“Fathers be good to your daughters, daughters will love like you do...” • I’m sure John Mayer was talking about a Dad like you. Happy father’s day @jasonthetoolman, Sweet Joy and I won the lotto when we were picked to spend our lives being loved by you.
Initially I wanted to remember that she empties this drawer while she tells me all about what’s inside. • But then I got up to throw something away and realized, she cleaned up her own mess. I can’t count how many times I’ve put the contents of her drawer away.... until today! #makingteamthomas
I thought poolside cocktails and Hawaiian vacations were what summer dreams were made of... until sandbox hour came before 8:00 am and I can drink my coffee while she loads and dumps her trucks. #makingteamthomas
This won’t go down as our most relaxing vacation... but it will go down as amazingly beautiful and memory-filled. • I have moments where all I can think is we’ve been blessed to spend the rest of our lives showing her amazing things -like a waterfall in the middle of the forest- and my thanks run so, so deep. #makingteamthomas
Today we spent time with Nana and the ‘Goes -as she referred to them the first time ever. Raising her up in what’s good. #makingteamthomas
Planting a garden with her was the BEST idea. • I’ve been thinking about seasons lots lately -maybe because California appears to be confused about hers?- and it still blows my mind that she’s going to be ours through all the seasons of her life. • A year ago I was working out logistics for the visit after Memorial Day -we were Monday visitors- and I remember hating holidays that fell on Monday, thus rearranging our week. It was a season -one that was blessed in its own way, one that I’m so thankful is over. • Now I’m learning how to cultivate a heart that’s aware of His abundance (and not operate on the fears that come from scarcity) while our season is bright. #makingteamthomas #atmonmotherhood
Seeing her with her friends, her neighbor girls’ who she’s started to ask for by (mispronounced) name, makes my heart explode. #makingteamthomas
The best kind of friends travel from afar to get together... and then don’t mind that you’re in the amazing pool at their hotel with your water baby the whole time.... the internet may have brought us together, but life (and our height limitations) have kept us tight.
She looooooves the girl she sees in the mirror. The one that looks like her and acts like her and, actually, is her. And Good Lord Almighty, I love that girl too. And maybe, by an extension of loving her, I’ve started loving the girl who looks like me and acts like me and, actually, is me in the mirrors I use.... #atmonmotherhood #makingteamthomas
Patriotism and work out pants never looked so good. #makingteamthomas
We just said goodbye to our social worker from the county foster system. She’s been with us since Joy was three months old. I knew we were closing in on our goodbyes.... but today she surprised us after getting out of court. She said she needed something positive and she knew our house was the place. I was flattered.• Then she said goodbye. She said thank you. She said our case was her pleasure to handle. And then we cried. Her and me. As we said goodbye in the most pleasant, blessed of ways. • She will forever be an integral part of our family’s growth, forever a blessing to me and to our sweet babe. She asked for pictures and updates and I will send them because she’s like a family member to me now. And as such, she deserves to know how her -our- sweet girl is doing. • The system is flawed and there’s hurt gathered in every corner BUT, there’s profound goodness too. • Bye, for now foster care. On to adoptions we go! #makingteamthomas
She walks. Alone. Across the yard. Around the PT gym. She walks and she hates when we try to hold her hand. And that devilish grin is her acknowledgement that girl don’t have time for any of that parental fuss. NOT ANY OF IT. #makingteamthomas
Mothering is a hard and holy act. It’s shown me my best parts and my weakest bits. And to do it alongside such a rich and blessed mama tribe, what a gift. • Happy Mother’s Day to you Mama Bird. Happy Mother’s Day to our birth mom, who I hold in my heart every day, but especially today. Happy Mother’s Day to me, a stranger entrusted to raise one of the most precious of lives. • And you, sweet friend, Happy Mother’s Day to you in the way you do Mom. #makingteamthomas #atmonmotherhood
That mess and her tiny part of the picture is about to be permanent! We got news today that we are FREEEEEE! • It’ll be a few months, but nothing stands between us and adoption but some paperwork - a LOT of paperwork. • The last two weeks I’ve wondered if I’m strong enough to be a mom, to do this for all time, to handle the frustrated tears of toddlerhood. But today we got the news and I sobbed tears of joy because I’ll forever be her comfort, her frustration, her cheering squad, and her coach. I’ll forever have her as part of me and that makes me strong enough to conquer the world. • Timing IS everything and praises Jesus for the best Mother’s Day present a girl could pray for. #makingteamthomas
Her and those thighs and the sassy smile and the booty shorts. GIRL IS LIFE. #makingteamthomas #mymissbooty
The days are slow. Last week was LONG and incredibly hard for me. And yet, I swear I was just changing a preemie diaper on that teeny baby. • Motherhood is HARD. It’s good and makes your weaknesses obvious and brings God in wildly strong. It’s all the best and worst and bravest and scariest moments put into one great journey -of which I am just a small, but blessed part. #makingteamthomas #atmonmotherhood