Todd and Meredith

Todd and Meredith
A blog about the love and joy that came to us through adoption!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Forever changed by adoption

Payton ready to go to church today!
The other day Todd and I got to go on a date to Boston. It was so nice! We had a wonderful meal and went to see The Christmas Story the play. Payton stayed with our dear friends and had a fun time with them! When we were at our lunch Todd and I were talking about our life and what we want in the future and we decided to recommit to a few things...Keeping our focus on Serving God and Loving Others and Always working together as a family. 

Yesterday was National Adoption Day and we are so blessed to have Payton in our life because her birthmother felt such love for her that she knew she deserved a family that wanted to focus on her. To give Payton the best we have and to show her how to love others.

Today at church we were getting ready for the service and Payton was upfront playing the piano with our talented musician Sara Pattie and two wonderful saints of the church were standing there clapping and the joy on Payton's face was priceless.

Payton and I! I am blessed with my silly baby girl!
We are home now and Todd and Payton are snuggling and watching a Disney movie and just enjoying being together and all I can think is how blessed we are!!

We are blessed! We have a God that loves us, who commands us to continue gathering with other Christians to have a community to help raise our beautiful daughter! We have a God who loves us no matter what and wants the best for us!

We are blessed with friends and family! We are blessed with food, a home, transportation, education and we are blessed because God picked us to have Payton be our daughter!

We are forever changed by adoption and I feel blessed every time I look at Payton. Every time I see her smile or sooth her tears. I feel blessed every day I get to teach Payton to love God and to pray to Him because she was loved BEFORE she was born or a part of our family! We are blessed by adoption and I am so thankful for my family!!!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

A nice evening and our trip continues!

So tonight has been an awesome night! After church Payton took a nap and woke up on the wrong side of the crib so we made it through the afternoon. Payton was much happier after a good dinner and a relaxing afternoon!
We turned on some music on the tv and had a dance party and chased daddy and Payton just laughed and laughed! She loved it! We then just played and played and laughed together as a family. It is the simple moments in life that are so special! We are blessed and everyday we remember how blessed we really are!

I thought I would continue on our awesome September journey! We enjoyed staying in the Disney campground! They had a wonderful pool that we got to enjoy twice!! Payton loved the warm water as well- we had a great time.

The next day we went to breakfast and enjoyed Chef Mickey as we celebrated Payton's birthday! Payton loved Chef Mickey! She was a little nervous about Goofy because he was so tall and the first character to come around but she warmed up greatly to all the characters and in the end wanted to kiss all the characters! We had an amazing breakfast and then headed to Epcot! It was super super hot!! That did not stop our fun! We visited more characters, went on rides, had a nice meal in France and all around had a great family trip!
Not sure about Goofy

 Payton was getting the hang of the characters!

 Payton fell in LOVE with Donald Duck and now always wants Donald Duck toys/pictures, etc. She loves him!

 She thought he was so funny and followed him around the restaurant. 

 Look at that face! PURE LOVE!!!!!

 Meme, Payton and Minnie!

 Kisses for Mickey!

 Uncle David and Payton in Epcot!

 Walking around Epcot! Payton did not want to sit in her stroller once she realized she could walk!

 Not wanting to say good bye!

 Trying to kiss Minnie!

 Meme and Payton outside of Nemo ride!

 She loved the fish!

 Meme and Payton playing in the water feature!

 Payton loves her Meme and Poppy!

 Our family!!! 

After Disney World we headed out to see Great Ma and spend a night with her! We enjoyed a BBQ dinner and the next day Payton got to go on a ride (or like 15) on the golf cart! She adored the golf cart!!! We loved being with Ma and David and were sad to leave but looking forward to the rest of our adventure!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Our First Family Halloween

Payton, the leopard, and Mommy, the witch, at Trunk or Treat
Running around at Trunk or Treat

Well Payton is taking a quick nap so I thought I would write a little blog about our first Halloween as a family. I know there are lots and lots of opinions about Halloween out there and this is mine about Halloween, a sweet time to enjoy some fun dressing up with friends and family and getting to share with others! I have no problem with it and I honestly do enjoy people getting to act like kids for a night! I think it is kind of fun!

So what was Halloween like around here at the Peters house? Well we had a Trunk or Treat event at church on the Saturday before Halloween so Payton got to get dressed up and hang out with her friends there. It was a great event with good people and we had a fun, windy, night.

Payton cheering on DY Field Hockey!
Todd and I talked about taking Payton trick or treating on Halloween and we just kept saying we will see how the day goes. We had costumes if we wanted to go but Payton being only 1 years old she would not know that we are suppose to be doing something different from any other day.

So that morning we heard that the local high school (a bunch of the youth that I had coached in the past now play for) had their tournament game at 2:30 and so I knew we would be going there. We went there with Payton in her costume ready to cheer on DY!

It was an amazing game at the end of regular time the score was tied 1-1 so off to over time. Thankful to be part of a community that cares about the local sports team and loves  my kid so much. Payton didn't seem to mind staying longer at all because two girls were there that had soccer and footballs to play with. Payton loves other kids so we got to stay. After the first over time still tied and then the second overtime still tied and into strokes. After the first 5 strokes it was still tied and then sudden death strokes and DY WON! Congratulations DY team! Well played!

After the game Payton was hungry and just wanted to be home. Payton is a big time home girl and loves to just be home playing with her toys and calling for the dog, haha this is our daily life. So we went home, had a pumpkin with candy in case we got trick or treaters but we didn't so Payton played with all the candy and the pumpkin. Maybe next year we will go trick or treating or maybe we will just enjoy being home as a family again laughing and making memories, isn't that what holidays are about anyways??

Memories were made and we had a wonderful first Halloween together as a family!

Payton and Daddy at Trunk or Treat, enjoying a treat!!

Payton loved playing with all the kids at Trunk or Treat

It was cold at Trunk or Treat but Payton didn't seem to mind. 

Our Family!! 

Payton with her best buddy... Michael Shea

This is my best friend, Caitlin! She was dressed as a cat and Payton was checking it out! 
 Halloween Morning in the Peters Household!
Payton is into walking around the house with either her hairbrush or toothbrush. 
Payton after the DY game, warming up and enjoying the Halloween treats!
Eating the candy, wrap and all. 

We did open the candy and let her have a little but she just liked trying to do everything herself like normal! She wants to be so independent already.

Happy Halloween Everyone!