Monday, October 17, 2016

Family Photos 2016

I love taking family photos every year! Here are my favorites from this year! 

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Five! How can my baby be turning five years old?! Did any other parents out there have a small panic attack with the thought of their child turning five? I think a lot of it has to do with my background in education and child development.  It's been drilled in my head that the first five years of a child's life are super important and lay the foundation upon which their little lives will be built on for the REST OF THEIR LIVES! No pressure or anything! 

Part of me wonders if I've spent the last five years screwing up my kid.  I think I've mentioned more than once that Nathan is basically the definition of the word "strong-willed".  If you look it up in the dictionary his picture will probably be there!  But then again according to my parents my picture would be too-ha! 

Although Nathan's stubborn will can be hard to deal with (ok hard doesn't really cut it but I'm too lazy to look up a better verb to describe his little big personality!) I find myself praying that it will be his stubbornness that leads him to saying no when everyone else is saying yes.  That it will help him stand up for others when no one else will.  And that ultimately it will lead him to be a light for Christ here on Earth when everyone else's light has stopped shining.  

One day Nathan will probably read this blog (who am I kidding? Do any bloggers actually have children as followers?) and if he does I hope he will see and understand how much I love him and how grateful I am to God for bringing him into our lives.  It wasn't what I pictured.  It wasn't what I planned. And if I'm honest it has been one of the hardest jobs I've ever done but I wouldn't trade it for a second.  There have been lots of hard moments.  But there have been just as many moments filled with joy, laughter and love that at times has made my heart want to burst!

Happy Birthday Nathan!  

Friday, September 9, 2016

Nathan's 1st Day of Pre-K

Okay so technically this isn't Nathan's first day of Pre-K.  He did a year of Pre-K last year in Bakersfield.  Then we moved and he started attending the Preschool at our new church over the summer.  But this is the first day of the Fall Session and I'm all about taking advantage of photo opportunities!  This is his last year of Pre-School-next year he will be in Kindergarten! I'm trying not to think about it!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Mommy & Me Swim Lessons

For the month of August Silas and I will be doing swim lessons together on Saturdays!  I loved doing these with Nathan-now it's Silas' turn!

As soon as we got to the pool he started yelling "wa-wa".  He was super excited to have a turn in the water after watching Nathan the last few weeks! 

Ready for the pool! Nathan is doing another round of swim lessons at the same time as Silas and I. (Note: You really love your kids when you allow yourself to be photographed in your swim suit.  Try not be to blinded by my white legs!) 

Almost ready!

This was pretty much Silas the entire time.  Loves. To. Splash.

Practicing kicking

Blowing Bubbles for Silas meant drinking all the pool water

More Splashing!

Mommy was blowing bubbles.  Silas was smiling for the camera. 

He didn't mind being on his back at all! He would lay back, close his eyes, and smile!

Waving to Daddy!

Jumping in! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Swim Lessons 2016

We enrolled Nathan in swim lessons at the YMCA around the corner from our new house in Long Beach.  This is the first year he has been a willing participant from the very first day! He is still terrified of the teacher "letting go" but is getting more confident with every lesson. 

Nathan's teacher is the only teacher who wears a black rash guard in the water.  For the first week of lessons he referred to her as the "black teacher" LOL

Practicing using his arms and kicking

Little Brother was not excited to be stuck on the other side of the gate!

Nathan referred to this little boy as his "swimming buddy".  They were too cute together! 

When will it be my turn?!

Getting the "magic marshmallow" strapped on

This floatation device allows the kids to float but also helps them practice using their arms and legs.  Nathan was not a fan when the teacher would let go but has gained a lot of confidence since he started!


So I've been a horrible blogger as of late but it's probably because I'm too busy keeping up with this guy to take any pics! A month ago or so this Silas decided he would climb up on the couch by himself! 

Now you will rarely find him sitting as he thinks it's fun to stand.  The words "on your bottom" have risen to the top of my vocabulary!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Paid in Full

So I've been trying to put this post into words for almost two weeks!  That's how shocked and amazed I am.  But then I serve a Mighty God so why should I be shocked when he comes through in amazing ways?  Last week Ben and I were able to walk into a bank and say words I thought were still a long way off in coming,

"We'd like to pay our loan in full".

But first let me back up.  When we adopted Silas we fundraised like crazy, emptied our savings accounts, and applied for grants but it still wasn't enough to cover the cost of his adoption.  As a last resort we ended up applying for an adoption loan.

Fast forward a year and a half later and we are still paying on that loan.  It's not a huge payment but it has been looming over our heads for awhile.  We worked hard to pay off all of our debt before adopting Silas so it was difficult to go backwards in our financial plan.

By now you may be a little confused.  At the beginning of this post I said we paid off our loan in full! Well let me tell you the rest of the story.  We have always been very open about sharing our adoption story with others. When our new Lead Pastor asked if he could share our adoption story from the pulpit we saw no problem with it.  Little did we know that when he shared about our adoption debt that someone would feel led to come forward and write us a check so we could pay off our loan!  We. Were. Floored.

Our Lead Pastor was teaching on the Acts 2 church in which the people took care of each others needs, big or small.  The couple who chose to write a check to pay off our loan both felt God telling to them to take care of this debt for us.  The weren't even sitting next to each other in church at the time but when the wife went to talk to her husband after church "It was like we had been talking the whole time".

I didn't ask God to take this debt away.  But he did.  And the story gets even better.  When we looked into moving to Long Beach and crunched the numbers for our budget we came up a little short.  But we trusted that God wold provide and we would pinch our pennies as tight as we could in order to make a move to the beach happen.  Never in a million years is this how I pictured God providing!