Friday, April 27, 2012

14 years of marriage!

On Wednesday, James and I celebrated 14 years of marriage! It's been a wild ride. We have traveled the world and have had so much fun. We've had a a lot of joy and a little heartache but I wouldn't do this with any other than James! James and I met 19 years ago and I thought it would be fun to have a trip down memory lane...haha! James and I at my Freshman prom. We are such babies..haha!
James' Senior prom
My Senior prom
James' Senior football picture!!!!
James proposing.....This is my favorite!
It's been an amazing 14 years and I can't wait to see what the next 14 years have in store for us!! Love you more today and more everyday!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Funny Farrah!

Here lately Farrah has started really showing her personality. This girl is a riot!! We laugh at her everyday and with being so funny also comes a very tender heart!

Three has not been the easiest with all the testing but Farrah is making it a little easier with making us laugh. It just amazes me how God knows me and James so well. We love to laugh and play and that is exactly what Farrah is. Every night when I pray over Farrah that is the first thing I thank God for....that she is a joy and a blessing and thanking Him for her laugh (it's my favorite!)

Here are a couple of things she's up to lately...

When I tell Farrah I love you she responds in "I too, Mommy." I really hope this never changes!

She has started randomly saying I love you mommy and its always perfect makes me stop and smile at her and I think my heart will explode!

Farrah is very concerned with every one's feelings but at times I have to wonder cause she can blow someone off in two seconds. It's usually someone who won't pay her any attention or being mean to someone else. I've seen her stand up for her little friends and it makes me one proud Momma!

Every night when we pray she always asks to pray for her friends....Madi, PeyPey, Maci, Ava, Molly and Jack. It's the sweetest thing! And she won't let me forget them either. If I do she is quick to say "Mommy, pray for my friends!" Love it!!

James and I argue who gets to put Farrah to bed cause that is when she really wants to cuddle and talk. We climb in her bed and read her a book and that's when we have our best talks...its usally about friends, God and how her day went. It truly is a precious time!

She is all about purses and play jewelry right now. This girl can pack a purse!

When Farrah has her mind made up there is no changing it....just like her daddy! Haha!! (Totally kidding! If you know me at all....well then you know).

I've really started seeing her do what mommy does. If I'm wearing flip flops she wants to wear hers and if she can't she will melt so fast...She tells me "I want to be just like you, mommy." It's a lot of pressure but good pressure for me. I'm really aware of how I dress and what comes out of my mouth cause I know she is watching!

I could go on and on but I will save some for a later post..haha!

Love my Farrah girl!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Czech bound!!

When James and I went on our first mission trip years ago, we came home with the idea of taking each of our nephews and nieces with us. So this year I have the chance to take my niece, Quinn! I'm so excited to see what God is going to do through Quinn.

We are going to the X-Large camp in the Czech Republic. This camp is an English speaking camp aimed at youth. There will be different classes these kids can sign up for.....English, sports, dance, art and more. I chose this trip for Quinn because we are working with kids her own age and I know she'll be able to relate to these kids so easily!

In years past, we've come through some sort of spiritual attack. The first year, my body was attacked physically. I had to have ACL surgery on my knee six weeks before our trip. The second year, our marriage was attacked. The third year, our family was attacked with the result of a miscarriage. I know to be prepared for attacks, but when those attacks come you never know which area of your life will be affected.

The hard part is I'm already feeling the attacks. It seems like my person is being attacked...does that make sense?? It's who I am. I'm a wife, mommy, daughter, sister and friend. I don't really seem to fit in anywhere right now. So it's a little lonely. But I do know one thing.....I will be a better person when I walk this journey but in the meantime it's really hard.

Today I was laying in bed and Farrah and James were with me and all I could think is how blessed I am! Those two people are the two most important people in my life and those two are all I really need! I love my mom and dad, sister and brother and family but who I really am is a wife and mommy. God gave me this calling a long time ago and it's such an honor to have them.

This year is a hard year for me now that I have Farrah. I have never been away from James for fourteen days much less Farrah! I'm just such a planner and I need to have everything in place before I go to make it easier on Farrah, James, my mom and Jean.

Thank you for all your prayers and support! I couldn't go on this trip without your help!

This past weekend we had a great time with our team going to Czech! (This is only a portion of our team)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter 2012

We had an amazing Easter this year! I always love this time of year. It's such a great reminder of God's amazing love. It makes me really think about the price that was paid on the cross. As I hold my daughter, all I can think about is the meaning of what true sacrifice means.

This year we had dinner and an Easter egg hunt with James' family. As always, we had a blast! Farrah was really into it this year and was so fun to watch. I really enjoy having our families close to us. Farrah getting to know and play with her cousins is such a blessing!

Ready for the hunt!

Fortner cousins!

Every year Jean buys a pinata for the kids to swing at. It's always so fun to watch them go crazy swinging a big stick...haha!

Easter Sunday was a very special day for us. Our church had asked us to participate in the services. We felt so honored and were excited to share what God has done in our lives. Leslie had organized the services and it was truly AMAZING! She had asked several people to share their testimonies and we heard of marriages being restored, kidnapped children being returned and a single mother in debt becoming totally debt free!

Our testimony was going through fertility treatments and multiple miscarriages and then getting a phone call that forever changed our lives...adopting a baby girl! They had us on stage and our testimonies were on the screen behind us and then when ours said a adoption of a baby girl, they had Farrah walk on stage. You could hear all the gasps and the Aww's. It was so special and very emotional! I'm hoping the video will be online soon and I'll put a link up so you can watch it.

Easter Sunday with my precious family!

That evening we went to my parents house and had Easter. Again, we had a blast. I just love having a child and teaching her the true meanings of Christmas and Easter but its also fun watching them have fun with different traditions.

Caroland cousins!

We had a great Easter and I can't believe this is Farrah's fourth one....time is flying by!