Birthday News

EJ Cinderella

Yesterday, we celebrated our sweet daughter’s third birthday! We cannot believe she is three, or that she is so funny, smart, creative, beautiful, and delightful. But she is, and we’re blessed!


Dance party!

Serving ice cream

Serving ice cream



As you can see from these pictures, she is very into princesses these days; particularly Disney’s Cinderella. We just had a small family party with her grandparents and our friends/neighbors Jordan & Carrie — the latter of which made her cake! It was awesome, by the way. We’ll have a bigger party with Ella’s friends for her half birthday (we like pool parties, which are difficult to pull off in the winter).


Cinderella’s Carriage Cake – by Carrie

Ella finds her cake.

Ella finds her cake.

This kid is getting big. We mean that literally and generally. Kim noticed the other day that she is half her height. That’s kind of sad. She is also at the age to properly sing songs, quote shows, recognize characters, draw pictures, act out stories, make up games, make up songs, argue, compromise, get along with the cat, and talk about being a big sister.

Oh yeah – about that 🙂

You might’ve noticed quite a lull in adoption updates on this blog, but the wait is over. Before the party yesterday, our lawyer called to get things rolling on an adoption plan for our next kid! Woohoo! The truth is that we’ve had some “behind the scenes” stuff going on, but now some of it can be declassified.

We recently snuck out on a secret weekend trip to meet a brave young lady who has chosen life for her child. A couple of days after the visit, (on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which I think is significant) she contacted us to let us know she would like for us to parent the baby. We told her we would be honored, and that is an understatement.

We got connected with her through a friend, so it will be an independent adoption. However, our agency has been very helpful by giving what advice, answers, and referrals they can and they will still do our post-placement.

Thank you so much for all your support, excitement, and prayers for us on our journey so far! It was a wonderful gift to be able to tell EJ yesterday that the plan to bring home her new sibling is official. We can’t wait until that birthday!