Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Alice's outfits

I've always loved seeing kids who have obviously dressed themselves.
Now Alice does it and it's awesome.

An Award!

My home supervisor called last week to say I've received a foster parent award.
I laughed.
I thought she was joking.

But she wasn't!

I even received flowers!

She said that only 4 parents received the award from our agency (out of 140ish families) 
and I was one of them.

A couple things to clarify:

1. I did not create a website.
I have no clue how to do that.
I did, however, set up a private blog for our baby's birth mom.
It's an easy way to share photos and information without her having any of our personal info.

2. I'm thankful the desires of my heart haven't been super obvious to her mama or to the visitation supervisor, who nominated me.
The bottom line is that we love this baby and hope she gets to stay in our family forever.
Though it's true we are supportive of her mama, wanting her to get clean and to ultimately know the Lord, we cannot imagine them being reunified. 
But, we wait and see.
It is completely out of our hands.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Alys Beach

My mom so generously and graciously decided to take her daughters on a beach getaway.
(Alys is pronounced like Alice.)

My husband quickly said "of course you should go!", 
took off a couple days from work to be with the girls,
and was super dad for 4 days and 3 nights.

It was heavenly!

This is where we stayed:
It's a brand new beach house.
We were the first people to rent it.
Every single detail of it was extravagant! 

I even had my own room!

15 week baby belly:

My mom and I:

Chrissy and I:
(My weird smile is from the cold water reaching my feet.
I got into the ocean zero times.
I like to look at it, not swim in it.)

(I didn't get a picture of Cassie or Gigi on my phone. Rats!)

There was also a pool:

It was an incredible trip...
every single moment of it!

Thank you, Mom and Ben, for making this happen!