Monday, December 22, 2014

the greatest christmas present ever

After a season of waiting we received the most perfect and amazing Christmas present. We are in incredible awe of what God has done for us, how he has blessed us beyond measure with the most perfect daughter and in turn allowed us to become a family.

Let me introduce you to our daughter 
Esther Marie Carlson

We love her so much and we can't help but just sit and stare at our beautiful miracle baby:) Our hearts are full!

Even though  our adoption journey has not been easy at times, God provided us with a wonderful birth family that we had the opportunity to get to know towards the end of the journey. We truly care about this family and their incredible loving sacrifice that allowed us this beautiful healthy daughter. We look forward to sharing with Esther her beautiful birth story. 

We are incredibly humbled by the outpouring of love and support from so many of you for our adoption. We lack words to express our thankfulness, but we will start with a THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who has helped make our dream of bringing home our Carlson baby a reality. Thank you for loving us and in turn loving little Esther.  

We are still raising money to help fund this wonderful adoption. If you are interested in making a tax deductible year end donation please consider making a contribution to 

If you would prefer to purchase something tangible that supports our adoption as well then if you buy some yummy candles at Waiting Hearts Candle Co using our link ( we will receive 35% towards our adoption.

Thanks again for all of your support! We are overjoyed this Christmas season to have Esther as part of our family! God is good!


Monday, December 8, 2014

milling mondays: danish christmas recipes

As I mentioned in my last post I can't believe that it is almost Christmas! So exciting:) I just love love Christmas time. I love the cozy times spent with family and friends. Christmas trees and decorations, gift exchanges, Christmas smells, and yummy yummy food and dessert that are served this time of year. This season is often filled with nostalgia for me and with that the desire to make Christmas recipes I grew up enjoying. Here are some of my favorite yummy Danish Christmas treats featured on this blog if you want to try something new and delicious.



Danish Rye Bread with Dried Fruit, Seeds and Nuts


Ginger Cake (Ingefærkage)

If baking isn't your thing and you enjoy yummy smelling Christmas candles you can head over to Waiting Hearts Candle Co using this link to purchase some.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

christmas gift ideas

I can't believe it is already December which means Christmas is just around the corner! If you are looking for some Christmas gift ideas here are some options... and a portion of each purchase goes towards our adoption!

One idea is to get some yummy candles at Waiting Hearts Candle Co. (who doesn't like receiving candles?). They have great Christmas and Fall flavors perfect for this time of year. The people who created this company have also adopted and they in turn have a desire to help others raise funds for their adoption. For each candle purchased using our link ( we will receive 35% towards our adoption. And they are currently offering free shipping so it can't get better than that:)

If you know people who love coffee (yes please!) another gift idea is purchasing coffee and things of that nature at Just Love Coffee Roasters. If you make a purchase using our link ( a portion will go towards our adoption (if you go to their fundraising page you can see how much of each purchase goes towards our adoption).