Sunday, September 26, 2010


I'll be walking a 5k this weekend with all 3 kiddos raising money for Stop Child Trafficking! Click on the link below to donate. No amount is too small!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Little Squirts

Can you tell what these two ornery two-year olds were pretending? Their expressions are priceless.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Parents Visit

My parents came for a visit last week and helped me with the kiddos, house, and life! Mom spoiled us with an all-day shopping session in Nashville which was exhausting but so much fun! Dad worked the entire week...making homemade eggrolls, scraping, priming, and painting my exterior doorways, fixing our broken doorbell, mowing, aerating the lawn, and entertaining the kids! The kids loved having grandma and grandpa around and got their fair share of cuddles and book reading time!

And even though it's the end of September it's still been 90's and hot. We drug everyone out to a local butterfly festival where Ellie was most excited to get her face painted.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Year Ago

We actively began the adoption process a year ago! Just to give you all an update, all of our paperwork is in Ethiopia. Basically, we just wait to be referred a child at this point. That has been taking around 8 months on average. Because we have a newborn, we're not allowed to accept a referral before Isaac is 6 months old, which would put us at mid-February. The adoption is still happening, and we're getting more and more excited and we know that God's timing is perfect. We may be waiting another year for this child to join our family- we hope it's less!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

201 lbs

So, those of you that know Riley know that
1. He's pretty competitive and
2. He's always up for a challenge
3. He'll take on almost any dare

Apparently, his latest challenge was to weigh 200# (Riley normally 165-170, although he did add a few extra lbs for me while I was pregnant). Riley accepted this challenge and was able to gain 19lbs in 9 days weighing in at 201.3!!! Isn't that crazy? I'm sure he's out for a run now because I know he was pretty miserable :) Oh, and I think the next challenge has to do with dropping weight. We need to be praying against heart attacks...seriously!


Friday, September 10, 2010

4 Week Old Bubsy

It's hard to believe that "Bubsy-Wubsy, Bubb-Bubb, Little Bubba" (I know Ry, I'm sure all of those babyish nicknames are making you cringe, but we girls can't help it) is 4 weeks already! He's starting to coo and smile a few times a day (almost always after a feeding). I'm starting to feel my rhythm again, but still have my ditzish moments---like shipping my online order to Iraq instead of Tennessee...and then doing it again a 2nd time! The girls seem "back to normal" to me. Ellie spent all day yesterday at Caleb's house and when she got home she made a b line straight for Isaac and cuddled with him...until Saedi wanted to sit on her lap, too, saying, "I missed you Ellie."