Sunday, August 14, 2011

homemade happy meal

tonight i wasn't going to do it...
to go through one more drive thru!

now, i'm not boycotting forever-i'm just tired of forking
over $4.25 or whatever the price is-to pay for
fried up- pieced together chicken,
apples that taste like they have been dipped in chlorine,
carmel dip that has been drizzeled across the door handle and back...
and a toy that gets lost or broken in less than 3 hours flat.

as we were driving home from fort wayne tonight, it occurred to me...
we should just make our own happy meals.  
olivia could decorate the bag while
 we unpack the truck!

she was so excited!  
i know i'm not re-inventing any wheels here.
i'm sure this has been done by many of you-but, it was our first time.
and wow...did we enjoy every minute of it! (:
the best part was finding a toy that olivia hasn't played with in so long-
she didn't even remember having it.  
i love recyling toys.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Sexy 7-10

a little background perhaps, may be necessary with this hot title!
it all started *ahem 10 years ago- 
or somewhere around there, 
that i met up with these crazy girls that became roommates, 
apartment groupies, and connoisseurs of all good and outstanding men...
{which, by the way, we are all equally blessed to have found and married one.} 
*a shout out to one in particular-ben nash- ;)

 now, for the real reason for this post.
 it's to introduce 
this precious group of  rumble
 17 children (4 were out of town) the last time we got together. 
21 kiddos total. 
 it really isn't that insane-it's completely manageable.
and so much fun!

 the number that really blows me away 

6 of the rumble are adopted.

 4 of the 6 were adopted within the last 3 months into 3 separate homes!

it is mindblowing to think it all began as college besties, 
figuring out so much about life.
and, during that time...God knew the plans He had for each of us.
while we were just trying to make life work for us...He was seeing the bigger picture,  
of what real life was going to look like when college life was over.  

our priorities, at that time, were all over the board.
like, making sure we had a lower level dorm room. 
who knew that it would have such great advantages! 
i mean, had a fantastic view of the campus bell.
that was rung every time a couple got engaged. 

priceless *and somewhat humurous at times*
to see so many happy people 
climbing that pole striving to ring that bell in blissful glee 
of pronouncing their undying love to one another. 

it also gave us great 24 hour access-
which, we were very cautious to use this access 
only in emergent situations.  

*ahem, anyhow...

we were planners.

we stratagized every aspect of life possible:

we made sure we wore the trendiest styles, 
got jobs at the same restaurant so we could
carpool to work together,
 ensured a few of us were chapel checkers-
so that none of us missed chapel. (:  
experimented with hair dying kits,
megan's nickname still remains sunshine to this day.
we witnessed each other's nail biting break-ups
and celebrated some of them too! ha!

we had the full college experience. 

and now, we share this life. 
our grown-up, beautiful, colorful lives.
i love that when i get together with the sexy 7-10 and their children, 
that Will, will have other playmates -that are a constant in his life. 
that share more than a similar skin color-
they will share the beautiful story of adoption.

and one of the most beautiful pieces of our story 
is that we have this rich history of friendship
 that started way back when.  
 and, our story, in my book, is just beginning to unfold. 

 God started something amazing
when He brought these girls into my life.