a long weekend and yell in unison

I’m thankful for just being home…with nothing that HAS to be done. No appointments. Nothing on the calendar.

Just staying around the house and enjoying a slow pace.

I was ready for the extended weekend. I drank a lot of strawberry lemonade, laid on a quilt in the backyard and even got to start a book.

It was good to have nothing to do.

While I share some pictures of our weekend, I thought I’d share some photo settings for those interested.

ISO 100, 1/1600, f/2.8, 58mm……………..ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.8, 24mm (the boys are blurry, but I still like it)

ISO 100, 1/800, f/2.8, 24mm


ISO 400, 1/200, f/2.8 70mm……………..ISO 400, 1/200, f/2.8 24mm


ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.8 70mm……………..ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.8 70mm


FireCracker taught Sweet P the correct way to hold a lightsaber ~ iPhone 4S photo


iPhone 4S photo


Such a picture of my girl: sparkly shoes and skinned up knees ~ ISO 100, 1/80, f/2.8 64mm


ISO 250, 1/100, f/2.8 70mm


ISO 100, 1/800, f/2.8 55mm


ISO 100, 1/800, f/2.8 35mm


These two have mastered the ‘party pic’ pose at a young age ~ iPhone 4S


My grandma holding her great granddaughter.

ISO 100, 1/640, f/2.8 68mm……………….iPhone 4S


ISO 100, 1/250, f/2.8 32mm


ISO 100, 1/640, f/2.8 51mm


Why a picture of my phone? Well, for 3 days it wasn’t attached to me and it felt good. The thing about weekends when you are in the middle of an adoption is that they are hard. A weekend means consecutive days when paperwork is not being processed because offices are closed. For at least the last 60 days my phone never leaves my pocket during weekday business hours. I don’t know when my agency will be calling to let us know we got our approval letter and you better believe I’m not missing that call. It is kind of like the end of pregnancy when you know you could go into labor at any time. I always had a “what if I go into labor at….” plan. Now I’m not waiting on contractions, I’m waiting for a phone call (and even after that it is 10+ weeks before I get to hold my baby). So, from the moment I wake up until the moment my agency closes – I’ve got my phone. When I check the mail, when I jump on the trampoline with kids, when I water flowers…it is always with me. I didn’t realize how heavy the weight of waiting felt until the past 3 days when my phone was not always in my pocket because I knew the call would not be coming.

It was nice to break free from my phone, but I’m ready for government offices to be back up and letters sent out. I’m ready to carry my phone all day again. I’m so overly beyond ready for the call. Maybe if we all scream “HURRY UP LOA” (letter of approval) really loud it will somehow show up at my agency’s doorstep.

Let’s try…One….Two….Three….“HURRY UP LOA!!!!!”


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  • Jules - Did you make that phone cover? Please share details.

    Loved to see the kids romping, the adults relaxing and great-grandma loving on her great-granddaughter.

  • AshleyAnn - Jules – here is a link to a diy post on my phone cover http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2011/10/31/diy-vintage-goodies-iphone-case/

  • Laura @Ms Smartie Pants - I can not wait to see your baby girl in these pictures! Again, Hurry UP LOA!!!!

  • HURRY UP LOA!!!!! - Screaming from Hong Kong, “HURRY UP LOA!”
    have been reading your blog for about a month, and i could totally feel how desperate you are in getting their call. wish you receive it soon!

    the pictures you took are so nice! i’m sure when your kid grow up, they would be very thankful for having these for memory!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Still yelling for you today!!!

  • Brooke - Isn’t the waiting just the hardest part, once you have seen their face?? I feel like I can’t commit to anything in the next two or three months because I could be in Africa …tough stuff. But to think this time next year, These moments will seem like no problem. We will only recall how God helped us weather the storm…we won’t remember the hurt, the anxiety for phone calls (mine is emails)…that is how we will find out..praying for you, and that letter to come quickly..

  • Vickie - Can I join your family? Pretty please?? You all always look like your really enjoying life and each other. It makes my heart warm.

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