Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kelsey's Four Month Update

Dear Kelsey Baby,

I can hardly believe I am already writing this. ( And I'm two weeks late so it means you are getting closer to 5 months!!)

The days just seem to fly by.  It hardly seems possible that there was ever life before Kelsey.  You fit into our little family so well.  Your brothers adore you.  You are Mamas little buddy and your Daddy thinks you are the cutest thing ever.  He is right!

You are such a talker.  You love to sit there and chatter to us especially at night.  I love listening to your little sounds.  

You are still in size 1 diapers and have mostly moved to size 3-6 clothes.  You went for your four month appointments and weighed 13 pounds 10 ounces and were 23 inches.  You have the cutest chubby cheeks and legs.  And lots of hair!  

This month we had to go get you checked out for GI issues.  Thankfully there was nothing but reflux.  You spit up a LOT.  The appointment was miserable for both of us.  I hated watching you in distress and you obviously hated the test!!  But I am thankful you have no major issues.  You aren't into the first medicine we tried so we are trying a new hopefully more kid friendly flavor.

You roll over from your back to your front but not the other way.  You don't love to be on your tummy but will stay there if one of the boys is entertaining you.  You also arch your back alot and often times we will find you sleeping on your side.

You are such a smiley little baby.  I love seeing your sweet smile!!!

You are a great sleeper.  You take inconsistent naps because we are on the go alot but at night you generally sleep from 9-6.  You are still sleeping in your Rock N Play but I have a feeling we will have to move you out soon.  I have found you sitting up in it a couple of times and I am afraid you will fall out!

We love you sweet Kelsey baby.  We pray every day that you will grow up and love Jesus.  You are definitely a gift from God to us!

Mama & Daddy

Her first baby doll from her great great Aunt Annette

I love this outfit!!

Pretty blue eyes

Bought this bathing suit right after I found out I was pregnant.  We used it to announce that you were a girl!

i love how you cover your face with your hands when you are going to sleep!

Hating Tacoma

Three years ago yesterday we moved into our sweet little house.  It was the day we found out I was pregnant with the Reedster.  It was the start of a whirlwind month as we counted down the precious days until Peter had to leave for six months.

We found out about his deployment the day we left Charleston.  And that's when it all started.

I hated Tacoma.  Already I hated it.  I hated our future friends, our house, our squadron.  I hated everything about it.  Hated it hated it hated it.  Have I mentioned I'm twelve?

We drove into town and I hated it.

We looked for a house and I hated it.

And finally after two days of searching the Lord just spoke to me.

Trust me.

So I did.

And we found a house.

And I loved it.

And Peter left and came home.

And I survived it.

And we made a new life here together.  Adding Reed and Kelsey.  Making some of the dearest friends we have ever known.  Reuniting with others.  Doing life together through good and bad times.

And now we are leaving.

And I hate it.

So here's to you Tacoma.  The city that I hate.

"I hate the way I don't hate you.  Not even a little bit, not even close, not even at all." (Extra points if you know why that quote is super relevant!)

Our Tacoma Home

Just the three of us (we used this picture to announce to our family that we were having Reed!)

Purple Mountain Majesty

Narrows Bridge

Sunrise from my bedroom window

Sunset over the bridge

I chase the sunset a lot.  It's worth it.

A spot on our favorite walk.

Gorgeous colors...this summer has been filled with beautiful sunsets

God's promise.  I've seen more rainbows in the last three years than I can count.  

Just another beautiful evening on the water can see the hospital where Reed & Kelsey were born in this picture

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Adoption Family

I am so excited to introduce you to my first Rodan + Fields, From Faces to Family, family!! When I started this business in 2013 I had the dream of helping others bring home their children by way of adoption.
It's only fitting that our first family is just that, family! Peter's cousins are in the process of bringing home their third and fourth child!! I am so excited to share their story with you today.

Here is their amazing adoption story!!

We began our adoption journey in 2006 when we started the process to adopt from China. We had no idea that once we entered the program, the wait for a referral would continue to increase for the next several years. While we were waiting, our agency offered a "concurrent adoption" program. In 2009 we began the process of also adopting from Ethiopia, and 16 months later we brought home 16 mo old Natalie Grace in June 2010. Then, 2 years later (Sept 2012), our first China adoption was finally completed when we adopted Josie Noelle, an adorable 17 month little girl who had recently had heart surgery.
As we approached Josie's one-year post placement report, we decided to begin adoption number 3. Initially, we thought we would adopt another infant girl. We quickly learned that greatest need was for families willing to adopt little boys through the "special needs" program. Soon, we were on the path to adopting (we thought!) one infant boy. God continued to guide and redirect. Fve weeks ago, we officially accepted TWO referrals for TODDLER boys in China. The oldest is 2.5 and will require corrective surgery once he is home. The littlest is 19 months old, just 8 months younger, and had a difficult infancy with severe malnutrition and pneumonia, among a few other things. So, adoption number 3 became adoptions number 3 AND 4!!
We are currently waiting for our "official" approval letter from China and then will complete more paperwork to receive our travel approval. We are hoping and praying that we will travel this fall!

I just love Cory & Terri's heart for Jesus and for children!! I am SO excited for them as they expand their family even further!!

Fifty percent of our profits from Rodan + Fields this month will go towards bringing those sweet baby boys home!!!

Interested in helping them out?  
You can.....purchase from me at
You can.....share this post via Facbook, your blog, Instagram, name it!
You can...pray for Cory, Terri, Natalie, Josie & their two boys!
You can...partner with them financially with a gift (email me for details)

Can't wait to see what the Lord will do through this amazing family!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Seattle Birthday Excursion

I asked Stafford what he would like to do for his birthday and he said the zoo.  So we headed up to the Woodland Park Zoo.  Peter was off all last week since he was gone for the 2 weeks prior.  It was so fun to be able to spend this special day together!

Checking out the Bear

Riding the Komodo Dragon

He sits down all the time now and asks for a picture...

Checking out the Fremont Troll

He was amazed at all of the fish at Pike's Market

The waterfront

Seattle's Great Wheel.  We hesitated to go up because Stafford is very timid of heights but he loved it!!!

Kelsey came too!

Gorgeous views!

Mama and the birthday boy

He was SO excited to spot a jellyfish.  It was the first thing he told his teacher at summer camp on Friday.


We were getting tired at this point!

We've mastered the selfie....almost!

Happy Fourth Birthday to my sweet Stafford!!!  I'll be doing another update but just wanted to share these fun shots!

All the Poor & Powerless

Lately I've been feeling a little lost.  Tired.  Frustrated.  Alone.

I think some of stems from knowing we are moving.  It's easy to start pulling back to protect your heart.  It's easy to believe the lies.  

Women believe a lot of lies.  Mamas in particular.  Obviously I'm including myself in that group.  I've heard enough and read enough to know that most Mamas as some point in time feel lost.  Lonely.  Broken.  Not good enough.

When I'm tired it's so easy to seem my job as a little hopeless.  No matter how hard I work to avoid it we seem to lose at least one box of Cheerios to the floor a week.  Our house is never as clean as I want it to be.  My kids are never as well behaved as I think they should be.  We don't do enough crafts.  We watch too much TV.  I feel exasperated...defeated...not good enough.

July was a hard month for me.  I'm not sure why.  I feel like the Lord was just saying over and over again....I AM enough for you.  And the devil was screaming in the other ear...Laura you are NOT enough.  You will never be enough.  A good enough mom.  A good enough wife.  A good enough business owner.  A good enough friend.  You will never ever be enough.

Day after day I felt like this message was being pounded into my head and a few Sunday's ago I went to church just broken.  

Until we sang.  And then the words of this song.  And the truth.  And the love of Jesus literally just washed over me.  I couldn't hold back my tears as I sang.  I just cried and cried.  And thanked Jesus for being enough for me.  Because with Him I AM enough.  I will never be the Mom or Wife or Sister or Daughter or Friend I want to be.  I'll never be perfect, but with Him I'll be enough.

All the poor and powerless
And all the lost and lonely
All the thieves will come confess
And know that You are holy
And know that You are holy

And all will sing out
And we will cry out

All the hearts who are content
And all who feel unworthy 
And all who hurt with nothing left

Will know that You are holy

And all will sing out
And we will cry out

Shout it
Go on scream it from the mountains
Go on and tell it to the masses
That He is God
We will sing out
And we will cry out

As a Mom I constantly hear or read about other Moms feeling unworthy.  Broken.  Like they have nothing left.  And I just want you to know that you are not alone.  There's a Mom out there that you admire and when it all comes down to it she feels broken...lost...even lonely at times.  There is a Mom that seems to have it all together that is falling apart at the seams.  And ultimately we ARE all lost...broken...poor...powerless.  

In John 15:5 Jesus tells us that apart from Him we can do nothing.  And I have to remind myself of that day after day after day.  You'd think that after 30 plus years of getting it wrong that I would wake up and say....I clearly can't do this day...but over and over I am always trying to do things my way.  

My prayer for myself is that when I would wake up I would say...I can NOT do this day alone.  Give me Jesus.  Give me Jesus ever morning.  Every afternoon.  Every temper tantrum.  Every dirty diaper.  Every box of spilled Cheerios.  Give me Jesus!

No matter how broken...or lost...or lonely...I will cry are HOLY God.  HOLY.  And that will be enough.

If you are feeling broken today please know you aren't alone!  I would love to talk to you or pray for you!  Just send me an email!


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