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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I WAS OFFERED AND ACCEPTED THE JOB!!!!  I’m the newest teacher at SWSC next fall!  I will be teaching 3rd grade and although I’m sad about the idea of not being home with my littles, I’m excited to be teaching again!

Sweet, sweet little blessings!

As I sit here thinking of what I want to write, I’m overcome with emotion.  I struggle to find the words to accurately describe the events that have taken place over the past couple of weeks.  

My best friend has been through one of the most difficult adoption journeys possible.  I could never even begin to imagine how hard of a road it was for her and her family to walk down, but through it all she has remained faithful and thankful for the forever children that she was blessed with.  

After a very long and painful failed (domestic) adoption experience and wait, her and her husband arrived home with their newest little (domestic) blessing just last night.  I cannot explain how overjoyed I am for her and for her family.  I was literally in tears yesterday because I’m so very happy for them.  

There are so many horror stories in the adoption world and at times it feels as though it might never happen.  It feels amazing to be able to watch families grow through adoption and to be able to look back and see God’s hands on it ALL.  God is so VERY good!!!

We continue to pray for all the families that are in our lives, that they may be blessed with their newest little miracles VERY soon!  🙂  

Waiting on spring

Wow, I haven’t been updating the blog much lately.  It’s hard…there are so many things happening in our lives, but yet it’s hard to find time to write about all of them.

The girls…
Allie started her new Christian based preschool and loves it.  She’s met many new friends and it’s really helped her to settle into life here in Lakefield.  She will be starting kindergarten this coming fall, but we haven’t decided exactly where she will be attending.  There is an elementary school here in the town we live in, but if I get a teaching job in a neighboring district we haven’t decided if we will open enroll her to that district or if she will stay here.  Time will tell…

Me next year…

I was lucky enough to get an interview last week at a neighboring school district and it went really well!  They are still interviewing through Tuesday, so I won’t know whether or not they want to hire me until the end of the week.  Even if I’m not offered a teaching position, I’m happy with how the interview went and feel very blessed to have all of the experience that I did gain at my previous district.

If I’m not offered a position, I will likely keep my eyes open for other positions that may open up in the next few months.  If nothing comes available, I may have to just sub.  As much as I’d love to continue to stay home with my kiddos, it’s really not an option financially anymore.

Paulzine baby #3…

Our profile has been shown three times thus far.  Each time we cross our fingers and dream about how this child might just be our child.  We spend time thinking about how “perfectly” this child would fit into our family and pray that no matter what this birth family is able to find peace in whatever decisions they make.

A few weeks ago, we were excited to find out that we were chosen by one of these families to parent their little baby boy that is due April 9.  We were beyond thrilled, but like many other adoptions the excitement didn’t last as the birth mother changed her mind a week later and decided to parent.

We are back to waiting again…like so many other adoptive families.  We continue to pray for SO many other adoptive families that we know and love.  Each one of these precious families mean the world to us and we pray that God blesses them with movement in their journey to their newest little miracle!!!  Adoption is tough stuff, but God is greater than any of this!!!!

Cory…

He’s beginning to get busy at work!  The day I had my interview he came home early to watch the girls.  My interview took a lot longer than I thought and when I arrived home, I learned that Cory had taken the girls to work with him and his secretaries where watching them!  Ugh!  Actually, the secretaries were on cloud nine as they ADORE the girls and the girls have so much fun at daddy’s office!!!  Why wouldn’t they…there are candy machines, a Culligan water thing they can play with and tons of guys that would give them anything they’d ask for!

***Note to self, make a treat to send to work this week to thank them for babysitting the girls!!  LOL!

The house…

Slowly we are getting more and more projects done around the house.  I’m working on making curtains for the girls’ room…no sew ones from Pinterest.  Fingers crossed that they turn out!

Outside…

The girls can’t wait for spring!  We’ve been spending as much time as possible outside and it’s been amazing!!!  Come on spring…we can’t wait for you to be here!!!

Our big 5 year old…we are so very proud of you!!

 

Allie's birthday breakfast

I can’t believe that five years ago, our beautiful little 8 pounds and 1 ounce little baby girl was born!  We will always cherish the time we were able to spend with Allie in the hospital…such precious memories!  Since that time, our little miracle has grown into one of the most loving big sisters and caring little girls I know.  She has two sides to her, the silly side that makes us laugh to high heaven and the other side is such a deep and tender hearted little girls who loves others, loves her sister, and loves God.  We are so blessed to be able to call her our daughter and I feel even more blessed to be able to spend every day with her!!!

A little bit about Allie at age 5!!!

Height: 4 ft 2 in tall

Weight: 54 lbs

Shoe size: 2

My Favorite Food:  Waffles, pancakes, lettuce salads, cucumbers, apples
Favorite Game To Play:  Candyland, Don’t Break the Ice, Ants in the Pants, Memory
Favorite Outside Activity:  Play in the snow or ride bike
Favorite TV Show:  Sofia the First
Favorite Movie:  Strawberry Shortcake
Favorite Thing About School:  Learning about Jesus
The Thing I Am Really Good At:  Teaching my little sister things
If I Could Go Anywhere In The World I Would Go:  Texas…I want to go to the beach!
Favorite Color(s): Aqua
Favorite Toy:  Babies & my little sister (LOL!)
When I Grow Up, I Want To Be:   A doctor
Favorite Song:  Sofia the First songs (THEY LOVE THE CD!!!)
Favorite Book:  Pinkalicious books, Berenstain Bears books, Froggy books, I Spy books, David books…the list could go on and on….
Words To Describe Me:  Nice, Kind, a good teacher
When I Was Little, I used to:  drink from a bottle
My Favorite Season Is:  Spring & Summer…”but it’s not acting like spring very much right now mom!”
The Snack I Could Live Off Of:  Peanut butter & Jelly Sandwiches
A Food I Don’t Like Is: Tomatoes and onions
My Best Friend Is:  Charu
My Best Friend At School:  Roman, ShaKayla, Addison & Connor
If I Had One Wish, I Would Wish:  For a baby brother or sister
My Favorite Memory Ever:  Playing Playdoh, movie & popcorn nights, going to Arizona, meeting Asha

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLIE!  WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT BIRTHDAY!  MOMMY & DADDY LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND FEEL BLESSED EVERY DAY THAT YOU WERE BROUGHT INTO OUR LIVES! WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR YOU MY SWEETHEART!!!

Sisterly LOVE!

One of Allie’s favorite things to do is to draw and write.  She’s constantly sounding out words, writing them the way she thinks they are spelled or asking us how to spell words she can’t quite figure out.  On Saturday, I went to Mankato to pick up a few things for our house and I found Allie a cute little notebook on clearance that she could use as her diary.  When I got back home, I gave it to Allie and she was sooooooo excited.  She opened it up and started writing in it right away.

Before long, I heard Allie walk up to Charu and say “Look Charu, my first page in my diary is for you so that I will always remember you…even when I go off to college I will always love you!”  Charu then said, “Oh wow Allie!  I so proud of you!”  My momma’s heart melted!

I just love these two little sweeties and I LOVE how much they adore each other!

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Domestic adoption…

For those of you who are following our blog, I’m sure you’ve figured out that we decided in the end that domestic adoption fits our family best at this time.  The agency that we are working with this time around (AMAZING AGENCY BY THE WAY) is a Christian agency that works with other placement agencies around the US.  We’ve learned a great deal about adoption laws in other states and how various other states have laws that prevent birth families from changing their minds weeks, months and years down the road.  We never thought that we would have another newborn in our home because the idea of going through another domestic adoption was so scary for us.  After learning about our options and about how other states seem to have more laws to protect adoptive parents, we are thrilled at the idea of having a newborn and the girls being able to experience the having a baby sibling!

We are excited that our profile has/is being presented to birthmoms and we know that in the end God will help to bring the perfect child for us into our family!   We are at complete peace with God’s will and that feels amazing!   We’ve really grown in our faith and in the understanding of God’s timing over the past five years!!!

On a side note, I’d appreciate it if you could say a few prayers for a family that we’ve met since moving to our new town.  They are in the process of adopting a little baby and could use some good vibes and prayers sent their way.  Thank you so much!!!!

Pictures from our trip to Arizona

These three girls seriously ADORED each other!  They had to walk hand in hand the whole day at the zoo and Allie was such a good “big sister” to both girls!!!  There were so many special moments and sweet times that us moms just walked behind and smiled somewhat teary eyed at how perfect the day was.

As we left the zoo, Cory said that we “have to keep getting these girls together!”  I can’t express how much we enjoyed our time with this special family…Allie kept asking if we could just move to Arizona so that we could see them every day!  We can’t wait until September when they come to Minnesota!!!sweetie14 sweetie13 sweetie12 sweetie11sweetie6 sweetie5 sweetie4 sweetie3sweetie18 sweetie19 sweeties1 thegirlsss thegirlsss2 thegirlsss3 thegirlsss5 thegirlsss6 thegirlsss7 thegirlsss9 thegirlsss10 thegirlsss11