Monday, April 14, 2014

Little Happies -- 1,000th Day of Marriage!



Happy Monday, everyone!

This post was inspired by Amanda's Little Happies post last week, where she wrote about celebrating her 500th day of marriage. Soon after reading her post, I was curious. So I found a website that calculates this stuff for you, and wouldn't you know, John and I had been married 998 days! So I waited two days to say anything and surprised John with a message on our bathroom mirror, just like Amanda's husband did to surprise her! And the fun didn't stop there. The rest of the day had a few more awesome surprises, all that I chock up to God taking good care of us on our special 1,000th day. Here's what happened...

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The mirror message! John wakes up waayyyyy before me when he's working and goes straight for the shower, so I knew a mirror message would be the perfect way to announce our special day! He loved it! I purposefully snapped this pic when the mirror was foggy so you could make out the goofy messages I wrote.


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And then I got this email! Every time someone signs up for Stitch Fix through my referral link, I get $25 toward my next fix. I really wasn't expecting to get many referrals, as I don't have tons of friends signing up. (And that's fine by me, since I'm going to keep on fixin' even if I don't get referral money.) But apparently posting my link on my last blog post was a good idea, because 4 people in the past month have signed up with it!

Was it any of you? If so, THANK YOU!! Otherwise, it's just random folks who've found my blog through a google search. My second Stitch Fix post has over 350 views, which is more than double the views of my other popular posts, meaning I'm getting lots of random google search hits. So, thank you blog followers or internet strangers! Y'all just bought me a pretty dress or something fun from my next fix, which arrives May 1st, btw. You rock!


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Thinking this day just can't get any better, I hop on the scale for the first time in MONTHS and BAM. Much lower weight than I was expecting. Thank you, gluten free diet!! A diet that helps my infertility problems AND keeps my weight down sounds like a good diet to me! Have any of you lost weight going gluten free?


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Alright, so this one isn't from our 1,000th day of marriage, but it's a super cute little John story I've been meaning to share with you for a while. I got the above card this past St. Valentine's Day, and inside John wrote 11 facts about how I make him feel. The first two are my favorites (and a glimpse of just how silly/cheesy his humor is):
Fact #1: I love you more with each day that passes. It's like a balloon that we put some more air in every day.
Fact #2: That balloon is three times the size of Jupiter (minimum). 


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And then he came home with the prettiest yellow flowers to celebrate our 1,000th day. What a thoughtful guy! Normally he can't get away with surprising me with stuff like this because I know exactly how long his commute home is. So if he takes 10 minutes too long, I start to worry and call him. But lucky for him, I was very distracted writing this blog post, so I didn't even notice how long he was taking. What a sweet surprise!


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Alright, so this happened earlier in the day, but I saved the best 1,000th day goody for last!

I talked to our adoption agency in the afternoon to let them know just how much we LOVED the Empowered to Connect adoption/foster conference we attended. I let the director know we'd still like to wait until mid-June for our profile to be shown to birthmoms, just so we can really be ready for baby, unless there's a baby that the agency really thinks is perfect for us.

That's when the director started telling me about a baby who would be perfect for us.

John and I chatted a long while about what that baby, AKA the baby we would not need to wait until mid-June to show our profile for, would look like during our 4-hour car ride home from the conference last weekend. This birthmom/baby the director told me about met every one of our criteria. EVERY ONE! It was almost as if God was listening to our "perfect baby" conversation and answering a prayer!!

I won't go into too many details to protect the birthmom and her little one, but it's a boy! Due mid-May (ahhhh!)! From what the agency can tell, she's had a very healthy pregnancy and is very certain about her adoption plan. The birthfather situation is not complicated, considered low risk.

John and I had a long discussion on our 1,000th night of marriage to decide if we really should show our profile. We talked lots about the way we see our life playing out over the next 10 years and decided 1 month is nothing in the grand scheme of things. So we're going to show our profile!!!!!

I'm trying not to get too excited or attached, because birthmom may not pick us, but I can't help it! Though, if this baby isn't meant for us, I have found a silver lining in all this -- if birthmom doesn't pick us, it means we get to go on our awesome mission trip with my youth group teens this summer. So that'll hopefully keep my spirits lifted if this doesn't work out. But still, SO EXCITING!

I'm not sure how long it'll take for us to know if we've been picked, but I imagine we'll hear within the next two weeks. Until then, would you mind praying for some special intentions? For the birthmom to continue to have a healthy pregnancy, for her to make the best choice for herself and her baby, and for us to either be truly ready if we get the yes (!!) or not too sad if this baby is not meant for us.

Also, please pray for all those discerning adoption, all those working on their homestudy, and all those in the waiting-for-baby stage. I feel like there are a bunch of bloggers out there currently in the adoption process, so let's shower them with prayers too!

Thank you, friends! Have a blessed Holy Week!



40 comments:

  1. Wow, I need to calculate how many days my marriage is! It's almost 6.5 yrs so that's gotta be a lot right? So excited about the adoption news! I will keep all involved in prayer! I am really glad y'all decided to just go for it, I was hoping you would :) love your little happies this week!!

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    1. Thanks, Kat!! Such a sweet comment. Glad to know you're rooting for us. :) We're rooting for you guys too. And gosh, 6.5 years?!? That's gotta be a lot of days. We've only been married about 3 years, so you're well past 2,000 days. How cool!!

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  2. Blessings to you! I'll be praying for the situation with the birthmom and baby...it will all work out according to God's will! :)

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    1. Amen! I agree!! Thanks, Heidi! Your prayers are so appreciated.

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  3. Wow...adoption is happening quickly for you...praying it all works out! You and your dh certainly have some cute ideas to keep your relationship interesting.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers! Praying for you guys too!!!

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  4. SO EXCITING!!!! I mean all of it is wonderful and made me smile, but a potential peanut baby boy?! I will be praying for you guys non-stop!!!!

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    1. Thank you SO much!! You are just too sweet!! And please know that I'll be your biggest cheerleader/prayer warrior when you guys get to this point too. :D

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  5. Yikes so exciting... I will be over excited for you ;-) Ill pray that it works out for you guys and I know you both will just be amazing parents... ps you better get to work on a baby registry soon! Happy 1000th day of marriage apparently im at 2018 days!

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    1. 2,018?!?! That's awesome!!! :)

      Thanks for the prayers, girl. I reeeeeeally need to call you soon! I miss you and need to catch up with all the great things going in in your family of 4 now!!

      We've started a registry on amazon and bought the crib today! Even if this little one doesn't work out, we are happy to start preparing for any other little one that may come along soon. :D

      <3

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  6. Wow! How exciting! You will definitely be in my prayers!

    Also, I'm a little bummed now because we're on day 1024, apparently--we just missed it!

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    1. Thank you, Katie! You are so kind!!

      I'm a little sad you missed your 1,024th day. :( I guess you'll just have to wait 'til your 2,000th to celebrate. Something to look forward to!

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  7. What a great post! So fun celebrating 1,000 days!! And I am SOOOO excited for you to have your profile shown. I cannot wait to see what happens!!!

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    1. Thank you!! This is such an encouraging response to our news. Love it! You are so sweet! :)

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  8. Loved everything about this post! So much happiness, especially the last one! I have already prayed for your requests here. And thanks for including those of us discerning- you are awesome!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Prayers are SO appreciated. You're awesome too! Happy to share the prayer-love. When we were in the early stages, we definitely needed prayers too! :)

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  9. This is very exciting news! I will pray for prepared hearts for the two of you and the best outcome for that little guy.

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    1. Thanks, Chella! We are so grateful for your prayers! And thanks for commenting because I just discovered your blog. :) I'm following along now. I'll be praying for you, your husband, and your journey to parenthood. May the two of you always know joy and may you get to experience the blessings of parenthood very soon!

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  10. Ah! So exciting :) Baby boys are such a blessing ;) I'm so happy to hear you went for it. Keeping you my prayers!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! You are so sweet and encouraging!! :)

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  11. Praying, praying, praying!

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  12. Love the note on the mirror - awesome!

    Praying for everyone involved!

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    1. Thanks, Donna! Your prayers are so comforting!! :)

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  13. Exciting things are happening!!!! Praise God.

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    1. Praise God! So right! Thank you, Mary Beth!! :)

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  14. Love all these little happies, especially the 1,000 day of marriage and the last one =)

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    1. Oops! That message below was meant for you... :)

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  15. This is such fantastic news!!! We will be praying for you that God will provide everything you and the birthmother will need in the next step of this journey! I so admire your outlook and optimism amidst the uncertainty, very inspiring! :)

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    1. Thanks, girl! I'm actually FREAKING OUT right now. My anxiety is through the roof! I just can't take the suspense!! I'm trying to remain calm and collected while we wait for our profile to be shown, but it's so hard! Thanks for the prayers. You are so sweet!

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  16. Oh my goodness! How exciting! I cannot imagine all the emotions you are going through right now. I will most certainly pray for the birthmother, baby, and you and your husband. Blessings to you! Stephanie M.

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie!! We really appreciated the prayers! And the excitement you have for us. :)

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  17. Hi!

    I've been OOT and didn't get to read this post until last evening. I am SO glad you looked up how many days you had been married! And the off chance that you were that close to 1,000 days is awesome! Nice job on the mirror deco!! You inspired me to look up how long we'd been hitched again...909 days!! Crazy to think about it being that long!!!

    I was trilled to hear about your adoption news. Leave to to the Lord to drop something totally perfect into your lap! Time will reveal all with this situation but how amazing to see how quickly things can come together and circumstances can change! I am so happy for you and am excited to pray with you on your journey!

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    1. Thanks for inspiring me to look up our number of days married! It really was perfect timing. :) You guys are getting close to 1,000 too! Maybe you can surprise Jonathan with something good on your 1,000th day?? You have lots of days to plan now. :)

      Thanks for the prayers, Amanda! And your excitement for us!! We are so thrilled to have so much support. And what you say is so true -- this stuff can change so quickly! Who knows what tomorrow will bring! Our Lord certainly works in mysterious ways. When we open ourselves up to His blessings, they just seem to pour in! :) Hoping this one pours in quickly!!

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  18. Such a great list! I'm so excited for you about the adoption news! Sure, I know nothing's definite, but it's so exciting to see things happening and to see where God's going to lead with all of this! Love that you got to celebrate your 1,000 day of marriage. :)

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    1. Thanks, CM! It's so hard knowing that nothing's definite! I hope we hear some good news soon. I'm about to go crazy with anxiety! Breeeathe, breathe, breeeeeeeeathe!!

      I really appreciate your excitement for us. Makes me happy! :D

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  19. So amazing to hear that your agency has such a short wait list and that this could happen so quickly! Prayers that you can handle the roller coaster and suspense and that it all turns out for the best!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie! Your prayers are SO appreciated. :) The short wait is exciting, scary, and thrilling all in one!!

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  20. All thanks to the great Prophet Lucas who helped me in restoring joy in my marriage again, I think I have lost it until a friend directed me to this great man Prophet Lucas, he is indeed a very great man, I lost my husband to an unknown woman for six month, I was been thrown out of my matrimonial home along with my 2kids and nobody was able to help me and my kids I went to my mother in-law to complain of my husband attitude and to my greatest shock I was quarreled by my husband people and also thrown out, oh I wiped and wiped no help is coming so I have to meet a friend Mirabel who accommodated me and my kids and introduced me to this great man Prophet Lucas who I contacted and he told me to not worry that this is the solution ground to my problem so I grabbed the word with courage and faith, he did what he had to do within 4 days my husband called me on phone asking me that where are we that he has been looking for us everywhere that we should please come back home also my mother in-law called and said where are we that my husband have been looking everywhere for us that we should go back home, wow this is joy I was full of tears and don't know what to say, this great man Prophet Lucas is indeed a superior oh thanks to him again,i love him, you can reach him on his website:http://lucasreunitingexspell.webs.com or via email:drlucasreunitingspell@hotmail.com

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