Thursday, December 13, 2012

Maggie wants to give you some music for her birthday!

My baby girl Maggie turns seven tomorrow. Seven! Hard to believe that this baby is seven. Sniff.

Tonight we watched the Grinch and I remembered how much Maggie used to remind us of Wendy Lou Who. Look at the many faces of Mags at age 2

Such a joy that baby girl was, and is!

(I can't believe I'm about to have another two year old girl in this house!)

On their birthdays, our kids get to plan the menu for the entire day. Tomorrow Maggie Belle will begin the day with a healthy breakfast of homemade strawberry ice cream, then she'll get to BUY her LUNCH at school oooooooo cafeteria food yum, then have cupcakes at school for snack (check out the natural buttercream pink icing - beet juice! can't taste the beets I promise. Unless you're into beets. In which case, yes, the rich beet undertones are scrumptious.) (It's got a good beet. Ba boom cha.)

then for dinner, we're headed to one of the many Austin restaurants with awesome playgrounds, unless it rains, in which case we will try hard to steer her towards Chuy's. Cause we always try and steer them towards Chuy's. Walker, especially, is shameless at convincing them that what they reeeeealy want for their birthday is some Chuy's.

In between all the birthday hoopla, Maggie wanted to give you a present to celebrate turning SEVEN!! She wanted to give you all Princess Celestias but since that's not feasible, she instead wants to give you an awesome Christmas CD!

Or maybe this was a collusion between my friend Jamie and I and Maggie had nothing to do with it, you'll never know.


Aaron Ivey is an awesome musician who is the Pastor of Worship at a church called Austin Stone. This is a song he wrote about bringing home his son from Haiti, so you can get a taste for how talented he is.

It's got a good beet.

I'm so stinking funny when I'm jetlagged.

He's also a great preacher - I quoted him in this blog post recently with a link to his recent sermon on adoption, which, if you haven't heard yet, just, do. I'm still chewing on some of the things he said. Especially the stuff about people like maybe your parents not accepting trans-racial adoption. A whole lotta ears just perked up, I felt it.

Okay, and I didn't tell Jamie I was doing this, but this is their story of bringing home their son Amos, who was one of the orphans in Haiti whose adoption was sped up due to the earthquake. Every time I watch this I cry. And you know I love to make y'all cry. 

Okay. Focus, Missy.  

Aaron and Austin Stone have a new Christmas CD out called A Day of Glory and Maggie has five count 'em FIVE CDs to giveaway! FA LA LA LA LA!!!

Enter in the fancy box below. 

I'm only going to run this till Tuesday morning so we can get this in the mail to you right quick. 
Good luck!


  1. Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing! (And "Happy Birthday" to Maggie!) :-)

  2. Aww!! The beet frosting looks great! I made a beet cake for my baby girl's first birthday almost one year ago! (I totally cheated and used a box cake mix + can of beets blended in the magic bullet). The cake was great, a lovely pink color and you could not taste the beet at all. Happy Birthday Maggie!

  3. Happy Birthday - and thank you, Maggie! And Merry Christmas to your family!

  4. Happy Birthday to your sweet Maggie! Thanks for the Christmas CD giveaway....I could use a little spirit lifting this year for some reason :)

  5. Happy Birthday to your sweet Maggie! I have a sweet Maggie too (she is 22) and she has always met life head on...maybe its the name?

    I pray you get your girl home soon. My Bible Study facilitator has two precious children from Ethiopia and when I see her little girl I think of yours waiting to come home. Love the song!

  6. love the video. And my hubs and oldest baby girl's bday was yesterday. The really cool kids must have been born (OR given birth) this week. Addi is 7 too! So just realized, we were pregnant together through TWO pregnancies!

  7. Loved the video on Amos!!

    Happy Birthday, Maggie!

  8. Wow! I have just sat and cried through these videos. Such a beautiful story, just like how the Father pursues us. Thank you for sharing. Happy Birhday Maggie!!! 7 is the Best.

  9. Loved that video. Of course I cried!

    So excited for what God is doing in your family as well right now!

  10. I am always up to good Christmas music and what a touching story!

  11. Missy, I'd like to thank you for the mascara streaks on my face. :)

    Your recent posts have been SO therapeutic for me as I grow weary of waiting. I need all these reminders of WHY we're adopting.

    Happy birthday, Maggie!

  12. Those are two of the most achingly beautiful portrayals of a fathers love for his son and his desire to bring him home. Wrecked my heart with beauty as I could easily see the comparison in our Fathers aching love for us.

    Awesome post!

  13. Beautiful daughter and so much fun. The video shows the anguish in adoption; the lenghth of time is hard to comprehend.

  14. He's a great musician and their story brings glory to Jesus. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Beautiful song and amazing adoption story! This is a terrific giveaway! :)

  16. I'm going to have to try some beet frosting!

  17. I think every one of your blog posts this has made me cry. Amazing!

  18. I know some good people at Austin Stone. :)

  19. I really did read everything past 'Chuy's' but you made me think about Chuy's and now I'm wishing it was MY birthday so I could go there. And I'm not even gonna read the other comments about adoption and orphans because I'd feel really shallow.

    mmmmmm.... Chuy's....

  20. Pick me rafflecopter, pick me! We live in TX and will get it before Christmas, yay

  21. happy birthday! I would love a new christmas cd!

  22. Woohoo! I went to Austin Stone during college! And I LOVE Christmas music!

  23. what a sweet giveaway! happy birthday to your beautiful girl!!!

  24. Where is the beet icing recipe? Sounds deceptively delicious! ;)

    Love reading about these final steps to bring your Bethie home!! Oh how you have labored!!!



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