Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Just because he's so stinking cute in this pic!
Our attempt at decorating...not great but hey we worked with what we had!

My favorite pumpkin! He looks awesome!

I love this guy too he's just more traditional :)

We weren't going to dress baby boy up but we had this old time baseball outfit that my mom sent him so we decided to use that as his costume instead of buying him a new one. I think he looks stinking cute, but then again I am his mama LOL.

My little man with his pumpkins. His first Halloween!

My two boys all dressed up for Halloween. I love them!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Random Ramblings

I forgot to post pics from my birthday picnic last month! We went to Lake Barcis and it was absolutely beautiful! The weather was amazing and our little man was in the best of moods. I didn't want to do anything too big for my bday so I spent it with the two most important people in my life and couldn't have asked for a better day!

Sept. 19, 2010 Lake Barcis :)

We have seriously amazing news to share with everyone! Our adoption is final! Baby boy is ours now and forever and officially has our last name now woohoo us!! A super awesome woman here makes cakes and made one for our adoption day and of course we let Nathan have a tiny piece which he made a big ole mess with but it was really fun to watch! Here's a couple pics from our special night!

For my little prince :)

He is like what the heck is this!

It was so funny to see his face! I love when he tries new textures!

daddy and son

He really loved the cake in the end.

Its amazing the things God does for our familes on a daily basis. We have truly been blessed this past year and couldn't have asked for more. Our adoption came together so smoothly and so quickly. The way everything flowed together was truly a blessing because if you know anything of the adoption world for us to be picked only two months in and to actually have our baby and no failed places is simply amazing. We have been constantly told by the social workers and agencies and even other adoptive families that we are definitely one of the lucy ones. I thank God everyday for this little man and for making things go so smoothly. We would love more than anything to have a second child in the next couple of years but honestly I am terrified to start the process again because the second time around couldn't possibly go as easily....could it?

The housing situation here in Aviano went crazy and thankfully we were not affected by it at all! My amazingly wonderful hubby is going to be starting a new job at the Group in the near future and I am so excited for him! He will be getting so many new experiences and learning and bettering himself in the process. I'm really proud of him! He is also now the treasure of Aviano AFSA on base and I'm extremely proud of him getting out there and becoming apart of something. Plus he has been really helpful and encouraging on this whole adoption support group I'm trying to get started on base. God does truly work in amazing ways!

We are also considering extending here for a year, but it depends on the housing situation of course. We really don't want to have to worry about living on the economy. We are enjoying our time here and our new little family. We love all the things we get to see and baby boy already has more stamps in his passport than most adults...too bad he's getting a new one here in a month! I guess he'll just have to start over and get even more!

Life is good. God is amazing. Our Family is awesome!

Diesel protecting his baby...he loves his baby!

His first time in his high chair!

Look oh so cute!

Hey! Hey You! I'm talking to you! So freaking cute!

He likes to do leg presses now! Yeah I can't leave him alone with that toy anymore I'm terrified he's going to hurt himself! He is def all boy though LOL. OH and he growls now soooooo funny!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Aviano Adoption Support Group

As you all know we have adopted the most beautiful baby boy ever. He is literally the light of our life and through everything we went through and did we wouldn't change any of it.

If you have never been any where in the adoption process its hard to understand the feelings and emotions that go into and sometimes its nice to have a person or a group to go through it with. When I began our journey I joined a yahoo group called Adoption for Americans Abroad that was started many years ago by Randy Barlow the social worker that we worked with to get our adoption process started. On this site a super amazing person found me and started emailing me long before I ever made it to Italy. Brandy and I were each others adoption buddies and I was so glad that someone had found me and was going through the same thing because seriously if you've never done it then its hard to understand. It was because a great support group like the one above that helped us to connect with one another and to have a friend to help us along our way. I am happy to say that we both were able to adopt and that our children are literally a week apart from each other! How something like that happened I will never know, but it was all part of God's plan for us!

Because of this amazing experience I've had with Brandy (who I truly call a great friend) and because we are very open about our adoption experience we have met several other families who have adopted, want to adopt, or are in the process of adopting. These same people have encouraged me to form a support group and although it has taken me months to actually get on board and do the leg work I have finally done so. I am really excited about it and about bringing a much needed support to our area. With the help of several others we are getting our Aviano Adoption Support Group off the ground! I am really excited about it all!! We now have a Facebook fan page Aviano Adoption Support Group and also a yahoo group (which is private so I must add you) Aviano Adoption Support Group Yahoo Page and our own email if you'd like to contact us at

I have amazing people helping me with all parts of this group. One family has been amazing enough to all us to have our Welcome Luncheon (our first meeting ever!) this Saturday in her home and I couldn't be more thrilled! I have amazing people who have been helping me figure out how to become a base group, where to go, ideas of where meetings can/should be held, moderators for the group and so much more. Plus we have a few other families also interested and getting our name out there! I am trying to pick one day a month where we can get the families together and to also find a place we can all gather that is family friendly. I will def post when I figure this all out!

Its amazing how things come together when they're suppose to. God sure does work in amazing ways!

Thank you all so much for your support!!!

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