Thursday, March 31, 2011


First picture: Living room.
Right picture: same room approximately 3 hours later!

I can't believe we've lived in this apartment for over a month already. I LOVE it here! It is sooooo different from the condo.
Just wanted to take a minute and thank everyone who helped us with the move. We had so much help from family and friends, and we are VERY grateful to you all.

Katie and Mark!

Matt E and Steven!
The whole Estes crew after unloading the trailer.

Steph checking out the new place.

Mom helped SO much with packing up the old place and helping 'settle' the new place.

Sisters helped unpack on Day 2 and Laura put together our new DVD rack.Lauren helped hang pictures.
Also, Aunt Pat was a HUGE help with unpacking at the new place. Courtney came by to help unpack. Dad helped Matt put together some furniture. Zeb helped make some trash runs (and was our first guest!)

I might be forgetting someone, but I hope not. Again, to all of you: THANK YOU! Thank You! THANK YOU!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Random Photo, Take 55

Photo 54 was of my beautiful cousins, Jeannene and Julianne in their Dad's chair. This was taken November 2009 while we were in Peachtree City for Thanksgiving.

Here's 55:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Random Photo, Take 54

Pic 53 was at Folly Peir, taken March 2008, the week of Dad and Gail's wedding.

Here's Number 54:

Monday, March 14, 2011

Random Photo, Take 53

Steph and Aunt Lynne had it right! #52 was March 2006 at Tim and Elaine's wedding in California. This was Matt and Steven loving on their Grandma.

Here's 53 (This one may be kinda difficult.)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Random Photo, Take 52

Pic 51 was from January 2006, Matt and some of his good friends (Roderigo, Sara, Louisa, Brent) in Costa Rica at a restaurant there.

Here's 52

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Random Photo, Take 51

Picture 50 was on our recent Community Group trip to Saluda. This was baby Allie's lemon face at the barbecue restaurant in town. Love that little girl!

Here's 51

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Deep Thoughts

So, in between moving, unpacking, regular life and getting Cares started here, my mind and heart have been full. We are still in the process of completing the formal adoption application. Lots of stuff to think about. It's both exciting and intimidating at the same time. Periodically, I actually sit down to write out some of my answers to these questions:

  • What significant events or experiences have shaped your personality? (haha, where do I start?!)
  • What would you like to change about yourself? (again, where do I start?)
  • How do you plan to discipline your children? What are some important characteristics of good discipline? What do you want to teach in discipline? (and about 10 other questions on discipline)
  • What kind of student were you? (not sure what this has to do with things, but okay...)
  • Why do you want to adopt?
  • What do you expect will change about you and your life when you become a parent?
  • How do you think your life will be different by adopting a child as opposed to having a biological child?
  • What about you makes you a good wife?
  • What could your spouse do to be a better husband? (yikes.)
  • Please describe your house and its surroundings (draw a sketch of your home and the layout of each room). (seriously?)
  • How do you believe your neighbors and your community will react to your adopting? (well, I'm pretty sure the person across the hall will... huh?)
What do you think?
Needless to say, some are more deep than others. I wonder what a different place the world would be if each person had to think through (and explain their answers to a social worker) and have their responses 'approved' before becoming a parent. I am maybe halfway done with the application and am already at 15 pages typed out in Word.

Thankful for the opportunity to think and pray through these things as part of the process. It's providing for moments of joyful anticipation as well as some anxiousness along the way.

Our goal is to be done with this whole thing by the end of March. :)

(image found here)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

50th Random Photo

(50!! are you tired of this yet? Seriously.)

Pic 49 was summer 2005 during Cru New Staff Training. This was a Saturday trip to a CO Rockies game. Jennifer Martin, Mary Charlotte, Jacq, and myself. I get hot just looking at that picture. :)

Here's 50!