"" Life A Bit Sweeter: October 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Who Are You???

More often than not on this blog, we focus on me, myself, and I.  You know my thoughts, my family, my adoption, my fears, my joys....you get the picture. Well.....let's pause for the cause of learning about one another and tell me about YOU! (**insert cheers and applause here--smile**)

I want to know who's reading this blog.  I want this to be a community so even if I know something about you, tell the other readers who will read these comments.  A little stuck on what to say? Here are some ideas:

Tell us:
  • about your family.
  • about this season in your life.
  • What's been your greatest joy this year? Your disappointment?
  • What type of work do you do? What's your passion?
  • How we can pray for you.
  • Something quirky about you.
  • What part of the country do you live in?
  • Do you blog? What's your blog address?
So tell us anything you want, we're listening!

Lots of love!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

2 Children, Instead of 1?

It's a bit past 3am and I can't go back to sleep just yet until I type this post.  For the 3rd time, I've had a dream about a second small child with Selah --always a boy.  I haven't committed it fully to a blog post yet because I've been so afraid.  Afraid of what you ask, well let me spill it here:

-Afraid of what my husband would say.  I mean it was a miracle to me that he said yes so quickly to adopting one child...internationally at that.  I've thrown it around to him before after the first two dreams and he's not exactly saying no firmly but he's definitely not saying yes either.  So 2 children....

-Afraid of the additional cost of the adoption.  With no cut cards, I can simply say that the funds to adopt a second child are just not there. We've finished fundraising and quite honestly I'm thinking, how do you start fundraising again because you 'think' you might need to/be asked to adopt a second child?

-Afraid of the the costs associated with having 4 children.  I don't see where in the world we'd have money in our family budget to care for the needs of 4 children.

-Afraid that maybe I'm conjuring all of this up in my mind.  Ya know...what did I eat last night?  And then there's the fact that one of our agency's families had a similar situation and are now adopting not just one but now two boys.

-Afraid that I'd never want to split up siblings.....if any of this materialized.  This is exactly what happened to my brother and I after my mom died.  It's something my brother and I have been so firm about even with our existing children.   In fact it brings me to tears right now just thinking about it. We've held that if something happened to us and our children had to be placed with guardians, we'd never want our children split up.  This single act caused so much damage to my brother and I.  Although we ended up in the same state, it hurt more than anyone else could ever know.  Not only did we lose our mom and dad overnight but we also instantly lost one another.

Yes, I know that God is greater than all of my fears but let me tell you, fear is trying to whip my butt right now as I keep trying to couple it with the reality of what I see with our family and our finances.  Do we have enough love to care for two children....absolutely yes....but how would that affect our two boys???  Again, do we have the finances to care for two additional children.....not from my vantage point....but hmmm....what does God see in all this?  So....here I am stuck wondering.......are these 'just dreams' or is this all preparation for what's to come?  Pray for us friends.  I just sit here in tears because this is hard on so many other levels.

Monday, October 3, 2011

More Than a Two Step....Zumba

Remember our Zumba event, well, here's a peek into what the night was about.  It was sooooo much fun! If you live in an area where Zumba is hot and need a fundraiser, this is one to consider.  Got questions about how to plan it, just leave me a comment here.

Let's get it girls.....and can't forget the guys who held it down that night.

Photos from Zumba Fundraiser from LifeABitSweeter on Vimeo.

...and here's the photo slideshow! I had no idea that Greg from GiggyMedia was going to do video AND photographs.  So blessed by his company for their generosity.  Seriously...go check 'em out if you're in the DC area.  (His info is at the end of the show.)

(Any lag in the video has nothing to do with the quality of the video. This is because of the streaming from the video host site I used.)

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