Friday, May 25, 2012


Just found out that our official Log-In-Date was yesterday, May 24th!!!  So exciting!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Time Away

My husband and I got away for 2 blissful nights alone.  We didn't go far.  My only requirement was to stay somewhere on the beach.  Even though we only live 20 minutes from the beach, we rarely ever go there.  I usually glance at it wistfully as we are driving on the freeway to run errands.  So, we found a decent inn (read: not too expensive) right on the water.  It was relaxing and restorative.  Thank you to my mom and our wonderful neighbor/babysitter-extraordinaire for watching our children for us to make this happen!!

Delightful dinner by the beach!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


We spent the day at Legoland on Monday.  Needless to say, the kids had a wonderful time.  We were there ALL DAY and I'm still exhausted.  : )  Here are some pics from our day...

And for those who remember the show from the 70's called "Emergency" we visited the fire station where it was filmed.  Jim loved that show when he was younger so this was especially fun for him.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Dossier To China

We are Dossier To China (DTC) today!!!

I have such mixed emotions.  I'm very happy, of course.  All those months of work are over.  All the stress of paper chasing is behind me.  Whew!!  Yet, when I was doing that work I had a purpose and a goal.  Now... we wait.  We wait to be matched with our daughter which will most likely be many months.  Of course, I have lots of little ones and a hardworking husband to occupy my time and energy. But this process is very much a hurry up and wait process and that's not how I typically conduct my life.  God is stretching me big time through this walk.  I have finally submitted myself to the long wait and to God's timeline.

I tried to rush it by searching out our daughter through advocacy groups, blogs and other sites.  My true peace comes, though, when I relinquish the control and leave it up to our agency to match us.  I know that is the right path.  I know that is the path that will lead us to our daughter.  I've just been operating in rush mode for the last 5 months.  It took me a few weeks to transition to where I am now.

It doesn't mean that I probably won't slip every once in a while and get impatient.  I will take it to the Lord when that happens and rely on the Holy Spirit to bring the peace and patience that I cannot muster up in my own strength.

Well, now on to fundraising... : )

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Amazing Adoption Announcement Video

This is such a creative way to announce that a family is adopting!!  I actually just found their website a couple weeks ago before the announcement.  I thought they were a wonderful, faithful family before... now I'm humbly amazed.  God is surely blessing this family!!  Enjoy!!