Sunday, November 03, 2013
I've really been missing this little blog of mine. It's been way too long since I've posted and I almost feel like I'm missing out on recording special little thoughts and memories that have been happening in my little families lives.
Instead of trying to "catch up" on all the things that have been happening here I'll just move forward and do my best at starting again. Life is busy and never seems to slow down, so why spend time stressing over past events, but look ahead and capture the moments right now.
The boys are growing so quickly and life is never boring with them around. Last month we did our yearly family photos with Talia Audenart Photography and I sadly have to admit that I still haven't been able to sit down and look through them all. Every single photo I've seen though has been amazing and I am always so very very thankful that we take the time to do this. This one is probably one of my very favorites so far as it completely captures our life at this stage. With the boys constantly going and moving and just being boys...just being able to step back and watch as they interact with each other is priceless. For me a perfect picture doesn't have to be the sit...look at the camera picture that we so often expect, but it's the real moments where we don't even notice the camera there that speak to me. Those are the ones that I want to have big in my home to look at everyday. Those are the ones I cherish.
This year, now that Ryker is almost 7....seriously...7!!!....how did that happen???!!!....he is becoming more independent and wanted to do his own hair for pictures. I am learning to let go of control, which can be so hard to do sometimes and allowed this to happen since fighting over hair for pictures was not a battle I wanted to fight. hehe. I will forever look at these pictures and his hair and remember that moment in the bathroom watching him make his hair perfect and exactly how he wanted it. Hair is such a big deal in this family with these two little boys...they are sooooo particular, that I have learned to let them decide when they are ready to make changes...at such a young age!! Oh boy.
Ok...I'm really not trying to look back and talk about pictures...but I was trying to say that I am hoping to get going on our Christmas cards soon. Because before we know it Christmas will be here and I'll be wanting to mail cards. See how when I haven't been blogging for such a long time I become random with so many thoughts??!!
I am also very thankful for November. It's National Adoption Awareness Month!!! I love reflecting back on our journey to becoming a family and I love seeing the posters displayed around my city. You may have never noticed them, but it was one of the things that brought us to our decision to adopt. After praying to know what we should do and if adoption was right for us we saw a giant poster for National Adoption Month hanging from an overpass. It was one of those moments where I was filled with the knowledge that we were supposed to move forward in that direction. And now every year after, I smile whenever I see these signs. We also LOVE our birth mom so very much and even though I think about her daily, in November I especially am reminded of what an amazing women she is. As I think of all the blessings I've been given by the sacrifice this beautiful girl made so many years ago, I always feel like I need to express my love for her at this time of year. 7 years ago I was frantically getting ready for the birth of Ryker. We knew we had been chosen as the adoptive family, we had met our birth mom, and we knew Ryker's due date was December. I wanted everything to be ready when we brought him home...to have his room all finished...to have a car seat and all those other important things that we were doing secretly. hehe. I was also trying to finish all my Christmas shopping so that I didn't have to even think about it in December...all I wanted to focus on was Ryker. This is such a special month.
Hopefully I will be back more often. These gaps in posts are unacceptable! haha!! There is so much to share so hopefully I can get back on track.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
We stopped last week to play with cousins and even managed to do a photo shoot!! We love this family so much...and apparently sleeping over at their house was the best part of my kids summer!...We definitely need to do it again :)
Love you guys!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I just wanted to mention that I've added links to my Stranded Handmade Jewelry facebook page in the sidebar as well as my furniture painting facebook page (Redone for fun). Go over there to be updated on upcoming sales and make sure to "like" both pages!!
Friday, May 10, 2013
Tomorrow we celebrate 'Birth Mother's Day!' which I love. I love that tomorrow (and really not just tomorrow) I can remember our special birth mother and what she has done for me and the special role she plays in our lives. It is because of her that 6 years ago I celebrated my first 'Mother's Day!'...after many painful mother's days of silently crying...wishing, hoping and praying that I would one day become a mother. We love her and remember her everyday. I've learned as an adoptive mom that love isn't measured by blood, but is free to take form in many different ways. I don't love one child more than the other but love them each deeply for who they are and the miracle that they are in my life. I believe that they were both meant to be my children and to come to our family and I was taught important lessons of faith, patience and understanding that truly has helped me to be a better mother. There was never anything else I wanted to be. From the time I was little I knew that I wanted to be a mother. As I grew older and a little wiser I quickly learned that becoming a mother wasn't going to happen the way I had planned, but eventually it did happen and I am eternally greatful for this experience.
This week I have quietly watched my children. Pondering on their little lives and how they are growing so quickly. I have noticed how Maguire has changed into a little boy...the years of babies and diapers long gone and we have now fully jumped into the life of school aged children. Maguire is my most imaginative child and has a strong personality that pushes me to my limits on most days. He teaches me to look for the extraordinary in our everyday life...to always watch my actions and words...and to remember to not take life so serious. I have noticed Ryker determined to do better and trying a little harder in all that he does. He is my peace maker. Always happy...loving life...and thinking of others. His friendliness and outgoing personality sometimes scare me as I worry about his acceptance from others...when it's not even a thought in his mind. His love has no limits and his forgiveness is easily given when others have hurt him.
Awhile ago I read this statement on facebook "We will spend eternity knowing our children as adults. But today, right here, right now, and for the few precious years, we have the rare privilege of knowing them as a child." It hit me hard. These moments are precious. They don't last forever. And they will be over before we know it.
As I watched my children this week my heart was full. The happiness that these two little boys bring into my life exceeds the dreams I had for motherhood. I could never have imagined how rewarding this time and experience would be. As I comforted Ryker after losing a race this week and when I picked Maguire up from school after leaving him crying...I was so very thankful that I was the person that got to be there with them in those moments. I was needed by these boys and it was my love and attention that they were seeking.
How very blessed I am that after countless years of waiting I was given the opportunity to be a mother. It wasn't how I had thought my life should go, but I know that it has been a better plan for me.
I love you most my sweet little boys.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
We have this hallway in our basement that leads to the laundry room, bathroom and furnace room...it's really too narrow for anything to go in it which makes it a little long and boring. I had originally hung a couple of picturse on the wall, but it wasn't enough since it is quite a long wall and could use something big and substantial hanging on it.
After looking around on pinterest I decided to add to the pictures that were already there...and I LOVE how it turned out!!
(Sorry...my house is really hard to take pictures of since the walls are so yellow and throws the colors off...and this space is dark since there are no windows nearby....)
But now when I walk down this hallway to do laundry I love looking at the cute faces of my kids!!
My love for photography + decorating my house = the perfect combination!!!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
As I was searching around pinterest one day I came across a photography blog that was so inspiring...something I've been trying to do lately...be inspired by others. I don't know if it's been the never ending winter this year or what, but I really feel like I need some inspiration lately...and not just the kind that's pretty to look at, but the kind that makes you get up and do something.
What caught my eye on Jessica's blog was her most recent post called "Project 10." This months theme was 'Books' and she shared her take which included 10 beautiful photos. I decided to join in and see how the word would inspire me....
I had sooooo much fun with this challenge! I based it around a stack of books that sit in my hutch in the kitchen...no I'm not a very good cook or baker, but I love reading cookbooks and attempting something new once in awhile.
I did manage to do a couple of self timer shots which I don't do enough of. I always seem to be behind the camera and rarely in front of it ;)
I love how these pictures turned out...how inspired I felt looking at the other photos that were shared and challenging myself to create something.
I'm looking forward to next months challenge now!!
Thanks for letting me play along... K :)
Monday, April 22, 2013
Bre Lynn Walker!!!!
Congratulations...yeah!!! Send me your address and I will mail out your necklace right away!!!!
(My email is email@example.com)
Thank you to everyone for commenting and joining my fb page! You guys are so sweet!! I will definitely have to do another give away in the future.
Tomorrow at 1 p.m. will be my first sale on my new fb page. There will be 1 of each item posted and will be ready to ship...and would make great Mother's Day gifts :)
See you tomorrow!
Posted by Kim at 8:30 AM