Jordan and I have grown up together. We met in 2003, at community college. We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, last year! We have lived all over the country. The moves have been driven by Jordan's career, but clearly are God's way of getting us to where we need to be to bring our babies home. We love our city in CA and are blessed to be settled here.
Jordan completed his degree. I decided to use my background in child development to pursue a career in nannying. I did transfer from community college to University, but I did not complete my degree.
We are both from the Boston-area. I have lived in RI, WI and SC, too. We had the opportunity to move to CA -- our dream! We are so happy that most of our family has also moved to California, since our westward expansion. The kids have Grandparents and two Uncles, close by! I plan to add a photo album of our tribe. Our family is surrounded by the support of truly invested, extended-family and friends.
When we welcomed our beautiful baby boy home, that was it for us. He's our Prince and the sun rose and set on his head. We chose our Adoption Agency, when we attended an Adoption Conference at a church, local to where we live.
When our son was a baby, we had our two, senior dogs. They were gorgeous, loveable bully breeds. They lived long, wonderful lives traveling all over the US with us. Our little boy still talks about how he adored them.
Our kids have two Great Danes, now. They are gentle companions and are both from the same rescue, in TX. Our son did the road trip with us to get his puppy when he was four. Our daughters were surprised when Jordan brought their puppy home to them, this past summer. It's a gift to have the calming comfort of dogs and to get to learn responsibility through their care and training.
Our daughters are four and almost-five. They are beautiful, smart Princesses who are absolutely adored by their big bro. They have completely opposite personalities, in almost every way, which certainly makes life interesting. They share gymnastics, ballet, playing house, swimming and parks as hobbies, though!
Our middle-iest talks about how well she will help take care of the new baby, when she comes home. She is an artist with a sensitive soul.
Our little-iest wants to share all the toys and clothes she outgrows! She has declared, "I am ready to be a big sister soon, Mommy!" Our little-iest is learning to skateboard.
Each of our kids is an answered prayer - walking around with arms and legs and a million ideas. God is so good. Our kids are three, bright lights in the world. They take turns leading prayer at the table and before bed, they have each started "lifting up our next baby" and asking "God, keep them safe."
The pandemic has been such a sad, lonely and financially devastating time for so many people. The kids (and us, adults) are praying for healing, comfort and blessing for so much suffering around the globe. We are safe with Jordan working romotely, our son schooling virtually and each of us remaining healthy. We are thankful for local opportunities to outreach and help relieve small burdens from others. This year has afforded us priceless family time and an opportunity to reflect on what is important to us and how we can more boldly live out our values.
Having said that, please know that God put our last baby on our hearts in November of 2018. At the time, we had a five year old and TWO, two year olds (our little girls are 9 1/2 months apart) so as Jordan and I left the church parking lot that Sunday, knowing that God had reached both of us during prayer time... we politely decided to get back to Him as soon as possible, about the incredible idea.
Man, has this precious, tiny Princess grown in all of our hearts over the past couple of years. She will be raised to know that she is so very loved -- by Him, by you and by us.
We are ready to welcome another amazing, chosen daughter home and will continue to ask our Heavenly Father to prepare our family and our home for her, specifically.
We live in a safe city with green space, access to beaches and love the many local parks we are blessed to have close-by. We live on a quiet street and are within walking distance to two beautiful playgrounds, hiking and restaurants. We strive for peace, warmth and creativity in our home.
I am a realistic, optimist. I know that this earthly life isn't Heaven. Things don't work out some of the time and we suffer with the brokenness of human nature. The good news is that God is larger than life, so even if circumstances suck - we can rest in these truths.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
"God's mercies are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him..."
I love writing and have published pieces with the Columbia City Mom's Blog. I am an extrovert and I enjoy connecting with people. I was an only child and actually cried as a kid when someone didn't smile or wave back at me.
I persevere when things are hard, have an enthusiasm for learning and I'm endlessly resourceful.
I'm a solid wife to Jordan. He's not perfect, but he's pretty close. I have a few strengths that lift him in his rare weaknesses. An example would be his time management. "No, Jordan there's no way you can make lunch, take our son to the skatepark, refinish that chair, practice drums with the kids, water the garden and meet me at the dog beach by 3:00."
Can't say I don't love him for wanting to try, though.
I am very blessed to be a stay at home mom. I love knowing what my kids are referring to when they're talking and being the one who gets to teach them as the precious weekdays go by. I am firm and fair and insist on them expecting the best from others and from themselves.
As I'm typing and Jordan is thinking about what strengths he has as a husband and father, he's folding the laundry I didn't get to.
He loves deeply, is patient, can fix ANYTHING and (age appropriately) gives each of our kids opportunities to be independent, self sufficient and realize how capable they are.
Jordan says he's happiest when he's outside with all of us doing something fun or cooking with our oldest. He also loves to build things for the kids -- projects for our girls' dolls and cool things for our son to climb and ride his bike off.