Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Forever FAMILY photo shoot


Earlier this month, we booked a family photo shoot with Sierra Barnes Photography, which some sweet friends of ours gifted us with.  I went ahead and scheduled it for the end of the month, PRAYING, that our adoption would be finalized by then,  Another detail God was in, well He is in it ALL. We finalized on Wednesday 9/27 and our photo shoot was booked for Saturday, 9/30. We had extra big smiles on our faces!


We did our photo shoot downtown Wilmington at 8am.  It was perfect.  Great weather and no crowds. Here are a bunch of our favorites!






Our trunk full








Adoption Day 9.27.2017



Friday, September 29, 2017

What's in a NAME?

I've thought about writing this post for YEARS, I am serious, years.  And I actually did originally write this on September 12, 2016, when we thought we were a few weeks away from finalizing the adoption. Now that we have officially added TWO more to our forever family, I decided that I should finally write it down and have it in the books.

First of all, when it has come to selecting names for our children, Jake & I have always liked classic names. We also prefer names that you immediately know the gender of the child.  We're just not into the make up a new name, no one knows how to spell it, or pronounce it, and then they also still have to ask if its a boy or a girl.  But that's just us. Secondly, we have always picked a family name for the middle name.

Lily Anne
We had a list of names the first time around.  We narrowed it down to Lillian, Lily or Olivia.  We ended up with Lily Anne. Anne is my middle name.  Lily Anne sounds like Lillian and growing up everyone asked if my name was really Megan, not Meg Anne. So we liked the similarities.

I have always loved this passage of scripture that reminds us of how useless worry is since God provides & cares for his own.

"And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these."  Matthew 6:28-29


Ella Taylor
Once again, we had our list narrowed down to boy & girl names.  We settled on Ella and we would nickname her "El." I also have a dear friend from Minnesota who has an Ella.  We did a Bible study together while she was pregnant with her. So Ella has always had a place in my heart. She was also in our wedding.
Early on we decided that either way, boy or girl, we would use Jake's middle name, Taylor, for the baby.  Realistically, there is NO WAY we would have a boy, we both have all sisters.


Benjamin Lee
Benny's given name is Alexander Benjamin.  One week into having Benny in our home, we were told he did not go by Alex, but by Benny. From then on he has been Benny.
We chose to keep both kids given first names to honor their parents.  They gave them LIFE! Their parents have made poor choices, but they have also made some very hard and brave ones.
When we found out Benny & Wren were going to be in our forever family, we started looking into family names for their middle names.  Lee is my Grandpa G's middle name & Mae is my Grandma G's middle name.  We wanted to honor my grandparent's. Jake & I sent them a letter back in August of 2016, to tell them about our decision.  In the letter we wrote out the many reasons we love them and want to honor them. They are role models. Their love for the Lord, God-honoring marriage, generosity, thankful hearts, and hard work ethic are something we aspire to. God's grace and sovereign hand is so evident in both my grandparent's lives and Benny & Wren's life. We are grateful. And isn't our Lord in the details? Benny & Wren's adoption finalized the day after my grandparent's 66th wedding anniversary!


Serenity Mae
Wren's given name is Serenity Jade. Ever since we brought her home from the hospital, we have been calling her wREN (seRENity). Our girls have been calling the littles Benny & Wrenny.  It's rather hilarious. My previous paragraph explains choosing Mae, after my Grandma G.
I also love the beginning of that same Matthew passage that references the birds of the air (maybe the bird Christ was referencing was a wren).

Matthew 6:25-34
25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Photos are from the first time we met each of our children.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

ADOPTION DAY!

TODAY, September 27, 2017, is ADOPTION DAY

Our kids social worker called us at 6:19pm to let us know that the local clerk of court has decreed our adoption finalized! I can't stop smiling.

What a journey it has been.
982 DAYS ago, Benny joined our family - January 20, 2015.
This photo was taken the following morning.

 660 DAYS ago, Wren joined our family - December 8, 2015.

"This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes."
Psalm 118:23

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

three

TODAY, this little man turned THREE!
We had a great day starting off with a birthday breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls followed by presents. We then headed to the first day of BSF where we are studying Romans this year. We also enjoyed lunch together, reading books, playing, napping, etc....

Currently #babyB loves sharks.  Tonight we had community group, so we turned it into a SHARK PARTY for the birthday boy!



THREE year old stats:
36" tall 
29 pounds 2 ounces
Loves sharks, swimming, and playing outside.
Has an amazing vocabulary.
Potty trained since January!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

first day of school

Today Lily started SECOND GRADE and 
Ella started KINDERGARTEN.

Ella and Miss Sansing

Lily and Miss Bradford

Lily, all ready to go

Ella and her cubby

Saturday, September 2, 2017

game day 2017

Today, Notre Dame Football started!  
We love this time of year. 
Popcorn. Football. Tradition.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

VW Bus


Maybe you've already seen it on Instagram...but we are the proud owners of a 1973 VW bus!

The VW Routan was in the shop the other morning, so we did a bus ride with mom.  It was hot (no AC), it was loud (engine noise + windows down), it was fun (mom as the bus driver).


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

sunflowers

Lily brought home sunflower seeds, from a school project, back in early May. She really wanted to plant them.  Last summer we learned where NOT to plant sunflowers. They were in our backyard and only grew a few feet and then died.  Our sunniest spot is in our front flower bed, so we tried it. This year they did great! We had so much fun watching then grow, then bud and then open.

Back in early July when the first sunflower opened.

The last sunflower just opened up this morning.



Sunday, August 6, 2017

friends + donuts

These sweet friends are home, for one month, from Kenya, Africa.  The Meshaw's have been gone for 2 years already. Man, have we missed them!  We are soaking up as much time as possible while they are here.  We've already enjoyed a dinner date at Island's (this was a regular occurrence prior to their move), evening at WB, dinner at our house with other friends from Africa, and then yesterday's Britt's donuts plus Carolina Beach.  We have a few more things planned too!
We love you guys, appreciate your friendship and pray for God's continued blessing on your work in Africa!


Wren enjoyed her first taste of Britt's donuts too!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

NINE years

TODAY, we celebrated NINE years of marriage.
Tonight, we had a family date to Carrabba's to celebrate our "family's birthday." It is fun to look back over these past nine years and see how God has grown us individually and as a couple, how God has been faithful, how God has provided, how God has led and directed our family, how God has grown our family to 6.  We are so thankful that God brought us together!

Since it's a little tricky with no family in town and fostering, we did a long date this past Saturday, rather than an overnight.  We enjoyed 8 hours with each other (noon-8pm) and no interruptions. We had lunch at Epic Food, then we went paddle-boarding in the inlet, then over to Masonboro Island (so relaxing sitting on a beach and NOT playing lifeguard or constantly counting to 4...4 kids), then back.  We walked downtown a while, and had an amazing dinner at Rx.  Happy Anniversary to us!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

FLORIDA summer vacation

We just got back from a short, but very sweet, vacation to see our family in Florida.  We left home Friday after lunch. It's a solid 10 hour drive to Tampa, but we had to sit for an extra 2 hours on I-75 due to an accident.  Thankfully it was late at night, cooler weather and most of the kids slept most of those 2 hours.  We stayed until Wednesday morning. Here is some of the cousin/family fun.

The park with 8 kids!
It was a full house and the noise level was high.

Visiting Bay Cities Fellowship, the church plant Luke & Jess are starting.

A big water balloon fight plus playing in the pool.

Seeing the Clearwater Maritime Aquarium

Our little guy LOVES sharks, so he had a blast!

We also enjoyed many family meals, playing with cousins, riding bikes, Clearwater beach and helping with a few house projects. Seeing the cousins all together reminded me of growing up near Luke.  Cousins are the best! We adults loved catching up and chatting at night, after the 8 kids were in bed.  We love you, Luke & Jess!