Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Painting for Zero

Project Zero is an organization that has become very close to my heart over the past several weeks.  Their motto is 1 + 1 = 0.  1 Family + 1 Child = 0 Waiting Children.

Their goal is to raise awareness about adoption in the state of Arkansas and connect families with waiting children.  

Last Wednesday night a local paint studio held a fundraiser for Project Zero.  

I have always wanted to go to a painting class and thought this was the perfect time.  I felt like it was something fun I could do that would benefit my children.

I didn't want to go by myself so I asked Andrew's mom and sisters if they wanted to join me.  It ended up being just my mother-in-law and me.  It was the most special time together.

We began the night with a blank canvas and a plate of paint.

We had an instructor who led us through the painting step by step.  She made it very simple, though there were times we questioned that our painting would turn into a tree.

But by the end of the night we did in fact have two Christmas trees to take home with us.

My tree isn't quite finished.  I started drawing the circles but instantly hated them.  I painted over them and was happy with my plain tree until I saw the above picture.  Everyone's looks so cute.

I'm going to add buttons I think or maybe just paint solid circles.  I'm not sure yet.

I was able to meet the lady behind Project Zero.  I enjoyed getting to visit with her and discuss a certain sibling group that Andrew and I have fallen in love with.

Painting was fun.  I definitely want to do it again sometime.

But more than anything I loved the time I was able to spend with my mother-in-law.  Special memories that I will cherish always.  Lots of laughter.   I am thankful God has given me such a beautiful family through marriage.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Our Weekend

I've always wanted to go see Trans Siberian Orchestra.  I've heard it was amazing and the band geek in me just knew I was missing out on something.  I was more than a little excited when Andrew told me he bought us tickets several months ago.  I have been looking forward to it for months.

The day finally came yesterday.  We went to the afternoon show and just made a day out of it.  We had the best day talking about our adoption and dreaming about how many kids God has waiting for us.

Andrew and I have been to a lot of concerts and yesterday was the first time we've ever seen such technical difficulties.  After the first little intro they stopped the show and left us sitting in the dark for a few minutes while they worked on their screens.  They were sending the wrong picture to the wrong screen.  It was pretty comical.

There were more problems toward the end of the show when a light caught on fire and a fire extinguisher had to brought out.

TSO has some very talented musicians but Andrew and I are not going to be those people who go see them every year.

Let's just say it didn't make our TOP TEN list of concerts.

After the show we headed to the mall for a little shopping.  

How festive is this red jacket?

Today we started getting our Christmas decorations out.  I had planned to decorate last week but I spent four days sick so it didn't happen.

I made some Christmas cookies I found on Pinterest.  They were a complete fail.  My pans are old and have seen much better days so I'm going to blame it on that.  The cookies weren't stuck when I first pulled them out of the oven, but by the time I added the kiss to the top they had all cemented themselves to the cookie sheet.   

So I did the only reasonable thing.  I threw away two cookie sheets with cookies still attached, snapped a picture of the five cookies that were made on a different cookie sheet, and posted said picture to social media making me look like a holiday Martha Stewart.

Only two more weeks until Christmas break.

This teacher is ready.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Our Timeline

Several people have asked about our timeline for adoption.  How soon will we have kids in our home?  When will they officially be Weavers?

Though I know they are inquiring about the process of adoption and not necessarily our plan I can't help but want to answer with an explanation that it is not our timeline.

Our timeline was to have a baby in our home already.  Maybe two.  A baby that was the perfect combination of Andrew and me.  A baby that didn't have to wait to officially be a Weaver.

Growing our family isn't being done on our timeline.  Our family is growing on God's timeline and in His way.  

If I have learned anything over the past few years it is the truth of Proverbs 16:9

I am a planner.  There are few things that make me happier than a cute new planner to start the year off right.  Organization makes me giddy.  Having a plan gives me a sense of security.

Andrew and I planned our first child.  It was perfect.

Or so we thought.

To be honest it still seems like our plan was a pretty good one.  But I can't see the bigger picture.

Adoption may seem like our Plan B, but it has been God's Plan A all along.  This journey is what he  had waiting for us all along.  Its what he has been preparing us for.  It's not the next best thing.  It is the best thing.

Sometimes it feels like we have jumped into this journey without much thought or planning because the decision was made so quickly and that can be uncomfortable.  But I have seen God in every step of this journey.  I have felt Him whisper to me that this is how he planned to grow our family all along.

And that brings me more happiness than any plan Andrew and I have ever had.  

There is joy in obedience.

And I believe that saying yes to this journey is just that.  Obedience.  I know we are doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing.

So when you ask about our timeline or if we are really willing to take a teenager, when you ask if we are sure we want to adopt multiple children all at once, you may be thinking we are a little crazy.

It's okay.  We've thought that too.  But at the end of the day, we know we are on God's timeline.  We have story after story of "crazy" obedience in the Bible that lets us know obedience always works out for the best - for the glory of God.  Just look at Noah - building an ark for a flood when he had never seen rain.  Or how about Abraham setting out not knowing where he was going, waiting on a promised son throughout his old age?  I'm sure they looked crazy to those around them.

So when will we have kids in our home?  Andrew and I have our plan, but we know in the end we will have kids in our home in God's perfect timing.

For now we wait expectantly.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Wednesday night we celebrated Thanksgiving with Andrew's family.  We were blessed to get host again this year.  We LOVE hosting.  It is so much fun to fill our house with family.  

It's always loud and busy and a bit crazy. 

This is the only picture I took all night.  Andrew's brother Cary, our nephew Tyler, and me.  Love these guys!

And then the minute they all leave it is quiet and sad.  It always makes me a little weepy.

We love having everyone here.  The adults visiting downstairs while the kids run around playing upstairs.

Everyone spent the night Wednesday night.  After breakfast Thursday morning we all went our separate ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with more family.

Andrew and I spent the day with my family at my Mommom's house.

No one was stepping up to carve the turkey so I did it this year.  First time for everything.

My favorite part of Thanksgiving this year was that the secret was finally out.

I'm going to be an aunt again!!

I could not be more excited.

My brother and his wife are expecting their first baby in June.  

I began crafting as soon as I found out.

I cannot wait to love on and spoil him or her rotten.  June can't get here fast enough.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cheering in the Rain

It's good to be a Razorback fan!!

Yesterday Andrew and I along with my parents headed to Fayetteville to watch the Hogs take on #8 Ole Miss.

It rained on us pretty much the entire time.  I've never been so thankful for hideous rain suits.  We stayed nice and dry under those rain suits.

It was such a fun and exciting game!

Chick-Fil-A at Half Time

It was a Razorback Victory.


We had a such a fun time.  I can't tell you how happy it made me that this guy wanted to take my parents to a game.  He knew how much my daddy would love it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The First Step

First let me just say THANK YOU!  Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and for your prayers as we begin this journey to bring our children home.  We are so thankful that you are coming along beside us as we start this process.  We are so excited and blessed to be answering this calling that God has placed on our lives.  There is joy in obedience.

Tonight we attended an information meeting with The Call, an organization that helps recruit Christian families to become foster families.  Their desire is that there be no waiting children in Arkansas Foster Care.  We are working with them to go through the training and become an approved home.  This is a faster route than going directly through the state.

At tonight's meeting we learned a little background information about The Call and then we met with a sweet lady, L, who works in a neighboring county DHS office.  She went over some of the rules of fostering/adopting with us.  She also went over A LOT of paperwork.  It was a lot of information in a short amount of time. We had read or heard a lot of what was shared with us tonight through our research which helped.

We filled out our paper work for background checks and turned that in tonight.  Now we just wait on L to call us and schedule our first home visit.  During this visit she will check to make sure our home meets certain requirements such as smoke detectors, windows in bedrooms, and things like this.  If they find anything that needs to be done or changed we will have until our final home visit to take care of those things.

The next training class that is offered will be in January.  It is 30 hours packed into two full weekends.  That will be our next step before our final home study.

We are just praying and trusting God to lead us through this journey.

I believe my children are out there waiting on me and I cannot wait to bring them home and love them for the rest of their lives.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A New Path

A few weeks ago I shared with my sister-in-law some thoughts I had been having about the struggle to get pregnant.   They were ugly thoughts, thoughts that I hadn't even shared with Andrew at that point. They were thoughts that made me feel ashamed.

 She was so sweet to offer encouragement and not an ounce of judgement for my ugly thoughts.  She very wisely reminded me that the thoughts I was having were from Satan.

He is real.  The battle is real.

And on that particular day I needed to be reminded of that.

Fast forward a couple of days...Andrew and I went to church for the first time in a while.  Our lack of attendance...well that's another blog post for another time.  That morning at church there was a special guest from an organization called The Call who spoke about becoming a foster parent and adoption.  At the time I didn't really think anything of it.  He was there because November is national adoption month.

He couldn't possibly have been there because God was in the process of doing something HUGE in my life.  Or so I thought....

A few more days go by and then Andrew decides he is ready for us to do a round of IUI with my next cycle which would be sometime next month.  I wanted to be excited about this possibility, but something about it just didn't feel right.  I didn't have any peace about it.

The very next day a family friend sends me a text message about a baby born who was born at the beginning of last month and would soon be up for adoption.  I shared the information with Andrew.

We talked about it and prayed about it.

It was clear to both of us that adoption was the path we were supposed to take.

Not IUI.

Andrew started doing some research.  He was looking at photos of kids available for adoption when he found a sibling group of 5.

God's plan all of a sudden seemed a little clearer.

The next day Andrew called DHS to inquire about the five siblings and the baby boy.

The siblings are very close to having their adoption finalized and the baby boy hasn't been green lighted yet so they could not discuss his case with us.

Through those phone calls we learned that we need to go through several classes and have a home study done to be an open home.  We cannot be considered available to adopt until we have done those steps.

It seems like the decision to take this path was sudden and out of nowhere but God knew all along.  We believe without a doubt that this is how God is going to grow our family.  We believe that God is calling us to adopt a sibling group.

Next Tuesday we are attending an informational meeting with The Call to learn more about the process of becoming an open home.  We hope to sign up for classes and get the ball rolling.

We've talked about adoption before even before we started trying to conceive, but I never really believed that this would be a part of our story.

I'm thankful this is a part of our story.

We could not be more excited to start this part of our journey.

We ask that you join us in prayer for wisdom and guidance as we began walking down the path of adoption.

We love you all.