April 22, 2014

DFW locals: LEGO Star Wars MINILAND

This past Thursday we had the chance to attend an early media preview of the LEGO Star Wars MINILAND at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas-Fort Worth

We showed up about an hour before the event and took time playing and exploring. Gunner loved being able to build LEGO Racers cars and race them down the big ramps. He was also obsessed with every "motor vehicle" made out of Legos...and it was hard to blame him. I was so amazed at everything made from Legos, from a replica of the DFW area to all of the buildings in the Star Wars exhibit.

I'll be honest, I'm not the most knowledgeable in regards to Star Wars, but Cody was sure to keep me up to speed...Also know as tell me way more about Star Wars than I care to know.

If you're local to the DFW area be sure to check out LEGOLAND and the Star Wars MINILAND exhibit. Your littles will absolutely love it!


April 21, 2014

a change in our path


There's certainly been surprise AND, of course, happiness in our current change of course (if you missed the announcement, look here or use your context clues above); but, it is all 100% God breathed and God driven...of that, I am sure.

I'm going to break this down in the most simple way I know. Sharing things factually first and then, sharing alongside that how my heart feels about it all. I hope I can make it all make sense. I hope you'll read this post with a kind heart.

I am eleven weeks pregnant. I found out about this little baby on a Tuesday afternoon with my two year old at my feet. I was about five weeks along then.

After the initial joy and shock had settled, we started doing some math. The baby would be born in roughly six and a half months. We had yet to receive a referral for a child, but knew we were at least number 15 on the list based on an email received about a month ago. Once we received our referral, we'd begin the paperwork process needed to get Titus home, this would take about six months. Then, we would travel to Africa to pick him up. You may have noticed there that the approximate time left before travel was the same amount of time till I deliver this baby. Yep.

Inevitably, Cody would be traveling to Africa for at least a month (many people are having to stay even longer) while I was extremely pregnant or had just delivered a baby. Something else I haven't written too openly about here, in fear of sharing too much information about where we are adopting from, is the fact that the country Titus is from has currently closed off all exit letters for adopted children, pending investigations into alleged child abuse and illegal re-adoption procedures. These closures have been in place since late September and could hold until next September. Basically, no exit letters means no children are able to leave the country.

We began to pray about our timeline asking God to speak clearly in what way we should move. Should we stay in the country we began our adoption journey in, hoping that our timelines worked out just right and that the exit letter ban would be lifted? Or, should we acknowledge that this pregnancy was God's way of changing our path, not moving away from the idea of adoption but away from our current adoption situation?

For us, this felt like a change of path. I'm aware that other people have similar situations to ours and they don't necessarily feel the same, and that's okay. But for us, this was God leading us a new way. 

That's been really hard, y'all. Moving away from what WE planned but trusting that God has an even better plan. I've felt like a failure. I've felt like a quitter. I've felt guilty for "abandoning" our plan, and let Satan tell me that that means I'm abandoning a child. This has been my head and my heart. Thankfully, we talked with some friends before we decided to officially leave our current adoption program and they told us something like this -- "If you think this change means you have failed, you are wrong. That is Satan saying that and that is a fear of man feeling that. God does not pronounce those things over you. He is sovereign in every situation, every change." Woosh. If you don't have people like that in your life, people that yell over Satan and speak Truth, get them, y'all.

So, what's next? 

Well, this sweet baby in my belly is due November 6th. If I have another c-section (I haven't decided yet, but reasons I had one with Gunner are here), the baby will be born later October. A Halloween baby, our little pumpkin. 

And we're pushing forward toward adoption in a new avenue and pursuing a domestic adoption. I wrote a little bit about our fears and concerns with domestic adoptions here, so this has been such a shocking change for us. But, the Lord is gracious and has surrounded us with people that know the system in the US, people that are for the adoptive families, and people that have calmed my fears. We know we were called to adoption and we have no intention of slowing down that calling. We've been waiting to add to our family through adoption for a year now, and we don't want to stop now. Will people think that's a little crazy? Probably. Do I care? Not really.

We're working with an adoption consultancy agency whose average adoption placement time is four and a half months or less. So, God willing, we will meet our newborn baby a few months before we meet the baby I'm carrying. Two newborns in just a few months time span.


Okay, I think that's it. If you've made it this far, thank you for reading. I debated writing openly about this change. I think mostly out of fear of what other people would think or say, but so many of you have supported us (financially and emotionally), that I couldn't just keep quiet.

I hope you'll continue to stay with us as we grow from family of three to a family of five in the next few months and as I become a momma to three under three. Oh my.

April 18, 2014

#3

I'd planned this post with much cuter, blog worthy photos. You know, something with a cute prop or the tiniest of baby bumps...and not a crooked, scanned in picture. But, yesterday, I was surprised with rainy weather and some pretty intense sciatic nerve pain, so pictures weren't an option. 

And that's okay. Life has a way of surprising us. And sometimes, surprises are the best. 


Baby #3 will be joining us in November. More coming soon.

April 17, 2014

if he had not called me



"Oh, if He had not called me, where would I be?" -Charles Spurgeon

April 14, 2014

DFW locals: Grand Prairie Premium Outlets

This past weekend, I had a great opportunity to attend a bloggers shopping even at the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets. Even though they're right down the road from me, I'd never made time to stop in, but I'm so glad I did this past Saturday.

Grand Prairie Premium Outlets spoiled us with a catered lunch and a $100 gift card, and what's a momma to do with a gift card but...spoil her son. I did pick up some Bare Minerals makeup for me and I'm so glad I did after seeing all of you rave about it on Instagram! 


Isn't that "Lettuce Turnip The Beet" t-shirt the best? I love shopping local and support our local economy. I have a little bit of my gift card left, so I think I may go back later this week and buy more of the bareMinerals line. 

Do any of you DFW locals have favorite places to shop?
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