Monday, July 22, 2013

We're approved!

We are so excited that we can finally say we are officially approved for adoption! The email came last week along with reassuring feeling that everything will happen when it should. And then came the panic that anything could happen at any given moment! While the thought of that is exciting, the unknown always makes my stomach jump a little. Are we ready for a little bundle of joy if we were to get a call in the middle of the night... even tomorrow? Well the answer is yes! Yes, we are ready for anything to happen! I think that is an exciting part of adoption. I wonder sometimes what our story will be like. Will we get that call in the middle of the night and happily run to the hospital while frantically calling our parents? Or will we be able to attend the birth mom at her ultrasounds and possibly even the birth of our child? There are so many different ways our story could go and whichever way it goes will be perfect for us. 

You can view our online profile by clicking here.

Bella and I were able to visit family for a couple weeks in Utah (missed you, Matt!).  We had fun with all the kiddos and there was never a dull moment. Between everyone in the family, we have 6 (SIX!) dogs which meant Bella had a blast too. It's pure craziness when everyone is together and so I loved the time I had with each of them individually- swimming, watching movies, playing barbies, and getting ready for bed.

Sittin on my parent's porch with just a few of my favorite kiddos (plus Bella)

We could have played "sharks" forever in this pool (My mom is on the left with the twinners)

We are all worn out FaceTiming.  I love cuddling with my Bella girl. And no, she didn't sleep on my bed, but it's really hard to push her off sometimes!

Before coming back to Vegas, I went with Matt's family out for dinner and some indoor sky diving. It seriously was so much fun! I was hesitant at first, but am so glad I did it. Matt was able to FaceTime us too and see how brave I could be! That night I was dreaming about all the different tricks I should try next time I go. I even considered doing real sky diving for a split second (sorry Matt, didn't last longer than that).

My father-in-law and I just flying around (love that he wore his cowboy boots)
Mattt came halfway to get me and we visited my ancestor statues in St. George on our way home. Pretty cool stuff.



*I'll have to add some more pics from our Utah trip soon- but I had to update real quick

Monday, July 1, 2013

Letter to birth mom

I'm sitting here trying to finish the last bits of our profile that will posted on I just need to add a few more pictures to the album and complete our letter to the birth mom.  So much time and thought has gone into this letter- more than anything else we have done. Though it's only a few paragraphs, it is the most important part because it's likely the first thing she may read about us and the place where she can get a sense of who we are.  It is so hard to put into words how you feel about her and the situation she is in. There is so much love that I already feel. The last few weeks I have really focused on the birth mom's feelings during the whole process. It's so important to me to have this point of view and I am humbled by the many stories I have heard and read from their perspective.  Below is one of those stories that has given me so much respect and love for these moms.


So we've had some visitors this weekend! My little sissy and her boyfriend came to party it up in Vegas. And that we did.
  • Sunday naps while the girls work hard on their nails and hair
  • late birthday party for my sister. Lucky her, she got the other half of my cake from earlier this month ;) (It's just as good if you keep it frozen in the meantime) Red velvet, choc chip with cream cheese frosting... Mmm!
  • played Catch Phrase and got an ab workout from laughing so hard 
  • found a new fav Mexican restaurant
  • went to Cirque du Soleil show and watched those amazingly talented acrobats
  • swimming at the pool
  • shopping at Town Square and cooling off with smoothies in the 116 degree weather
  • air conditioning stopped working in my car, sweated off calories until we got home
The crazy kids (can't believe my baby sister is all grown up)

It was SO hot and we didn't last too long outside
I decided to hitch a ride back up to Utah and hang out with the fam for a few days.  Wish Matt could have come, but he had to work :( Here's a clip of my silly Bella girl on the car ride up: