Thursday, April 29, 2010

We're baaack!


From St. George! It was heavenly! Now I look outside and there's *gulp* snow? Oh well, the moisture will be good for summer drought, right?

Promise a new post soon! I'm still coming down from Cloud 9 :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Winner Winner!

Ok time's up! Since there were only two people that left comments (sorry Gavin but you can't win these contests lol) then I decided hey, why not let them both be winners?

So Alicia and April you win! lol

Go ahead and email me your address to mail this to at gavinandshauna@gmail.com.

In other news I bought more books. Yes more books. It's the only thing that I allow myself to buy for future sweet baby. Clothes are too risky. I could see myself buying a truck load of the cutest baby girl clothes and then what if it's a boy? Or vice versa! No, better stay away from clothes. But books? Books are fantabulous. Books are safe. Books are something I can use (I'm a child at heart) while we're waiting for our little one. And I'm a sucker for vintage children's books. Here's what I got at DI the other weekend!

So cute! I couldn't resist. I loved books like these and still do. Can't wait till we have a cute lil munchkin who hopefully will enjoy reading as much as Gavin and I do!

There won't be any new blog posts for a while, we'll be in St George soaking up the sun! Or dodging rain drops if the weather man is right...but he's never right....right?!

We'll have tons of fun photos once we're back! Have a great week! 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Another milestone!

I just saw that we've reached 700 hits to this blog! Yippee!

In celebration I'm having a giveaway! I dabble in photography and will be giving this 5x7 print away to someone lucky!

All you have to do is leave a comment below and I'll use one of those random winner generator websites to pick the winner!

Thanks to everyone who reads our blog! The contest will be closed Monday night, 10pm Mountain Time :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Milestone!



Today we're excited to announce that we now have 301 hits to our LDS Adoption Profile!! woot!

We were hoping to catch the 300th, but missed it :)

Yay for milestones! We consider this one. The more its looked at the closer we get to becoming a family of 3, yay!

In other news next week we'll be down in St George celebrating (a couple weeks early) our 5 year anniversary! I can't believe it's been 5 years. It's gone by so fast! Married life rocks and I'm so blessed to be married to my best friend! We have lots of hiking plans for next week! Despite that blasted weather.com indicates there could be rain for our first three days! :( (prayers!!) Even if rain comes, we'll still explore what we can. We can't wait!

Have a great Thursday everyone! And thanks for all the hits to our blogs and profile! We appreciate all your support and love!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Magic Powers?

I really try not to get all emotional out in blogger-space but today will probably be different, just a warning!

I'm an English major and still working on that rad degree. Last semester was the first time I wrote about adoption and infertility. And wrote I did! And this semester. I can't stop writing about the amazing miracle of love that adoption is, nor the pain that comes with infertility.

Last semester I wrote about 4 women I knew around my age struggling with different levels and stages of infertility for one of my papers. Earlier this semester I found out one of them became pregnant! I don't think you can imagine my joy and excitement for her and her husband! She had been trying to nearly 6 years and been through so much (she's my hero). And then one month they miraculously got pregnant on their own! YAY! She had also experienced 2 miscarriages (did I mention she's my hero?) and yesterday they heard a LOUD and healthy heartbeat at their ultrasound! YAY again!

Then, last night I discovered another one of those 4 women I wrote about is also pregnant! I was ecstatic!! (both of these lovely ladies are cousins of mine and I can't say enough how much I love them)

When I told Gavin he jokingly said I should write about more women lol. I'm wondering myself, do I posses some magical writing-real-life power? Which leads to, if I do then should I write a paper about us? ;)

In all seriousness, and how can I describe this?, my joy for them was overwhelming. My heart was full and I thanked my loving Heavenly Father for blessing these two women (and their husbands!) with this miracle.

But there is of course a flip side.

I couldn't help hear this tiny voice in my head timidly ask: Why not me? Why not us?

Though I wanted to push this nonsensical question away, I knew I needed to let myself grieve. Later that night, as Gavin was saying his personal prayer in our living room, I went to our bedroom, dropped to my knees, and let myself bawl as I poured out my heart to Him. I like to think I'm pretty tough, I was none so tough last night and was grateful for a loving Heavenly Father to lean on at that moment. I didn't ask him why we weren't pregnant. I already knew the answer to that. I didn't plead, I didn't beg for our child to come to us soon (as in past prayers). I simply pleaded for strength, comfort, and peace and to feel His love for me right then. I'm not sure if I've ever uttered such an honest simple and heartfelt prayer in my life. I went to bed knowing that this is all in His hands and without worry. Between the peace I felt from Him and from crying (crying sometimes does wonders lol) I felt so relaxed! Those blankets haven't felt that soft in a long time lol! I slept amazingly well and woke up this morning to a peaceful and bright outlook.

Trials are for a time, a reason, and season.

I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who lovingly guides us through hard times.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Adoption Video

On Monday I happened to see a show on BYUTV where they were doing a special about adoption. It was on the Living Essentials show. It was an one on one interview with a LDS Family Services case worker talking about adoption from the birth mothers view point. I found it very interesting and learned new things. They also had a few clips from birth mothers talking about there experiences. I would encourage everyone to see it. I tried to find a youtube of it but couldn't so you will either have to see it on BYUTV, they will be rebroadcasting it Saturday April 10 @ 12:00 AM, or you can go online to byutv.org click on the tune in now button then on the BYU television tune in now button, wait for the viewer to load then down below the player there is a box that has the dates and also the shows according to time, click on Monday, Apr 5, 2010, then scroll down to 10:00 pm Living Essentials. This will load it for you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Please comment if you like it or not.

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