Texture Tuesday | 2014 Organizing

Every year about this time I start dreaming of how awesome the next year will be! How organized I will be, what goals I will set for my business and personal life, etc. But this year, there is a whole new aspect to our life that has thrown me for a little loop! We are bring home an 18 month old into our home, and I will become a working mom! Oh my goodness!! I cannot believe it! So many questions are running through my mind, like time management, child care, maternity leave, how to get everything done while having a precious boy at my feet?

I am still not sure how I am going to do it all… well, here is the thing, I won’t be able to do it all.  So coming into 2014 there will be some changes, good changes to RWP (more on that to come!). But for now, I am taking small steps to help me stay on top of things going on.  Every beginning of the year, or every new school year when I was teaching, I was always on the hunt for the best and most amazing planner.  One to help keep me organized, room to write, places to keep a schedule plus mark off “to dos.” In the past, when I was teaching, I have always kept my work and personal calendars kind of separate.  Then once I went full time with photography, I kept everything on my iCal.  This pretty much worked UNTIL this latest update, and I just hate the calendar set up now.  SO the search for the perfect planner started again.  I needed a planner that my business and personal life could work together in one.

I continued to see THIS planner all over my FaceBook and Instagram feed.  I started to read reviews on it.  It really seemed to have everything I needed.  Not only did it have the full month displayed to see but also had full, big pages per day.  I photographed a few of my favorite parts for y’all to see.  Hoping to put it to good use this year! My only real con is the spiral notebook part… all my fellow lefty’s out there understand the dislike and discomfort of trying to write in a spiral notebook… hopefully it can over look it:)Here is to a more productive and organized 2014!

December 17, 2013 - 8:27 pm

Megan - I only dream about being as organized as you. Here’s to an amazing and incredibly organized 2014 for you and your little family!

December 18, 2013 - 7:31 am

Elizabeth Scruggs - ooohhhh, looks like a goodie! Like you, I’m always on the hunt for the “best” planner. I have been using a Planner Pad for years, and love it, but it’s downright ugly. I love the look of this one and the layout looks a bit similar to Planner Pad. Thanks for sharing, and CONGRATS on your new baby coming home!!

Texture Tuesday | God Is Making Things Happen, Even If We Can’t Feel It

It is amazing how much my attitude changes from week to week on our adoption journey.  I truly feel bipolar somedays.  Some days I wake up full of hope, excitement that THIS day will be the day for good news.  Just like I wrote about last post.  And I would say that most days are filled with feelings of hope and anticipation. However, Sunday and Monday were two days not filled with hope and excitement.  But two days filled with tears, sadness, and doubt. To say that adoption is not for the faint of heart is a total understatement. And today, this week, I am struggling.  Struggling to focus on hope. Struggling with patience. Struggling with peace. I just want my baby in my arms. To hear his voice, to fill this void aching in my heart and arms, to see him not through pictures or video, but to be in the same room with him. For us to look into each others’ eyes.  Days like the last few days, I try to remind myself that we are on the final stretch.  That more and more families are “moving out of our way” by getting their own court dates.  But everyday that goes by when we hear nothing… my heart just aches a little more…

Not to be all gloomy today… We are hearing LOTS of movement.  LOTS of court dates.  And we HOPE to hear some news in the next 2 weeks to WHEN our court date will be.  We haven’t been told to expect news.  Just comparing our timeline to every other family with our agency. We HOPE that by Christmas, we will have something exciting to share.  We may not be there yet, but we are closer than we were yesterday.

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December 10, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Jennie - You have been on mind ALL day!!! It is coming….I feel it! I mean you know it is, but yes, today you are closer then you were yesterday. You, Scott, Davis, the government, and everyone involved continue to be in our prayers and will until he comes home! I Love You!

December 10, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Kristie - Rebecca, I lurk here weekly. But tonight I want to tell you are doing wonderfully with your wait. There will be a day when you look back on these days and they will seem like a blurry, distant memory. You are right, adoption is not for the faint of heart. Even now I bristle when people tell me that we had our children the “easy” way. You are laboring for Davis at this very moment and it will not be much longer until he will be in your arms. Stay strong, mama!

Texture Tuesday | Hope in your Heart

It is December! I just can’t believe that we are on the final countdown of 2013.  Believe me, I am ready for 2014, but 2013 has been a pretty good year with lots of promises and hope. I read this quote the other day that said, “90% of success is waking up with a little hope in your heart.”  For whatever reason, it really stuck with me.  Most likely because every day that I wake up, I believe that THIS day will be the day that we hear news that we have our court date.  THIS day will be filled with excitement and hope! Now, don’t get me wrong… I don’t always stay on the hope ‘high’ all day.  I am human and typically an emotional mess, but generally, through this process, I have focused on hope.  Tried to keep my focus on the positives. Like everyday I can cross off another day another day of waiting.  Another day we have made it. Another day closer to holding our baby.

The realization has been hitting me more and more lately that we will get our news soon.  And that blows my mind.  Every week we are hearing more and more court dates getting assigned to families.  And every morning, I wake up thinking, will this be our day?  Every day all day I wonder, will it be today?  One of these days, I will wake up.  And I will be right.  That THIS is the day that we have a court date, that we will be able to finally meet our son.  Until that day happens, I will wake up not with sadness.  I will wake up with hope.  I will wake up feeling strong and capable of making it through another day with hope in my heart.

December 10, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Texture Tuesday | God Is Making Things Happen, Even If We Can’t Feel It » Rebecca Walker Photography - […] up full of hope, excitement that THIS day will be the day for good news.  Just like I wrote about last post.  And I would say that most days are filled with feelings of hope and anticipation. However, […]

Texture Tuesday | Thanksgiving

My favorite holiday:)Thanksgiving! I holiday meant to focus on what you have, focus on your family, your friends.  A day to be content with what you have in life.  I love it! Especially in this world that we live with never being content, always wanting for the next best thing. The quote, “It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy,” has always been one of my favorites! The older that I get, the more I get to surround myself with people that live a thankful life. This Thanksgiving, I am choosing to be happy! Even though we are still waiting for our little guy to come home, we are SOOOO close! I choose to be thankful that he is being loved for, provided for, and taken care of.  I am thankful for an amazing husband, that is my world, my rock, my constant. I have the most amazing family to love me and support me. My friends, oh how they believe in my dreams and encourage me to follow them.  I am thankful for my home and this community that we live in.  I could go on and on!! So today, this week, I choose to give thanks with a grateful heart.

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I hope y’all all have the most amazing Thanksgiving and focus on having a grateful heart! And eat up all that yummy food:)

Texture Tuesday | Progress

Progress.  That is the word I keep reminding myself as we continue to wait for news that we can finally go meet our baby boy!  Well today we found out that our paper work made another step.  Another step marked off our list, another ounce of hope that our waiting is closer to coming to an end!  Today we heard that our Exit Permit (EP) was approved last week!! Yay!! This is what we have been waiting to hear over the last month and a half.  This part being completed means we get to be submitted to get a court date.  So the next thing that we will hear is that we will get to fly to Seoul, South Korea, and meet our son. I just can’t believe it!!

Also, we heard we will be getting some new pictures, video, and progress report on our little guy!! This is LONG over due and I need to see my baby! The last pictures that we received were taken back in June!! Five months since we have gotten any new updates.  It feel like every bit of those 5 months. But today, today I am focusing on progress.  Focus on one step closer to meeting our son. One giant step for having my BABY in my arms.  So while this process has been slow, I am so thankful to see progress!! Yay! Happy Tuesday, y’all!!!

November 19, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Ebba - YAY!!!!!! Such great news!!!! Come on, court date!!!!!!!

November 19, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Renee Browning - I am so thrilled for you guys!!!! Hope your court date comes very soon!!!

November 20, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Lisa - Yay Rebecca and Scott! I’m very happy to read this. We’re celebrating this good news with you :)

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