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

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bedtime Snuggles

Our books are finished and he's laying sleepy-eyed in his footy pajamas.  Out of the blue, he wraps his arms around me, gives me a kiss and says:

"Mama?"

"Yah buddy?"

"Mama, I'm thankful for you."
You too, buddy.  You too. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Orphan Sunday

“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes…” – David Platt

Today is Orphan Sunday.  So I'm sharing with you the three faces I couldn't ignore. The pictures I saw that made my insides ache to pick up the phone and do something about it.  

  
8 months, and a few papers later, we took a short plane trip halfway across the world to meet the orphans that changed my world. 
 
 First meeting with sweet and timid Joel

 (Stella actually wanted nothing to do with me for the first 2 trips)

And Liv sat scared in my lap the whole visit

And you know the rest of the story. Orphans no more, adoption changed us all.  Jay and I have witnessed the joyful chaos of three souls coming alive.  

 Our days and hearts and hands are full. 

I wake up every morning to the family I always dreamed of.  (Admittedly, I'm not sure they spoke Russian in my dreams, but that's just a very minor detail...)

If you're thinking about it, make that phone call.  Adopt. Foster. Mentor. Sponsor a child.  Go on the mission trip you've never been brave enough to take.  Volunteer locally.  Pray.  Follow a blog or a FB page advocating for waiting children.  Get to know some of the faces you can't ignore.  They'll change your life.