Where I am...

I started this adoption journey almost four years ago. There have been many unexpected twists and turns but now I am on the road to adopting a baby girl from Russia. Although not her real name we will call her...Hope. For it symbolizes what she is. A miracle, sometimes a dream, always longed and prayed for. With all current paperwork completed all that stands in my way is finances. I invite you to follow my journey as my faith is tested, my belief grows deeper, and soon my Hope will be placed in my arms after so long living in my heart...May you be inspired, encouraged, humored, provoked to think, and always drawn closer to God.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Miracles are happening....please keep us in your prayers and I will write as soon as I can!!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Scripture and A Snapshot

Gods plans are....big and hard and beautiful and magical and frustrating and perfect. The desires of my heart...To be a mommy. To bring my little girl home from wherever she is....God can do that. This photo was taken in a little Tuscan town called Lucca, Italy. It was a dream of my Marmie and me to go. God made it happen. Dreams can come true....

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall in the Air...

Change and Time

When the crisp air of Fall fills my lungs I find myself paying special attention to all the changes in my life. The season of change that comes after what feels like a short summer always brings with it a sense of urgency. Time moves so quickly, rushing by us as we trip and stumble through the hours. Next year is coming quickly. The year I will start my adoption process again with a determination to complete it in 2013. I look now into the faces of my nephew and nieces and think of how quickly time passes. They are growing up so quickly. so precious.
As I was thinking about each of them, I was wondering if I had to describe them each in two words, what would I say? How would I choose? I wonder if the words I chose today will still describe them in 5 or 10 years? No matter what, I love them with all my heart and cherish each day we have together...
My Bean. he is Fierce and passionate. He is above all a proponent of justice and what is right. He is a champion of the underdog and a helper of the helpless... His heart is as big as the whole world and he loves form the tips of his toes to the top of his head.

My Sugar Pea. She is pure sunshine. Gentle, Compassionate and aware beyond her years. She sees, really sees people even at the tender age of four. She always thinks of others and is appreciative of those around her. She is my Marmie in pint size. She is soooo much like her it warms my heart...

My little JeJe is not so little anymore. She is funny and soft and chubby and tender. She is precious and can make everyone laugh with her sense of humor. She is smart and sensitive...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

THE Question...

THE Question....

          Yesterday I was asked THE question by a well-meaning person. "Are you still planning to adopt or have you changed your mind?" This is a really good question as I am sure it has crossed more then one persons mind :-) in lieu of the length of time I have been working towards this goal. 
          The answer is YES YES YES!!! Without questions, doubt, worries, or re-considerations. I am still going to adopt. It has been a crooked road but a good road. It is a longer path then I expected but I am in a better place then I ever have been and wanted to just answer that questions for you all.
         I will be starting up the paperwork portion again the first of the year and moving as fast as God will allow at that point! The remaining months of 2012 will be spent earning, working, and doing a few other things. I want to thank you all for your support. Your words of encouragement. I will keep you all posted but if you don't hear from me as regularly as in the past just keep checking in! The details will come together and form a picture soon! Keep in touch and I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer Everyone!

       I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer. It is so hot here! 106 degrees yesterday! I have been working ALOT! Its a good thing as the overtime supplies the adoption fund :-) Its getting closer...Unbelievably expensive. It is worth every moment, every hour, every day. Spending alot of time this summer working on myself. Getting healthy, etc. Will keep you all posted!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Caterpillars, Cakes, and Baby Boys...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Baby Shower

              The year I graduated with my bachelors degree I met an angel. She actually turned out to be married to a friend and co-worker of mine and was actually quite human....but besides all those facts, she was an angel to me. I was doing my student teaching in my last quarter of my Elementary Education degree. I was in a classroom which was with a teacher that, how shall we say, was COMPLETELY different then myself. It was a rough quarter. "A" was in the classroom next door also doing her student teaching. Having her there saved me. We have been fast friends every since. 
           "A" is a brilliant combination of creativity, eclectic ideas, homemade genius, and a dazzling smile. She is the most creative person I know. She sees the possibilities in old chairs and broken down mirrors, making them into fabulous parts of a bigger picture.
           Well, she and her husband are expecting their first baby. It was my pleasure, therefore, with my Marmie as my partner, to have a baby shower honoring her and her baby boy.

Our Caterpillar Cake!

My Beautiful friend "A" (middle in black and white strips), her sister, my and my sister

Some games out on the porch

I made this out of paper lanterns!
The guests were invited to bring their favorite children's book!


We made party favor caterpillars out of skittles!

Friday, April 20, 2012


Marmie and I went for a long walk the other day and Daisie loved it! I am so enjoying the spring weather. New beginnings. Spring has such promise.

She loves to sit up and paw the air with one of her feet...So Cute!