Dec 18, 2013

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We did not do an official card this year, so here is a little blog card : ) 





2013 has been the "year of the brothers". Samuel and Solomon are amazing friends. They are so different which makes them such good brothers. They look out for each other, play together, learn together. It is so fun to watch them grow.





Cam continues to enjoy his job and our new home on the sound. There is always much to hunt, much to catch, much to fish and much to simply enjoy. He delights in being a Dad and is pretty incredible at it. 





I am keeping my self busy with sewing, tutoring and mommying. I am enjoying this stage of life more and more. 





Samuel (5 years old) is exceling at school. He is playing basketball right now and loves it. He likes to read and wrestle and plan (oh the planning!). He is our little planner and organizer and the bravest kid I have ever met!!





Solomon (3 years old) is also loving preschool. He is digging the color purple these days and continues to crack us up daily. He still loves airplanes and cars and puzzles. Solomon is our cuddler and drama-king!





We got to venture twice to Nebraska this year. Once for a surprise visit, and once to say good-bye to Cameron's grandmother. We also got to spend a week at the beach which was such a treat. 





In a few weeks, we will set off on another adventure across the ocean. To meet a little girl and become her family. The boys will be going with us, and they could not be more excited about having a baby sister.  So 2014 will be the "year of the sister"! 





Merry Christmas! 


And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."


 Luke 2:10
















Nov 1, 2013

Solomon: 2 years together

2 Years Ago...Solomon and I stepped foot on US soil together, and walked into the arms of Cameron and Samuel. We were together! 2 years!!!!!! Happy Together Day little Solo!!!!!




Aug 26, 2013

Sam's milestones

Sam started 1/2 day preK at the local charter school today. We are so excited for him, and we feel like it will be a great fit!!!

Here is pics of Sam growing through the years...

2009 (in ET)

2010

 2011

2012

2013 (today!)

Aug 17, 2013

FIVE!!!!!

Poor neglected blog! Your only are around to document milestones these days : )

Well, we had a BIG milestone yesterday! Samuel turned FIVE!!!! Our sweet, creative, brave, funny, smart and compassionate little boy is FIVE!!! We are so proud of him, and love him to the moon and back!!! He had a super hero adventure last night with Cameron, Solomon and one of his buddies.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM-MAN!!!!


Apr 17, 2013

Adoption grant list

Many have asked for a list of adoption grants. Here are the ones I found (I am sure there are more out there, such as adoption loans). We did not apply for all of these. We chose about 15 that "felt" right. Some have different requirements (religious, financial, ect.), some have application fees, some make strong claims on the "orphan crisis". 

My advice would be to choose a handful, print them off, and do them all at one time. Many ask for the exact same information, the exact same pastor references, the exact same agency letter, and the exact same life story essays. It was easier for me to do it all at once, so I wasn't reinventing the wheel every time, and I could just ask for copies of the same references. 

So here ya go...I divided them into categories of "when" you can apply (they are in no particular order other than that)...blessings...

Homestudy in process:
National adoption foundation


After homestudy:
Show hope
Caroline's Promise (just for folks in NC and SC)
Gift of Adoption
Help us adopt
Lifesong
Salvation International
JSC Foundation
katelyns fund
Hand in hand
families outreach
Orphan Impact
Lydia Fund
Golden Dawn
Affording Adoption
God's Grace
Sparrow Fund
Lost stork
Parenthood for Me
Chance to hope
Ava's hope

Mercy Found Ministries 
One Less
Sowing Roots

After referral:
A Child Waits
Sea of faces
Affording Adoption

Brittany's Hope

Apr 4, 2013

Hope Suds

Need some laundry detergent...of course you do! Buy Hope Suds here...support our adoption...and get some of the most fantastic detergent ever! 50% of the proceeds from each and every sale goes to OUR FAMILY. 

The secret ingredient to Hope Suds is their 100% natural handcrafted soap. (And, lots of Hope)! It is great for cloth diapers as well.

How do you use Hope Suds?


You just add 1 scoop of the powder detergent to your laundry! Our natural detergent is low sudsing and great for HE machines, or even old dinosaur washing machines. You can use it to pretreat stains by making a thick paste by adding a bit of water and rubbing it into the stain.
For boosted whitening power and softer towels, try adding 1/4 cup of white vinegar instead of fabric softener. We know you will be thrilled with the results!  


http://www.cheekymaidensoap.com/hopesudsprofiles/boltes
(Shipping should be about $5 for a small bag and $8 for a big, or FREE shipping for an order over $50!)



Other fundraisers we are doing...
Of course our Etsy shop...
https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeStitchedTogether
90% of profits go towards our adoption expenses, 10% go to Ubuntu Africa!

And if you just want to donate directly to travel expenses...
http://adopttogether.org/theboltes/

Much love and thanks so so much for your support!

Mar 25, 2013

Food....not just for thought....

About 6 months ago...
Sam became a bit more adventurous with his food choices. If you don't know, Sam came to us with some major "food issues" and texture aversions. We were pretty limited to what we could get him to eat. We tried everything. It was exhausting. We stopped trying. He overcame it on his own, his own time. Still will not eat chicken, or other meats in their whole form (will eat ground beef, turkey, ect). 

January...
Cameron entered a Biggest Loser contest, and we got serious about what we were eating. He found a mantra "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." He has done so so well. He has lost about 40 pounds, and continues to lose. We are so proud of him! He has done it the right way...eating well, eating real, exercising consistently (walking and running at night after the boys are in bed).

Last week...
I am doing the "7" study with my small group. It was food week. And there is was...the mantra that we had been living for the past couple months on page 35 "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." At a time when I didn't want to cook or chop or saute any more food...God spoke. He has a plan about how we should eat! He's got this thing covered...we were created vegetarians...after Noah, we could eat meat. He knows what is good for our bodies. He gave very specific guidelines about what was good for us. No, we are not becoming vegetarians, or sticking strictly to Leviticus guidelines on eating...but it was so good to be encouraged from our Father that we are on the right track.

Now...
We are trying to cut most processed foods...limit sugar...limit meat...limit eating out. One "meat" dinner a week. 

But what will the kids eat...
The boys have done GREAT! They will eat veggies and tofu and fruit, and Sam even ASKED for veggies the other night! I feel good about what we are putting in their bellies : ) 

Crazy?...
We are not being crazy about it. We will not refuse an invite out to dinner, or put food restrictions on the kids. We are relaxed but intentional. I will speak up about what people are feeding my children...I will tell you "no" if you offer them candy or chips or other "junk" (except at a child's Birthday Party). If you are on diet and are not supposed to be eating it...it is not good or nutritious for my children either so please do not give it to them. 

So there ya have it...
Our food journey over the last couple months...I believe we can stick with it...it feels good, it is not hard and it is yummy!