Life & Family

“Flutter-Bys”

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Today, we took the boys to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  Usually, when we go to the museum we hit the dinosaur exhibit.  (Like, Every. Single. Time.)  We have a membership (which is totally worth it, by the way!) so we go quite a bit.  When we go, our boys beg for dinosaurs.  Today, however, we convinced them to check out the butterfly exhibit.  The Cockrell Butterfly Center is amazing!  The plants are stunning, the butterflies are beautiful and although it is quite warm and humid in there, it’s totally worth it.   (more…)

We LOVE Casanova

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It is no secret that I love Carmel, California.  It is absolutely gorgeous with stunning cypress trees, a rocky coastline, beautiful ocean views and stunning vistas everywhere you look.  Not only does it have natural beauty, it is home to many great restaurants, fabulous shopping, quaint streets and lovely art galleries. Speaking of great restaurants, one of our absolute favorites is Casanova.  The atmosphere is old-world European, reminiscent of France or Italy.  There are lovely indoor and outdoor seating areas and the many rooms make the large restaurant seem small and friendly.  The food is outstanding.  Every.  Single. Time.  I have been to the restaurant many, many times and have never not liked what I tasted.  It is always absolutely delish! (more…)

An Answered Prayer

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I literally have chills on my arms and tears in my eyes as I write this blog post. A family is finally united. What a blessing. What a journey. What an answer to prayer! Our friends who have so patiently waited for a year and a half for their boy finally have him in their arms right here in the U.S.A. (For the background on this situation, please read my original post here.)

At times on the journey, especially in the past nine months, doubt seemed to be stronger than hope.  Darkness seemed to be hiding the light.  Pessimism reared its ugly head and threatened to snuff out trust.  (Really, isn’t every good work of literature set up that way?)  Deep down in my heart, I know that the Lord is in control and that He can be trusted, but my momma’s heart just broke for a friend who couldn’t hold her baby boy and have her family all together at home.   (more…)

Help Children & Win a Free Necklace!

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If you read our blog or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, then you know about our friends in San Francisco who are fighting to bring their adopted son, Miles Jephte, home from the Congo.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my blog post about it here.  If you want more background on the family and their specific situation, check out their blog, In the Time Between.  I’m passionate about helping them bring their son, who has been legally adopted as of December 2012, home.  Finally.  I’m also passionate about the countless other children who have been legally adopted and yet are being denied exit letters by the DRC government, whose precious little lives hang in the balance as their “forever parents” wait patiently with loving arms for their children to be able to come home.   (more…)

For Jephte

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Friends, I need your help.  My friends in San Francisco (pictured above) adopted a beautiful boy from the Congo, Miles Jephte (pictured above with them.) They have been awaiting his homecoming to live with them for a long time.  Miles’ mother is a genuine, loving and fun woman and his father is an anesthesiologist who exudes humility and capability at the same time, which is not terribly common.  Their adoption was finalized in December of 2012. The US government granted Miles a visa in September 2013.  Soon after, his parents flew to the Congo to pick up their son.  After two weeks of waiting and bureaucracy, Miles’ dad returned home to his job and their ten month old son at home.  In an act of bravery and displaying the selfless tenacity that is unique to parents in desperate situations, his mother stayed in the Congo, hoping that the daily promises of the Congolese government that the paperwork would be completed “tomorrow” and “this week” would ring true.

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Our Rodeo Adventure

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Yesterday, we finally fulfilled our promise to our boys to take them to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.  Bean has been dying to go since Go Texan Day and since a “real cowboy” visited his preschool. Both of the boys looked absolutely precious in their jeans and boots and Bean looked extra cute in his hat.

First, we stopped by the Mutton Bustin’ tent.  I seriously love this “sport.”  It’s so cute.  Little kids (around five years old) come out riding a sheep and try and hold on for eight seconds, like the bull riders do.  It is absolutely adorable.  One kid we saw absolutely would not let go.  That sweet boy held on to the side of that sheep as it ran for so long – it was really impressive.  What a little rock star!   (more…)

It’s Boots and Bling…

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It’s almost Rodeo Time and I couldn’t be more excited!  Having lived in California for the past five years, I’ve missed out on this grand Houston tradition for quite some time now and I’m thrilled to be back for it and to show my little guys the fun Texas heritage that the rodeo represents.  Of course, if you’re heading to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, this is the time to plan your outfit.  It’s time to break out your boots and hat!  (Because no, we don’t all wear them year-round. Well, not the hats anyway.) (more…)

It’s (Almost) Rodeo Time!

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Well, it’s almost here.  Rodeo is just about everyone’s favorite time in Houston.  For nearly a month each year, Houston takes on the persona that the rest of the country assumes about Texas most of the time.  Having grown up here, I assure you that I’ve been asked more than once when traveling whether or not I own an oil derrick or rode a horse to school.  Thank you, Dallas.  (The TV show, not the city.) Once, while traveling in Indonesia, someone even asked me if I knew J.R. Ewing.  (I didn’t.)  But, once a year, the fourth largest city in the U.S. goes back to its Texas roots – and its a LOT of fun! (more…)