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I have the most wonderful Husband who has been my best friend since I was a sophomore in high school. So incredibly blessed to be his wife. God has given us three beautiful children. Nella Grace, Knox Michael, and Crew Matthew. God is good and I am thankful for all He has provided for us!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My new love!!!!

I am So in love with my new little nephew Clay Jameson Spencer!!!!! He melts my heart! On January 12th, we boarded a plane to head to San Diego to go meet my new favorite little guy! I was thrilled to finally see him after so many i chats, phone calls, and pictures. I wanted to see his sweet little face, precious hands, and little feet. I wanted to be able to tell him in person....I was his Aunt Janelle....so the day came and we headed to San Diego.....we were so excited!
When I first saw my little guy, he was snuggled up in a car seat as we all had a family reunion in the airport....I was dying to look him over and get him out and snuggle him...but I had to wait to get to Corey and Leslie's home to finally get my hands on him. I couldn't wait to hold this sweet little peanut. And then the moment came where Les, bursting with pride, handed me her precious angel...he was snuggly, warm, and was sleeping peacefully as I whispered in his ear that I was his Aunt Janelle and that I loved him with all my heart and that it took way to long to finally see him in person....I loved how snuggly he was! I wanted to remember this moment forever....I want to be able to tell him about how we flew all the way across the country to meet him! How adorable and tiny he was...he was so light and had such an angelic face!
Oh Clay....I enjoyed every minute with you! I enjoyed our snuggles, feeding you a bottle, seeing you look up at me with such a sweet little gaze, and most of all singing you little songs to help you get to sleep. You are such a blessing little man! You are so loved not just by your proud momma and dadda, but by all your family and you just melt all of us! We love you so!
And Nella was so intrigued by him....she looked at him so intently like she was telling him a deep secret! It was so hard to say goodbye! It was so hard to know that we will not see you for four months.....You will change so much....but we will get through it by i chats, cards, phone calls, and photos! We love you little Clay! We are so proud to be your aunt and uncle....we love you
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San Diego Trip

Having Corey, Leslie, and Clay be in San Diego is hard....we miss them so much....so we WERE so thrilled to finally be going to San Diego to see them! This was Corey's first meeting Nella and we couldn't wait to meet our little Clay! We knew it would be fun, crazy, busy, but we didn't ever think it would be the perfect trip where we would have so many memories and laughs that we wouldn't want it to end.

I will forever remember the moment when Leslie met Nella...and now Nella and Corey's meeting will be engraved in my memory as well. She was amazing on the plane...have we said that we are blessed with the most easy going baby in the world....she was her happy self on the flight and then fell fast asleep in her carseat on the plane....she even slept through the landing....it wasn't until we started to get off the plane that her little eyes popped open!!! Mind you that it now 12:56 AM Indiana time....but she was so thrilled to meet her Uncle Corey! I loved watching Corey with her on this trip! They are so in love with each other and they have such a sweet goofy little relationship and watching them together I never stopped smiling! They are too cute!!!

Matt and I were worried about how she would do with the time change, new crib, new surroundings, etc....I worried and as she always does Nella rolled with it! She stayed up for about an hour and half after landing in San Diego. Woke up at 4 (which would be 7 Indiana time) had a bottle and then went back to bed until 6:30 San Diego time and then she was officially on San Diego time and napped during her regular times and just acted like she lived in San Diego....makes me giggle how amazing she is!

We had our Christmas morning our first morning in San Diego...being with Corey and Leslie for a special Christmas was so much fun! Yes, we had to pack entire suitcase with gifts and YES I went overboard with Clay's gift....but he is my first nephew so we get to spoil him! And Nella got spoiled by Uncle Cor and Aunt Les too! It was so fun just being a family and enjoying our Christmas morning! How fun a bonus Christmas with our babies all TOGETHER!!!

When we were trying to decide what toys to bring little miss...we decided her spatula was a must and I know it is funny...but it is one of her favorite things! She had to share it with Clay so he can have one when he is ready! :)

After Christmas, we headed to the zoo....It was amazing! I have never seen a zoo like this before! I felt like I was in another world! You all know how much I love animals and I was in heaven seeing all these different animals that I have NEVER seen in real life before! The weather was amazing and the vegetation there was gorgeous! I loved watching little roo with all the animals! She especially loved the gorillas and monkeys :)

Love this pic....

She was so intrigued by the gorillas....she just kept looking and tapping the glass....she really wanted to touch them

I loved my extra time with Nella....I loved being with family and just enjoying moments and just soaking in all my time with Clay, Leslie, Corey, Matt, and Nella....it was so delightful!

Matt and Corey are two peas a pod...seriously! I love when they are together! They are so happy and finish each others thoughts! I love how silly and how much Matt smiles when he is with his brother!


I loved being with Les and watching her with Clay! I loved how in love they both are with each other! She is doing such an amazing job with her little man! It is so fun to be moms together!

Nella loves her Auntie so much!

The cutest little man

So when you are at the panda bears you have to be quiet because they don't like noise and I am so thankful we went to the panda near the beginning, because at the end of our zoo trip Nella couldn't contain her excitement about all the animals she had seen anymore! She told us all about what she was seeing in her sweet little voice so loudly! I loved it! People would just giggle and stare at us as we strolled along....it was too cute! She had so MUCH to say!

I love this pic.....you can just feel the love....cant you! Nella also got a little panda bear from the zoo....she loves him! Aunt Leslie named him Diego and daddy has him talk in a Spanish accent.....so adorable!

I loved watching these two together!

We went lunch out on the patio at a little Mexican restaurant! Nella loved being with her Aunt Les...she loved just snuggling with her!

And most of all she adored her cousin! It was exciting to see her with him! I could tell she was intrigued by him and she was so gentle and sweet with him! She cares so much for him already!

We headed to the beach! I was so excited to take Nella to one of my favorite places...the beach! There is nothing like walking along the ocean and feeling the sand on your toes! You feel such a peace there! and she loved it! She wanted to walk and go towards the water! She loved the sand too!!! She melted my heart! I will never ever forget that moment being there with her! It was weird...it was like the world disappeared and it was just us in that moment.....her sweet sounds and smiles as she squished wet sand in between her toes and her smiling at me will forever be engraved in my memory....now that was a moment!

Us with our babes and babies!

We even got to write Grandma Spencer a special message in the sand!!! Now how cool is that!

Nella loved the sand....she would just pick it up and let it drop through her finger tips! She was absolutely adorable! I was complete mush when we got off the sand......she melted my heart

We got to go swimming in January! She wore her itsy bitsy yellow polka dot bikini! Now daddy and I have been debating about her bathswits and mommy won! She looked so adorable in her little two piece! She loved the water! It was so SO cold like ice water but it didn't bother my little fish! She kicked and splashed and was so thrilled to be in the water!!!

We had such a blast in San Diego! I will never ever forget that trip! I will never forget meeting my little Clay! I am so thankful for our family! I am thankful that we got to go and enjoy Corey, Leslie, Clay, and Bella! It was so much fun and we have so many memories from that trip! It was so hard to leave and say goodbye! I wish we didn't have to...We love you all so much! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! We love you so!

Little Maxwell is here!!!!

Little Maxwell Jones has arrived! To say that Matt and I are thrilled for our new little neighbor is an UNDERSTATEMENT! He is the most precious little man I have ever seen! He is so tiny, such a peanut! Here are our gifts from God....to think that God had a plan for Jess and I greater than what we even knew! To know that God was holding us through all our pain and whispering to our hearts that you will have love and you will be okay my child! God is amazing! I am humbled that he chose Jess to be Oli and Max's mom! I am humbled to be Nella's mom!
Nella is SO in love with her new little friend. She gives lots of kisses and looks at him with such deep love!
Here is little Maxwell and his proud momma! He is so precious and I am so grateful that Maxwell is here! He couldn't ask for better parents to love on him and they are all so in love with each other! Little Oli is so proud of his baby brother and has such a deep love for him! It melts my heart!
He has lots of hair like Nella did...but his hair has curl and stands straight up! He is such a doll!
God thank you for choosing Maxwell to be apart of Dustin, Jess, and Oliver's family! Thank you for watching over him so closely and making sure he made it home! We are so excited to see the love this family has for each other! God is GOOD!!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year

2010 was the best year of my life.....it brought our girl home...our girl we have been praying for sometime. Adopting was truly a huge blessing...don't get me wrong...it was unpredictable...not certain at times, but it was a truly amazing....we learned to trust God with all our hearts...we learned that through heartache and pain, you could have peace and joy....we learned that even though the what ifs are huge and you are not always sure how the end will be, that with faith....it will all fall into place! I know not all adoptions end like ours did, but I know God has a plan for us....see I am a planner by nature...it drives my mom and husband crazy how I like to know exactly how things are going to be and what every little detail determined before I begin something....but I learned that I may have huge plans for my life and God can turn my world upside down and make me realize that all my plans are not going to happen and it will be okay...because he is holding me...he has me in his arms.....God brought us great joy when he lead us to Courtney....who lead us to momma angel...who chose us to raise Nella and love and adore her.....and who wouldn't seriously...she is the sweetest little love.....ever
So when I think about my new years resolution this year....I just want to be content...I want to enjoy every little moment of my life and just drink it in...I want to not worry about my to dos and all the things I should be doing and just enjoy the moment.....I want to enjoy my family and treasure them...not that I don't already..because I do...I just want to soak in all our moments so I can forever remember them....
Remember and soak in the sweet little things about being a family......
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