Because we are hoping to adopt and doing what we can to spread the word..

we are leaving this blog open for people to see and updating it with family related posts.

Our other blog, here, is updated more often so head on over there if you are interested.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Adoption Journey Part 1 - Just as Wonderful

To read part 1 of our adoption story click HERE.

Wedding and Phone Pictures

My goodness, we've been busy around here. 
My parents came in town for my brother's wedding and have been staying with us so they could spend time with baby Nora.
Oh, I've so loved having them here.
And I'm so happy for my cute brother and his new wife.

I know some of you are still waiting for our adoption story.
I'm working on that now.
So stay tuned.

Meanwhile, here are some phone pictures..

She started "for real" smiling a few days ago.  This is the most we've been able to catch on camera...

He LOVES her.

So far she likes the Baby Bjorn carrier and Baby Sling

Tiny pieces of paper and a pen: Jimmy's favorite.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Newborn Nora

Here are some of the pictures we took of little Nora.

Man, we love her.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We're Smitten

Nora Elizabeth
6lbs, 19 in long

We brought our little beauty home today and we feel so incredibly blessed.
All because of her beautiful, selfless birthmother.
Nora is absolutely perfect in every way.

Friday, June 8, 2012

May FSA Adoption Walk!

Every year the Provo FSA does an "Adoption Walk."
Everyone who has any connection with adoption is invited.
There is a walk around the track, treats, balloons, fire trucks, Cosmo the BYU cougar, and always lots of people who love adoption.
This was our 2nd year attending and we had a lot of fun!
And our birth mother came!!
We love her.

Fire trucks! They were in heaven.

Getting ready to run the kid's race!

The boys LOVE this wonderful expectant mother who has chosen our family for her daughter.
She is so fun.
The picture is cropped to protect her privacy.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Sweet Little Addition

We've had a lot going on around our place these last couple months...

Most of you have been following our adoption journey,



Come July our family is going to get a little sweeter.

Mason and Jimmy are going to have a baby sister

And we couldn't be more thrilled!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Trains and Grandparents

My parents are getting ready to move across the country to serve a mission for our church.
They leave in less than a week.
I will miss them so much.
And my boys....
Oh, my boys.
Well, my parents are two of their favorite people and they ask every day if we can go to their house.
Man, they're going to miss them.
Because of the little time we have left to spend with them before they go,
We made a last minute decision and took a trip to Salt Lake City and spent the day together there.
We rode Trax and, my goodness, the boys were in heaven.
This was their first real experience with trains.

Trains + Grandparents = The best day ever.

We had fun.

Happy Thursday!

Friday, March 23, 2012

For them

If you knew me growing up you know that I've never liked getting my picture taken.
I'd much rather be behind the camera than in front of it.
Well, over the last few years I've done several projects for my family that have required me to search the archives for pictures of my mother.
Every time I found a picture of my mother with me as a child, I got so excited.
Of course, this was before the digital era and she was usually the one taking the pictures so there aren't many, but the few I found I've treasured.

This has changed my thinking a little bit.
I may not like being in front of the camera but when my children grow up and look through the pictures from their childhood I want them to see me there with them.
I want our pictures to remind them of the love I have for them.

I recently discovered an awesome lady with a similar mindset.
Every Wednesday she hosts Embrace the Camera and posts pictures of herself with her family, 
then she encourages others to get in front of the camera and link up to her blog.
She's great.

I can't get over how adorable Jimmy is in the above pic.