Friday, February 17, 2012

Adoption Friends

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my adoption friends-- old and new! There is a special bond people who adopt have that is just so awesome! Back in July I had a bunch of adoptive moms and their babies over for lunch. We were talking about how there was an Adoptive Families of the Tampa Bay Area on Facebook that we had become members of but we thought it would be neat to have a Central Florida group. That night I started one on Facebook. It started out with just the 5 of us from the group and maybe a few more we knew. Right now we have 46 members! I love it! So we got together last weekend for a play date in Winter Garden-- it was 30-70 minute drive for everyone depending on where we were coming from. I always wish there was more time to talk at these things! This time a girl named Jen came with her son and daughter. It was our first time meeting them and we are soooo psyched they joined us! They are awesome! Also a couple that we had met at Magical Families recently relocated to Orlando and hooked up with us! It was great to have them and their boys there!!! Have I said how much I love our group?? tee-hee...
Anyhow, here are some pictures from last Saturday:

Friday, February 10, 2012


Ever notice how sometimes it is easy to turn things over to God and sometimes it is really hard?? I have to admit that I still don't think automatically to pray right when stressful situations hit me. I usually get angst and my mind goes a million miles a minute trying to figure out how "I the almighty one" will handle all this with grace and make it work out perfect. WRONG. I'm always wrong when I think I am in control. When will I learn???
A few weeks ago Chris (my husband), was putting Luke (our 5 year old) to bed and Chris' knee dislocated. He was in NC at the time so I did not witness the event but when my tough husband who can "block out" pain says he was seeing stars and was considering going to the ER, I know it was bad. It took three weeks to get into the orthopedic surgeon. He went Tues. MRI Wednesday. Results yesterday: Bad ACL tear. Surgery necessary.
Now my husband is a Physical Therapist so he can't return to work until he is fully recovered-- 2-3 MONTHS! Ugh. I thought I was going to throw up when I heard that last night. Let me tell you why... we are waiting for a newborn baby to adopt and I wanted to take 2-3 MONTHS off!! Really what I think would be best is if we get matched while he is out on leave. He only needs 2 weeks (insert smile) and then it'll be like when he broke his leg 8 years ago-- he couldn't work and was bored to death. So today I am surrendering all of the to God and putting in a special request for our daughter to be brought to us while Chris is out on medical leave... I know He's laughing at me but I'm still requesting. Praying. Hoping. Surrendering for today.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Well, I haven't posted anything because we are just waiting for God to bring Jenna to us and He currently is not in a rush which is fine. We know He has the perfect precious daughter picked out for us... Don't get me wrong, I do get anxious and do daydream about "The Call" but overall I'm pretty busy so life keeps me distracted! My friend Kelly tagged me in a survey on her blog From Empty Womb to Overflowing Heart, so I thought it would be fun to answer her questions. I'm not playing the game completely but I will answer her questions mainly to have something to post here!! Ha!

11 Random Questions for You
1. Favorite thing to do in your "spare" time?
"Play" on my laptop or read
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Africa and Australia-- I have always loved those countries and would love to spend time in each of them-- some day I will...
3. If you could choose any dream job what would it be?
Hummmm I think I have my dream job. I love being a Home Health Occupational Therapist The only other thing I can possibly think of is getting paid to help "waiting families" make their profile books or helping people make digital scrapbooks. That's a neat dream job I think.
4. If you have a guilty pleasure, what is it?
Chocolate chip cookies-- I love them and have trouble resisting
5. What has been the hardest question you've been confronted with regarding your childs adoption?
I don't know-- I know I was really bothered when someone I work with told me that laws don't matter and Kaycee's birthmom could come take her away any time. It made me so mad.
6. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Mother Theresa or Oprah
7. Favorite restaurant?
We really don't go out to eat that much- I like Bonefish Grill and I also like a local Italian place called Naples
8. What book are you currently reading?
No Biking in the House by Melissa Fay Green and Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory for my Christian Girls Book Club
9. If you struggled with IF, do you ever feel that people regard your decision to adopt as a "last resort" or "second best"? If so, how do you deal with it?
I didn't struggle with it exactly but when I was miserable on bedrest with my second son and crying because I knew I could not physically have anymore children my sister in law said "you guys can always adopt" I never forgot that...
10. Whats to your immediate left?
My iPhone and my dog
11. If someone gave you 1 million dollars, how would you use it?
These days 1 million is not really that much... sad but true. I'd buy a new house with a pool and pay for all my kids prepaid college plans in full. I'd donate $100,000 to charity Then it would be gone. :)

Thanks Kelly for stimulating my mind!! I'm so looking forward to our Central Florida Adoption Play Date this Saturday. Stay tuned-- I'll post some pics!!