Saturday, January 26, 2008

18 Yrs together I just can't believe it.

Honestly I still feel like that 20 yr old who eloped with her sweetheart. Okay yes I just gave my age away as well as the fact that we eloped I might as well finish the story for you all to have a good chuckle.

January 26Th 1990 Brad and I eloped , we walked down to the court house about 1 block from my parents home and got married, the witnesses were the staff of the Judge. I still have the rose the Secretary gave me.

We didn't tell anyone and kept it to ourselves figuring that we would go ahead with the formal wedding with all our family.


On Valentines Day Brad had stayed with me I was living with my parents still and sharing the down stairs apt with my brother. Brad had called his parents and told them he was staying the night we then went through the motions of Brad leaving going and saying good night to my parents.

And Bright and early the next morning I heard someone at the front door, looking outside it was Brad's dad. Yes can you say sick to your tummy! My mom answered the door and here is Amos asking for his son. My mother was very confused and probably angry.

Mom came into my room, just as brad had jumped under the bed and his clothes were thrown under with him and in walked mom!

I told mom I would get something on and come talk to Amos. Brad jumped out from under the bed and int his clothes faster then anything I have ever seen in my entire life. We opened a side window that had been painted shut for more the 10 yrs. He slipped out and went in front of the house instead of behind so as I am going alone to face our parents I hear HEY there goes a boy that looks just like Brad! Did we mention his dad had someone in the car with him? No? Well it was a shock to us as well and then to my horror I hear HEY! there goes a car just like Brad's!

As I am trying to stumble through not explaining myself Brad comes to the back door and we get our marriage license, presenting it to two very shocked parents .

As my father was leaving for work I heard When I get home I want to see the marriage license and it better not have today's date on it!

Well that is our colorful wedding story hope that you all have a fun time reading it looking back yes I would have changed things I know that our actions hurt many people we loved. But I would never change marrying Brad we have had good times hard times times with and times without but we have always gone through it together.

God Bless you all night,


Thursday, January 24, 2008

New pics and little updates

The kids love playing in the bouncey and I love taking their pics!

Katie got her ears pierced. And Mommy did it! She did so well I'm very proud!

You know you are an adoptive mother (or you should be!) if:

1. The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to kiss them goodnight has ever made you lose sleep.
2. You realize DNA has nothing to do with love and family.
3. You can't watch Adoption Stories on TLC without sobbing.
4. The fact that if 7% of Christians adopted 1 child, there would be no orphans in the world is convicting to you.
5. You spend free time surfing blogs about families who have experienced the blessing of adoption.
6. It drives you crazy when people ask you about your adopted child's "real" parents.
7. You have ever been "pregnant" with your adoptive child longer than it takes an elephant to give birth (2 years!)
8. You had no idea how you would afford to adopt but stepped out in faith anyway knowing where God calls you He will provide.
9. You have ever taken a airplane ride half way around the world with a child you just met.
10. You believe God's heart is for adoption.
11. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart and family is one of the most important legacy's you could ever leave on this earth.
12. You shudder when people say your child is so lucky that you adopted them, knowing full well you are the blessed one to have them in your life.
13. You know what the word Dossier means and you can actually pronounce it!
14. You have welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of your life.