Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Time of Transition and Decisions

Where has the time gone??  Since our last post it has seemed as if time has just been slipping through our fingers.

I promised this blog would not only be about our adoption journey, but our lives as well.  I start with sad news.  Last Friday, my father passed away.  He was 66 years old and I know that he is in heaven with my Mom and no longer has to worry about his health issues.  I know, trust, and believe that God has taken care of him.  During this difficult time, Kim and I were touched by how many people reached out to us with kind words, support and help.  We are truly blessed by knowing all of you!

A hard transition but onto our adoption.  We have narrowed our choices for an agency down to three.  Everyone we have spoken to has been friendly, knowledgeable and professional.  What separates agencies for us has been the references of other adoptive families.  Some agency references never got back with us, some were so-so, and other sang their agency's praises from the roof tops.  We try to take all of this in stride and look through the negatives and positives to see how they would effect us.  For those of you we have reached out to, we are grateful for you for having taken the time to respond to our inquires and questions.

Our goal now is to have an agency by the end of February and start the next steps.  Fundraising has gone fairly well with the bracelets Kim has made.  So far we have sold 20+ and she continues to make new designs.  They would make great Valentines Day gifts guys, hint, hint lol.  Let us know if you are interested.

The girls are in full swing with homeschooling, dance class and American Heritage Girls!  We are so proud of them and the God loving hearts they have.  I can't wait to see what He has in store for them.  Until next time....

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A New Year!

2012 was a good year for our family.  We were blessed to make some amazing new friends, travel, spend time together as a family, spend time with very dear friends and their families and heard the call to expand our family through the gift of adoption.  We truly look at this as if we are the ones being blessed!

New Years Eve got a little rowdy here, lol.  It was a fun filled night of pigs in the blanket, sweet potato fries and laughter!

Our beloved puppy Charlie turned a year old on NYE!

He is cute, mischievous, and a bundle of pure, raw energy!

New Years Day we just relaxed and enjoyed being together as a family.  There was no rush to get anywhere, which we love.  I do miss the days when New Years Day was dedicated to college football.  I am not a fan of spreading out all of the games over two to three weeks.

Later in the week, our awesome friends the Murray's brought me back a little treat from Kentucky!  ALE81 brings back childhood memories of riding down to Brownie's Market in Lebanon, IN on my bike during the summer and enjoying this sweet drink!

The response to our bracelets has been awesome and humbling!!  I want to thank everyone who has ordered them.  We have a couple being delivered this week to Bulgaria!  We can't wait to take some ourselves!  Below are some of the new designs Kim has done.  If you are interested please contact us at our email:


We hope and pray that all of you have a blessed and prosperous 2013!!


The Nicely's