Monday, January 28, 2013

Big Family News!!!

The next big step for our family happens tomorrow. We start our classes to become a certified foster care family!!! Excited doesn't even begin to cover it!!! We've been talking about our next step for a few months....well at least I have....DJ has kind of been listening. We'd said a couple different times that when it was time we would know what our next step was. Over the last couple months it's become pretty clear that we are being called to foster care to grow our family.

We talked to Mackenzie about it a few weeks ago and explained to her (in a 6-year-old appropriate discussion) that we were taking classes to become a foster family. She seems to understand and sounds super excited. Our biggest concern will be guarding her heart through this process becuase she has such a tender heart.

So excited to start this next chapter in our story!

Post again soon!

Sunday, January 27, 2013


We went camping this weekend - first time in a LOOOOOONG time. I think Mackenzie was still a baby the last time I camped. Mackenzie doesn't remember camping so the whole new experience for her. We got a tent for Chirstmas and we finally had a weekend to try it out. Luckily there are tons of campgrounds within a short drive of Central Florida. DJ went and got our campsite set up and I joined him with the girls after work on Friday.

Here's what I learned from our expereience:
  1. People who say it doesn't get cold in Florida are lying
  2. There are very few people raising their children with manners :(
  3. A family of 4 can fit (if not comfortably) on a queen size air bed
Friday night was WAY colder than I expected and the night was VERY long! But we survived. Luckily we were close enough to home that I could run home Saturday morning and grab some more blankets (and take a shower :-) Luckily Saturday turned out to be a gorgeous day!! Saturday night was just about as cold but at least we got more sleep...until the kids joined us.

Mackenzie had a blast especially since she was joined on Saturday by a couple of her friends. Avery was less sure of camping but hopefully she will warm up to it the more we go. I think she'll like it better when it isn't quite so cold.

I love being able to pass down these traditions to my girls :-)

Post again soon!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Called to Adopt's Latest Fundraiser!!

Check out our latest fundraiser for Called to Adopt!! We designed 2 adoprable tiles using the Called to Adopt Logo. Email me at info(at)calledtoadopt(dot)org if you'd like to order.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Post-Christmas Picture Post

Nope - Haven't fallen off the face of the earth. Here's some of our Christmas celebrations. Promise to return to blogging soon. So much to share ;-)