Jul 24, 2012

See ya in a few!

The next time I post here I will officially be the mother of 5.....FIVE actually living in my house all together!  I am so excited and so nervous all at the same time!  I am ready for whatever our new "normal" is going to be.
Tomorrow I will get see my hubby's sweet face and hug his neck after not seeing him for 11 days!  I will also get to see my oldest son and youngest son and hug their sweet necks!  I haven't seen Vensly since January.
Then on Friday our little (or not so little) family will all be together and complete! 
Pray for us please.....and especially Vensly.  He's leaving three nannies who are like mothers to him and he's leaving about twenty or more little boys that he plays with, sleeps with, and eat with everyday for the last two years.  They are his family and we are ripping him from that.  That won't be easy for him!

Goodbye for now my sweet blogger friends............see you again soon!

Jul 23, 2012

My heart is so happy.......

My husband, oldest son, my unlce, two little cousins of mine, four of my best friends, and two special young men that are like my own son's are in Haiti right now being the hands and feet of Jesus and loving on my boy!  That makes my heart so happy but today I have also been a little weepy.

Vensly swimming with his cousin Meg! 
One of my best friends, whose husband and twin sons happen to be in Haiti right now, took our little ones to Lost Pines for the last two nights.  We had a great time and I was sad to leave her and her sweet little girl.  They live in San Antonio after moving a few years ago.  I miss her already! 

Me and Kim relaxing at Lost Pines!

The kids before dinner!
As we were leaving she told me that our husbands and boys went to an orphanage today that was a shocker to our teenage boys!  Her husband told her about praying over a baby that had lost her twin and was struggling herself.  The story broke my heart and was the start of my tears today! 

I am so happy to be 48 hours away from seeing my boy myself and praising God that this is THE trip that I never have to leave him again!  I am excited but extemely nervous about all of this change and transition. 
I am so happy that he will be loved on so much this week by everyone and then get to leave with us all! 

I am so happy for my boy but my heart breaks for all the children and adults of Haiti that are left behind.  Heartbreaking!

Bubba holding his baby brother!

Jul 16, 2012

9 days and counting............

Until I get to see my hubby's sweet face and my baby boy's sweet face!  I still can't believe this is happening.  This week marks exactly two years since Marc met and fell in love with Vensly. 
It all started when I signed Marc and Taylor up to go to Haiti with the church for a father/son bonding trip!  Honestly, at the last minute I thought to myself "what have I done?  HAITI????"  "they couldn't bond at home???"  And to make a long story short the devil did everything he could to keep them from going but it didn't work!  They went!!!  Little did Marc know that this trip would change his life in SO many ways and make him become a daddy a fifth time!
This is the two of them right before boarding the bus to head to the airport from the church!
During that week I would talk to him about every other day and he would text me pictures.  This was one of the first pictures he texted to me! 

He told me that this little baby boy was 13 months old and only weighed 15lbs.  Emily was almost the same age and weighed in at about 25lbs!  He even videoed the well baby checkup and in that moment knew he was his son!  We talked about it, prayed about it and decided to pursue his adoption.  It was a huge leap of faith as he was very sick and weren't sure of how well he would ever be! 

FAST forward to today and a LOT of paperwork and waiting and patience and mostly prayer.....we can now say that in 9 days HE IS COMING HOME!!!
AND....he is a healthy, smart, funny, shy little boy that we love so very much!

Vensly Allen Maleus Estes!

SLU 201......

Today is Monday, July 16th and my oldest son left for a trip to Washington DC with two friends and his friend's dad.  It should be an amazing experience for him.  He's going with Student Leadership University.  Last year he went to San Antonio and next year is Paris and the last year is Isreal! 
Some things he will be doing this week in D.C. are......

Sessions and Experiences Include:
+Learning the faith of our founding fathers at Christ Church
+Private wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Exploring the Just War Theory through the lens of Arlington Cemetery
+Tour of the national monuments by twilight

+Examining the possibility of a second Holocaust after touring the Holocaust Museum

+Go Inside the Beltway with exclusive behind the scene briefings from prominent Executive, Judicial, and Legislative Branches representatives

+Excursions to the National Archives, Supreme Court Champers, U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian- Night at the National Press Club with discussing the political, spiritual and national issues our students will face.

+Rules and Tools of Leadership Level Two taught by leading business men and women. From sessions with Dr. Bob Reccord, President of Council of National Policy, on Leading from the Inside Out, to Colonel K.T. Poole, Officer of the Secretary of Defense, on Key Traits of a Christian Leader, and Tim Tassopolous, Senior V.P. of Operations for Chick-fil-A, on Commit to Excellence, students will be blown away by some of the nation's authorities on leadership.

I am praying that God moves this week in Taylor and his friend's lives and that they have an amazing experience!!!!

Jul 11, 2012


A few days ago I was in my car alone and as I always do when I finally have a few minutes to myself I decided to pray!  This was a time that I didn't ask for anything just forgiveness.  I asked the Lord to forgive me for being so selfish with my time....I asked him to forgive me for letting a couple of days go by without talking to "Him".  I praised Him for everything he has given me....for the blessings in my life....for the little answers to prayer....all the things that I don't truly deserve.  I asked him to forgive me for spending time on things that really do not matter when I could be getting to know Him better.  We have been so busy this summer with traveling and getting ready for Vensly to come home that I fail at my daily walk with Christ.  The great thing is that He had already forgiven me before I even asked!  He is the only one that loves me unconditionally and He always wants what is best for me and my family even if I don't understand it.  I'm thankful he never gives up on me even when I'm selfish and distant! 
After finishing my prayer and saying Amen I turned on my ipod in the car and pressed shuffle.....this is the song that played!  I had NEVER heard it before and it could not have been more perfect!

I don't want to waste anymore of my time..........
PLEASE take a minute to listen to the song.......it's beautiful and my prayer for myself and you too!

Have I mentioned that I will be holding this little guy in 2 weeks forever!!!!

Jul 7, 2012

Noah Tae is 10.....

Today we celebrated Noah's 10th birthday!  I can't tell you how sweet and kind hearted this little boy is.  He loves music, good food, his friends, reading, playing his ipod, watching wrestling, swimming, fishing, and watching TV with is Dad!  And let me say....he loves his momma!!!!  I am so glad God brought us together.  Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

Jul 5, 2012

In Training! Oh my!!!

This week I will complete my third week of "couch to 5K"....I must say it is tough!  It was really tough this week as last week we were on vacation and I only got to work out once and then Tuesday when I went back to the gym the childcare was closed!  But I was back today....not wanting to get up and go at all but so glad I did once it was over! 
A few weeks ago I got an email about the Houston Aramco Half Marathon in January and that you could put your name in the lottery to possibly get picked.  I thought about it for a while and decided to go for it.  I prayed that if I am supposed to do this then I would get picked and on June 25th I got an email that I was chosen!  OH MY WORD!  I am not a runner....I'm not really a jogger yet either but at least lately I have been somewhat following a plan.  Today I ran three minutes....walked three....then ran three again!  I cranked the speed up to 5.0 and even though it was tough it was easier to run faster than slower.  I have never sweated like I did today!!!!!  It felt good.
I have asked a friend that is a runner to guide me to a program to get me ready for January and I have been doing a lot of reading on running lately.  I am excited to be doing this and to finally be able to say I finished my first half marathon!!!!  I hope it will just be the first of many and a road to a healthier me!

Jul 2, 2012

Finally! He's coming home!!!!!!!!!!

The email FINALLY came.....

Dear Mr. Estes,
We are pleased to inform you that the I-604 process is complete, and Vensly Allen M. Estes may now be scheduled for the final visa interview with the Department of State.  The visa interview is scheduled for July 10, 2012 at 10:30am at the Consular Section...............

Those are the words that every parent adopting from Haiti want to read!  I could NOT believe it!  That was our prayer that he would be ready around that time.  A few months ago Marc decided that he really needed to lead two very important trips for BGM to Haiti and while it would be hard on our kids at home he really needed to be the hands and feet of Christ for those two weeks.  I was so afraid that Vensly would be ready to come home before then and of course would have been so happy but also prayed that he would be ready to come home DURING that time and well, as we all know, God is in the business of answering prayers and that above email means just that, that he will come home at the end of Marc's trip!  Praise God!  I will fly down Thursday, July 26th and Marc, Taylor and I will bring him home on Saturday, July 28th.  We land at Bush airport at 7 PM!!!!!  I can't wait!  I am so nervous and excited all at the same time! 
I am spending this last few weeks as a full time mom of only four kids by getting toys organized, getting his new bed ready in our room, buying him clothes, shoes and jammies and praying for him as he prepares to leave the only home he has ever known! 
Vensly has been in the creche since he was about a year old.....he came in as a very sick baby boy and is leaving a happy, healthy, and smart little boy!  I know he will mourn the loss of his friends, caretakers and country but I pray that he learns to love us and his new home very soon!  I hope you will pray for him too!