Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Life Update

It has been so long since I've blogged on my personal blog, I think it's partly because I never know what to write about, or I have something to write about and then I get writers block.  Either way, it's been too long.  Exciting things have happened, or are happening in my life and I feel that those things are post worthy.

For starters I'm a big sister *again*!  Charlotte Hope, made her appearance October 20th, 2015.  Guys, she is so darling.  After so many years, I finally have a little sister and I don't really know what to do with myself. It's different in so many good ways, and in other ways it's hard too.  Charlotte's arrival has brought so many thoughts of Addison, wondering what it would've been like if Addison was here today. It's just different from the other babies, it's different in good ways.  We love her.  The boys are smitten. And I can't believe I have a little sister.

I've decided to go to school next fall. This was a big, scary, exciting, decision for me.  It's not a traditional college, it's a Discipleship Training School through YWAM (Youth With A Mission). I've always known that before I got married and had a family of my own, that I wanted to do missions work. I had looked at many different programs, but none of them really fit with what I was wanting to do. I looked into YWAM and actually found a focus track that I was really eager to join, and after some prayer, I decided that YWAM's Wylie, Texas location is where I want to be next Fall.  I'll be studying the first three months, educating and equipping myself with tools and knowledge to work with At Risk Children around the world.  The last two months of this program (It's 5 months long.) I will go, with my team, out into a third world country (my team gets to pray and choose the location next Fall.), to use the tools that we've equipped ourselves with, to share the love of Christ and ultimately make a difference in the lives of others.  I am so stoked for this opportunity.  It is things like this that excite my heart.

I'm also headed back to Mexico for a week in March, I'll be going down with my Youth Group like past trips.  Which, of course I'm excited for.  One of my absolute favorite trips.  I'm eager to see the youth, who are new to the trip, experience Mexico, VBS, meeting the Casa Kiddos, all for the first time.  So many hearts are changed on these trips, you can feel God move, you can see His grace and mercy in the people, and the joy is un-explainable.  The exhaustion is also very real, but the good things and the not so great things balance each other out! ;)

I would say I'll start blogging more, but lets be real, I've said that in the past and life always gets in the way! So, I'll blog when I can, how's that sound?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Angel Tree Happenings

I told myself I wasn't going to do Angel Tree this Christmas season, I told myself I should just focus on our adoption, I told my self that I should just let everyone else shout for the kids and take a break this year...Well that little "talk down" that I had with myself didn't work. Ha!

I've done Angel Tree every year for the past 5 years, taking a break this year felt out of place, but I convinced myself that it would be best. That was, until, I saw that about a week into AT sign ups there were still tons of kids without warriors, it made me sad to see that many of them didn't have people to fight for them.  Years past, it has always been a race to sign up for your chosen child, everyone always waited anxiously to get that email telling them they got "their" child...this year their hasn't been as much hipe or excitement about Angel Tree.

That being said, I Skyped with Kaitlyn last night (she's one of my all time favorite people, and happens to be my best friend, and advocating buddy), and we were discussing how we both said we weren't going to do AT, but we're now considering it.  Looking through all of the kids, and thinking about how many of them wont make it on to Angel Tree if they don't get warriors, we both picked a kid or two and said hypothetically that we would choose one of them if  we decided to do Angel Tree.  Well there's a little face, that's continually popped into my head throughout the day, and after praying about it, I signed up to shout for this sweet one.  I am still waiting on my "official" email, but I'm pretty positive that this little one will be my Angel Tree child.

I am so excited, to be back into advocating.  It's been a while since I've shouted for a waiting child, ever since we committed to adopting Nikolai (Charlie on RR, who was my AT child last year), I haven't really advocated much, and I miss it.  My passion, my heart. pretty much my entire life revolves around fighting for these kids and I haven't been the advocate that I should've been this year.  So, I'm jumping back in, with both feet, full speed ahead to shout for my darling, squishy, lovely, AT child, and I cannot wait to introduce this little one to all of you!

With love,

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tough Days Are Tough

I've found myself recently repeating the words "You matter! You're allowed to have bad days! Give yourself a break!".  Some days are just bad days and I've had a lot of them recently.  Getting stuck in this mood or this mindset that no matter what I do the day will still be a bad day...which simply isn't true. 

Beginning of last year, I was going through some tough things and I needed something to give me little glimmers of hope to keep me going, so I created a 'Don't Give Up Now' jar. I filled it with all of my favorite uplifting quotes and a few Bible verses too.  I would start my days off with prayer and a quote from this jar, focusing on whatever the quote was, reminding myself that today is what I make it...good or bad I had the control and got to choose the outcome.  Some days were harder than others and I would pull multiple quotes out of my jar throughout the day.  

It's been over a year, recently I've had some struggles and road blocks pop up in my life and I found myself forgetting about my 'Don't Give Up Now' jar so I needed a new plan.  I sifted through my notebook of quotes (Yes, I have a notebook full of my favorite quotes.) wrote some down on index cards, and decided to hang them up.  I figured that if I could wake up in the morning and see these quotes hanging in my room, constantly reminding me that I matter and I have control over the outcome of my days, that I would have a more positive mindset...so far it's helped! 

I wanted to share my method of fighting the bad days, in hopes that it may help someone else battle those no good days! :) 

Things You'll Need: 

Sharpies, markers, or pens (or all three!) 

Index cards, scrapbook paper (I like this option because the patterns add a fun twist!), or just regular paper. 

A jar. (for your 'Don't Give Up Now' jar)

Or string, thumb tacks, and mini clothes pins. (All of these can be found at your local craft store, I got mine at Hobby Lobby.) 

How To: 

I started by finding uplifting, positive quotes and writing them on the backs of the index cards (Pinterest is a great way to find quotes), switching up the colors I was using, also switching between cursive and printing. After I finished writing on them I snapped a few photos for this blog post *grins*, cut off the excess paper, and hung them up.  If you're creating a 'Don't Give Up Now' jar you can cut off the excess paper, then fold the pieces up, and put them in your jar! This way it's a surprise every time you pull a quote out of the jar! :) 

Not only do you know have an adorable little accessory for your bedroom, but I do honestly hope that this helps some of you battle those no good days. Always, remember that you are important. You are wanted. You matter. It's just a bad day, not a bad life!  

Love you all,