Saturday, October 19, 2013

Necklace update

Necklaces are almost all sold! Make sure to get yours ASAP! Let me know which one you want. The necklace is $24 and shipped it is $26. Contact me to let me know which on you want.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sponsor a piece of the puzzle

Our adoption puzzle has a beautiful photo on it and I absolutely love the quote on it. The suggestion per piece sponsorship is $5. When you sponsor a puzzle piece, we will write your name on the back of the piece. Then when we get our kids home, there will be a record of who was a "piece" of the puzzle. So get your piece today! As we build the picture, I will post new pictures so you can see the progress of the image. Maybe you want to sponsor one for each member of your family? Or maybe one for your business? Maybe even one for your family pet! You let me know what name you want on the back of your puzzle piece :) 

I saw this idea and immediately fell in love with it. I told my adoption team about it and they gave me the ok to do it!  So, will you sponsor a piece, or 10 today? You can give directly through PayPal or our youcaring page on the sidebar. Make sure to comment on what you want your piece(s) to say!

Monday, October 14, 2013


This is our second set of adoption fundraising necklaces. They have gone so fast that I never got the chance to post them here the first time. I did post to Facebook last night and sold several again before I was able to get a post up here. The necklaces are $24 each and half of the money goes towards our adoption. They each come with a small muslin bag made by Scarlet Threads, a fair trade deal for women in China. Beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind. Each necklace also has a verse reference inscribed on the back. Comment below and I will send your necklaces to you for $2 shipping. You can email me for payment instructions at julyrose1026(at) Thank you so much for supporting our adoption!

Monday, October 07, 2013

His Treasure- Gems of Love from Your King- by Sheri Rose Shepard

I just love this little devotional bookBy Sheri Rose Shepard! It is written from God to you and addresses the reader with names such as My Child, My Beloved Daughter, My Precious Girl. Really feels like a father having written notes to his daughter. The pages are colorful and include a scripture to go with the subject of the devotion. My favorite devotion in the book came from the subject of His Timing. My husband and I are in the process of adoption and as many people know, and many others do not, there is so much time of waiting and wondering. When I came to this devotion, we had been waiting on our final home study, being told it would be done, for over 8 weeks. It is so hard sometimes to wait...but this devotion was a great reminder that it is God's timing not mine.

I would recommend this title to any woman who needs uplifting from a father in her life. Most importantly this book repeats truth to you and reminds one of what the truth in life really is. Its size is just perfect to throw in your purse, use it in the waiting room, in the parent pick-up lane, or anytime you are feeling defeated. I also loved that it included a table of contents that was subject searchable! When you are struggling in a certain area, you can turn to the truth God wants you to know about him and His love for you. As the timing devotion said..."Now is the time, My Beloved, to ask Me to use you in someone's life today." I think that Sheri, the author, was used in my life and will continue to be when I grab this little book! I did receive a copy of this book for free to review

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Garage Sale #3

 Our third sale was at our friends, the Searby's house. It was a great day and we lined their very long driveway with many sets of tables, tarps on the ground and a huge clothes line about 50ft long. We also had a wonderful bake sale provided by friends- Krystle Seidel, Michelle Thomas and Jennifer Moises. The kids always have such a good time manning their station and this Saturday was no exception! We had another very successful sale and plan to do another one at the Searby's house at a later date. Thank you God for your provision for this adoption!

Patriots Day- 9/11/2013

On Patriots day we decided to bake some goodies for our local fire station and bring them up to the guys. It was a wonderful night. We got a private tour with two of the officers and they even invited us to come another day and wash fire trucks with them! We are so thankful to our first responders and they really blessed us that night!
Noah as the driver.

Noah checking out the back seat. "I can even stand up in here!"

Foster gets his turn as the driver

Foster looking at the tanker truck from afar.

Noah checking out his favorite truck- the tanker

Foster trying on a helmet for size

As we were leaving, the boys found a butterfly and the firemen showed their softer side :)

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Noah rides his bike!

Noah has been working on riding his bike for a while now. Today the light bulb went on and he got it! We let the boys ride up and down the Haile Trail and then he picked up his bike and rode in the driveway. We have always been thankful for such a big driveway, but today even more so! Yay Noah! Here's to being seven years old!

Nothing to talk about?

I know, I know. You are probably thinking... "When is the last time she stopped talking?"

I am a talker! Anyone who has spent time with me knows this! I do try to make sure to give others equal time talking too. It is something I really have to pay attention to and make sure I am conscious to not take more than my fair share of time. But at our dinners, I find the strangest thing happening. I feel like we (as a family) have nothing to talk about! It bothers me to no end. I am not sure if part of this problem stems from being a stay-at-home mom who also homeschools. And because I also inform Matt about everything we have going on at his lunch. Past what goes on here, I feel at a loss for words. I don't want our entire family dinners to be filled with, "take another bite...keep careful, you are making a mess...etc." I want them to be meaningful and enjoyable. I want to laugh and joke and share life with the littles in our lives and also with my husband. I loathe the day that the kids move and we "have nothing to talk about." So, I decided something had to be done about this lack of conversation.

Like any "good" person would do, I consulted Pinterest for ideas. I came up with some questions off of a couple of blogs and an idea of how to keep the questions on the table and have them look pretty. I am super excited to have the kids home tonight and try them out. So if you are at a loss for words, look no further- Conversation Stones! I put them in a mason jar and they are the centerpiece for our table now.