Monday, June 17, 2013

My Husband Has A New Job?!?!

I quickly inserted in one of my recent posts that Lee (my husband) has a new job. 
I honestly don't even know where to begin on this post. 
I wanted to write about it because we honestly haven't even told very many people about the switch. Mainly because it happened SO FAST! 

This was the picture taken of Lee's last day at U.M.C. 
Lee LOVED his job at U.M.C. He loves all of these people pictured above! 
And let me tell you... these people were so amazingly kind when Lee told them he was switching jobs. 
They said the sweetest stuff about my husband and his character. 
That week opened my eyes big time!
I want to thank all the U.M.C nurses for being so amazing!! 

So now to the Q. and A. 

Where is Lee working now? 
Lee took a job with M.O.R.A. (Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency)

Was Lee looking to change jobs?
Not at all! As a matter of fact, Lee randomly text me one day saying "hey, I think I am going to apply for a job with MORA." I think I laughed out loud thinking "really? how random!" We had never even discussed him switching jobs because he loved his so much. However, as discussions and prayers began over this new opportunity, I just knew that this was the next move for us.
And I was S.C.A.R.E.D.
Change is hard at any point in life. But remember... I am 26 weeks pregnant and that is a LOT of change! Especially with Lee's schedule completely changing.
But it's good. I can see God's hand everywhere.

Will Lee be home more with the new job?
Yes! This was actually one of the deciding factors! And so far - I am loving it!

What is Lee's "role" in his new job?
Nursing. Direct patient care. Getting patients ready for the O.R.
I don't know anything beyond that. You will have to ask him! But so far he loves it.

Hope that cleared up a few questions :)

Last but not least!
2-0 in College World Series!
Ms. State Baseball

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I've been a little sad...

So, I've been in somewhat of a "funk" lately.
Last Friday we received an email about some new changes in Ethiopian adoptions.
These changes have been put in place by the U.S. government to protect children and help cut down on corruption in adoption.
Unfortunately, the email notified families that the wait times for bringing a child home will probably yet again increase due to these changes.
Another adoptive mom in our agency wrote a blog describing the exact changes that are taking place.
If you are interested in knowing more, please read her blog by clicking


Honestly, there are so many dynamics to international adoption, so many steps, so much "red tape" that it is hard to describe it on a blog post.
So I am not even going to attempt.

In a nutshell, more change has happened and the time it will take for us to actually have Malachi in our arms continues to increase.
And this mama's heart is sad.
Lee and I long to see our little man. We long to hold him. We long to begin life with him.
Yet we wait.

On Saturday morning (after the email on Friday), I woke up and just began praying about adoption. I opened the Word for my morning study and stopped on this scripture.

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, 
I will be joyful in God my Savior." 

Habakkuk 3:17-18

Although our home remains without Malachi
Although the journey seems hopeless and never-ending
We will rejoice in the LORD.
We will be joyful in our Savior because He is faithful to complete the work that He has called us to.

This is where we are today.
My emotions may be crazy
But God is still on the throne
We may be surprised
But HE is not.

Continue to pray for us and for orphans all over the world.
Pray for God to defend the cause of the Fatherless.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

May 2013 Collage

Here is our collage for May 2013. 

May was a busy month for us :) 
Starting on the left and going down by columns:

*Jax and Rosalie's Birthday Party - Miller loved the cupcakes!!

*Blakely and Miller at our Garage Sale

*Eating at the Oyster House in Gulf Shores, AL. Our 3 year anniversary dinner... maybe?! :) 

* Family beach pic (more to come)

* Lee's last day working at UMC. :(( Another post on this later.

*We are still #68 on the infant list

* Celebrating summer time with Ice Cream! 

* Miller riding Uncle Rob's zip line

*Africa cookies we sold at the garage sale

* We are still #33 for a toddler 

May was a good month. A busy month. A "life changing" month. 
On the adoption front, we didn't have any movement this month. There were a few referrals that went out with our agency, but they did not move us on the waiting list. 
So... we wait. 
But there is some exciting adoption news swirling around... I will post at a later time when I understand the changes a little more!