Thursday, May 29, 2014

North East Adoption Summit

A few weeks ago I was so fortunate to spend a weekend away at the North East Adoption Summit. Ryan held down the fort here and it allowed me a much needed break and evening away. I was able to spend time with some dear friends, fellow adoptive mamas I have met on this journey. We were blessed to see Dr. Karyn Purvis speak right in front of our very eyes. It's one thing to read her words or watch her videos, but quite an amazing experience to hear her speak in person. Her book, The Connected Child, has helped us tremendously on this journey. Here are some pictures of our time...

Lots of Moms from the Philly Area/Baltimore Area Moms Through Adoption Groups. Love these ladies!

Ran into Simi, our sweet social worker. Love this girl!

Me and Kelly at her breakout session, Story Telling...learned lots of good stuff!

Finally got to "meet" my dear friend Tracy. We have talked for hours on the phone, exchanged messages on FB, prayed for each other for years, laughed through tears when we are speaking the same language about our struggles, but never actually met face to face. What a blessing! Love this lady!

Two uninterrupted hours of conversation each way. That never happens when we have 4, almost 5, kiddos between the two of us at every play date. So grateful for this sweet sweet time with my one of my soul mates. Love you Nicole!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fun at the Fire House

What a fun day we had at the Fire House. The boys were so excited. Bishop kept holding his mouth wide open in awe. It was precious. Really grateful to the Station Team who made it so fun for our boys.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fun with PlayDough

A big thank you to my dear friend, Elaine, of Faithfully Infertile. She prayed and asked God for a tangible way that she could bless us and boy did he give her a really great answer. She knew that I loved to do learning activities with my boys, but also knew I had little time or energy to come up with creative ideas. So what did she do? She sent me a HUGE box of activities. There must be 40 or so different activities in there. This is one of them. I couldn't help but cry when I opened up that box. I literally had been praying and hoping for the time to put this kind of thing together. Thank you, Elaine, for such a beautiful gift. As you know, some of these things have made what could've been a yucky morning, pretty manageable. I am so grateful for your friendship. You have a beautiful heart!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Tea

Giddy and I got to share in our first Mother's Day Tea at his preschool. It was so adorable. His teachers took care of every detail. We even got a placemat as a gift with our children's handprints and picture. It was so sweet how proud Gideon was to have me there. Love my sweet boy!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Please Help Bring Him Home

Please consider helping my friend to bring her son home from China and enjoy a beautiful set of pearls as well. I say that's a Win/Win scenario. Don't you?? ******************************************************************************* Mother's Day is less than a week away! If you still need a gift or just want to treat someone special, we have stunning 18" Chinese pearl necklaces with matching earrings available for purchase. They are 6mm nice quality, heavy pearls. Similarly sized pearls in U.S. jewelry stores retail for over $300. Each set is $100 shipped and the entire purchase price goes toward our adoption expenses. We only have 10 sets - if you'd like to purchase one, please email me at as soon as possible. If you are local, we are happy to deliver!