The Countdown to Adoption

Screen Shot 2014 08 19 at 3.59.11 PM The Countdown to AdoptionThese past 6 months can best be described as a whirlwind. We walked into the hospital almost 6 months ago and saw for the first time our little baby girl. She was just perfect and so tiny I almost didn’t know what to do with her. As we VERY carefully put her in the carseat from the hospital nursery and then walked out the double doors to our car my husband and I had the biggest smiles on our faces. We never thought we’d get the chance to walk our very own baby out of the hospital. Screen Shot 2014 08 19 at 3.55.32 PM The Countdown to Adoption Fast forward 6 months and she is the love of our lives. She is spoiled in every way, but when you wait 9 years for something I think that just naturally happens. She can almost sit up now and LOVES her bumbo. She’s eating her first solids and laughs and smile constantly. From what this little baby had to endure in the womb, she’s a living breathing miracle and so far she has been hitting every milestone. She’s a fighter and ever since I got her I made it so that she doesn’t have to fight anymore. Mommy and daddy will fight for her. All she needs to do is enjoy her precious little life. We treat her like the princess God intended for her to be and nothing less. Screen Shot 2014 08 19 at 3.55.12 PM The Countdown to Adoption She’s been fussy lately because she’s teething and couldn’t get to sleep last night, so I rocked her to sleep in my arms and as she dozed off she was just talking away telling me about her day. It’s moments like those I treasure. My husband and I just stood over her and smiled because the love we have for this baby, our baby girl, is so real and so much more than anything I ever experienced. Screen Shot 2014 08 19 at 3.54.57 PM The Countdown to Adoption We had a very important court date 2 weeks ago and it went in our favor which means that 60 days from that date she is open for adoption. We should be signing papers the first week in October to make her our forever baby. I can’t imagine my life without her, and I thank God that I don’t have to.

Glitter Mason Jar Cake Stand

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Hi y’all! I’m Olivia from DIY Mother. Melissa is letting me check in a couple times a month to show you some DIY projects, and I’m so glad that I’ll be able to have the chance to share them with you.

Recently, I’ve been obsessed with black and gold; I made some black and gold nightstands a few weeks ago and now I can’t get enough. Since my daughter’s 2nd birthday is coming up, I’ve been experimenting with different entertaining DIY projects…which led me to this glitter mason jar cake stand. I made it using some leftover tiles I had from a past renovation.

I’ve always loved the way glitter mason jars look, so I made an extra one just in case I want to use it as a vase. OK; less talking, more DIYing.

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Piece of tile (I used a piece of 12×12 granite)
Smaller flat material (to stabilize the plate)
Mason jar
Mod Podge (glossy finish)

1. Pour some Mod Podge in that mason jar! You don’t need much, about a spoonfull will suffice.

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Throw some glitter in and start rotating the mason jar so that the glitter covers all of the glue. I ended up mixing the glue and Mod Podge together and spreading it evenly using a paintbrush because it wasn’t drying evenly when I just left the glitter on top of the Mod Podge. Commence gratuitous pictures of GLITTER!

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2. While your glittery mason jar is drying, spray paint the base of whatever flat surface you’re using gold. The stabilizer I used was a thick piece of wood (all I had lying around) so I spray painted both.

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3. Use some Liquid Nails to adhere everything together. The package says to let it cure for at least 24 hours, but who ever even does that?!

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I had to run to Kroger to get a cheap cake and unfortunately it doesn’t really match the cake stand….but I still LOVE how it turned out. I might add another tier and make it a cupcake rack. Or maybe I’ll take off the mason jar and just use it as a flower pot!

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Beautiful Camera Straps

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I was recently approached by a company called IMO Camera Fashion to review one of their seriously cute camera straps! I used to make camera strap covers and even sell them on etsy so I was always changing what my strap looked like but lately it’s been the boring old Canon strap. So they got in touch with me at the perfect time because my camera was definitely needing some new bling.

Going on their website to choose a strap was super easy and I spent a good while trying to decide between all the beautiful straps they had. It was tough but I made my choice. They ship from Hong Kong and I was expecting the delivery to be pretty slow but I was quite surprised to find it came in super fast! I opened up the pretty wrapped package to find this beautiful camera strap.

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I LOVE it! The first time I took it out to use it my family noticed how well put together and sturdy it looked. And the leather on the ends makes it even more beautiful. My favorite part has to be the quick release snaps, I’ve never had those before and I’m telling you what when you go to take a picture and you have to turn the camera at a weird angle, those snaps come in handy!

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So all in all I was VERY pleased with what i received and would highly recommend IMO Camera Fashion as the place for you to get your next camera strap!

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Foster Care: Old Enough to Know

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About 4 weeks ago we received a call about a set of siblings that needed a foster home, the ages were 18 months and 6 years old. We are licensed for 3 children the only thing that was making the decision hard was the 6 year old. See up until now all I’ve done are children under 2 who really don’t know what’s going on or at least can’t express it, so having a child old enough to know exactly what was going on scared me… big time. Even though I was scared and nervous I said yes, it’s that feeling inside where you know you’re supposed to say yes, I thank God for that feeling, it’s gotten me far in life.

We picked them up not knowing what to expect and the 6 year old boy literally cried the entire way home, constantly asking when he was going to go home. In that car ride with tears in my eyes I thought, oh no what did I do? What have I gotten myself into? I am in WAY over my head. As I searched through my mind racing to find things to say to comfort him all I could come up with were generic answers such as “your mom has some things to work on and then you can go home, but we are going to have fun while you’re here”.

That night he called his mom on the phone and after he talked with her I got to talk with her and she started crying on the phone to me telling me she is trying so hard to get her life together and she was also thanking me for taking care of her children. As she was crying I started crying and let her know that we were praying for her and that her kids would be well taken care of. It was in that moment that God reassured me this is way bigger than myself and what I am feeling. It’s about taking care of these precious children.

Each day goes by and it gets easier and easier as these kids start getting more comfortable with us and start learning about Jesus! I thank God for giving me this day to day ministry!