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Oaks is TWO!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Our Mighty Oaks is TWO! Happy birthday to our Christmas Eve Eve baby boy  sweet boy you have brightened our lives and opened our hearts wide open. You are the son we always dreamed of. You are rough and tough but snuggly and sweet. Your laughter is contagious and your happiness can fill any room with sunshine. You are a leader, a lefty, a beast of a boy with a future filled with anything you can imagine. If you only knew the world changer you already are…Happy birthday precious Oaks. You are truly the most magical gift your dad, sister and I could have ever dreamed of receiving…



{happy late 4th}

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

enjoyed an AMAZING 4th at my favorite place on earth, seaside florida. surrounded by friends and fun we soaked up the RAIN but didn’t mind a bit. oaks was not sure about the sand and sea at first but quickly warmed up and was hard to keep our of the waves by day two. auburn loved every bit of it as always and it was amazing to see her take it all in. she loved crab hunting, wrestling with the boys, eating frog legs, and fire works over the ocean. such a wonderful time! dusty and I got to spend our 9th wedding anniversary at the same place we honeymooned…so great. love the man so very much!


happy heart….

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


he has the sweetest heart….biggest laugh….most loving little soul!

{where do i even begin…birthday boy}

Sunday, December 23, 2012

One… are ONE! Just like that and you are ONE! It goes so quick when it means fitting in a year of love in half the time. This time last year you were only a dream. Sitting on the sofa last Christmas telling your uncle michael and aunt dana how my heart ached for you, how we needed to see your face, have you home. Little did we know just days before that you were born. A tiny baby. Our baby. What a difference a year makes…. Since you came home to us at 6 months we made the promise to squeeze in every bit of time, snuggles, laughs and love we could make up for. make it up to you. make up for the first six months you spent in an orphanage with no one to kiss your head, dry your tears, hold your bottle and stare into your big brown eyes, sing to you and calm your heart. and, we have done just that. soaking up all of who you are….watching you grow (double in weight and even more in size) seeing your personality develop into the most happy, loving and perfect little man. Laughing at your sissy, snuggling on mama’s lap, and roughhousing with daddy. you are all ours. not one second of the day do we take it for granted. we know it all could have been very different. we know you are a miracle. we know mountains were moved to get you home.

You have changed us Oaks…you have changed so many around you. Your sister prays for the other children in Africa. She sees a bigger world than the street she lives on. A bigger world than her town or even state. She sees the world. You are her world and she loves you so much. Your daddy…he has not been the same even since coming home from Africa. Always a passionate soul he is now even more full of love and tender. He saved you but you saved him right back. You are the son he will guide and always love. And, your mama….oh, little man, you have done a number on your mama. I have always heard about this bond of a mama and her son but you brought it to life for me. You crawl across the living room on a mission, but stop in your tracks to climb in my lap and lay your head on my chest. you hum, letting me know you want me to sing back to you. you will never know how much you mean to me. I can never fully express how much of my heart you are. I adore you. I love the sound of your sweet little voice. I will never forget the first time you said “mama” I will cherish the long stares into each others eyes as we got to know each other even though the unspoken is so strong and sweet baby boy, we have always known each other. God has been plans for you sweet boy. Big plans. I am so glad we are part of your plan.

Happy first birthday Oaks Thomas Mathias Porch.

all my love, mamaPicMonkey blogCollage

{look who’s HERE!!!!}

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Our hearts our overjoyed and full of love to announce the arrival of our sweet Oaks! He is the most amazing little man and we could never have imagined how perfect he would be. Big sister is in loveeeeeee. Daddy is in loveeeeee. mama is in loveeeeeeeeee. We adore you Oaks Thomas Mathias! Thank you for making our family and our hearts complete! those two little teeth….those big brown eyes….your sweet little smile and giggle. ours forever!


{long overdue adoption update…}

Monday, March 19, 2012

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I’ve decided to write about our adoption journey on my photography blog simply because I am familiar with the layout and keeping two blogs up proved to be something i just didn’t do :) things are moving along quite nice in the adoption…..we received the medical report for our little man and he is perfect. We were pleasantly  surprised at how in depth the medical report was….made us very glad he is being looked after so well. small at the time being, but we know once we get him home we can get some chub on him fast. We still are keeping his info offline (no photos, age info, ect.) until we finish court. We just received our adoption decree and now move on to his visa being processed. we are researching travel, starting his nursery, and planning for our family of four :) auburn talks about him like he is here. shows us how she will hold him and things she will teach him. asks lots of questions about adoption and amazes me everyday with her little heart so pure and loving. she has been getting lots of  ”big sister” practice with her baby cousin JJ who she adores……we continue to send all the love prayers we can to our sweet baby boy…we would love if you sent him some too! thanks for the constant love and support! I am amazed how many are following our journey. each and every client i meet asks about our little man, some even bringing gifts for him! he is so loved by so many and he is not even home yet :) we love you sweet boy. come home to us soon. soon.

peace, love and adoption!

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