Showing posts with label gotcha day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gotcha day. Show all posts

Monday, March 19, 2012

happy {miscellany} monday!

our "gotcha day" was warm and sunny.
we laughed, we ran, we ate and we played hard.
it was also a day filled with screeching, flailing and tears.
we expected over-stimulation to bring on the crazy, but we didn't expect to be ok with it.
well. we were ok! god is so good!

our morning began on the greenway, listening to bill clinton give a speech.
yep. old bill was in town for the north dakota democratic convention.
he made a special trip downtown to say a few words and check out the town.
he was instrumental in giving this city a big boost after a terrible flood in 1997.
it was a nice little ceremony. i could hear the speech, but not see anything of interest
as we were way in back running around after elijah:) we didn't live here then,
so it was great hearing about that history of this community!

anyway. just that time? an hour out in the grass with a ton of other people?
too much for our little guy.

we did manage plenty of fun though!
including taking burgers and fries to a park for lunch, and visiting the chocolate shop.
we enjoyed our sweetie boy, and made it through the tantrums:)

we also made a quick trip in to sam's club. we love a good bulk shopping trip!
we navigated the crowds and gathered what we needed.
elijah happily sampled angel food cake with berries and whipped cream.
i made decisions about meat, cheese and bread.
standing in line isn't elijah's favorite thing, so patrick took him and walked around while i waited to pay.

my turn came, the cute little cashier girl smiled and made small talk.
"what have you been up to today? any saint patrick's day plans?
i told her we were mostly enjoying the weather, then patrick walked up beside me with elijah on his shoulders...i told her that we were also celebrating our son becoming officially ours three years ago!
the girl's smile faded into a tremble and it almost seemed like she may cry,
"oh, he's adopted? why did you adopt?"
i told her one of the reasons:
i cannot have children, and am so grateful for adoption making me a mama!

then. the cashier did cry. and then she told me this:
"i gave my baby up for adoption three years ago, i think about it every day.
i have no contact with the family, and always wonder if they're all happy.
it's nice to see you happy."

i was totally surprised by her sharing that.
i started weeping and had trouble remembering what pin numbers to type in for my debit card.
i told her that i appreciate her. because of people like her, people like me can know motherhood.
i told her i'd see her again. after all, i often make it to sam's for icees and soft pretzels if nothing else.

i will be praying for her. just as i pray for elijah's birth mother.
seeing that girl, her telling me through tears about the gift she gave, it broke me all over again.
how crazy that it came on the day we celebrate our own special gift?
i cried all the way home, overwhelmed by everything.
our sweet elijah, the lord's provision for our new found special needs.
elijah's birth mother, her family, the girl at sam's and thoughts of how her life must be...not knowing.

i really love the way the lord catches me off guard like that.
i'm just sailing along, thinking about me me me and praying for me me me and he reminds me of others.
he reminds me that i am connected to others, sharing common ground. how will i use that common ground? for the gospel? will i share where my hope, my peace and my joy comes from?
lord make it so!

i shared at beautifully rooted last week, read here!


i saw my little niece ivy twice this weekend!
our friend kelly, elijah's babysitter extraordinaire, took this:

look at her face. LOVE.

have you entered our little giveaway yet?
it ends wednesday, go now!

happiest monday to you!

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Saturday, March 17, 2012

gotcha day :: celebrating three years {and a treat for you!}

congratulations #1!
check your email!

happy st. patrick's day!
elijah made this glittered shamrock at school:

and of course, i pinned it right to the kitchen wall above our table.

we get excited about st. patrick's day.
we always have green bead necklaces, elijah loves wearing a few at a time.
we'll head down the block to our local chocolate shop, for a holiday treat.
my favorite are the shamrock mint candies they make. delicious.
elijah loves the mini chocolate covered oreos.
for st. patrick's they have tiny frosting shamrocks piped on top. adorable.
patrick has the day off, so we'll be getting into many fun things.
among the green, rainbows and pots of gold(which we are still hunting for, by the way),
we are celebrating something else, too.

three years ago...
a judge declared little "baby boy b." legally ours
and changed his name to elijah grey singer!
this event turned the already favorite st. patrick's day holiday
into the greatest celebration of our life!
praise jesus!
for our darling boy he has trusted us with.

i will sing to the lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me!
{psalm 13:6}

{love this photo, before his most recent haircut!}

we'll be celebrating our sweet e.g. today with lots of his favorite things:
a walk or two, where sticks are plentiful and ready for collecting
fries and lemonade at five guys
several sing-a-longs to music from mary poppins, tangled, and johnny cash greatest hits
trip to our local chocolate shop
a family nap...ok, i'm wishfully sneaking that in as my favorite
puzzles and painting
chocolate milk and coffee date at starbucks
tacos, apples and carrot sticks for dinner
a movie...he's on a holiday kick, so he'll probably choose
jesus storybook bible story...we're on god's messenger(jonah!)

now, these are just plans. our little bundle of energy is predictably unpredictable these days.
whatever we really end up doing. we'll be doing it together.
and rejoicing in the blessing of elijah, making our family of three my happiest treasure on earth!

and because we want you to celebrate with us:

we've purchased a few of elijah's favorites for you!

same as last year, we chose the
jesus storybook bible!
we all love it, you will, too! and if you already own one,
what a perfect little gift it'll make for a friend!
next we have elijah's favorite,
shape sorting clock puzzle.
he enjoys the shape sorting and stacking the blocks into a tower:)
and not pictured, is whatever you choose to buy with a
$20 target gift card!
we thought it'd be fun for you to choose a movie, cd or snack that you love.
and i'm sure elijah would want you to do the same!

to be entered to win:
leave a comment telling me
what you're grateful for,
what can you celebrate today?

this giveaway is open to readers worldwide!
beginning now, and will end wednesday, march 21, at 11:59pm.
a winner will be chosen via
and announced on thursday, march 22.
{please be sure to sign in and leave your email address
with your comment so you can be notified if you win!}

if you haven't yet read it, we'd love to share elijah's adoption story with you!
adoption story

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

gotcha day giveaway!

congratulations to the winner!
comment #10, dasha!

yep, thursday, march 17, is elijah's second "gotcha day"!!
we want you to celebrate with us!
elijah will show you what he's giving away...

...annnnnd thus ended his cooperation.

a few of elijah's very favorite things:
(as a family we love visits to starbucks!
elijah loves to get chocolate milk or the cute owl tea biscuits!)

this giveaway is for a hardback copy of marvin k. mooney,
the jesus storybook bible and a $20 giftcard to starbucks!
we have purchased these goodies for a lucky reader,
in celebration of elijah becoming a part of our family!
all you have to do is
 leave a comment below and you will be entered to win!
enter as many times as you'd like!

this giveaway begins now
and ends friday, march 18, at 11:59pm.
we will choose a winner via 
on saturday, march 19.

{please be sure to sign in and/or leave your email address
along with your comment so you can be easily notified if you win!}

good luck!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

elijah grey's asleep and i'm thinking

thinking about how exhausted i am
from mothering this energetic bundle of joy!
thinking that i wouldn't trade him
for a bazillion hours of sleep.
thinking about how i was once a social butterfly.
thinking that staying home and playing with elijah
is one of my very favorite things to do.
thinking about how heavy my heart was
with the desire to be a mother.
praising jesus for this incredible first adoption.
thinking about how i once longed for him to eat real food,
i was so curious what his favorites would be!
realizing now how much i miss holding him
as he drank from a bottle,
he was the slowest eater of all time.
i'm laughing at how non-stop busy he is,
he used to be called "chillest baby ever"
as he just sat quietly, taking it all in.
i'm thinking now, as my baby big boy naps,
that i couldn't have picked a more perfect boy for us;
god sure found us a diamond! i love him,
my heart is bursting with gladness, can't believe he's ours.
lord, thanks for giving us watch over this darling son of yours.

elijah's second "gotcha day" is this thursday
{also st. patrick's day, a fave holiday of mine!}.
two years ago, a judge declared us a legit family of three.
to celebrate this year,
i am picking up a few of elijah's favorite things to giveaway.
so, stay tuned, see y'all soon!

while waiting

my dear friend, katie, has recently opened a little shop on etsy.
while waiting is a place where she sells her handmade goodies to earn money towards adoption of her first child. she and her husband live in maryland, and lord willing will give a child a forever home very, very soon!
here's a peek at a few sweet things she's made:
colorful infant spring cardigan
happy little baby travel blanket
sweet cotton baby socks

katie is offering a free domestic shipping code!
in honor or my little elijah grey's {second} gotcha day,
enter code GOTCHA at checkout and your items will ship free;)
how cool is that?!
this code is valid through end of day
on elijah's gotcha day, march 17.
now, hop on over to her shop and take a look!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

two years already!?

in two weeks we'll celebrate elijah grey's second gotcha day!
we will likely have a little celebration at home. as elijah gets older, and actually cares about exciting party details, i am looking forward to throwing him quite the hooray!
he is special, you know!
i am certain we couldn't have picked a more delightful child,
so happy god chose to place him with us!
what a blessing he is!
it is really hard to imagine our life without him in it.
the lonely kid-free days seem so very distant,
yet i can't believe it has been this long we've been parents!
waking up to elijah each day reminds us to rejoice rather than to grieve not being able to have children. seriously, look what we got through adoption? best. boy. ever.
someday(soon) we hope to add to our family, but for now,
we are livin' it up with this busy bundle of endless energetic FUN!