Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wanna know how good of a blogger I am?

I just did my post for Easter 2011! That's right people, it's 3 months late. That's just how I roll... a day late and a dollar short as my momma always says :) BUT, I backdated it... That's right, years down the road I want to be able to look back at this blog and think wrongly that I was on the ball :) You can check the post, with a whole lot of pictures of adorable Ainsley goodness here!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Guess who's going to be a big sister?!?!?!

Or possibly a little sister...

We're not sure yet! Their gender and ages, along with a hundred other details about them will all be a surprise!

But we can tell you what we do know about our next 2 children...

**We know they will have skin much darker than ours...**

**We know they will have sweet dark brown eyes to match their dark skin...**

**We know their hair will be a different color and texture than ours...**

**We know that their story will be one that begins with much loss...**

**We know that there are oceans and mountains, streams and valleys that currently separate us from where they will be/have been born... in an African country called Uganda.**

But there are many other attributes that we also know to be true that are MUCH more important than those things listed above...

**We know that they have been knit together in their mother's womb by the same Creator who knit us in our mothers' wombs and who knit Ainsley together in mine.**

**We know that they are very much loved by their Creator, and have been created in His image, just as we have been.**

**We know that the same Jesus who came to live and die for us, came to live and die for them as well, that they may someday know the grace, mercy and love of the Father.**

**We know that what they need even MORE than an earthly father and mother is to know their Heavenly Father who loves them deeply.**

So that's our news... Our hearts are overwhelmed with excitement and heavy with anticipation for the two Ugandan children that God has planned for our family!

"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families..."

Psalms 68:5-6

{All of the above images are not children that we know or that we will be adopting, just random images of sweet Ugandan children found on the internet}

Friday, July 22, 2011

7 years ago today...

Seven years ago today, on a beach in Florida, my then boyfriend of 3 1/2 months told me for the first time that he loved me and that his intentions with me were forever. He told me he had baggage (oh don't we all) and that he wasn't easy (as if anyone is)...

Seven years ago today I told him that I loved him too. I told him that I, too, wanted forever.

and I've never looked back

Matthew is the man of my dreams... a man with many flaws, but who in spite of them all loves me, loves our sweet daughter, loves our families and loves Jesus. A man who serves me and others. A man who is hard working and kind, frugal yet generous, convicted yet compassionate.

I love you Matthew... I love who you are. I love how much you love Ainsley. I love how much you love both my family and yours. I love how you make an effort to show your love for me in small ways that mean so much. I love how you love orphans. I love how you love "the least of these." I love how you love the addict, the poor, the lost. Most of all, I love how you love Jesus... because I know that the truth is, that all those other things, are merely an overflow of your love for Him.

Thank you for choosing me and for promising to spend the rest of your life with me.

I can't wait

(Us, July 2004)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friends adopting

Hey Everyone!!

So I know it's been a long time since I've talked adoption... and I don't think I've ever talked about it on this blog. However, for those of you who know Matthew and I, you know that orphan care and adoption is a huge passion of ours, for more reasons than one. We actually have some news on this front, but we're still not quite ready to let the proverbial cat out of the bag, but I did want to share a couple of quick links for you guys (when I say "you guys" I am talking to the 3 people who read this blog, hehe).

We have been so lucky to be a part of an amazing church that is promoting a "culture of adoption." This is actually a huge part of what drew us to the Summit. Through the Summit we have met 2 awesome couples who are also adopting.

Jeremy and Tori Young were actually our first small group leaders at this church. Although we haven't been in the same group for some time now, we love them and are very excited for where God is leading them. They are moving to Tennessee this month to start a church plant and are also in the process of adopting two sweet children from Columbia. Check out their blog at here.

Jeremy and Julianne Dager have blessed us with their friendship in amazing ways over the past few years. They have a sweet daughter, Norah, who is 4 months older than Ainsley. They are also future church planters, and are in the process of adopting one OR two kiddos from Hondurus. You can check out their blog here.

I would encourage you to read both of their posts on why they're adopting. They echo our motivations and intentions exactly, and may not be what you're expecting.

I'm not sure who reads this or what your situation is... Maybe you aren't sure if adoption is for you and your family, but you can have a huge part in bringing some orphans into loving homes by offering financial or prayer support for these families.