Our little bean is three years old!

Your life is a testimony to God's mercy & might, our little man.
We are so proud of you, and we love you so much, Bonsa Douglas!


remembrance leads us to worship

2 years ago today, we became a family of three.
Each year until Bo is 18, we have to send a post-placement report to our adoption agency.
It's an awesome opportunity to reflect on all that has happened the past year,
and all that has happened since we welcomed Bo into our family.
The ways we've grown.
The ways he has shaped us.
The lessons we've learned.
The memories we've made.
The other day, I was listening to a Spotify playlist, and Matt Redmond's song "Remembrance" came on.
The lyrics are really beautiful, and there's one line that says:
"Lord, we remember You, and remembrance leads us to worship."
And that's how I feel every time I reflect on our adoption process and Bo's life.
When I think about how God led us to Bo and made him a part of US...
I'm overwhelmed by His faithfulness and goodness.
Happy 2-year Family Day, Bo.
We love you so much.


family pictures: summer 2014

Because I live in a world with Pinterest, I decided our family needed to have some maternity pictures taken.
So when we were in the Adirondacks with Jeremy & Victoria, I asked Jer to take some photos.
Gorgeous scenery + sunset lighting + awesome photographer =
family photos we LOVE.

Thank you so much, Jeremy. We're so happy with how these turned out!

Also - I can't believe that the next time we have family photos done,
we'll be a family of four!


bo's big boy room

Our decision to transition Bo to a "big boy room" was based on two factors:
(1) We found out we were expecting another child and 
(2) Bo found out he could climb out of his crib.

We decided to keep the nursery in the same room and move Bo to a new room.
The room we selected was our um... "workout room" -
or more realistically, the storage room for my elliptical and our catch-all room.
We were very pleasantly surprised to discover that the hockey wallpaper border peeled right off.
No need for vinegar water and a paint scraper! 

Because our house is so old, the floors angle toward the center of the house.
We decided to have them leveled, but figured it'd be easier to paint the walls first.
We LOVED the work that Mark Miller of Brush and Hammer did on our kitchen,
so we decided to hire him to paint Bo's room (and the nursery too).
For the floors, we hired my cousin, Mike, who I'm convinced can do pretty much anything.
(I mean - just check out his handmade wooden goods here!)
Mike worked by himself and spent a whopping total of 5 days transforming the wonky, slanted floor:
into this glorious marvel:
Oh, did I mention he put in a new closet door and installed overhead lighting in 3 rooms as well?
After all the hard work was done, I got to do the fun part - decorating!
I found this great dresser at "The Barn" on Ridge Road:
I borrowed my dad's electric sander, and between Doug, his brother Nic, and me,
we sanded it down and left it with a nice, rustic look.

So finally I give you, Bo's Big Boy Room!
(And, because I like to pretend I'm part of Apartment Therapy, I'm listing some sources!)
Flooring: Lumber Liquidators
Rug: in the house when we bought it
Curtains: I made with gingham fabric from fabric.com 
Dresser: The Barn on Ridge Road
Lamp: Pottery Barn Kids
Bed: Craigslist SCORE.
Bedside... Ottoman?: Meijer, for Bo's first nursery
Bedding: Target
Elephant Pillow fabric: fabric.com
Denim Pillow slipcover: Ikea
Chest: roadside find from my mother-in-law. 
I had covered the cushion with elephant fabric for Bo's first nursery,
then upgraded it by covering it with an old coffee bag I found on Etsy!
Addis Ababa skyline print: Etsy
Ethiopian bread basket: Etsy

We didn't really have a "theme" in mind for Bo's room.
We decided to go with gray walls again and keep the blue & orange accents  -
let's be honest, because they're Tigers' colors.
Our other ideas were to incorporate some Ethiopian items and give the room a "rustic" feel.

 Now, as with most house projects, you're never really DONE.
Things I'd still like to do:
- Paint or stain closet door
- Steal old school desk from my parents for the empty corner
- Put up industrial shelving above Bo's bed
- Get a different bedside table

All that being said, we love Bo's room, and most importantly - HE loves it!
He was so excited when he first saw his "big boy bed" that he was jumping on it like a madman.
Whenever someone comes to visit, he's always excited to show them HIS room.

A huge thank you to Mark Miller and Mike McGrath for their help!
& thank you, Nic, for letting me put you to work while you were visiting!


ADK 2014

The Adirondacks. One of my favorite places to be!
I forgot my camera, so these pictures are all from my phone.

This was our 3rd annual trip with Jeremy & Victoria & their kiddos.
We had fun thinking back on how our families have changed from trip to trip.

The first time we all went together, we camped at Heart Lake.
Colden was 2, Victoria was pregnant, and Doug & I were waiting to bring Bo home.

The second time we went, we stayed at the beautiful Grouse Patch.
Colden was 3, Kade was 8 months old, and Bo was 1.

This time, we stayed at this sweet cabin, Old Eb.
Colden is 4, Bo is 2, Kade is 1, and I'm pregnant.
It's fun to wonder what next year's trip will bring!
The weather was beautiful for us during our week-long stay.
We enjoyed a lot of swimming in the Ausable River.
I'm happy to share that Bo was much more excited about the water this year.
Almost every time he was in the water, he told us that he was going to swim,
"all the way to Grampa & Gramma's house."
And of course, multiple trips to Stewart's must happen when you're on the east side of the state.
Seriously. Their ice cream "Happy Camper"?!
We drove by this crazy "monument" noting the water line due to Hurricane Irene.
It's also become one of our traditions to grab lunch at 46 Sandwiches and eat by Mirror Lake.
This year, we were surprised to see the old gazebo has been replaced by a little amphitheater. 
While we waited out the only rain to interrupt our plans, 
we documented Bo & Colden's matching hiking shoes.
This was our 7-year anniversary picture:
And of course, V & I had to capture our coordinating plaids.
An abundance of s'mores were enjoyed...
and massive marshmallows consumed.
One morning, Doug & Jeremy left our cabin in the middle of the night to go hike Mt. Colden.
Doug texted me this picture from the summit - they got there right as the sun was coming up!
(This peak marks the halfway point for Doug - 23 out of 46!)
As we waited for the big boys to descend and arrive home, 
Victoria & I did a little hike of our own with the little boys.
I had Bo stop and pose by the entrance to our cabin:
He was a very slow little hiker that morning - 
taking his time to look all around and enjoy nature!
Another day we drove over to Marcy Field...
where we ran around...
and flew Colden's kite...
and played with trucks in the rocks...
and enjoyed a picnic lunch.
Such an incredible backdrop to our little lunch!
Both Victoria & I really wanted to get some family pictures,
so we coerced the boys into venturing out after dinner one night. :)
Victoria snapped this photo on Doug's phone:
Jeremy took a lot of pictures with his camera too, and I can't wait to see how those turned out!
On our last full day in the 'Dacks, we did a family hike of Cobble Hill.
Here we are enjoying a little snack atop the summit.
And here's me, Bo & baby with amazing views of high peaks in the background.
I'm so thankful that we were able to take a vacation with some of our best friends.
Love this place and can't wait to plan our next trip.