Friday, December 29, 2006

He is the Man !

( this is hubby, with daughter in lap- and her best friend)
This is the day we said " I do ". Today is our anniversary - and I am so in love with my man.

You - have brought me much joy
You - have made me a better person
You - really are the man of my dreams
You - make me proud to share your last name
You - make marriage better every year
You - show me what a true man of God looks like
You - are the best daddy I know
You - are my biggest fan ( and I am yours ! )
You - are the man
You - are so devoted to us, thank you.
You - are everything to me and so much more.....
You - ROCK !
Happy 16th Anniversary, to the most amazing dude in the world ! I love you.

Your- Happy, Content, Crazy about You- wife xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Okay, so I got up first thing this morning (yes , early !!) and went through my entire kitchen and threw out ALL THE SUGAR. All of it. Yup. Every last bit.
Are you proud of me??

All the cookies
All the fudge
All the candy
All the pies
All the cake
I absolutely HAD to. Really. It will call my name throughout the day........
I so totally ate my way through Christmas. I cannot believe what a hog I was.
It was fun though, I will admit !!!!

But I'm back with it. Okay? I am working hard here baby ! Keep me in line here guys !

Now if I can just keep away from the garbage can......

btw : to my secret pal in Arizona ( I didn't have to throw away your cookies - we, ( I ) ate them all !!!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

An Update

Such a heartbreaking story. The last few days we even watched the helicopters fly over our house.

HOOD RIVER, Ore. - With yet another snowstorm barreling in, rescue teams gave up any hope of finding two missing climbers alive on wind-whipped Mount Hood and abandoned the frustrating, 9-day-old search Wednesday.
"We've done everything we can at this point," said Sheriff Joe Wampler, choking back tears after returning from one last, fruitless flyover of the 11,239-foot peak.
As the weather permits, officials will now look for the bodies of Brian Hall and Jerry "Nikko" Cooke, he said.
Wampler said the men's families made the decision to end the search.
"It was pretty much their conclusion. The chance of survival is pretty nil. I don't think I can justify putting any more people in the field with the hope of finding them alive," the sheriff said.
The men's families had no immediate comment.
Three climbers in all were reported missing in the snow on Mount Hood on Dec. 11. One of them, 48-year-old Dallas landscape architect Kelly James, was found dead in a snow cave on Sunday. Volunteers continued scouring the mountains for signs of James' climbing partners, Hall, a 37-year-old personal trainer from Dallas, and Cooke, a 36-year-old lawyer from New York City. But climbing gear found on the peak suggested the two may have been swept to their deaths over a precipice or buried in an avalanche.

Please keep these families in your prayers.
We also learned of a family that lives nearby, lost EVERYTHING in a house fire last Sunday night.......
I recently read on a friends blog how there is so much sadness this time of year - and how she chose to keep her focus on Jesus ( sorry Amy-in-Germany, I'm not quoting you all that great here am I??) My prayer is that you are having a wonderful holiday season, treasuring all that you have. If this is a hard time of year for you, for whatever reason, that you would find your strength in our Creator.
God Bless.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Oh what a beautiful morning.........

I love that song......some cowboy rides his horse singing it - I am SO embarrassed to say that I can't remember which cowboy?

I am such the morning person. I LOVE to be up before anyone else... no, I am not insane... I love it ! Another benefit to being up so early is that we have the most spectacular sunrises ( I took this picture on Dec. 4 - not April 12 !)
The picture does not do it justice - you'll just have to come over and have coffee with me and see it for yourself !!!!

Could I ask you guys to pray for something? There are 3 missing hikers on Mt Hood ( 30 miles from our home) who desperately need to be found today. They are forecasting horrible weather this afternoon and tonight; 65 mph wind here where we live - 80 mph + up where they think the climbers are. They've been missing for 5 days now. They actually picked up a cell phone "ping" last night at 11:00, there is still hope. Tomorrow they are saying more snow.....just a bad situation all the way around..........please pray for these men and their families.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

So hows it going with you?

We are doing well.

Legos are the thing in our home. My kids will spend hours ( yes, hours ) making Lego creations. They crack me up because they always end up building houses, or neighborhoods. Always. It doesn't matter if we get them some cool creation like the coast guard station, or a car......they build it once and then it becomes a home or a village!
This was my sons version of the Nativity - notice baby Jesus' little head sticking up in the back........

I thought I'd show off this picture too! My husband was chosen to be on a special team through his work (I'll leave the details to another time) let's just say it was a pretty big deal. The kids wanted to email him this picture....

Their daddy is #1 in their book! And mine too, of course - those of you that know me know that full well!!
I am his number ONE fan. I will cheer that guy on till the day I am no longer able to.......and you know what? It makes all the difference in the world! He knows I think he rocks. It does something for your heart when you lift others up - it doesn't matter what I get in return.
I am fulfilled.
And one happy girl here folks !

All is well.

Hey ! Drop me a comment if your stopping by to check out the blog; I'm noticing that I'm getting a few ( I humbly say " a few " !!) visits on here daily. I would LOVE to ' meet' you!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Yea baby


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Now that we're into the holiday season ( I was in Walmart today and was hearing Christmas music ) I want to share something that is my heart.
Okay, just a second here ! My comment about the Christmas music above - I love it ! You can never start playing it too early as far as I'm concerned- so leave me out of the peoplewhohateChristmasmusic club !!!!

As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving; can I ask you this question - are you truly thankful? Are you a grateful person?
It wasn't too long ago that I was a person who was not. I felt I was owed - I deserved - I wanted and it still wasn't good enough.
Folks - I have learned true contentment, and with that comes true joy.
"Goody for you", you say? How sad. There is so much more, and it's an amazing free gift!
It's a choice I have made, not at all by my own will - only be the grace of God.
My past is not picture perfect, but it doesn't define who I am today! I think that's the problem sometimes; we stay " stuck " in our past.
You don't have to.
I have this outward focus in life. Whether that be my husband, my children, my friendships, my neighbors, the lady at the grocery store...............
I have this personal little thing that I do now; I make it my goal to smile at everyone. I'm serious, if I don't know you - even better.
It's the simplest and littlest of things we do, that can make such a huge difference in our lives. My faith and trust in my Lord and Savior is reason enough to smile, and it's because of Him that I am who I am today!
When the focus isn't on myself anymore, and it's out there - well, the results and benefits are numerous.

So as you think about Thanksgiving - I would encourage you to really ponder what true thankfulness ( gratefulness, contentment ) really is all about !

Blessings and

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

No she's not ours...

Nope, we're not quite there yet !
But, Ooooooh my goodness, Miss Abby, you are about the most sweetest thing ever! Yesterday we went over to visit Abby ( oh yea, and her family ;o) and had the most pleasant time. I am so blessed to have this family in my life. I'm serious. I would be wandering around blindly in the adoption world if it were not for them! I am blessed to have a BTDT family just 15 minutes away to call upon !!
Okay - so Abby; I cannot begin to describe this little pumpkin. I'll steal A.'s words in saying she's a wonder ! Miss personality! It's like she's been with them all along.
It was so adorable; my man ( have I mentioned lately that he's the man?) had questions last night like " does she play?" or
"was she clingy to her mom the whole time?" - as we truly have no idea what to expect - I told him absolutely not ! She is the happiest, most adjusted baby ! God is so cool !

I don't remember where I found this ( if I stole it from your blog, my apologies) but I love it:

Natural child: any child who is not artificial.
Real parent: any parent who is not imaginary.
Your own child: any child who is not someone else's child.
Adopted child: a natural child, with a real parent, who is all my own.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

This Book has it all

Okay Steph ~ this is for you (and me too !! ) know I'm praying!

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior."
2 Samuel 2-3

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart." Colossians 3:15

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn…Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:3-7

I'll tell you folks - this Book was not written to be collecting dust somewhere in our homes, it has answers baby !! ( and a whole lot more !)
Yup - it's the BIBLE !

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Happy and Content

Thank you to sweet Amy in Germany; because of your suggestion, it got me to figure this out.....believe it or not - ALL ON MY OWN !!!

(even though I didn't go beta )

All is well.

Hey ! Check out her blog ~ it's one of my favorites ! (okay, now Amy you can tell me how to do the cool link thing where all they would of had to done is click " here" -instead of me typing our your address....) some day I'll figure it out.....!!

Ugh !

AAAAaaa!!! Someone help!!!

I cannot figure this out and I'm such a blogger dork, that I probably never will on my own!!! Question: what is up with my "links" ?????
Go over and set your mouse on one of them.......go on, do it. Now look down at your browser address thingy at the bottom and look what it does. Why does it have my address on there first and then the link address?????????
I have tried to re-post my links in the know where I'm talking about - SEE??? Look at what a blogger dork I am; I can't even remember where I posted them......!!!!!!!
Okay, one of you out there just has to help me !

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

It doesn't seem real

We had the most exciting morning today !

We got up early and rushed to the airport to meet the new addition to our dear friends family ~

Miss Abby, you are about the sweetest and cutest thing ever! Just precious.......!! This was the only picture that I was able to catch of her ( my other one's had people in the way !) In this picture my friend and I are about to hug for the first time, and then what the camera (thankfully) doesn't show it that we both burst into tears!!! Meanwhile, Abby still being as cute as ever. Even as the flight attendants got off, they were telling us how sweet she was before we even had the chance to meet her !

Another cool thing to this story is that my cute friend ( sorry about your head being cut off, A. !!) is celebrating her BIRTHDAY today as well ! Happy, happy Birthday xoxo !!

It is so hard to believe that this will be us soon???!!! It still doesn't seem real !

Well, I just want to say - God Bless this precious family - and I hope you all get some sleep tonight!! (also A. : I love , I mean LOVE your mom and dad ! They are sooo very sweet)

Marveling in His grace ~ K. **smiling**

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Big " 35"

My sister-in-law told me I can now officially say I'm in my mid-thirties. I turned 35 last week, and I think it was one of the most meaningful birthdays yet ! So many little " China " surprises!
My other sister-in-law had this bracelet made for me. She told the person who makes these she wanted one with a locket so that I could have a little prayer tucked inside for Ellie.
When I opened the box, there was a little bracelet inside for Ellie !!!!! What is so sweet is that my SIL didn't even know that Janel ( bracelet lady!) had added Ellie's bracelet. ***smiles***

ugh - I have GOT to fix the date on our camera - it's not June 6 folks !!!

Thanks Lord, for such a wonderful birthday - and for such wonderful people that you have placed in my life! ( even the ones Lord, that live in Alabama and I, on purpose, didn't let on that I had a birthday...tee hee !! ) Love you my sweet friend !!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Amazing how a song can move you

I have got to post the words to this song. It's called "Your Grace Still Amazes Me" by Shawn Craig & Connie Harrington.
Over the past couple of years I have been asked to sing it , and each time I am left overwhelmed. Speechless.
This song is completely my heart:

My faithful Father, enduring Friend
Your tender mercy's like a river with no end
It overwhelms me, covers my sin
Each time I come into Your presence - I stand in wonder once again

Your grace, still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
Each day I fall on my knees
Your grace still amazes me
Cause your grace still amazes me

Oh, patient Savior, You make me whole
You are the Author and the Healer of my soul
What can I give You, Lord, what can I say
I know there's no way to repay you
Only to offer You my praise

I am a person who seeks to serve, honor and obey an amazing God in all I say - I do - and I am.....
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

There's not much more to say.
My signature says what I'm all about:

In it for His glory -


Oh no !!!!! Please don't make us do that again....

You ever have one of those days where it's just NOT FUN??

Actually, the day was wonderful - it's just that we had to do something that I was not at all excited about: re-newing our fingerprints.
What excitement.
The place was packed......I'm not complaining here. Nope. Just praying that we don't have to go and do that ( or pay $$ for) again.

Okay - so on a really cool note; my wonderful secret pal just sent me one of the Baby Einstein CD's , and we are listening to it right now. It is SO COOL!!! I have always wanted can't help but be happy listening to it!
I really do love this CD !! Thanks pal !!!!!!

Sunday, October 22, 2006


So I'm reading this other blog, and the author likes to coach(I can't stand it-I thought you coached a sport) people on the do's and don'ts of having your own home business. Okay, cool, I guess. Then they start going into annoying distractions that one might face on a day to day basis - the first thing on the list is: children.
The children that you are RESPONSIBLE for. Your babies. Your life.
Oh wait, I forgot - It's all about ME anyway, isn't it?
We are messed up.
Why does this burn me so ? It really, really does. And I'm thinking for now it might be best for me to not go on a rant here (even though I've already started!)
Deep breath.
I will leave you with something I live by:

You will never regret spending enough time with your children, but you will always regret not spending enough........

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

About the CCAA

Someone else posted this website on our agency's group page - I wanted to pass it along. It's a little more in depth about the CCAA. Very interesting. It has great pictures too.

2 months into homeschooling (8 months since lid today)

So, we have become an official homeschool family.


Never did I think it would be this awesome! I'm serious. Going into it; I knew that my attitude would determine a lot. Where my heart is at - I knew that I would have to give it my all, and of course totally rely on the Lord! I'm not in this alone, and I think that's one of the most awesome things about it all.
My goal might be different than some; I also have eternal purpose going on here, so instead of just being concerned with academics ( which are important ) I'm mainly focusing on their character, their spirituality - putting all I can into those amazing little lives! Anyone can raise 'good kids', I want to raise Godly kids.......... I'm not saying homeschooling is the only way to do this. Not at all, in fact - homeschooling is not for everyone, or every family. Believe me, I know!
I found the fit that works for us, and I'm very excited! We are so much more relaxed around here - oh man, that's worth it all too !!!!
Another cool thing; when the first day of school rolled around at the beginning of this year, I thought that I'd be all having this hard time. Not in the slightest. Again, thanks would be to my amazing God that I serve.
There is nothing like being exactly where He wants you.

Hey! This is a shout out to my "too-old-to-be-a-myspacer-friend"= girl, you need to get a blog !!!!! har har....

Monday, October 16, 2006

La la la la Laaaa - nothing to exciting...

I don't have time right now to say much, but I thought I'd post a picture of one cool little 3 yr old! Btw~ the date on the camera is backwards-it's actually 10/5....meaning: look how good my flowers look in October!!!!!

Right on !

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


This is mainly to my adoption friends out there:
This past week I have been thinking over this whole adoption journey so far. From seeing God provide up to this point, to becoming more educated in the whole adoption process, to daydreaming about our new daughter........and the list goes on and on and on.
But I think right now where I stand amazed is the people we've met on this journey. I am truly speechless. That God would care so much for me that He would even place people in my life ( that most I will probably never meet ) that would have such an impact on me.
I recently introduced myself on a new adoption group site, and could not believe the response I received ! I had folks emailing me personally that wanted to get to know us better ! The " friendships" are priceless, and I have always thought " even if this adoption never came to be, the people we have met along the way have been soooo worth it !!" Now mind you, I want the end result to be my baby girl !!!!!
I know that I have made friendships that will last for this lifetime and onto the next (Eternity!!) :o) !
( Steph - that would definitely be you !!! xoxo )
I say it all the time ~ I am so incredibly blessed.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

You just can't help it

I had to do it. I just had to. I could see her sweet little dark skinned face and arms against the yellow of the fabric. The dress had Ellie's name written all over it ~ I had to buy it.
There is nothing sweeter than the simplicity of a dress, and I love this one !
I have to share the sweet story that goes along with it.
I was in a store and saw this dress ( that said "buy me! buy me!") there was actually only 2 left and since my dear friend is bringing Abigail home from China I figured both girls would look precious in them. As I'm paying for them somehow it came up that we were adopting from China ( imagine that ) and that the other dress was for a Chinese girl as well. The lady was so moved she told me she would only have me pay for one! God Bless you!!
So now I have visions on Abby and Ellie running around next summer barefoot in their matching dresses..........
So sweet.

Monday, September 04, 2006

1 John 3:1 "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called Children of God!"

Saturday, September 02, 2006

My cool family

Notice the 3 yr old trying to escape?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Big News

Is this not the coolest picture?? This was our view from the deck of the house we stayed at last weekend. Just amazing. Not to mention private, which is cool.

Okay - now for the big news : one, we are officially on the Special Needs waiting list ! Very cool and very exciting ! I guess we'll see what God has in mind for our family. My 8 year old told me this morning that he thinks it makes more sense to get a special needs baby than a' regular' baby .....don't our kids blow us away sometimes? More sense? Wow. The fact that he has any opinion is cool ! He is my 'deeper' one, though.

The other is we have finally all decided on a name. Yes. This time it's a keeper. I promise. Her name will be : Ellie Grace ~ Now for those of you that know me and my last name, think about that for a second...............cute, huh? Yup, our little Ellie. Even my hubby liked it, in fact he pretty much chose it! What a guy, huh? ;o) He really is the man ! Speaking of, and getting off the subject - What an incredible man I have. Have I mentioned that much lately? I'm not kidding here guys ! I am so in love with this dude - he's all that and then some !! Who would of thought after almost 16 years of marriage? It gets better every year - thanks would be to our amazing God for that !! I am beyond blessed......

I guess thats all for now - to tell you about our little E.G.G. and my yummy husband ( sorry ;) and that we're thrilled to see what plans the Lord has for us in our adoption journey !

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

My heart.......

We, like many many others now, are considering going Special Needs with the adoption, but not for the reason you might think. I know folks are growing impatient with the wait, we have no problem with it, trusting that God not only knows what He's doing- but that He also has that perfect child for our family picked out.
Here is where we're at: recently I saw a short news clip on the ever growing popularity of plastic surgery in China. They said that everyone is doing it. It was explained that the way, over there, to get ahead or make more money, or to even get a mate is based on what you looked like. A woman was interviewed and she talked about how in China, inner beauty is not what it's all about anymore. That no one looks at that, it's all about what's on the outside ( kinda sounds familiar, huh ? ) I know this isn't the case just in China ~ but it really got me thinking about all those 'sn' kids. I can't put it all into words, but I felt like God was pressing on my heart the " un-adoptable" they have much of a chance? I mean, like what happens to them if they live their whole lives in an orphanage? Does China send them out on their own at a certain age ?

I don't know. It all is kinda scary, but you know what? I know that I serve an amazing God, who is in complete control and if this is the direction He is pointing us to go - then we're all for it !!!

Woo Hoo !!

Psalm 94:18-19 When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Still counting !

So it's been now 6 months since our LID ( 'log in date' for those of my friends who don't speak adoption-ese ).
Maybe 6 more to go ? Maybe 12 ?
Yikes !!

Today the kids and I were in the grocery store when my daughter says " mom, look at that adorable Chinese girl". I think I speak for the majority of us adopting parents when I say that we can hardly stand it to not go up and ask questions whenever we see folks with a little 'china girl " ! I have actually had a bad experience once doing so, and therefore decided it might not be best to bother them. It just so happens that we used the same checkout line ( imagine that ) and it's one of those stores where you bag your own stuff. As we're both bagging I hear her call her daughter " mei mei'. I couldn't stand it anymore so then I very calmly tell her that we're adopting from China and......... I didn't have to say anymore- this sweet lady was all over me, excited, that is! We found out that we know some of the same people; one being our pediatrician, who is adopting- I wasn't even aware ! Shows you when the last time was that my kids were in to see the doctor.
Needless to say, we left the store not only with their phone # - but as friends.
Fun morning !!

Thursday, July 27, 2006


Psalms 100
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song, know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

How can you not be encouraged after reading that ?

You know, I don't have this picture perfect life - I don't have it 'all together' - and I have daily struggles that I have to live with - BUT, I choose to trust in my eternal God; I can't do it alone ! Trusting in Him is the best place to be, in the good times and bad.

Thanks God ~ you rock !

Monday, July 17, 2006

5 Months

Today marks the date we were logged into the CCAA ( China Center for Adoption Affairs ) . Had everything continued at the rate referral's were going; we would of have been looking at our newest daughters face next month. Now mind you, I'm not typing this in some pity party mode. Not at all ! It's all completely out of my control, so what can you do? I know people get sick of hearing this - but I know there is a bigger picture going on here. It's not at all in our timing. My God ( who happens to be a pretty big God, have I mentioned that ? ;o) ) knows what He's doing !
No worries !

So the whole ankle thing ~ it's doing very well, thank you. Talk about a slow process tho' ! When I compare say, today to a week ago - then I see improvement. Otherwise, I still have pain and am still dealing with it being swollen. We're gettin' there !

Well, my littlest man just crawled out of bed and on to my lap ~ so I'm going to go and do " cuddles" with him ! ( but first I need to grab another cup of coffee !)

Enjoy today !

Friday, July 07, 2006

Way to go

My husbands new name for me is "grace" or should we say graceful ?!! Let me tell you why......

Three weeks ago I fell off ( not down, off !) the stairs to the loft in our barn. Of course I was alone - we live in a very rural area - so after I gathered myself and tried to move my leg over it was then that I noticed that my ankle was all contorted ( nasty!) I had dislocated it and could not move it at all. It was one of those situations that you hear about happening to someone else; no one around and my cries for help were unheard. I'm trying not to freak out ( which I was ) and figure out what to do. Trying not to pass out I did say a quick prayer that I didn't want to have surgery....goofy huh? Not sure why that was so pressing to me? Anyhow, I crawled over to the open barn door and kept yelling for help. My husband was on his tractor and couldn't hear me - now mind you, the time span from this happening and him seeing me wave my arms to him where he was up in the field was only like 5 or 6 minutes - but you know how that can feel !!
Thankfully he is a very calm, laid back kind of guy, but I could see in his face that it was bad. As he's asking me if he should call an ambulance or drive ourselves into the emergency room, I happened to turn my leg a different way and my ankle actually went back into place by itself! There was actually a noise to it....sorry, I'm sure I've grossed someone out by now. That's when the pain kicked in........
Long story short - I was told that I was extremely lucky ( I don't believe in "luck" !) to of have dislocated it without breaking it, and that the healing process will take some time......LONG time......great.
Let me tell you tho' - I'm determined to do all I can to get this movin' along ! I am walking with help and doing all the exercises and such.
Whew ! It's been quite a month but you know, God is good to me. In fact He's pretty amazing- this whole thing could have been so much worse........ did I mention what I was carrying when I fell? The cushions to our deck furniture. I fell quite a ways down onto our barns wood floor holding cushions !

Other excitement; my precious daughter turns 11 tomorrow ! We're having a house full of girls tonight......pray for me !!


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Oh so sweet

My dear friend had her baby girl on Tuesday. She is oh so precious! Just yummy!
Walking into this particular hospital was a trip for me; it's where I had all 3 of my kids and I haven't been back there since. I had a quiet moment to myself, and hear the quietness of the room ( yes!) and even the was just weird. I'm kinda like that anyway; smells, sounds anything can bring me right back to a moment - and then to see that baby, oh my ! BUT- it's all good; I want more kids, I just don't want to birth them!! Thank you Jesus, for this adoption !! ;o)
So I'm singing for the dedication at a church for this little one, I-am-not-gonna-make-it !! Ahh!Whenever I practice it I turn into mush.
**** HEY !! ****
Big news here : I can't believe I haven't said anything- we're pretty sure we have a name for our daughter......well at least a first name: Hannah.
Now we've been told that this is one of the most used names in the adoption world, but do I care? We actually couldn't decide when we named Haylie if she would be a Hannah or not. So we had always said if we had another girl we thought it would be cute to have a Haylie and a Hannah !
Knowing us tho' we'll probably end up changing it a few times !!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Been sick lately?

I mean sick? I am just now recovering from strep-throat......STREP-THROAT !! I haven't had that since I was 10 !! My word. Let me tell you - it knocked me on my butt-ums !

Thank goodness for my kids and husband, they took such good care of me ! My doctor gave me this awesome 1 dose antibiotic - that rocked ! It stays in your system for 10 days, and you only have to take it once. Thank you Dr. Blome, your the best !

So the picture doesn't go at all with my post - but it is cool isn't it? Well, I guess it would be cool to you if you like plants. Speaking of plants, we need some sunny weather here in Oregon so I can get out in my yard- I'm having withdrawals.

On the adoption front, nothing is new. Everything is done on our part, so now we just wait on China. I can't even make a guess as to when we will get her picture ( we haven't even named our little peanut yet !) it's all good tho'. Lots ( and lot's and lot's) of well meaning people ask everyday how the adoption is going. I don't let it get to me; their hearts mean well, and they're just curious for us. Besides, I love talking about it even though we haven't a clue as to when well get her !

Life is wonderful, I'm getting better, I'm so in love with my Man, and my kids are healthy (pray that they don't get strep !). I'm an "up" person, can't ya tell ? I have a joy that I can't contain - and I don't want to! I serve a pretty amazing God- wanna talk about Him? Drop me a line !

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Getting it

Our pastor talked about money this weekend during his message ~ he explained that it's not ours to begin with, it belongs to God. We're just his managers. There's true joy when we can truly get that. That we're not out there trying to impress people we don't know with all the "stuff" that we think we need to have. But it can be so hard, you know? We all want it, we've all got to have it. When I focus on eternal value - then the "stuff" doesn't seem so important anymore. It's learning true contentment and joy, no matter where we're at in life. I don't live in a huge fancy home, but I love it just the same, and wouldn't trade it for anything !!
I am blessed.
Have I mentioned that before? ;o)

So the kids only have 1 more day of school ( the date of this blog is wrong - I'm typing this on the 6th) and then we officially become a homeschooling family.....woo hoo! Even as I type that I'm secretly freakin out! I know it's what we're meant to do, I know that this has been put on my heart, I know it's best for our family...........okay Lord, I know , I know - it's remembering that whole trust issue !!!

As I take another sip ( chug ) of coffee and marvel at God's grace and goodness - here's to another great day !

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

' Tis beautiful my friends

ah, the joys of dial-up! I am trying my hardest to post a picture of our (plant) nursery. It truly is amazing this time of year as the only type of stock we grow are all in bloom. I'm just wondering where the picture is at??!!
The other day our neighbor made the comment that when he looks out his window it's like he has his own personal bouquet- sweet man ! Gardening, plants and flowers are a passion of mine. I seem to not be able to get enough of it. I can go and spend way to much - and that's even with a discount ( I'm able to purchase at wholesale prices most of the time- woo hoo!)
Okay, the picture just now made it! Notice the rows of colors - this picture for one is way too small, and two doesn't do it justice. This is what I get to look out at of my front windows.......
so back to the spending to much- I'm really trying to be good. My awesome hunk of a man ( sorry, cheesy, I know - but true!) works hard for us and I am blessed to be able to stay at home. I feel I need to honor him by not blowing $$ on my every whim. Which I tend to do - I'm an awful impulse buyer. Not to mention that it honors God by me having self-control ( fruit).
We took an amazing class by Dave Ramsey called Financial Peace. It has literally changed my life ! I so highly recommend it.
So there you have it; nothing to exciting.....some plants and some money talk.......
it's a good thing I'm enjoying this blogging !

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

What a difference a click makes

I happened upon 2 different websites, one after the other, today. The first one I looked at was a person who was very upset and angry with the wait times that we are all enduring right now. The very next site I came to was a couple who just yesterday for the first time held their new Chinese daughter in their arms. This couple has experienced the loss of not one but two of their birth children....................
I can relate with both ~ and yet which is easier; getting angry over everything or rising above it all and knowing that there is a plan in our lives going on moment by moment, day by day? I have to say that I am not at all judging anyone here - it's not my job. But doesn't it seem that we can make life much more enjoyable by choosing how we will react? Making that choice is not always easy, believe me I know ! Only by God's grace can I even try !
Hmmm.....I don't know, just my own random thoughts ~ MY blog, MY thoughts ~ ah, the beauty of this blogging !

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Finding Joy in the wait

For us it's easy. Once again it goes back to our faith and our trust. God already has the perfect child picked for our family. I can see the " bigger picture" ~ we have more time to save $$ towards this adoption, it gives our youngest son, Luke time to get a little older ( who knows, right now he's the baby of the family- maybe the " baby" needs to be a little older for this huge adjustment !) It's remembering that God is in control of this whole entire situation !
What really hurts my heart is for the families that cannot have children for whatever reason, that they have to endure this wait. I cannot imagine. These precious couples being told they now have to wait even longer.......12-18 months??.......before they can hold their child in their arms. I pray that their strength would be in our Creator.
I do know that there will be time when we will look back on this whole experience and learn from it, and grow from it. For me, I see Gods faithfulness everyday.
I wish I could offer encouragement for each and every one of you that is heartbroken over the wait time. Even if just to sit and listen.
Our Heavenly Father really does long for us to trust Him. He is in complete control.
I rest in that - it is my source of complete Joy.

Monday, May 22, 2006

So Why China.......?

We feel drawn to China.
My husband and I attended a concert where the artist really went into his passion on adoption in that country. ( he happens to be my all time fav- SCC !) It was something that never left us, we talked about it for over 3 years. We even became pregnant with our 3rd during that time. ( which in itself is truly a miracle because we had fertility problems in the past)
Adoption had never left our hearts and as we prayed about it, it became crystal clear that this was the direction that the Lord wanted us to go.
I have to say that God as been so faithful through this process. From providing the $$ up to this point- a friend out of the blue approaches me and tells me that her and her husband have decided not to adopt and they want to give us a grant they received ( it was $200 short of the payment that was due at that time!) to blessing us by all the incredible people we have met so far along the way. I even have such a deeper respect and appreciation towards my husband - this incredible Godly man is willing to open his heart, home ( and wallet !) to an orphan. But like the title of my blog states; it not only the most exciting thing we've ever done, but the scarriest. That's when your faith in God really gets you through. He longs for us to trust Him. He is in control. When all those fears try to creep their way in, I rest on Him. He put adoption on our hearts. How many times have we let fear rule over in our lives and missed out on the opportunity? We probably won't even know until we stand before Him! My husband likes to tell people the scenario of " what if I get to Heaven and God says look at all you missed out on when you decided not to adopt this child?"
We trust Him.
It's the best place to be !

Sunday, May 21, 2006

I Love Reading Blogs......

But I don't think you would say I'm hopelessly addicted to them! I really enjoy adoption blogs and so here I go into the land of cyberspace to start one of my own.