Cycle ???

I’ve stopped counting my cycles. Infertility has stopping running my life. Do I still think about from time to time? Of course usually when someone asks, or a TV show or a book I’m reading. A first I thought infertility wasn’t really talked about but it’s everywhere. The book I’m reading the main character had endometriosis and had suffered from a miscarriage. I keep wondering why I am getting lead down this path, this journey, maybe that’s why. Maybe my body can’t handle pregnancy and God doesn’t think I can go through the grief of a miscarriage. I know this is the path I’m supposed to be on, because it’s made me stronger, Cody and I have a different outlook for our family; and we have bonded more than ever.
We have also had some difficult discussions about; age, race, disabilities that we think we will be able to handle etc. If any of our friends or family members want to understand more I recommend reading Three Little Words by Rhodes-courter. It will make you cry but you will understand a little more of what the child and what we will be going through during the first couple months and even years later. For our family I really recommend the webinar Conspicuous Families on Adoptionlearningpartners.org. (Let me know and I’ll give you the logon)
We are in the final stages of the home study and have one visit left with our social worker that will be held in our home. We will have to be completed within the next 60 days (time line the background checks last). During this time we are preparing the house and doing any fixer upper things so we can focus on our family when the time comes.
We are still trying to raise money as I want to be able to take some maternity leave which will be unpaid. So I have started making some things. If any of you are interested message me and I’ll let you know cost.


Thank you all who have supported us and continue to support us. We are extremely excited for the next chapter.

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Adoption Fundraiser Garage Sale!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21st.
We’re having an adoption fundraiser garage sale!
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I’m so excited to announce that we’re planning a big garage sale on Saturday, May 21 from 8am-2pm to help build our adoption fund.  We’re thinking HUGE and we’d love your help!  I’ve read of many similar adoption sales bringing in anywhere from $1000-$4000 (CRAZY) so I’m praying that Lord uses this in mighty ways to help us. Please pray along with me!
 
What You Can Do
1)  Set aside stuff to donate to our sale (clothes, toys, electronics, games, decorations, furniture, etc.).  If you’re planning to donate clothing, it might be helpful to bag it according to size or at least baby/child/adult.  Let us know and we will be able to pick it up.
 
2)  Consider helping me run this crazy thing.  I definitely cannot do this on my own!  If you’d like to help by lending a table to place items on, volunteer to assist in pricing things, help me set out the stuff in the wee hours of the morning that Saturday, sign up to help handle the money during part of the sale, or volunteer to help tear down after it’s over, please let me know.  You can leave me a comment below if you’re interested.
 
3) Pray for beautiful weather and generous buyers!  
 
I’m so excited to be able to join with you to do this.  I love that adoption is such a community thing where we can join together to reflect God’s heart.  I can’t wait to see how the Lord uses this to help us gather the resources we need to adopt!  Thank you so much for considering.

Busy weeks ahead.

Boy we will be busy the next couple of weeks! My sister is coming to town at the end of March. She lives in California with her husband Jon and their two boys T(9) and B(7). THEY ARE MOVING TO VIRGINIA! 🙂  So they are coming out to look at houses, hopefully to be moved out here by June! We decided to hold a barbecue for a meet and greet with friends and extended family. We want to do a lot to the house and we started last night on a fire pit. 

We are hoping to do something like this, minus the path.

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Here is the progress so far.

Before. Cooper really wanted to have his picture taken.

before fire pit

He really wanted his picture taken 🙂 cooper

Setting the layout.

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We have a fire pit! IMG_2190IMG_2192

I’m super excited to get this finished! We are going to get the pea gravel this weekend to finish it up! Next up is a patio! I’ll keep you posted.