Eight on the Eighth: A Life Lately Recap

Okay, y’all…forgive my absence here. For the last two weeks, we’ve gone into sprint mode around here with visa applications, a quick lake getaway, the start of a new school year, and just general September craziness. So, a couple quick things to share with you all…


We are resting on the adoption paperwork front…for a hot nanosecond.

Our visa applications went out last week, our I800 application (immigration forms) went out two weeks ago, and our latest agency invoice was sent to the grant director for disbursement. Check, check, check. For now, we breathe. At this point, nothing can happen until we get our I800 approval and the grant money is received by our agency. At that point, we should know our travel dates…EEEEK! I cannot WAIT to start a countdown to baby boy!


We sent summer out in style with a quick little jaunt up to the lakehouse for one last getaway as a family of four. It was a sweet, sweet time in our favorite place. I didn’t take all that many pictures because I really tried to keep my thoughts and mind present with my family and keep the social media and temptations of the phone away, but I grabbed just a couple to share. 🙂

This view…it just never gets old, y’all.

We are in the middle of a marriage series at church, and each week, we are getting “homework.” This week, we were supposed to go on a date. Ummm, okay. Can’t argue with church, right? We got away for a quick bite of Arkansas BBQ on Saturday afternoon. 

Fishing with Doc! Caught a “whopper!”

Loved spying on my boys while they were fishing one morning…total Forrest Gump moment. 😉 I can’t believe I’ll have THREE boys to spy on next summer! 
Major growth from the kids – they actually SWAM IN THE LAKE! 


The day after we returned from the lake, we started a brand new year of school! 
These kids had a great first week and are LOVING their new teachers and classes! 
We have a Thursday afternoon slurpee tradition…I think I was the happiest of the three of us to see it return! 


Monday night, our t-shirt fundraiser closed, and I am blown away to share that we raised $1,400 to put toward our orphanage donation! We sold just shy of 100 shirts, and for being a second round of orders, we couldn’t believe the success! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who supported!


Okay, I can’t get this post published without shouting out the Noonday sale section. I know, I know…painful self-promotion. BUT IT’S REALLY NOT! I want to point out a few of my absolute favorite pieces that are on CRAZY sale right now so you can grab them up before they’re gone forever! These are items that will not be reordered and they WILL sell out QUICKLY!
These are two of my classic favorites for the James Avery or very traditional girl. The Monaco bracelet on the left was originally $38 and is now LESS THAN $15! Ummm, hello perfect gift for the mother-in-law who has everything! And the Octagon Hoops are under $25! These are my GO-TO earrings that basically go with anything.
Ohhh, Chennai Crossbody, let me count the ways I love you. You make me HANDS FREE, you are a gorgeous color pop, and you have a REMOVABLE tassel…be still my heart! This handmade beauty was just marked down from $125 to $84.99…more than 30% off. Yes, PLEASE. And the Nakato Necklace…it’s a hand-rolled gorgeous statement pieces that is just $20.99 right now. Let me assure you, this one will be GONE FAST!
And lastly…two of my FAVORITES are this month’s guest specials, and I have a trunk show open through the 23rd! If you pick up a couple of gifts or sale items and your cart totals $60+, shoot me an email and let me enter your order with one (or both) of these special deals! Sale items + trunk show specials = happy wallet. TOO GOOD, Y’ALL.
Check it all out HERE.


This guy. I think he’s been having a little bit of a tough time with the fact that most of his friends went to Kindergarten and he doesn’t see them all that much anymore. I think he’s also a little bit nervous about getting a baby brother, and he’s been very cuddly and clingy lately. Tonight, I was tucking him in bed around 7:45 and mentioned I might go on a walk. He didn’t seem very tired, so I asked if he wanted to go with me, and he just about flew out of his bed. We walked around the neighborhood, talked about his new TK class, and he relished the one-on-one time. I didn’t get much exercise, but I think he needed the time more than I needed the calorie burn. 🙂

We watched a family of ducks sitting on the edge of the lake here for a while, and it was so interesting to me that he kept talking about the white duck sitting with all the brown ducks. He kept asking why he was with them when he “didn’t match.” It was such a great opportunity to hear his perspective. I was so tempted to immediately jump in and pull out all the cliches about how we don’t have to look alike to love each other or be accepted, but I somehow mustered the self-control to just listen instead. Children are amazing you guys. Carter proceeded to make up a story about how the brown ducks found the white duck when he was swimming alone because he was lost. He thinks the brown ducks asked him if he needed help, and the white duck said he doesn’t have a family, so the brown ducks take care of him. He then looked up at me and said, “They’re kinda like us, huh?” I asked him what he meant, and he said, “That’s why Brooks is in China waiting for us. He needs us to take care of him, right, Mom? Because he needs a family?”
Cue the ugly cry.
Are adoption hormones a thing? Some people called waiting adoptive families “paper pregnant.” I think that’s kind of odd, so I’ve never used that term, but I’m totally feeling the emotional roller coaster lately. Dang you, five year-old! 😉


If you’re still reading, props to you. It’s the first week of school, I walked over 3 miles today running around our preschool building like a crazy lady. and I’m going to call six out of the eight good for now. The Eight on the Eighth title sounded so much better than six on the eighth…so we’re keeping it,but I’m spent. y’all. 

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