Thursday, May 21, 2015

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

It's hard to believe that Miki is now officially a preschool graduate.  He just finished his 3rd year of preschool at our church's wonderful preschool program.  He has been looking forward to wearing this shirt/tie/vest for the past few weeks!  He definitely looked dapper. 

One of the most special parts of the graduation program was when they announced what each child said they wanted to be when they grew up.  Here's a video of what they said Miki wanted to be:

How special is it when your child notices how his daddy loves what he does for a job and he too wants to be that when he grows up. Miki was actually named after the doctor in the orphanage where he lived in Ethiopia.  When he entered the orphanage, they started calling him the name of the doctor.  Who knew that one day, Miki would have a daddy that was a doctor...someone he'd love and look up to. 

Now preschool is over and my little buddy will start kindergarten in August.  What a year it is for us. One graduating from preschool and one from high school. God has truly blessed our family and I thank him each day for the little things. 

Tomorrow Miki may say he wants to be an astronaut.  But today was sure special hearing that he wants to be like his daddy.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Three Years Ago

It's hard to believe that it has been three years since our family traveled to Ethiopia.  I'm so glad I put our trip into words right after we returned home. For those that are new to my blog, I thought you might enjoy hearing about our trip. I have a page on my blog devoted to the trip, broken down day by day.

While that trip was a roller coaster of emotions that sent us home with broken hearts, God had the ultimate plan that we'd find out about one month later. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The School Picture

Today Miki brought home his preschool picture and like any proud mom, I looked at it and thought no boy on this whole earth was cuter than mine! Look at the sparkle in his eyes, that smile and those oh so white teeth. I couldn't help but stare at the photograph and think how far Miki has come in the almost three years since he became our son. 

Then there's the other picture. The one I don't like staring at. The first picture I ever took of Miki. This one is different. His puffy cheeks are wet from the trail of tears. For the second time in a month, Miki was taken from the place he knew. If you followed our adoption story (which you can read about on my blog) you'll know how God took us to Ethiopia and through several small miracles, brought Miki into our family after the fact.  
This picture shows the sadness coming from the depths of Miki's heart. After a short mourning period, Miki became new. 

It never ceases to amaze me how God's ways are bigger and grander than our ways. The hard part is waiting for the break during the storm. Our face or even our soul may have evidence from the trail of tears, but at God's chosen time, He will turn the mourning into gladness. His mercies are new everyday! 

Every year at school picture time, my heart will reminisce. 

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds". Psalm 147:3

Thursday, January 8, 2015

DIY Wrinkle Cream

Got wrinkles?  If you don't you will soon enough.  A few months ago, I signed up for Young Living thanks to my sister-in-law that knows a lot about the YL oils.  I'm finally just now starting to really use my oils and experiment with them.  Today I found a recipe on Pinterest on how to make wrinkle cream. It was so easy!  Here's the recipe.

1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
20 Drops of Frankincense

I then used my hand mixer on a high speed to whip up the mixture.  Then, I placed it in a glass container.  (When using oils, you are supposed to use glass and not plastic to store your oil mixtures)

Now I will start using this mixture on my hands and let you all know how it works!  In a few weeks I'll post before and after pictures.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I'm Back!

Wow, I can't believe it has been a year since I've touched my blog!  That will change in 2015.  Instead of this blog focusing on Ethiopia adoption, it will now focus on life as a family of 5.

This will be a roller coaster of a year for our family.  When I started this blog a few years ago, we were starting the roller coaster ride of adoption which if you have followed my blog know that we had our ups and downs with that! It was so rough for a while that I may have needed a barf bag! (Hey, I don't handle roller coasters very welll!)   This year, Emily will be graduating from high school, turning 18 and moving out to start college at the University of Arkansas.  Molly, now a teenager is in middle school and very active in competitive cheerleading.  And Miki, now 5 will start kindergarten this year! 

So pretty much this year, I will be on the edge of my seat dreading those emotional moments when I look at my kids and think, where has the time gone!

I'm happy to be back and hope you'll enjoy journeying with us as 2015 will be a trek like none other!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

He's a Fish

It's summer and Miki is quite the fish.  He is the quickest learner ever and in one day, learned how to dive for things in the pool. If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he will say "a baby seal" but what he's saying is "Navy Seal." He's into superheros and saving people.  If he keeps up this good swimming, he might just make it!  Here's a video of him showing you his underwater skill. Remember, he's 3 years old! At the end of the video, he even does some of his floating on his back that he learned in his ISR swim class.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Are You Ready?

For my blog followers, you'll know that 99% of the time, this blog has been about our adoption journey.  But today's post is non-adoption related.  I want to introduce you to our 15 (almost 16) year old daughter Emily.  She is a sophomore in high school and involved in Audio/Visual classes and recently completed her first documentary.  The extra special part is that her grandfather Wally Austin was her inspiration behind the video.  I can't tell you how proud I am that I have a 15 year old that is this bold in their faith that they'd do a documentary project on the subject that you'll see in her video. 

I would like to ask that you take 7 minutes to watch Emily's first documentary called "Are You Ready?"  After watching it, I hope that you'll leave Emily a comment and then share it on your Facebook page, Twitter, or via email. 

Thank you!  I'm one blessed mom!