Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Mama bragging ahead!!

My daughter, Sami.
She's 11, going on 21. But VERY mature... Most of the time.
When we moved to Denver, the kids started school on jan7th after winter break. Sami went to school nervous but confident. Her primary goal was to make friends!
The first day of school she came home talking about random girls, she got a few cell numbers. Sami is a good student so I don't worry about this desire to be social. Soon after the first day of school, Sami came home talking about her new friend, Rika, she's from Japan. Sami continued to get to know her, quickly finding out that Rika is moving back to Japan in March. This didn't stop her & Sami from growing close... Like BFF close. If have to say I am beyond proud at the level of maturity it takes to grow close to someone you will likely never see again. To love with an unguarded heart. My prayer is that Sami & Rika will stay in touch, Sami's heart will be healed from the loss & that Sami will make more friends. Thank you Heavenly Father for teaching Sami to love beyond limits, just as you do.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The longest 2 weeks... EVER!

We made a commitment as a family, 2 years ago, to give Mira the best life possible.
Little did we know that we would move half way across the country!
On Saturday February 2nd Mira & I flew back to Baltimore to continue with corrective surgery.
As a family we are used to spending bursts of time apart. Greg has gone on several mission trips, hunting trips, 4 wheeling trips etc.
This time it has been extremely hard.
I think it is because we live in an unfamiliar place and we don't know anyone. For this reason we've become incredibly close! Greg & I are best friends, we are the only friends each of us have in Co. None of this is bad, it's actually been healthy for our relationship. It just makes it hard to be apart.
I miss my girls terribly too. We spend a lot of time together.
Greg is envious that I've been able to "come back". I got to go to church twice during my stay, which was nice. I miss my church family... A lot.
I've been able to spend some time with my parents too which was nice. To some it may sound a but vacation like but I can assure you it hasn't been. It's hard to be here, apart from my family, no place to call home, not enough time to visit some people that I truly miss...
It's funny, as I type this, I'm chuckling to myself about the title..."the longest 2 weeks EVER!" How soon we forget! It has been almost 1 year since I traveled to china to get Mira and I can promise you THAT was the longest 2 weeks EVER!!!
But in this particular moment, the past 2 weeks have been tough!
Tomorrow am Mira & I return home to be reunited with our family. It will be the sweetest Valentines ever!
I can't wait to hug my girls.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Not sure where to begin

I had big dreams of setting this family blog up with some very specific posts.
I can't make a decision on where to begin.
Because of this, I have missed out on some good posts!
A brief catch up:
In December of 2012 we packed our family up with every belonging we own and moved west.
We left everything we've ever known behind and we now live in Denver, Co.
It all started in January of 2011, we had gone to visit Greg's dad & family. Kayla asked us if we could live there because it is so beautiful. Greg & I chuckled it off and said maybe one day!
And so it began... After many lengthy conversations we decided if it was meant to be it would happen. This was our dream home. Greg & I built it with our own 2 hands. We placed the house on the market in June & it sold in October. A few days later, our business sold too.
I think it was meant to be.
During this time we had begun Mira's reconstructive surgery to her legs. We decided Mira's care would remain in MD with Dr Standard. It may not be easy but it is worth it because we know she is in good hands.
Fast forward to now... The month of Dec was a complete blur. After several trips back and forth... By January 1st we had moved everything out to Colorado. We currently live in an area called Lone Tree , we absolutely don't belong there. It's where the beautiful people live.. Fancy clothes, fancy cars, congested neighborhood. We are currently in the process of buying a house in an area called Parker. We feel this is a better fit for our family.
We've been attending Crossroads Community Church in Parker. It is a mega church. Approx 2000 members. It is very different than what we are used to. We like it there but just aren't sure it's the right fit for our family.
The girls are all attending public school which is a good thing. They have all made friends, the transition appears seem less for them.
Greg & I on the other hand are struggling.
Everything is different.
We continue to walk by faith, not by sight.