Monday, April 20, 2015

S&M Maternity Pics

A few weekends ago I had the honor of taking some maternity pictures for my brother and sister-in-law.  The twins are due in just a few short weeks.  I cannot wait to love on those sweet babies.

Here are a few of my favorites from our afternoon together.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nature Box

It's a good day when you get delicious healthy snacks delivered right to your front door.

I discovered Nature Box several months ago and tried a sample box for free.  

I decided to subscribe this month so that I cold pick what snacks I wanted to try.

It finally arrived today and I tore into it immediately.

Each box contains 5 delicious snacks.

This month I ordered my favorite snack plus 4 new ones.

My favorite is the greek yogurt pretzels. I'm enjoying them right now as I type this.

I ordered Andrew some guacamole bites to try.  I'll let you know what he thinks of them.  I wasn't brave enough to try them.  

Last weekend I learned that I kind of like pineapple so I decided to try their big island pineapple.  This is one of their most popular items.  They were pretty good but I think I prefer fresh pineapple verses dried pineapple.

Toasted Cheddar Stix were also in this month's box.  These are yummy.  I think I will be packing these in my lunch to go with my sandwich.

The last snack in the box might be my new favorite.  
Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops.

They have several new popcorn snacks that I want to try next month.  

This is not a sponsored post.  I just really love Nature Box and wanted to share it with you.  If you want to try some of their snacks you can get a free trial box here.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Our Home Study Part One

Yesterday afternoon Andrew and I met with a very nice woman to complete the first part of our final home study.

This home study is our final step before we are considered an open home and can be matched with a sibling group.

I still can't believe that I am able to type those words.

This journey has felt like a lifetime, but it has also felt like just a moment.  

We spent several hours cleaning and preparing our home for this interview.

She never went beyond the living room.

I kept telling Andrew that I felt like I should be nervous about this, but I wasn't.

God has been in this journey every step of the way.  I had no doubt he would be with us during this home study as well.  

Before we got started she told us that the questions she is required to ask would be personal and invasive.

And I guess to some people they may be, but we are pretty much open books.

She didn't ask us anything that we were uncomfortable talking about.  

She began by asking Andrew about his childhood.  He shared his happiest memories and his saddest/most traumatic memories.  

He told her all about his siblings and their families.  

He talked about his parents and his relationship with them.

When you have a family as awesome as ours all of this is easy. :)

Then it was my turn to talk about my childhood memories and families.  My turn was much shorter than Andrew's.  I have one sibling to his five and talk much less than he does.  :)

Her next set of questions was about our relationship.

How did we meet?

What do we fight about?

Are we sexually compatible?  

That's one of those personal and invasive questions she mentioned.

Why do we want to adopt?

And that was Part One.

It went very well.

If you are preparing for your home study, don't be nervous.

Just be open and honest.

They aren't looking to keep you from adopting or fostering.

They just want to get to know you.

The 2nd part of our home study is scheduled for next Tuesday.

During this visit she will take a tour of our home, get some information about the LBs.  

We will also have one final questionnaire to fill out.  

We have to fill it out separately, answering questions about ourselves and each other.  

After next Tuesday she will write up our report and submit it to her supervisor.  He will look over it and give it back to her if anything needs to be revised.  She will then resubmit it for his signature.

She said she will submit it for his signature no later than May 10th.

I didn't even think about that date until afterwards when I was sharing how it went with my sister-in-law, Krystal.  She pointed out that that was Mother's Day.

And then I cried.

How good is our God?

He is in every little detail.

Once her supervisor signs off on it will go back to the state employee we have been working with from the beginning.  

We will sign it and receive our copy and she will enter us into the database.

Then we are an open home.

We can be matched with our children.

Next month we could be matched!!!

It's crazy to think about.

It brings me such joy but also terrifies me just a little bit.

Memory Verse #8: SSMT

Last week as I thought about our upcoming home study I may have panicked just a little.  

Not about the home study, but about us being parents.

All I could think about was how it was going to be hard.

Really hard.

I questioned rather or not we were truly ready for this.

Can we do hard?

Of course we can.  

I know that we can because God is with us.

But I was still scared.

God is asking me to love in a way I don't think I've ever had to love before.

Because of that I knew exactly what my next memory verse would be.

It would be a remind of what love is, a reminder of what love looks like.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Today I'm dreaming about... 

Picnics in the yard

Tea parties on the porch

Trips to the library

Playing in the rain 

Water gun fights 

Flying kites

Playing board games

Baking cupcakes

Coloring on giant sheets of paper

Catching lightning bugs

Playing tag in the yard until dark

Zoo days

Family movie nights

Sidewalk chalk art

And so much more

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Memory Verse #7: SSMT

God has given me this verse for my future daughters.  It is such a beautiful truth.

I am thankful for this truth.  There are some things in our future that is causing me fear.  I'm trying to continually give that fear to God knowing that he will calm all of them.

Sunday, March 29, 2015