Sunday, January 30, 2011

This week's fabulous giveaway!

Posted by Angie at 11:24 PM 13 comments
Heeeellllllllloooooooo bloggy friends!!

Hope ya'll had wonderful weekends!  I know we did...gorgeous weather down here in the South.  Plus, I'm super excited to announce another giveaway today!! Oh yeah!  Ok, so today's necklace was donated to us by The Adopt Shoppe.  She has an Etsy page HERE and a Facebook page HERE.  This week's one lucky winner gets to PICK any one of her $10.00 necklaces!!  If you win, are you going to choose a scripture necklace?
Or, perhaps you are an adoptive mama and would LOVE one of these....
Or wouldn't you just ADORE something like this for yourself or as a gift?
What's that you say?  None of those quite make your heart sing?  Well then, by golly you should just head over to her online shop and check out the DOZENS of necklaces I couldn't fit into this post.  Go on, take a gander!  I can practically guarantee that you will find something that you just love!

Ok, so before I get to how you can win, first I want to tell you about the wonderful woman who makes these.  Here is her story, as she tells it:

My husband and i have been married for 11 years. We lost 2 baby boys before we had our 2 bio children, Madison & Mason. After M & M, the doctors said we couldn't have any more children. We've always wanted to adopt, but didn't know where or how to start. A friend told me about some missionaries in Taiwan that help women there that are willing to give birth to their babies and make an adoption plan for them instead of having abortions--which is incredibly common and VERY accepted, even encouraged there. We did some research on Taiwan. They worship SO many gods over there still. Pretty much any and every god but the TRUE and living God in heaven. My heart broke for these women/girls that had very little options/ no one to turn to or help/ and no faith in God. We wanted to ensure that at least one of these babies from Taiwan grew up knowing without a doubt that God the Father loves her. We brought Mia home in August. She was 5 1/2 months old when we brought her home. If you've adopted before, you know the cost involved. When we traveled in August, it was in the peak traveling time to/from Taiwan, apparently! We had to charge the outrageous cost of the plane tickets to a credit card. That's what I'm working to pay off. And after that is done, we will start saving to bring another little one into a Christian home! Thank you SO much for your help in our adoption(s) and for your interest in our story!

Isn't that just precious?!  And of course, her little girl is simply adorable!
Ok, so by now I am sure you are just ITCHING to know how to win!!  So, we have all seen fundraisers...fun ones, boring ones, successful ones, complete failures.  The Future Papa and I have been wracking our brains for ways to raise money for the adoption...things to make?  Items to sell?  And we would LOVE to draw on your wisdom!  So...here is how you can WIN THE NECKLACE OF YOUR CHOICE!

To enter, simply leave a comment describing:
~a fundraising idea that totally works...you couldn't love it any more!
~a fundraising idea that you really wouldn't recommend...too much work, hard to sell, whatever!

These can be ideas that you have done or even just seen.  Feel free to submit as many failure/success ideas as you have!!  Each tip = 1 entry.  They can be in the same comment or different ones, it really doesn't mater.

We will be drawing a winner this Friday, February 4, 2011 and announce it in a post!!!!!

Can't wait to see what you say!
Much love,
Future Mama
*please support us through our journey with your prayers, advice, and donations.  help us bring our child home.  see our donate tab.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Mother-in-law's Curse

Posted by Angie at 11:10 AM 3 comments
From a young age, we noticed there was something interesting about our young puppy.  Sure, he was cute.

But he also had A LOT of energy.

Now, before you go on to tell me that all puppies have a lot of energy, let me offer a few examples.  Dasher rarely stops running.

Which is why most pictures of of him are blurry.

Frigid cold weather...

...nor the heat of the summer...

...is able to slow him down.  

Still not convinced that this is more than normal puppy energy?  Let me offer some quotes from his report cards, written by doggie experts (from the place where we board him when we are away).
  • "Dash had a great time during this vacation with us.  He enjoyed playing with the other dogs and will just run around until someone else joins in.  He had a blast!"
  • "Dash had so much fun during his sleepover, but we have to say, he certainly didn't sleep during the day!  He enjoyed playing and basically doesn't stop the whole time he is here.  We can't wait to see him again!"
Why does our darling Dasher have so much energy?  My Mother-in-law's curse.  You see, when the Future Papa was a wee child, he had a lot of energy.  So much, I am told, that his mother could hardly handle his wild antics.  He was constantly moving, running, and creating mischief and mayhem.  Future Papa is the son of a music minister.  At church, instead of being the reverend's angelic, darling son, I am told he was quite the opposite.

Thanks to the dedication of his parents, the Future Papa turned into a fine young lad.  But, this was not enough to prevent my lovely Mother-in-law from placing a curse upon us:  That he may one day have a child as high energy and mischievous as he was.  

Now, the Future Papa's parents watched with interest as we adopted a puppy from our local animal shelter.  And they squealed with glee watching us put up with his less-than-angelic antics.  

My question is this...is Dasher the fulfillment of the Mother-in-law's curse?  Or by adopting a child not technically of our blood, are we circumventing the spell?  Or is there, perhaps, something worse to come...

**Note: Despite his mischief (perhaps a topic for another post), we LOVE our puppy, now dog.  His high energy is manageable with two long walks daily and fetch before dinner.  He is named after Dasher the reindeer because he we adopted him at Christmastime.  Perhaps our problems would have been solved if we had named him Sleepy instead...

Much love,
Future Mama

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Face of Truth

Posted by Angie at 3:03 PM 0 comments
This morning, work obligations required that I get up earlier than usual to attend a meeting.  I'm not an early-morning person.  I'm not a cold-weather person.  I'm not a go-out-in-the-rain person.  Of course, today I got to enjoy all three.

As I stumbled around the kitchen, putting the last few items together for lunch, my hubby walked in.  He picked up my yogurt.  He doesn't like yogurt.  He made a face similar to this:
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I have to admit, it was a pretty funny face.  Comical disgust.  But at this time in the morning, all I could get out was "Didn't your mom ever tell you your face could get stuck like that?  Stop." I snatched up my yogurt, threw it in the lunchbox, and prepared to meet the cold, dark, drizzle.

"What, you don't like the face of truth?" said Future Papa with a smirk.

And that's what got me laughing.  Pure smiles.  It sounds silly, I know, but it was exactly what I needed this grouchy morning.  A hug, a kiss, and out the door I went, still smiling as I sealed myself in the cold car and cranked up the heat.  Sigh, don't you just love those little moments where someone reminds you just how great it is to be alive and healthy

Of course now, it is about 3:00 in the afternoon and all I can think about is this...
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But no!  No naps!  Away I will chug.  This first thesis chapter is not going to finish itself!

Hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday.

Much love,
Future Mama
*please support us through our journey with your prayers, advice, and donations.  help us bring our child home.  see our donate tab.

Monday, January 24, 2011

And we have our WINNERS!

Posted by Angie at 9:02 AM 1 comments

I am SO excited to announce the three winners from our first giveaway!  

The basket was filled....

...we shook, shook, shook...

And our first winner is....

Meredith, from One Day Closer...Our Adoption Journey.  Yipee!!  She and her husband are adopting their third child from Ethiopia!  Hopefully their little girl will be home soon.

Alright, so winner number two is....

Christy, from 3 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.  They should be getting a referral in the next six months for a little one from South Korea!  Fingers crossed that the referral will surprise us and come sooner :-)

And last, but certainly not least....

BlessedMommyx3 at The Happenings in a Busy Life!  Woo Hoo!!  She has three fabulous kids, but they aren't stopping there!  They are on the journey to add #4 from Ethiopia.

{Lovely Winners:  Please click here and select your favorite bracelet!  E-mail your choice and your mailing address to: expectingablessing@gmail.com}

If you didn't win this time, don't fret, because we already have TWO more fun giveaways lined up for the near future.  Get excited!!  Thank you for all who played along and supported us in this last one!

And if you haven't checked out TwirlingTrees, the shop who donated today's giveaways, you totally should!  Remember this little girl's sweet story?  Her jewelry is SO BEAUTIFUL and incredibly affordable!  You can even customize your own piece!  I can't say enough sweet things about this generous girl and her family. 

Hope you all had great weekends!  Ours was lovely, but I am beginning to get a touch nervous because a draft of my thesis' first chapter is due on Friday.  Eeek!  If ya'll remember from my first post, getting this thesis done is one of the important preliminary steps for our adoption journey.  Please pray that I can stay on track and be productive! 

Much love,
Future Mama

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cute feet? Bah, certainly they can't exist!

Posted by Angie at 3:20 PM 5 comments
(Reminder: We will be drawing for the first giveaway Monday.  3 winners.  Woo hoo!)

I'm not a foot person...

But I am a baby feet person!

I just want to squish every little toe! Ahh, one day...

Much love,
Future Mama

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WOW Wednesdays: My Awkward Moment

Posted by Angie at 6:57 AM 14 comments
Alright, so I'm trying out this new thing called WOW Wednesdays...aka Words of Wisdom Wednesdays.  But instead of sharing my words of wisdom...I am going to be asking for yours!  I am one of those people who always seems to have a million questions.  So instead of randomly sprinkling them into my posts, I am going to try to contain myself (and start practicing that patience thing that seems to be so important for adoptions) and save them for a WOW Wednesday post!

Ok, so to launch this concept, I am going to share a somewhat embarrassing story which has inspired a question that I am dying to know the answer to.  So, last night, I ran into the grocery store to get three things we needed for dinner.  I had just been at the gym so I was in my not-so-attractive winter workout clothes, make-up running from sweat, hair a mess...you get the picture.


So, I am at the grocery store and I see this woman with two BEAUTIFUL Asian children.  And the mother was not Asian!  So, I immediately think, SHE ADOPTED those children, and as she strolls down the aisle with her overflowing cart I frantically tried to think of how I was going to introduce myself without coming off like a crazy person.

But as she got closer, another thought raced into my mind...what if her husband is Asian?  Panicking, I aborted the mission, gave a brief smile, and awkwardly walked away.


Of course, as it usually happens at grocery stores, we continued to cross paths on every aisle.  And on every aisle I debated with myself whether or not it was polite to say something and how to say it.  At one particularly drawn out moment, we both were stopped next to each other for what seemed like the longest time analyzing croutons.

And because this oh so fascinating story about my grocery adventures has probably gone on far too long, I will end it by saying, no, I never did say anything to the woman.  And I am still kicking myself.  Kind of.  Or did I make the right decision? Ugh.

So, I ask you, adoptive mamas, have you been approached by random strangers in public places?  Silly question, I imagine that happens quite a bit.  Does it get obnoxious to always answer the same questions?  What is the best way to handle the situation (for both the asker and askee)?  What do you wish people would say?  Or do you wish crazy women with unattractive winter workout clothes, running make-up, and messy hair would just leave you in peace while you shopped for groceries?!

You know...I mean...I need to know...in case I run into this woman at the grocery store again! ;-)

Much love,
Future Mama

P.S. Have you entered our giveaway yet?  Only FOUR days left!

Monday, January 17, 2011

We saw the sign.

Posted by Angie at 8:03 AM 14 comments
Today I thought I would share a bit of our story and how we came to the decision of adoption!  For us, it was a long process, mostly filled with lots of little signs, moments, and steps.  This post, however, is about one of the big moments.  It requires a bit of back story, though ;-)

Future Papa and I met during our junior year of high school in the courthouse parking lot.  I was a lawyer on the school's Mock Trial team and Future Papa was a timekeeper.  We practiced in our county courthouse after school.  I was on my way in to practice when I saw this cute high school aged guy getting out of his car.

"Are you one of our new timekeepers?"  I asked.
"Yeah!" Replied Future Papa.  And that's how we met.  Deep, I know.  We introduced ourselves, I led him to the practice room, and we became friends.

We started dating the summer before our senior year and continued dating long distance throughout college.
(a picture from our freshman year of college)
We got married in our home town at the church Future Papa grew up in.  Not only is this church special to him because of this, but also...this church is literally 200 yards away from the courthouse, where we met!
(the church on our wedding day..we had BEAUTIFUL summer weather)
Fast forward.  The great thing about marrying your high school sweetheart is that you had many old friends and teachers in common!  Over winter break, Future Papa and I made the trip down to our small hometown to attend a Christmas party of one such old friend.  We got to town a bit too early, so we decided to drive by some of our old haunts.  We started with the high school, then our church, and then to the courthouse just steps away.

Have you hung in this long?!  'CAUSE HERE'S THE COOL PART!  Right in front of the courthouse parking lot where we met, there was a sign.
Can you see it?!


We were both floored.  We had been talking about our first child.  Praying.  Deciding what route to go.  Biologically?  Adopting?  Could we afford it?  What would people think?  Back and forth we went.  And here, at the place where we met, just steps away from the church were we married, was a sign.  A LITERAL sign.  And I have NEVER seen an adoption sign before or since this sign!

I do think that God placed this sign right there for us to see.  Right between the parking lot where we first said hello and the church where we said I do.  Is He not great, or what?!

Pretty cool if you ask me.

Much love,
Future Mama
*please support us through our journey with your prayers, advice, and donations.  help us bring our child home.  see our donate tab.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Accidental Adoption

Posted by Angie at 7:07 AM 22 comments
Ran across this...and laughed for about ten minutes!  Have you read this before?

Wife:  Honey, sit down. I have some news for you.
Husband:  What is it?
W:  Well, I don’t know how to say this, so I’ll just come out with it. I went to the mailbox today and… well, we got an 171-H.
H:  A what?!? An 171-H? As in, we’re going to have a baby?!?
W:  It looks that way.
H:  But how? We’ve been so careful! I put away all the blank I-600A forms. Didn’t you hide our homestudy update?
W:  Of course I did, but don’t forget, there was that one night…
H:  What night? (pauses) Ohhh, that night, But it was only once. We were just messing around. I didn’t print clearly. I didn’t even use ink! (pauses again) But it was kind of fun. (giggles). It was, wasn’t it?
W:  I’ll never forget how cute you looked getting your fingerprints.
H:  So now we’ve go our 171-H, eh? But that doesn’t always mean you’ll adopt, does it? I mean, shouldn’t you see the agency or something, make sure everything’s okay?
W:  I already did.
H:  And?
W:  I’m five documents along.
H:  Five documents! And they’re all notarized, certified and authenticated okay?
W:  Just great. There was one small scare when the agency couldn’t see the Notary’s middle initial but it showed up just fine under the magnifying glass. Thank God. And you, honey? Are you feeling okay?
H:  I’m feeling fine. As long as I know you’re happy about this.
W:  Happy? I’m thrilled! It’s always a shock at first when something like this happens, but of course I’m happy.

Hehe.  What do you think, my adoptive mamas...is adoption this easy? ;-)

Also, have you entered the giveaway yet??  Perhaps you didn't see the new way to enterCLICK HERE to check it out!  If you win, will you choose this...
...or this...
...or maybe this!?!

Happy Friday to all!  Hubby and I ordered Breakfast at Tiffany's from Net*flix to watch this weekend.  Can you believe that we've never seen it? 

Much love,
Future Mama

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow-pocalypse!!!

Posted by Angie at 11:40 AM 15 comments
Attack of the SNOW!!!  We live in the South ya'll, so when snow falls, things tend to get a little CRAZY!
As our newscasters have termed it, the snow-pocalypse arrived Sunday night!  And our entire town shut down.  All roads, businesses, schools: CLOSED.  Perhaps this will put it into perspective:  Atlanta, the closest city to where we live and home of the busiest airport in the world, has only eight snow plows.  Yup, eight.

Here the Future Papa and pup cracked open our back door Sunday night, as the snow just began to fall.  We were pretty darn excited!

 By Monday morning, the world was as white as vanilla frosting.  As powdered sugar.  
As white as...well...snow!
At first, Dasher did not know what to think of the powder covering all his favorite rocks and beloved plants.  But...as you can see below...he learned to love the squishy substance pretty quickly!
I enjoyed watching them, laughing, and snapping pictures.
SIX WHOLE INCHES!! Can you even believe it?! 
(measured by super duper official green classroom ruler)
I was then informed via snowball that I needed to put down my silly camera and enjoy the fun ;-)
Whew!  So, after a wild Monday morning, we came inside, lit a roaring fire...
...sipped some hot chocolate with the cat...
...and took naps on the couch.
But, the fun did not stop there!  Thanks to the MASSIVE amount of snow, schools/roads/businesses were ALSO closed on Tuesday, giving us some more time to play!
Dasher won't be drinking water out of that anytime soon!


Whew, while it was awesome Monday and enjoyable Tuesday, today (Wednesday), I am beginning to get a bit of cabin fever.  Future Papa has been called in for a shortened day of work (11-5) today, but the university where I work is still closed.

We have had fun watching all the ways our neighbors have dealt with the snow!  One stood in his pjs and used a kitchen spatula to get the snow off his car.  We live on a hill and witnessed all sorts of "sled" substitutes...everything from trashcan lids to rooftop luggage bins.

While playing, we noticed one neighbor who owned a very precious item...a shovel!  Future Papa quickly approached the man and procured the instrument, which we used to clear off our steps.  Our neighbors are grandparents (from Argentina!), so once the Future Papa finished our doorway, he began work on their's.  As the sweet woman loudly thanked him for his good deed, the door next to her opened, revealing our neighbor who just had a baby.  She politely asked Future Papa if he would be willing to also shovel her steps, which of course he was.

If I had thought of it at the time, we should have gone door to door offering the coveted service and raising money for the adoption, ha!! But, of course, the idea came a little too late ;-)

And, because this is an adoption blog after all, I have a baby story to share with you.  As we were running about (a bit like crazy people), one of our neighbors came out with their precious, three year old daughter.  She was bundled up from her tiny curls to her little toes.  Her daddy carried her to a patch of snow, set her down, and watched her waddle like a chubby penguin for a few feet before she promptly collapsed into the powder, squealing.  This continued for about twenty minutes...he'd pick her up, she'd waddle, she'd collapse, she'd laugh.

So of course, you can imagine me, the neighbor with the hyper puppy and excited husband, watching from across the street, dreaming of making memories like this with our future little one.  Ah, it made my heart just melt. 

I hope you all my fellow southerners had wonderful snow days!! And for my northern bloggy readers...well...you can take heart in the fact that you will probably get to hear us all complain that we have to make up these days over spring break ;-)

Much love,
Future Mama


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