Thursday, May 9, 2013

Our Story

I've meant to blog about 'our story' for months now, but it is just so difficult to put years of experience/desire/emotion into one concise blog post.

So thankfully, I have a friend who forced me to share some of it. :)  He interviewed me for this cool new blog/organization he started, 'Pretty Good At Life' (, and in this interview I share more of our story than I have anywhere else in written format.  So check it out: :)  [click on the link below]

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Countdown

He really does know his numbers... just got them mixed up a little ;)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Dance Moves

AND his dance moves....

(to my ring tone)

(on Christmas morning to his new toy)

Jumping Over the Moon

I have a longer video of him reading the whole book (Goodnight Moon) - and it is adooooorable- but it's too big to upload onto here. :(  This one shows his MOST ADORABLE "jumpin-o-da-mun", though.  Ahhhhh ... this is music to my soul!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Random Happenings

As Levi is learning English I just have to record some of his most precious words and sounds!!  (I'm going to be using this blog as a personal journal if nothing else, just want to record memories and tidbits... so expect it to be somewhat scattered!)

"I love you so matz." (which he says often :))

Animal names:
'boyd' (bird)
'mbwa' (swahili for dog... basically all 4-legged animals right now)

Goodnight Moon (which we read together every night)
his version, reading it to me:
'G'ni mun. g'ni jump-o-d-mun. g'ni dis. g'ni dis. g'ni mush. g'ni cat-neow. g'ni jump-o-d-mun.  g'ni mama.'
the way he says 'jump-o-d-mun' KILLS ME.  seriously. i can't handle it, it's so cute.  (will try to post a video on here of it...)

'tsank tsu' (thank you)  [which he says all the time- after i feed him or do something helpful for him... such a preciously sweet little disposition]


He picks up anything and uses it as a musical instrument... and dances to it.  (and this boy can *dance*... with it all originating in his hips... ) he can't hear music without dancing to it. (my dream of a lifelong dance party is coming true!)

He is soooo meticulous.  everything has a place and there is a place for everything.  going to love this as we get settled into our new home together!!

his already established routine on the potty
reading material: the Mercy Ships catalog
he sits and points out all his 'friends' that he recognizes in it....
such a little man.
today we made a paper-mache christmas ornament... going to start the tradition of making one each year with a collage of images from the year... this one was full of cars/trucks, the texas flag, santa claus, and other memories of our first weeks together!  Levi loved getting his hands all messy in the glue mixture and was so proud of his finished product!

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Mama & Levi

YES, I have adopted this most precious little one. :-D  I am ABSOLUTELY in love and life is forever changed in the most incredible and beautiful of ways.  We have moved back to the States and are in Dallas for the holidays but will be making our home in Austin just after Christmas.  I am still working for Karama but will now be focusing on the state-side with sales and getting our products into retail stores.

I have waited to blog about this until the adoption was complete- and now that it is, I cannot wait to share more of our adventures and stories together.  We've been together for just over a month now, and is full of unforgettable memories, stories, laughter, and joy.

I just wanted to introduce my precious little one so that now I can start blogging about him more ... And I'll write more soon to share more of the "story" behind it, too.  (but basically, the "story" is just that God calls us to take care of orphans.. I told him I would.. then He gave me this most perfect gift.. so much more than I could have ever hoped for or dreamed of).

Levi Vema
2.5 yrs old
adopted from DR Congo
united forever on November 13, 2012 {Gotcha Day}

{we both are.}

"I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him." 1 Samuel 1:27

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


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