Monday, November 10, 2014

Strengthening Relationships with Birth Family

I know I've seriously neglected this blog but honestly not a lot has been happening in our efforts to grow our family lately.

But I wanted to write a little bit about our amazing opportunity to spend almost an entire day with some of Nathan's birth family last month!

We live in different parts of the country but thankfully Nathan's birth mom lives in the same state as the rest of our extended family making it super convenient to hang out with them when we go home for weddings or reunions.

Last month we headed back home for a wedding and got to spend almost an entire day with Nathan's birth family! It was his birth mom, his half sister, and later even a biological aunt and his birth grandparents! AMAZING DAY!

First we went to the Boo at the Zoo and had so much fun! Nathan and his half sister are soo close and get along so well! It melts my heart to watch them interact with each other! I feel so thankful that Nathan can have special relationship with her, especially since he doesn't have any other siblings yet.

They could almost pass as twins!
But what's funny is she's older but he's taller!

They play so well together, they act likes best friends
AND siblings because they'll fight and squabble too!
In fact, she got grumpy and he kept running after her at the zoo trying to cheer him up.
He didn't get her nonverbal cues that she needed some alone time to calm down.
She kept running away.
Finally he shouted "STOP BEING A FEISTY PANTS!"
It was hilarious and all the other zoo guests around started laughing LOL!


After the zoo we went to Olive Garden!
We came here a few times while she was pregnant with Nathan 
and the day she relinquished her rights.
Carbs=Comfort.
It was fun to come back now years later with both kids too!

This was before they started fighting over the smartphone LOL.

Afterwards we headed to Gardner's Village to check out their Halloween stuff. His bio aunt introduced us to apple pie caramel apples.
OH MY GOODNESS.
It was amazing!
Most of the day we spent comparing Nathan's facial features to his birth mom, sister, and aunt.
So fun!
Having similar physical features is something I've taken for granted being in a biological family.
So I was so glad that Nathan has relationships with his biological family so he can feel that sense of sameness too.

Afterwards we went to his birth grandparents house!
It was nice to catch up with them and Nathan played with their dogs almost the whole time.
He was in dog heaven!
At one point he ran inside and asked grandpa a question and actually called him grandpa!
On his own! I hadn't even taught him to since we rarely see them!
It was so neat and I could tell it meant a lot to his birth mom.
Lots of love in that room!

It was such a great day and I felt so grateful we got to spend this time with them!
I hope Nathan remembers it years from now!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thank you

Thank you to everyone for their kind messages of support and love after my last post. 
It really means a lot to know so many care about our family. 

We love you! 
our most recent "family photo" happens to just be our feet!
time for a new photo!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The one full of raw emotions. 8 months later.

I don't know how to start this post but I really feel I need to. Maybe it'll help someone else. And me.

Last November we were excitedly anticipating adding a baby boy to our family. He was due in March and we were so excited! My heart had so much joy as I got to know his mom and planned his nursery. Finally our dreams for a second child were coming true!

Two days before Christmas our hopes were shattered as we learned she had decided to parent with the father. Immediately I felt peace and respect for her decision.

At the same time I had never felt so much pain.

Waves of pain hit me for the next 2 days. It brought me to the floor in a ball as I sobbed and felt like everything inside me was breaking. I hadn't known your heart could literally break. It can.

I couldn't even go into the baby room and just shut the door.

Christmas morning was beautiful. Despite the tragedy of losing our would-be son, it was a very happy day! I thought to myself, "Great! I'm going to be OK!"

After the Christmas magic died down though I wasn't OK. I was still in pain. I couldn't even pack up the baby clothes. My brave sweet Nathan put the clothes into boxes for me as I sat and cried. I felt horrible that he was the strong one taking care of me, instead of the other way around. It made me cry even more.

I have no idea when I was able to genuinely smile again but I know it was weeks later. During the weeks after Christmas I was exhausted. I couldn't seem to get back into the swing of things. I'd lay on my bed in the afternoon wondering if I'd ever feel happy inside again. And I remember really hoping that I would. I remember thinking how silly I was. How I was being ridiculous grieving for someone who had never really been mine. I wanted to shake it off and I really wanted his due date to pass. I kept pushing myself off my bed to do normal things hoping that would help.

Luckily February brought the Olympics. A GREAT distraction from my pain. During that month I felt I had "healed" enough to text the mom with words of friendship and joy for her. She immediately texted me back grateful and happy for my friendship. Days later she texted me when he was born and his stats. I was so grateful to know he was finally here and hoped that would help me move on with my own life.

In March I continued to try and throw myself back into my life and get back to normal. I thought I was making excellent progress. I was still doing preschool with Nathan and his friends. I was going to church, studying the scriptures, trying to socialize with friends. But what I didn't see was plain to those closest to me. Something was wrong. I was off. For the first time ever I didn't do anything to celebrate St Patrick's Day. One of my favorite holidays. Getting together with friends felt like a chore. Being there for others felt like work and a burden.

At the end of April I visited the mom and the baby. I had some things I wanted them to have. The visit went well and I felt like it brought closure for both of us. I went on my way, continuing in May to do fun things with my family and rocking preschool.

I honestly felt everything was OK.

After preschool got out though I started spiraling down. I didn't even see it until July. Gavin saw it and was concerned but didn't say anything because every now and then I'd have a good day and so he'd hope I was climbing out of it.

By the middle of July I felt like I was losing control of myself. I was lashing out in anger at those I loved most. I broke down to Gavin saying I felt sick inside. I didn't know how else to describe it.

Finally, this week I looked up the stages of grief. And finally the past 8 months made sense.

I had never thought before that I could still be grieving. I hadn't felt the grief to be justified. After all he was never "mine".

I'm still not OK but I can honestly say that for the first time in 8 months I feel like I'm climbing up instead of sliding down. I feel progress inside every day. And every time I talk about it to someone I feel a little bit better. I still have bad days or bad moments.

For the record, no I'd never thought of suicide or wanting to quit or give up. Even in January I had optimism that I would heal and get better. This is grief and depression from loss, not clinical lifelong depression. Although now my heart is more sympathetic to those that do suffer from that kind of depression. 

Gavin has been the biggest support and so helpful. He counseled me to grow close to my Savior. As I have, I feel like that's made the biggest difference. As I've drawn closer to Him I've felt the pieces of my heart fall back into place. I've felt things in my life click back into place. I finally feel like my smiles are starting to radiate real happiness.

I hope that as I've bared my soul that you'll be gentle to it. We could all use kindness when life gets hard.

I'm so grateful for my Savior. I'm actually grateful our next child hasn't arrived yet and that God has given me this quiet time to heal. I'm so grateful for the support of my family. Gavin and Nathan's love and patience with me have been the best thing I could have asked for. This has taught me so many things, some that I'm still learning. It's humbled me. It's taught me to be kind to myself, to be conscious about my health and things I'm doing to contribute to that. It's taught me what grief feels like and how I can be a better friend to anyone that goes through it.

I know this is a risk with adoption and I know a lot of people this has happened to. For all I know it could happen again to us. I hope not, but if it does I trust there's a reason and a lesson to be learned.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Changes but not change of plans

So I'm sure everyone by now has heard and read numerous material about the changes to LDS Family Services and their adoption services. In short, if we're not chosen by the end of the year then we'll need to start over with another agency.

For me, that makes my brain panic and want to quickly jump ship to another agency while it's easier (right now we can transfer our home study usually rather than start completely over since we're still certified to adopt). But while my brain wants to do this, we're not feeling prompted by God to follow that direction. We've felt inspired to hold tight and wait. And so we wait.

If you haven't already done so, please share this blog around the web to help us spread the word!

Also, this guy turns 4 next week and says every day that he wants Baby to come home to us.


It'd be a great Happy birthday if you could take a moment to spread the word via Facebook, email, blogging, or anything else! You never know who's praying to find our family!



















Also, if you'd like to receive some of our adoption pass along cards, please email us with your address and I'd be happy to mail some of those out! Thanks!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Waiting, Hoping, Praying, Working

I promise we're alive over here! I haven't had any news to report on this blog but I'm faithfully updating our family blog.



We're still waiting and trying to spread the word as much as we can hoping that the right person will see our information. Right now I think I'm feeling pretty optimistic. I've been mailing out our pass along cards to family and friends so I feel like at the very least that I'm trying to help things along in a small way. We're busy enjoying summer, each other, and our neighborhood pool so that keeps our minds off the sad part of waiting a bit. Lately I've just felt peace that things are happening that I can't see and that all in good time our next little one will join our family. Exciting to think about!

Thanks again for everyone's prayers and support! I know it's working!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Doing All We Can, Part 2

Hi friends! It's time to talk about part 2 of our efforts to find our next child!
























As we near the 1 year mark of our waiting period, we felt it was time to up our efforts. Through prayer we were led to make these - adoption pass along cards!

Here's a GREAT post about how adoption pass along cards can work!

We're hoping this will help our efforts to spread the word! God knows where our next child is and knows how that birth mother can find us. It may not be through the internet or LDS Family Services. And He knows that.

With prayer in our hearts, we hope that these cards will aid us in our efforts to be found by another brave birth mother and chosen to parent another precious child.

If you'd like to help us circulate these, please email me at gsforeverfamily@gmail.com and I'll be happy to mail some to you!

Thank you!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Doing All That We Can, Part 1

With the changes I spoke of here, it's now even more important to get the word circulated that we're trying to adopt a second time. And we have some ideas of how to really give this our all.



First, we're asking the help of everyone who has a blog. I don't care if it's public or private or if you feel like no one reads it. We need your help. We're asking that you put our blog button onto your blog. This is actually how Nathan's birth mom found us. Through our blog button on someone's blog.

Here are some tutorials on how to add a blog button to your blog if you don't already know how. These were pulled from a quick Google search.

It's super easy!

http://www.jadelouisedesigns.com/blog-button-tutorial/

http://plumroselane-tutorials.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-install-blog-badge-or-add-html.html

Once you know how, email me at gsforeverfamily@gmail.com for our html code for our blog button. Friends & family: just use my personal email. 

Thank you so much!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rolling with the Changes

Adoption can be a bit of a roller coaster. A couple weeks ago we received notice of some major changes to LDS Family Services Ohio adoption branch. That it's closing. Huge change.

I was pretty emotional at first but now I'm totally fine. It actually doesn't mean much change for us yet. Nathan ended up being a direct placement so we've been that route before. A direct placement is a placement without an agency involved and just an attorney. There's also another agency here that our case worker has recommended and their prices are within reach.

Despite this change, any birth mother can still pick us. Whether she wants to do a direct placement or use LDS Family Services. Our adoption profile will remain on the LDS FS website itsaboutlove.org for as long as we're waiting to be chosen.

So for right now, please continue to spread the word!




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Waiting

While we're still in the waiting phase of our adoption process (waiting to be chosen) we're making the most of it.

Nathan is enamored with babies lately. He is going to be such a good brother one day! We all have been praying so hard that Baby will join us soon.




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Arms Will Be Full

This past weekend was a worldwide conference for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon). It was GREAT!

This conference happens twice a year and Gavin and I both look forward to it each time! We have family traditions surrounding these conferences to make it an extra special event.

our speaker board!

There are always so many insights and inspirations I take away from the conference. I wanted to share one of the many that pierced my heart.

Elder Packer gave a talk called The Witness. In it he shared these words:

"Parenthood is a sacred privilege, and depending upon faithfulness, it can be an eternal blessing. The ultimate end of all activity in the Church is that a man and his wife and their children can be happy at home. 

Those who do not marry or those who cannot have children are not excluded from the eternal blessings they seek but which, for now, remain beyond their reach. We do not always know how or when blessings will present themselves, but the promise of eternal increase will not be denied any faithful individual who makes and keeps sacred covenants.


Your secret yearnings and tearful pleadings will touch the heart of both the Father and the Son. You will be given a personal assurance from Them that your life will be full and that no blessing that is essential will be lost to you.
As a servant of the Lord, acting in the office to which I have been ordained, I give those in such circumstances a promise that there will be nothing essential to your salvation and exaltation that shall not in due time rest upon you. Arms now empty will be filled, and hearts now hurting from broken dreams and yearning will be healed.


Friends, those words pierced my soul and gave me such great joy!

Though my arms have already been filled with Nathan, I still have so many yearnings for more children to be added to our family. I know I'm not alone. I have so many friends who are pleading to God for the same blessings. I wept tears of joy when I heard Elder Packer say these words!

God has a plan for each of us. I know that. I know that His plan turns out to be better than my own. I know that our family right now is a beautiful one that I'm so grateful to be a part of as a Mother. But I also know that wanting more children is also a beautiful desire that, in God's time, will be granted to us.

We have been praying so hard for our Baby Holt lately. Hopefully they will come to us soon, but if not we will keep praying in faith!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

God Trusts You

Challenges come to all of us and they can be really tough. Lately we've been really focused as a family for praying for our next little one. I saw this quote from Elder Bednar (gotta love him!) today and it hit home.

Maybe God trusts us with challenges because He trusts us to make the right decisions when facing the tough times. He trusts us to turn to Him and have faith.

Right now all Nathan seems to talk about is being a Big Brother. It breaks my heart to see him suffering some of the same feelings that Gavin and I have. I wish I could make that wish of his come true easily. But our reality is that I can't. Major bummer. So with faith as a family we're praying for our little one extra hard lately!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Grateful for our goofball & adoption

There are so many times that I stop, stare at our precious little boy, and think how blessed our family is having him in it! It's truly a miracle he's in our family and that his birth mom chose us!

Hiked a new part of Ohio today!

Lately, Nathan's imagination has been very creative! It's been fun!

This week, during watching Frozen, he took a potty break and ended up spraying the entire floor with half a can of Febreeze "to make the floor all nice and shiny" and then proceeded to pretend it was slippery ice like on the movie! We sat there waiting for him to come back to the movie and heard him in the bathroom saying "Whoa! WHOA! It's slippery ice!". That was my clue to go check on him lol!

As I type this Nathan is insisting that I'm forgetting the "q" button. You don't know how many q's I've had to delete so far!

Tonight we were going through animal sounds and I asked him what does Nathan say? He said "Hello!" I asked what does Mommy say? "Hello!" I asked what does Daddy say? "AAAAGH!"

Tonight at dinner he brought his favorite plush puppy (it's THE Puppy) to dinner and then would randomly instruct us that we needed to whisper because "puppy is sleeping!".

All these random, cute Nathanisms wouldn't even be possible for us without adoption. And we'll never forget that. Right now he is fervently praying with us for our next child. Yesterday he randomly asked, "Are we going to get a baby boy?" He wants to be a big brother so bad! It breaks my heart that I can't easily make him one. But on the other hand, I know that this is God's plan for our family and he's part of that now. It's bittersweet to watch him go through this with us. I know this will strengthen his faith too, but it's sad at the same time.

We are so grateful to everyone who has been praying for us and spreading our profile. We know that with your help, God will lead us to our next child and their wonderful birth parents! Thank you!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lucky in Love - Spread the Word Event!

Hi Friends!

We're teaming up with my friends Julie and Kenna again for another social media share event!

http://lanceandjulie.blogspot.com/2014/03/lucky-in-love-media-blitz-and-giveaway.html

Julie is hosting a giveaway via rafflecopter so check out the above link for instructions to enter!!













All 3 of our families feel like we're missing someone! You can help!

Just share these links via any social media site you're connected to so we can get the word out!

For those not computer saavy it's REALLY simple to share!

Either use the share buttons via Facebook or the social media buttons at the end of the blog post!
Or you can copy the link and paste it into a Twitter or Facebook status! You can also paste the link into an Instagram post as well!

Easy peasy!


All of us have grown our families by designated adoptions - where the birth parents find you and choose you to adopt their child.

We know that with your help, this can happen again!

So channel the luck o' the Irish and share these links!

Thank you so much! 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Happy Anniversary Nathan!

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of Nathan's adoption being finalized.


The day he officially and legally became ours!


The actual part with the judge was really fast. The paperwork afterwards took longer! Our judge was also pretty grumpy. I don't think he smiled at all. I was irrationally worried that he'd all of a sudden decide we weren't good enough to be parents. I let out a sigh of relief when it was all over! 

Afterwards we walked around Temple Square in SLC and took him to a Build-a-Bear to build his own pal as a present. It was cute to think this bear was "born" the day he legally became ours!

And yes they have matching BYU gear...was there any doubt?


Hard to believe this little bald baby has turned into this!

Happy anniversary Nathan! We love you! 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Healing and Finding Hope Again

After our failed adoption I felt I couldn't even think about our future baby anymore. The hurt was too raw from losing our would-be son. Purchases were returned to Target and Pinterest boards were deleted. For a while I felt like I wouldn't ever be able to move on and keep hoping.

source


I think hope is like a seed though. Gavin planted a seed with a private comment he made after our failed adoption and it planted a seed of hope in my hurting heart. Without realizing it, the seed was nourished by my efforts to find happiness in my every day life again. And for me, as my hope grew my heart was able to heal. I was able to contact the birth mother and wish her the best on her upcoming delivery. That was a huge step in my healing. We enjoyed a little bit of chatting and parted friends. I am so glad. I am grateful. Afterwards I felt like I could finally move on from the pain. And I have. I have begun to daydream about decorating our nursery again, cuddling a newborn at night, losing lots of sleep, and having our home feel full. Right now I acutely feel that someone is missing. Their presence is missing. Their noise is missing. And we're all praying faithfully that we'll find them soon.

Also, Nathan occasionally pretends to play with an imaginary little girl that he calls the only girl name Gavin and I agree on. I don't think we've ever said the name in his presence and rarely even say it at all. So now I'm super interested in what the gender of our next child is. I admit, I don't feel qualified to raise a girl. But I know I DO want to raise a girl that is strong, who is sure of herself and her worth, and is not afraid to wear a tutu AND play football with her brother. I'll have to blog sometime what our parenting philosophies are and what we hope for our children. We talk about it often. I'll work on that post this week.

In the meantime, thanks again for all your prayers and positive thoughts you send our way! I can feel your prayers! Hopefully Baby Holt will arrive soon!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Just Keep Swimming!

I took a break from blogging after our huge social media event. Thanks again to everyone who participated! It means a lot to us that you care!

hanging out on Valentine's Day
I've been thinking a lot about faith lately. It's one of those things that during the good times in life you feel sure you have a lot of. Then trials come and you dig deep for that faith. 

Last month our water heater needed to be replaced. If you're a home owner you know how pricey that is! (but let's acknowledge that hot water is worth every penny!

Over the weekend we discovered a leak in our roof. As we called our insurance company, I couldn't help but wonder at the timing of all these events. For most adoptive couples, there's a lot of financial planning involved and each of these events has been setting us back. So that's why over the weekend I had a little break down on the timing of all this. 

I turned to God in prayer and admitted that I felt kind of lost with all that's going on. I went to church Sunday and my soul was filled with great faith building testimonies and understanding by friends. 

I think the hardest part of adoption, or life in general, is the not knowing. But after church yesterday I feel like I can adopt Dori's mantra and "Just keep swimming!" I know God has a plan for our family and trials are but beautiful opportunities to see His hand in our lives.

In other news, we had a great Valentine's Day! Gavin went 45 minutes out of his way in a snow storm to get my my favorite cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory on his way home from work. So that added well over an hour to his commute home. Love him! 

I took Nathan to the aquarium for our special date and we had a blast! He loved seeing the sharks, penguins, and jelly fish! The last time I took him here he was 10 months old, not walking and I had a lot more equipment needed to go anywhere. It was SO fun to pal around like real pals with no stroller or diaper bag! Just me and my little man! 


Monday, February 10, 2014

Spread the Word, Spread the Love : Winners!












We've had a great several days in spreading the word 
for these three families, ours included!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

It's time to announce the winners of our contest!


Janelle and Emma!

Janelle you've won the chocolates!

Milk Chocolate Mania - Truffle Assortment by Karma in the Kitchen

Emma, you've won the Good Night book pack!
These are some of our favorite bedtime books!

I will ship these prizes to you today!

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Please continue to share these links!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Spread the Word, Spread the Love : Final Thoughts













Our February social media campaign is coming to a close this evening.
Thank you again to all who have participated!
God has a plan for each of our families and each of you have helped that this week!

I wanted to end with a little more information on each family.
Hopefully this will be shared throughout the web!



We're a family thanks to the blessing of adoption, and we are hoping once more for a miracle.
We are a happy bunch, and with two silly little boys life is never dull at our house. Some of our favorite things are being outside, games, hiking, movies,  and food. Lance loves sports, and especially loves to play basketball and go golfing. He also loves to cook and I love when he and the boys whip up masterpieces for dinner. I love to run and do yoga. It's a good thing too because I also love to bake and I looove candy!

Zac is an extremely energetic almost 4 year old who keeps us on our toes. We never cease to be amazed at his intelligence, he learns everything so easily and sucks it up like a sponge. Ty is almost two and is our mellow man and sunshine. He is much more serious and shy, but he has the best laugh in the world and you can't help but be happy around him.

We're hoping these two handsome guys will get to be big brothers soon 
and would love YOUR help to spread the word!

Thanks so much for your help! We are so thankful everyday for the joy adoption has brought to our lives!

PS I love this candid of Julie's family! 

We love Superman in our house too!


hello friends!  we are the shumway family.  we have been blessed once by adoption which brought our spunky little ginger, harley, into our family.  nothing would make us happier than to add another little one to our family.
first there is josh.  he's the best buddy in the world according to harley and the best dad according to kenna. he is finishing up his second year at north east ohio medical university, with two more to go in their pharmacy program.  when he isn't studying he is playing monster trucks, hide 'n' seek, or reading books with harley.  he loves to play any sport and is always excited for basketball night on wednesdays. 
 josh loves his family and is excited for a new addition!
kenna is the heart of the family and loves her boys deeply.  her days are filled with construction paper, kissing scrapes, and making sure all sandwiches are free of the bread crust.  she also attends kent state university and is so excited to be graduating with her degree in psychology.  kenna loves soccer and music and had a dream come true getting a piano for christmas!  she can't wait for harley to start soccer in the spring so she can cheer him on and bring orange slices.
harley is the happiest little man on the planet.  he is full of sass and has the most awesome red hair.  he loves going to school, painting, being a chef in his new play kitchen, and being a rescue hero.  he is constantly leading his two dogs to safety!  more than anything, harley is excited to be a big brother.  he practices on his stuffed penguin rico, rocking him to sleep, tucking him into bed, and making sure he is taken care of.  harley will be the best big brother a little one could ask for!

we are so excited to grow our family through adoption.  
it's been a blessing and we know it will continue to be in our lives.  

PS I LOVE this photo of Kenna's family! 

It brings a smile to my face! They have an awesome sense of humor!


Hello! Thank you for taking time to get to know us better! 
Our family has been blessed by adoption once before with Nathan and now we're hoping for another miracle and to welcome another child into our loving family!

Gavin is the Daddy and Nathan's role model. 
Nathan wants to be just like him which melts my heart! 
He wears hats like him, likes to work with tools just like him, and eats his food all gone at dinner time so he can grow big and strong, just like Daddy! 
Gavin is a mechanical engineer here and gets to work with airplanes. 
Nathan and I happen to think this is pretty awesome (ie the coolest job ever). 
Gavin loves soccer and college football. No NFL for this guy. 
He loves airplanes and can't help but tell you all it's mechanics when you're on one! 
Shauna is the Mommy and Nathan is her shadow during the day.
She loves to bake and do fun crafts with Nathan. She loves the outdoors and feels blessed to have a son who loves to go on adventures with her. She loves to read and dreams of finishing her degree in English one day so she can teach. Her family is her life and they come first. She currently helps teach preschool for Nathan and his buddies. She loves watching sports with Gavin and to talk politics. She also likes to pretend she's handy around the house and 
anytime she gets to fix anything she feels like Tim the Tool Man!
Nathan is our joy. 
He is full of energy and curiosity! He loves to follow Mommy around all day and loves to call Daddy while he's at work. He loves cars, airplanes, being outside, and anything with art supplies. He loves Mommy and Daddy to read him stories. 
He is very helpful and always trying to find ways to help Mommy and Daddy. 
He loves being a big boy and is excited to become a big brother!

Thank you again to everyone who has been sharing and spreading the love!

The contest ends TODAY Saturday night at midnight Eastern time!
Comment ON THIS POST when you share to enter!
Winners will be chosen at random and announced Monday, Feb 10th. 

First Prize: my favorite chocolates in the world!

Milk Chocolate Mania - Truffle Assortment by Karma in the Kitchen


Second Prize: Good Night Book Pack 
These are some of our favorite bedtime books!

Go HERE to leave a comment to enter!

Spread the Word, Spread the Love : Dads are Important












It has been an amazing couple of days on this blog.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts 
to everyone who has participated in sharing!

This is the last day to enter the contest.
I've seen so many sharing on social media sites but haven't entered the blog contest.
To them I say thank you and you want the chocolate! Enter!

I wanted to highlight these families again before the contest ends. 

These Dads are amazing. 
Lance with Zachary and Ty

Josh with Harley

Gavin with Nathan

To these guys, their family is everything.
They work hard and play harder with their boys.
They love God and serve him by serving their families.
I've met Lance and Josh and I would be thrilled if either of them were to be a Scout leader for Nathan or a role model. And it goes without saying that I think the world of Gavin.

All three men have been dealt the challenge of infertility.
Whether through their spouse or their own diagnosis, 
they've suffered just as much as us women through this.
And they've all remained rock solid in the hope that God would bless them with children through the miracle of adoption.
I personally don't know how I would have gotten this far without God and Gavin and I know that Julie and Kenna must feel the same way. 

Last call for the contest!
Please continue to share these blog posts and the links below!


Every share helps us get closer to those amazing women that are praying for our families.

God has a plan for each of our families and you could be one of the links in bringing us together!

The contest ends TODAY Saturday night at midnight Eastern time!
Comment ON THIS POST when you share to enter!
Winners will be chosen at random and announced Monday, Feb 10th. 

First Prize: my favorite chocolates in the world!

Milk Chocolate Mania - Truffle Assortment by Karma in the Kitchen


Second Prize: Good Night Book Pack 
These are some of our favorite bedtime books!


Again, contest ends at midnight Eastern Time TODAY Saturday Feb 8th
Ready, set, SHARE!

Thank you everyone! 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Spread the Love, Spread the Word : Brothers or Sisters Please!












We've had a great first day today in spreading the word for these three families, ours included! 

Thank You to everyone who has participated!

All three of these families are different. We have had different experiences through our adoption journey. But one thing that is the same is that we all have boys! 

And these boys want brothers or sisters! 


















These adorable, energetic boys are ready to take on the role of big brothers!
I mean look at those faces.
Seriously.
I just want to squish them all in a huge hug!


Every share helps us get closer to those amazing women that are praying for our families.
God has a plan for each of our families and you could be one of the links in bringing us together!

And don't forget! The contest ends Saturday night at midnight Eastern time!
Comment ON THIS POST when you share to enter!
Winners will be chosen at random and announced Monday, Feb 10th. 

First Prize: my favorite chocolates in the world!

Milk Chocolate Mania - Truffle Assortment by Karma in the Kitchen


Second Prize: Good Night Book Pack 
These are some of our favorite bedtime books!


Again, contest ends at midnight Eastern Time on Saturday Feb 8th
Ready, set, SHARE!

Thank you everyone! 

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