Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

If you are anything like my valentine, you could care less about this "invented" holiday. Thankfully he loves me enough to play along ;)

He spent the week at a work thing & still remembered to send me flowers!

He came home today & took me and our 3 youngest out to dinner (anytime we eat at a restaurant with our boys is a headache enducing time). He is now passed out on the couch. I love him & am thankful for the past 15 Valentine's Days spent with him!
Blessings & Happy Valentine's Day,
Tracey

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow Day

Today ended up being our 7th snow day of the school year, but our most snowfall to date! We ended up with 7 inches!! The boys ( and me) were so excited this morning. After some breakfast for them & coffee/energy for me, we layered on the clothes & headed out. It was the most fun I have had in the snow since I was a kid! I built a snowman, we had a snowball fight, made snow angels & the boys shoveled tons of snow with their new kid-sized shovels! Here are pics from our day! Hope you had an amazing day wherever you are!

Blessings,
Tracey




Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas was...

Not very Merry in our house. It started out great. We had a great meal, attended our church's Christmas Eve service, youngest 2 were tucked into their beds, presents were put under the tree, cookies made. Aaron & I were settling into our bed when it happened! We were hit hard by the stomach flu! It attacked the oldest 2 first hard & then tried to take down Aaron, but failed. I spent all of that night & Christmas Day taking care of the oldest 2 & keeping the youngest 2 entertained and away from everyone else. 

We survived & everyone is on the road to recovery. Here are a few pictures...not many, but a few. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas & be safe this New Years Eve!

Blessings, Tracey







Friday, October 4, 2013

World Smile Day

Today is World Smile Day!  This is a special day to us because of our awesome boys!  Graysen & Jaxen were both born with bilateral cleft lip and palate in China.  Graysen's initial lip repair and palate repair were both done in China for free by an organization similar to Smile Train and Operation Smile. Here is Graysen's before, after and present day pictures.


Graysen with his nanny


Graysen as a baby after surgery & showing off his wonderful smile on his 7th birthday!


 Jaxen also had his initial lip repair in China.  It had some complications and when we received him, he had one side that had become disconnected.  This was quickly repaired once we were home by our awesome surgeon at Children's Hospital.  Here is a couple before pictures and a current pic.


Jaxen before any surgeries


After his 1st initial lip repair


Jaxen with his great smile while we were at the beach!


 We are beyond blessed to be their forever parents and to enjoy these smiles everyday.  I encourage you to pray & donate to one of the wonderful organizations I mentioned above or to Love Without Boundaries who also offers cleft surgeries to children in China along with many other surgeries and healing homes.  A cleft smile is beautiful to me, but a repaired smile can open up the world to children and even adults.  If you have ever thought about adopting a child with cleft lip &/or palate and would like to ask questions, please fee free to contact me anytime on here.  I love to talk about it! Here's one more picture of our crazy boys showing their personalities.


Blessings,
Tracey


Thursday, September 26, 2013

We are expecting...from Africa!

We are taking another leap of faith & starting an adoption from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa!! 

As you all know, we have two wonderful boys from China. Each of their adoptions were exciting, new, adventurous & left us completely dependent on God. We are blessed & so incredibly thankful that God chose us to be their parents! 

This time is going to so different & we are going to be leaning on God more than ever! First off, we are adopting a girl & requesting "as young as possible". Both our boys came home at 2 1/2yrs old. We had some stability with our China adoptions, but DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) is a non-Hague country. This means there is not a lot of stability in the adoption part. They are tied with Burundi as the poorest country in the world. We are not going to be traveling as a family & taking tours like we did in China. 

The process is not too much different than our first two adoptions. We will receive our referral (picture & info) after dossier submission. This is currently happening at 4 months. Then we finish the adoption process, which is currently taking 9-10months, before we travel. As I mentioned previously, DRC is a non-Hague country so there is instability. This can cause the time frames to change. 

The most important thing you can do for our family is pray alongside us. Pray for our future daughter, her birthmother, our adoption process & our family. We are all excited but also very much aware of how this will change & bless our family!



Blessings,
Tracey

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New School Year

Well I haven't been on here in forever, but decided to finally update.  We have begun a new school year & a new school.  The boys are now in a Christian school where they only go part of the time & I homeschool the other days.  So far we are all still emotionally intact & we are surviving.  The boys are doing great...mom is the one still struggling.  I just don't want anything to fall through the cracks.  Here are a couple pics from the couple weeks we have been back in school.

Blessings, Tracey




Both boys working hard
  
 
He was so proud of himself

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Forever Family Day

Last Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, marked the 4th year that Gray has been in our family!  Receiving the blessing that is Gray, was such a long answered prayer!  It was a long journey that brought us to the other side of the world where we met a very scared, very upset little 2yr old.  You can read about our whole journey to get him at our adoption story site.

He has grown so much & amazes us everyday with how smart & funny he is. He loves robots, superheroes, legos & costumes.  He loves to make people laugh and loves to be the center of attention. We celebrated with a fun weekend filled with things he wanted to do...hiking, eating out & toys

Happy Forever Family Day Gray!




Our first time meeting him

He was such a sad little guy

The next day was the day he became our son!

After a few days with us, he was all smiles

Our first family photo


Enjoying a day of fun after his 1st Forever Family Day


A couple months after celebrating his 3rd Forever Family Day
 & he got a new little brother!

Mommy & Gray
Gray with his crazy siblings...we are so blessed ;)



Blessings,
Tracey