What Makes Our Family Unique

Jul 28, 2020

Education is important to us. Through Jay's military career and our savings, we are excited to pay for college for our children! And we aren't picky about their career choice... we don't have unrealistic expectations of what our children should be, where they should go, or what their future should look like. Our only expectation is that we help them discover who they are, what they are good at, and support them to live the life they are called to live. When we have a big life decision to make, we share it with the family and then we stop and take time to pray and then come back together to see if we're on the same page. We believe that unity is important. For example, after I gave birth to James, I stayed home with him for 6 years. That decision to stay home and forego a paycheck was one we prayed through and decided to trust the Lord. Although it's not easy to give up a complete salary, we both knew it was right and we don't regret one day of it. A typical day in our household probably looks a lot like the average American family. Erin wakes up early to workout at 5 a.m. and comes home to get dressed and drive she and James to school. Since Jay works from home most days, he is able to help wake James up and get him breakfast/moving/dressed for the day! They attend school from about 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (a little longer than other students since Erin works there) and then we drive home together, grab a snack, and head to Taekwondo or therapy. Afterward we do homework and have dinner together as a family before bedtime.

We Promise You

Jul 28, 2020

As we end our time here with you, we want to pray over you. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. May all of the promises He has for your life and your baby's life come to pass. We pray that your heart is full of comfort, trust, hope, and truth. Amen! As you make the biggest decision of your life, we are here to support you. You are brave and honorable. If you choose to allow us to walk alongside you in this journey, our arms are wide open to receive, nurture, and fully love your beautiful baby. There are significant moments and milestones in each of our lives that mark us forever. May this moment be one that you look back on with complete peace. with love and big hugs, Jay and Erin

This Is Our Home

Jul 28, 2020

We live in a neighborhood full of families and children. We have a nice backyard with a deck patio to sit and relax and a large swing set for the kids to play on. Our home is 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths with the master bedroom on the main level and three bedrooms and a large game room upstairs. We live across the street from the kindest, most loving neighbors. We have a group of families that surround our house and we call ourselves "The Burwood Brawlers". The men are in a fantasy football league together so our families get together for many football games to eat, hang out, swim, as well as holiday parties and family days at the lake during the summer months. Our favorite place in our home is the den area. We have an open concept home so the den and the kitchen are connected. During the weekdays we eat together in the kitchen at the table, but a couple times per week, we love to get in our cozy pajamas and eat dinner together in front of the TV. This is some of our favorite relaxing family time. We have two dogs - Storm (a Chihuahua / Whippet mix) and Lyla (a Black Lab / German Shepherd mix). They are a big part of our family. We take Lyla to the dog park a lot. She is only nearly a year old and loves to play. Storm is 4 and likes to snuggle.

Meet James

Jul 28, 2020

James is a passionate little boy. He's a leader and he's going to be an amazing big brother one day. He takes care of Storm and Lyla (the dogs) by feeding them each morning. He recently got a 29 gallon fish tank for Christmas and is learning a lot about how to care for the fish. He has been researching them for quite a while. James loves to learn. He is engineering minded like his dad, but a communicator like his mom. We recently gave him an IQ test and he scored incredibly high in verbal communication and is a very smart boy. He makes all A's and B's at school, and has been selected to be in an advanced program. James loves his friends, playing legos, riding scooters at the skatepark, playing outside, playing video games (especially Minecraft and Fortnite), going to Taekwondo, and watching TV with the family. He is a bundle of energy and joy. James is a toe walker, which we have tried to correct for a long time through various therapies. Over the years, we have learned that James has sensory processing disorder. Sometimes noises are too loud for him or large spaces can be overwhelming. Although occupational therapy has almost completely resolved many of these symptoms, he had just begun physical therapy to help him stretch and lengthen his heel cords. We want to share this with you because we want you to know that we understand that every child will need special care and attention in their own unique way.

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