Thursday, January 26, 2012


Hooray! We got the official email today that we are DTC (Dossier to China).
Tomorrow morning they will overnight our Dossier to China and we should get a
login date 7-10 days after that.

We will be working closely with our adoption specialist named Cori. Please
pray for Cori as she will be the one looking for a match for our family. Pray that
the Lord will guide her as she searches on our behalf.

Now, let me just take a moment to brag on my girls...Both girls have started sports
this past week. Morgan has started cheering & McKinley started Basketball.

                                                        First game!                

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


We watch the food network a lot at our house, and one of the shows we love is Chopped!
Well, Morgan has been asking if she could do a" chopped challenge", so last night that's
just what we did!

She was given a basket with 4 random ingredients in it, and she then had 20 minutes to
"wow" the judges ( aka: Me, David & McKinley).

Her 4 ingredients were: cream corn, pineapples, chicken breast & buttermilk biscuits.

She prepared the biscuits and added the cream corn & some cheese, she "pipped"
them into the mini muffin pan( cause obviously, that is what a real chopped competitor would do).

She then made some sort of pineapple sauce, just to garnish the plate with.

Nope, it isn't as thick as  she would like it to be so, let's grab some cornstarch

Plating the food for the judges :)Love that she didn't bother to wash off the cornstarch. Ha!

and the final product looks like this::::

What a fun night we had, and I must say we just might do it again! It actually wasn't bad
at all,. McKinley ate most of the chicken, and her little corn muffins were mighty tastie!
So the next time your kids are bored, just have a "Chopped Challenge"

On another note, I will hopefully get word by the end of this week or first of next week that our
Dossier has made it to our Adoption Agency. Once that happens, they mail it to China!!! Chinese
new year starts next week, so that is going to push us back a week, but we should still get a login date hopefully by the first week in Feb.  We still appreciate your prayers as we go this this process.


Monday, January 16, 2012

A Day at the Park!

Since the girls were out of school today, we took them to this park in Tampa.
we recently found this park & the girls LOVE it!

And yes, we are STILL wearing our Alabama clothes! Roll Tide Roll :)

Rolling down the big hill! I remember doing this as a child in my back yard.

So after a fun morning at the park, we headed to IKEA. What a way to end our afternoon :)

I tell my girls all the time how Blessed we are to live so close to all these amazing places. We are
an hour away from Disney World and a hour from several great beaches. BLESSED, that's for sure!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Little Entrepreneur!

Morgan has started making Duct tape items, and I must say they are turning out really cute!
She made a back Pack and took it to school yesterday, and came home with several "orders"
from her classmates:). Her plan is to make a bunch of back paks, purses, bows & wallets to
sell at out Garage sale that we are going to have in a few months, to help with the Adoption costs.

Here are a few of her Masterpieces.....
she made this one for her sister!
cute little hair bows

It just wouldn't be complete without  zebra!

Keep up the good work, Morgan!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

We Got It!!

Our 797C came in the mail today! We've been waiting for 64 days for this final document to complete
Our Dossier!

 The girls are excited too , we all prayed before they went to school this morning that it would come.
So , I went straight to FedEx and mailed it off to get State certified , then Authenticated by the
Chinese Consulate. They will then send it to our adoption agency who will then send it to China!
So now , all we do is wait to hear that our paperwork has made it to Great Wall.

I will keep you posted!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Roll tide roll

LSU did not even get on the board last night!! YES!!!  One more year of bragging rights!


 Roll tide roll!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy birthday!

Today is David's birthday! Happy Birthday  Babe, I love you.

This is one of my favorite pictures from our Sabbatical this summer. 
I love the salt & pepper beard:)

We love you! 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Staying Focused!

Today at church, our pastor (who I just happen to be married to) gave an amazing message.  I may be a little biased, but it really was a great message & one that I know I needed to hear.

He preached on Luke 10:38-42, the story of Mary & Martha. They both loved the Lord with all their hearts. The difference was that Mary was focused and Martha was distracted. While Jesus was in Martha's house, she was so busy cleaning, preparing food & making sure everything was just right, that
she missed out on what was really important...sitting at the feet of Jesus & worshiping him!

That was very convicting to me! If I'm really honest, I would have to say that so many times I am just like Martha. It's not bad things that I may be doing, but I let things distract me away from the most important thing--GOD!  I want to choose God's best. To do that, He gave us three steps...

Choosing God's best means:

  1. Being in the right place (at the feet of Jesus)
  2. Listening to the right voice (God's voice)
  3. Focusing on the right things  

So, my goals for 2012:

  1. Stay focused on God
  2. Worship Him more
  3. Be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister & friend
  4. Boldly share my faith 
  5. Give more to others

 I will need a lot of prayer (& iced coffee) to accomplish these goals, but my God is worth it!

 What are your goals for the new year?