I had to make something that could be copied as many times as necessary, but I wanted each one to look handmade. So, I made this entirely out of cardstock. I had Office Depot make lots of color copies. I then, could just use gaffer tape to bind the edge of each one making each one look totally handmade! I thought the result was pretty cute.
We had this little flip up deal that says we had been married 10 years.
When I get calls about "how" I did it, or how to go about this whole adopting thing, well, I just don't really know what to tell people. Mine were miracles. Really! They were. Things just don't typically happen the way they did with my Ellie and Gabbi. I just know they were meant to be mine! In both cases, we were contacted privately by the birthmoms! My advice to those out there who are wanting to adopt is to tell everyone! It is not shameful! It is awesome! Those of you who read my blog who have also adopted know what I mean. It is AWESOME! There is something about a baby being given to you and just KNOWING that your paths were meant to cross. If you are a Christian, it makes it so much sweeter to KNOW that God has had that plan laid out a LONG time just waiting for it to come to fruition!
I guess that is what I was thinking when I used my "M" as "miracle". I comment, although you can't read it, that it is a miracle when our lives cross with the birthmom chosen for us, and things come together at exactly the right time. Lest I remind you.... Ellie's date of conception was the EXACT day that Jake went to Heaven. No one will EVER be able to convince me that Ellie being in our lives was not totally divinely ordained and was a plan set in motion a long, long time ago!
I don't think anyone could ever discount how much a part of our lives my nephews were and are now. They were my world! SO they got the "N" distinction!
"O" is for Office. I had to put in there somewhere what I did and that I worked with children. Another thing the attorney disagreed with. So, if you want a closed adoption, don't do this!
I think "Play" is a very important part of my world. The picture above is MMPT's Christmas card pic for 2007. It was the year after Jake passed away, and we decided on a "Happy Merry Chrismoween" card in his honor. We wore our Halloween costumes on our Christmas cards. Don't say we aren't creative! I have the coolest staff!!
Oh that picture above of me and Jake on the slide makes my heart ache. We were at the Ronald McDonald House out on the playground, and he had just had a whole summer without chemo. He felt great! That was a FUN day!
No wait, I think this is!
Q and R were hard for me. I think I kinda threw them together. Anyway, here they are for your enjoyment!
Lord have mercy. Can we say, thank you, Jesus, for letting some doctor, somewhere, invent Lap band!?!
ANd Recreation is the "R". THis is the little box Todd used to ride Jake around the yard in the four wheeler, only about 3 days before he went to Heaven. Staci, if you are reading this, hope it doesn't make you sad. I kinda got off track from the point of the post by looking at all of these Jake pictures. I suppose I wasn't meant to get my babies the "usual" way. Looking back (and I only realized this at this very moment), I was still very grief-stricken, and I am not sure a birthmom would have wanted me to have their baby had they seen this book FULL of pics of Jake and his brothers. Can you tell what was important in my life at that pivotal time?!
oh wow... check this out... Staci preggo with Maddi! By the way, did you notice she updated her blog?! Go see. Maddiboo.blogspot.com!
And how do I mention our lives without a big ol' whole bunch of travel?!
I really like "U" for "united for a cause". That particular one meant a lot to me. Again... I was a little consumed at that time. But then again, I am sure I would do it the very same way if I ever had to go through something like that again.
And you best be giving me some comment LOVE for the dedication to getting all these pages' pictures taken, uploaded, and then sorted in order. DUDE! It is 1:06 am as I am finishing this! I'll be glad to get back to regular stuff tomorrow!
And if this inspired you to scrapbook... the spring-a-ling kit is now up on Etsy. It is super cool! Melanie