Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday!

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grayden came walking up to me the other day saying ‘burp, burp’ he was burping the teddy bear with a little taggie blankie as a burp cloth!

so smart and so adorable!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sadler, you are 1 week old!

I can’t believe it, this past week has been so much fun and went so fast! We love you little Sadler, here’s what you’ve been up to!

We took you home from the hospital on thursday, welcome home!

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you slept the whole way home (1 hour drive)

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You had your first pedi appt. on Friday, Dr. H. said you were healthy and handsome! You weighed 7lbs 1oz.

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(that thing sticking out of my head is actually in the background, not a funky hair piece!)

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You celebrated your first Holiday on Sunday!! Easter!

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We took you to church and you slept in your car seat the whole time!

You hate baths, your diaper being changed and being dressed!

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You spent your first night sleeping in your crib last night, before then we had you in the bouncy seat, swing, boppy pillow..anywhere to get you to sleep. You had your nights and days mixed up but hopefully you have it figured out now!

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You LOVE your paci!

You eat 2oz ever 3-4 hours and then you’re a little fussy for a bit after your bottle.

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You took your first trip to visit daddy at work on Monday.

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You love to be held and snuggled!

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You love your hands and always keep them close by your face or try to eat them!

You sneeze like 50 times a day!

We love you so much Sadler Graham! We’re so thankful to have you in our lives!

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gray is doing A-MAZ-ING! He acts like Sadler’s been around forever, totally adjusting well at this point, I am, however, expecting that to change at any given time but for now he is doing GREAT!

We could not be more proud of him!

We are so excited that Sadler will have Grayden and Brenham as big brothers, what a lucky little boy! Speaking of Sadler’s brothers I wanted to point out that his middle name “Graham” is the combination of Grayden and Brenham’s names. 

Sadler got Grayden a big brother gift, in it was a toy race car (Jimmie Johnson), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse bubble wand, Elmo interactive learning book, a flashlight and a toy fishing pole. Gray loves it!

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My boys meeting for the first time!

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Grayden loves his “brud-er”

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it melts me to see these boys together, I pray they will be best friends!

Monday, April 25, 2011

*Introducing Sadler*

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{so in love with this boy!!}

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{in his coming home outfit, ready to go!}

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{proud mom and dad}

 

I can say this because I can’t take the credit..he is PRECIOUS, 3 way tie for the cutest little boy EVER!

I sit and stare at the beauty of this new life, thank you God!

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Isaiah 25:1 LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

He’s here!

You assumed correctly in my last post! We are so blessed to announce the arrival of

Sadler Graham

7lbs 10oz 20” long

4/19/11 at 3:26pm

He is precious and I assure you pictures are coming! Just waiting until a few more family members get the chance to meet him in person first!

Thanks for sharing in our joy! We are so in love!

 

So much to be thankful for this Easter weekend!

“Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true
It's my joy to honor You
In all I do, to honor You”
Amazing Love/You are my King

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What I’m loving Wednesday!

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I am loving the smell of sweet newborn skin!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Critter Barn!

I took Grayden to the Critter Barn to see sheep shearing last week! It was a fun afternoon mommy and gray date!! love those!

Gray was a little scared for a bit, those sheep are loud! He loved looking at all the animals!
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Big Brother Class!

I took Grayden to a big brother class at our local hospital Thursday morning. It was precious! All the kiddos got a little baby doll to learn how to hold, how to give him a bottle, and change diapers.
Grayden was the youngest one there and the only one who thought the baby was real! It was so cute, he was looking into the baby’s eyes saying ‘hi baby’ in sweet little baby talk and rocking the baby! He was the star of the show!!

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Towards the end of the hour long class we took a tour of the hospital’s labor and delivery floor and we got to see one of the rooms, Grayden snuck a peek into the bathroom and tried to put the baby in the toilet! Oye! He loved the attention he got from everyone laughing and I am now a bit nervous! LOL!

 

What a good big brother!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Prayer Journey for baby L Day 11

Today lets pray for the doctors and nurses that will be taking care of baby L and his birth mom, we pray that they are given wisdom and knowledge to do there best in caring for them. We also pray that they are respectful of the birth mom’s decision to make an adoption plan and encourage and support her.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Prayer Journey for baby L Day 10

Today will you pray for my nerves? I’m so nervous that things won’t work out with the adoption and everything will fall through and leave us heart broken. I know the Lord is in control but its hard not to fret about it! There are so many unknowns with adoption and this one specifically so will you pray that we feel a peace about everything? Thank-you all!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

1 and 10

1 month until Gray is two!

10 days until Baby is due!

Prayer Journey for baby L Day 9

First of all, thanks again so much for joining me in prayer over Baby Lubbers, you’ll never know how much it means to me!

Today lets pray for our adoption agency, Bethany Christian Services. We thank God for such an amazing organization and all the wonderful things they do there. We thank them for all they have done to make us a family. They have been there every step of the way and provide life long services to adoptive families, adoptees and birth families, we are so thankful for them! We pray especially for the people involved with Baby L’s adoption; for our case worker L, and the birth mother’s case worker, J. We thank God for these women and everything they do to ensure this adoption goes smoothly. We pray that God gives them the wisdom and ability to continue to do their jobs the best they can!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Prayer Journey for baby L Day 8

You may have noticed I took a break from posting the prayer requests over the weekend, I’m thinking of those as ‘review days’ to go back and pray for all those things again!

Today let’s pray for Grayden. I know he will LOVE being a big brother, he is already so sweet and gentle to his cousin Makenna and we’re praying the same will be true with his lil bro!  We pray that Grayden will be a great role model for his brother and be kind and loving towards him. We also pray that he will always know how special he is to us and not feel neglected or less important once the little guys comes. We pray he adjusts well to the upcoming changes in this house and in our family!

I get all teary when I think about not having that one-on-one time with just me and Gray once the baby comes, I love our time together and want to make an effort to keep him included and schedule special time for just us as well!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Prayer Journey for baby L Day 5

Today will you pray for Robb and I as parents? We pray that with God’s help we’ll be the best parents possible for this little guy, that we’ll make good decisions on how to parent him and raise him to be a strong, respected, godly man some day.

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*us before meeting the birth mother for the first time, such a special day(march 21)*

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Prayer Journey for baby L Day 4

Today we’re praying for the baby’s birth father. Let’s pray he feels a peace about the adoption plan and will be willing to consent to the adoption. We pray he has an open mind and heart and he will be able to decide what is in the best interest for this child.…I won’t get into it but this is a huge prayer request we have.

Thanks so much for praying us through this time! We love ya!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Prayer Journey for baby L Day 3

Today lets pray for this little BOY who will be joining our family soon! We are thrilled! Grayden will love being a big brother and I’m so excited to be able to see that brotherly bond form between these boys! We are so blessed!

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*Can’t wait to meet this precious face and kiss those sweet checks!*

Let pray that the little guy will be healthy and strong and grow up (but not too quickly) to love the Lord and serve Him as his Savior. We pray that he will always know how much we and his birth family love him and want the absolute best for him!

“Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Prayer Journey for baby L Day 2

Thanks so much for joining me in prayer for baby L, it means so much to us!

Today lets pray for the baby’s birth mother. Praise God for the work He’s doing in her life and the courage she had to choose life for her baby. Please pray that she feels a comfort and peace about her decision to go through with the adoption plan and pray that the Lord is with her during these last couple of weeks of her pregnancy!

 

Oh and tomorrow is the big bloggy gender reveal…can’t you hardly stand the suspense!?!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Will you Pray for Baby L with me?

Over the next couple weeks I will be posting some specific prayer requests for Baby L, will you join me on this daily prayer journey until our little one comes home?

Day #1, Lets praise God together for blessing Robb and I with another child to raise! We are still shocked by how quickly we were chosen and know that its all thanks to God!

He is good! We are so thankful!

Freezer Meal Recipes

Old English Chicken~Mindy R.

4-6 chicken breast or 8-12 chicken tenders

1 jar of Old English Cheese

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup

Cheez-its crackers

Mix soup and old English cheese together in small bowl. crush crackers in large plastic bag and place chicken in bag and shake so that the crackers cover the chicken. Place chicken in a 9x13 foil pan. Pour the sound mixture on top and the remaining crushed crackers.

Cover with heavy duty tin foil. Place in freezer.

Completely thaw and bake at 350 for 1 hour

 

Chicken Pot Pie~Susanne G.

2 cans cream of potato soup

1 can mixed vegetables

2 cups cooked chicken-diced

1/2 cup milk

1/4 tsp pepper

2 9in frozen pie crust

Combine the first 5 ingredients and spoon into prepared pie crust in a foil pie pan. Cover with top crust, crimp edges to seal, slit top crust.

Cover with heavy duty tin foil. Place in freezer.

Completely thaw and bake at 370 for 40 mins or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

 

Tater Tot Casserole~ Heather G.

Place 1lb browned hamburger in foil casserole dish.

1 layer of sliced onions

1 layer of sliced Velveeta cheese

1 can if cream of mushroom soup

frozen vegetables

cover with frozen tater tots

Cover with heavy duty tin foil. Place in freezer.

Completely thaw and back at 325 for 1.5 hours

 

Spaghetti Shell Pasta~Rochelle G.

Box of Jumbo pasta shells

1 lb hamburger

jar of spaghetti sauce

mozzarella sauce

Cook shells, fry hamburger and mix with spaghetti sauce. Place hamburger mixture into shells in a 9x13 foil pan. Layer with cheese on top.

Cover with heavy duty tin foil. Place in freezer. Cook at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

 

Cheesy Meatloaf~Katie L.

1 lb ground beef

1/2 cup onion

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 tsp salt, celery seed, paprika and pepper

1 egg slightly beaten

1/2 cup of milk

2 cups cheddar cheese

combine all ingredients except cheese. press mixture into an 8x8 foil pan. Sprinkle with cheese.

Cover with heavy duty tin foil. Place in freezer.

Cook for 350 for 1 hour and drain excess fat

 

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes~Lydia D.

32oz southern style frozen potatoes

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese

16 oz sour cream

1 stick of melted butter

1 can of cream of mushroom soup

1 cup lightly sautéed onions

chunks of ham

mix all together and place in foil pan

Cover with heavy duty tin foil. Place in freezer.  Bake covered for approx. 1 hour at 425. Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 mins.

Cover with heavy duty tin foil. Place in freezer.

 

These are just a few of my favorites! We’re always looking for me so leave your recipes in the comments if you have any to share!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

i think we might be crazy!

We put our house up for sale on Friday!

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It was a big day at our house!

We purchased land to build on last summer so this has been in the works for awhile. We decided April 1 would be the day the sign went in the yard months ago, long before the baby news came and although we did a little second guessing on our decision to sell our house with a new baby on the way we stuck with the original plan!

We’re trusting God with this new journey as well! We know, as always, His timing will be perfect!

We had 2 showings already on Saturday so we could have a very busy Spring if it would sell soon!  But then on the other hand it could take months! As anxious as we are to start building our dream home once this house sells we know it will be bittersweet! We have SO many memories in this house!

Robb bought this house when we were still dating and fixed it all up as a hobby. I fell in love with the character of the house and knew we would one day live here as a couple when we got married.

We put A LOT of work into this house, lots of heart and soul was put into this project, fixing up our first home!

(sorry about all the scanned photos)

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(don't we look young?!?) we were!

Robb proposed to me in this house when it was just newly dry-walled.

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(wow, these pics are blurry, i guess my photo taking skills have improved some since then!)

We came home to this house from our honeymoon.

We brought Grayden home to this house from the hospital.

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We’ve shared many laughs and many tears in this house…lots of memories. Can’t wait to make lots more memories in our future home!