Monday, July 29, 2013

Miscellany Monday

fun times be happenin' here....

PS: I have purposefully NOT brought my big camera on these trips...wanted to focus on the moment and not about "getting the shot"...hence the low quality phone pics

day trip to the coast

seriously people!?

For a successful family picture, strong holds must be placed upon the younger two

i don't think it could get any cuter. 

Wildlife Safari

He hopped on the camel like he'd done it a million times before. no hesitation. 

The elephant was totally showing off

We love this place!

road trip to Portland for a Trades of Hope party with my sister which included some must-stop places

THE only place to get ice cream in Portland
Salt & Straw

Heaven on a plate
The Waffle Window

and we did all these little trips in our new to us....

yep. we got a van. and i am in love.

other things worth mentioning:

jack turns 5 next week. i might cry.

trev has two classes left until he is up for ordination. he's done awesome.

big boy beds are going well! yay!

major adoption fundraising in on hold for now. we don't know the exact direction we are ready to go yet, sort of waiting on things to clear up, so instead of fundraising without a clear picture, we'll just keep the money raised in the account it's in until we are a little more ready to dive in!
*note* this does not mean we aren't adopting.....this just means we aren't actively fundraising at the moment :)
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

An opportunity to give: Cancer Sucks- God is Bigger

Cancer is no respecter of people. It doesn't care if you are single or married, with kids or without. 
It cares not if you have a support system or are on your own.
Whether you or young, old or somewhere in between.
Cancer does not care.

Alisha and I met in a funny sort of way.
She came into the doctor's office I was a medical assistant for and I recognized her last name as a name of a family I had known for a long time. Sure enough she was the wife of one of them and we got to chatting about the mutual friends we had and once we discovered we both loved volleyball we were golden. 

Photo Credit: Aaron Blumenshine Photography 

Alisha is the sort of person who lights up an entire room with her smile. A lot of people can do that, but Alisha has this personality to go with the smile that makes everyone feel loved and included. 
She's gorgeous, yes...but her heart is what truly is most beautiful.

We played a bit of open gym volleyball together, managed a lunch once in the midst of our busy lives as wives in the ministry, but I always felt a kindred spirit in her, despite the difficulty we had in actually meeting up together. 

Her and her husband threw some epic dance parties and each time we talked, she managed to encourage me with just being herself. 

Alisha and her hubby waited several years for their sweet little man. 
A true miracle and long awaited blessing that I was fortunate enough to pray for and celebrate with. 

Alisha is 28 years old, an RN in California and she was just diagnosed 
with Breast Cancer. 

When I received the text from Alisha the day she found out, I wept. 
Too young Lord. 
Too close to home.
Too much.

While I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my God has her and her precious family in the palm of His hand, the ache and shock and sadness is real.

The Lord brought the song Oceans to my mind and the words of it to be a balm in the midst of this unknown. For while we cannot see what comes, we can know He is in control.

Alisha found her lump by doing a monthly self-breast exam.
No cancer in her family.
No reason to wonder.
But she checked anyway and she immediately took action to getting more testing done.

I urge you. If you are a woman of any age, do not neglect this simple task each month.

Alisha and her sweet young family are coveting your prayers.
There is a fund set up for them to help offset the medical expenses they will be accruing over the next several months.
Even with insurance, the out of pocket is astronomical. 

If you feel led to give, here is the link.

You can follow Alisha's journey via a Caring Bridge site located here.

I know God is going to use Alisha and her family to bring Him glory and He is already given them much peace. Keep them in your prayers are the road ahead will be challenging and new in so many ways. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

SANUS TV Mount Winner!

With 4 little girls, two of which are twins....I know she will appreciate this!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Adoption Fundraiser/Giveaway for a fellow Blogger!


One of my favorite bloggers is in the process of raising money for their adoption from Congo!
I have donated a Nepali Aqua Scarf  from Trades of Hope and there are so many fabulous items this little snippet from Lauren's Blog and then go check it out and support!

Mills fundraiser
Y’all, I’m pretty giddy this morning.
Today launches our first day of Operation Mills Adopt, and we’re kicking it off with an incredible roundup of goodies generously donated by shop owners and bloggers around the web. If you want to read more about our adoption journey, you can follow along here, and read specifically about our costs here100% of money raised benefits our adoption…thank you in advance for helping us bring our little one home!
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Scroll on down to see  all the goodies and how you can enter to win!


CLICK HERE to go to Lauren's giveaway/fundraiser!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Miscellany Monday

oh hey miscellany, it's been awhile.
let's have a little updation, shall we?

I posted these pics from the 4th, but never posted any others! after the birth, we had a BBQ at my parents, and then came back to our house to put the twins down for bed and sat outside to watch fireworks with Jack. Our neighbors shared some sparklers (Jack's first time!) It was fun and special.

BBQ at Capa and Nama's

Parade...Camden cracks me up

Proud to wave flags!
We made sure he properly feared the sparkler ;)

Speaking of the twins and in bed. They are now in twin beds. Eek. I swore I'd keep them in their cribs until Kindergarten at least. But they began crawling out, all. the. time. They did great and never fell, but it signaled time to switch. We don't do the toddler bed thing, seems silly to buy a small bed and then have to buy a bigger bed eventually. So we got a screamin' deal on a set of beds that can be made into bunks when they are older! It's been......tough. Jack just stayed in bed and until recently would call for us in the morning to see if he could get up.

These guys are like "hey, let's play!" I mean...there are two of them, who would want to lay down and sleep when they could make a mess and play. So, right now we are standing in their until the fall asleep. Usually only 15 minutes at naptime, but bedtime is like an hour. LAME. We tried the "silent return to bed" aka Super Nanny and it's just different with two. Hopefully soon they will start easing up on us....and we don't have to stay in there.

Any TWIN parents that have advice, let us know! Not to rule out the singleton peeps, but's just different :)

It's been super hot here, so we haven't been outside as much as you would hope for summer....too hot is no good. That means we've been a bit cranky and a lot stir crazy. Hopefully it will get a tad cooler soon so we can be outside more.

Welp, the time has come. I swore on my life I would never. But then reality hit and now I am embracing it...we are getting a van!
Our car is having some issues and so it's time to transition. We are getting a 2004 Honda Odyssey YAY! Hopefully a year or two in and we will be able to get maybe a 2008. I'm excited...and I have no idea who I am anymore ;)

Trev and I are both in our training for our runs coming up. The Rogue Half-Marathon for me in September, and the Portland Marathon for Trev in October! Crazy. The best part is the running/walking/training with friends. It's mentally and physically really good for the both of us.

Trev ran in the inaugural Wild Rogue Relay. An incredible relay, you can read about here. So proud of him and his team! They took 7th out of 40 teams and none of them had done a relay before!

His very last leg...on the sand. Killer. The only reason he's smiling is because he was told the pic was for me. Inside he was not smiling haha.

Train Park with friends. 

My sister got her Oregon Transfer Degree and made Honors and Phi Beta Kappa and is now at our local University. SO proud of her. 
My brother-in-law, hubby, and my hilarious Dad. Love these men!

Pool Time!
Kinda the best Grandparents ever....

Oh, and go enter to win a Wall Mount for your TV over on this post!! Sweet!

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SANUS TV Mount- Child Safety *GIVEAWAY*

When Jack was little and discovering things, we did the standard outlet plugs and cabinet locks. It was him and I at home and it was easy for me to stay on top of what he was in to. He also didn't get too crazy with exploring so we never needed to do too much else.

Along come the twins. Not only are there two of them in addition to Jack, they are completely different in their exploration and inquisitiveness...AKA they are crazy. 

The past few weeks we've had to bolt the bookcases to the wall, install yet another lock on the front door (because they figured out the other locks) covered a very very small space on the fence in backyard (don't ask) and put door knob covers on every door, including the inside of theirs. We had to remove the train table, clear off the computer desk and keep the dining room chairs bungee corded to the table. 

They are almost 2 1/2 and just when we thought they were slowing down on that phase, they pretty much said 'yeah right'.

I can't helicopter parent these two, and yet I need to be able to go to the bathroom without fearing for their lives. 

Safety is a concern, and while I want to let my boys explore and have fun and get the occasional bump and bruise....but I won't be careless and not protecting them in simple ways. 

Enter, the TV Mount. (Giveaway at the bottom of the post!)

SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide has teamed up to launch a TV Safety Initiative. 

Most people have or are planning to get a flat panel TV. They save space, look awesome and provide a great TV experience. Unfortunately due to their design, they pose a significant safety risk. They tip over easily and can severely injure or kill a young child. 
Bringing this risk to the forefront, SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts, has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide.  By educating consumers on the risk of unsecured flat panel TV’s, SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide offer safe solutions for families across the nation by reducing TV tip-over related injuries and fatalities.

A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:
·         A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV
·         Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury
·         Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over
·         An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs
·         Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006  to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%

 The awesome thing about the SANUS TV Mount is, easy installation:

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So, who wants one?! 

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I Heart Faces- Summer Fun

What's more fun than a baby being born on 4th of July, weighing 7.4lbs!?

His Daddy's tattoo was quite appropriate.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Baby, Happy Birthday America.

This is how I spent the first part of my 4th of July.

This little boy was born on the 4th, into a loving and supportive family.
Mama was a rock star, Daddy was right by her side and she had an amazing Doula.

Born on 7/4 he appropriately weight 7lbs 4oz.

Such an honor and privilege to capture the first moments of life for these families.