Friday, February 25, 2011

Still Waiting...

Here we are...still waiting on our I-171H (USCIS approval) to complete our Dossier.

The first couple of weeks waiting on our approval was difficult as I lost sight of God's perfect timing.  But I am back on track and giving the wait to God, because I KNOW that once we have our sweet baby in our arms that we will look back and know that every wait and every roadblock was leading us to our son.

If it seems slow, be patient! 
For it will surely take place. 
It will not be late by a single day

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Calling Moms!

Sometimes I feel like I feed my children the same things. every. single. day. So, I need some mom advice on the healthy (preferably easy) foods that you feed your kids.   Here are a couple the the foods I feed my girls that are healthy and super quick and easy:

Ghee- I use Ghee instead of regular butter for my girls. They really like and I feel much better giving it to them. Ghee is a clarified butter that has been melted slowly to separate the milk solids and therefore is casein free and is not hydrogenated. Ghee is helpful with digestion, rich in antioxidants and has a high content of fatty acids (brain food!). It is pricey though...13 oz will run you around $11! Also, I usually cook with coconut oil instead of vegetable or canola oils.

Almond Milk- Cow's milk has been notorious for slowing down Ava's digestive track so my girls both drink almond milk. (Nora actually still nurses more than she drinks almond milk). Loaded with magnese, selenium and vitamin E!

Flax-I used to be better at sneaking it in foods, but I primarily mix it with Peanut Butter for Ava's sandwiches.

Frozen Organic Berries- I've been buying them frozen and the girls really like them. And I think I've read some articles indicating frozen foods from the grocery store may even be better for you than fresh from the grocery store. And it's quick and easy (and cheaper) to always have on hand in the freezer.

Frozen organic peas- This is weird I know, but my girls love them for snacks. They eat them straight from the freezer. Couldn't get easier!

Dark chocolate covered frozen bananas- I don't know how healthy this is, but the girls love them for sweet treats and it's gotta be better than cake or cookies. Right?

From snacks to meals...I'm open to all suggestions!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Joy in my heart...

You know what has my heart filled with joy??

The number of people who tell me that they have started, or are about to start, the adoption process!!

Since we have started the adoption process I have received countless emails from people who are in the adoption process, just started the process, are about to start the process or who want to start the process.

There are nine families, just in our church, who are in the adoption process at this time and one of those families are some of our very close friends and are adopting a baby boy from Ethiopia also (check out their awesome fundraiser shirts here!). How cool! I just know he is going to be Nolan's B.F.F!!  And I also know of many hearts that have been stirred and may be joining the journey.

It's really just amazing and it gives me goosebumps to see how God is calling His people and His people are answering by bringing orphans home. one. by. one.

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families.
Psalms 68:5-6

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Amazingly Talented Beauty!

Ummm...I know that I'm biased, but I think you'll agree after  you watch this video of my sister singing...Isn't she so talented and so beautiful?? I'm just so proud of her, especially that she is putting herself out there to accomplish her dreams.  Way to go, Tayy!

Go watch this video and then VOTE for her!! It's not hard...all you have to do is register which requires a password and a username. That's it. That simple.


Here's T's video audtion!