Saturday, May 31, 2008

Family Vacation

I had the best vacation ever over the Memorial Day weekend. My parents, brother and sister and their families joined us in Lake Lure, NC - a gorgeous part of the country and a place that you really have to try hard to get to. We took one twisty road after another before arriving, and it was well worth the zig-zag path to see such an awesome locale. The scenery was divine, and being with family was incredible. It wasn't nearly long enough, but it was salve for my soul, just what I needed during all of the recent whirlwinds of change. Here are a few pics from our together time. More to come later.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Great Expectations

How does one do it well, or right, when it comes to announcing an event that may or may not come to pass, but whose impact will change many lives, one way or another? Mmmm...I don't know, so here's my best shot:

We are expecting...
...expecting to be blessed by God in immeasurable ways in the days/weeks/months to come.
...expecting to welcome into our world a tiny baby boy whose life will be joined with ours within the month and whose story we'll share for a lifetime.
...expecting to open our hearts to a dear young couple who have decided to place the life they created into the arms of our family in a few short weeks.
...expecting that having a son in our home will have an amazing impact on our lives.
...expecting God to hold us all in the palm of His hands until the adoption is complete, and if something happens to disrupt it, expecting Him to help us all put the pieces back together.

I guess that's it; we're expecting, and it's a boy!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Many Faces of a Black-Eye (No Make-up Included)

For all you Sesame Street fans out there, this lovely look is being brought to you by the letter "H" and the number "3."

My oh-so-unflattering self portrait collage was taken during a conversation with my Mom just tonight. Long story short, I was lying in bed trying to get Hannah to join me in going to sleep last Saturday night. She was excited and antsy about settling down, since we were spending the night at my in-laws. After numerous attempts at getting her to go from sitting up to the supine position, I counted backwards from three to get her to lie down (my favorite mommy tactic - the countdown). She complied when I got to "one" by doing the Nestea plunge into my cheekbone. Needless to say, I saw stars and my cheek swelled up like a peach! The better it heals, the uglier it gets. Sometimes love really does hurt; literally.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Misadventures of Spring

Misadventure - the first: See Hannah. See Hannah learn. Go, Hannah, go. Learn, Hannah, learn. Oh, my - look! Hannah can unscrew bottle tops. Wow - Hannah! Oh, my - wait! See Hannah unscrew the top of Mommy's nail polish. Hannah paints her little toenails red. Very red. Pretty toenails, Hannah.

Misadventure - the next: Oh, look - the wind is blowing. Let's fly kites. Go, kite, go! Oh, no! The wind isn't strong enough. Let's run. Up, kite, up! Run, Jaycie, run! Oh, no! Away from the power lines, Jaycie - away! Stop, Jaycie - STOP!