoints. The only person that is never selfish and will never make mistakes is God. Jesus. So, if that’s true, why do people die too young? Why are people suffering? Why are there children without families? These are the questions my kids ask. And I get to tell them that I do not know. Because those are my questions, too. Fortunately, we are allowed to ask questions and God is not threatened by that. For that, I am thankful.

I don’t know about you, but our kids do not accept pat answers. We’ve learned to be honest if we don’t know the answers to their questions. Caleb is a question asker by nature. Is that any surprise? Have you met his father? Jacob doesn’t have time for rhetoric. Just the facts, please! They keep me on my toes and I love that.

We received a bit of info about our girl….she wears a size 2(ish) and is 36 inches tall! We are excited to have this info because we can now send care packages!! I’m not sure what we’ll put in the care package yet….I’ll let you know when we decide. Any suggestions?  She seems a bit tall for a 2 1/2 year old….she’ll fit right in!

Lastly, take a look at Give1Save1 Asia. The family of the week, the Hurst fam, is adopting from China. Our Africa family is adopting from the Congo and the US–2 babies! So fun! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy helping these families raise their money for their adoptions and share their stories. Each story is so sweet–you’ll love ’em!! And, we all know I have the gift of gab! That’s the only thing I got in trouble for at school–talking.  Well, talking and being late all of the time;)

Okay everyone, have a great weekend! It should be beautiful here!

Summer Was Way Too Fast

This summer, we

Saw Jordan graduate:) Cannot believe that…  (proud aunt here)

Went to PERU!! It was amazing! Sean paraglided-we watched. We ate LOTS of fries.  Lots.

Went to the beach for 1/2 day, but I pretended like it was a whole week!

The boys spent a week with the grandparents and played with cousins. Lots of fun!! (tired grands…)

Planted 2 tomato plants which have yielded, so far, 7 cherry tomatoes.  And a squash plant that died. And another flower that died, but don’t tell my Mama because she gave it to me.

Had a visit from some Mobile family….always nice! Walked on Beale….feet were not 10 feet off of it, but still.  (kudos if you get that)

Saw a few movies.  Read a few books.

Bought some girl stuff🙂

I went to NY. Saw Evan in his element. Thanks, V, for the invite–we were thisclose to Niagara Falls!!;)  Super proud aunt.

Then school started. It was fun while it lasted!

Hello from upstate NY!

I’m in NY with my sis in law watching my nephew play at a baseball expo. It’s 90 degrees, so they think it’s hot, but we all know better. 90 in Syracuse and 90 in Mobile or Memphis is not the same–some of us live in a sauna! Oh, and I’ve always wanted to say I was in upstate New York…so now I’m happy!

The only update on our little girl is that she’s waving and bowing goodbye! Isn’t that the sweetest thing?? Just a heads up……Sean and I are going to Korea for a school visit with work. We are NOT bringing her home, so don’t get your hopes up! We probably won’t even get to visit her. Not overly happy about that part, but at least I’ll have a lot of pictures of her hometown. We still have a long wait, but are hoping it goes smoothly and a little more quickly than expected. (we can hope, right!?) Still lots of paperwork, but a big chunk was sent off this week. One more thing checked off the list.

My new friends, the Lewis‘, are adopting from the Philippines. If you have a dollar to spare, throw it their way on my other blog.  Watch their video, too! Click the big Give1Save1 Asia button…you can find them there!

On my way to another baseball game…if I can figure out how to post a picture from my phone to this iPad in a normal amount of time, I will and I will feel very accomplished!