Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sweet Averi

Ok, so I'm going to take the next few moments to shamelessly brag about our sweet Averi (if you can't do that on your blog, then where can you?!) 
Last night I went to Averi's parent-teacher conference.  I met with 3 of her teachers and heard wonderful things like, "good student, hard worker, very polite...", but it was the story that her teacher, Ms Jenkins, told me that really made this momma's heart melt.  Ms. Jenkins has been suffering with a sinus infection and not feeling very well.  The other day, she decided to try making it through the school day, but ended up having to leave early because she just felt awful.  Right before she was getting ready to leave the class in the hands of her sub - Averi came up to her, put her hand on her arm and said, "Ms Jenkins, I'm so sorry that you don't feel well".  Ms Jenkins had tears in her eyes as she was telling me this story.  She told me that the compassion and sincerity in Averi's voice and words that day had touched her heart in a special way! 
I love that Averi is a hard-working, polite student, but I LOVE that she has a heart that truly cares for others!  We're so proud of you Averi - you're an incredible young lady and you reflect the love of our Heavenly Father so beautifully!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sweet Blessing

This is the message we got from our niece, Kendra, on Facebook - So, I was telling one of my customers about your (adoption) shirts tonight and he goes "get me $100 worth"... and just handed me the money!! I was shocked so I asked what sizes and he said it didn't matter... one big enough for him and the others he would hand out to his friends! It was just inspiring and I wanted to tell you guys about it :)

On that note... Paige and I are putting together a rather large order for us, our co-workers AND our customers too!!!!

When I read that it gave me goose bumps and brought instant tears!  It's so incredible how God orchestrates His plans - In this case, He's choosing to use a complete stranger to play a part in bringing our little one home.  What a sweet blessing!  I don't know who this man is or who some of the others are that have ordered shirts and chosen to support our journey, but to all of you - sweet strangers, friends and family - thank you so much!  You have no idea how much your support means.  We have said from the beginning that this is God's story and we want it to bring Him incredible glory.  It's moments like these when my heart sings Psalms 100  Shout for joy to the LORD...Know that the LORD is God, it is He who made us and we are His...Give thanks to Him and praise His name.  For the LORD is good and His love endures forever, His faithfulness continues through all generations.

Busy Week

It's been a busy week around here.  Soccer and football seasons have officially started (added to school and work and sleepovers and friends and a husband who is traveling alot) and trying to keep up with who needs to be where, when - is wearing this momma out!  Last night was Averi's 1st official football game to cheer at - she was fabulous - and the middle school football team looks like they may even do some winning this year - woohoo!  It also was Anni's 1st Champions League soccer game - they won 4-0.  They played under the lights - that is until the lights suddenly went out, leaving it pitch black with a bunch of screaming girls running around on the soccer field - really kind of funny!  All in all, it was a great night!  We made all the connections that we were supposed to and then came home and fell into bed! 
Here are a few pictures - Enjoy!    

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Our Adoption T-Shirts are Ready!

A HUGE thank you to Chris Goeller for the amazing design!  We promised they'd be cool!  We're so excited to give our family and friends a chance to support our adoption journey and get a fabulous t-shirt in return!  So all you need to do is email us at and let us know the shirt color - blue or gray - and size(s) you want.  They're available in Youth XS-XL ($15.00 donation) and Adult S-XXL ($20.00 donation).  Thank you so much for supporting our family's journey to bring our little one home!
Check it out!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Anni's Baptism

What an incredible gift to see your kids make a decision to obey their Heavenly Father!  We're so proud of you Anni and your desire to shine God's light and love so brightly. 

There were many kids and youth that made the decision to be baptized today.  Another confirmation in my heart that our kids and youth are not the "church of tomorrow" - they are living for Christ today in their churches, in their schools and in their homes! 
What an amazing God we serve!