Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The funeral was very nice and brought closure to our family. It was hard to say good bye, but we are thankful that Earl is in Heaven and can be whole again. Brett spoke on Monday and paid a very sweet tribute to his Grandpa. His sister Jamie spoke as well and shared some funny memories of Earl. They both pulled it off! I have no idea how I would be able to speak at one of my grandparent's funerals!
The wedding last night was beautiful, but it was weird to go from one extreme emotion to another extreme emotion on the completely opposite side of each other! Haylee was a flower girl again, but this time she wasn't digging the pictures. You have to understand that she has gone 3 days without her normal routine or a good nap! So when it was time for her to be away from her Mommy to take pictures she wasn't having it! Brett luckily had his camera, so we followed her around all night and caught her when she was actually in a good mood!
Hopefully the rest of the week can fly by so we can just be done with it! Now that it's warm weather, we are dying to have some free family time and play outside!!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Height: 31 1/2 inches (45%)
Weight: 19 lbs (2%)
She is also right on target for her developmental skills! She is still such a joy to be around and I can't believe she is now a little toddler!!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
The National Council For Adoption is lending a helping hand to
the producers of an adoption documentary for the successful and
popular MTV’s True Life series. Previous True Life documentaries
have dealt with substantial subjects such as autism,
schizophrenia, and war-weary veterans returning from Iraq.
The adoption documentary will follow three or four young unwed
birthmothers on video as they go through difficult and emotional
decisions in developing adoption plans for their babies.
According to the show’s producers, the goals of the True Life
adoption documentary are “to help de-stigmatize the adoption
process and to show that adoption is a choice that loving,
responsible mothers make when they believe it’s best for their
child. We also hope to express the range of emotions birthmothers
feel as they go through this process.”
These goals coincide with the mission of NCFA’s new
iChooseAdoption public awareness campaign to “create a more pro-
adoption culture in which everyone, including women facing
unplanned pregnancies, can consider adoption freely without fear,
bias, or misunderstanding” and to “promote a culture that
respects and appreciates birthmothers, honors their decision-
making process, and supports their choice of adoption.”
MTV is conducting a nationwide search for prospective
birthmothers for the True Life adoption documentary.
If you know of any expectant birthmother who you feel would make a good candidate for this documentary, please contact the producers directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 718-422-0705.
We expect the True Life show to bring the adoption process more
into the public limelight and provide a viable and important link
to the target audience we are trying to reach with our
iChooseAdoption message, namely young unwed expectant
birthmothers who are facing difficult decisions concerning the
future of their babies.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Our new furry friend, Lola
Brett and I were also lucky enough to go on a date on Saturday night! My mom watched Haylee so we could go out for Chick-fil-a and Indiana Jones! Thanks mom!
We are still loving our kitty, even though it is a little hesitant to be around us. Haylee loves to crawl around and follow the kitty everywhere! The kitty is a little more nervous around Haylee, so it spends most of its time hiding from her. I hope they don't have a love/hate relationship forever! Plus, we are happy to report, that Lola (that's what we named the kitty) has had zero accidents!!
About as close as they have come to touching in two days
Today was also a big day for our family at church, because Haylee is finally old enough to go into the nursery!! She had so much fun and did great! I think it helps that she spends a few hours at the child center at my work. When we dropped her off a mother turned to me and asked, "is this her first week?" and I said, "yes" then she replied "and your doing this good?" then I said, "why, do mothers usually cry when they drop their kids off for the first time? and she said "yes." I was actually excited for her, because I know how much she loves other kids! Besides, what kid doesn't want to play with toys for two hours during church? Brett would die for that opportunity:)
What would a weekend be without a little fun with shampoo in the bath?
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Lately Haylee has become quite the little imitator. She loves to copy everything we do! Her newest thing is walking around the house with something (remote control, little book, plastic cell phone, or real cell phone) held up to her ear and she gibber jabbers. While one hand is occupied with the phone, the other is usually holding anything with a handle (basket, gift sack, or play purse). Brett says she gets that from me, but I can't remember the last time I walked around the house talking on the phone while holding a purse! Although Brett says she copies everything I do, she does walk around in Daddy's shoes, wears his hat, and if he's mowing the lawn she'll go and grab her pretend lawn mower and walk around the house with it! She sure loves her Daddy! Every morning when she wakes up she runs into our room asking for her "Dada." And every morning I tell her, Dada's at work! Then we call him on the phone to say good morning. As soon as she hears his voice on the phone, she gets a huge smile on her face and can't stop saying: Dada, Dada, Dada... Or if we hear someone outside doing yard work, Haylee will run to the window looking for her Daddy! When Brett is outside doing yard work, I have to open our windows in the front yard and back yard so that Haylee can run back and forth to watch her Daddy. I know Brett eats it up! He constantly tells me that he just loves being a Dad! Last night Brett, Haylee, and I went on a walk to the church because Brett had a little meeting. While he was inside Haylee and I stayed outside and played on the grass. As I was playing with her and showing her different things, I couldn't help but think how grateful I am to be a mother. I feel so grateful to have such a beautiful child of God in my life that I get to teach and serve. Motherhood is probably one of the most challenging things I have ever experienced, but it is also the most rewarding. I also don't know how I would do it without my eternal partner! I just love my little family and look forward to it growing one day!