Potty time?

Last Sunday, Ana came in my bathroom while I was getting ready for church and said "Mommy, pee pee, potty".  I clarified, "Do you need to pee pee in the potty?"  She promptly responded "ma'am ma'am".  (Translation:  yes ma'am).  First of all, I LOVE it that she calls me "Mommy".  Chloe and Will call me "Mom" and always have...  There is just something so sweet about the name "Mommy".  Anyway, let me tell you for the record that we were not potty training last Sunday morning when she interrupted my routine.  This was very spontaneous and ALL her idea, which is just the way she likes things.  So, I took her diaper off, sat her on the potty, and what-do-ya know...  she pee pee-ed in the potty! And has continued to do so ALL WEEK LONG!  Today, we ventured out for a girls only day and not wanting to be quite so adventurous, I put a diaper on her instead of her so cute little panties.  After several hours of being out running errands and capturing some sweet faces with my camera, we came back home and guess what...  She was still dry!  So, I guess she has totally potty trained me!  :)  As far as pee pee-ing anyway.  Such a big girl!!



"I HAVE A DREAM.....that little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." Martin Luther King, Jr August 28th, 1963 Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

"I HAVE A DREAM that my children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. "

America has not met its obligations and its responsibilities 
to the poor. 

One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. Yes, we made our submarines to penetrate oceanic depths. We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power. It seems that I can hear the God of history saying, "That was not enough! But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me." That’s the question facing America today."


What a day..

My family had a good morning getting ready for church today, which is unusual to say the least.  Jay preached today, so he wasn't able to come home to help keep everyone from revolting.  I had to resort to "you can't play in the snow tomorrow if you don't obey".  But, regardless, they cooperated.  We got all dressed, teeth brushed, Ana's diaper bag packed, doors locked, kids in the car, and still had 20 minutes left to spare!  Not bad, right?  Then, I cranked the car, only to hear "click-click-click-click-click".  Yep, wouldn't start.  And Jay's Explorer wouldn't start at 5:30 this morning either, so guess what he did...  He jumped his off using my van which must have drained the battery.  So, I unloaded the kids from the freezing cold van and I called 4 different friends, none of which answered...  I took 4 advil, fixed one more cup of coffee, and texted John Stuart.  He immediately came to pick us up.  He's our hero for the morning!   So, the unexpected expense for the month:  not one, but TWO car batteries...  And man, are those things expensive since last time we had to buy one!   

So, now we are settled in for the night and we are waiting to see what this Winter Storm Warning will produce.  Maybe we will get a homeschool snow day tomorrow.  :)


This was the email I received this week in reference to my 5 year old.  If you know Will, this is hilarious!

Hello, Jennifer!
Your live wire
If it seems like your child has more energy and stamina than ever — well, he does. Encourage your child to run and burn off some of this boundless energy every day. But remember that he still lacks the judgment of an adult. His enthusiastic ways can lead him into some daredevil situations as he overestimates his abilities or the safety of a situation.
Read more about your 5-year-old »

Describes Will all the way!!!  He is an ex-ninja, banned from any type of flips that "catch air", and I have had to tell him recently that it is NOT ok to move the trampoline close to the house so he can jump off the roof - over the safety net - and onto the trampoline...  And I'm pretty sure that until I get an email from baby center that doesn't use the words "lacks the judgement", "daredevil", and "overestimates his abilities", then he will probably not get his driver's license!  He keeps us on our toes!!


Rant #2

I warned you in the last rant, so here goes nothin..

I'm not sure why people think they have the right to judge my family, my motives, my heart, or especially my baby just because of the color of her skin.  I happen to have 2 blonde haired and blue eyed very white kids and one beautiful brown skinned, black haired, black eyed baby...  And I'm more than ok with that!  That's the way God intended it.  He knew the days ordained for her even before one of them came to be says Psalm 139:16. God orchestrated this adoption and called us to it long before we ever knew what was happening.  But, we live in the south.  We live in a place where ignorance in the form of racism and bigotry exists.  We live in a place where people think that they have a right to express verbally their ignorance and I'm sure it will not stop just because I have posted this rant.   We live in a place that is full of tradition and "deep roots".  We live in a place where people say "The south will rise again" and they do not even fully grasp the magnitude of what they are saying!!  Jay and I did not adopt Ana to change the minds of everyone we come in contact with though.  We adopted Ana because God called us to it and we wanted to be obedient to what He has in store for our family.  We adopted her because He placed a deep love in us for this child that is identical to the love we have for our 2 birth children.  We adopted her because she was made for our family and she is just as much an Adkins as anyone else that lives here...  No, we didn't do it to change anyone's mind, and if nothing ever changes because of it, it was all worth it.  If people still feel the right or need to share their disapproving words, that's fine because in the end, I don't answer to the racist ignorance of the southern people.  I am only accountable to my Heavenly Father and that is enough. But in a perfect world (ha ha) a person would not be judged by the color of their skin, there would be no racism, no preconceived notions..  I will choose to judge based on a person's character, and I will pray that my grand children will only hear about racism in history books.

What's cookin'

Chloe and I get very adventurous on Wednesdays in the kitchen.  Today, we created a new recipe that we are calling Spinach and Mushroom dip.

We started by cooking the sliced mushrooms and spinach in Smart balance butter in a large skillet.

We added salt and pepper.

Next we cubed a block of cream cheese.

 Added about 2 T of mayo...
 And 8 oz. of sour cream..
We also added about a handful of shredded cheddar cheese and melted it in with the mixture.  
MMM... Good!  The only thing that would make it better would be a can of cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken...  I'll try that next time!

Rant for the day

Forgive me while I go on a rant for a minute...  I have been searching for stories and blogs and organizations on the internet for quite some time about adoption.  (surprise, surprise..)  Now, let me preface by saying that I am not an animal hater!  I even went into quite the depression when Jasmine died, then again when Mayer died -- Just read the blog posts about it!  With that being said, I do not think that when you google about transracial adoption, that you should be directed to links about "adopting" pets.  Given that our family has very recently been through the adoption process with Ana, and given that we have also taken in our share of animals, I am quite confident in saying that the process was NOT EVEN SIMILAR!!!  The use of the word "adoption" when it comes to animals should be OUTLAWED!!!  It only cheapens the word and it decreases the significance of what our Heavenly Father did for us through Jesus Christ on the cross and before the foundations of the world!  If my dog, Major, outlives my family, he not the same as "a natural child" as it states in our adoption decree.  He does not have all the same rights to the inheritance as Chloe, Will and Ana have.  He is a DOG!!  AAAHHHH!!!  

Ok, I feel better..  I have more rants that I will TRY to wait a little while to post.  The next one will be on racism and how it has affected my family, so be warned!  A lot of emotion and protective mother instincts goes into that subject.  


New Book

I am reading a new book right now called Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba Father. It is written by Dan Cruver, John Piper, Scotty Smith, Richard D. Phillips and Jason Kovaks. Now, I am only on chapter 6 (out of 8), but it is SO GOOD! I highly recommend this book not only for the Christian that is considering "human adoption", but also for the believer that desires to have a better understanding of what God has done for us through Christ in "vertical adoption". If you are a born again believer, you are adopted into the kingdom and as a child of the Father, you need to understand what this means for you.

It is available on Kindle for $5.99.
Check out the link --> Reclaiming Adoption...


Gone huntin

It's just us girls here enjoying a Sunday afternoon at home while the boys have gone to hunt and hopefully gather! We had a great morning of worship today and now I am watching Chloe play NCAA football on the wii while Ana takes a nap.

On a totally different note... Today, Kira has been heavy on my heart. It has been 10 1/2 months since she was taken from us and the pain is really just as fresh as the day it happened. I guess I will never "get over" Kira. How could I? She was mine for 18 months. She was not like the 5 other children that came and left.. She was just different. I loved her like my very own... We all did. Some things I am reminded of today though: The Lord loves her WAY more than I ever could. The Lord still has a plan. (And He doesn't need my help) And His grace is STILL sufficient for me!

The system is flawed, but my God is not! Fostering is a messy business, but how else would these children know the love and stability provided by their heavenly father? He calls us to make disciples... May I be found faithful.


I pierced Ana's ears!

Someone got her ears pierced!

And she loves them!

And yep, I pierced them! My mom got a piercing kit from WalMart, we picked out the earrings, and when she woke up from her nap, I pierced her right up. She cried for just a second and when she got herself pulled together, she said "I yike my e-wings!"


Today I am hoping to begin a new year of blogging! Notice I didn't label it a resolution.. I have been terrible at updating my blog, so this year I will begin updating with stories of Adkins life for anyone that actually reads this. I am also hoping to take more pictures this year. I got an awesome new camera for Christmas from my sweet parents and I intend to use it for capturing little moments with our family. Here are a couple more pics from December...

End of 2010

In just a few minutes, we will enter 2011 and I can't help but think about all that this year has held for our family. We have had 4 children that left our home and one that came on April 7th that will never leave! Well, not until she grows up anyway. And on December 22, she became an official Adkins. Ana Noelle Adkins to be exact. I have much more to share about her adoption in the future, but for now, I want to reflect on this last month... We went to Zoo Lights, had a big adoption day, Christmas with the family, then to Nashville for more family. Enjoy some photos from our last month...