Today marks the day when we saw Julianne for the first time face-to-face.  We had loved her from afar for nine long months, and finally, we saw her.  I will never forget the feelings from that day.  The way my fingertips felt numb with anticipation and nerves.  The way when we rode the elevator to …

Last year?  Last year we skipped her preschool Christmas program because last year?  It would have been too much.  Just. Too. Much.  She would not have been able to process the amount of sensory input flooding her system.  She would have freaked out to be completely off of the “normal” schedule associated with a day …

We just got back from a little family vacation.  Didn’t go too far away, and have I ever mentioned how thankful I am to live within driving distance to the beach? I love the beach. And you know who else loves the beach? That’s right!  Miss Julianne is a HUGE fan of the beach!  I …

We are ALMOST to the fifteen month mark having Julianne home with us!  It seems like a long time and a short time all at once.  At this point, I don’t remember much of what our life was like before we had her.  Four children is definitely a norm now, not something that surprises me. …

Lots going on in the medical part of our journey with Julianne.  Sometimes I feel like we’re on the road trip of a lifetime, you know, the kind that takes a lifetime. 😉  Because let’s be real.  Road trips aren’t always sunshine and daisies, but you can learn some good stuff when you’re stuck in …

Our trip to China for Julianne was challenging in so many ways. Culture shock?  Yes. Jet Lag?  Oh yes. Food challenges & wondering WHY Red Bull in China is not carbonated?  Yes, yes. Of ALL of our 13 days there, the most difficult, but far, was our Adoption Day, January 27th.  This is how it …

January 26th… ONE YEAR since we first saw our Julianne! Some call it “gotcha” day.  Nope.  I’m not going that route.  That day was HARD.  Hard for us, hard for her.  We got something, and it was a lot of anxiety.  So, no. Some call it “family” day.  We’re saving that one for the day …

It’s not my party {so I’ll cry}

I’m torn, y’all. Torn between the past I know my daughter has, and wanting to pretend that the past doesn’t exist in that way.  It’s a tough thing for a girl who loves history; I majored in it and taught it… it’s a legitimate passion! History can be rough.  The tendency of all people is …

Let. It. Go.

Last week?  We went to Disney World! Yes.  We did. We went to Disney World with 2 adults, 4 children, and fairly low expectations. It. Was. Fun. Lots of fun! Really! I wondered if we were a tad crazy to take our crew in the stage of life we’re currently in.  And honestly, I still …

an identity worth having {EB Awareness Week}

EB is not who she is. She just happens to have EB. Who is she? She’s a daughter, a friend, a sister. She’s a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin. She’s sassy, funny, and never meets a stranger. She’s fearfully and wonderfully made.  Exactly how she is. “Fearfully and wonderfully made.”  THAT is her identity. She …