Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

I cannot believe 2008 has come and gone so quickly. We have been truly blessed with all that has happened in our lives this past year. We are so thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ, our health, our family and our friends. We do know that 2009 holds an even more precious moment: the moment Gracie will be forever in our arms. Tonight we pray for her safety, health and that of all the other orphans who are still without their families. This waiting has been very hard, but we are reminded on a daily basis to trust in Him and His timing. He has the perfect little girl for our family. With the New Year comes many New Year's "resolutions." Each year I have always tried to make "another" resolution, to lose some weight. Well, after I read my dear friend Jill's blog yesterday (She is a friend whom I have never met face to face, but have come to admire through this amazing journey) she put it perfectly into words and scriptures regarding New Year's resolutions.(Check out her blog; it will inspire and move you: I am embarassed to say I have been "one of those," but this year it is going to be different for me. Of course, I am going to continue to take care of this body God has given me for the glory of Him, but I also want to grow in my relationship with him on a daily basis. It is clearly important to draw closer to Him and lead others to Him. 2009 is going to be an incredible year.
We wish you all love, health, happiness and peace. May you find rest in Him.
Prayer for our Gracie to come home to us soon.
With love,
Mat and Stacey
Zach, Justin, Cameron and Tyler

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

It has been a very emotional season for us. We are enjoying all of God's blessings with our boys, but it has been rough waiting to hear about our daughter. We rest in knowing that this will be the LAST Christmas we will have to spend without her. There have been many changes within our adoption agency; all for the better I must say. The older 3 boys are enjoying break and driving one another crazy. We have family in town and I must say, it is really hard to know that they will soon be gone. I always realize just how hard it is living so far away from family. (Let it be known though that I still live in the "original" place-they all moved!) We are amazed by the TRUE meaning of this season. Jesus' birthday. Thank you Lord for giving us this day; your son, our savior. We are truly grateful. For all of you out there, hug your kiddos and your family. Enjoy all the moments even when they are under your skin. Remember what Christmas is about and keep that in your heart always.
God Bless you all.

Monday, December 15, 2008

We're #1! We're #1!

We received some wonderful and exciting news this weekend. We officially have moved up to the #1 spot for the baby girl list! We cannot believe it. Could it be possible that we will see our daughter's beautiful face before the holidays? Maybe, just maybe, keep praying! I have to say that this past month has flown by. I think the holidays have something to do with that. I absolutely love this time of year. I am still amazed at the thought that Jesus was born to give us new life. Isn't that amazing? More and more each day I try to wrap my arms around that concept...utter amazement. He is in control and He definitely has a plan, we are dying to know His plans for us on this incredible journey.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Making History?

Below is a post from an adopted dad's blog regarding our president elect and what the day stood for! Even though we admittedly did not vote for Obama; this is eloquently written, no matter who you voted for. It gives us hope and peace knowing we will be bringing our daughter into a country where she literally can be ANYTHING she wants to be.
Blessings to all!

I am a white-skinned father with a black-skinned son.

A little over a year ago, my wife, Amy, and I adopted our son, Silas, from Ethiopia.

Silas turns two in December.

Today our conversations tend to revolve around our favorite snacks - yogurt and lemon pound cake at Starbucks - and favorite TV characters and movies - Elmo and Ratatouille. We also squabble very little these days. Sometimes Silas will take a swing at me when I take away the Wii joystick. And other times he'll treat the cheese sandwich I made him for dinner like a Frisbee.

One day, though, Silas will want to talk about other things.Like the color of his skin. And my skin. And his mother's skin. And pictures and events and people and dates he finds in his history textbook.

There are some historical dates I don't want to explain to Silas then. August 12th, 1955, for example. That's the day Emmett Till, a 14 year old boy, was brutally lynched in Mississippi by white, southern, "Christian" men.

Then there is September 15th, 1963. That's the day when four little girls were killed by a white supremacist bomb at 16th Street Baptist Church.

And then there is April 4th, 1968. That's the day Martin Luther King Jr. had his hope-filled voice silenced by a sniper's gun.

These are days in America's history that I don't look forward to explaining to my son.

But then there are days I can't wait to explain to Silas.

Days like December 1st, 1955. The day when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man. That small, defiant "no" reverberated out into a large, defiant "no more."

There are other days, too. Like August 28th, 1963. The day Martin Luther King delivered his famous message, "I Have a Dream." It was a day unlike any other day. It was a day of dreaming of another kind of America.

And now there is November 4th, 2008.

This is a day I look forward to telling Silas about - not as a student of history, but as a participator in making history.

And I will tell Silas this: I voted for Obama. For you. For me. For us.

And I will also tell him something like this (I hope): "Silas, my son, this was a day that heralded a new day. A day of change. A day of hope. A day brimming with the promise of a new kind of political dialogue, a new kind of political leader, a new kind of American citizen, a new kind of America, and, for African Americans who share your same skin color, Silas, a new kind of dream, a new kind of role, and, most importantly, a new kind of responsibility.

Now know this also, Silas. Not everyone will share the enthusiasm your parents did on that day. There will be some people that your mom and I love dearly who disagreed with us. Don't worry: We still love them. And they still love us. Because what we understand is that Jesus' love conquers all things. And, Silas, if we can't practice this amongst each other as Christians, then I'm not sure who can.

But make no doubt about it, Silas: Not everyone on the day after November 4th, 2008 will look back with misty-eyed nostalgia. Many, especially in Oklahoma (which we may or may not be living in when you read this), will look back with red-eyed nausea. And some of those people will have a knee-jerk reaction.

They'll spew apocalyptic rhetoric. They'll entertain thoughts of doom and gloom and Armageddon. They'll re-read The Left Behind books and re-nurture the hope of an imminent rapture. And sadly, some will choose not to roll up their sleeves and get to work for the common good when President Obama takes office. Instead, they'll dig in their heels and look menacingly for someone to blame, scapegoat, and demonize for the world not fitting into their little egocentric matrix.

Others, son, will unfortunately have retreated back into their tribal matrix - whether their political party or religious ghetto- and will have completely ignored Jesus's call to us to embrace his worldcentric matrix of multi-tribal community, enemy love, forgiveness, generosity, and grace.

Others will reduce "God's politics" to single, hot-button issues like abortion and homosexuality, completely glossing over and blatantly disregarding the other issues near to God's heart, like extreme poverty, the dehumanization and violence of war, corporate greed, and religious indifference toward the needy.

Even others will try to guilt you. And me. And your mother. They'll insidiously project a tribal deity they have largely created out of a dark patchwork of isolated scripture, hidden fear and anxiety, and thinly veiled religious pride, racial prejudice, nationalistic xenophobia.

And finally, some will tell you they are "praying for America", when really they are secretly petitioning for God's judgment and wrath to come on everyone who doesn't think, believe, and act like them - the way the disciples did toward the Samaritans (Lk. 9:54-56), which Jesus rebuked them for.

So hear me, son: Change always comes with a great price. It can be a tremendous blessing. It can also carry a weighty burden. And in the end, it will take the Spirit who gives us the capacity and ability to forgive those who wound us, to understand those we disagree with, to show courage in the face of hostility, and to hold onto our faith, hope, and love, while we seek to mediate into the world, God's compassion, justice, and shalom.

And finally, my boy, I want you to understand this: November 4th was a day that many around the world celebrated. But it is not the day, it is not the party, it is not the celebration that in our heart of hearts we long for. At best, it was a fleeting glimpse, a tiny foretaste. For a day is coming in history, Silas, when Jesus, the true Lord, the true President, will herald the beginning of something that will never end. A new kind of humanity. A new kind of community. And a new kind of creation. And that day will be for all peoples of the earth - Democrats and Republicans and African-Americans and Latinos and Hispanics and Kenyans and Ethiopians (yeah) and Iranians and Iraqis and every tribe, tongue, and nation! Now that will be some party, Silas, my son! That will be some party!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

November is National Adoption Month

Psalm 10:14, 17-18
...You are the defender of orphans...Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will listen to their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so people can no longer terrify them.

1. The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to kiss them goodnight has made you lose sleep.
2. You realize DNA has nothing to do with love and family.
3. You can't watch adoption stories on TLC without crying.
4. The fact that if 7% of the world's Christians adopted 1 child, there would be no more orphans in the world, is convincing to you.
5. You spend your free time surfing blogs about families who have experienced the blessing of adoption.
6. It drives you crazy when people as you about your adopted child's "real" parents.
7. You had no idea how you would afford to adopt, but stepped out in faith anyway, knowing where God calls you, He will provide.
8. You have never taken an airplane ride half-way around the world with a child you just met.
9. You believe God's heart is for adoption.
10. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart and family is one of the most important legacies you could ever leave on this earth.
11. You know what the word "Dossier" means and you can pronounce it!
12. You have welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of your life.
13. You shudder when people say your child is so lucky that you adopted her, knowing full well that you are the blessed ones to have her in your life
-Author Unknown

Yes, still waiting...It has been about 12 weeks thus far!
Love to all.

Monday, November 3, 2008

God continues to amaze us!

It has been awhile and already we have started November. I must say that I did not think we would still be waiting for our referral. But, we are!!!! The other day I was driving home and as I was saying my prayers asking God for His guidance and His patience, here is what I saw "My grace is sufficient for you.-Jesus" Ok, is that not an eye opener? We must wait, we must wait patiently! God knows who are daughter is and the right time for her to come and be with us.
Halloween flew by, we didn't even carve pumpkins until that evening. This was the warmest Halloween we have had here since I can remember. Ty did great, he was a little blue monster and was loving every bit of it until....we left the neighbors (about 6 houses up) and he fell into these ugly little cactus'!!!! Luckily Mat caught him before he had his face mangled, but let me tell you...the prickly things were embedded into his little hands. If you know Ty, he is NOT a crier, but CRY he did, SCREAM is more like it. Now we have been asking these neighbors to get rid of this cactus for the past 4 years because we have more little kids on the street now and several of the kids have been riding bikes and fell into them, etc. OK, maybe 35 years ago cactus were cool to plant but come on.....Needless to say Ty recovered, but that ended our night for trick or treating!
Ok, enough rambling, please pray for our nation and the vote tomorrow. And PLEASE make sure you vote. Please pray for the families traveling, having court dates, and waiting on referrals. The wait is agonizing, but relying on God and one another we can do this and when we bring home our beautiful children this will all be a distant memory!!!!!
Love and Blessings to all!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Time is flying by, but my heart still aches!

Wow, I cannot believe we are half way through October already! We have now been waiting for our referral for 10 weeks! I guess I always prayed somewhere deep inside that our referral would come quickly. I keep reminding myself (about 50 thousand times) each day that it is all in God's timing and He knows who our daughter is and the right time for her to come to know us. But, ugh, this is so incredibly hard! This is definitely the hardest part so far. This is a million times harder than being pregnant!!!! OK, enough whining...I am sure you are saying to yourself; "do you want some cheese with that wine?" On to other momentus daily briefings:
Football is nearing the regular season end, and both teams have had a couple of hard losses. They are doing great, although, they would both like to redeem themselves this week. Lots of prayers headed their way. Last Sunday at church was our testimonial and our reasons for adopting and what our church could do to help. They have been so gracious as to host a spaghetti dinner there on the 26th of October. We are also having a silent auction and live music by Sharla Jackson. I think it is going to be a fantastic, heart warming event. If you live here in Colorado and can make this, send me an email and I will get you tickets. ( am so excited to have Gracie meet our church; they already have so much love for her and she is not even here yet. Back in February when we first stepped foot into this church I knew we were "home." God continues to bless us with kindness. I am getting some "away" time this weekend, for our women's retreat down in Colorado Springs. I think this will really help clear my mind and recenter myself. We are so busy on a daily basis that I find myself feeling like a chicken with my head cut off! Ok, guess that is not a pretty picture. Sorry. Last week our agency said they were going to be giving out about 10 referrals very soon, but none are baby girls. At least some little, beautiful children will be one step closer to coming home to be with their families. Ok, anymore ramblings? No, guess not. All is truly well with the Trumans and we feel TRLYBLSD!!!!
From all of us to you; we send our love!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

It's been awhile!

Oh, how sorry I am that it has been so long since I've updated our blog. I have had several people ask me, "When are you going to give us an update?" Life has been going about 100 mph with football and school in full swing, my new part-time job with 3:30 am wake ups and my darling husband's 48 hour shifts! Whew, where did the time go? Yes, it has gone by fast, but we have been officially waiting 5 weeks for our referral of our daughter! Now, in the adoption world, that is not a long period of time, but for a mom and dad and brothers, it seems like an eternity. For those of you who know me, I don't like waiting! I was always the kid who ran down the stairs on Christmas morning before anyone else in the house was awake, opened my presents, rewrapped them and then headed back to "wait" until someone else woke up! Now that is not a girl who patiently waits! Therefore, I have been reading a little book called, "Wait" by Russell Kelfer nearly every other day. Here is an excerpt so you have an understanding of why I am reading this:
"Waiting is certainly not a concept we humans would invent, but it is a priceless principle from the heart of God given to us for the ultimate benefit. Note Isaiah 40:31, "But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." When we allow the Lord to lead and guide us, when we stay in His presence and watch Him, it is then that we receive strength."
Now do you understand?
As far as what exactly is happening now, we are patiently waiting to hear back from many adoption foundations where we applied for grants to help with our adoption costs. We are still fundraisin by selling different items on Craigslist and selling our yummy Ethiopian coffee and "Grace" candles. Please email us if you would like to order either one of those. We can even ship! ( We are also planning a spaghetti dinner and silent auction at our incredible church, Light and Life. They have been truly a blessing to us and we cannot wait to share this beautiful place of God with Gracie. We have also started to design and work on her nursery. I think this is so much fun! I have never loved PINK as much as I do now!
So friends and family that is what is happening with the Truman adoption. We are enjoying this journey and hope you are too! I will try to get better about updating more often. With much love, blessings and hugs and kisses!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Quick, Quick, Bunny, Bunny!!!!

I cannot believe it, we received our "golden ticket" today-our 171-H arrived!!!!! Shout it out, Praise Jesus! It really is amazing how He works. We are busy getting ready for our huge benefit garage sale on August 22nd. We are so grateful to all of our friends and family who have donated to our cause. We are truly blessed to have all of your support. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Boys have started school and football has begun, so it is crazy in the Truman house. We are hoping all this craziness helps make the time go by quickly while enjoying all the moments and waiting for our baby girl to come home.
On another note, last Sunday we attended FAITH DAY at the Rockies with our awesome church and after the game (the Rockies lost) we were graced by the presence of a concert by Steven Curtis Chapman. WOW, since losing his little girl on May 21st, this was emotional to say the least. I cried like a baby the entire time; and even saw tears rolling down my husbands cheeks. We both agreed after hearing his story, we are just that more convicted regarding adoption! It definitely is our heart and the heart of God for our family. Thank you SCC for that amazing, touching concert and letting the world into the depths of your suffering and pain, just to give us the story of what Jesus' redemption is all about. You rock! And this adoption journey we are on ROCKS!!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Another Step Closer!

Just a quick update; our dossier has been authenticated in Washington DC, sent back to our agency, and then was sent to Ethiopia. Today we heard, our dossier has left Germany!!!! Wow-this feels amazing. I know once it hits Ethiopia it takes awhile to translate and then is sent to MOWA for approval. Hopefully a little time after that we will get our referral. I keep trying to remind myself though that it is all in God's time, not ours! Isn't it amazing though? This past week has been wonderful as both of my sisters were in town as well as my mom. We had sort of a "mini" reunion and getting to share these steps with them was also very special. Being "paper pregnant" is kinda funny but similar to being "biologically" pregnant because each little step or accomplishment is one step closer to "THE DAY!" Smiling from ear to ear while enjoying every moment!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Today is the day, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Today marks another check mark. Our dossier hit Washington D.C. at 8:58 a.m. to be authenticated.....Yeah!!!!!!!! This means then it will come back to Colorado and hopefully head to Ethiopia at the end of the week. Just one step closer to our daughter. Praise the Lord; isn't He amazing? This past Sunday at church our pastor spoke about suffering and why people get angry at God for "letting" bad things happen. It was an eye opener as to the suffering we entail in our lives, yet look at all our blessings in our lives. Things are hard, life is hard, but we live in an incredible country and have lots of opportunity to serve others. As we are embarking on the most amazing journey of our lives, I try to remember the suffering of those in Ethiopia, the mothers who are making a better life for their children by wanting more for them. I know this is a rambling of words and thoughts, but I just am hoping to inspire someone with hope, faith and love. "Wherever you go,go with all your heart." Mat and I have tried to live this motto since we became a family-I guess you could say it's our family motto!!!!
Goodnight and God Bless!

Monday, July 21, 2008

It was a beautiful day!

We are sooooo excited to say that our homestudy is 100% complete and approved and our dossier was turned in today!!!!! Unbelievable!!! Now, the next steps are: Dossier is reviewed by agency, agency sends it to Washington, DC then on to Ethiopia! Meanwhile, we will take our USCIS I600A to the local office in Denver and wait to get our fingerprinting dates!!! Next we should get our referral for our beautiful baby girl. Isn't God's grace amazing? We kept anticipating so much more work, but for us it has gone fairly smoothly. Praise the Lord. For those of you who know me, I like the control, but this is good for me....let HIM have the wheel.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Where is the time going?

It has been quite awhile since we have posted what is happening in our lives. Our homestudy is done and the dossier is getting "certified" at the Secretary of State as we speak. It will be ready tomorrow to pick up, then off to our agency. They will review it, send it to DC and then off to Ethiopia!!!!! Yeah, I can hardly believe it. The courts in Ethiopia are soon closing which will make it slow as molasses, but I just keep telling myself, "It is all in God's time." Around our homefront we are busy with the last baseball tournament this weekend and an outing to Cheyenne, Wyoming for Frontier Days and the Rascal Flatts concert. It should be lots of fun. I have started my job at the local S-------s and am enjoying it immensely. I LOVE coffee and what can be better than making it and drinking it the entire time I am working? I am still only in the training part, but still have tons of fun. I work with a great group of people who are very patient with me! Other than that, school starts in a month (UGH!!! ) and football season is quickly approaching. I don't know about anyone else out there, but the summer sure seems a lot shorter than it used to??? To all of you, enjoy what is left of summer, take time to smell those beautiful flowers and listen for God's whispers.

Friday, June 27, 2008

"This is who I am, this is how I'm made!"

Wow, tonight I heard these words from our 8 year old, darling boy, Cameron! Whoever thought an 8 year old could be so wise. We should all live our lives with this in mind. God created each one of us differently. Special and unique. What more do we need to describe ourselves. This will be good advice when we bring home our precious remind ourselves, family is not created by blood, it is created in HIS image and each one of us shine in His eyes.

I do need to share the previous part of this conversation.
Cameron: "Mom, this is who I am, this is how I'm made. After my 2 hour nap, I'm not that tired. I would like to watch TV to help me fall asleep. Can I? I don't know why this helps me, it is just who I am, how I'm made!"

What more could a mom say? I hope this leaves you smiling from ear to ear!
God bless.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Blowing Kisses in the Wind

Tonight as I get ready for bed, I talk to God, knowing he hears. I ask for safety for my husband who is at work, blessings for all of our friends and family, and the protection of my sweet boys tucked safely into bed (all but one, who is safely in Wyoming with Grammy and Grandpa.)Then I "blow kisses" to our little girl who is thousands of miles away from us. When we began this process, a friend gave us the advice, to ask God to place your faces in your baby's dreams, so she will know you when you go to get her. Aren't dreams wonderful? Dreams really do come true.Below is the poem. Enjoy and sleep tight!

Kisses in the Wind

I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams.
You are here each day with me, at least that's how it seems.

I know you wonder where we are... what's taking us so long.
But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong.

Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin...
Because tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.

May God hold you in His hand until I can be with you.
I promise you, my darling, I'm doing all that I can do.

Very soon, you'll have a family for real, not just pretend.
But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.

May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight.
And let the angels bring the kisses that I send to you each night.
--- Author Unknown

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Why Ethiopia?

Many people ask us, why Ethiopia? First,this is the country that God has laid upon our hearts. Most likely because this is the country we feel has the GREATEST need. Some statistics for thought:
-250,000 children under age 5 die from diarrhea each day
-1/2 of the adult population cannot read and write
-average life expectancy is 48 years of age
-one of the 5 poorest countries in the world
-4 out of 5 people live on $2 per day
-the average Ethiopian lives on $100 per year
-1 in 10 children die before their first birthday
-1 in 6 children die before their 5th birthday
-44% of the population of Ethiopia is under 15 years old
-60% of children are stunted because of malnutrition
-the median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years
-1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world)
-720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone, and there are 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia
-Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any other country in Africa
-1/2 the children in Ethiopia will never attend school and 88% will never attend secondary school
-Ethiopian doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000

Now I don't think the question is why are you adopting? It is why wouldn't we?

Thank you for your prayers and support.
The Truman's

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Today is an incredible day. A day when we can give thanks to all the wonderful men in our lives.
First and foremost we must praise our Heavenly Father for giving us a chance in this life. Thank Him for loving us unconditionally even with our faults. Secondly, I thank my amazing husband. He is truly my best friend, the best husband EVER and the BEST daddy EVER! Next I have to thank my dad, for loving me and supporting all my crazy ideas. Even though we are many states away, I know he is always with me. I am also incredibly grateful for my step-dad, Mike. What an absolute blessing he is to our family. He is ever so gracious with his love and level-headedness!!! (Not sure if that is a word, but today it is!) For those of you who know me, you know I often wear my emotions on my sleeve and Mike has a great way of keeping it all in check. Now, I need to say thank you to my father in law, Mike. I am extremely grateful to him for being part of the creation of my husband. Without you, Mike, I would not have Mat and for that I cannot thank you enough! One other important person is my grandpa. I love him dearly and am blessed to have him in my life. So Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there and to all the father's anxiously awaiting the day to become a DADDY.
Now, as for what is happening on our adoption front:
This week marks the 3rd homestudy visit for us. This takes place on Wednesday (6/18) and is the last visit before the homestudy can be put together. All the remaining paperwork should be finished this week!!! One step, almost done and we have begun the paperwork for the dossier. Whew, it does get overwhelming at times. I find myself constantly making lists. Our goal is to get our dossier finished in July and off to Ethiopia. It is all in God's timing, but keeping our fingers crossed for a court date in October or November. (This will be here before we know it.)
I also excitedly applied for a job at our local Starbuck's. I am hoping to hear from them tomorrow to set up an interview. What better place to spend some "free time" but with coffee?
The weather here has been beautiful and summer is in full swing. Swimming, friends, baseball, church camps and visiting Grammy and Grandpa. God is so good.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Where to begin????

We have created this blog so our dear friends and family can follow along on this amazing journey we have begun to bring home our baby girl from Ethiopia. We have been truly blessed by an amzing God and we know we want to share this with the world! Can you tell, I am ecstatic??? Jumping for joy every chance I get. For those of you who know our family, a lot of this will be "old" news, but for our new friends, we hope you will enjoy getting to know us.

Let us introduce ourselves:
Mom, Stacey, first and foremost a child of God, wife to my incredible husband Mat and mom to 4 wonderful boys...excitedly waiting to be a mom to Gracie! She is already deep within my heart!(Can you believe how blessed I am to stay at home with my children and take care of this crazy household?)

Dad, Mat, a magnificent son of God, husband to me (lucky guy!!!! LOL!), and dad to 4 wonderful son's. (Oh, he also has the greatest job in the world, he is a firefighter/paramedic. Every young boys dream, right?) Now you know I am excited, but you should see how much this man is loving PINK!!!!

Zach, oldest, 13, computer whiz and smart as the day is long! He is a lover of reading, CSI, youth group and really can fix anything electronic.

Justin, second oldest, 12, in love with athletics and Jesus, a huge help around the house. He definitely loves to cook and will even change diapers!

Cameron, not the "baby" anymore, 8, adores his older brothers and LOVES being an older brother. He loves football, baseball and basketball. He has an "old" soul and keeps us laughing. He always tends to say the cutest things.

Tyler, the youngest so far, 15 months, and thinks he should be at least 5! He CRACKS us up and consistently puts smiles on everyone's faces even if we've had a bad day. He loves EVERYONE and loves to read.