adopted…

georgie and i have known monica & her family for about ten years now.  carson was a baby.  georgie was just a wee girl.  and monica’s only daughter, leah, was a gangly preteen.  it wasn’t long after meeting that monica adopted her precious baby faith.  in my mind she will ALWAYS be baby faith even though she’s certainly no baby now 🙂 

through all the crazy journeys we’ve been on, one thing has always remained constant:  monica and i are both crazy as they come.  (oops, did i just type that?  hee hee).  actually, what i meant to say is:  i am continously inspired by monica’s faith and her passion.  her life is a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns, ups and downs…it’s like a good book that you can’t put down…never knowing what the next page will reveal…and while  it’s fascinating to watch…i can’t EVEN IMAGINE what it’s like to actually LIVE it.

but LIVE IT is exactly what she and her family are doing.  her oldest son just celebrated his one year anniversary, leah is a gorgeous college student, faith is a well adjusted young lady.  and just when doug and monica could finally coast, they have instead adopted two very active, very handsome little guys from ethiopia.  no empty nest syndrome for this couple 🙂

yesterday monica told me that i simply HAD to check out the THIRD DAY — ‘CHILDREN OF GOD’ video.  i did.  i’d heard the song many times, but watching the images was an entirely different experience.  interesting timing with it being father’s day weekend.

if only we could TRULY grasp that we are, indeed, children of God.  and if only we could TRULY grasp that God is GOOD.   it would change our lives.  it would change the world.  if only. 

check out the video…and let the change begin:

at monica’s request, georgie and i have begun working on some adoption magnets. thank you, my friend, for continuing to live it. i am so very blessed to call you friend.

xoxo, gwen

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introducing…

georgie and gwen.  mother & daughter.  designers & friends.

you should know that georgie and i are completely outnumbered in our house full of boys.   it’s been this way for a long time.  there may be MORE of THEM but we know how to stand our ground in this house 🙂

everyone warned me about the ups and downs of raising a teenage girl.  the hormones.  the fits of rage.  the rebellion.  but georgie and i have not experienced that (yet).  i love this girl more than life itself.  i’m so proud of who she is…of how she is…we’ve gone through a LOT of adventures together…we’ve been challenged, we’ve been stretched.  and through it all, we learn.  we grow.  we laugh.  and we cry.

we are entering a brand new chapter of our lives.  no teenaged girl wants to move across the country at the end of her freshman year of high school.  no teenaged girl wants to leave her friends behind.      no teenaged girl wants to have to start all over in a new place.  and neither does georgie.

but that’s exactly what we’ve done, the result of a new job for my husband, her daddy.

one night in texas (prior to the move) a friend of ours had offered to come help us pack.  somehow we ended up crafting into the wee hours of the morning.  my nine foot island was COVERED in scrapbook paper and modge podge, glitter and rhinestones. 

that night i learned something about georgie:  the girl has creativity OOZING out of her pores.  i’ve always been creative…and i KNEW that she had inherited this.  but i had never really seen her in action like i did that night.  not only that, but it also gave us LOTS of opportunity to just chat about all the changes…the good, the bad, the ugly.  it’s a night i’ll never forget.

and it got me thinking that maybe it would be good to continue on with the creativity and see where it takes us.  we’re definitely going to have some free time this summer and it will be good to keep our hands & minds busy, our lines of communication open.  we’ve got all sorts of ideas and projects swirling around in our heads…for now, we’re starting with our super fun washer necklaces.   we’re going to hit the streets and see if we can’t get some of the beach boutiques to sell them for us…and we’re also going to have them available via facebook for our friends & family.  stay tuned for some photos from our fun-filled, beach-inspired creativity sessions 🙂

we are VERY EXCITED to launch this new venture.  for so many reasons.  one of the MOST exciting reasons is that we have decided that we’d like to use this venture to support OPERATION SMILE.  if you haven’t heard of them, you should definitely check them out.  http://www.operationsmile.org/index.html  did you know that it only takes $240 to change a child’s life FOREVER by providing the funds for cleft palate surgery?  a very dear friend of ours had a baby boy that was born with a cleft palate & she and her family do a lot to support the cause of this great organization.   OPERATION SMILE is located right here in the virginia beach area.  i hope that georgie and i will be able to regularly send off donations to them as a result of our new venture. 

and i hope, more than anything, that we will continue to strengthen our bond as we tackle this new chapter of our lives.  won’t you join us in our new adventure?  we’d love to hear from you!