Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Katie's Last Post! (say what?!)

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas! We just stayed home - a nice, quiet and relaxing day. My husband's parents and a few other family members are coming in on Thursday for a quick visit. They've only been able to come to Indiana twice (they live out west), so we're very much looking forward to their visit! :)

Well, in case you noticed the horribly sad (or maybe happy depending how you feel about me ;)) title, this is my last post on the blog! It's been a long time coming for me; probably a year in the works. The original focus and reasoning for me to start a blog is long gone, so I feel like this is a good time to walk away.

There really is so much more behind why I'm leaving...I've written and deleted paragraph after paragraph. I wish you all the best, and hope you keep reading here as my sister will be continuing on with posting and the Tuesday Talk link up!

Along with that - we have a bunch of new hosts joining in 2016. Besides my sister, I've been friends with a couple of them for a few years. It's a great group of ladies and I hope you enjoy their blogs as much as I do! Here is the new line up:

Tuesday Talk Hosts of 2016:
Beth at Our Pretty Little Girls
 Becky at BYBMG
Jessica at Sweet Little Ones
Emily at Raising Barnes
Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me
Christina at Waltzing In Beauty
Michelle at Grammie Time 
Whitney at Polka Dotty Place



Hope you all have a wonderful end of 2015! In the words of my 3 year old, "Peace out, yo!" ;)


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Ok, on to the Link Up!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Blessings: God's Adoption Gifts

When I think about the best Christmas present I've ever received, my mind immediately goes to our adoptions.  Not just because our children are incredible gifts (they are!), but also because we've had many important moments for all three of our children's adoptions happen right at Christmas time.

Christmas Blessings: God's Adoption Gifts to Our Family.  We have had several beautiful (and even sad) adoption moments happen for each of our children right at Christmastime... www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

In 2010, the very first time we started the adoption process, we received our "scrapbook" right before Christmas.  This is the scrapbook that our agency makes about our lives to show potential birthmothers.

With every single adoption, receiving our book is what made it become real.  Here is what our child's birthmother will see.  She will choose our family based off of what she loves in our book.   Our scrapbook is like our ultrasound; our connection to our birthmother and baby.  I felt for the first time that this adoption was really happening: we were going to have a baby!

So my favorite gift of 2010 was that we were officially "expecting".

Christmas Blessings: God's Adoption Gifts to Our Family.  We have had several beautiful (and even sad) adoption moments happen for each of our children right at Christmastime... www.sweetlittleonesblog.com
Jim surprised me with a rocking chair for our nursery - so many tears of joy!

The second time around in 2012, we were matched with a birthmother who was due at the beginning of January. But when Santa Claus was putting out all of the presents at 11:30pm on Christmas Eve, we got the call that she went into labor.  We spent all day Christmas at the hospital, but our son B held out til the 26th!

So, of course, our son was our favorite (belated) Christmas gift of 2012.

Christmas Blessings: God's Adoption Gifts to Our Family.  We have had several beautiful (and even sad) adoption moments happen for each of our children right at Christmastime... www.sweetlittleonesblog.com
Celebrating Christmas a few days late, but with our newest family member!

Last year, we were matched with a birthmother due with twin girlsTwins!  We had a gender reveal with ornaments for both of our families.  We were thrilled!

But shortly after Christmas, this match fell through.  Even though I was devastated, this fall-through really helped me to grow closer to my husband and to God while we grieved our loss.  I still think about those girls (especially with Christmas coming up), but I know God's plan is the best one for us, no matter how difficult it might be at times.  He has never failed us.  He sent us the perfect little one in our son L only a few months later.  He was the child who was always meant to be in our family!

So my favorite gift of 2014 was a "divine smack" as I call it.  A little push to strengthen my trust in God, my faith, and my marriage.

Christmas Blessings: God's Adoption Gifts to Our Family.  We have had several beautiful (and even sad) adoption moments happen for each of our children right at Christmastime... www.sweetlittleonesblog.com
We may be celebrating one First Christmas this year instead of two,
but we couldn't be any more in love with the little one God blessed us with!


What are your favorite gifts of faith and family that you've received at Christmastime?


Merry Christmas to you and your family!  May you be richly blessed with love and joy in celebrating the Birth of Christ!

Christmas Blessings: God's Adoption Gifts to Our Family.  We have had several beautiful (and even sad) adoption moments happen for each of our children right at Christmastime... www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

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Head on over the next post...
and Merry Christmas!

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Housekeeping and Merry Christmas! (Tuesday Talk #51)


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What a Merry first Christmas it will be for this little one!

A little housekeeping...

First...
I'm sharing a little about my favorite unwrappable Christmas gifts today.  We have had several beautiful (and even sad) adoption moments happen for each of our children right at Christmastime.  Read more about our joyous and tear-filled Christmas adoption moments here.

Second...
We have two big announcements next week!  They're a little sad and a little happy.  See you then!

Third...
Congratulations, Whitney Jordan!  You won the 2 Lilypad Printables from our sister Kelly's Etsy shop! Check your email to claim your prize.

Fourth...
We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, peaceful, and beautiful Christmas filled with your family, loved ones, joy, and lots of cookies!


Merry Christmas to you and your family!  May you be richly blessed with love and joy in celebrating the Birth of Christ!


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Ok, on to the Link Up!

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Check out the Tuesday Talk guidelines here,
and check out the features from every week here!
Delicious Dessert Recipes – Buckeye Brownie Cookies, Buckeye Cocktails, Pumpkin Coffee Cake, Chocolate and Oats Muffins, Snickers Poke Cake, and Fluffy Pumpkin Spice Cookies –Tuesday Talk Features – www.sweetlittleonesblog.com
(Starting from the upper left:)
 
Beth - Our Pretty Little Girls ~ Michelle - Grammie Time
Keri - Living In This Season  ~ Christina - Waltzing In Beauty
Lauren - Simply Free Becky - BYBMG
Jess and Katie - Sweet Little Ones ~ Whitney - Polka Dotty Place
Laura - Life Is Beautiful ~ Elizabeth - All Kinds Of Things
Sarah - Abiding In Grace ~ Stephanie - Wife Mommy Me
Emily - Morning Motivated Mom

Sweet Little Ones - Tuesday Talk Link Up and Party


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Gingerbread House Icing Recipe + An Etsy Giveaway!

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making gingerbread houses as a family. Jess already shared a lot of our houses from years ago - think Lord of the Rings, Nativity scenes, football stadiums. The usual type of gingerbread houses. ;)  This year was our first year doing it with Abby and it was a hit! She had a great time and is already asking if we can make another one. :)

Getting ready to decorate :)





We don't buy a kit - just use an empty milk carton and some graham crackers. We use an icing to keep it all together (it's not edible, so don't taste it!). My mom sent me the recipe we've always used, so I thought I'd share it with you all in case you want to join in the fun! Here it is:


Gingerbread House Icing

2 egg whites
2 tsp water
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
3 c powdered sugar


1. With an electric mixer, beat together egg whites, water, and cream of tartar until foamy.
2. Gradually add in powdered sugar, mixing well after each addition.
3. Mix until icing is thick.
4. Place icing in baggies (this recipe was good for 3 bags worth).

That's it! Pretty easy :) Once it's in the bag, just cut off a small bit of the corner to use it as a piping bag. We taped the milk carton onto a paper plate so it wouldn't slide around. Add the icing to the carton and a little on your graham cracker and it should stick on fine.


Here are the finished products! :) They were so proud!






Now for the giveaway portion of the post! :) We are giving away two 8x10 printables from Lilypad Printables!  Our sister Kelly has seasonal prints, quotes, Bible verses, illustrations, and hand drawn prints.  She can even customize a piece to make it perfect for you and your space.  She is very talented and her work is incredibly beautiful!


Come Let Us Adore Him Print

So Kelly, Jess, and I are giving away TWO of her 8x10 printables.  You can choose 2 different prints from the over 100 prints Kelly has in her shop Lilypad Printables.  Go check out her shop for some beautiful and inexpensive decor for your home! The prints are instant downloads, so they are great for those last minute Christmas gifts!

Please enter below to win...and good luck!  

Dream Big, Little One Print

Winner will be announced at the next Tuesday Talk on December 22nd.  The winner will receive two different 8x10 instant digital downloads of the winner's choice from Kelly at Lilypad Printables.  This giveaway is open to anyone over 18 with an email address!

Song of Solomon Print





Good luck! Have a great Tuesday!

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Ok, on to the Link Up!

One thing before you link up - if you want the opportunity to be featured, please make sure there is a link back to at least one of the hosts in your post, sidebar, or party page.  (You can grab the button below!)  Your lovely blog is being presented on our 13 blogs - we would love it if you would return the favor and link back to us!  Thank you!!!

Check out the Tuesday Talk guidelines here,
and check out the features from every week here!

(Starting from the upper left:)
Beth - Our Pretty Little Girls ~ Michelle - Grammie Time
Keri - Living In This Season  ~ Christina - Waltzing In Beauty
Lauren - Simply Free ~  Becky - BYBMG
Jess and Katie - Sweet Little Ones ~ Whitney - Polka Dotty Place
Laura - Life Is Beautiful ~ Elizabeth - All Kinds Of Things
Sarah - Abiding In Grace ~ Stephanie - Wife Mommy Me
Emily - Morning Motivated Mom


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