Poppyseed Week-by-Week

Here’s a wonderful walk down memory lane!

I wanted to capture on the blog our weekly photography project of little Poppyseed’s first year. We had so much fun completing this project, and it wasn’t too difficult. Chris spent a good deal of time working on this, and I love how you can see how his skills further developed over the course of the year.

Some of the fabric backgrounds are meaningful (the blanket used in her first shot was my baby blanket!), and some are cute prints we picked up at Joann’s. Enjoy!


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Bumblebee Month-by-Month

Our family are photo people. We value capturing moments in time by which to remember these days God has given us.

That means, we usually have a photo project or two that we’re keeping up with. I wanted to share one such project of Bumblebee’s first year:

Bumblebee: Month-by-Month


Month 0

One Month

Month 1



Two Months

Month 2


Three Months

Month 3



Four Months

Month 4



Five Months

Month 5



Six Months

Month 6



Seven Months

Month 7

To be happily continued…

Ladybug Turns TWO – Part Two

After a fun midday celebration with friends, I set about planning a small moment for our little family to celebrate Ladybug once Chris returned from work.

We decided on a strawberry ladybug fruit pizza. YUM!

Poppy was so good at using her toothpick to decorate each half strawberry. We got some pretty rockin’ ladybugs!


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We sang Happy Birthday again to our sweet girl. Can’t wait until her first birthday as a member of the family!

Here’s our fruit pizza recipe, which we actually didn’t follow to a T this time:

Fruit Pizza


1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. shortening
3/4 c. sugar
1 lg. egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. four
1 tsp. cream of tartar

Spray a 10-inch pizza pan with nonstick spray. Blend crust ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Pat evenly into the pizza pan. Bake 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.



8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c. powdered sugar
unsweetened canned and drained, frozen, or fresh fruit

Spread crust with cream cheese mixture, and top with chosen fruit.


1 c. unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
2 T. cornstarch
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine ingredients in saucepan until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Cool, and drizzle over fruit.

(We omitted the glaze for Ladybug’s birthday dessert).


Ladybug Turns TWO!

Our little lady is now a two-year-old!

We celebrated her special day casually, with her ever on our hearts and minds. We raised our voices to the Lord as we do so very often on her behalf – that she would know she is loved and special.

A dear friend invited the girls and I over for a little birthday party play date. We had so much fun living and enjoying fellowship in honor of a sweet little one thousands of miles away.

My friend had prepped ladybug paintings for the big girls…

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While the little ones did what little ones do :)


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After a yummy lunch, we sang Happy Birthday to Ladybug so loud I’m sure she could’ve heard us!


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And we all got to blow out a candle in her honor.


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Lastly, our friends got Ladybug her first very own book!


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It was a simple and beautiful way to celebrate. I can’t wait for Ladybug to learn of our great love for her one day.

Sweet girl, our prayer for you:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
      The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
      The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’

Numbers 6:24-26

(To be continued…)


We are so blessed that our agency is able and willing to provide relatively frequent updates of our Ladybug as we work to bring her home. Sometimes, we receive photos of and anecdotal information about our sweetie from other families who see her while visiting their own children in the orphanage. Other times, our agency’s in-country contacts are able to visit and take a snapshot or a quick video and maybe updated height and weight measurements.

Ever since we first saw a photo of our Ladybug in July 2013, we have been given small glimpses into her little life so far. Through photos and videos, we have watched her beautiful brown hair grow and curl up. We have heard her sweet voice and her beautiful laugh. We see her shy smile in one video and her pensive looks in other photos.

It’s not much, but we’re extremely grateful for what we’re given, both now and as we look toward Ladybug’s future. We are grateful that she will have some baby photos – that at least some pieces of her history are being preserved for all time. We are grateful for the chance to watch her grow in small glimpses from afar; but we are even more grateful for her sake, that she will be able to see glimpses of her story, her story that began long before she comes home.

Coming Soon!

We have a few exciting fundraisers in the works, and we’re ready to tell you about this one: We are preparing an awesome blog auction!

In case you’ve never heard of such a thing, here’s a short description to whet your appetite and pique your interest: We will have photos of hand-crafted and other new items posted here on the blog that YOU can bid on to win! It’s going to be great! I can’t wait to show you some of the items we (and our friends and family members) are working on.

That brings me to my next point: do YOU have something you would like to donate to our auction? Maybe you have an awesome knack at creating something beautiful. Or maybe you have an unused gift card you are willing to donate. Perhaps you have a brand new item that you think would auction well. Even those of you who work from home with direct-selling type businesses can be involved if you’d like to donate some of your inventory! Aside from the personal satisfaction of being involved in Ladybug’s coming-home story, we can help promote your business, Facebook page, Etsy shop, etc. Near or far, we can work out the logistics. Help us make this a smashing success for our little lady!

If interested, please send me an email at forgoodblog @ hotmail .com (remove the spaces) by August 29, 2014


We mailed off our remaining home study documents on Friday. So now we wait! Hopefully the drafting and review process for our home study will go quickly. It’s amazing how much getting ready to accomplish this first big hurdle makes the finish line feel all the closer!

I was reminded again today that God values time spent waiting. There are so many instances in His story of His people being asked to wait. When He asks us to wait, we must remember that we do not wait in vain! He is working, and He has a purpose for our time spent waiting. It’s a good reminder.

And so, for today, I choose to wait joyfully, expectantly, and cheerfully. My God sits on His throne; there is no reason for me to fret!