Friday, December 28, 2012

A look back at Christmas...

Another Christmas has come and gone.  All of the rush and hustle and bustle really take a toll on people.  We decided to keep it a low key event again this year.  We do our best to emphasize that we are celebrating the greatest gift ever given to mankind to our kids.  God graced us with his presence and sent us our Savior, for that we need to be thankful daily, not once a year. 

We went to some very dear friends house on the 23rd and enjoyed a Peppermint Party!!  There were games, treats, laughs, treats, stories, more treats!  Thank you to the Murray's for having us.  We baked some cookies on Christmas Eve that we left out for Santa and put out some carrots for the reindeer.  Before bed we listened to "Twas the Night Before Christmas" which has been a long standing tradition with our girls.  Christmas morning started at 6am with putting the baby Jesus in the Nativity.  We opened our gifts then had a wonderful breakfast of cinnamon rolls. 

The rest of the day was spent in each others company, watching movies, playing games and just hanging out.  I spent some of the day reflecting on what it will be like when we have our children from Bulgaria home.  I know God knows who they are, but for now I have to imagine faces, smiles and voices.  One of our daughters took money out of her piggy bank and gave it to us as a gift to be used for the adoption.  They both have welcomed the calling of expanding our family with open arms.

I hope each and everyone of you who reads this has a blessed 2013.  We appreciate you following along and are grateful for your prayers and warm wishes.

A quick fundraising update, besides here in the states are bracelets have been purchased in Canada, Australia and some are being delivered to Europe!!  We are humbled by the response to these have been.  A sincere, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has bought one. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Fun in the snow....

We had a little of the white stuff fall here in Central Indiana.  I really like when we have a white Christmas, it adds so much more to the atmosphere.  The snow gave us a chance to get outside for some cold fresh air and exercise..

Of course we had to get acclimated to the temperature first, lol. 

Presenting our snow balls.  Even the dog was out with us..

It was a great day to play!  I love spending time with the girls and can't wait to add more children to our adventures! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Some new designs....

I wanted to post an update with some of the new color combibations we have done for our fundraising bracelets:

We want to sincerly thank everyone who has ordered with us so far!!  Every bracelet purchased gets us one bead closer to Bulgaria.  God Bless you all!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rainy Saturday's

I love rainy Saturday's.  They are great for reading, watching movies, snuggling with the kiddo's.  In light of the horrific evil that occurred yesterday we are disconnecting from the television today other than movies.  Today is a day for family.  We will hug our kids a little harder, a little longer and a little more often.  Even though they are not with us yet, we are sending virtual hugs to the children God has in mind for us in Bulgaria.  I hope they feel our warm embrace in their hearts....

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fundraising has begun

Sorry, it has been awhile since we posted.  The holidays are in full swing here at the Nicely homestead!  The girls are very excited and Kim and I are as well.  Kim has been working very hard on creating some bracelets that we hope will be a successful fundraiser.  She has made the below to start with.  These are handmade and she put a lot of care into making them!

We can do some custom color combinations as well.  Please contacts us at if you are interested.  These would make great and unique holiday gifts, and are a great deal at $15 each.  And of course all proceeds go to help us bring our children home from Bulgaria!