adoption

adoption : plan a

let me start out by saying if you struggle to birth children -- my heart aches for you! i cannot even imagine the pain you've gone through. however it happens, you were made to be a mother. hang in there your time is coming. if adoption might be your plan B, meaning your plan for your life hasn't gone the way you desired then welcome to the party. God works in mighty ways. when we envisioned our family adoption was not our plan a. we were any normal family that believed you had to birth your own children before you could adopt a child. our vision has been just that, it was going to be this perfect little story with our children helping raise the adopted child.

welllllll it wasn't until Jesus turned our world upside down and told us we were to wait on having biological children |to clarify -- we have yet to try to get pregnant!|. we knew adoption was going to be the FIRST way we were to bring children into our family. a seed was planted so deep in our hearts that if we didn't walk out our adoption journey we knew we'd be living in disobedience to God and His word. i do believe Jesus has complete control over every single child and their birth order -- if we allow Him to reign. for your family an adopted child might come first, middle, or last. i'm here to just say s u r r e n d e r. adoption can be for everyone, it's just a matter of choosing to say YES and surrendering your children to Jesus.

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november is national adoption month. we've had these precious twin girls since they were 12 days old. we adopted them through foster care when they were 9 months old. we are coming up on the one year anniversary of our gotcha day. our family has still been processing all that happened over the first year. Jesus always takes me back to the two weeks He changed my life. i remember telling Him no to the call countless times. i've been reminded of these words that were so confirming -- it's not about you & hunter, it's about these children and their calling. they have to be first. they have to be chosen. you are changing their destiny. 

we tell our little ladies every single night that they were adopted, chosen first, loved so deeply, and hand picked to be in our family. now the vision for our family structure will be these adopted children helping raising our biological children one day. i've never birthed a child so i don't understand that kind of love but i have a feeling it won't look much different. there are many days that i forget they were adopted. last week as i was standing in Israel on the mount where Jesus left this earth and will return again, i was overwhelmed by the love of being grafted into His family. He didn't have to choose me but He did. i was chosen, i was adopted, my destiny has forever been changed. if you are questioning if you'd be able to love a child like you birthed them, just go ahead and stop. the love cannot be explained, it can only be experienced.

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my soul waits

"i wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word i hope." psalm 130:5

for all of you in a season of waiting. its worth every single minute. Jesus is birthing something inside you that will flourish one day. may you be filled with HOPE today.

these two daughters were worth the wait. the husband and i waited for days, weeks, & months upon months for these little humans to enter our life. the hardest part was what the Lord took me through from the moment He started showing us we were called to adoption sooner than we thought. we had always talked about adoption like it was a fleeting thought that would one day happen. my plan was to have some children and adopt a baby from overseas. well thats not the plan Jesus had for us.

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so the convo of having a family started. every single time we kept hearing the Lord say "wait, i'm not releasing you to move forward."

month after month. we never felt like it was time but you better believe my heart was ready for a little babe. i knew Jesus was preparing me for motherhood and i started to question why we both didn't have peace about starting a family. around this time many of my friends started to announce they were pregnant & i'd start to notice EVERY SINGLE BABY around me. not fun. i remember crying out to God like i was telling Him things He didn't know.

then came the dream. | read the dream here |

after having the dream that we were adopting a little babe is when the waiting got real deep. real fast. i struggled for a solid two weeks - just weeping, crying out to God, & worshipping. it was the most intense few weeks of my life. Jesus birthed something deep inside me. i know a piece of it was adopting the twins but i also know theres more to His story.

"a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling." pslam 68:5

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Jesus is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. i'm thankful for the waiting. as challenging as it may seem only good things can come from it. it might not look like you have visioned. "my plan" was nothing like i had thought but i wouldn't have it any other way. embrace the waiting. may your faith increase & may you live fully where Jesus has you today.

for those of you in the throws of fostering - LOVE like your little babe won't be there tomorrow. by God's grace i never struggled with giving these little ladies ALL of my love. i loved at the capacity that i knew how. He will give you all the grace you need in the process.

i love seeing Jesus show off.

let my ceiling be your floor. it doesn't have to be a scary process. we would do it all over again.

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resqueeze giveaway

resqueeze & copper + pearli'm so honored to partner with resqueeze for our first giveaway at copper + pearl. we bought these reusable squeeze pouches a few months ago. i have to say that we are slightly obsessed. i've put so many great smoothies, applesauces, and blended veggies in these babies for the twins. i make a big batch of smoothies every day for the girls & i . tonight, i'm going to include our favorite recipe and don't forget to enter our giveaway going on now! please leave a blog comment letting me know what your favorite recipes are! i gotta branch out and try some new stuff. so help a mama out!

resqueeze green smoothie recipe | one cup - milk | | one large handful - frozen spinach | | one - avocado | | 6-8 - frozen strawberries | | 2-3 - frozen bananas | | one teaspoon - honey | | one tablespoon - almond butter |

freezing the spinach, strawberries, & bananas makes the smoothie extremely smooth. i rarely have to add ice. it's so yummy.

resqueeze smoothiesmoothiethis batch of green smoothie makes enough for 4 resqueeze pouches and one smoothie for this mama. after filling the girls resqueezes, i add some youngliving balance complete. it helps keep me full and energized for the twins.

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the story of copper + pearl

this is a lifestyle blog about a day in the life of our twin girls - copper + pearl. no, these are not the girls real names. we officially adopted the twins in November of 2014. out of respect we knew we needed to keep the girls real names private since we adopted them from a small town in texas.

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copper + pearl started a few years ago as my hubby and i were on the journey of creating our first business. we made handmade wooden signs with song lyrics, scripture, and sayings. we even had our friend create a logo! but, the glory days of making money by our hardworking hands only lasted about 6 months. it was fun while it lasted but we realized all of our time was spent making these signs for not much pay. all that time wasn't really worth it to us. so off we went to different income opportunities. but, copper + pearl stayed in our hearts.

so here we are introducing our sweet twin girls | copper + pearl |

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i have a lot of vision for this blog but writing can be difficult with little ladies in the house. the last few weeks blogging has come up in almost every conversation i've had. & not the mention my friend jen hatmaker {blogger friends are real friends, right?} wrote a blog about becoming a writer. so here i go jen. entering the world of blogging. it's so exciting! plus you'll be seeing these cuties all over this blog. so join us in this adventure, we will learn and grow together!!

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one year ago

one year ago today we got to meet the little faces we would soon call daughters. the day was a whirlwind of emotions that i remember so vividly. they were so tiny and fragile, it felt like they could break. i remember walking into that dark hospital room just weeping because these little girls made me a mother. it is overwhelming that Jesus would choose my broken self and husband to care for his precious children. i'm still in shock that it was a year ago today that my life was literally transformed. motherhood is such a gift, no matter how it happens!

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just look at those tiny humans. how could you not give them your whole heart. today i'm reminded how stinkin' blessed we are. thank you Jesus.

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