Monday, November 29, 2010

Latest with Ukraine Adoption

Hey everyone,

We heard from our agency today with the following update:
"During the Thanksgiving break, we received new, updated information directly from Ukraine, that the judiciary committee of Parliament rejected bill 4313 after coming to the conclusion that the bill is in contradiction with other Articles in the Family Code of Ukraine. This took place after Joint Council sent us the overview of events, and we assume that this is why the new development was not mentioned in the above notice. Certainly, the opinion of the judiciary committee is very important, and always has a big influence on the final decisions of Parliament.

We also were notified that Parliament has scheduled a final vote to take place on December 16th. A large group of lawyers, including some who work as adoption coordinators, are preparing a petition to be presented prior to this final hearing. The purpose of this petition is to emphasize the importance of keeping international adoption open without any disruptions."

The situation continues to change. Pray that December 16th will mark the end of this uncertainty, and Ukrainian adoptions will continue. These children need a home, love, and a family to call their own. Please continue to pray over us as we are trying to figure out how to move forward - with Ukraine or a domestic adoption.

Much love,

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Hey everyone,

We have decided to wait out the next few weeks until a possible 2nd vote from the Ukrainian parliament may or may not take place. Here is the latest from the US Department of State.

Adoption Notice
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues

November 3, 2010

The Ukrainian legislature is in the process of voting on a bill that would suspend all intercountry adoptions from countries without bilateral agreements with Ukraine, including adoptions from the United States. The bill passed a first reading and vote, but must still pass a second reading and be signed into law by the president. The second reading could take place in the next few weeks. If the bill passes the second reading, it may be signed into law as early as the end of 2010. The draft bill appears to include suspension of all adoptions in progress.

The Department will post updates as information becomes available. You can track with the following link.

Much love,

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Another Step Back

Well, just as we were about to send off our Dossier and fee to our agency today, we found out the Ukranian parliament voted to put a moratorium on international adoptions. Unfortunately, it passed. Thankfully, because of finding out through another blog, we did not submit our paperwork and fee.

Here is what we know - we are recieving conflicting information for how long it may actually take. It may be 6 months or less. With our paperwork being submitted soon, we were guessing our travel date might be
 in February. If it takes less than 6 months, we will be cutting it so very close, and spend thousands of dollars with no guarantee.

From our agency -
"As of today Ukraine is not closed; there are a few proposals that were discussed. We are communicating with our coordinator who is checking everything, and will let you know the latest tomorrow."

We definitely need your prayers, guidance, and feedback. This has been the most emotional roller coaster, and all happening within the last month. Please pray for the many orphans, not just in Ukraine, but all over the world, as we approach Orphan Sunday on the 7th.

Tomorrow, once we receive an update, we will take the time to pray and decide how to proceed. I will update as soon as I can.

With a heavy heart,

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

3 Steps Forward

Hi all,

It was 2 weeks ago from yesterday we found out the little girl we thought would be ours, is not. In the process of adoption, you understand the risks involved intellectually, but your heart still gets caught up in the thick of it. Chris and I have grieved differently, as expected, but the encouragement from God, our family, and dear friends helps us. At the Tapestry conference, we met with friends going through similar situations, both in adoption and foster care, and while all of us are hurting in some way, we recognize this is what God has called us to do. And so, we press on.

Chris and I are going to continue to move forward to adopt from Ukraine. Our paperwork is almost complete, and will send what is apostilled to Ukraine within the next week. The last few items needing to be apostilled will hopefully be sent within the next month. Once everything is received and translated, we should have a travel date a couple months out.

I like what Chris said -"Do we fear what could go wrong in adoption or do we continue knowing God is in control and move forward with what's in front of us? We will move forward.

We thank you for your continued prayers and support.

Much love,

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tapestry Conference 2010

Hey everyone,

Tomorrow we will attend the Tapestry Conference at IBC. We went last year, and it was so informative. Great speakers, great sessions, and great resources to take away for adoption and foster care.

My emotions are still up and down, but I believe we need to go. We are signed up for the sessions on parenting an adopted child. After the past couple weeks, this may be hard, so I am asking for your prayers.

I will write about the event soon. In the meantime, check out this link. Even if you are not able to make it, there are great resources available and free downloads from previous years.

Much love,

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sad News

Chris and I have some sad news to share with you. While I was in Austin on Tuesday getting our paperwork apostilled, I received an email from our adoption agency. They stated the owner of the agency needed to speak with us ASAP. My first thought was "this can't be good." I immediately called Chris and forwarded him the message. Thankfully, I had one of my girlfriends with me along for the ride.

I finished getting the paperwork signed, and received a phone call from the owner of our adoption agency at 1:30. She told us that the little girl we thought would be our daughter is no longer available for adoption. Her father had been in prison, was released, and did not want to waive his parental rights. Our hearts ache over losing the child we thought we were going to bring home, and at the same time we know God has a plan. We just can't see it yet.

We know we will continue to move forward with adoption. We just don't know how that looks right now. We are not sure if we continue with Ukraine, another country, or domestic.

Please continue to pray for this sweet precious girl. We do not know much about the circumstances to which she is going back to, but God knows. We believe her father must be showing some kind of love, as he is fighting to keep her. Pray for her protection, for love to be poured over her, and for someone to share Christ with her and her father.

Please pray for us as we grieve this loss - for wisdom, clarity, and timing to move forward with the adoption process. We will be speaking with our agency this week and asking some hard questions. Pray that through this pain we will glorify God.

Much love,

Monday, October 11, 2010

I Can't Keep Quiet About the Silent Auction

Hey all,
Well, it has been some time since my last update, and ao many AMAZING things have happened!

We scheduled a silent auction to be held at our dear friends' house this past weekend. Once we started to share about the auction to raise funds for our adoption, God did the rest. Actually, He was completely in control the whole time. He allowed so many people to be a part of this event by using their time, talents, and treasures. He even allowed people we don't even know to contribute.

For instance, let me tell you about our invitations. Our friends offered to print the invitations for us, and took them to Extravaganza here in Flower Mound. When the owner of the store read the invitation, she mentioned they had adopted from Russia. It was so close to her heart, that she offered to print both the invitations and address labels for free. How generous! Then, our friends went back to pick up the invitations that afternoon. The owner asked where we were adopting from and they told her we are adopting from Ukraine. She told them her husband is from Ukraine and to tell us if we need help translating with our daughter, they are right here in Flower Mound to help. Ok, seriously? How many Ukrainians live here in Flower Mound? Maybe more than I realize, but God led us to them.

Would you like another example of God's provision? I work for a gourmet food company, and part of my job is selling at the Dallas Market. I love it and have made some very sweet friends by having the opportunity to work at various shows across the country. At the September market, my sweet friends did something that blew us away. I mentioned the auction, and they took it from there. We had items donated to go in 18 (that's right - 18) HUGE and BEAUTIFUL gift baskets valued between $100-$200 each.  Ladies, if you are reading this, we can't thank you enough for what you did. Our hearts are so full of gratitude.

Some other great items donated included a painting by talented artist and friend Brice McCasland (visit,  lower-level tickets to the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks, NASCAR tickets with pit access, a week's vacation at a lake house, a week's vacation at mountain home in Colorado, chiropractic consultations, a haircut and color, candles, home decor, more gift baskets, and so much more. All together, we had 44 items donated. 

On Friday,it was time to get everything set up. Our friends who hosted the event at their home made gumbo, brisket sandwiches, brie, bread pudding, chocolate sheet cake, and so many other incredible foods. We had other friends make cheese rings, fruit trays, and meatballs with a pepper brandy sauce. The decorations and center pieces were put together by a very dear friend. They were beautiful and I can't wait to share pictures with you.

Saturday was a busy, busy, day with a lot of last minute things to be done. After helping to prepare all day, Chris and I left at 3:30 to get ready, and when we returned at 5:20, everything had come together and looked incredible. God provided perfect weather for the outdoor event. It was such a wonderful time of fellowship and love. Dinner started at 6:00 and the auction soon after. Another sweet friend did such a great job organizing the auction, and made everything so smooth. We had another friend taking pictures, so we will share as soon as she is able to get them uploaded.

With all the help, donations, and planning of so many people, we were able to raise $3,400.00 towards our next $4,000.00 fee. Even as I write this, I am in tears. We are so overwhelmed by what God has done and continues to do by blessing us with the people in our lives. Even the people we don't know. Everyone gets to be a part of our daughter's homecoming. We see the generosity.We see the love of Christ.

Tomorrow, I drive to Austin with a dear sister in Christ to get our paperwork apostilled. Then, we will send it off to our agency later this week. They will forward all the paperwork to Ukraine to start the translation process. Please continue to pray over the process and over the orphans.

With so much love and gratitude,

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Risk of International Adoption

We found out last Thursday that the Ukrainian Parliament was set to vote today on a moratorium for foreign adoptions. Since then, we have prayed and prayed and prayed some more. We knew going into an international adoption that laws could change at anytime, but we had no experience with it until now.

We received an update from our coordinator in Ukraine regarding the vote for a moratorium. The Parliament has postponed the vote. Our coordinator said that it could be postponed for a few months or for a year. At this point it's hard to tell. In any case, she feels it is unlikely the moratorium will pass. However, we are finishing our dossier as soon as possible so we can send it to Ukraine and get it registered. 

We are so grateful and we know that many families feel the same way. Please continue to pray for those who are in the process of their adoption, for the children waiting to be adopted, and for us to get our dossier registered soon. 

Much love, 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

1 year Giveaway

Hey everyone,

I missed my 1 year Blogiversary, but only by about a month. So, because we have been so blessed by those around us sharing in the joy of our adoption, I want to do the same. I will be giving away a couple items to celebrate the gift of giving.

Let me know how you have been blessed lately by either giving or by receiving. That's it! Enter your post by September 19, 2010. Winners will be chosen in random order.

Here are the items-
1. Opal and Cats Eye Jewelry Set - worth $34.99

2. Set of 5 new Thank You card designs - worth $10.99

3. Set of 2 burp cloths - worth $9.99

Best of luck and much love, 

Friday, August 27, 2010

As We Wait

Hey everyone,

The adoption paperwork is moving along. We are completing what is required for the Dossier and INS paperwork this weekend. As we wait, there are many conversations in our home about when we might travel, what the process will look like once in Ukraine, and the day we are able to call ourselves "Daddy and Mommy."

As we wait, we are in the beginning stages of decorating the room, sweet friends are helping plan another fundraising event and a shower, and Chris is writing songs that take my breath away. There are times where I feel like pinching myself saying, "is this for real?" Yep, it sure is, and God is leading us every step of the way.

Our continued prayer includes asking for God's wisdom and patience. We pray Christ will be made known in all that we do and say, and for His joy to radiate. We pray for our child, the orphanage where our child might be, and the other children we will meet. We pray over how we might be able to get involved with an organization working with orphans in Ukraine and how we can be a part of supporting/encouraging/serving alongside them.

The following music video is by Aaron Ivey, off the track Amos Story. He describes the wait, and the hope, of bringing a child home


I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 
Much love,

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


During the past 6 weeks, we have been humbled and overwhelmed with the giving of prayers, time, and financial donations by our family and friends. God has used many people in our lives to help us in our adoption process. We had a dear friend mention Ephesians 3:20 to us, and we are now using this verse to guide us in every step of this process. "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us".

We had a HUGE multi-family garage sale on August 7th, and were blown away with what was donated to us. Check it out - we were in our front yard, driveway, and garage.

We are so grateful to have wonderful friends who served so faithfully, and never complained about the 103 temperature. We can't THANK YOU enough for all your hard work, energy, and time on a Saturday morning!!! (and the week prior with pick-ups)

With what was raised at the garage sale and with what has been donated, we have $3,500.00 to go towards our next $4,000.00 fee. God is so faithful!

Thank you, again, for blessing us more than you could ever know. 

Much love, 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Home Study Time

Time races sometimes.

And... the home study visit arrives on our door step this Saturday. I feel there are still so many things to prepare for. In my "perfect world of perfection", I like order. I prefer things to be just so. I prefer a clean house, a manicured lawn, and checking off items on my to-do list. Let's just say I am learning to let that all go.

While we will do our best to have our house sparkling, is that really what matters in the process of an adoption home visit? Definitely not.

Although it may be time for the home study, and I don't feel 100% prepared, time is precious. I desire  not to get caught up in the unknown, the uncontrollable, and the unimportant, but to prepare my heart and mind with the love of Christ. It is only because of Him that our love is able to flow out to others. I am so grateful to be going through an adoption and understanding more than ever what it means to be loved by God.

I want to focus on my time with God and what He desires to teach me this week, time with Chris and continuing the beautiful conversations we are having, and time with friends and family. Sounds perfect to me.

Time . . . how will you spend it this week?

Much love,

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Paperwork Process

Hey everyone,

Things have been moving quickly, as far as paperwork goes. We have a doctor's appointment scheduled Friday, July 16th, to get the last bit of paperwork completed for the home study. Once our home study agency has the letter from our doctor, they will schedule the home visit.

Regarding our dossier process, our adoption agency will have the paperwork to us within the next couple weeks. Once we receive the paperwork, there are several forms we have to have complete - another letter from our doctor, another employment letter, a letter stating we own our home, etc. Each form will then have to be notarized and apostilled. I had to look up the definition of apostilled. Basically, it is one step above a notary. It states the notary is in fact a notary for the state in which you live.

It has now been 1 month since we began the process. Please continue to pray for us as we move forward.
Much love,

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Adoption is Moving Forward

Hey everyone,

here is a quick update in our adoption process. First, a change in country has taken place. We are adopting from the Ukraine. Without a doubt, God is leading us to adopt our child from this country, and we are thrilled. We have decided to adopt an older child ranging in age from 6-8.

Second, our application with the agency was approved today, making this a joyful day for us. The next steps are to send in the retainer agreement to the agency, while simultaneously getting our home study completed.

We ask for your continued prayers over the process and we will continue to give updates along the way.
Much love,

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Love bears all things

Hey everyone,

I want to share a verse that has grabbed my heart. I Corinthians 13:7 - Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  (ESV) It's a small verse that contains a powerful message.

As Chris and I begin the adoption process, we are reminded that the love we have for others brings out the best in us and in the people we are around. Love also hopes the best for other people and is not measured by actions alone. In verse 6, we read "love rejoices with truth." Love rejoices!!!

We ask for your action to pray for us to bear, believe, hope and endure the process of adoption.

Today, we are starting to sell jewelry that a good friend donated to me. This wonderful person decided to have me use all the jewelry sales to go towards adoption fees.

We will begin our homestudy soon. The cost of the homestudy is $1,600.00. Below, you will see a few pieces we are offering. Remember, free shipping on any purchase thru June 30th.
If interested, email me at For more items, visit our page on Facebook at Journeymark Cards and Gifts.

We rejoice in your prayers, support, and most of all, your love.

Amber Jewelry Set - $60.00 

Opal and Cats Eye Jewelry Set - $34.99

Coral and Pearl Jewelry Set - $60.00

Turquoise and Brown Cats Eye Jewelry Set - $39.99

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Before and After Shots

Hey there,

I want to share some before and after shots of some updates we have done around the house. First, the kitchen. We have had red paint in our kitchen for years and wanted to go with something more neutral. A friend, who is a very talented decorator, recommended a slightly darker taupe to enhance the neutral tones in our kitchen/living area. It turned out great. The last thing we need to do is add our hardware to the cabinets.

Notice in the pictures, it turns from day to night. I just had to finish it in the same day.

Changing the color on our island book shelves

Next, I found this dresser at a garage sale. It's in excellent condition and made of maple wood. I paid $40.00 for it. I gave it a light sanding, painted 2 coats of this beautiful, light honey milk paint, added hardware, and now we have a new dresser for our guest room. 

Enjoy your creativity this week! 

Much love, 

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Hey everyone, 

I can't believe it has taken me this long to write something. As for the silence, I have been so busy over the past couple of months and time goes so quickly. Remember when our parents told us that as we get older, time would go by faster? Well, they were right. 

As quickly as time is going by, I'm reminded of getting older. The big 35 is approaching in the next few months, and I have to say, I thought things would look so different by now. As a young girl, and dreamer, I believed I would have two kids by the time I was 30. I would be a "young, hip mom",  having play dates,  going to kid's soccer games, and enjoying birthday parties. 

Dealing with infertility definitely changes my way of thinking. I do believe I will be a mother one day. I do believe it will be one of the greatest gifts God will allow for us. I also believe it will have nothing to do with me, but everything to do with praising our God who will make this possible. Whether it is through having our own child naturally or through adoption, the child or children will be made by God in His perfect timing. He is the creator of all things, not us. It is just difficult to wait, and wait, and wait some more. Especially as you watch your friends children getting ready to start kindergarten, and you were a part of praying over them and their pregnancy 6 years prior.  

As another mother's day passes and father's day approaches, it is a great reminder to appreciate all the blessings in our lives, whether Chris and I get to celebrate those days or not. I recognize how difficult these days can be to someone dealing with infertility. At church, mothers and fathers are recognized by having them stand and receive gifts. I am not saying this is wrong, but to someone who desires to be a mother or father, it can be a very sensitive and emotional day. 

So, this year on mother's day, I was able to acknowledge all the blessings in my life. I am alive because God allows me to breathe. I am a daughter of the one true God and am able to share the love of Christ with others. I am grateful to be married to such an incredible man who gets me. I can share my experience of infertility with other women, and cry with them when necessary. I can express to others that I still have hope and faith to become a mother because God is not limited to what we can do or what medicines we have to take. I am blessed with my family and friends who love and support us. And on and on I could go. 

With silence, I appreciate all that God teaches me. I recognize dealing with this emotional grief, I am loved. 

May you be blessed and loved over this holiday weekend. May we recognize the freedom we have in this country and thank our troops for their service.

Much love,

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Our Adoption Journey Begins

Hey everyone,

We have decided to pursue our adoption from Bulgaria.

We are in the beginning stages and will complete the application soon. Next, will be our home study and contract agreement. As we begin this next step in our lives, we would appreciate your prayers and any words of wisdom you have to offer.

Our small business, Journeymark Cards & Gifts, will be a great way for us to start raising funds. I will showcase new card designs, jewelry, crosses, baby gift ideas, tote bags, and anything else we are able to create each week. If you are interested in any of the items, you may contact me directly at Free shipping will be offered on any purchase through June 30, 2010.

The money we need to raise begins with the home study, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, because it depends on which company does the home study. The contract agreement, once completed, is shipped via Fed Ex along with a $3,000 check. The total cost of fees with this agency is $15,500.00 plus the cost of travel, translator, additional fees, etc. As we move along in the process, we will keep you updated. This process can take up to 2 years, so we trust and know that God will provide on every level.

We are excited, anxious, and ready. We believe God will guide us every step of the way, and that the child we pray over and for, will one day come home.

Here are some new card designs at $4.00/card.

Blue Damask Thank You

Welcome Little One - Pink

Happy Birthday!

Thank you for praying and being a part of this with us.
Much love,

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Time

Hey there,

well it's been a couple weeks since I have written and it is now the first part of Spring. Can you believe it? Where does the time go? Oh, and Chris and I drove home in a snowy, wintry mix last night. Texas weather is hard to beat!!!

I love this time of year (other than the allergy attacks), watching flowers bloom, leaves grow on trees, and everything snapping back to life. It feels like a new beginning, in more ways than one. I have been consumed with adoption lately, hence the reason for my delay in updates. While researching adoption, I learned that dealing with infertility is something to thank God for. I am not saying I like it, or that my emotions are not all over the place at times, but I don't feel like I have been honoring God through this process in the way that would glorify Him.

I have asked the questions, "Why us?" and "Why can't we?", which is not wrong, but the questions can't stop there.  I have learned to ask the question, "God, how can you use this struggle in our lives for your purpose?" Asking this has helped changed my focus and allows me to recognize there is a reason in battling infertility. While we may never know the answer, I know it's going to be okay.

So, as we start Spring, and begin to see life blooming around us, it's going to be okay.

Here are a couple new card designs. Enjoy!
Much love,

Friday, March 5, 2010

Some Questions

Hey everyone,

Happy Friday to you! Over the past two weeks, Chris and I have begun to discuss the possibility of domestic adoption. At this point, we are continuing to keep an open mind on domestic and international, but there is something exciting about the possibility of bringing home an infant.

I have to admit that I feel at a loss concerning domestic adoption. The decision of choosing an agency to work with (I know I have mentioned this several times, but it is such a major decision) to open adoption, semi-open, or closed adoption.

Open adoption - the birth mother, birth father, and adoptive parents meet several times and continue to exchange information and remain in contact with each other

Semi-open - refers to an adoption where the birthparents and adoptive parents will meet once or twice, know each other on a first name basis, and might exchange pictures and information as the child grows

Closed - the birth mother and birth father are kept anonymous, along with the adoptive parents being kept anonymous

For those of you who have experienced domestic adoption, I would love to know about the agency you decided to work with and whether you chose open, semi-open, or closed adoption. I learn something new each day and appreciate further the depths of how we have been adopted into the family of God.

As Ephesians 1:3-6 says-
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves (Ephesians 1:3-6).

With glorious praise and joy,

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Adoption Update #2

Hey everyone,

We are continuing to pray over agencies, the country to adopt from, when to start the application, financial help for the adoption, etc. Tomorrow, we are attending an informational adoption/foster care meeting at The Village Church. We are looking forward to meeting other families who have adopted, or are in the process of their adoption, at our home church.

I think it will be a great way for us to find out ways to serve the families in our area, as well as obtaining some helpful information for us.

Please continue to be in prayer over our next steps.

Much love,

Friday, February 12, 2010

Proceeds for Haiti

Happy Friday!

As most of you know, I have been following an amazing family for several years now. Stefanie and her husband Chris, have such a heart for orphans and special needs adoptions. They are one of the couples who helped inspire Chris and I to consider adoption a couple years ago.

Stefanie and two other women started Wild Olive Tees. You have seen their tees on my blog since I began blogging and this time, they are doing something very special.

They have designed a new tee and all the proceeds will go to Haiti. That is right - 100% of all the money earned from the sale of this tee, will benefit the people of Haiti. The Hope tee is featured below.

This is a great way to help those in need. The release starts today, so go check it out.

Much love,

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Dillon Informational Meeting

This morning, Chris and I attended our first informational meeting in researching adoption agencies. The meeting was held by Dillon International. We walked away more encouraged and strengthened in knowing this is the plan God has designed to grow our family.

The couple leading the meeting shared about their personal experience with Dillon, and bringing their daughter home from Korea. They did a great job relating to those with children and those who have battled with infertility, as they experienced this in their own journey. 

We gained more knowledge of how the adoption process will work through Dillon and narrowed the country down to India. We will continue to pray, every day and every step of the way, but India seems to be where God keeps leading us. Since our first mission trip to India in 06-07, our love for the Indian culture and people continues to grow. 

So, if we decide to use Dillon, the next step will be to fill out the first application. We want to talk/meet with the social worker overseeing India. The wait time can take up to 3 - 3 1/2 years, and that is from now. Whatever the wait time, it will be God's timing.  Always perfect.  

A verse that touched my heart this week - Proverbs 13:12 NIV - Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Much love, 

Friday, January 29, 2010

First Steps

I love how God works in mysterious ways, don't you? We had different people recommend Dillon International as an agency to check out. Although I have them listed as a reference link, it is different when you begin the process yourselves. So, thank you to all of you who are being used to walk alongside us in our first steps of adopting the sweet child God has for us.

We RSVP'd for a meeting with Dillon next Saturday morning, February 6th, here in the DFW area. We look forward to learning more about this organization and having some questions answered. As we begin to look at agencies, please pray we would not get in the way of what God has planned. I will continue to keep you posted.

In light of this, I am beginning to make cards specific to adoption. Here are a few below. Enjoy!!!

Much love,

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Adoption Update

Hey everyone,

I would love to receive information from you regarding adoption agencies. As Chris and I begin to look at agencies, we have several in mind, but would love feedback from those who have experienced the process.

We are looking at adopting internationally. The countries we are interested in are India, China, and Russia. Of course, Haiti now comes to mind. We really are trying to keep it open and allow God to lead us, but we need to focus in at some point to move forward.

Please send us any thoughts of wisdom you have and please be in prayer over us as we begin this journey.

Much love,

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Update Regarding Eye Situation

I was finally able to get a second opinion on my eyes yesterday concerning my Pseudopapilledema (or in human terms, swelling around my optic nerve in both eyes.) It was a very good report. The Dr. leaned more towards the option that I was born with the swelling, which makes it confusing, and they just want to take precautionary measures. 3 MRI's and over a year later, you can imagine my relief.

At this point I am to follow up with my optometrist every 3-4 months. She will take pictures of my eye and optic nerve to see if anything changes. Changes could include white flecks or hemorrrhaging around my optic nerve, neither of which sound fun.

Thank you, thank you for your prayers over the past year.

Much love,

Friday, January 8, 2010


Hey all, 
this is a blog I have been following for some time now and a recent post was very moving. I appreciate so much the reminder of serving those who are battling infertility, including myself. I have come to understand the importance of sharing how I am feeling, and not shutting people out of my journey. I know that we who struggle can serve others who are in the midst of their battle, and walk alongside them in prayer and support.

If you have time, this moving video is one to watch. It captures feelings that one struggles with during infertility. I loved the song stating "I fell apart, but I got back up again." There have been many times when I have thought, "just keep moving, keep moving forward." In reality, I can self talk, but my hope is in Christ, and He is the reason I keep moving forward and get up again.

Much love and continuing to share hope in this journey,