Wednesday, February 20, 2013

We never thought we'd get this for our littles: #1

Exhibit #1:

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Last summer, after much... much thinking, and a good sale/coupon combo ;), we made the decision to get a trampoline for our little people! Who are we??

I was always so worried about them, thinking they were just a jumping trap for broken bones or injuries that I didn't want to see our littles endure.

After discussions about fun, good exercise, and being good for little ones who have been in orphanages/neglected as teenies/etc, I was swayed.

So we did it! Hubby put it together after the babies went to bed (as seen in first pic :)) and we surprised them with it the next morning for the boys' birthday. :) It was a couple more months until we got the enclosure up, but we love it. And they LOVE it.

The first jumps! Which needed to be documented in all forms: I am videoing this first in the bottom right pic ;)

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Let's see what this thing can do!

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There are SO many things you can do on a trampoline! 

Like...

...Chillin' with Grandma for a jump and a snack :)

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...A little afternoon jumping with Daddy, still cautiously getting used to this new toy.

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...Making up new games with a ball! In pjs! : )

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...Sometimes it's good to have an apple snack after all of that jumping.

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...Jumping no matter what season! They'll jump bundled in hats, jackets, and gloves. :)

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...Fighting off the bad guys together! (Note the sword in Little's possession :))

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...Taking a break to strategize about the next adventure or game.

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...Tackling Daddy :)

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...Jumping with friends.

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{Our friends the W's :)}

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{Our friends the R's :)}

...Getting great static trampoline hair :)

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They run out the door to our backyard directly to it and jump, play, and jump on it pretty much every. single. day. :) They make up games together. They crack up. They try all sorts of new moves. Moves that scare Mommy and Daddy. Hubby jumps with them and can bounce them extra high ;).

Who knew a trampoline had so many fun uses. :)

Who knew we'd ever have a trampoline! ;)

This is one of our: Never thought we'd get. Do you have any Never-thought-we'd-gets??

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Adoption Update: Our NEW number on the waitlist and Our Hearts

Last we spoke, we were 21 on the waitlist. I'm sorry sweet sweet friends or fam who have already heard this update and were getting your hopes up! :)

Our December update is:

We are now 18 on the waitlist! Movement! Yay!!

We could not be more excited that we have jumped up a few spots, though even with the movement, there were no referrals again last month. That makes three months with no little ones matched with families.

Though we are bummed about that and just want to see the best for all of these littles, we don't want to rush God's timing. I and we have felt convicted because we have been trying to stay as positive and trusting about "the wait" as possible, though still want to meet our new little and bring her home as soon as possible. But this past month as so many friends have so sweetly asked for an update, which we are SO blessed by, I have found myself not speaking about it with a completely joyful heart. I know and am thankful for God's timing but we were still bummed at the lack of overall movement and referrals.

I need to... bring back that joyful fee-e-ling, bring that joy-ful, fee-e-ling. Yeah? Yeah? ;)

It is amazing how He works. Because of the way He has laid our path so far, He has been working on and changing our hearts about some things. Some big things. Mainly the age of our newest little one (or ones????) to be.

And each time Hubby and I have discussed something, we have both agreed almost immediately. God has been changing and moving in our hearts at the SAME time! Is anyone else getting goosebumps or teary eyed? He has done this many times so far. And every single time. The same thing. Hubby and I always strive to be on the same page about everything, we discuss everything, we talk about everything, and we love that. But sometimes you wonder with such big decisions, will it be the same. We have had great discussions and we are still praying about some things.

The biggest new things...

We are considering a sibling pair again. We had towards the beginning, but both felt like starting off with one addition was the best. Hearts. Changed.

We are also considering increasing our age range. Hearts. Changed. There are so many older littles who are passed over in favor of infants. Super infants as I have been calling them. As young and healthy as possible. That is a wonderful thing too. We need families to adopt all ages. We know there are MANY many things to consider with this. Including with the our newest little(s) and our current littles.

It is a big decision. But we know a few things. God is big. God is loving. And God is in control.

So our newest addition to the prayer list is for wisdom on these decisions. If he brings a teeny little, a little a bit older, or two littles into our family, we are ready. Our arms and hearts are wide open. We want to share every aspect of our journey with you and this another little chapter of that. And we are still praying for the little one(s) that will join our family and for our family and a smooth process of course.

Thank you so much for your prayers, thoughts, support, your questions, inquiries, those who are sweetly fielding questions or discussions on things we read. Your involvement in any and every way in our journey means the absolute world to us.

And to think, he was already working in our hearts, almost TEN years ago. Amazing. Humbling. Exciting. He knows. 

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Our Homeschooling Curriculum and Schedule 2012

As many of you know, this is our first year homeschooling. We never thought up until a few years ago that we would ever homeschool. But our hearts were changed and we love it. You can read a little more about our decision HERE. :)

I have been wanting to post about this for SO long, it is amazing how fast time goes by. I also had a couple other posts drafted from before September entitled, "Curriculum Overload," and another about discussing some specific curriculum but those didn't get published either. ;) I may bring them back at some point!

Here is the curriculum we have chosen for Kindergarten for BabyBoy this year! (so far ;) some might change :) one good thing is that if you don't like something you are using, you can change it!)

1. Reading/Spelling
    All About Spelling*

2. Math
    Math U See - Alpha

3. Handwriting
    A Reason for Handwriting

4. Bible
    1. Book borrowed from a friend that has chronological Bible stories and while you tell the story the littles      
        draw pictures or build playdough to remind them what the stories are about.
    2. Memory Verses
    3. Devotional

5. Geography
    Galloping The Globe
    Eat Your Way Around The World

6. Science
    Discovering God's Creation
        (goes along with Galloping The Globe) (I purchased teacher's manual and student workbook from      
        Christianbook dot com for $24.95 but doesn't appear to be available at many retailers right now.)

7. Reading Time
    We choose random books that we already have in our little library.

Here is what I keep hearing from other moms who have homeschooled from Kindergarten: 
As long as you are doing Language Arts and Math, you are good. Don't feel like you are not doing enough. You can't mess up Kindergarten. :)

Here is how I feel so far:
I feel like I should be doing more crafts, (hands on) science, I would like to get more great longer books for him to be able to read to me/us/by himself.

Our schedule:
I created this schedule before we began our first day of our first year homeschooling. ;)

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(all of the in between times would be Little's school time of the same subject BabyBoy just finished, together for Bible and science/geography with activities applicable per age)

Next post will be how I feel about each one and this schedule so far! :) 

Feel free to throw out any thoughts on curricula and schedule. Be kind! :) I would love to have an open conversation where we can all discuss what we're using, might want to use, or advice you seasoned homeschooling mamas have for us rookies! :) And we can continue discussing with the next post more on specifics after I share more in depth how I feel about these curricula so far!

Our School Room :)
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(They're so cute! And proud of their little desks and space! ;))

*All About Spelling link is an affiliate link, I love the program and would love if you bought through us! Would help us purchase more curriculum :)

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