S: The Elam Family 2011
FC: A small, unique, whimsical glimpse of our family.
1: We live in the country with our three dogs, Harley, Baxter, and Mimi, and our three cats (two inside and one barn kitty), Julian, Leo, and Penelope. Brent’s parents live nearby, and my parents and my sister’s family are less than an hour away. We are a close family and we see them often. We have their unending love and support in our journey to parenthood. They really are amazing! :) Our faith is the cornerstone that our marriage and our lives are built on. We are actively involved in our church, and are committed to raising our child with the voice of truth, the hands of servitude, and the heart to know God’s amazing grace. After years of trying to conceive on our own and with the help of advanced fertility treatments, we have finally had to grieve the loss of our fertility. Our grief, though painful, has given us a unique closeness and has not shaken our faith, but strengthened it. We hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23.) Rather than dwell on what we don’t have, we’ve been able to count our blessings and realize how much we do have. We have an amazing support system of family and friends who, with us, are excited with anticipation to see the sweet child God has chosen to bring into our family. We are thankful for the gift of adoption. We have been and will continue to pray each day for you and your baby. We pray for your safety, your health, your happiness, your difficult decision, your futures, and that God’s grace, like rain, falls down on you. Sealed in His grip, Brent and Lee Ann
2: Our incredible journey into 2011 began on the very last day of 2010! New Year's Eve was quiet; we're not really the party animal types. I'd spent the better part of my Christmas break from school working on a scrapbook for potential birth mothers. Brent and I had solidified our decision to adopt and had made our first appointment with an agency...just 14 days away. I was pondering the fact that the holidays were almost over and I would have to return to work. Brent was in the kitchen making peanut brittle and I was sitting on the couch googling stuff on the computer, and wondering how on earth we were going to stay up late enough to ring in the new year when the phone rang. It was a phone call that would miraculously change our lives forever! A couple was desperately searching for a forever home for a precious two month old baby boy. Shortly after that unexpected, amazing phone call, we had a cell phone picture of the baby and had made plans to meet him the next day.
4: New Year's Day
7: Dear Birth Mother, It's difficult, yet strangely intriguing to write a letter to someone you've not met before, yet you've known for (what seems like) a lifetime. Although we don't know YOU personally, we've known the thought of you, even before your baby was conceived, and the selfless sacrifice you would make. We've known the sweet joy we would feel when we touch our baby for the first time, and the heartache you will face in your decision. We've known that God has chosen (and trusted) us both. You, to choose life for this baby, and us, to give this baby a lifetime of love. We all (you and Brent & I) love this baby already, and that forges a bond beyond physical acquaintance. We write this letter as if we've already been chosen...for our birth mother. We are not anxious, nor are we afraid. We rest in the knowledge that God has a perfect plan, and that our paths will cross in His perfect time. We write these words for the birth mother He has chosen...for us. Brent and I have been married for 12 years and I'm still crazy, mad, nuts in love with him! He's my blue eyed, tattoo adorning, motorcycle riding, hot rod building, flip flop wearing, coffee drinking, dog loving, spider fearing, popsicle eating, music adoring, hard working, amazingly artistic, intelligent, never failing, always protecting husband. What I love most about him is that he's fun-loving and silly (when it's appropriate), and that I can tell him anything...without judgment. He's my favorite person in the whole wide world! :) Me...I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend, a writer, and a teacher. I’m happy, and hardworking, and patient, and sometimes lazy, and creative, and whimsical, and intelligent, and a little bit nosy, and silly, and saved by grace. I am a childless mother, and a child of God. I love reading, camping in the R.V., black jellybeans, thunderstorms, Diet Coke, snoring dogs, Walt Disney World, sock monkeys, road trips, cozy fires, writing, and my punkin- love fur babies!
8: Our home is situated in the country on an acre and a half with a creek running through one end of our property. We enjoy the quiet peacefulness and the occasional visit from deer and other wildlife. We live near a small town (that even has a town square), and are just a short distance from larger towns and cities. Our home has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a large fenced in yard with lots of space to run and play. | Our Home
10: My parents, Mother Ann and Daddy Mac. | Lee Ann's Family
11: My sister and her husband...Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Grant. | Cousin Monica | Cousin Taylor
12: Brent's Family | My parents, Gigi and Papa.
14: Brent and I have a soft spot for animals. All of our babies have been strays who were in need of a home...and lOvE! | Our Fur Babies
15: Harley was our first dog. She is 8 years old and is a Daddy's girl. She's happy, and lazy, and a little bit jealous. She loves to curl up in the warm laundry, fresh from the dryer! | Baxter is our 7 year old...we've had him for 3 1/2 years. He's a sweet, snuggly, happy cuddle bug who loves to tear up his toys as fast as he can, sit in front of a warm fire, and bite at the water that's coming from the sprinklers. He's outnumbered by the girls and is terrified of fireworks and thunderstorms. And...he's a mama's boy! | Mimi Joy is our three year old...we've had her for 1 1/2 years. She's happy, and playful, and vErY un-girly, and sassy, and messy, and likes to pester the other dogs. She's independent and is NOT a mama's or a daddy's girl. She's a sweet, tiny little thing who smiles at you when you come in the door.
17: Julian is a sweet, talkative, laid back 16 year old who's always wearing his Tuxedo. He loves to snooze on the couch, chase rubber bands, and eat whatever you're eating. | Leo is our skittish 8 year old. He's sweet and loving, but spends most of his day hiding from the dogs. He even runs from us if we make any sudden movements or loud noises. | Penelope is our barn kitty who lives in our garage because she's not interested in living with the dogs. She is sweet, and spunky, and helps keep little critters away from the house.