Monthly Archives: October 2014

New Food Wednesday!

Ok, so that’s not really a thing in my house, but I was so excited today to have my son try something new.  During a shopping trip today I picked up these little sweet peppers at Sprouts.  I’m not a fan of peppers myself, unless they are in a stir-fry, but I thought lets give it a try.


In the months before I became a stay at home mom, I started following a blog on how to remove processed foods from your diet.  This family is no where near being completely processed foods free, but we’ve made some major changes over the last year and a half that have greatly benefited us.

Almost daily on the blogs Facebook page, she posts pictures of what her kids take to school for lunch.  I was blown away by what these kids will eat.  I thought we’d give these peppers a try…and voila!!!  He loves peppers…and the homemade ranch dip doesn’t hurt either!!

Speaking of homemade, the link above for the ranch dip also includes how to make your own taco seasoning and several other recipes.  Since making these myself, I can taste such a difference in the packaged version.  I never realized just how much salt was in the prepackaged stuff.  Check it out, you’ll love it.

If you have read any of my previous posts, you know that my family is in the process of adopting a baby girl.  We hope that you would continue to keep us in your prayers as we move through the process.  We completed our home study over the weekend and our adoption agency is finalizing the background check and we found our today we need to have our fingerprints completed again since its been a couple years since those were first done.  On my personal Facebook page, I shared a challenge in honor of Halloween.  We are hoping 31 people would consider giving $13 or $31 (or any amount) to our adoption fundraising page.  We’ve had 3 people donate $1050, which has just blown us away and we are so grateful.  Would you share in our journey and be one of our 31?


Thank Goodness for Freezer Meals

When I get in a grove, I like to make a double batch of a favorite freezer meal and keep it for weeks just like this when I really don’t feel like cooking.  There are tons of recipes out there that can be frozen and cooked at a later time.  There is a bit of an art to the process of freezing meals.  Certain ingredients need to be under cooked, such a pasta, so as not to become a mushy mess once it gets baked in the oven.

Making freezer meals that can easily be set out the night before and popped in the crock pot the next morning were a life saver when I was still working full time.

Here’s a link to what Caleb and I are having for dinner tonight with a piece of baked chicken.  I love to add extra veggies when I can, so I did modify this recipe to include mushrooms and used colby jack cheese instead of sharp.   I also used Basmati Rice since that was all I had on hand at the time.

Oh winter…

I don’t know about anyone else, but this is the one time of year that living in Texas has always gotten to me.  That point in the weather where it’s just starting to cool off, but we have those pop days of record temps…It’s killing my allergies and poor Caleb is right along with me.

I love fall/winter.  It’s my favorite time of year.  The ability to get outside even more and it be enjoyable; to bad time change is just around the corner and it will be getting dark at 6pm before we know it.  I also love food in the fall.  It’s a great time to dust off the crockpot if you’ve been cooking on the grill most of the summer to keep the house cooler.  Time for soups and stews and any number of chili recipes that can be found.  Can’t wait.

With Kevin traveling this week, I find I get a bit of a lazy streak (please don’t tell him :)) and don’t cook much while he’s gone.  Hopefully Caleb won’t get to use to the occasional hot dog or chicken nugget or Annie’s ravioli’s this week.

In other news, we completed our adoption home study interviews this weekend.  What a physically and mentally exhausting process.  But now that step is behind us and once the report is written it’s just a matter of God’s timing when we get matched with a birthmom.  We will definitely keep you updated.

Our fundraising is in full swing since we could potentially be matched at anytime.  If you would like to consider supporting our journey financially, please click the link below.  We issued a challenge on Facebook today, we’d like to see if we can get 31 people to donate $13 or $31 or any amount in honor of Halloween on Friday.  Will you be one of them?

Adoption Journey Part 2

Continuing our adoption journey, here is how we were blessed to bring Caleb into our lives.

Part 2:

When we adopted our son, unfortunately his birthmom was not our first placement match.  Our first placement match was with a very sweet Korean foreign exchange student attending college in Virginia.  We were matched in August 2010 with the baby being due in November, however, due to family influence, she would later change her mind and decide to keep the baby prior to birth.

We received our second match with a birthmother in October 2011.  We had 15 days until she was due to deliver a baby girl.  On October 31, 2011 we loaded the car for a 15 hour car ride to Alabama.  On November 1, 2011, the baby girl was born.  She was beautiful and perfect and we were so excited to be her parents.  Little did we know that God had other plans in store for us.  After spending all day with the baby girl naming her, feeding her, and caring for her, the birthmom changed her mind the second day we were with her and decided to keep the baby girl.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, that was the of the most devastating day of my life so far.  The car ride home was more painful than I can describe and the couple months that followed were not any better.  But through the trust in God, my husband who wouldn’t let me fall and a wonderful group of friends and family, we pulled through it.

Kevin and I were married on March 8th.  I love this time of year, the weather is starting to warm up and you just know that the Texas summer, if it hasn’t already started, is just around the corner.  In 2012, Kevin was finishing up his Masters Degree so he was in class most nights.  So for our anniversary we met for lunch that day to celebrate.  After our two disrupted adoptions, we decided we would adopt a sibling group through the state foster care system.  We were finalizing our paperwork at lunch that day and realized we had forgotten something.  So we decided to wait and turn the paperwork in on another day.  As I was finishing up work that day, my phone rang around 4pm.   It was the agency.  They had called to tell me that a birthmother had chosen us to place for child for adoption.  So as they were telling me all about the mom the lady tells me something that instantly changed my life forever.  She said, “And I need to tell you that she is already in labor.”  I literally had to pick the phone up off the floor.

So the next day we piled in the car and drove to Houston to meet our beautiful son.  And that’s the story of how Caleb, Mr. C, became apart of our lives.  I seriously adore everything about this little boy.  And as hard as it was to go through the loss of the two previous placements, I’m grateful to God above that I get to spend my days with my son.

One more note about adoption.  I have been asked over the years how we’ve been through everything we’ve been through and still have such faith and trust in the Lord.  I will say it was difficult and at times I questioned my faith, but then I look at the face of my son and realize that God knew what he was doing.  Adoption is not for the faint at heart.  If you ever feel like you’d like to talk to me more one on one, please feel free to contact me.

Over the years, many people have asked how they could help us. Sadly in the US, adoption is an expensive journey, but one that has a reward that could never have a price tag attached to it. We recently became aware of a wonderful non-profit group called Adopt Together. They specialize in providing a crowd funding type venue where people who want to help couples adopt can give and make it possible. AdoptTogether is a project of Hoping Hearts Foundation, an
IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization.

Two and a half years ago, we stepped out in faith when we decided to adopt and as honestly as I can say, we are not worried about the finances of our adoption. If you really think about it, the costs really equal that of buying a nice new car, something many people buy without much thought and may keep only 5 years or so. A child is for life. That said, we know that people want to help. So I would invite you to check out our Adopt Together page.

Just helping us by sharing the website with your friends via Facebook is a help in and of itself. We want everyone to know we are adopting. Our story may encourage someone else to adopt. There are SO many children who need forever families. And if anyone wanted to help by giving a tax-deductible donation to our Adopt Together website, that would be a blessing to us as well!

With all that said, what can you do to help. First and foremost, pray for us, for our future birthmom and for the child she may be carrying and considering placing for adoption. Next, share, share and share our page with your friends on facebook and even pinterest and twitter if you have one. And lastly, if you feel called, consider helping us financially on our journey. Love and blessings from Kevin, Kristi and Caleb

Home Study Day

When I first started this blog post, I was going to give the full history of our adoption process that began in late 2009.  I have since edited the post and will give you all the details of our journey in two parts. 🙂

Part 1: Our second adoption journey.

We finally made it.  Today we are excited to be completing our adoption home study to begin the process of adopting our second child.  You’d think having completed five of these home study visits we’d be pros at this.  But there is still an element of nervousness during the interview.  For me, there is still some sadness involved because it’s a reminder that we haven’t been able to conceive a biological child.  Then I remind myself, if I’d given birth to biological kids, we wouldn’t have Caleb.  And I just can’t imagine a world where Caleb was not a part of our lives.

For those that have never been through a home study before, let me provide you with some insight.  With our adoption agency, the first step is to complete a 42-page document. This document includes questions about your childhood, your teen years, your adult years, your married years, etc.  They want to know everything.  I will say it does give you a chance to really get to know yourself if you don’t already.  You provide identification, birth certificates, marriage license, pictures of your family, your home, documentation of pets, etc, etc…You get the idea, it’s a lot of information.  The initial packet we mailed to the agency was almost 2-inches thick.

Next comes the home study.  Usually a complete stranger comes to your house and spends several hours discussing with you the answers you gave on the 42-page questionnaire.  Next comes your online profile.  In our case, because we have adopted through our agency before, they allowed our profile to go live so that potential birthmothers could consider us for the placement of their child.  Once the home study is complete, then the waiting begins.  This is all for a domestic adoption.  The process for adopting internationally is even more extensive.

3am Non-feeding time

I’ll be honest, we haven’t had 3am feedings since our son started sleeping through the night at six weeks old.  Now that we’ve transitioned to our big boy bed and were getting up during the night, it’s a different story.

I know growing boys are like the bottomless pit that never seems to be full and the idea of telling my son at 3am this morning when he kept saying “mommy I hungry” that it wasn’t time to eat, brought on a set of feelings I’ve never experienced.  Caleb is one of those kids that if you do something once, that’s how it always has to be.  So setting a precedent of eating at 3am is not one I wanted to start.  This however got me to thinking.  It’s not like I don’t have the ability to feed my child; all it takes is a walk down the stairs and to grab whatever is in the fridge.

This event brought up things like, what about that single mom who’s having trouble keeping food in the house, or the family struggling with a job loss to keep everyone fed, or worse still the family in a third world country who doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from.  I think a lot of us take food for granted and it’s something I definitely see changing in the future.

Like I said, Caleb is one for setting precedents.  For example, when we were taking swim lessons this summer, we happened to stop for french fries one day after swim lessons.  After that it became routine, but also a good tool to help him do well…if you have a good swim lesson we can go for fries afterwards.  Probably not the best reward system, but we went from having a kiddo terrified just to WATCH someone else go under water, to being able to jump in by himself, roll on his back, go to the bottom and spring back up and even start some front crawl.  I was a super proud mama this summer!  And we have a great coach named Wendoline to thank for that. 🙂  Even now almost two months after our last lesson when we drive by her place Caleb says, I want to go swim with Miss Wendy!!  Someone made an impact on my child.

Speaking of food, here’s a little of what I have going in my dehydrator today.  Caleb loves all sorts of fruit and we know how difficult it can be to have it last any length of time.  So as most things are starting to go bad, I gather them up and put them in the freezer for later use.  Caleb’s favorite is homemade fruit rollups.  Over night I thawed a package of strawberries and several bananas we had put up and blended those together nice and smooth.

Here it is going in the dehydrator tray and in 8-10 hours, we’ll have a new batch of rollups.

Happy Friday!



Hello and welcome to the first post of a 21st century mama.  In this blog I hope to share with you about my family and how we navigate through the 21st century while still being a little old fashion.  I hope you enjoy the journey with us.

Let me introduce myself and my family.  I’m Kristi, wife (to Kevin), mama (to Caleb), a chef, nurse, exterminator, housekeeper, dishwasher, etc, etc, etc…you get the idea :).  Kevin and I have been married since 2003 and we live in McKinney, TX.  Our son Caleb is 2 and 1/2 years old and we adopted him when he was born in 2012.

I became a stay at home mom in mid 2013 and have loved it.  Living on a single income can have its challenges, but with my new found love of cooking, mostly from scratch, homemade crafts and fun free stuff to do, we’ve been able to make it work and it’s worth the sacrifice to be home with my kid.

Throughout our journey, I plan to share aspects of our life, recipes, cooking tips, budgeting tips and most importantly to us, I’ll be sharing with you our plans to adopt another child.