Posts tagged #Family

Family Photos - 2015

Y'all. It's snowmageddon here in the great state of NC. For all you northerners out there, that means we have about 1/2 inch of snow and ice... and it's supposed to keep going all day and night. WHICH MEANS, we're all locked in our houses for the next week. ;) For real though... Cinnamon rolls have been eaten, Pj's will not be taken off for a few days, and life is officially at a slower pace.

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I love a good snow day once a year... so let's hope this system comes and goes and then we get back to upper 50's lower 60's. #YESPLEASEANDTHANKYOU #SOUTHERNGIRL4LIFE

But all that to say, this slow snowy day means I have time to FINALLY document (aka BLOG) our family photos that were taken MONTHS AGO this past fall. I'll be honest I kept putting off scheduling our photos with the hopes that our sweet lil adopted baby would join our family, but as we got closer to the holidays I finally booked the FABULOUS furnished photography and boy am I thrilled that we did because we're still waiting on God's perfect timing for our newest addition! And I'm SO SO SO thankful we have these precious moments captured as a family of four.

So without further adieu, here are our family pics! Enjoy! And for those of you who are wondering which twin is which... pink vest is Felicity, purple is Noel. You're welcome. 

Much Love,

The Sassy Salmon

Posted on January 22, 2016 and filed under Family, Twinsies, Ordinary Life.

Exciting News...

The news has been brewing for a while. Usually when I go through long spans of silence on the blog it means one of two things (1) there’s no time to write or (2) I have a secret. Well, this season happens to be a combination of the two.

We have exciting news. Very exciting news!

Remember that one time when we put our adoption on hold? Well after much prayer and many conversations with our family, pastors, and friends… we’ve lifted the hold and it’s official: We’re “paper pregnant!” To those of you who are scratching you're head going... WHAT IN THE HECK DOES THAT MEAN? In the adoption world that means that we're OFFICIALLY done with our home study (and THOUSANDS of pages of paperwork) and we've been approved by the great state of North Carolina and accepted by our adoption agency.  In other words, we are officially in the waiting stage to be matched with a baby or get a phone call to rush to the hospital for a last minute situation. 

We’re excited and overwhelmed with gratitude for the work the Lord has done to get us to this point! And we’re asking our friends and family to CELEBRATE with us and bathe this baby, their mama, and our family in prayer.

We don’t know a lot of details other than we’re waiting patiently (ok sometimes impatiently) on the Lord’s perfect timing. But here are some things we do know and would like to share…

  • It’s a domestic adoption, meaning it's a child from the USA. More specifically, the child will be from North Carolina.
  • We don’t know the ethnicity of the child, nor do we have a preference.
  • We are requesting to be matched with a male (because they tend to be the more difficult to place in North Carolina), BUT if a need arises for a girl, we’ll gladly welcome her into our family. In other words - we don't care! :) 
  • We’re not planning on doing a multitude of fundraising events, but if you’d like to donate you can go HERE (and feel free to share this link with friends)!
  • We chose an agency that is holistic in their approach to adoption. Our needs/preferences do not take precedence over the birth mother or child’s needs. All of us play a significant role in providing a thriving home for our child, and the birth mother’s role is one of the MOST important. Her choosing life is one of the bravest and hardest decisions and we so greatly admire her! Because of that, we wanted to make sure we chose an ethical agency that provided phenomenal care for the birth mother before, during, and after the birth of our child. We are honored to be partnering with an agency that takes a holistic approach towards the adoption process.

Ultimately, if you've spent much time with me or Ben, you'll know that we have felt called from day one to be advocates for adoption and have always prayed for the opportunity to grow our family through adoption. This is a joy and an honor for us! Now more than ever, we want our actions to stand behind our words. We are more than just pro-life with our lips; we want our family, our resources, our faith to all scream HOPE and stand in the gap on this issue.  We do not believe adoption is just a quick fix to a complex problem within our society, but we do believe it is a start and it's what we can do right now. And it thrills us to be able to do so. 

Thank you, in advance for celebrating with us. For loving us and loving our girls and our future children. We cannot tell you how MOVED we are by the love, prayers, and support we've felt over the past five years of our marriage. THANK YOU!

Much love,

Ben and Brittany 

Posted on September 24, 2015 and filed under Adoption, Family.

Donald Miller, Words, & My 30th

Fun fact, I don't know if you know this about me... but I love words. In a conversation, words matter to me. How they're said, which ones were chosen, etc. Bless Ben's heart, he's a verbal processor and I'm a word fanatic so you can only imagine how some of our disagreements go. Y'all pray for him. It's not his fault I'm crazy. 

All that to say, words carry a lot of meaning. 

A few months ago I was reading Donald Miller's latest book Scary Close. Now, if you know me you know I'm a huge Don Miller fan. HUGE. I've been reading his work for over a decade now and I've loved being able to read his story and simply adore how he writes so candidly about his successes, failures, relationships, spiritual health, etc. He is always a breath a fresh air and somehow, through his books, I feel like we're pals. I truly feel like I know him... REALLY WELL. Like best buds. Like let's roll out in our saturday sweats and grab some coffee and swap stories well.  Sadly the feeling isn't reciprocated and we aren't family friends, but maybe one day... Alas I get off track. 

Anyways, in Scary Close my bff Don was sharing about a low moment in his life when he felt like he was in a cycle of ruining every romantic relationship he started. He shared how after a broken engagement he started to believe that he was just horrible at relationships and that's just who he was. Don, the guy who was great with written words but bad with people.  It was during this season when his friend and mentor Bob Goff (another person I'd love to be bff with) spoke words of truth to him. He simply said and kept saying, "Don, you're good at relationships." And every time Don saw or chatted with Bob, he'd hear those words of affirmation over and over and over again. Now, I make it sounds cheesy... because I'm not Donald Miller. But he goes on to say how Bob's words were powerful to him. Those words of affirmation changed him by helping him see that he had the capacity to live a better story when it comes to relationships. And of course (spoiler alert), any Miller fan knows that He is now married, living an authentic story with a small community of friends and family now. 

Here's my point: True words carry power. 

The power to heal. The power to change. The power to inspire. The power to shape and mold. The power to encourage. The power to connect. The power to restore. The power to reveal. There's a reason the book of James deals so much with the tongue. It's not our physical tongue that gets us into trouble, but rather our words and the meaning they carry. They have the ability to give KILL or give LIFE (prov. 18:21).

Life. What a gift. 

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Yesterday, I turned 30. WHAT?! I know... shocking. I already can feel my metabolism slowing down and everything is sagging a bit more. But yesterday, in spite of my newfound sag, I was given one of the greatest gifts I've ever received. 

Words. Life giving words from friends and family members. 

I woke up yesterday morning to Ben surprising me with a trip to go zip lining. Y'all. He nailed it. There's nothing I'd rather do than fly through the trees to swing in my 30th. And that would've been a gift enough, but on the car ride there he had me open the glove compartment and inside was a book. 

A book full of words. 

From friends and family and many of you. 

Life giving words full of encouragement. Words affirming character traits you saw in me. Words capturing memories. Words that were healing and encouraging. Words that pushed me to love and see Jesus better. Words that reminded me of what God has done and is doing. 

Pages and pages of words that I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around yet, but I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to those of you who wrote letters, Facebook messages, emails, texts and took a moment out of your day to give me the gift of words on my birthday. What a kind and thoughtful blessing you gave.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you. 

Because of you, I was reminded of how powerful words can be and encouraged to practice the discipline of using my words for good more often. And I hope this post does the same for you. Take a moment today and jot out an encouraging text/email, or better yet a hand written letter. Tell a friend how much you appreciate them. Affirm a good character trait in a co-worker. Speak life into your children.

Give the gift of life today, packaged in words. 

 Because let me just tell you, after reading all those words yesterday... I am changed. 

Much love,