Oh, how I am LOVING this warm weather!!!  I have already moved most of my winter stuff out of my closet to make room for spring.  I just can't get enough of spring in the south.  It goes by in the blink of an eye.  All around, I see the first signs of spring from tulips blooming to kids playing on the playground.  Everyone seems to be enjoying this weather and I know we are all anxious for daylight savings time to kick in!!!

Adeline and Maralee playing with their dolls in the front yard

Yee-haw!  Maralee and Adeline are regular cowgirls on Mr. Obi

Believe it or not, it is just recently that I have gotten around to doing stuff with only one twin.  With twins, it is so natural to do everything, well, together.  Last week, Adeline had her check-up with the heart doctor so my mom kept Maralee while I took Adeline.   Her hole has closed up and we don't have to see that doctor anymore!!!!!   Usually when I go places with the girls, I take them in our Graco Duo-Glider stroller - it is long and skinny so it fits through doorways and aisles pretty well.  This time, I just walked in the doctor's office with one baby on my hip.  Sitting in the waiting area, I though to myself, "So this is what it is like to just have one baby."  Not saying it was any easier, but it was different for sure!

Sweet Adeline

I try to take personal time with each of my girls, but we are still at the stage where it is easier to do things at the same time.  But, yesterday Maralee woke up from her nap earlier than Adeline.  I scooped her up in my arms and we played airplane until she was ready for her juice.  Those moments are nice - just one on one time - with each of the girls.  Recently, they have gotten very fussy but at different times.  For instance, Adeline is VERY demanding come meal time.  She has fallen in love with Puffs so that has been a saving grace for me while I get their food ready.  Maralee tends to get needy while I am trying to do stuff around the house.  I will sit her in an exercauser but if she sees me walk out of the room she instantly starts screaming for me to return.  She is entertained by Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so that has helped me get some chores done!!!!

Merry Maralee!

Even though the girls have found their vocal cords and aren't afraid to use them, they are still are the cutest things in the whole wide world to me.  I read an article recently about disciplining your children and it said that usually kids don't really understand "no" until about the age of one.  It said the best thing that you can do for your infant is to show them lots of love (I think we have that covered..ha ha).  The other day in our Kindermusik class, we started to swing the babies in a blanket with one parent holding each end.  Our teacher told us that this helps the baby to trust her parent and helps as she gets older to trust what her parent tells her to do.  This is such an important time developmentally for our children to learn the foundation of love and trust.  It is so heartbreaking to me to see children grow up in homes where there isn't any love or trust.  It is like a dead-end road for that child.  Our job as parents is to show love and trust so our children grow up feeling secure and self-confidant.  It is so imperative for the upbringing of our children.

Trampolines are so much fun (as long as Daddy is holding me!!!)

Speaking of happy homes, I know three homes that are overflowing with happiness.  First, my bff Ashley - the one that is having twins - found out that her twins are GIRLS!!!!!  I visited with her this past weekend and we went to a multiples sale together.  We both got some really good stuff!  Whenever Ashley and I get together, we tell each other everything.  It is just part of our friendship.  As we lay in bed talking (way past our bedtime) we were just so amazed that God would give both of us twin girls.  Really, what are the odds?  He is just so good and his blessings overflow to those that love him.

Me & Ash in December at the Living Proof Life event - she was preggo but I didn't know!!!!

Two other families that are jumping for joy are our adoption friends.  First, the Godwin's received their referral for Zoe Grace!!!!!!  This means that soon they should be flying to Ethiopia for their court case.  From what I understand, the Godwin's will have to make two trips to Ethiopia - the first for court and the second to finally bring Zoe home.  That means that they need FOUR there and back tickets to Ethiopia.  The Godwin's are still fundraising and selling Zoe Grace t-shirts. To purchase a Zoe Grace shirt, click here.  Or, if you want to make a donation to help this family bring home their little girl, click here.

Me, JW Godwin, & Stephanie in Our Zoe Grace tees!!!

Finally, another family in our church that has had the longest adoption process is finally home with their sweet Amelia!  Brad and Rachel adopted Amelia from Uganda and just arrived home on Saturday.  We have been praying for this moment for such a long time!  To learn more about their story, click here.

Yay!  So glad y'all are home with Amelia!!!!

Friends, adoption is something that I have always known about and respected, but recently my eyes have been opened to the need of adoption.  I have heard stories of mothers who have HAD to give up their child because they knew that their baby would be better off in an orphanage than with them.  That BREAKS my heart - I can't imagine having to let go of my girls - but I look at those women with the utmost respect that make the decision that is best for their child.  Other times, the children are abandoned and are lucky to be alive.  As I mentioned earlier, it is so important for EVERY child to grow up surrounded by love and trust.  To everyone out there that is or has adopted, my thanks to you is overflowing!  So often, I hear that the people that adopt think that they are going to change that child's life but it turns out that the child actually changes theirs'.  It is part of being a parent, you know?

This month's memory verse ties in so perfectly with this post. "God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!  He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his spirit deeply and gently within us (Ephesians 3:20, The Message).  Friends, one thing that Raleigh and I have been praying about for this blog is for you as the reader to let God work in your life.  Whether it is through your family, work, or just life in general - we have prayed for your heart to draw closer to God.  We feel like a lot of you out there are still searching for His calling on your life or, you have been too afraid to start asking.  I just want to encourage you to spend some alone time with Him and ask the Spirit to block out all other noises in your head.  Read His Word and turn the radio to the Christian station just to get filled up each day.  Like the verse said, God can do anything.  But, are you going to let Him in to do anything in your life?

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

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