Monday, February 21, 2011

What's New

We are MOVING! 

Not far - just about 20 mins. away.  It's a good financial move for us & we are trying to do it ASAP because we want to be all settled in BEFORE William comes home from Ethiopia & rocks our world!  We have been busy cleaning, packing, painting, buying furniture, etc. 

As for William - we are just waiting for the email that says the adoption paperwork is complete & Billy can go get him (which should happen any day now!).

Transition, transition, transition - that's the name of the game right now. 

New house, new brother - Shep's not gonna know what hit him!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Love Story

I was a missionary in Southern California.  Billy was a software developer in North Carolina.  My Mom kept telling me about this amazing new guy at church - his heart, his humor, his love for people, his selflessness.  He became a part of my family and I heard about him every time there was a family gathering: "Billy did this", "Billy said that."  When I came to town for Christmas, Mom set up a clandestine meeting.  Our friends, the Kleins, were having a viewing of Phantom of the Opera in their home theatre.  Of course, Mom made sure Billy & I sat next to each other (yes, it was embarrassingly awkward).  I was instantly attracted to him. 

Over the next 6 months, we had very little contact as we were across the country from one another.  But that didn't stop me from thinking constantly.  I wondered what he was doing.  I googled him repeatedly.  I asked anyone who knew him what he was like.  I did a lot of wrestling with God during that time, too.  You see, Billy had been married before and I was reluctant to get involved with someone who had the scarlett letter "D."  But God kept saying "Haven't I always shown you grace?  Who are you to turn someone away based on their past?" 

In August, I moved back to NC and we went on our first date - to a murder mystery dinner Billy had been invited to.  He was a Biker.  I was a cowgirl.  He dropped me off at my parents house that night and I knew.  He was the one.  I had been compiling a list for 5 or 6 years of all the qualities I wanted in a husband and Billy had every single one
Apparently he felt the same way about me because he proposed 3 months later and we were married 3 months after that.  Yes, that is 6 months total - we were CRAZY in love.  Looking back, I can't believe I married someone I knew so little about.  But when you know, you know.  Fortunately, God was looking out for us and, I believe, brought us into each other's lives at JUST the right time.  I needed to grow up enough to be able to love someone unselfishly, and his heart needed to heal from his past.  I can honestly say that I believe God answered my prayer all those lonely years: that He would use the time to form me and form my future husband so that we would be exactly what the other needed and wanted.  Thanks, God. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Four Years Ago Today

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. 
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love;
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each one of you be alone,
even as the strings of a lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

~ Khalil Gibron

Saturday, February 5, 2011


A random sampling of the latest Shep-isms:
  • "Ergert" (yogurt)
  • "Can-chip" (combination of candy & chocolate chip, which is his potty reward)
  • "Wee-um" (his brother, William)
  • "A-mee-in!" (Amen, said with a HUGE southern drawl - this must come from my mom)
  • "L's" sound like "Y's" (i.e. yeyow instead of yellow)
He has also begun singing decipherable songs lately, which we love.  Favorites are Jesus Loves Me and The Rainbow Song.  Sometimes he combines multiple songs into one, which is highly entertaining.

Favorite foods these days:
  • oranges
  • blueberries
  • hot dogs
  • pudding
  • macaroni & cheese (he has been known to eat a whole box in one sitting)
  • cheeseburger
  • chocolate milk
  • peanut butter
  • olives
  • tomatos
  • ice cream
  • cereal bars (Trader Joe's)
Favorite Books:
  • The Cloud Police
  • Head to Toe (Eric Carle)
  • Barney's Animal Homes
  • Goodnight Moon
Favorite Shows:
  • Elmo
  • Berenstein Bears
  • Pingu
Two years old