Who am I?

my name is jamie and i have a fabulous hubby and two wonderful children. my boys are 4 and 2 and keep me very busy. i am blessed to be able to stay home with them most days. i work at a preschool two days a week where they join me and have fun with their friends and teachers.

we adopted our youngest son when he was born and we are now in the process of adopting a boy and a girl from haiti. we have a heart for adoption, for missions and for loving people exactly where they are.

i enjoy working out, even though I sometimes make that the last priority on my to do list. in 2007 I ran two half marathons (2:07 & 2:09), 1 5K, and 1 10K.

i like to read by hardly ever do. it takes me forever to finish a book, but i always try to finish the ones i start. i made a new year’s resolution in 2006 to read more, and i have read more each year, but it is a challenge for me to take the time to sit and read.

i love to watch tv and movies. tivo has changed our tv watching and netflix allows me to see movies even if i never get to the movie theatre.

i am a christian and value my relationship with jesus christ. i have not always been a person who loves god and follows jesus, but i have learned that the joy and peace that comes along with a personal relationship with jesus christ is the best thing that i have going for me these days. i am not perfect and screw up lots but i am striving to be a better person that loves people and loves god.

i have big dreams for a house for woman who need to get back on their feet. i have dreams of helping them and their children get their life back and begin a new start in life.

32 responses to “Who am I?

  1. Hello Jamie!!! Hey Thank you so much for your comment on my blog!!! I love this blog!!! It is soo cute!!! I am a Christain too! I am so happy to have “met” you!!!!!! :O)

    If you don’t mind I will put your blog in my favorites!!! I love that you have ran a half marathon!!! I LOVE running!!! I ran in college and my goal is to run a marathon one of these days!!!

    Thank you again for your comment!!! I am so excited to follow your adventures!!!!!!! :O)

    • Hi Jamie,

      My name is Katie Sherman and I am friends with Kim Truss and she is the one that sent me the link to your blog. My husband and I just moved to Austin and have been going to Austin Stone… and we are adopting from Ethiopia! Our dossier has been in country for over 9 months now and we expect to get our referral any day. Jason and I are trying to find other young couples in Austin that have adopted internationally to connect with them. We would love to meet you guys and I would love to get some referrals from you (like a good pediatrician, etc). You can email me at katie@aspenheightsatm.com. Thanks! Katie

  2. Jamie,
    Hi! My name is Hannah, and I ran across your blog from Baby Bangs. I felt like I should introduce myself, since I read your blog, but you don’t necessarily know me! I love reading about your precious family! Thank you for being so transparent! Your husband is very sweet, for making this awesome setup!

  3. Hey Jamie –
    Thanks again for inspiring me to try out wordpress! I’m still figuring it out – I have some questions for you though about the sidebar and uploading pictures. Can I use you as a help center ??? 🙂

  4. Ashley McWhorter

    Hi Jamie- I have read your blog for quite sometime now, and I figured it was about time that I introduced myself to you. I came across your blog from Rachel Setliffe’s site. My name is Ashley and I live near The Woodlands, TX. My husband is on staff at Fellowship of The Woodlands, and he actually booked Spur58 a couple of times and is friends with your hubby. I love your blog and read it daily. You have inspired me in so many ways by being a better mother (I have two girls. 3 and 1), a “ministers wife”, and a more dedicated runner (I was training for a half marathon then got pregnant with our 2nd child). Anyway, I hope you have glorious weekend!!!! 🙂 Keep up the wonderful blog!!!

  5. Hey Jamie-
    This is Jackie…. I know Aaron (and Bush) from HBU and I met you and your boys ( who are precious) at Sagemont’s camp this summer (i was a leader) I work with the youth at Sagemont and know Matt/Rachel from HBU too! I love your blog. I have fun reading about your adventures in life. thanks for some good reading.
    -Jackie

  6. Hi Jamie…just popped over here in response to your comment on my blog. Your boys are so cute! Love what I’ve read so far…Going to go back through as I have time and read some of your archived stuff, if possible. Feel free to visit my “place” whenever you want…nice to meet you, too!

    –Mindy

  7. Hi Jaimie,
    Just got your comment on my site. As you can see, I am super new to this blogging arena. It’s kind of neat though. So a soon to be teacher huh? What grade?

  8. Hello to you Jamie…I have come across your family’s story through the blog of both Ernest and Debra Parker. I have followed a little of your journey in adoption and have also spent time in prayer with you in that regard. I just wanted to say hello and to let you know that I have been blessed and challenged by your life. May God bless your efforts in striving to know and love Him and His people in a deeper way! Your {unknown} friend ~~Tina

  9. Jamie –

    Thanks for hooking us up with Robbie for the t-shirts. They have been a big hit and we are set up to sell them from our site as well. Since our little boy’s translated surname is Dang (thought not pronounced like we know it), it was fun to do something with it. So, Mandy came up with t-shirts that read “Making a Dang Difference” with our website listed. It is so awesome! Think about it….we are southerners and everyone uses the term “dang”. Everyone who buys one makes a difference in Reid’s (our little boy) life. In fact, they are making a dang difference. God calls each of us to make a dang difference for His Kingdom. I look at a list of people who have purchased tees:

    – My mom, who bought 6, is making a dang difference.
    – The 15 teachers & staff at Monroe High (my kids don’t even go there) are making a dang difference.
    – The girls at the coffee shop are making a dang difference.
    – The guy who paid $20 bucks and didn’t take a shirt is making a dang difference.
    – The list goes on.

    We are so blessed to have people give to Reid, not us, to bring him home soon. We thank you and Aaron for turning us on to Robbie. You have made a dang difference and didn’t even know it!

    Walk on,

    Butch & Mandy Ferguson – Parents of Jeremiah Reid
    http://www.ourchildwaits.com

  10. Hi Jamie – I’m pretty sure you go to our church. Or maybe I go to your church. 🙂

    I love your blog – and your dream. My wife and I were in the process of adopting a local foster child – but it fell through and broke my heart.

    Wishing you much better luck and the blessings of adoption,

    Ken

  11. Hey Jamie!
    I found your site through your husband’s site [who I found through Daley Hake]
    I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your stories and seeing the photos as well as hearing about your journey in Haiti.
    Thanks for the good read!

  12. Hi There – just thought I would say hello – just found your blog through by adoption blogging addiction – Good reads – I will keep following.

  13. hey, thanks for stopping by!
    i have loved hearing your heart for adoption, haiti and your children. it’s beautiful.

  14. Jamie,

    You can e-mail me at sherri@sherrigragg.com. My site is http://www.everydaymiracle.wordpress.com. If you dig back to the beginning, it tells our adoption story.

    Sherri

  15. Hi Jamie,

    my name is Ashlee and I use to attend Fellowship of Champions in Spring,Tx and as a student I went to many Spur58 concerts. I am doing a research project at my college(Texas State) about international and domesic adoption and how it affects the family. I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me. If so will you please shoot me an email! Thanks sooo much!

    Ashlee

  16. Hey my name is D.O. and I recently posted a comment on your post about Shane Claiborne telling you about Another World is Possible. Well I’ve just got one more thing I wanted to tell you about and then I’ll leave you alone. The folks who made the AWIP DVD’s are making a feature-length documentary called “The Ordinary Radicals.” The film will address many of the negative stereotypes that are affiliated with present-day Christianity, and tell the stories of ordinary folks who are disproving these generalizations. People doing pretty amazing things, motivated by their faith. I think you should check it out. Interviews include folks like Shane Claiborne, Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Becky Garrison, and a whole host of others. If you’d like to learn more or pre-order the DVD, check out the website at http://www.theordinaryradicals.com.

    I realize this isn’t really the most appropriate place for such a comment, but I couldn’t find a “contact” link to email you on your page. Hope you don’t mind. Cheers.

  17. Hey Jamie!
    I enjoy your blog and I have linked you on my website. endurelife.com I hope to keep reading great posts!
    Dustin

  18. Hi Jamie!

    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Your site is nice – what beautiful family pictures. You must be anxious to bring your children home.

    You asked how we manage 6 people in 2 bedrooms. We have two sets of bunk beds for the kids. To help it look more unified, all 4 kids have the same comforter style/color. We try to keep things simple and have a specific place for everything. The kids all go to bed at the same time. The older children have reading lamps and stay up reading after the younger children go to sleep.

    I’m off to read some more of your blog now.

    Blessings,
    Jennie

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  20. Hi, Jamie,
    My nickname is George (the little kids I know can’t ever remember my name, but they can remember that) and I am a 24 year old with big plans to adopt within the next three years. I’m new to blog, posting…pretty much everything if it has to do with computers. I just wanted to say I love your blog.

  21. hi jamie…May Godbless your family..i admire you for being compassionate, your truly have a wonderful heart…

  22. Hey Jamie,
    I found your Blog because of Spur58/Aaron. Just wanted to say hi since I read your blog and since I’ve linked to your blog twice now. Thanks for being so passionate and transparent. Your faith is really an encouragement to me.

  23. hey jamie i dont think you will remember me but you might
    my youth pastor was talking to you and aaron about adoption in panama and i was playing with deacon and kayden.
    well anyways i have been reading you and aarons blogs and the link you guys have to compassion international and i am going to try to talk my family into adoping.

  24. Dominique Moseley

    Hi Jamie…We are supporters of the Livesays…and somehow ended up on your blog! I used to work in Haitian adoptions state side and after having gone through the process ourselves I know how trying this whole thing can be. We never did get to go to Haiti, but are considering making a trip down there in the near future 🙂 I have really enjoyed reading about your journey to simplify life in general…as we have now found ourselves in that same place…it feels like we are downsizing at the age of 30 🙂 And finally the reason for this comment started with the picture of your kids…so beautiful!

  25. Dieula Previlon

    Hey Jaime, I got your website from a friend of ours from Seminary (Mandi Morrow), I’m a Haitian native, my family and I have been in the states for over 20 years. I’m now married with children of my own. What a blessing you will be to those children!!!I can’t wait to hear more about them. keep me posted…if there’s anyway I can pray for you and your family let me know, you have my personal email address.

    Dieula Previlon

  26. Hi Jamie,
    I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now. I found it through Courtney Lankford’s blog. I work for her husband’s company and I babysit her kids sometimes. It’s so exciting for me to read about your love and passion for the children of Haiti. I thought you may want to check out a friend of mine’s blog. I went to college with him and he is now a youth pastor. He has a burden for the children in Haiti too. http://apologeticyp.wordpress.com/
    Have a great day and I look forward to your next post!
    Emilee

  27. Jesus, Haiti, and Running….

    Wow – sounds like me.

  28. Hi Jamie,

    Iam not sure how I found your blog, it was on my bookmarks. I’m guessing I found it through Licia’s blog. My husband and I are adoptiing from Haiti. Our girls are also staying with Licia. We are adopting Hope and Faith. (Twins) We have been to Haiti and absolutely fell in love with it. We love little Amos and Story. Iam so happy for them to have a good home who loves Jesus. We are desperately waiting for our children to come home as well. We are waiting for their fathers interview and then it will be passports. It seems like forever. I pray your adoption will be complete soon. God Bless.

    Kristy

  29. Jamie,
    I have been stalking your site for a month or two. I love the avenues that our Heavenly Father has given us to ‘meet’ and be able to pray for people who we would otherwise not meet.
    God bless your heart for Him, for children, for family. Sorry to hear you are sick but to everything is a purpose. Maybe the ‘boys’ just need busy mom down and out so they can get more cuddle time. 🙂
    Blessings on you this week and on your trip. I pray you can bring your new babes home very soon.
    Blessings,
    Malissa

  30. Hi Jamie! I found you through my husband ; ) I know Kimberly and Stew – I was in college ministry with them in Denton. Jason and I are now in NC : ) He pointed me to your blog and said I’d like you – haha ; ) I love your heart for adoption! And I love your big dream for a house for women!!!! Both are reflections of HIS heart!

  31. Hi Jamie,

    I hope this doesn’t post on your blog, as I want you to read this first, and let me know what you think.

    I am the founder of The Friends Forever Girls, which is a community of 6 girls and a book series. This year we came out with 3 different multi-cultural dolls that are just beautiful and are individually sculpted to reflect their backgrounds. I’m a small business with a small budget and was hoping that I could offer a special to your readers. Please let me know if this is something that would be of interest to you…they make wonderful holiday gifts! Thank you for your consideration~ Kristi

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