Monday, October 31, 2011

Miscellany Monday: It's a First

Posted by Angie at 7:21 AM 6 comments
Hi y'all!

Welcome to my first Miscellany Monday!
My thoughts are a bit all over today, so here goes...

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1. Happy Halloween!  I wish I could say this was my pumpkin, but it's not.  If I had seen this one before we carved ours though, we probably would have copied it.
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2. My friend Erika posted yesterday about the Halloween and Human Rights, which in turn lead me to this post from Rage Against the Minivan.  Something to think about.

3. I am full of prayer for a new little face today.  His Hands, our adoption agency, just put the following picture up on their face*book page, with this caption "In spite of the poor living conditions the baby was clean and beautiful!  This mother clearly put her baby's needs before her own!"  Please join me in praying for God's comfort, peace, and provision for this mother and this child.

4. A reader contacted me about this beautiful little girl who needs a family. 
I don't think I could say it any better than the reader did:  I also feel that the Lord is calling me to adopt - although I have to wait some years because I am still considered to young.  But I despite that I want to start helping NOW. A few days ago I was touched deeply by a little girl on Reece Rainbow (http://reecesrainbow.org/15506/bethany). Her case is unique because she already has a lot of funding but it seems to be very hard for her to find a family (probably because of her rather severe Osteogenesis Imperfecta). I realized that her case is not that much about fundraising but about spreading the word and finding a family that is familiar with OI and as well as interested in adoption. That's why I want to ask you: Could you use your network to spread the word about Bethany?  So, maybe this will lead somewhere...if you know someone able to adopt a precious little girl with special needs, please send them the link above! 

5. Lastly, come back tomorrow for one of my rare Tuesday posts!  Tomorrow is November 1st, so you know what that means....Friends for Adoption update.

How's that for a bit of miscellany?! 

Much love,
Future Mama

Friday, October 28, 2011

How I Love You Ideas

Posted by Angie at 7:57 AM 5 comments
I saw the CUTEST thing over at The Dating Divas the other day.  They have SO many cute date ideas and more.  This falls under the "more" category and it involves one of my favorite things...free printables!

{From The Dating Divas}
Is that precious or what!  The next time you are at the store, buy one of these items, print out the free card, and enjoy the smile that spreads across the face of your husband, children, or friend when they discover the surprise!  We do our big grocery shop on Sunday afternoons, usually, so I may try to slip one of these items in the cart myself...

Happy Friday all!

Much love,
Future Mama

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Make silly faces

Posted by Angie at 7:03 AM 3 comments
My heart is brimming with love this morning.  
My belly is warmed by a mug of hot chocolate.  
My toes are nestled beneath a soft sleeping puppy dog.  
My hopes are high for a productive day.  
And my face...
well...
my face is ready...
so ready...
to make silly faces for a future little one!

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Hope you get to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate today and dream a little.  
Oh the wonderful little blessings of fall.

Much love,
Future Mama

Monday, October 24, 2011

Our October Date

Posted by Angie at 7:15 AM 8 comments
Adoption involves a lot of waiting!  To help pass the time, I planned 12 dates for my husband and I.  Some are goofy, some are sweet, all are inexpensive (many are free).  So far we have enjoyed two adventures, in our August date and September date!

I couldn't resist.

When planning all the dates,  I made a conscious effort to make them about us and our current relationship, and not about our adoption. But....

After I saw this adorable Asian-inspired date idea, I couldn't resist tweaking it for us!

Here is the date card I placed in the envelope.  
(Click on it and it should get bigger, if you can't read it)

The Chinese symbols on the date card mean I love you...according to google translator.

We decided pretty early on in the month that we would enjoy the "pick-up" option for our Asia-inspired date.  The last time we made dumplings it was pretty time-consuming.  Plus, a new restaurant opened in town that we were excited to try!  So, on Friday night we swung by and ordered a bag full of deliciousness.


Future Papa ordered some chicken fried rice.

While I prepared to enjoy a veggie dish!

At first I thought that they had forgotten the rice.  I probably complained about it for a full five minutes before I realized...it was just in a separate container!  It had been a loooong week.

To top off the relaxing evening of cuddles and cuisine, we watched the latest episode of Up All Night.  Have y'all been watching?  As future first-time parents, we find it hilarious.

Simple and low-key, it was exactly what we needed this month.  Re-reading this post, it sounds even less exciting than it was, ha!  What's your favorite type of low-key date?

Much love,
Future Mama

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Good Reminder from Mother Teresea

Posted by Angie at 7:18 AM 3 comments
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  "At the end of our lives, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.’"  

What a good reminder for me after a busy week.
Happy Friday y'all!

Much love,
Future Mama

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A sweet story

Posted by Angie at 7:17 AM 3 comments
On Monday I wrote about sharing our testimony at an adoption conference.  Today I would love to share a sweet little story that is going to stick with me in the tough days ahead.  But first, let me show you this board I made for the conference.


This poster includes pictures of families within the local adoption ministry and their kids.  Some are referral pictures, some are family day pictures, some are pictures of them now.  While we were setting up Friday night for the conference, many of these kids were running around playing.  As I set up this board, two curious little ones (both about five or a bit older) came up to see.  They were adopted from China.

"Are you on this board?"  I asked with a smile.
I already knew the answer to that question ;-)

They simultanously began pointing and showing me every picture they were in.

"This is me in China!"
"This was when I met my daddy!"
"That's my sister and me!"
"That's my baby picture!"

For each picture they jabbed their little fingers on the board, putting fingerprints all over the images, but I couldn't care less.  How beautiful it was for me to see two children so comfortable and proud of their adoption stories.  These pictures were not new to them.  They knew their story.  They also were proud to point out their mamas and papas, united by love, not blood.

I know that one day they will have questions about their identity and will sort through the pain and heartbreak that is involved in adoptions.  But right now, they are loved, confident, thriving elementary school children.  After showing me all the pictures, they ran off to continue their game of tag through the church hall.  Another mother came up to me a bit later and said "This time next year your child's picture will be up on that board."

I hope so.

Much love,
Future Mama

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sharing our Testimony

Posted by Angie at 7:03 AM 5 comments
As I mentioned here, my husband and I are involved in an adoption ministry in our town.  We love the families in the group and the personal support we get from being involved.  So, when they asked us to share our testimony at an adoption conference this past Saturday, we swallowed our public speaking fears and said yes!

Writing our testimony was tough.  It's hard to put so many emotions and thoughts into ten minutes...and in a format that we felt comfortable sharing with a room full of strangers.  The church recorded our talk, so after I listen to it back, maybe I'll post it here.  Maybe ;-)  It was a rush, the time flew, and we are so happy that we shared our story as a young couple adopting without the experience of infertility.  Afterwards, we had some powerful conversations with some other couples contemplating or currently involved in adoptions. 

Because I was a basket of nervousness, I failed to take pictures at the Conference!  I know many others had cameras, so if I see any good pictures (of our Leaves of Love tree in action, for example) I will be sure to post them.  I did annoy force ask Future Papa to join me in a picture taken with my camera's self-timer when we got home, though.


My favorite part of the conference?  It's probably not surprising!  I loved watching all the children playing while we were setting up and breaking down tables and chairs in the church.  Children from all over: internationally adopted, domestically adopted, and non-adopted children playing, laughing, running, and dancing.  It was precious!  I have one more specific story about this, but I'll save that for Wednesday.

Have you ever shared a testimony?  What an experience!

Much love,
Future Mama

Friday, October 14, 2011

Beautiful

Posted by Angie at 7:45 AM 0 comments
Beautiful.

{all pictures from Nations Around Our Table}

I mean wow!

Look at this!

Meet Shonni's family, from Nations Around our Table.  The pictures above are of their new Leaves of Love tree, which they talk about in this post.  What a beautiful family!  If you have a minute, say a little prayer over their fundraising, their family, and their adoption journey.  May their tree be filled with leaves in no time!

Also, Future Papa and I will be sharing our testimony at an Adoption Conference this weekend and bringing our own Leaves of Love tree.  Can't wait to tell y'all about it.  I'm a bit nervous!  We would love your thoughts and prayers Saturday morning around 11ish!  We are super busy with last minute preparations (finishing touches on posters, tweaking our testimony, setting up the church tonight, ironing the wrinkles out of our clothes), so look for more on Monday ;-)  Happy weekend all!

Much love,
Future Mama


The tree above is a Leaves of Love tree.
If you want to read what other people are saying about Leaves of Love, click here.
If you are interested in writing a feature blog post about Leaves of Love, e-mail me!
If you want to be a part of OUR Leaves of Love Tree, click here!
And if you have no idea what a Leaves of Love tree is, you can click here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In this old rocking chair

Posted by Angie at 7:32 AM 13 comments

In this old rocking chair, Future Papa's father used to play as a child.
He remembers running his little fingers along these grooves.

In this old rocking chair, Future Papa's grandmother used to rock and rock.
She covered and recovered the cushion at least half a dozen times.

In this old rocking chair, now in our kitchen, I watch Future Papa do the dishes.
And we talk and talk about our days, our hopes, our dreams.

In this old rocking chair, our cat takes long afternoon naps.
And our dog runs circles around her.

The paint is worn.  The wood is chipped.  It's age is greater than ours combined.

One day, a little Asian baby will be rocked in this chair.
One day, an energetic Asian toddler may topple into it.
One day, an Asian teenager may sit in it, rocking and talking, avoiding the dishes.
One day, an Asian newlywed may find this chair in his or her own kitchen.

Creaking, rocking, and waiting for the memories to come.

Much love,
Future Mama

Monday, October 10, 2011

Movin' on up!

Posted by Angie at 7:15 AM 2 comments
Another His Hands forever family was created this weekend!

{all pictures in this post courtesy of His Hands' Facebook Page}

Praise God!  And the good news doesn't stop there!  

As I've chatted about in months past, my husband and I love His Hands not only because of their ethical adoptions, but for their priority: the Taiwanese mothers.  The picture below is of one such mama who took shelter at His Hands when she needed it most.  She will be raising her beautiful child and dedicated her little baby at church this weekend.

Much love,
Future Mama

Slowly but surely, we are movin' on up the list to a referral! 

July Babies:
 
August Baby:

Friday, October 7, 2011

Because Glitter Makes Everything Better

Posted by Angie at 7:00 AM 3 comments
I'm leaving this morning to go to the beach with some girlfriends for the weekend!  (gotta love having a friend who lives on an island)  Boy do I need a break.  Work has been something else and it doens't look like it is going to let up anytime soon.  And so, I did not have time to write a more substantial post with our adoption updates (nothing really to update, anyway), baby cuteness (always on my mind), or mama musings (I am going to have to start saying no to all these extra obligations when the baby comes along).

But glitter makes everything better...
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Happy weekend!

Much love,
Future Mama

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Never Give Up

Posted by Angie at 7:20 AM 4 comments
It's Wednesday. And who doesn't need a little inspiration on a Wednesday?!

 
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Today I am in a great mood.  Today I am filled with peace about the wait.  Today I am excited by our adoption, but not consumed by it.  Today I am going to look for and enjoy life's little blessings.  This morning, for instance, the puppy cuddled on my lap for a solid ten minutes. Whatever you are trying to accomplish, today have faith that you can do it.  And until then, what is blessing your life today?

Much love,
Future Mama

Monday, October 3, 2011

"Meet Future Mama, She's Expecting"

Posted by Angie at 7:45 AM 7 comments
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Yep.

I was introduced as an "expecting" mother for the first time.

And it caught me by surprise.

As an adopting mama, I choose who I want to tell about the little blessing we are expecting.  My stomach does not announce that I am 5 months paper pregnant.  Our family and closest friends know about this adoption, (via our bracelets, postcards, video, and excited phone conversations), but other than that, we have kept the news pretty quiet and plan to keep it that way until we receive a referral.

Recently, Future Papa and I attended a reception for a local adoption ministry.  We love the support this group of families provides and are excited to be a part of an adoption conference they are planning for our town in October.  Future Papa and I will be sharing our testimony as a young couple who felt led to adoption, without experiencing infertility.  And so, at this reception, while chatting with a group of women, I was introduced as "expecting."

And yes, their eyes went straight to my belly.
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Then to my face, to try to gauge my age.

And finally, back to the friend who introduced me, who was now scrambling to explain that we were adopting from Taiwan.

How funny.  I can't stop giggling about this encounter.  Here we are, at an adoption ministry reception, and the surprise is still there.  That, in turn, surprised me, as they scrambled to make up for their reaction by asking how far along we were in the process and if we requested a particular gender.

Do funny things like this happen to other adopting mothers?  I sure got a good laugh about it, but it really is a unique position to be young and expecting a baby without the belly to announce it...

Much love,
Future Mama 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

September Swap

Posted by Angie at 7:05 AM 1 comments
Friends for Adoption is a "buddy system" that links adopting families together so that they can encourage each other through the twists and turns of the process.  Each month, you and your Friend send and receive encouragements (with a $15.00 limit) in the mail.  This post is about my gift to Brooke.  Even though my husband and I are saving up for our own adoption, we believe we should support others financially, with prayer, and with encouragement as we are able.  Find out more about Friends for Adoption, including how to sign up, here.  

Is it really the beginning of October?  I mean really? Wow.

So, last month, I found something super fun at Tar*get!

A thick Ni Hao, Kai Lan coloring book!  I noticed it shortly after we discovered this adorable little show.  Brooke and I had been chatting a lot about ways to incorporate Asian elements into our children's lives, so I just couldn't leave it on the shelf!  Brooke can either save it for her future daughter...or turn to it herself on a tough day when she needs some of Kai Lan's "We can do it!" attitude.

And, as usual, I loved what Brooke got me!  In fact, it is my favorite gift so far.  You want to know what it is?  Then you will have to click on over to her blog to find out!

Also, this post is a reminder to all of you involved in Friends for Adoption...it's now October!  Which means you have 2 weeks to get your encouraging gift/letter/package of smiles ($15 or less) in the mail to your Friend!

Much love,
Future Mama

Want to catch up on our past swaps?  Here's the link to July's swap and here is the link to August.
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