Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What's in a name?

When David and I began planning for kids, we had the usual discussion of boy names and girl names. Since he is a III (3rd) we thought about continuing that tradition. He comes from Henry Davids and Harold Davids. We thought we might modernize things a bit and go with Haiden David. But, one day when we were going through our heartache with failed pregnancies and such, David felt as though God gave him a name for our son. Little did we know he would be arriving sooner than later. Well, David was reminded of my favorite Bible verse, "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." This verse has comforted us through the tough times that led us to this joyous occasion.  The verse is Jeremiah 29:11. Thus the inspiration for our son's name: Jeremiah David Meyer :) ETA August 24, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thoughts of a soon to be father

Now that we have been matched alot has changed.  I no longer sleep.  My mind is constantly somewhere in the next several years.  I have conversations in my head with my son.  I constantly think about what it means to be a dad.  Fortunately, I don't worry too much about whether I will be a good dad.  I have an amazing role model and mentor.

I remember, when I was small enough to fit there, cuddling up in the crook of my father as he was lying on his side on the floor watching tv.  I was trying to lay there and watch tv just like he was.  Its the first memory I have of me trying to be like him, but I am sure it isn't the first time I tried, and it certainly isnt the last.

I remember sitting in his office with him "helping" him fill out his expense reports.   He spent a lot of time in memphis, and we would abbreviate memphis "MEM."  My job was to right MEM, MEM, MEM, MEM across the top of the reports.  At least thats the way I remember it.  Honestly, I probably just sat there and talked about Mario Brothers while he did all of the work.

Speaking of it, I remember playing Mario Brothers with him all day on Christmas.  We kept trying to figure out how long you could keep flower power.  We had determined that you could use it for 3 fireballs.  Then we learned that it just took 3 fireballs before we ran into something, that would of course rob us of our fire throwing abilities. 

We played alot of sports.  We would shoot hoops in the driveway.  Play catch with a baseball for what seemed like hours.  And my favorite... I would run a "down-out- down" route around a tree, and my dad would hit me with the perfect pass, just out of the reach of the defending tree's hands.

I thought he was crazy when he told me there was someone better for me... after Laura, after Jackie, after a different Laura, and after Allison.  He was right.  He's just about always right, I think I get that from him.

He has made the perfect transition from a authoritative figure in my life to a wise counsel.  He is an affluent businessman, loving husband, and an amazing dad.  I couldn't ask for a better role model as my child is on his way.  I can only hope I can be half the dad to my son, that he was to me.

I love you, Dad.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Blessed Beyond Measure

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
                                                                                          -Luke 6:38

When I think of this verse I think of lawn bags.  Have you ever been up to your elbows in leaves shoving them into the bottom of a lawn bag to try and fill it to its absolute capacity?  You shake it up, and maybe even hop in and jump on it.  All of this so that when you finish filling it leaves are still coming up out of the top and no one could ever close the bag.  This is how I picture the blessings this verse speaks of.  This is how I was blessed last night. 

Financially we did very well at Buffalo Wild Wings.  If you are curious, between the fundraiser itself, and donations made directly to us we raised over $1500.00 last night.  This was certainly an amazing blessing, but we were blessed in ways I never saw coming. 

The day started when Leah's friends from high school showed up for lunch.  I am not sure where all of them lived, but I know one of them is from a little over an hour away.  Then it was a couple of our friends from bible study.  Then some of Leah's family (her cousins son - about 4 years old - donated $.80 to us...  too sweet), from about 45 minutes away.  Then it was many of my friends from the Waterford business community.  I noticed a friend from church in the lobby, and suddenly there was about 15 of them all ready to eat together.  They actually waited to leave for vacation so they could come support our cause.  Before long, the entire room was filled with friends, family, and I even saw some of our flyers on tables for people I had never met. 

As things were just getting crazy a very special young lady walked in with her parents.  Stephanie, our birth mother, came with her parents to support our cause.  We were able to sit with her and her family for probably about an hour and a half.  We had great conversation, and they were able to meet Leah's family and some of our dearest friends. 

Last night we were blessed in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.

Thank you so much for your support and for your prayers!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Its Fundraising Time

I am trying to find every single avenue I can to annoy mostly the same people with the same flyer.  But for the few of you that haven't seen it at one of my other functions.  Please remember that our Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser is tomorrow!  Please print and bring the following flyer with you when you go, and we will receive 20% of your sales.  All proceeds go directly to our adoption agency.  Thank you, and enjoy the wings!