hi there, sweet friends! i am so excited you are here, reading alongside our crazy journey of life :] i've been micro-blogging on instagram for the past several years, but as our family grows from three to five through international adoption, i knew i needed a home for more words, more emotions, more gratitude. this little pink + aqua space on the internet is devoted to sharing our testimony of God's goodness through our daily living of life. ♥
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our life in a bullet point nutshell....
♥ caleb and i met [on the internet.... oh hi!] in late 2006 and were engaged the following spring. he deployed to iraq that summer with the marine corps & i spent the time apart writing #alltheletters and planning #alltheweddingthings. when caleb came home in spring of 2008, we jetted off to the pacific northwest to be married in a small, intimate ceremony with our closest friends + family members.
after lots + lots of time apart due to more deployments, training & plain ol' late nights.... we are so excited to be living the civilian life back in our home state of georgia.
♥ shortly after our first year of marriage, we found out we were pregnant. we [literally] couldn't wait to tell everyone we knew.... so we made it facebook official & started dreaming up sweet baby names for our soon to be kiddo.
ten weeks later, we suffered through the terrible tragedy of a miscarriage & life seemed to stop for us. i became very bitter, angry & sullen. every day seemed like a punishment. i was let go from my job for missing work the day i miscarried, which caused even more resentment towards God.... and really anyone in my path. nothing was right & nothing would be right again.
[sidenote.... i'm so thankful this angry time was not the end of my story.]
♥ caleb received orders to a new duty station in north carolina to deploy yet again in 2009. we drove cross country that summer, visiting friends + family along the way & finally ended up in oregon, where i would stay the duration of his deployment with my parents. three days before caleb left to fly back to NC, we had another two little lines on a stick.... we waited on bated breath.
twelve weeks of a secret later, we felt safe in telling others our news & nine months later [caleb's final deployment to iraq in the past], our little amelia graced this world with her freckles + curls, infectious laugh, and incredible love for life + others.
God carried our broken hearts through several more miscarriages after He blessed us with amelia. we slowly came to love our new idea of a small family of three.... until we realized we were being called to an even greater place in life through adoption.
♥ we spent a fantastic three years living in okinawa, japan from 2012-2015. amelia learned japanese & attended an amazing japanese montessori school that we adored. if you're living abroad in okinawa, we love to recommend clover montessori to those looking for a preschool off base :]
we ate lots + lots of delicious foods, saw so many amazing things, learned kindness from a culture rich in tolerance, and started the process of growing our family through international adoption. you can read all about our adoption story here.
♥ we are now settled & loving life in georgia.... our most favorite place of all. you'll find us camping three seasons out of the year, enjoying mandatory sunday naps, trying our hand at gardening & generally enjoying all that God has given us.
our story wouldn't be complete without the grace of God pulling us through our hardest + darkest moments. He's delivered us from times i know we could not have muddied through on our own, and through His glory alone, He's blessing us with a few more littles to grow into champions for Him.
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