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Some of you may not be aware of it but November is NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH.

It’s a time to raise awareness on adoption.

Adoption is a cause I firmly believe in…for obvious reasons. ¬†ūüôā

So..in order for ME to raise awareness on adoption I would like YOUR help!  (PLEASE)

If you are an adoptive parents or a biological parent that has given your child up for adoption I would love love love it if you shared your story on my blog as a guest post.

HOW? ¬†Well..it’s easy. ¬†All you do is comment and let me know you are interested…or you can email me at hegivesgrace@gmail.com . ¬†Once I hear from you I will be in contact with you and get you to share your story with me.

Then I will post it on my blog as a guest post.

PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT AND SHARE YOUR STORY. ¬† I would really like to make it a guest post so that everybody can read it…and that way we can raise more awareness.

I’m probably going to repost this post a few times so we can make sure we get a few people to help out.

So if you are interested please please let me know.

I’m also asking biological ¬†parents to share their story as well. ¬†It’s always nice to hear from the other side of the coin as well.

Let’s raise awareness for adoption….it’s much better than the alternative (abortion)

Thanks so much!

Laura

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I’m not having a very thankful day today so I thought that today of all days I really need to sit back and think of ten things I am grateful for.¬† So here goes:

1) Thankful for a great family visit this weekend.

2)¬† For my power bill being down under $100 (and that’s for 2 months!).

3)  For a fun filled day yesterday.

4)  For a great church family.

5)  That when my necklace broke this morning..it was only the chain and not the other pieces that I spent a lot of money on.

6)  For a relaxing afternoon today.

7)¬† For a washing machine and dryer that works great ūüôā

8)  For coffee.

9)¬† For an extra babysitting job that I got this last week…helps pay the bills.

10)  For great books to read!

Also..sorry I’ve been slacking on my posting.¬† Last week and this past week have been extremely busy and hectic…but hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things this week!

Laura

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Today Little E went to preschool. ¬†After preschool he is always hyper…wants to tell us about his day and is just plain silly.

Well on the way home today with daddy they were driving and Little E says:

“Shiver me timbers dad! ¬†Did you see that truck!”

haha…Shiver me Timbers. ¬†LOL.

I wonder where he got that one from?

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I love this stuff!!!

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While we were away on our vacation last week I stopped in at Old Navy (of course) and bought a cute little Motorcycle fleece sweater for Little E. ¬†I was super excited about it cause I only paid $9 for it and it was really really cute…and he loved it!

Well, he only wore it once before he fell in some mud and got himself all dirty.

Yah...it went all over the side of his face too.

So…we took it off and we headed on our way home a day later.

Little E wanted to go outside one morning around 11:00….so I thought…today would be a PERFECT day for him to wear it.

So I searched for it…and searched for it…and searched for it some more.

I called my sister in law and asked her if she had seen it and she hadn’t. ¬†I remembered showing it to my mom so I called her later and she said she didn’t know where it was either.

So I searched and searched again….getting more and more frustrated as the day went on. ¬†Finally around 10 that night I gave up my search.

2 days later I found it…in a bag up on a shelf. ¬†I had glanced up on the shelf a few times the day I was searching for it…but all I found up there was a hat…and figured that was all that was there. ¬†I didn’t look through anything else….basically I was looking like a man does …hehe

I was so excited that I found it! ¬†I called my friends and told them…lol.

Then….later that same day Little E’s¬†lens fell out of his glasses. ¬†We searched all over the house for it…ALL over…couldn’t find it.

Hubby called Vogue Optical and they said it wouldn’t be covered under our warranty and that it would cost $90.

I kept searching…knowing that we didn’t have $90 for a new lens…but knowing that Little E needed his glasses.

Frustrated…I gave in and we went to Vogue Optical where the very nice lady told us not to worry about it…they would cover it and we wouldn’t have to pay the money! ¬† (And I didn’t even have to tell her we didn’t have it!)

Made my day a little better…UNTIL later that night when…….

I came up into the living room to see the screen door open slightly…knowing that my older cat had opened it and pretty sure that my kitten had run out it.

So I grabbed my shoes and started hunting the dark outside for my kitten. ¬†Looked everywhere…growing more and more frustrated as the minutes passed by. ¬†Grumbling at my husband for not realizing the door was open (even though it wasn’t his fault to be a guard to the door).

About 10 minutes later…she came back…perfectly fine.

So in three days I had lost three things and had found three things…and do you know what????

Not once had I relied and trusted God to help me find these things.

Now..I know some of you are probably saying “well that’s silly….those weren’t big things”. ¬†But, somebody asked me on Facebook (when I was looking for the sweater) if I had “prayed to God about it….because even He cares about the little things!” ¬† And you know what….I’m sure that probably would have helped my frustration level…if nothing else.

So lesson learned: ¬†Next time I am looking for something….or have a problem..not matter how small it is…I’m going to take it to God first, and let Him take care of the rest.

Laura

Blessing: ¬†My blessing for today is that my husband is working! ¬†Working pays the bills! ¬†ūüôā

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It’s Sunday….it’s time to show the things I have been thankful for over the past week.

PS. ¬†This might not interest any of you…but it holds me accountable for showing how blessed and appreciative I am.

1) ¬†For the lady at Vogue Optical who fixed Little E’s glasses for FREE…even though when we called before they told us it would be $90.

2)  For Little E having a great day at his first day at preschool.

3)  For a husband who is a great handyman and can fix my house.

4) ¬†For finding Little E’s sweater…after I had been looking for it for 2 days.

5)  Seeing old friends.

6)  Laughter

7)  Hugs and kisses.

8) ¬†For a Jesus who loves me and finds me worthy even when I don’t.

9)  Zumba

10) A chance to sleep in.

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Preschool!

Well today was the day!  My little man (Little E) went to preschool for the first time.

Hubby and I talked about it a while ago and thought it wouldn’t hurt for him to go to preschool once or twice a week so he can get used to being without us so once he gets into school in a few years it won’t be so hard on him.

He told me last night that he was scared.

So I prayed with him and told him that mommy was scared too but I knew he was going to be a big boy and that he could handle it.  Then I told him that Jesus was with him.

He was pretty excited to go this morning once he saw his book bag and hubby said that he did really good.

Mommy did good too. ¬†I didn’t call AT ALL.

I was tempted to a few times…but I held back.

And he did excellent! ¬†He ate all his food…even had a 20 min nap and I think he has a new friend named Caleb…but the jury is still out on that one.

And…he can’t wait to go back!

Take a look at how cute he was this morning!

Uggh…break my heart. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†But I’m glad he’s having fun.

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Blessing: My heart grew fonder ūüôā

 Laura

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Hubby and I recently celebrated 10 years of wonderful marriage bliss….

ok…well we’ve been married for 10 years now. ¬†ūüôā ¬†So we decided to do something different for our ten year anniversary.

We, of course, went to the Toby Mac concert on the night before (Wednesday)….but that was all for me. ¬†Hubby decided he wanted to do something…a bit more challenging and fun for him.

So we decided to go do TreeGo together.

Now, for all of those who don’t know…basically TreeGo is an obstacle course that is set up HIGH off the ground in trees. ¬†You use a harness, pulleys and carabiners to get yourself around the obstacle course and to ensure your safety.

Here…see for yourself.

(This video was taken off of Youtube)

Some of you are probably thinking that this looks like a lot of fun. ¬†Well..it was…but for somebody scared of heights it was more of a “let me get this over with, but let it look like I am enjoying it for the sake of doing something fun with hubby that he wants to do.”

At the very first you start off with a course that teaches your basics and the wonderful guy at the beginning just must have seen the scared looked that was on my face and decided to have some fun with me. (or it might have just been standard procedure) ¬†When he went to explain the zipline to us and give us directions for that…he told us that we needed to make sure our head was back away from the rope or else it could seriously do some harm to our skull.

Yes…thank you for that.

Kevin and I had recently watched a movie about people trying to get out of this cave and this woman was climbing up the rope and her carabiner got stuck or something around her hair and then something happened so she lost her footing…and yah well it wasn’t pretty. ¬†Her hair was ripped right out of her skull…along with some of her head too.

Yes…this is what I was picturing EVERY SINGLE TIME I went down a zipline. ¬†Let me just tell you…my head was FAR AWAY from the rope.

Oh yes…have I mentioned that I’m scared of heights?? ¬†Well..in case I didn’t…I am…really really am…but by the end of it I think I was doing pretty good.

Now…most of the courses you are supposed to rely and trust in your harness and the carabiners to hold you up…and be able to balance yourself to walk across the ropes and obstacle courses. ¬†Not me…NOPE. ¬†I held on to the top rope with all that I could. ¬†Even when the trees were blowing I was just a screaming.

(I’m sure hubby had a great laugh)

There are four courses. ¬†I only did three (which to pat myself on the back…is pretty impressive for somebody scared of heights). ¬†However, at the end of the third one there was this T shaped bar and you were supposed to swing yourself off of one platform and onto the next which was about maybe 20 feet away.

By this time my hands and arms were so sore from holding myself up and NOT trusting in my harness that I really didn’t feel like I could do it. ¬†However, this was the end of the third course and I had already told hubby I wasn’t going to do the fourth one. ¬†I could see the end in sight so I decided to go for it. ¬†I swung myself off and only managed to get half way across. ¬†I was holding on for dear life trying to swing myself the rest of the way…but to no avail. ¬†I heard the guide tell hubby to pull me back. ¬†Meanwhile I was screaming “DON’T PULL ME BACK I’M ALMOST THERE”….knowing full well that I was going to have to do this all again.

The second time I made it..but just barely…and that was the end for me.

I did however…learn some valuable lessons on this adventure.

1) ¬†I need to learn to trust things around me more. ¬† A lot of the time I lean on my own understanding of things and think that I can do it so much easier instead of just following directions. I didn’t trust in my harness and boy did I pay for it afterwards. ¬†I was so tense and sore from holding myself up I had a hard time moving for the next two days. ¬†Everything inside and outside of my stomach hurt like crazy…as well as my arms and legs.

2) ¬†I depend on my husband for encouragement. ¬†This isn’t a bad thing. ¬†We all need encouragement in our lives…and who better to give it to you than your spouse. ¬†I learned that I need to encourage him more as well.

3) ¬†When I can see the end in sight things are always so much better. ¬†Some of those times when I was walking on the swinging boards all I could think of was the end. ¬†Once I saw the end I basically ran to the finish, relaxed and then prepared myself for the next course. ¬†Sometimes things in life are bad…but I always seem to get through them…and when I’m finished going through the bad things I can look back and see how well I may or may not have done.

So….yes it definitely was challenging but rewarding in the same aspect.

Would I do it again?

NOT. A. CHANCE.

But you should try it ūüôā

Laura

Blessing: ¬†I didn’t fall to my death.

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We had friends down to visit a few weekends ago and their little boy is a drummer just like our boy, so they got a long great.

The first night they were here we went out for pizza and both the boys were in the bathroom together.

This is the conversation that could be heard from the bathroom:

Bouncing B (that’s the boy that was visiting): ¬†“Little E you only have a small one, but I have a big one.”

His daddy, with a chuckle, asked him what he was talking about and Bouncing B looked at him like it should be so obvious and said this:

“Drum sets, daddy”.

 

Laura

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I don’t usually post on Sunday but…being it Thanksgiving and all I figured it couldn’t hurt. ¬†ūüôā

Thanksgiving – a time to remember all that you have and to be thankful for it. ¬†(Basically that’s a pretty good definition of it without going into all the history of it).

Thanksgiving kinda irks me. ¬†Oh don’t get me wrong, I’m plenty thankful for what I have…and I know I have an over abundance of things…but it still irks me.

Why??

Well, because it just seems that the whole world has to stop on this one day and find something that they are thankful for. ¬†We go around the table and say something we are thankful for and it always seems like there is one person at the table who has to pause and think of something. ¬†Why do we just have to take this one day??? ¬†Why can’t we be thankful all year round??

Today we talked about it in church and I paused. ¬†Not because I wasn’t thankful…but I wanted to say something besides “my family”. ¬†Don’t get me wrong…I’m eternally grateful for my family but I am thankful for them each and every day. ¬†I wanted to say something that I was thankful for that maybe I take for granted. ¬†In the end it seemed like I couldn’t come up with something fast enough so I mentioned that I was thankful for the vacation we just took.

I am always thankful. ¬†It doesn’t seem like there is a day that goes by that I don’t realize how blessed I truly am…and I send my thanks to the appropriate places. ¬†However, when I look back at my life I find that I do a lot more complaining than showing others how thankful I really am.

Let me explain that a little better.

I am thankful for everything in my life. ¬†Truly, utterly grateful. ¬†I give thanks to my God who gives me those things to be thankful for as well as others who have blessed me with things. ¬†But, rarely do I ever show others why I am thankful. ¬†Rarely do I ever tell somebody: “I was feeling really low and discouraged and then I got this card in the mail that just uplifted my spirits and I am so THANKFUL for that”. ¬†No….I keep that to myself instead of sharing it with others. Instead, I tend to voice my complaints about other areas in my life so much so that all people see are things that are wrong in my life…instead of the joy.

I don’t want to be like this…it just seems to be a habit I have formed and I’m trying to work myself out of it (with God’s help of course).

So…right here…right now…under the stars….I promise..(oh wait…sorry got side tracked by a Toby Mac song)

So…right here on this blog I’m going to share some things I am thankful for…just from today alone. ¬†Hopefully this will become a thing that will be a little more regular on here.

10 Things I am thankful for: October 9, 2011:

1) ¬†My husband who brought me coffee when my eyes don’t seem like they want to stay open tonight.

2) Little E and his manners.

3) ¬†Being told “I love you” on a constant basis from Little E and hubby.

4)  A church where I can go and relax and people accept me.

5)  Laughter and friends.

6) The beautifully warm sun

7)  Corn maze entertainment

8 ) For a clean fridge and stove and kitchen (Thanks Darlene!)

9) A car that I can rely on

10)For a husband who is an amazing dad and wonderful man of God.

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