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Wrecked

Felicity has been with us for 5 months.  5 months as a family of 6. 5 months of having a daughter. In those 5 months we have travelled to the other side of the world, just my husband and I.  We experienced a different culture.  We saw one of the Wonders of the World.  We ate GREAT Chinese food.  We toured Little Flower Projects, where some of the most medically needy orphans are cared for and thriving.  We travelled to our daughter's Province.  She was placed in our arms.  We toured her orphanage.  We travelled to another city and spent time with some amazing adoptive families.  We journeyed home.
The trip was incredible.  Life changing.
But, not as life changing as what was to come after we came home.
I always thought I had a heart for orphans.  I have organized a small fundraiser for the last three years for Little Flower Projects.  My heart breaks when I see photos of orphans and when I hear stories of children being abandoned.   I have hung photos of orphans on our refri…

How we did it (adopt without debt)

A few weeks after we came home from China, I was sitting down to finalize our adoption expenses spread sheet.  I added the last of the expenses from our time in China and I hit the sum button.  I was a little bit shocked, well, amazed at God's goodness is a better way to describe it . . .

The grand total: $33,773.21

That number includes every check written to our home study and placement agencies, airline tickets, finger prints, visas, etc, etc: even every express envelope mailed with very important documents.

And that amount was paid if full, without any debt. While the total amount seems daunting, and it was to me, we did it.  We adopted without debt and here is how we did it.

 (A disclaimer before you read the list:  Pete and I work really hard to follow Dave Ramsey and live without debt.  Pete has worked for the Church for the last 11 years and we had to learn early on in our marriage to live within a tight budget, save, and, go without what the "Joneses" may have had …

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 7th

I have debated about NOT writing this post.In fact, I was not going to.There are parts of Felicity’s story that are hers and should only be hers.So, when this urge to write my thoughts and feelings about March 7th came, I dismissed the desire and call to write and was silent.But, after watching The Drop Box for the second time last night, I knew I needed to write about the day Felicity was abandoned.Maybe more for myself, so I can sort through the emotions that came up so someday I may share with her more clearly when the questions come . . . .


Felicity’s birthday was March 4th and we celebrated BIG, just as planned.I hope she felt special, and loved and honored.She opened presents, went to mass, had a fun journey downtown and ate cake.It was a perfect day.But, I must admit, as the day drew to a close, I began to get sad.We had just celebrated her birth and in days, we would be upon the anniversary of her being abandoned. It happened on March 7th.The Feast of St Felicity and St Perpetua…

Friday Photo dump - snow and birthday celebrations abound!

The last few days have been full of fun here!  Felicity turned 2 on Wednesday and then we promptly got a snow storm on Thursday; certainly nothing that rivals what the New England states have seen the last few months, but enough to have everything in the DC metro area come to a screeching halt.

Here are a few glimpses into our days . . .

Blowing out the birthday candles . . .

Fun in the snow . . .
Taking aim . . . 

Do all boys make these faces while shooting snow balls???







I call this "The Clash of the Titans" . . .


Snow Princess . . .

Working together . . .

My kids LOVE working out with me lately . . . 

Have a great weekend everyone!






Two Years Ago Today

Two years ago today, a little girl was born on the other side of the world.

Two years ago today, my life changed.  But I did not yet know it.

Two years ago today, there was joy, and I am sure confusion and sadness. Decisions were beginning to be made.

Two years ago today, God started to write our family into the story of another child.

Two years ago today, I was getting myself ready to go to my first Created for Care retreat; just hoping and praying that God would tell us in what direction to go.  We were waiting, waiting on Him.  At the time, I did not understand, but we felt like choosing our placement agency was extremely important.  That it HAD to be the agency HE led us to.  That weekend, He gently whispered our agency's name in my ear through many women. And even though I felt His leading, I knew that we still needed to wait.  The answer would not really come, clear and exact, for months. And of course it had to be so.  Because everything had to align.  The agency's part…

A public service announcement: Go See The Drop Box Today!

The documentary movie, The Drop Box, is out in theaters today for three days only; March 3, 4th and 5th.  I will not detract from this beautiful film by filling this post with many words.  I will simply implore you to see it.  The film is about Pastor Lee, who built a drop box for women to leave unwanted children.  Take a moment to watch this trailer.


                                                 Pete and I were blessed to see it in a special screening a month ago.  It is, truly, the most pro-life film I have seen and the Gospel message rings loud and clear through the life of Pastor Lee and the children whom he and his wife care for.  We brought Felicity with us, mainly because we still do not both leave her yet.  I cannot tell you how emotional it was, sitting in the auditorium, watching the movie; hearing the bell ring, and watching as Pastor Lee ran to the box to get a baby out, all while I held our daughter, who was abandoned and found.  There were moments during the film, that…