Wednesday, December 20, 2006

13 years in the making

Randy and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary yesterday and I can hardly believe it. Time is such a funny thing, one day it feels like you will never get to your goal and then the next day you are looking back saying where did it all go. It has been a wonderful, if not bumpy sometimes, marriage and I can truly say I married my best friend. We have been together since we were 14 yrs old and were married at 18 so we have done a lot of growing up together since the bumps. We also left home young when Randy joined the Army so life put us on our own together and tossed out into deep waters. We thrived and are still going strong today, and I am blessed to have a warm and loving husband. I love you babe!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Just for Fun

I Love Love Love this clip of James! This is right before we started this adoption process and he seems so little to me. At the time I thought he was such a big boy now looking back I still see the baby in him. This clip is a little dark but you will get the picture, enjoy.

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All I want for Christmas is You!

On the radio I hear this song playing, sigh, Ain't it the truth! Miah all I want is you, to see your little face. Mommy is so ready to tell you she loves you and to sing to you. I want to hear your Little laugh and show you what a bubble is. I want to see your eyes light up over some new discovery or hear you say a word for the first time. I want to teach you how to play peek a boo and where your nose is. I want to give you a bath and hold you closely when you are cold. I want to put bows in your hair and dress you up in style. I want to show you off and keep you all to myself. I want to see your daddy hold you and your brother make you giggle. I want to know you, what you like, what you can not stand, who you will be and how you will grow. I want to introduce you to your family and lavish you with love and devotion. I want to keep you safe, and watch you live a life only you can.

If this Christmas I could have all I wanted I would only wish for you, to be hear safe in my arms and close to my heart. All I want for Christmas is You. Love Mommy

Friday, December 15, 2006

What wouldn't you do

So I am sitting in my room reading when I hear Ho Ho Ho. No kidding, it is coming from the street behind me and I sit up to listen... I hear it again Ho Ho Ho, come out to see Santa and get some candy. Well I bolt out of my room through the house to the office and my DH looks at me like I had lost my mind. "What is wrong with YOU?" I tell him about Santa and he looks at me with a sheepish grin and says "I forgot to tell you the fire department is doing a Santa run." So I tell him lets goooooo and grab a very confused five year old little boy. I explain to him Santa is coming to see how all the kids are behaving and walk up the side walk with shorts and no shoes on thinking this would be a quick pass by of the fire truck and James will be delighted. NOT AT ALL WHAT HAPPENED!! Santa never made to our street but we could hear him really close so Randy (after I ran to put on sweats and shoes thank the Lord) decides to walk down to see if we can spot the big man. Well after about three quarters of a mile..... Finally we see Santa. No I am not kidding we just keep chasing after that Ho Ho Ho sound and the siren till we finally see it. James lit up like a Christmas tree and was over joyed during the whole five seconds it took the Big Man to drive by and throw a candy cane to him (that crushed on impact I might add, Aim for the Grass Santa!) and then realized he would haft to walk the whole way home. Not good even when it isn't past his bed time, but he made it. To tell you the truth even though it is not an experience I would have chosen to do it was well worth the 5 seconds to see his little face, and above all else we some great family time out of the blue the would have other wise been squandered on unimportant things. It was a great time and really what wouldn't you do to see this smile.....

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


I can hardly get from the couch over here to type so this will be short. We have passed our 15 month mark and are now at the 15 months and one day.... Soon right??? Well I am going back to my couch and pray this is only a 24 hour bug cuse I just can not take much more. I will not go into details but lets just say I can flip a coin every time I go into the bathroom... NOT FUN, and DH is also sick.... James however thinks it is great fun to jump on what ever furniture we are on at the moment and watch our faces turn green.

Monday, December 11, 2006


This is Randy___ Stacey's husband. I am constantly getting accused of not reading this blog so here ya go--- Stacey has been driving me nuts for a long time now. So you have a better idea of what driving me nuts constitutes here it is:
  • * Finding pages of Miah's name all over the place as Stacey apparently thinks she needs practice writing it.
  • * Finding even more paper with some new fangled math where Stacey is attempting to calculate the exact moment we will see our daughter
  • * Constant phone calls asking me what my predictions are
  • * Miah's closet looking like Pepto-Bismol exploded in there
  • * Stacey coming to tears every time we walk by a Chinese baby in the mall
  • * Hearing Stacey "SCREAM" from the office and running to find it is simply a squeal of excitement for finding a new picture or blog of a Chinese baby
  • * Speaking of bookmarks--the hundred or more bookmarks of fellow adopters which takes forever to sift through
  • * The idea of retail therapy -- gotta be a girl thing
  • * The countless tears-- enough said about that

Truth be told though, I am chomping at the bit too since we will be getting our daughters picture this month. YEAH! Anyway, I love you Stacey and just wanted to let you know -- I read it today.

Gaylord Texan

We had the most wonderful time a few days ago and it did not cost us a dime....well except for the Santa photos and the hot chocolate. Our friends took us to the Gaylord Texan, a beautiful hotel and resort that goes all out for the holidays and the decorations are unbelievable. It was like walking in a world all on its own. I highly recommend this if you are in the Dallas area. You just go into the "Lobby" and look around . They have a miniature train display all over the area and if you go to where they are having the ice show you, they have a little Christmas entertainment for free. If you have a little extra cash on hand take in the ice show too, it is extraordinary! They have a few great restaurants and a nice coffee bar all in the promenade with lots of seating to watch the people going by. There is also a wonderful light display on the outside as well with darling figures that includes a Santa and his reindeer water skiing in a small pond...too cool! Oh and if you really need to see a ladybug be sure and check out the trains located on the left side of the lobby in little San Antonio to see this cute bug train.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Happy Birthday Little Brother

This will be a quick post, I just wanted to wish my baby brother a happy 30th birthday.... How does it feel?????? You can no longer tease me about being in my 30's!! Love ya!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Parade Photos

Our parade adventure was a great one and I thought I would share a few photos from the 100's I took. I must admit when I saw these storm troopers marching down the street I got so excited it was so cool to see them. They looked like they just walked off the movie and into real life!
One of the really cool things that happened was I learned that there are still people in America that are nice and not rude. When we got to the parade it was getting pretty full and James really could not see all that well but we were making due, when out of the blue this really nice lady offered to let James sit on her blanket right up front. Well I let him... so not like me but I really wanted him to have the best experience. I was having a hard time seeing him and almost called him back to me when another lady totally gave up her spot so I could be closer to him and right up front myself. Now these people had been waiting two hours for the event to start and she told me she had been there every year for like 17 years and watched her kids and now her grand kids see the parade. I told her this was our first ( after she had given up her space) and she was so excited for James. I try to be kind to others but most of the time I get rudeness in return, but I felt so moved by the giving of the people we met that day. Here is James Front row and center for all the action.
James was wide eyed wonder for most of the parade not wanting to be bothered by me in any way shape or form, but when he say Clifford the big red dog he whipped around yelling mama mama mama, its CLIFFORD!!! He was smiling from ear to ear and could not take his eyes off this huge balloon. That is what it was all about for me. The sheer look of joy on my little boys face. What a great day.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

My Mother My Friend

Mother, if Beauty is in the eye of the beholder than you are more beautiful than a thousand seas of diamonds in my eves. You are loved more than you could ever imagine and cherished above and beyond all earthly things. I love you, Sis.

This post is a dedication to my mom. As I look forward to becoming a mom for the second time it is with great joy that I look at my relationship with my own mom. The mother daughter bond is a wonderful thing in my family and I am blessed to be close to my mommy! I can only hope that Miah and I will be half as close and you better believe I will do every thing in my power to make that happen. How could I not when the relationship I have with my own mother is one of the most rewarding and loving of my life. She has taught and continues to teach me things all the time, from the mundane got to know every day life things to the soul searching only time and wisdom can bring topics. She loves me with out conditions and taught me do love the same way even when it is not easy. She has mercy yet is as strong and grounded as they come. She does not wavier in adversity and has the ability to put others at ease in a crisis. My mother has been there for me, challenged me, moved me, been tough and realistic with me even when it was hard to do so. She has been excited for me and loves my husband as her own. She is the best Grandmother I could ever hope for James and she is just as excited to have Miah come into our family. She has been there through three adoptions processes and never been pushy or overbearing just listing and trying to understand the best she can all the ups and downs I have gone through with Lawyers and losing one baby in adoption, to the drastic change in this last adoption and the wait ever increasing. She has been there when I could not take anymore from my DH (all couples fight now and again) only to listen and then point out to me why I love him and what was really going on and the right way to look at it all. This has always been a very rare thing as when I got married (at 18) she pulled me aside and gave me one the best pieces of advice I have ever gotten. She said that she loved Randy and always would but if I wanted to make sure that the bond between the remained strong then I would not come to her with all my little woes and gripe about the little thing to her, because as much as she loves Randy I am her daughter and her natural instinct would be to protect me weather I needed it or not. Mom was right and I followed that advice knowing if I really needed her she was there to listen. thank you mom for teaching me to be a good wife, loving mother, loyal friend and Godly woman. You are my inspiration so much of the time in this life, I am truly blessed to have you. I look forward to the mother daughter bond I am about to form with my own little Miah!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

No More Pictures

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Do you not just love how every time I tell him to pose he just falls right into it even in the middle of telling me no more pictures. How cute is that!

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Photo Shoot....Again

I love to take pictures. Sometimes they turn out great and others times they are really bad, but usually I get a mix of both. My favorite photo subject are kids and especially my James. Now James is pretty funny about this some days he is all for it and like most kids some days he will not even pretend to be interested, but my favorite time is when he is funny about it. You know how it goes with kids they will do anything but smile at the camera... Oh the faces and things they do to get a laugh. So I pulled out my camera when I saw the "perfect" light in our play room and set up shop.... James had other ideas! Here are a few shots taken and stay tuned for a short video of his antics later. Oh and I will be posting his Winning shot closer to Christmas if you want to check back for it. Let me know what you think..... I love comments!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Holding my Breath

I feel like I am holding my breath, every second I am testing the limits before I can breathe again. It is only four days in to December and I am already looking for any hint of sign of when the stork will fly. How am I ever going to make it through this month let alone the time till we travel. Any one have any ideas as to what I should do to distract myself. I mean it is not like I do not have a hundred and one things to do for the holiday and lots of people to meet and places to go yet I still feel like I have way to much time on my hands to think..... Oh well I have wait this long I am sure I will make just a little longer. Oh and if I hold my breath long enough I just might pass out to pass a little time ;0).

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my daddy's birthday and so I am sending him lots and lots of birthday cheer and wishes. I love ya daddy!!!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Just a note

We are on our way to the Adolphus parade. This will be a first for James and I , one that I am really looking forward to. It seems like every year I say I want to go and every year something comes up. Not this time baby we are going to have ourselves a blast and make a memory to last a life time. Now that Miah is so close I am really letting it sink in that this time with James is the last bit of just him and I. Now that is not a bad thing at all but it is a big change. He has been the center of my world for Five years and Five months now. All my time has been his and all my love and affection as well *daddy being the exception to that rule. How will being a big brother really effect him? I feel positive and upbeat about it all and I know he has had plenty of time to mentally get ready for the change.... or at least as much as a five yr old can. So I am going to enjoy as much of these last days with him being our only child as I can. I want him to know just how much he is loved and cherished. Now off to have some fun!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Miah will come home to...

It is the first day of the last December I will ever spend without knowing my Miah! How cool is that I ask you... Pretty darn if you ask me! Well I was thinking this morning about all the people who are wait for Miah right along with me and the first that come to mind of course are her daddy and big brother. Then we have a Nene, Papa, Nana, Grandpa, Great Grand Daddy, Great Gram, Peeps and a list of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Not to mention a wonderful Church family and Great Neighbors and friends. Heck even my Doctor and his Nurse are ready to see her little face. As of now we have been waiting for just at 20 months if you include the paperchaseing and I do cuse I was waiting then too. All most all of the people listed above have known since the very beging and have supported us, even if they drove us nuts sometimes asking us when??!!?? Just having that to hang on to during this wild ride has been incredible and we thank you all! Oh and we are almost there and I PROMISE I will tell you the moment we know something, thank you for caring enough to be involved and aware of the process we have gone through. Thank you for loving us and our daughter.
Here are a few Pictures of who Miah will come home to.... This is Nana.These are her cousins, G.Gram, and Big Brother.Her Nene and Papa!Her Great Gram who is really ready to see her!Her Aunt and Uncle!!
There are many many many more!!!!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

We Are NEXT!!!!!

Finally I can say with certainty that we are next!!! I am so excited that I KNOW for sure!!!!! Ok that is all I wanted to say for now, I will try and find something more witty to say later. I think I will try and post one thing every day between now and Miah's referral. WE ARE NEXT!!!!!!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Not In

Well we got word from our agency that we will not be included in this batch of referrals. However they did assure us we would be next. I have got to admit I was still cling to a glimer of hope this morning and now I have got to face the facts of another month to count down the days before I see my daughter. It SUCKS!!!! Lord help me through cuse it is just plain hard!

Now that my complainging and whining is out of the way I want to send a big Congrats out to the end of the AUG liders.... I am so glad your wait is finally over, may your refferal day be every thing you dreamed it would and may you have speedy TAs!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

It is that time of year again, when every thing in my home comes down and is replaced with something merry and bright. I love to decorate for the holidays and this year was no exception even with one case of respitory infection (ME) and Strep throat (JAMES) and lots of sickness. We turned on the Christmas music and got to work and now my home looks holiday festive. I am glad we did all the work because we had an impromptu to social worker meeting in order to get our 171 redone and I felt much more confident when she came into our home this time. It was really neat because we realized it had been nearly a year and a half since her last visit and James has changed so much in that time. Not to mention we now have a nursery all set up and a closet full of clothes that she ohhhed and awwwed over. Every thing went well and it was more like a social call than a social

Here is my yearly job.... Putting that darned old tree together. I tears my hands up every year but it must be done. It is funny every year Randy tells me he wants a real tree and every year I am still stuck putting this thing up. Oh well it is worth it in the end!
Here is James in all his glory. Sick, sick, sick. Poor guy fell asleep right here in this spot. I went outside to check on Randy putting on the house lights and came back in to one fast asleep little boy.

I do not care how many pictures I take of this tree they never turn out the way I want. Believe it or not this tree does look much better in real life, but I guess you will just haft to take my word for it.

Happy start of the Christmas season.... May it bring you all the joys you could ever wish for. I am wishing to see my Miahs face........... We shall see what it brings.

Friday, November 24, 2006

I was playing around today and thought I would post updated look at the nursery. Enjoy!
This is the Lambs and Ivy set Sweet as a Daisy.
Her collation of dolls and toys has really grown over the last twenty months of waiting.

The clothes on the doors are what we plan on taking to China.... If they are the right size that is.
I love the lamps in the corner, I found them at target and they match perfectly!
In keeping with my thought on THINK PINK!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Fog

There is a fog in my home, and no it is not due to any burning holiday meal. It is the fog of not knowing, yeah I know nothing new, or is it. There is a wonderful rumor floating around that just maybe we will see most if not all of Sept. Included in this batch of referrals. On top of that our agency sent out a message to us that CCAA has started matching. We have never gotten that notice before because we have never been close enough to our LID. That was pretty darn exciting, but they are NOT saying we are included or even so much as hinting that we might at this point. So there in lies my dilemma, do I leap up and down for joy over the rumors or do I remain as somber as my agency?? Thus the fog in my home in and out of the curly mist my mind does wonder one moment elated that I may indeed see my Miah in a few short days, and then back to reality that more than likely it will be the end of December beginning of January, which after all this wait still feels pretty near to me. I guess only time will tell and there really is no harm in letting my heart soar just a little over this holiday thinking just maybe... Just maybe... But I will not tell my family so that I can just relish in the joy and if it is not our time I will not be bombarded with a million and one questions come Christmas. No I am keeping this to my self.... For now!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who will celebrate it tomorrow, my you find much to be thankful for from the year that is passing, and twice as much in the year that is ahead.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The great escape

There was a great uproar at my home this week when the lovely Miss Peach decided to do a disappearing act. Yes you read it right there was an escape artist in running loose to do as she pleased much to the dismay of my son who has not the heart for another loss, Of a precious pet hamster that is. It seems some how in the middle of the night her running wheel came apart. That would not be a bad thing if this cage were like most and the wheel was enclosed inside, but this one is on top of the cage and is separated by a tunnel. Needless to say when I turned around from checking all the sites for any type of rumors first thing in the morning I was rather taken back by the strange sight I saw.... OH CRAP... Is she still in there? No... OH CRAP... How the heck did she get down... OH CRAP... Is she dead behind the book case ( that is four feet tall)???? No thank you Lord.... WAIT what if she crawled away to die... Man that is going to stink and poor James. Ok Lets not freak out yet, ok so I have already done that. From here I did manage to pull myself together and actually start looking for her through the entire house. This went on all day I would scour every part of the house and I did eventually have to tell James that his fourth beloved hamster had decided to pull a Houdini on us and was no where to be found. He was really upset with me and insisted I had left the cage open. NO.... NO.... NO I tried to explain over and over to no avail. Just great this will be one of those memories he holds onto that will forever scar him. I have GOT to find that rodent!!!!! Yes I found her eight hours later. Where you might ask, well in the very first place I looked right after I calmed down the first time a round, In the closet right next to the shelf. Funny thing is, is that I made sure I closed the closet so she could not crawl in there after I searched it so I know she had to be in there the whole time as she could not have crawled under the doors. Now if that was not bad enough once I did locate her it took me a good twenty minutes just to catch her in a four' by two' closet. GRRRRRRRRRR oh well at least she is back safe and sound and James does not seem me as the hamster looser anymore, nope he still thinks watching mommy jump back and forth in a closet trying to catch her is the most entertainment he has seen in his little life.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Then and now

It is funny to think when we started this adoption process James was only three and now he is five and the difrence is so remarkable to me. Now he can read and write, he understands more about Miah and is always asking when she is coming home. He talks so much bigger and acts like he is going on 15 half of the time. I sure do love him!! For fun I am putting up video of him at three right about the time we started working towards Miah and a video from today. I think you will agree he is becoming such a little man.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A wonderful Gift

Today my DH surprised me with a wonderful gift. It is something I will treasure and home our daughter will treasure as well. It was totally unexpected but right on time! It seems however I was not suppose to get this gift till Christmas, so I want to thank the mail man for cramming it into the mail box there by setting DH on fire and demanding that I open the package immediately to see if said gift had been damaged. Nope the gift is fine and wonderful I might add. Ok what is this special present..... The Elder-respecting book put together by the CCAA. It is a book of Selected china stories that teach children to respect their elders. It is so beautiful, when you open the book you see the stories written in pin yin and then you can read them in English at the end of each one.
The timing was so perfect to get this book today. I read the first story and it refers to a mother being a clock.... Oh how neat, I will not tell you the story because you really need to get this for you and your child you will not regret it I promise. Any way the story rang so true for me as I wait for my daughter and how even now I am keeping time for her. Every day I wait the hands of time move on and I am here taking account of that time recording it for ever in my mind so that some day I can tell her of all that went by as we waited to bring her home.

If you would like one of these books I know our agency has the authority to sell them, they benefit the CCAA and the orphanages in China and it is considered a donation.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Wait at a new level

This wait for me has come and gone in waves of nerves, worry, relief, uncertainty, and now finally a window of hope. Hope of seeing my daughter soon and know her, hope of reaching the end of this part of our journey to start on a new road. However it seems that the wait is at a different level for me right now also in respect to Oh My Gosh This is Going to Happen Soon. So here I am having already been waiting for Miah 19 months (5 months for paper work counts as part of my wait and 14 months since LID) and now I feel like I have not gotten anything done. The key word here is FEEL, because in all honestly I have most every thing done, the nursery is ready, she has clothes to grow into or out of, we have a packing list ready and almost every thing purchased for it. We have a plan for the call, a plan for packing, a plan for time off work and a plan on how to get to and from the airport. We have all our shots, passports and paperwork ready ( with the exception of the renewed 171 but that is in process now) and we have made arrangements for our animals too. So why do I feel so undone and frazzled? Maybe it is just reality setting in and I am finally getting the joy of bring our daughter home soon instead of the dread of another bad month of referrals not meeting our expectations. I know that we will get our referral in the next 3 to 7 weeks (WOW) and I can finally breath. James asked me today why they keep changing when he can get his sister and I got to tell him that mommy was sure she would be home by March, that felt good! Today I am finally going to go register at babies r us and I am sooooo looking forward to that. Not that I NEED much but there are several little things I would LIKE to have and since James is five now I have given almost every thing of his babyhood away. Ok I am rambling now so I will bring this post to an end. I am almost there the finish line is in sight.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Almost Next

Wow I am so over joyed that the CCAA covered as many referrals as the did. Aug.10th - 25th is a great number!!!! Now we are just 18 days worth of LIDs between us and a referral for our Sept. 12 LID!!!!! I really feel for the first time in a long time like I have a somewhat clear vision of the path ahead of us. It looks like barring any major setbacks that we will get our referral in December. I can live with that.... Just having the smallest idea of when it might really happen is enough to send me off in another world of Joy and Happiness!!!
Here is a BIG CONGRATS to all of the new mommy and daddies out there tonight I know the wait has been long and hard but just think you are almost in the home stretch and you can sleep at night now with a clear vision of who, where and how you daughter is!
Now to get through the next two months... At least I have the holidays to keep me busy!!!!

Monday, October 30, 2006


Why is it that when a kid gets sick for the most part they go on as normal, runny nose and all. I mean James will take a little bit of a rest here and there and of course he is whinny. However he will still play and kid around a good bit of the time. Now I have his cold and I wish the world would just STOP for a few days!!! I do not want to move let alone teach abc's and 123's to James, or chase the newly walking Bella around the house for a diaper change. I feel like .... Well let us just say NOT GOOD! What's more is I want to know what the cut off date is this month and it seems like that has been in suspended animation for almost two weeks now. There is no real clue as to when the referrals will come let alone how many we will get and so many agencies are giving their clients different info so it is all just a bunch of confusion.
There was one rumor I am trying really hard not to get my hopes up over and that is the one that says That an agency has told their clients that Nov. Referrals will include up to Mid Sept. LIDs..... That's us!!!! Now I have no clue if this is even remotely true and only time will tell and maybe this batch of referrals will help answer that. So I will go back to waiting with my stuffy nose and a small glimmer of hope!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


I love a day at the lake. I love the smells and sounds of nature as the breeze blows in off the water, but most of all the peaceful feeling that comes from just simply being in that moment. We had the privilege of joining Randy at his work picnic this year out at a local lake and I really enjoyed it. The great part is we got to have some quality family time away from the group as well as some time with friends. Here are a few pictures:

Father and Son Moment...... James in love with a new rock he has found! Texas at it's finest!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Wait and Wonder

What am I waiting for, well referral information of course. What am I wondering about, hmmmm let me see, oh yeah.... Just how far will they get this time! I am so ready to know something at this point that I have checked every site I can think of for the smallest glean of information and the most I can come up with is the 23rd is included and as for anything else after that there is NO WORD..... Yuck!! I really am hoping with about a thousand other waiting parents that this is the speed up we have all been holding our breath for. If not I will try very hard to hold out hope for next month and keep telling myself December is our month no way will we not see Miahs face by the end of the year. It just can not go past 15 1/2 months, nope it has to be December... Right??? UHHHHHHH only time will tell and until that happens I am officially going batty!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Pumpkin Patch time again

It has already been a year since our last tromp through the pumpkin patch and it was a little bit sad for me this year and a whole lot of glad too. I was so sure we would be home with Miah this year and taking tons of pictures of her and James together, but I guess fate has other plans and next year will be our year all together for this fun family traditon.
James was as usual a little turkey when it came time to pose for the camera but after a few bribes a little begging and a threat of no TV for a week he complied to plaster on a few fake smiles and some not so fake too. Here are a few of our shots. I just love this time of year!!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Our Current Events

Wow it has been a few days since I last posted. I guess I really need to document a few things going on in our lives now.
1. We are busy with church! Very busy. I am singing at our up coming conference and we have been offered a new position in our children's ministry. Not to mention I am going to be in the special performance dance to open the conference... No I can not dance, but I am learning and having lots of fun doing it. The music team is WONDERFUL and I am loving that so much!!!

2. We are already in full swing with holiday shopping. It makes it much easier on our budget to stretch it out over a few months. Then in December we have spending money to do the fun things instead of having to buy all of the gifts at once. I have found some really great deals and to date have saved about $130 so I can not complain about that.

3. Our van had a total melt down and Randy was sure it was going to cost $$$$ in fact he stated to me several times we are about to shell out at the very least $2000.00 NO WAY was all I could say and then grin and bear it. Well thankfully it was a fluke that we were faced with and a spring that cost $20.00 was all we needed to fix the whole problem. Funny how one little spring can stop a van in its tracks.

4. Well James is in Kindergarten.... sort of.... I put him in for three days and then took him out to home school. That is a long story in its self and maybe I will put it on here later. He is doing great and loves learning at home. I enjoy teaching him, but that is not to say that it is a piece of cake by any means. Stubborn does not even begin to describe it when he gets mind to misbehave, but for the most part he is really great at this whole new world of rules, learning and fun.

Ok I think that covers most of it for now unless you count that there are just 34 days left between us and our LID being matched....... I love that they did 18 days last month and I am praying this will be a BIG month not just in LID days but in matches!!!! I know they can do it. So by all that we have seen in the past I really feel like we can finally say we are on the count down instead of always pushing out the finish line just a little further. I really believe in my heart we will see Miahs face by or just after Christmas this year. Come on CCAA give me a surprise and do 34 days in October!

Monday, October 02, 2006


Some one is really out there! Well I put a counter on my blog.... Really I just figured out how. Ok so I am not the most computer literate, but at least I try. Any way I thought maybe one or two people would stop by every few days, but hey in the last four days there have been about eighty people here give or take a few. Hi people, how are you and what brings you my way. Are you adopting, have adopted, want to adopt??? Are you just surfing the blog waves or did you stumble on in by accident? It really does not matter to me how you came to be at this site only that you are, and as long as your nice or at least civil WELCOME.

Oh and James welcomes you too, see his big smile and look he made you a special gift, how cool is that.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Miah Miah how does you closet grow....

Here is the closet today.... I think I need to go shopping! Oh I am also posting a few of her new dresses they are 12 months in size so I am pretty sure she will get to wear them. I can not wait!