Monday, March 25, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

We're Still Here...



Naked La-las and all.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yivia's turn

Happy birthday sweet baby girl, you've patiently waited for "Happy Birthday Yivia?!?" 


And little lady, I owe you a sweet and sentimental birthday post like I did for your brother and sister.  


But in true third child fashion, you have worn me out, and I have no profound words for you tonight.


So I'll share with the world a sweet moment from your special day that I was happy to catch on camera. 


You fill my days with little moments like this.  And they are simply the best.  


So I owe ya one, kid.  But I hope you don't mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is now that you're in my world. 



Monday, December 17, 2012

Together - Our Story

Ours is the story of five broken people.  Incomplete without each other.  It's a story that crosses oceans, that breaks down language barriers, and brings five unlikely characters together as a family. 

I will be forever grateful for the wild ride that was this year. For the angels that restored my faith when I needed it the most.  For the man ever by my side, gripping my hand as we took this leap together.  And for the countless prayers that carried us to our "happily ever after."

Christmastime is different this year.  There is a sparkle of pure joy in our lives that I never knew was waiting for us halfway around the world.  I'm so glad it found us. 

So here's the story of our year.  Of five broken people.  Incomplete without each other.


 I hope you enjoy a glimpse into our journey home. 

(A HUGE thank you to my dad for putting together this video for us. Thanks for helping us keep these awesome memories.)  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Happiness is...

...meeting Santa for the very first time.
And no, the video is not in fast forward.

video

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Paying it Forward...Holiday Style

Hi Everyone,

During our adoption, we had, and continue to have, a tremendous amount of support from our "village." We have been so fortunate for the people in our lives who wrapped their arms around us and boosted us along our journey.  This email is my attempt at "paying it forward" to another family who dreams of being parents to a precious little girl in Russia.  Although close to 1 in 3 families express interest in adopting at some point or another, the financial burden of the process prevents most from actually doing so. 


So here's the deal.  I'm hosting an online Scentsy party through another adoptive friend, Melissa.  She decided to be a consultant for the sole purpose of donating all of her profits to families fundraising for adoption.  How cool is that?  For this party we're raising money for the Brower Family.  You can check out their website and their story at their blog if you'd like. They are a family taking the leap to adopt and figuring out the finances as they go. 

The party starts today and runs the next 2 weeks.  It's all done online, but if the website is confusing or you'd like help ordering, just email or Facebook me.  


I'm a sale/clearance/always-looking-for-a-deal kinda shopper, so what caught my eye is the "Combine and Save" section of the site.  

The Fragrance Foams are buy-one get-one-free (2 for $6) and the Scentsy Buddies are buy-one get-one-free as well (2 for $25).  The Fragrance Foams would be a cute stocking stuffer for adults, and the buddies for the kiddos! 

Here's the link in case you missed it above:
https://ittakesavillage.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Buy?partyId=119505522
Even if it's a $6 purchase, consider doing a little to help a lot! 

Thanks for still reading and for your time! Happy Shopping!

Kelsey