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A bittersweet day

So much happened over this past weekend that I wanted to document on our blog! Sorry for the multiple blog posts in one day, but that’s how it seems to work these days. 🙂

Sunday was a bittersweet day for me. It was the first Sunday of Samuel’s birthday month. So, that meant that he got to move up to the 3-5 year old Sunday school class & go to children’s church during the Sunday worship service. No more nursery for my big boy! He was ready & I think that he has been ready for a little while. He did so great! He went from being the oldest in a class to being the youngest. He’s the smallest one in there now. I did get just a little emotional. I can’t help it! It’s who I am. I know there are many more milestones that will make this momma emotional. 🙂  My sweet boy was so proud of himself! I know he had fun & it must have worn him out being with the bigger kids because he was asleep within minutes of being in the car. He did tell us a little about it & how much fun he had before he knocked out.

Sweet Samuel I am so enjoying being your momma! These days are going by so fast! It’s amazing how the days with you seem to go by so fast, but yet the days waiting for your little brother or sister seem to go by so slow.  I love all of the learning you are doing & am thankful for a church family that helps us. You are memorizing little verses for Awana & I’m so proud! You can even remember the verses from weeks ago. I pray that daddy & I can lead you to the cross & help you along the way. We are so blessed & honored that we were chosen to be your momma & daddy. We love you!

 

Oh my! Look how big my Samuel looks!

Oh my! Look how big my Samuel looks!

Sitting with his friends in big Sunday school class.

Sitting with his friends in big Sunday school class.

Waiting for children's church to start.

Waiting for children’s church to start.

A proud momma & daddy!

A proud momma & daddy!

 

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A New Year!

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s 2013 already! I know I say this almost every year, but this past year went by extremely fast! I usually have the same goals for each new year: to draw closer to God, ready my Bible more, be a more patient & loving mommy & wife, & to exercise more & eat healthy. I hope to do better this year with each of these things. I really just want to do better with each of them at the end of the year than what I started out at the beginning of the year. I don’t need drastic changes, but small steps to make a difference. I’m also really hoping that 2013 is the year that we see our newest additions sweet face & hold them in our arms! I can’t wait for that day!

I had to work 12 hours on New Years Eve. On the way home I picked up my sisters & we rang in the New Year together! Gennie, Mary, Samuel, & I went to my church & had so much fun playing family friendly games! Mrs. Vicky always does such a good job anytime she organizes things or comes up with activities for us to do. It was a lot of fun & time well spent. We came home just in time to ring in the New Year! The guys didn’t quite make it to midnight, lol! They were both fast asleep, snoozing away. Gennie, Mary, & I toasted each other with some Peach Mango juice. I kind of forgot to buy some sparkling grape juice, but hey, this worked!

The next day we all slept in. We just spent time together & had fun playing games like Yahtzee, Skip Bo, Life, & Hit the Deck. Samuel even joined in & helped when he could. He wanted to play so bad, so we made sure to include him too. I love board games & card games! It made me think that I want to play more family games with them in this new year. I even made some home-made Carmel corn & that was delicious! Or as Samuel would say, “Alicious!”  🙂  Now…if I can just find some people who will play Phase 10 with me (Bill no longer likes to play, boo!)!

 

Mommy's boy

Mommy’s boy

We had a lot of fun!

We had a lot of fun!

Samuel played the games too.

Samuel played the games too.

He really liked this game!

He really liked this game!

Gennie putting the puzzle together.

Gennie putting the puzzle together.

Capn' Crunch!

Cap’n Crunch!

My baby was sleepy! Look how huge he is in this thing now!!!

My baby was sleepy! Look how huge he is in this thing now!!!

Everyone had so much fun!

Everyone had so much fun!

Me & my gorgeous sissy!

Me & my gorgeous sissy!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

The yummy caramel corn.

The yummy Carmel corn.

My boy using his new chopsticks to eat noodles on New Years Day.

My boy using his new chopsticks to eat noodles on New Years Day.

Just a cute pic of my Samuel, I had to share!

Just a cute pic of my Samuel, I had to share!

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I have so much to share! I haven’t had time to blog lately b/c we have been getting ready for baby Samuel!

I’ll start with Friday. We had our travel meeting on Friday! We found out a lot of good information. It was so awesome to be talking about our plans of going to Seoul. It’s seeming more & more real now! We can’t wait to go to Seoul & bring our boy home forever! 🙂 We found out that once we get our I-600 approval, from that point we will travel in 2-3 weeks. COME ON I-600 approval! Please pray with us that it comes soon.

Then Saturday we had our baby shower. This was from our church. They did such a wonderful job! Thank you ladies that helped! There were several that helped make it such a wonderful experience, but I want to especially thank my friend Lindsay. She had the best ideas! Thank you also to Beth, Helen, Vicky, Erin, Sherri & Tutti. I hope I’m not leaving anyone out! We appreciate our church family more than they’ll ever know! Of course Samuel got lots of goodies waiting for him at home! 🙂

The gift table
Wonderful Korean food! This was the best! Such a cute idea & we are so grateful for them considering & incorporating Samuel’s culture.

Yummy food!

The cutest theme! A New Little Prince! 🙂
The precious cupcakes
This was cute too! They decorated onesies for Samuel!
The book of Samuel in the Bible
The proud parents! 🙂
All of his goodies!
We were so blessed!
Thank you to our wonderful church family! We are so grateful that you all love Samuel so much already!

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My hubby & I are reading the book “Radical” by David Platt together. We aren’t very far in the book yet, but I saw something one of my blogger friends posted. It was a quote by David Platt & it is from the book we are reading. So I searched through the book & found what I was looking for. I decided I’d like to share this with you guys. It reminds me of my time in Belarus. Last year I went on a mission trip to Belarus & visited orphanages with children of different ages. It was a very eye opening experience & hard to put into words. That trip is what spurred our moving forward with our adoption. This excerpt speaks for itself. I encourage everyone to read this book.

“…All at once the numbers became real…and personal.

We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.
So when you and I hear staggering numbers and statistics about the poor and needy around us and around the world, we have a choice. We can switch the channels on our mega-TVs and continue our comfortable, untroubled, ordinary, churchgoing lives as if the global poor don’t exist. We can let these numbers remain cold, distant, and almost imaginary. Or we can open our eyes and our lives to the realities that surround us and begin considering the faces that are represented by these numbers.

…These are the faces I see when I envision twenty-six thousand children dying today of starvation or preventable diseases.

As I see their faces, I realize that I have a choice. You and I both have a choice.”
(Radical, by David Platt, pg. 139-140)

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