Sep 29, 2011

Outer Banks Family Vacation

 This past August Richard and I got to go on vacation with my mom and dad and my brother, Stephen.  We had a GREAT trip!  It was so much fun!  We went to our family favorite vacation spot:  Outer Banks, North Carolina!  My family has been going to the same house in the Outer Banks every year since Stephen was one!  So we were beyond excited for another week at the beach!  Unfortunately though, my other two siblings were not able to join us.  We missed them! 
So my parents left for the beach on Saturday but because of things we had going on, Stephen, Richard, and I didn't join them until Monday morning.  We were originally planning on being down there (it's about a 5 hour drive from my parent's house) around 9 a.m. on Monday morning.  But then we had the grand idea (Stephen, Richard, and I usually come up with some pretty crazy ideas...) to leave at 2 a.m.!  So after eating some awesome chocolate chip pancakes and going to be around 11 p.m. we got up at 2 a.m. and headed out on the road!  As usual, we had a very fun road trip together!  The best parts were stopping at our favorite local fruit market (Powells Roadside Market!), listening to awesome music, and avoiding our parent's phone calls (we wanted to surprise them!).  They were certainly surprised when we showed up a few hours earlier than planned (with donuts!).  It was so fun!  
We had a GREAT time at the beach.  Here are some of the other vacation highlights:  
* Lots of beach and water time!  Richard, Stephen, and I had a great time playing in the water and waves! 
*  Stephen rented a surfboard and we had fun trying it!  I wiped out every time.  One day the water was really rocky but it actually ended up being perfect for surfing and Stephen was getting pretty good! 
*  Going to Johns for lunch and ice cream - a family tradition! 
*  walking to 7/11 and getting slurpees.  
*  playing lots of games!  I especially loved playing Banana grams with my mom! 
*  making s'mores on the grill!  
*  Stephen and I swam a MILE in the ocean and saw stingrays! 

Stephen is a great surfer!

Our favorite fruit stand stop!  Can't not stop at Powells Roadside Market even if it is 6 a.m. in the morning!  Please excuse my hair, I had been up since 2 in the morning!

Our favorite beach house
Richard/Stephen tradition:  make foil hats and have a battle on the beach.  It's so fun to watch them!  My Mom and Dad and I laughed SO hard!
Stephen and I got up to see the sunrise.  A family tradition!

The day we found out we were approved to adopt!  So happy!
We played a lot of Banana grams!  Love that game!  Stephen played this one by himself and used all the letters!

Sep 8, 2011

The Wait

The two weeks are past.
I sit and I wait.
Not this month of last.
"Oh well" I say with a smile,
We haven't been trying but for awhile.

Now more months are gone.
I sit and I wait.
And I wonder if something could be wrong.
I wait for the two lines but only see one.
Tears start to flow as I feel darkness shatter my sun.

Needles, pain, and one more test.
I sit and I wait.
Hoping for some sort of rest.
Rest from this sad story that can't be mine.
But we still only see one little pink line.

Days pass, nervous and grim.
I sit and I wait.
The phone rings; the outlook is dim.
We hear the news and sit in shock.
We're shaking our heads, we can't even talk.

We pray in faith to be led.
I sit and I wait.
While the Spirit whispers and a few tears are shed.
We know the Lord's plan for our family to be.
His plan we finally are able to see.

More obstacles and more trials.
I sit and I wait.
The road of infertility has many miles.
But our hearts begin to mend,
And we know it will be alright in the end.

And so,
I sit and I wait.
And although sometimes feeling so low,
I know good things come to those who wait.
Some blessings come soon and some come late.

Our paperwork is done.
I sit and I wait.
We dream of nurseries and baby fun.
And we wait to be told
The news that will help this story unfold.

As time moves on
I sit and I wait
And anticipate a brighter new dawn.
A day when we will finally be
A little bit bigger family.

Sep 4, 2011

Chalkboard Paint!

I have been wanting to paint something with chalkboard paint for a long time.  
And so this summer Richard and I took on a project.  
We bought a bucket of chalkboard paint at Lowes and got to work!  
We had a blast painting this one little wall in our kitchen.  
And we love being able to fill it with colorful, happy messages!  
I love our new chalkboard wall!