Uhhhhh, what the duck? -our curious girl’s very tentative reaction to the MASSIVE amount of insanely friendly ducks (and geese) at the local pond. #makingteamthomas
She puts the color inside of my world. • So, so thankful for the future because of THIS sweet girl. So, so thankful of how she’s softened my hard edges and opened my eyes to the joy of being a daughter’s mama. So, so thankful God laughs at our plans and says, “I promise you SO MUCH BETTER than that.” So, so thankful for the deep joy she’s seeded in my very weary soul. • God knew I needed a balm after the loss of my dad doubled with our infertility diagnosis and she, oh she, was just the right fit. And I know she’ll be a balm and a joy for the aches contained in the future of this world. Happy International Girl’s Day, Joy.
The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Okay, there’s another moment we’re all wildly anticipating, but for now the moment between a girl and her dog will do. #makingteamthomas
Happy birthday Uncle @jayminegar! You’re the best for letting a little lady be obsessed with you from the time she was teeny AND for putting up with the rest of us weirdos while keeping a smile on your face. (Insert inappropriate birthday comment here. 🙄)
Ta da! The magnets that have been on the fridge for months are suddenly discovered and divine. • I’m obsessed with her. The goose down hair, the busy mini hands, the two-toothed smile. Obsessed. #makingteamthomas
Here’s how we feel about the outcome of our meeting at the county today. • It was a standard operations sort of thing, but it’s so nice to be in one room with all the parties involved and talk through the questions, services, and process of the next few months. Face to face is STILL my favorite way to handle all the logistics of foster care (even if I get insanely nervous beforehand). • We’re praying over November 13th. For all to seek the best for Joy, for God to continue to make a way for her to know Him, to know love, to know family. #makingteamthomas
Chubby baby thighs should always be in bloomers. And husbands are hotter when they turn into dads. That is all. #makingteamthomas
I get asked how Hazel is more often than not these days. Girlfriend is good at being a dog and a guard and an amazing rumba. • She's fascinated by her baby (yep, hers) and loves to keep an eye on her during meal times. She's fiercely careful around the baby and understands when we say not YOUR toy. Shes a master of sleep when the baby is sleeping. She's a lover of long walks followed by breakfast dropped on the floor. She's a morning highlight, a cleaner of messes and snuggles us as soon as the babe is in bed. • We knew she'd be good, but she's even better than we expected. #makingteamthomas
Well, we have a favorite word. And person. And just the sound of his name brings a smile unlike any other to her face. • I get it girl. Oh, I get it. #makingteamthomas
Joy is the baby on the block. A slew of older siblings live in the houses around us and gooooooodness we're lucky these little people are such sweet friends to her (and us). #makingteamthomas
Those are flamingoes. They're pink and ferocious and amazing creatures -just like you sweet Joy. • Foster care sneaks up on you some days. It's been six weeks of radio silence and then today -our family day- all the logistics come into play. Any communication can make me panic internally, like everything is coming crashing down around me. (This is founded in fear, not fact BY THE WAY.) • I'm trying to be more faith-filled than the Israelites in Exodus (the book I'm trudging through at a snail's pace). So, He's got us. All I've got to do is remain steadfast in His faithfulness. • But it'd be easier if I had amazing coral tail feathers like our new favorite species. #makingteamthomas
This week we learn push. Next week we learn kick. Okay, not REALLY next week but with the way she's growing it'll feel like next week that she's playing on a soccer field while we cheer. #makingteamthomas
Six years ago today we were nervous and standing under an umbrella of market lights after being baptized. We had NO CLUE what saying I do would entail. But, good Lord, you were the best decision I've ever made. Love you more today than yesterday and tomorrow my love will only be greater. Endlessly thankful you are mine (and baby girl's) Thomas.
I'm working REALLY hard on feeling beautiful in my own skin for HER. I want to be an example of a woman who loves herself for this little lady. • If I'm honest, I know she'll struggle because we look different. Her brunette hair, bold brown eyes, and beautiful eye lashes are opposite of my blonde locks, baby blues, and nearly invisible blonde lashes. I don't EVER want her to wish she looked less like her and more like me. But that starts with me loving to look like I do. • It's easier to love me as I am when I remember I'm someone's daughter. They look at me with the same eyes I look at her. Eyes that don't see flaws or differences but that see strong, gorgeous womanhood potential. • This girl watches us read books and flip pages and she does the same. So loving herself has got to be modeled by me. Momming is a weird, beloved business. #makingteamthomas
So tiny but sooooo mighty. Or at least insanely determined to impress. #makingteamthomas
Tomorrow is his birthday. But I vote to celebrate him every day. (The only thing holding us back from that is the family rule about celebrations holding cake and cake every day would be dangerous to my running habit.) • But, honestly, I couldn't sing all the praises this man deserves if I spent all the rest of my days doing so. He's the bomb diggity. And all that and a bag of potato chips. And the only Ten-I-See. • In closing, how is it men are so much hotter, sweeter, stronger, better when you pair them with tiny women-in-training? (Ninth wonder of the world.)