We are SO grateful for the love & support you have shown and for being SO very generous in your encouragement and prayers! If you are able, and feel led to do so, we still need funds for our travel expenses. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at adoptshoppe@gmail.com We LOVE sharing our story! We are SO thankful for you!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Today is the day...

...that Mia has been with us longer than she was away from us!  YAY!!!  I feel like celebrating!  The wait seemed SO LONG while we were waiting to go get her.  Now, she's been home one day longer than that and the time has FLOWN by!  She is doing SO well.  Here's a little bit about her and what she's doing now:

-She will be 11 months on February 1st.
-She weighs around 16 pounds.
-She wears size 3-6 month clothes.
-She wears size 2 diapers.
-She likes to tease.  When I try to get her to say "Momma", she says "Daddy"!
-She started walking a few days ago, but refuses to do it again!  She does take a few steps from one thing to another, and walks around the edges of things all the time.
-She can clap and say "Yay" while standing.
-She's a VERY busy girl!  She never stops!
-She tries to eat things off of the floor when I'm not looking.
-She thinks Mason is hilarious!
-She has never really cared for baby food.
-She loves pizza! {who doesn't?!?}
-She can climb stairs---we have to watch her closely {and shut the gate}!
-She has REALLY wild, crazy hair when she wakes up!!
-She's pretty good about letting other people hold her--as long as I'm pretty close by.
-She says "Daddy" ALL the time.
-She's a Momma's girl.
-We love her more than you can imagine.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Mia WALKS!!!

So, Miss Mia has taken a step or two here and there without help the last few days.  But today, SHE WALKED!!!  At 10 1/2 months!  WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?!?  She's too little to be doing stuff like this, right??  She's in SUCH a big hurry!  But yet, she's still so tiny (she still wears 3-6 month clothes).  Mia, slow down!!!  You're doing too much--too fast, baby!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Begging for Bananas

Mia LOVES bananas. So if anyone eats one, they MUST share with her!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sleep Tight

So, Miss Mia is an amazing sleeper now! She ALWAYS sleeps exactly in this spot-exactly like this. She likes to have all of her "friends" in there with her. And she MUST have this stripey blanket with the satiny edges to sleep good. Another blanket with satiny edges won't do. Don't ask me how I know! :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

9 years ago...

Yesterday, nine years ago, I was 24 weeks pregnant with our 2nd son, Jayden. We had lost our first son, Jay, 8 months earlier. Jayden had always been very active in my belly. It was actually a comfort to me to feel him move constantly. It was reassuring to me. Well, on this day, he didn't move. Not once. I hadn't felt him move for hours. I called my doctor. The nurse said to drink a Coke, lay down, and concentrate on his movements for an hour. She was not concerned. So, I did this. I waited. Still no movements. My doctor said to come in and he would check everything out. He listened to Jayden's heartbeat, etc and said everything seemed fine. But Jason & I were not convinced. We were a teensy bit paranoid after Jay's death. So, my doctor sent us to the neonatologist in Dallas at Baylor that we had gone to with Jay. When we got there, he did a sonogram and immediately asked me if I was in pain. I wasn't. He said I was in the early stages of labor. They admitted me immediately into the hospital. They gave Jayden steroids to make his lungs mature. They gave me medicines to slow down the labor. But there was no stopping it. Jayden was born just a few hours later. He lived for 10 short hours--this 2nd son of mine. So, today is the day--nine years ago--that he died. God had blessed us richly since then. And, looking back, even in those incredibly rough times of our lives, He was blessing us. So today, I remember with much love, my son.

Catching up...

So, I've been TERRIBLE about blogging since we brought Mia home.  Actually, that's an understatement.  I've done NO blogging since we brought Mia home!  So, I'll try to do better.  I also plan on going back and blogging (at least a little) about what has happened with us in the last few months!  So....wish me luck!!