More baby talk

So, tonight was our second meeting at the adoption agency. Even though it’s only been our second time going, I feel like I’ve known these people a lot longer. The employees are AMAZING and the people you meet are wonderful!  I do have to say that this process is a long one and it is far from easy. I decided that these next few weeks/months are equivalent to pregnancy changes. In a way, I am slowly growing each week. Learning new things about myself and gearing up for what’s to come. I need to go for check ups and a WHOLE lot more than just a few doctors visits. Every facet of our life has to be thoroughly checked, but it’s all worth it. SO worth it.  I have my ups and downs….I’m an emotional woman, I’m not gonna lie. Here’s the kicker: I’m already drooling over baby stuff! I’m holding myself back from wanting to buy every cute thing I see. I’m dying to find out what we are having, but can’t. I mean, it’s just not possible (in the future, I WILL be the impatient pregnant woman that says YES when the doctor asks if we want to know the sex. End of discussion, I am THAT curious and need to plan these things out).  On a more serious note, I’ve learned a lot so far. My eyes have been opened to the pain some of these poor kids experience at such an early age. Even though my husband and I are adopting an infant, I can’t help but feel my heart ache as I hear gut...

Baby on the Way

*My sweet nephew a few weeks old Don’t get too excited, no we are not pregnant. Not yet anyway! I decided I would start documenting our story on my blog. This way I can keep my family and close friends up to date with our journey. Besides, it’s always a good thing to be able to look back and remember every detail of our baby’s story. Beware, this might get sappy and/or emotional! I’m sure I began our baby story on a previous post, but I’m gonna tell you again. It’s all a part of the journey. When we decided to try for a baby I thought it was going to be easy. I mean, it seemed like it for everyone else. I was so foolish to think it would be that way for us. I realize now, everyone is different and for reasons unknown. Nonetheless, we are who we are and our situations are as difficult as we allow them to be. So, it’s important to always be positive and try to remember all your blessings. After a year of no baby, I was reassured by doctors and friends that it was normal for these things to take time. So, we kept our chins up and pressed on. As more months went by with no change, I started researching ways to get my body prepared for having a baby. Like cutting out caffeine, taking folic acid and fun stuff like that. Let’s just say, the caffein thing didn’t last long. Still, things didn’t seem to change. I remember hearing friends and family announce their pregnancies, watch their bellies...

Holiday Card Time

Holiday Card Time It was last year I finally decided to get my act together and do some festive cards! They turned out super cute and my family and friends loved them! This year we are hoping to do it all over again. We ordered them through Shutterfly last year, which we loved. I might go through them this year, although I am secretly hoping to design my own and make it even more personal! Depends on time I suppose! I do a little bit of photography on the side and this is the time of year I start getting a lot of calls! People are hoping for a session to get those Christmas cards ordered on time! I don’t blame them, it took me four years to finally get organized! Here are a few cards I designed this year, it was a lot of fun putting these together! We shall see if anyone would like to use my templates or not. Either way, there are always TONS of companies you can order your Christmas prints from!  I used my sweet nephew as my poster child and my husband and I in the above images! So what do you think? Are you going to do the whole Holiday card thing this year?! Perhaps you already do! ...

Tee Design Not too long ago, I was talking about what my husband and I wanted to get for my nephews first birthday! I made a couple designs and my husband and I decided on which one we felt was the best. I wanted it to be something that was unique and meaningful, I think we found just that. This is something we are going to make as a tradition and hopefully we will have a little collection of Tee shirts for the little guy (until it’s not cool anymore, that is). Here is the our little nephew modeling the final product. I think he looks ADORABLE in it! Couldn’t be happier! ...

Logan This is who we are spending our day off with today. Let me introduce you to our sweet nephew Logan. He is 1 years old and the most entertaining boy you can imagine. He is learning to walk, talk, stack, put things together, break things apart, throw, clap and mimic sounds. I LOVE this age! Here are a few pictures of our time with him so far. I’m sure I will be snapping quiet a few more while we are here.  Eating breakfast, but most of it is on the floor. Hm?   Trying out some eggs Waking up Uncle Joel and posing for the camera Swinging on the hammock, a bit hesitant  Such a big boy, sitting up all by himself Tired eyes, ready for a nap I think...

True Story

    So, it’s been a while since I last updated you on our baby chronicles. I call it that now, because I am slowly realizing it is indeed going to be a historical event as far as starting a family goes.    It has been a total of one year and ten months since we started trying for a family. I thought it was going to be easy, because for so many it seems like it is. I have had countless friends become pregnant, family members and still we are just the two us. But here is what I am learning through this whole thing:   + you can still smile at the end of the day + you don’t need to sweat the small stuff, it only leads to worrying and worrying leads to no where +enjoy where you are at, because it can all change in an instant +focus on what’s good and that will surely make you realize you are not unlucky at all +life is short, so don’t waste it on the what if’s +there are always a MILLION precious babies to love on, some need it more than you know   Yep, this is where I am at. I didn’t get there over night. There have been plenty tears and frustrations, but I have amazing people that surround me and love on us. Of course, I have the most amazing and loving husband any girl could ask for. He is such an encouragement and positive reinforcement in my life. Most of all, I am fortunate enough to have a faith so strong that this could not...

Sweetest little nephew is turning 1 Just a few months old I can’t believe a year has come and gone since my little nephew Logan was born! I’m not even his mother and I am in shock! He is the sweetest little boy you can imagine….he sucks his little thumb and everything. He has the most enduring smile and steals your heart the moment he looks at you. I am in love with the little man.  This year, my brother/sister-in-law decided to have his birthday a little early this year so everyone could make it. Unfortunately, my husband and I are the only ones that won’t be able to be there! It’s sad, but true. Silly how work has to get in the way…you know 😉I went ahead and started thinking of what we could get him for his first birthday. Hoping to maybe send it to them so he can open it the day of his party. We both wanted something a little bit unique and special from his aunt and uncle. We found one of his gifts from a funky interior store in Ventura, CA. That I won’t give away….although I don’t think any of my husbands family reads my blog. So, we might be safe! The second gift we found was on a site called Uber Prints, which is a fantastic website I am hooked to! You can make your own T-shirts and design them with their fonts, images, etc (which there are many pick from) or you can upload one you made from home. It was a lot of fun playing with different ideas. I...

Did You Know

I wanted to dedicate this post this morning to the unknown, mysterious and hard thing about life. The not having control of or understanding why some things go smoothly and others not so much. I have been learning that life IS pain and sorrow, but the battle can be won and we can live on being happier than we can imagine. What a lot of people don’t know is that 12 months ago, my husband and I decided we were ready to start a family. And like so many other couples out there, we thought in a month or two we would be peeing on a stick and taking pictures of a positive sign. It would be perfect and all our family and friends would be happy for us. Unfortunately, that’s the thing about life. You don’t know what’s going to happen and it’s not always as easy as 1-2-3. We went on witnessing others go through a new sense of joy, as they announced their pregnancy to births. We are ALWAYS happy for our friends, because babies are miracles. No matter who has them. My husband and I might feel that brief sadness each month its a no go, but we know that we are blessed in so many other ways. I am learning that things always happen for a reason and I need to enjoy this testing time in my life. If you are like us, hoping for something thats not necessarily in your control, take heart. Enjoy this time in your life. Be grateful for the blessings you do have. Remember you aren’t alone in your...
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