Thursday, October 19, 2017

Britt Post Adoption-Month 5

Five months.

Five months have passed since Britt has been ours.

Five months since she left everything she's ever known.  

Five months a Slaughter and for that we're so very thankful.

This has been the month Britt has made the most changes.  She's really coming into her own.  She's got us all figured out (and has us wrapped around her finger).

The biggest news this past month is SHE IS WALKING!

She's been going to occupational therapy weekly and has recently begun going twice a week where they work on both large and fine motor skills.  *MOM BRAG MOMENT*  When she began therapy, I asked the therapist when her goal was for Britt walking.  I just wondered what kind of time table we were working with and her response was, "Christmas.  We're gonna have her walking by Christmas."  And YOU guys!  It's not even Halloween just yet.

She pretty much walks all over our house.  She isn't good at the stairs yet, (THANKFULLY) so she stays downstairs and walks around.

She started speech therapy this past week.  I'm thinking it's due to a combination of the cleft issues, new language, and age but she's only making a couple sounds.  We'll be working on that and hopefully she'll knock those goals right out of the park as well.

Her receptive language completely amazes me!  Tab and I will say something and she'll know exactly what we're talking about.  We're constantly saying, "How does she know that word?". 

Just last night after the bath, I put some new lotion on her and was telling her it smelled so good.  She kept smelling her hands and going, "ooh".  I told her to go let Daddy smell her lotion.  She got up, walked straight over to Tab, and put her hand out for him to smell.

We have her check-up on her palate coming up next week, but she's doing great.  She's eating anything and everything, is sleeping all night, and taking great naps.

I'll try to remember to post the video (and more videos of her because you've been asking:)), but she's started folding her hands in prayer and closing her eyes while we pray.  It's the CUTEST thing ever.  Just last night, we prayed before dinner and Bowen was kind enough to point out that "Britt never closed her eyes".  Now, how'd he know that, right?  ;)  But then she wanted us to watch her and she bowed her head, folded her hands, and closed her eyes.

This past month she's really turned into a toddler.  She'll be in the bathroom while I'm getting ready and before I know it the box of Q-Tips is all over the floor.  Just normal toddler stuff!

Earlier this week, Ebby Lee asked me what our life would be like if we hadn't adopted Britt.  (I should add all our kids are smitten with her but the older two are like head over heels.  Nixon, my crazy tough all boy seven-year-old will talk to her in the sweetest voice and calls her his baby.  They're precious with her.)  But I was trying to explain to Ebby Lee that I thought our lives were exactly how they should be...we had three healthy kiddos and I was 100% great with that.  Then I told her that sometimes God knows something you need that you don't even realize.  It might not be so easy getting there, but in the end he wants exactly what's best for us.  Adoption isn't easy...the paperwork is long, it's expensive, traveling is tough, getting a new kiddo who doesn't even know what a family is is hard, but five months on the other side of it and I can see this huge blessing God placed on our hearts.  We're getting to experience it because we said, "yes".  If he's calling you to adopt, foster, or something similar trust me you don't wanna miss this.

This girl.  She melts us all.  She's taught us so many things in these past months.  And I hope we're teaching her how very loved she is by this crazy family of hers.

Britt turns TWO next month!  And we can't wait to celebrate!

If you've missed any post adoption posts, you can see them here...
*I skipped a four month post.
*I skipped a one month post because I was catching up on all our China recaps.

If you missed any of my China recaps, you can see them here...

Have a GREAT day!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall Fashion Galore

Happy Hump Day, Friends!

I can't get over the weather!  It's been simply amazing here in Texas.  I've had not only the heater on in my car but the seat warmers too.  Nothing makes me happier than those seat warmers. 

Nordstrom reached out and asked if I'd share a few more FALL FAVORITES with you.  My whole intention was to show a couple new things I've seen that I like, BUT when I started searching Nordstrom's website I just couldn't quit!  FALL goodies galore!  And just like always Nordstrom makes shopping online at home in my pajamas so stinkin' easy!  Free shipping and free returns are my love language.

You should grab a coffee or a couple tacos with guacamole depending on what time you read this.  :)

First, let me tell you the lighting was weird because it was BRIGHT while I was taking pictures.  I'm sporting day four hair.  Yes, day four.  By the end of these pictures my hair was a HOT MESS.  And Britt joins me in several pictures so there are moments of us both making silly faces.  #keepingthebabyhappy

Now let's talk about this sweatshirt poncho.  (Because of the extra fabric under the arms, it felt like a poncho to me but it's a sweatshirt.)  It's super comfy, can be dressed up or dressed down, and is perfect for FALL in Texas.  I paired it with these jeans (true to size) and these booties (you can't see just yet-I'd size normal.  Reviews say to size up, but when I sized up they were too big.  I'd say true to size.)

You can see the wine booties a little better in this one. 

This fleece top was SO cozy.  I spotted this in the store and sized up just because I wanted it a little on the loose side as opposed to small.  This has a hoodie and can be worn with workout leggings, jeans, or any pants for that matter.

I also spotted this cute scarf in the store, but it's MIA online at the moment.  I'll continue checking to add it to this post.

It's no secret I'm a fan of a poncho/cape and this plaid one is no exception.

I wanted you to see it's more like a cape than a poncho.  It doesn't go over your head, but is cut to be worn like a poncho.

This twist front top is a super, cozy fleece and comes in a variety of colors.  I'd recommend sizing up if you're long-waisted.  I didn't size up and the twisted part of the shirt was pretty short.  With a cami, it's super cute though!

This satin maroon top will get you in the holiday spirit a bit early.  It has a fun sleeve and was paired with these jeans and booties.

This tie front cozy fleece top was just that-crazy cozy.

I've got a thing for leopard so this cardigan spoke to me.  I actually think my hair was trying to talk back.  hahaha!  (What is happening to my hair?!  And why didn't I notice?!)

I wanted you to see the cardigan colors up close.  It's a brown/olive green with navy and blue leopard spots.

This black v-neck sweater is at a great price point and can be worn alone or layered all fall/winter long.

I paired it with this cute plaid scarf for another look.  And you can see the wine booties a little better here.

This sweater is a thinner, softer material but again-great price and can layer or wear it alone.

I love a boyfriend style plaid top.  This one is business in front and party in back.

Check out that ruffle.  :)

Whew!  That's all I have for you today.  A big THANK YOU to Nordstrom for teaming up today.  And I hope you guys found a little fall inspiration. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  You can shop everything I highlighted in this post here...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Talk-Bible Study Help

Hey Friends!

Happy Tuesday!

The weather has cooled off a bit this week and we're so very thankful.  It feels like FALL here in Texas.  

It's the third Tuesday of the month so Ashley and I are TALKING today.  We'd love for you to join us.  :)

We've been chatting all year long.  In case you missed any, we've talked...

We've covered a HOT, RANDOM MESS of topics.

Today, I'm really hoping for your input.  I know this can be a bit of a private subject, but Tab and I have been trying to figure out how to help our older kiddos with establishing their own quiet time.  In college, I remember seeing those friends who clearly had a very well established quiet time routine long before being out on their own.  They didn't waver in their commitment even in college with late nights and early wake-ups.  I'd love to instill that in my children as well.  

Here are my questions...

*Do you do this with them or have them do it alone?

*Do you encourage them to do it at night?  Morning?  After school?

*Do you guys have any great studies you recommend doing with kiddos ages 7-9?

I'd love for us all to do something on our own but get together a few times a week to discuss.  So far we've always done it together...with Bowen and even Britt.  (My big kids both have devotionals but not any sort of study.)  It's distracting and we tend to water it down so Bowen understands what we're talking about.

I know each kiddo is different, but I'd love to hear what has worked for you in the past.  (Or maybe what's working right now.)

Again, I'd love ANYTHING you have to offer!  (And maybe a few other readers would as well.)

Thanks in advance, ladies!  Please add your blog to the link-up to join the fun!