Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thank You Jesus, for Bluebonnets.

I spent years of my life driving from Houston to College Station and back. It's my favorite stretch of road, and March was always my favorite time to drive it. Thank you Lady Bird Johnson for using your time as first lady of Texas to plant wildflowers along the state highways.

Because I LOVE Texas wildflowers.

Every year at this time, bluebonnet pictures start showing up on facebook. All my Texas peeps dress their kiddoes up in their spring cuteness and plop them down in fields in the middle of nowhere. I love seeing every single picture, even though they make me homesick.

And though we were just in our travel clothes, I was thrilled to find myself  driving along the bluebonnet-lined central Texas roads in March. These pictures make me SO HAPPY.

(We were just off the side of the road, so when we took Micah out of the van, we made a really big deal about staying in the grass, that the fast cars could give you "owas", stay with Mommy or Daddy, etc. He was fine taking the group picture, and as long as he was with Luke or Tobin (or us). But then we plopped him down in the flowers and walked away from him to take his picture. He freaked. Brilliant. Maybe should have seen that one coming? So his picture is a bit of a close up, since he wasn't going to let go of my hand for a minute. You'd have to know he was in the bluebonnets, but it's still super cute, no?)

Don't know when we'll be in central Texas in March again... But these pictures will tide me over for a good long time.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


March 26, 2007






We praise God for the gift of our little T-man. His laughter, sweetness, and shepherding heart are such a nice balance to the fair dose of mischief in those sparkling brown eyes. It's amazing to see the Lord grow that round and cushy baby into a little man. Can't wait to see where the Lord will take him!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Capture Gratitude: Texas Edition

“There is no event so common place but that God is present within it, always hidden, always leaving you room to recognize Him or not to recognize Him.”  Fredrick Buechner 

As you could probably tell from last week's Capture Gratitude, we spent Spring Break in Texas, visiting family and friends...Praise God for His many gifts! Lots to share this week, so I'll keep the words to a minimum! (well. I'll try!)

Matt & I ate dessert under this tree in Research Park (College Station, TX) on our first date. Whenever we're in town, we like to get a picture here... So fun to see our family grow through the years!

Every year at this time I start to see pictures of bluebonnets...and there's almost nothing that makes me more homesick. I told Matt, "If we see even ONE bluebonnet on the way to College Station , we're pulling over and I'm making the kids cram their faces around it so I can get a picture!"
(kids-in-bluebonnet pictures coming SOON!)

89. MY FAVORITE FAMILY (besides my own, of course)
I can't even begin to tell all the ways the Lord has blessed me through this family over these many years. They are a BIG part of who I am today, I'm still reaping the benefit of all that they planted in me.

I started babysitting for the Paines when their oldest were 2 and a couple months old. Now those oldest are a Junior and Freshman at Texas A&M, and all 4 of the kids tower over me.

Even if it was just for an hour or so, it blessed my heart so much to see the Paine kids chasing around after my kids.

I have 15 years of relationships in College Station - so thankful that so many fun friends were in town to see us, even it if was a quick visit!
My College Station Mom & Dad, Pam & Perry, who let the crazy Meyers take over their quiet house for 2 nights (upper left), the sweetie Paines (upper right), Lovey & Poppy, whose house I lived in for years, it was so fun to see the boys running rampant at 214 (bottom right), and my boys with the Chengs' and Bryants' kids (bottom left).
 From the upper left, clockwise Lauren Paine, Sarah Malone, Cutie pregnant Marci Corry, and Christine Martin & Julie Jennings.
With Pam Koch, Erin Cole, and Julie Raymond (Ally was in her pjs, so I knew she wouldn't let me take a picture :D); and with my Heather.

Love love love seeing my boys with my sisters' three. They enjoy each other so much, it makes my heart happy. Langston hardly knows us (he just turned 3, and hadn't seen us since the Nana-took-us-all-to-Disney trip in October 2010), but he warmed up to me eventually. Of course he loved Uncle Matt, Luke & Micah right away. And decided that Tobin was his "best friend" upon sight.

We spent our last day in Houston with them, and it was hard to say goodbye (I was holding it together, until Tobin hugged Alyssa and turned into my arms and BURST into tears.)

Logan was born the summer I moved to Nebraska, and at the time I wondered how much of a relationship I'd be able to have with him. Would he remember me from visit to visit, would he know how much his Ray ray loves him?
 Yes. He does. And I am so thankful for his life and heart and health, and the way God has used him to change our whole family. Also: Cuteness.

It's about 15 hours from Lincoln to south Houston where my family lives... We've made the drive in one day when we had to (driving to Austin for Uncle Jon's funeral)...but it's pretty miserable.

Lucky for me, several sweet friends live along the way. On the way from NE to TX, we stayed overnight in Ft. Worth with Susie (my post-college roommate for 7 years, daughter of Lovey & Poppy, pictured above.)

Coming home from Texas to Nebraska, we stayed the night in Oklahoma City with my sweet Dionna (and Fred, Walt, and Augie.) Dionna and I have only seen each other for about an hour in the last 7 years (we both got married and moved away in 2005), so that time was SUCH a gift. Loved getting to meet her little cutie boys, and spend time with she and Fred. SO MUCH FUN.

94. 30+ hours in the car...and we still like each other.
 p.s. Can we just all take a moment of silence to thank God for whomever invented the in-van DVD system? How did my parents do this? They just tossed us in the back of the station wagon and hoped for the best, I suppose.

 Thankful for our Texas trip, for time with my family and so many friends.... Thankful for yummy food (I'm sorry - the food in TX is BETTER. I mean, I like Runza and all, but....), and being back in the homeland. And now we're thankful to be HOME and finding our normal again! And I want to remember to treasure time with the family & friends who are close as much as I value the quick visits with dear ones who are far away...thankful that our family is so rich in friends and relationships.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

This is easy??

Our big airport moment was almost 4 months ago now, and we have had a much easier time than I expected. Actually, we are doing so much better than I expected and prepared myself for, in some ways I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I read and researched a LOT during our season of waiting. I read books, I trolled blogs. I asked adoptive parent friends to be honest with me about the hard parts, because I wanted to be ready. I think when you prepare yourself for the worst, you can be pleasantly surprised when it’s much easier than you expected. And we have been pleasantly surprised.

Even though we’re not experiencing the “worst case scenario” I prepared myself for, this is still one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

 I do have a story to tell, one that I hope prospective adoptive parents can hear and be ready for: Even on an “easier” path in adoption, this is really hard.

I haven’t experienced any level of post-adoption depression. My feelings for, and attachment to, our new son have progressed exactly as I expected them to.  Micah himself is transitioning beautifully into our family.
And yet…

Read the rest of the story over here, at  A Safe Place to Share, a lovely place of truth and honesty started by some friends from the Ugandan Adoption World. You should look around while you're there - the stories that have been shared over the past few weeks have encouraged,  challenged, and blessed me SO much. Praying that this little corner of blogland would be a window into truth and reality, and help many adoptive parents know they are not alone, as well as help prospective adoptive parents be more prepared for what's ahead.

Sharing Adoption Truth

Monday, March 12, 2012

Capture Gratitude: LOADS of gifts

“There is no event so common place but that God is present within it, always hidden, always leaving you room to recognize Him or not to recognize Him.”  Fredrick Buechner 

So so many gifts this week. Many pictures to share, and not many words. If you know me in real life, you won't need many words to realize what gifts each of these pictures represent. The rest of you will have to use your imagination... It won't be hard, I think. :)

73. This smile. Are you kidding me?
 74. So many of our friends and family sporting beautiful Ugandan necklaces (and helping us finalize our adoption!) 
I only have a few left, so if you want one, you should act quickly!

74. Meeting a long-prayed-for daughter
(her face is SO cute, but it's not my face to show...sorry. MM enjoyed introducing her to our dog. Through the window, because that was as close as she was willing to go.)

75. My boys on Susie's bed
 76. A few hours with 2 of my oldest and dearest friends
Lots of driving represented in this reunion.

 77. This needs no explanation.

78. Susie's "peeking through the flowers" habit/fondness/mania

79. Micah Marvin with Alyssa Renee
 He is in love.

80. My dad
Even after months of chemo and major surgery, he looks so healthy... 1 more month and hopefully we can move out of the cancer chapter and onto the life-after-cancer rest of the story!

81. Rain on a tin roof.
82. Micah getting lots of time on this particular lap.

83. Barefoot. Goodbye winter, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

 84 - 86. Playing in the rain + The beach + My very favorite people = happy hearts

In case you's what Micah thinks of the beach:

My cup overflows.