Brad and I have prayed and thought and discussed and prayed some more over the past 9 months. We have finally decided to share our news with everyone........
We are expanding our family! But not in the way you might think. In February 2014, I was encouraged by a good friend of mine, Delta Bost, to attend a Jen Hatmaker conference at our church. Let me just say that she is AMAZING! She began the conference with her story and when she showed her adoption video I lost it. That very night I came home and told Brad we were adopting. (Shockingly, he thought I was crazy and not on board with my idea). I kept feeling a tug on my heart and just knew this was God's plan for our family. I gathered information, searched blogs and agencies, spoke with friends and tried to get Brad on board, but it just wasn't enough. So I gave it to God, I knew if this was our journey then God would be the only way to Brad's heart. I didn't bring up the word "adoption" for months, but IT was every where we turned. Every sermon seemed to mention adoption, tv shows plots were about adoption, songs on the radio and then Avery began praying for a sister that "didn't look like her". Brad was convicted!
We had a little weekend getaway for our anniversary in May and Brad told me he was ready to adopt. We have begun the paperwork chase and now the waiting game. Through much thought and prayer, we have decided that international adoption is best for our family. We have decided to adopt a female toddler from China.
We ask for support and prayers for our growing family. We hope you are just as excited for our family as we are! God is so good. And by the way November is National Adoption Month.
I really can't believe my sweet little baby boy is three! I am in complete denial, despite the fact that he is completely potty trained, sleeps in a big boy bed, feeds himself and really only needs me to cook his food and drive him around. But he is my baby.....so he can't be three!
But he is, so what did I do? I threw him a dragon party because that is what he loves (and I love him).
I was not really excited about hosting a dragon party; I mean I don't know much about dragons and they aren't typically cute. But I did my research on Pinterest and found some fun ideas. Happy Birthday Hudson!!
Brad's dad painted this amazing larger than life dragon for Hudson (he loved it)
I found these great foam shields along with some knight party hats and of course Toothless party blowers.
I cut out swords from foam board and had the kids decorate them with dragon stickers and crayons. They really enjoyed making these swords their own.
Two cuties making their swords
I found these adorable fire-breathing inflatable dragons for the kids to play ring toss, but that was difficult as Hudson carried all three around for most of the party.
He loves his dragons
Later the kids were able to use their swords to 'slay' a real (pinata) dragon. This was so much fun to watch.
We also played Pin the Tail on the dragon. My dear friend Amber painted this awesome dragon for the party.
Group photo (these are the cutest dragon slayers I've ever seen)
Party food for a Knight
It was really fun planning the menu complete with Fire Balls, Dragon Dip, and Fruit Swords
We also served Knight Ships, Fire Torches, Dragon Scales, and Dragon Nuggets
Hudson's favorite was this fabulous Dragon cake. So cool!
Hudson received some great gifts
Thank you to all of our friends and family who came to celebrate this special boy with us. He had a fabulous time at his dragon party. We love you Hudson!!
Is it just me or did summer fly by? I was blessed to be able to stay home this summer with my adorable kids. We had so much fun together during these lazy days and we just were not quite ready for the early mornings, schedules, late nights with homework and making lunches.
But my kids love school and we were excited for the adventures Kindergarten and Preschool were going to bring this year.
Isn't she the cutest little Kindergartener?
Our little family (love them)
Hudson insisted on holding her hand while she walked into school
Brad and his mini me's
Mrs. Neff and Avery Reese
One last family photo
Avery is really enjoying Mrs. Hart and Mrs. Neff and all of her new friends. She loves Kindergarten so far.
Hudson was not really into taking first day photos
He warmed up once in his class when it was snack time
Hudson really enjoys his new teacher, Ms. Miranda and his new friends. He is excited to go to school every morning.
I decided to throw a "Back to School" dinner. The kids had a blast and the food was so much fun to eat. Next year we may have to invite a couple of friends over to join the fun.
Table set up included a globe, scissors, markers, mini milk jugs, and chalkboards
Who doesn't love cupcakes and I incorporated apples with gummy worms (they loved them)
Hello again! I just wanted to provide you with a short update with our family. We are really enjoying our summer break!! The kids and I try to do something new each week and we are having a blast together.
For you prayer warriors, please continue to pray for the Miles Family. We have initiated the first step on this journey God has called us to. We are excited and scared at the same time. We are still not ready to reveal our journey publicly, but know that your prayers and support are greatly needed and appreciated.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and we hope to update again very soon!
If there are still any of my blog readers out there....HI! It has been way too long. This year has been super busy, but a lot of fun. I really don't have much to say, except that Brad and I have an unspoken prayer request. So if you are a prayer warrior (or just someone who prays) will you please keep our family in your prayers. We are anxiously waiting for God to do some amazing things in our life and we need you on our team. Once He has opened His doors, we will fill you in. Thank you in advance.
Hudson LOVES all things that go (I'm sure like every boy). But he holds a special place in his heart for tractors! In celebration of our favorite little man we had a tractor party. I really never thought I would get excited about John Deere, but it was actually a fun party to plan and an even more fun party to attend. Hudson and Avery Reese had a blast. The weather was perfect for an outside party complete with pony rides, a duck pond and hay bales. Hudson is blessed with wonderful grandparents and aunts/uncles who all made a special effort to attend his party. The party was perfect!
Happy Birthday Hudson Parker!!
Grandma and Grandpa got him "Dusty" the horse; that smile says it all!
John Deere tractor cupcakes
The food table was complete with hay bales (rice krispies), pig pen (pigs in a blanket), tractor wheels (oreos), chicken feed (trail mix) and cow patties (meatballs) to name a few
Hay bale horse photo booth was a favorite with kids and adults
Playing in the duck pond
The backyard looked so cute! Stick pony rides, 4-Legged Tattoos, Hay bale photos, Duck pond, farm themed coloring pages and Barnyard toss. The kids had so much fun!
Brad and I bought Hudson a Lightening McQueen 4-wheeler (he needs some practice steering)