Friday, December 09, 2011

16 Months of Rory

Rory is 16 months today.  Really, when does it stop getting more and more fun?  Every month is better than the last!

Last month's Rory-isms were short, so here's a more detailed update:
  • Rory still loves blowing kisses, giving high fives and fist bumps.
  • She's still afraid of pretty much anyone who might try to pick her up.
  • She loves singing songs and reading books with animals so she can make the noises too.  She mimics a dog, cat, duck, cow, bear, dinosaur, and a train (not an animal, I know).
  • She's learning more and more body parts.
  • Today while I was playing with her, she randomly laid on her tummy and started doing pushups.  Apparently her dad does push ups with her pretty often.
  • Speaking of her dad, he's definitely her favorite.  She will choose him over me 9/10 times.  I get it though.  He's her primary caregiver and has been doing even more since I broke my arm.  
  • She's started mimicking me when I tell her no.  Not my favorite thing...
  • She still eats like a maniac.  It's exhausting trying to come up with enough food to give her.
  • The stairs in our new house are new for her as well.  She loves crawling up them but learned the hard way that she needs help going down them.  Yep, she barrel rolled down the entire flight.  I'm happy to say that I wasn't home when that happened.  She recovered within minutes and doesn't even have a bruise to show for it.  I guess all of that chunk is good for something!
  • She is officially weaned from the bottle and milk altogether since she won't drink it.  (Don't worry mom.  She gets plenty of calcium from all of the other dairy we feed her.)  I can't tell you how happy I was to get rid of that bottle cleaner!

Monday, December 05, 2011

We Are Grafted In

Hey, I have a guest post up today on my favorite adoption blog, We Are Grafted In.  Check it out at: http://www.wearegraftedin.com/3821/the-nitty-gritty-of-adoption/

Friday, December 02, 2011

Coming Home

In my previous post, I briefly mentioned that we're trying to fundraise some of the estimated $30,000 of adoption expenses it will take to bring our twin girls home.  30k is a lot of money, we get it.  But it covers a lot of things.  Physicals, FBI background checks, agency fees, home study, plane tickets, visas and notary fees... just to name a few. 

We are asking for help from our friends and family because we know that we cannot do this on our own.  That doesn't mean simply the finances, but everything else that comes with growing our family and raising girls.  It truly "takes a village", and we are so very thankful for the tremendous support that we know many of you will be our entire lives.  We also know that as we serve in unity every step of the way - from helping to pay for adoption, to babysitting, to being a role model for our kids - God will be glorified all the more.

We're trying to come up with creative ways to help raise funds.  Any suggestions are welcome!  For now, we've got some really great offers for people who are interested in helping bring the twins home from Africa.

  • For ANY donation, you will receive a small thank-you gift as a reminder to pray for our family and the estimated 147 million orphans around the world.
Please check out our facebook page here for the great things you can buy.  100% of the proceeds go toward our adoption.





How can you donate?  Look for the yellow "Donate" button on the right sidebar.  Click that and it will take you to PayPal to facilitate the rest.  Once we receive notice of your contribution, we'll email you about your thank-you gift!  And if it's important to you to get a receipt for tax deduction purposes, make checks payable to "Bringing Them Home"(please do not write our names anywhere on the check), enclose a separate note that says "For Jonathan and Sarah Pascual", and send the check and note to:

Bringing Them Home
PO Box 19212
Denver, CO 80219

Thank you so much for your support!  And keep checking in because we'll continue to add new fundraising opportunities.

    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    Thankful

    We like to call this room in our new house "The Safari Room" for
    obvious reasons, compliments of the previous homeowners. 
    Right now it is completely and totally empty because we
    don't have enough furniture to fill up our entire house.  That
    should be changing within the next few months.
    We specifically waited until Thanksgiving to share this post, because no other word could better describe the news we are about to share. 

    Since my last post about waiting for adoption, in typical Pascual style, things have changed.  A few days after we had accepted the fact that it may be years before we bring our child home, we found out about a situation that required quick action.  There was an urgent need and no one stepped up to fill it.  So we took a week and a half to pray.  In that time, a lot of things happened: we bought a house, moved into a house, Jonathan went to Guatemala, and I broke my arm and had surgery.  But the biggest thing that happened is that we found our children.  That's right, children. Jonathan and I are pursuing and waiting on a referral for a set of sweet, adorable, precious three-and-a-half-year-old twin girls.  Yep, read it again: We're adopting twins!!!!!

    We can't give a lot of information at this time, but we can say that we are are hoping to bring the girls home in the spring.  However, we also realize that there are many factors out of our control and that adoptions rarely go as planned.  Unplanned and unpredictable situations seem to go well for us, so we're not worried.  We're excited!

    Seeing as how this is moving more quickly than we thought, we've been thrown into full-on "nesting" mode.  Adoption nesting is somewhat different from pregnancy nesting, in that for us to get ready, the main thing we can do is pray persistently and faithfully for our girls.  No amount of healthy eating or extra ultrasounds can help us on this journey, but Christ alone will be their caregiver.  Will you join us in prayer for them?

    The other part of nesting is the tangible physical preparation.  And for us, that means diving head-first into the fundraising portion of our adventure to bring our girls home.   I'll do another post on the details of our fundraising, but until then check out the yellow button to the right that says "Donate".  That will be the primary way we will be collecting the almost $30,000 we need to bring not one, but two children home to their forever family.

    Thanks for sharing this journey with us.  We are excited and not-so-patiently awaiting the day we get to see our girls face to face.  We love them and are devoted to them in the same ways expecting parents are devoted to their unborn children.  We realize this may be the hardest thing we will ever do, but the greatest challenges often produce the sweetest results.  It will be worth it.  Until the day when our family is all together, our hearts will be torn between two continents, but there is a new song being written and a new family being knit together even as I write this.  I couldn't imagine anything sweeter.

    We are so very thankful.

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    15 Months of Rory

    Rory continues to delight us with her smiles, giggles, and playful spirit.



    Rory's favorite activities continue to be reading books, singing, eating, and playing outside.  She mimics every single thing we do from brushing teeth to cleaning up to resting our chin on our hand.  She loves to play jokes and call her mommy "Rory" and vice versa.  We just adore our little light-giver!

    Saturday, November 05, 2011

    Update

    Here's a blogland update.  My posts have been sparse and will probably continue to be so.


    1.  I started a new job in mid-October.  I am still working for Goodwill of North GA fulfilling their mission of putting people to work.  I was honored and blessed to receive a big promotion and am now a Regional Manager (aka. the Michael Scott of Goodwill).  I oversee two employment programs in two different locations.  I manage the staff that works with them, trains them, puts them to work, and supports them on the job.  There are definitely some new challenges, but so far, I love the job!





    2.  We're, God-willing, closing on a house next week!  I know I said all this blah, blah, blah stuff about not buying a house.  What it comes down to for us is that our mortgage for our 4br house will be significantly less/month than our rent for a 2br apartment.  Plus, we're moving much closer to the international and refugee community and we're really excited to get involved there!  The location is perfect for my new job as well.

    I know, isn't it full of great character?  The whole neighborhood is like this!


     3.  Our adoption has us in a LONG season of waiting.  We were originally told that it would take 6-9 months for a child to be assigned to us.  It's been 6 months, an it may be another year and a half (or more) before we have our child in our arms.  We know that adoption is a roller coaster.  We've been asked if we'll just switch countries or have another biological child instead, but it just doesn't work that way.  Adoption is not our back up plan.  Our child waiting for us cannot just be replaced by a biological child.  Nor are we willing to abandon a child or country because it's not going as planned or on our timeline.  There may  come a time when the country we are adopting from shuts its doors completely, and if that is the case, we will consider other options.  But for now, we will continue to pray for our child and ache for him or her on a daily basis.  God is good and we trust Him.
    Source: etsy.com via Sarah on Pinterest

    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Happy Halloween





    Little Red Riding Hood cape made out of a thrifted skirt and lined with a thrifted fleece blanket. You can't beat a $2 homemade Halloween Costume!




    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    Things I Love

    If you're not on Pinterest and you need another time-sucking habit, you should join.

    Here are some of my wardrobe inspirations found from there.

    I love the sweetheart neckline and vintage fabric.


    Pink and red together.


    Pastels.



    Short, structured skirts.
    Source: zara.com via Sarah on Pinterest


    A-line dresses.  And Shabby Apple in general.


    Hearts.


    Easy to sew.


    Neck tie.


    Winter coat with a bow.
    Source: ebay.com via Sarah on Pinterest

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    14 Months of Rory

    Rory is 14 months!!!


    The highlights of this past month were:
    • Walking full time...unless she wants to go backwards.  Then, she does a "moonwalk crawl" where she crawls forward with her knees and pushes herself back with her hands.  It's ridiculous.
    • She can now say 3 1/2 words: more, uh-oh, Rory, and occasionally she says I love you.
    • She can sign for: more (3rd picture down on the right) and ask for water
    • She can point out her head, nose, ears, and mouth
    • She takes 2 or 3 walks per day with her daddy.  During the walks, she picks up every acorn she sees and hands each individual one to her dad.
    • We read her something like 14 books a day.  She loves reading--just like her Grandpa and Grandma.  Her favorite books are Counting Cows and God Made Animals.  She always chuckles when we make the "meow" noise for the cat.
    • She loves brushing her teeth every morning with mommy.  She brushes them by herself at first, and then lets mommy finish for her.  
    • She is soooooo easy.  She still takes 2 naps a day and sleeps 10-11 hours at night.  She only cries if she gets hurt, is hungry, or tired.


    Here are a few of our favorite stories from this month:

    • When Rory wakes up, she throws all of her pacifiers out of her crib and then says, "Uh-oh" until we come and get her.
    • We were out to dinner a couple of weeks ago and Rory was in Jonathan's lap and I was next to them in a booth. She kept trying to dip her straw into Jonathan's beer, so we gave her a glass of water instead. Then, before we knew it, she had grabbed the full glass of ice water and poured it all over herself and Jonathan. They were both drenched in ice water and, according to the people across from us, made the exact same face of horror and shock at the same time. Fortunately, we keep extra clothing with us so we could change her and finish our dinner...  Jonathan, on the other hand, just had to deal with looking like he peed in his pants.
    • This past weekend, we had friends staying with us, so Rory was sleeping in the playpen in our room. At about 2am, when she woke up and saw us, she didn't want to go back to sleep, so we brought her into bed with us thinking she'd sleep that way. Well, she got the giggles instead and started jumping up and down on the bed until she fell over, and then she'd squeal and giggle. She did this over and over again, and even though it was the middle of the night, we couldn't help but delight in her sweet spirit.

    Saturday, September 24, 2011

    More Outfits

    Here are some baby outfits I've made in the last...I don't know...year and a half.


     

    I obviously didn't take this picture. It's so awesome because Blume Photography took it.  Poke around their website, and you'll probably see some pictures you recognize!  Since they're full time photographers, I figured the camera assistant onesie outfit would be perfect.  The camera was attached through my new favorite method: Heat 'n Bond. I also attached the skirt. 

    I think the rest were for little Asher Fitz.  The frog with the crown is meant to go with a pair of froggy pants I made him...that I didn't take a picture of.  Jonathan made a couple of them too.  Can you guess which ones?





    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    Vacation

    Though it may not have been the best idea for anyone else, Jonathan and I decided to take a break from using all of our vacation visiting others, so we packed up and headed to the beach for a week.  We rented a house on Mexico Beach, which is in the Florida Panhandle.  We had a blast with Jonathan's sister's family for the first few days as well!

     Here are some of the highlights.  (This is a very picture-heavy post!)


     Rory loved the beach!









     As you can tell, it was very stormy for our first couple of days.  One day, we saw some of the fury of Tropical Storm Lee.  It blew the awning off of this house and took out our power for a few hours.  It also made for some 6-8 foot swells for some great body surfing though.

    Once it cleared up, we enjoyed some great sand and sun on the beach.


















     If you look closely in the background, you can see a dolphin jumping out of the water!
    I think we're going to have to make a tradition of beachy family vacations!