Thursday, October 16, 2014

Getting ready to bring our daughter home!!




We first saw her face at the end of April.   Her pictures fill our home.  Our hearts have been with her these long months.  And now, we are just days away from boarding a plane, seeing her country, experiencing her culture, and most importantly, holding her in our arms for the first time.  That day will be the last day she will be an orphan.  

"God sets the lonely in families" - Psalm 68:8

We have longed for this day to come and it is almost here!  We are thrilled, and excited and a little nervous too!

Our Gotcha day is exactly 6 months from the day we first saw her precious face!

Please pray for us.  For our travels and for our daughter!




I will attempt to update my blog as we travel.  
But, my time may just be taken up with this smiling face!




Thursday, October 9, 2014

Preparing for the run, and some changes with the Run for the Little Flowers

My family. Last year's run
The 3rd Annual Run for the Little Flowers is NEXT week everyone!  I cannot even believe that we are almost at mid-October!

I can barely stop my head from spinning these days with all of the developments and changes in our adoption plans.  Within the last week we have gotten travel approval and will be flying to China just days after the Run for the Little Flowers to finally hold our daughter in our arms!

So, my mind has not been, exactly, on the run or the details of it.  But, there are a few things I want to share with you all about it  . . .

First, even though I had originally stated that the proceeds from the run would be split between our adoption and Little Flower Projects, I have decided that 100% of the proceeds will go to Little Flower Projects.  While money for our own adoption would be wonderful, I truly never felt right about taking some of the money from the run for our own adoption expenses. This run has always been about the amazing work that Little Flower Projects does for those precious orphans in China and I want the focus of the run to remain where it started.

Second, registration for the run this year has been very LOW.  Right now, we have raised about half of what we have in the last two years.  I know that my inability to spend much time promoting it has been a big factor in this.  My head has just not been on the run because of our own adoption and, well, life.  But, my heart has and continues to be with the run.

So, because of that, I am keeping registration at $15 until the close of registration.

The last day to register will be Sunday, October 12th.  Please consider registering or sharing about the run.  Everyone who registers will be entered to win one of many great prizes.

Thank you all for your support and prayers for Little Flower Projects!!




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy Feast of St. Therese!! Run for the Little Flowers Discount!!



Happy Feast of St. Therese of the Little Flower!

In honor of the Little Flower all Run for the Little Flower registrations are only $15!! 

 Register today and share with your friends!



Friday, September 26, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Schooling updates, happy mail and rare footage


Thanks, Jen, for hosting!!


1.  I am clearly the mom who forgets to post first day of school pictures!

My boys started their new homeschool year almost a month ago and I have finally downloaded the photos from the camera onto the computer.





Although I would love to write a whole post on our new homeschool routine and why a tutorial has been a perfect fit for us, it will just have to be reduced to a quick take.  The transition to the tutorial has been good and hard.  Hard: carpools, packed lunches, lots of school work, and I miss my two oldest on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The good:  structure, structure, and more structure, lots of work, quality time with Andrew, and the boys really rising to the occasion.  My oldest will not totally admit it, but he likes it.  He really likes it.  He is really blossoming there and instead of it being a hit to his self-esteem (which I think he feared . . . . he was so afraid it would be really HARD for him), it has been a boost for him. He has become more confident in his own abilities and he has gotten better at working through the things that are more difficult for him.  We still spend A LOT of time on school, but it is more relaxed.  There is a lot less anxiety surrounding school work for both the boys and me.

2.  My girl


I finally figured out how to post this video to Youtube, so I could share.  I am not ashamed to admit that I watch this video between 5-10 times a day.  Cannot. Wait. To. Bring. Her. Home.

3. Adoption update

We are still waiting on travel approval.  But, we are fairly certain we know when we will travel.  Thank you all who prayed the Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, Novena with us!  While the dates are not what we hoped for and will interfere with my hubby's work a little, we have gotten confirmation that we can travel during that time without any issue for my hubby at work. Praise God!  I will let you all know when we officially know we will travel.

4. Happy Mail









This beautiful quilt came in the mail just two days ago. It was beautifully wrapped and it just made my day.  It will be packed and travelling to China with us, so Felicity can have it right away.  Thank you, Barbara for lending your time and talent to this perfect present!  We will treasure it and you!













4. Run for the Little Flowers 


The giveaway post is up! Go check it out, register and then get yourself extra entries into the giveaway by sharing about the run.  If you are local, we will have a fun meet-up  and send-the-Murphys-off-to-China party!!

Come, on you know you want to run and help orphans in China, all at the same time!

6. Holding on to this Truth





7. Little Flower Cuteness 


Happy weekend everyone!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Run for the Little Flowers Giveaway items!

I have been remiss in posting about the Run the Little Flowers Giveaway.  I have shared a few sneak peeks on our Facebook, page, but had not compiled the post.

Without further ado, here are this year's giveaway items:

1. Pale Blue Mountain Jade Stretch Bracelet made by Ike and Co Etsy Shop


2. Fuchsia dyed agate and crystal filigree stretch bracelet made by Ike and Co Esty Shop



3. $15 Gift Card to Starbucks


4. Happy Girls are the Prettiest tank from Transforming Beauty


5.  5 Pack Sampler of Shakeology Nutrition Shakes



6. So Loved Tee (size of winner's choice)



There IS more to come!!  
And if anyone wants to donate an item, please email me or leave a comment below.


Now, for the details of the giveaway . . . .

 All registrants are automatically entered to win.

You can earn extra entries by:

1. Getting a group together to run it in our area.  This can be your moms group, bible study or home school group, or just a few friends that decided to walk the block together.  Just let me know that you have done this and post a picture of your group on the run's facebook page after the run.

2. Take a picture of yourself before, during or after the run and post it to the run's facebook page.

3. Blog about your run and let me know you did so by commenting here.

4. Advertise about the run!  Share on your blog, facebook, instragram or twitter and let me know you did so by commenting below.  This can be done once a day!!

Let's get ready to run for the Little Flowers!!!