Wednesday, June 27, 2012


That's me.  I'm a bookworm.  I have loved to read since I was a little girl.  I have a lot of special memories of my mom and dad reading to me. These days, no matter how little time I have, I try to always have a good book close by.
Well, one of my favorite parts of my whole day now is when the boys will snuggle up at night and read books.  Eleven months ago this wasn't possible.  The boys had zero interest in books.  I would try so hard to sit with them and read books and they would squirm and play.  To be honest, I'm pretty sure they had never been exposed to books.  They didn't know how to properly hold a book, didn't know which way was up. They have come a long way and even ask to read books now (ok, maybe it's a way to procrastinate at bed time but I'll take it!). We have learned the trick. We have to read to them one on one.  So, at night, Chris will read to one of the boys and I will read to the other in different rooms.  We can now get through four or five books with no squirming!  They are recognizing some letters in the books and get excited when they identify them correctly.  It's so great to see them learning to enjoy books!  Here are some of my all time favorite kids books:

This is the boys favorite to read.  Did you know there's a mouse hidden on each colored page?

We read this one a lot too.  My grandmother, Nonni, actually wrote it!!!

This one is a little long for the boys to sit through yet...but we'll get there!

Again, a little long.  But such a great book.

Any Berenstain Bears book is a hit with us!

Ok this one is a chapter book.  But, I remember my mom reading this to me when I was in elementary school and we laughed so hard we cried.  I hope the boys enjoy it in a few years!

I have so many other favorites as well...but I'll keep this post short and sweet.  I really do hope that the boys will develop a love of reading!  There's nothing quite like getting lost in a good book!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What I've been reading...

"Jesus Calling".  If you're looking for a devotional book, this is a good one.  It only takes a few minutes to read each day but it's always super encouraging...truths straight from God's Word.  This is what I read yesterday.  I needed this truth...maybe you need it today too.

"You are My beloved child. I chose you before the foundation of the world, to walk with Me along paths designed uniquely for you. Concentrate on keeping in step with Me, instead of trying to anticipate My plans for you. If you trust that My plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, you can relax and enjoy the present moment.

Your hope and your future are rooted in heaven, where eternal ecstasy awaits you. Nothing can rob you of your inheritance of unimaginable riches and well-being. Sometimes I grant you glimpses of your glorious future, to encourage you and spur you on. But your main focus should be staying close to Me. I set the pace in keeping with your needs and My purposes."

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Last year I wrote this post for Father's Day.  It was dedicated to my father, the best dad I could ask for.  This year, I have one more "father" in my life to celebrate.  My husband...
As foster parents there's this strange disconnect between feeling very much like a parent but not really yet being a parent.  So, when I asked Chris what he wanted to do for Father's Day he simply said, "well, I'm not a father yet".  I disagree.  I have never been so proud of Chris than to see him with those two little boys.  He is loving, playful, compassionate, and firm.  All the things a father should be.  He may not be their biological father and they may not live with us forever but I do strongly believe that those two little boy will never forget Chris and the "father" that he was to them.
I am so blessed to call you my husband Chris.  I am thankful for you on this Father's Day.  I know that you will be an amazing father to our children one day, just like you are to our foster children.  I love you!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Anniversary trip

This past weekend Chris and I were able to getaway for 48 hours for our anniversary.  Some good friends of our kept the boys (THANK YOU!).  Chris actually planned the whole trip, I was just along for the ride.  We were not able to leave until about 9:30pm on Friday evening so we didn't get to Asheville until close to midnight.  We were both exhausted and it felt SO great to be able to sleep until 8am on Saturday!  That hasn't happened since...well, last August!
On Saturday we spent the day at Dupont National Forest in Cedar Mountain, NC.  If you haven't been there and you like to hike, you really have to go.  Before the boys, Chris and I hiked a lot...I mean, every chance we got.  And in the past 10 months we had not gone once.  So, this day was absolutely wonderful.  We did a 7.5 mile hike and saw 4 gorgeous waterfalls.  This is where they filmed a lot of the Hunger Games...I can see why, it's a pretty amazing place.  
We were pretty tired and hungry by the time we finished the hike.  We crashed for a while at the hotel before heading into downtown Asheville.  Ok, Asheville is a weird place, ya'll.  Chris and I didn't exactly "fit in".  It took us forever to find a restaurant and we finally settled on one right across from some street vendors.  Honestly, we probably said about 20 words to each other the whole dinner, we were both so distracted by people watching...
Anyways, after dinner we, of course, had to stop at Kilwins for ice cream!
On Sunday we spent the day at the Biltmore Estate!  This is something that I have wanted to do since I moved to NC so Chris surprised me with tickets.  The house is pretty amazing and we only were able to see about 40 rooms out of the 255.  I can't even imagine how long it would take to go through it if we were actually allowed in the whole thing.  Unfortunately, it started to rain as we were walking through the gardens.  It was still a great day!
So, we had a great trip.  I feel so blessed to have spent the last 3 years with Chris.  This past year was  definitely the most challenging we have had yet but I wouldn't trade it for anything.  I love you Chris and I look forward to many many more years (and challenges) together!

Triple Falls
High Falls

Another view of Triple Falls
One more of Triple Falls
Bridal Veil Falls