Saturday, January 14, 2012

Coming To Video This Week...A MUST see!!

Awesome movie for parents, especially fathers! Don't miss this one by the makers of Facing the Giants & Fireproof....

2012 is here...WOW!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Awesome Parallel .....

Watch this great new video from Third Day which parallels how we as Christians are adopted into God's family through Jesus with the adoption of a child.....beautiful!

Monday, January 17, 2011

National Champions.....SWEEEET!!'s not everyday that your alma mater & hometown university wins the title of National Champions, but it sure feels great! As with every team, the faithful ride the ups & downs, season after season hoping to rise to the top. It's been over 50 years for Auburn, so we are enjoying every minute of it!! After every Auburn win, fans meet at the corner of College Street & Magnolia Avenue for the rolling of the 100+ year old oak trees at "Toomer's Corner". This year's final rolling went a bit beyond the oaks :) & was a celebration to remember! Warrrrrrr Eagle everyone as we savor this sweet victory!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy 2011!!

Our Auburn Tigers are playing in the National Championship game on Jan. 10th, so we thought it fitting to wish everyone a Happy New Year with a big added WARRRRR EAGLE! We love our faithful family & friends who have followed our journey.........for Zoe we are still waiting......but God's timing is PERFECT TIMING every time! Isaiah 40:31 says it all......!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Show Hope!

We were sooooooo overjoyed a few weeks ago when we received a letter from the Show Hope Foundation saying we were recipients of a $2000. grant towards our adoption!! We applied over the summer with the realization that this is one of the largest adoption grant donors in the U.S.....which means tons of other VERY DESERVING applicants! Steven Curtis Chapman & his wife Mary Beth are amazing influences in the adoption world & we are truly appreciative of this great blessing! God is moving on our behalf & writing each detail of this beautiful story! Click the photo above to find out more about Show Hope.....

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Very Very Thankful!

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."psalm 107:1

Wow! We LOVE this season of Thanksgiving....really it's the attitude we live in because God's goodness just overwhelms us daily. It's the little things really...

-Mommy taking the big girl to school daily & Daddy picking her up
-quiet family movie nights all snuggled up in blankies
-Abbey making a game out of stairs + a rubbermaid tub lid....never gets old
-bonfires with friends & smores (of course)
-a wonderful extended family & church family

We're even thankful in the waiting to bring Zoe home! There's something amazing about the perfect timing & perfect will of God....this is a LIFE, a PERSON who will be our child, our family member for the rest of our lives. There's PEACE in knowing that our lives (ALL of our lives) are in HIS hands! For that we are THANKFUL!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Belated Father's Day! Prepare to LAUGH!

Just found this video & it's a MUST POST (Abbey & I have watched it over & over - HILARIOUS)! This is dedicated to you David, definitely living the "Dad Life" - you go above & beyond to seek God, minister to, & provide for this family......we don't take you for granted & God sees every little sacrifice!! Happy Father's Day - we love you! :)
*Pause playlist on left before watching

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


While spending some time on the internet this morning I came across these two items within 5 minutes of each other.....they made me stop and think about the sharp contrast of reality in this man's reality is a $75 million dollar mansion, and one is literally receiving the shirt of another's back....
I read the article out of curiosity about the selling of the mansion with no emotion, but I watched the Rwanda video with tears and a true longing in my heart to love "the least of these"...........

Yahoo Headline: "America's Most Expensive Mansion Sells" (click to read article)

*pause playlist on left to watch

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Both Hands Foundation

We are sooooo excited to have found this fairly new fundraising opportunity through the Both Hands Foundation, a partnership of Lifesong For Orphans......scripture tells us in James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keeps oneself from being polluted by the world." So often in the adoption movement we have a strong conviction for the orphans, but unintentionally overlook the widows.

Through Both Hands Foundation, both the orphan & widow are ministered to. In a nutshell, sponsorship letters are sent out by the adoptive couple and some of their close friends/family. Think the traditional "will you sponsor me as I play golf/run a 5K/walk in a walk-a-thon for a specific non-profit...etc?"......the difference here is people are financially sponsored to spend a Saturday working on a widow's home & all funds raised go toward a family's adoption!!

A quote by Billy Graham sums it all up....."God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with".........

We have just discovered this opportunity & are still researching the possibility, but I highly recommend clicking on the Both Hands banner above for more information. VERY EXCITING - truly a God inspired idea!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Order today......Help bring Zoe home!

We got our OFFICIAL approval letter this week with our agency, Lifeline! All orders from my Initial Outfitters website will help us bring Zoe home! Click the catalog above to view the catalog which has an extensive line of personalized gifts....there's something for EVERYONE on your list! The "Products" tab will take you to a shopping cart. Email me if you have any questions & have fun shopping!! *Remember all of your upcoming wedding, graduation, & Mother's Day gifts!

Tebow....The Rest of the Story....

Choosing life is not always the most popular decision as we've seen from all of the controversy surrounding Tim Tebow's Super Bowl the picure to watch the 10 minute follow-up video about the Tebow family's decision not to abort....

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mac Powell of Third Day Adopts....

Several months ago, Mac Powell (lead singer of Third Day) & his wife Aimee completed a domestic adoption. They added a beautiful son, the picture to read the short article about them!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

We will bring praise!

Wow.....can you believe that 2009 is over?!?! Sooooo much has happened this year that let us know God is NEAR!! What a privilige it is to be called sons & daughters of God & we look forward to more of Him in 2010! Please take a few minutes to watch the video on the left will bless your heart as it reminds us that regardless of circumstance, GOD is LOVE & IN CONTROL!

We are still waiting on our official approval letter from Lifeline - again HIS timing is PERFECT!

HAPPY 2010.....thanks for all of your continued prayers & support!!

Desert Song Lyrics

v1This is my prayer in the desert, when all that's within me feels dry, this is my prayer in my hunger & need, my God is the God who provides.....

v2This is my prayer in the fire, in weakness or trial or pain, there is a faith proved of more worth than gold, so refine me Lord through the flames....

Chorus: I will bring praise (x2), no weapon formed against me shall remain, I will rejoice, I will declare, God is my victory & He is here....

v3This is my prayer in the battle, when triumph is still on its way, I am a conquerer & co-heir with Christ, so firm on His promise I'll stand....

Bridge: All of my life, in every season, you are still God, I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship

v4This is my prayer in the harvest, when favor & providence flow, I know I'm filled to be emptied again, the seed I've received I will sow

Thursday, November 12, 2009


As we write, we are feeling sooooo much closer to actually bringing our baby girl home. Since we moved over the summer, our social worker had to come do an updated home inspection last week & at that time we officially turned in ALL (did you hear that ---ALL!) paperwork to her! We felt like doing some serious cartwheels around the house!

Our family profile scrapbook is FINISHED and ready to print tomorrow. We should be officially approved with scrapbooks printed and ready for birthmoms by Thanksgiving. This time last year, we were nearing our trip to Disney & soooo thankful for the baby steps we had taken in this quest........a year later we are almost ready to begin "officially waiting". No, it's not a quick process, but will be worth it all when we bring our Zoe Grace home! (And yes, our wait from here could be 6+ more months).

Prayers are soooo greatly appreciated.....we are thankful for the love & support thus far! Everyone feels a part of this journey & that makes it so special to us! We still have around $10,000 to save/raise, so if you feel led to support us in this way, please contact us by phone, email, or mailing address as listed.

We are not there yet, but we are definitely CLOSER than we were!!! Stay tuned........

Friday, October 9, 2009

Book Santa Portraits Now......

Attention Auburn/Opelika friends! Book unique Santa portraits NOW with our friend Chere. You can also order them as this year's Christmas cards.......her sessions are limited, so give her a call! Click here for location/booking info (go to "Gallery", then "Santa Claus is Coming"). HAVE FUN!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Change of Seasons......

Fall brings many new do all change of seasons. There's just something about crisp morning air (we've had lows in the 50's this past week), long sleeves, brilliant leaves, and...... Auburn Football!! There's nothing quiet like living in a college football town - Auburn is THE BEST! One weekend ends, only to begin anticipation for the next. There's a constant "buzz" around town, with plans being made and preparations taking to be had! This town & University hold a special place in our hearts because God really came into our lives here........He has walked with us, grown us, and brought us from season to season......bringing so many new things. Let's pray for grace to slow down & enjoy each season.....& the special things God places them!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bad Hair Days.....

We are so ready for some sunshine here in the (not-so-sunny) south!! Our football game Saturday night even had to be evacuated and delayed about an hour due to a torrential downpour. Anyway, Abbey & I were playing with our Yorkie, Mocha, & decided to let him model how we all feel lately with the humidity! :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

God's got this!!

Since turning our lives over to Christ in college, we've always believed in worshipping Him with more enthusiasm than we ever gave worldly things before. It's soooooo good to know that HE is the one in charge of this adoption process (timing, finances, etc)! This is a favorite song right now & reminds us of just how big HE really is!
*pause our playlist at the bottom of the page & enjoy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

One that chose life...... rap may not be your favorite music; despite that watch this video!! A true story from the point of view of Nick Cannon, whose mother decided not to abort....pause our playlist at the top left of the page & watch (very moving!)---Then,pray for birthmoms who face this life-and-death decision DAILY.....oh, that they will CHOOSE LIFE! :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Family Portraits

Our friend Chere did an awesome job with portraits for the family adoption scrapbook we have been building for birthmoms to look at! We had soooo much fun & wanted to share a peek with you:) Check out her website here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

We have a winner!!

Congratulations to Meg Cutter on winning our raffle drawing!! She chose the $350- Best Buy card as her prize - This will give her lots of options! :)

Our family profile is almost finished - it has been soooo much fun creating a digital scrapbook of our famiy! I have now found a new hobby!!

We appreciate all of you dearly.......we are ALMOST in our waiting phase & every ticket bought in our latest raffle has brought us 1 step closer to our goal - bringing sweet Zoe home!!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Raffle Update

Our latest raffle has been extended until August 1st & new prize choices have been added! Stop by A.K.'s Coffee Co. or click on the ChipIn link to enter.......the winner will choose ONE of the following prizes:

Canon EOS Rebel XS Digital SLR Camera
*10.1 megapixels
*2.5" LCD Display

Dell Mini-10 Netbook
*Intel Atom Processor Z520
*10.1" Widescreen
*1GB SD RAM Memory
*keyboard is 92% of traditional laptop

$350- Best Buy Gift Card

IPOD Touch
*8GB - stores over 1,750 songs
*3.5" multi-touch screen display

Wii Gaming System
*includes sports disc with
golf, baseball, bowling,
tennis, & boxing

TICKETS - $5.00 EACH or 5 FOR $20.00!


1.)Click the "Chip In" button on the left to be taken to the SECURE PayPal link. (deadline will be extended to Aug. 1st)

2.)Use your credit,debit card, or checking account to pay securely through PayPal. Enter the amount you wish to donate - we will issue ticket numbers according to the amount entered (each ticket is $5.00 or buy 5 tickets for $20.00)

3.)Watch for your email confirmation from us including your raffle number(s).

4.)Drawing held August 1st-watch for your notification by email!!

***BLOGGERS WHO POST A LINK TO THIS RAFFLE WILL RECEIVE 3 FREE RAFFLE TICKETS! Email me if you're interested in participating!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Order Now......Support the Zoe Fund!

*Click pictures to enlarge
Now taking orders for "Names of Jesus" canvas art. Each individualized piece is on a 12"x 16" black canvas with distressed paper accents. A beautiful addition for a wall hanging or side table. I am accepting orders by email at: The $50- price goes directly toward the adoption of Zoe! Feel free to contact me for any additional questions & thanks for your continued support! BLESSINGS!

A glimpse.......

Here is a glimpse of families who have walked out the adoption call - isn't it beautiful!!!

Your pictures and fotos in a slideshow on MySpace, eBay, Facebook or your website!view all pictures of this slideshow

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Another Winner!

Our latest raffle winner for a month of free A.K.'s Coffee is..........Ms. Betty Wilson.....congratulations & enjoy!!! Thanks again to all of our faithful customers/friends who participated! You are a great joy to us!

Our final homestudy is close (the goal is for next week). The plan is for all paperwork to be completed by the end of May when we will apply for grants & complete our Family Profile scrapbook. How exciting! We truly appreciate your continued support - GOD IS GOOD!