I explained more about my obsession with Christmas cards in last week's post but wanted to share the photos we took on Thanksgiving morning. Luckily my sister is super talented and we met up at a park 2 minutes from my parents house and these took us 5 minutes. Score. I am so thankful we took these photos before our entire household got plagued with the never ending sickness. This is the most put together I think we will look in the next 6 months!
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
I have had so many people ask me about Gideon's name and I finally sat down and wrote it down. The Lord is really cool you guys and my current prayer is that I can go forward living with as much reckless abandon and surrender as I have in the past few weeks. Exactly a month ago today is when our world was turned upside down...
Friday November 4th we got the news that 'M' had baby girl and couldn't place her for adoption, and we were absolutely devastated. My two friends from church immediately came over to cry and pray with me. My friend Heidi is a mom of 4 and told me the whole drive over the Lord put story of Gideon on her heart to share with him. He was faithful, asking for wisdom, brave, and obedient to what God was calling him to. He freed his people from idolatry and defeated the Midianites with only 300 soldiers and the Lord by his side. I wasn't really familiar with the story but once she shared it and we prayed I thought 'Okay God, please show me a sign that you're still with me like you did with Gideon. Give me faith and wisdom.' The very next morning another friend of mind Lindsay sent me this text "Woke up with judges 6:12 in my head. Praying that over y'all". Judges 6:12 reads "When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” God you are with me, you've never left my side. 2 days later, Ford and I are watching a kids movie on Netflix and one of the characters is named Gideon. I thought to myself 'this is weird, I'd never really known anything about Gideon and now his name/story keeps coming up. 3 times in 4 days". Also in that 4 days I told so many friends that when we got back into the adoption game, I just wanted to get a call that a baby had already been born. And that I'm sure it would be a boy. My heart couldn't take a long match again. That next afternoon, Tuesday November 8th, is when we got a call from our social worker Amanda that there was a baby born on Monday and it was a boy. It was in that moment that I told Jon I feel like God had been preparing us for a son and his name was to be Gideon.
The next day, Wednesday, we Skyped with his first mom 'R', Thursday she officially chose us, relinquishment was signed on Friday, we flew to Las Vegas on Friday evening, and we met Gideon that next day. His middle name is also incredibly meaningful. Aaron was chosen by his first mom and she told us she chose it from the Bible. In the Bible, Aaron is Moses' older brother and the first high priest of the Israelites. He was instrumental in helping Moses lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.
We believe that our Gideon is a strong and mighty warrior who is being used by God already. #GideonAaronHart #hartlittlesadopt#adoptionisbeautiful
The story of Gideon is in the book of Judges and here is a good site detailing it.
Friday, December 2, 2016
I was with a few girlfriends last week and 2 ladies were handing out their Christmas cards and said "Oh my gosh, I can't believe I am giving mine out before Ruthie Hart!". Yes if you know me, you'd know that we take our Christmas card photo in October, our Christmas lights are usually put up the first weekend of November, and I have my cards in the mail before Thanksgiving. The past few weeks have put quite the delay on my OCD-ness of the holidays but you better believe that while we were in Vegas, I was planning out Christmas card photo wardrobes and keeping a list of my favorite Christmas Cards on Tiny Prints. Gideon and I arrived home on the night of November 22nd and Thanksgiving morning, the 24th, my sister took our photos...there is no time to waste y'all! My older sister is a budding and super talented photographer, thank you Jesus ha! By noon on Thanksgiving (our meal was at 3pm), I had chosen my top 5-7ish photos, narrowed it down to a handful of card templates on Tiny Prints and had Jon make the final decision. Our cards were ordered that evening, printing the next day, and on their way to us the next. This is the 3rd year in a row we've used Tiny Prints (2015 and 2014) and I am here today to brag on how much I love this company (remember how they gifted us our 20 adoption profile books earlier this year...#awesomecompany). The highlight of using Tiny Prints for me this year was being able to import our Christmas card list of addresses from last year, add a few new ones, and not have to deal with getting arthritis writing 150 addresses. You can even have them send them for you (I gotta re-think this next year... I used a cup of water and a Q tip to seal every envelope, there was no way I was licking them!). There are a million options for holiday cards, my little Libra heart could barely choose my favorite 10, gorgeous designs, and everything is customizable (I have a thing for scalloped edges). If I haven't talked you into ordering from Tiny Prints this year, I don't know who will. Christmas is 3 weeks away folks and Tiny Prints is offering 40% off all cards through Sunday 12/4 using the code DEALFORDEC.
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Our favorite gift this year!