My mother has been bothering me for years to write a blog. Every year I have the same answer… “What would I have to say that people would want to read?” I tell her when I have an answer for that question, I will write a blog. I seriously don’t know how people have time to write them. I don’t even have time to take a shower. Literally. It’s a problem. I don’t know how all these women out there write blogs. Not only are they writing blogs, they are writing blogs about all the crafts and food they make. How are they finding time for that? And most of them have more than one child. I only have one, and I need a shower, badly.
Now, I have something to write about. It’s been a long time coming and I stay up at nights thinking about it. I have been waiting for the perfect time, and I realized, there is no perfect time. I have to stop wasting time and do it …now. Four years ago, I went to Africa. Four years ago I made promises to people there that I would not forget them, that I would tell their stories. Four years ago. What have I done in four years?
My mom thought of the title “Before and Africa” and I actually love it. There are a lot of things my mom and I agree on, but usually when she has an idea “for” me, I politely turn her down. But this title struck a chord in me. I thought about all the blogs out there about style and fashion and craftiness and I thought about how my blog would probably be the antithesis of that. Maybe I do always buy the same long sleeved shirts at the GAP every three years when the old ones get holes in them. Maybe I do still have the same tennis shoes I bought for 30 bucks 6 years ago. Maybe I do only get my hair cut once a year. Maybe I am in desperate need of a style makeover, but I think this blog is more of a before and after of my soul. My soul before and now my soul (after) Africa…
So thanks mom, for the title and for recognizing there has been a change in me and that even though I have a hard time finding the words, it’s time to start trying.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Moses Year One

Every year we make a video for Max's birthday...I never did take the 1 month 2 month 3 month pictures of Max, time just flew by and I take pictures when my camera happens to be there.  There really isn't time for nice photoshoots when you have a 3 year old.  Our photos are messy and silly and when I try to plan them...there are tears.  We are excited to start this tradition with Moses, and although we didn't get to spend his whole first year with him (only 10 days of it), we got a lot of precious video of our baby boy while we were there.

We received his picture New Year's Eve 2013.  One year ago.  So we are celebrating this amazing year of knowing this precious boy.

Happy New Year.

2015 is going to be a great year.  We can feel everyone's prayers.  He will be home this year.  We believe it.