The family you come from isn't as important as the family you are going to have. ~Ring Lardner

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My New Website

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I am offering a great giveaway right now on my new site. Be sure to check it out and try to get as many entries as possible!!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I Love Snow!!

I know I am one of those crazy people who was begging for the snow!! I think it is absolutely gorgeous and fun. The only part that hasn't been fun is not having my kiddos with me. DH and I decided to take the kids to my folks Monday night so we wouldn't have to try to get them there Tuesday morning. They spent the night last night so we wouldn't have to worry about getting them out of our house and to my folks house this morning in the snow. We have now decided to let them spend the night again tonight so I don't have to get them over to my folks in the sub-zero temperatures.

It has been so weird not having the kids in the house. I made dinner last night and DH and I ate, I cleaned up the kitchen and then was lost. Usually after dinner there are a couple fights I have to break up, someone is always having to go potty, someone is crying, someone is ready for a special treat... I didn't have anyone asking me for anything!! DH and I did have to have a special sweet treat even though the kids weren't there (I hope the kids don't notice that some of there treats are gone).

The only thing that would make this snow storm 10 times better; being snowed in, not having to go to work, making snow ice cream with my kiddos, baking cookies, watching movies... I am going to hope the next snow storm hits while the kids are home with me and then we are going to hunker down and stay inside; all 4 of us!!!!

Monday, January 31, 2011


Do you ever feel like something is missing? Someone is missing? Hope is missing? I have been there lately and I hope someday that the hurt goes away. 3 weeks ago someone very special was taken from me. My dear friend Yvonne's body was found a little over a mile from her home.

The day started out a little different than normal, but I had no idea how my world was about to be tossed about. I had called in to work because we had been up late while spending the last hours of Gramps life with him. I wouldn't have changed that moment for anything in the world. Gramps went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 9, 2011 surrounded by his family; we all blessed to be with him as he left his earthly home and went to his eternal home.

I took the kids to school and then headed to WalMart to do some much needed grocery shopping. About half way through the store I received a phone call from a dear friend and co-worker. I will never forget her words. "I don't want you to hear anything on the news, Yvonne is missing." I can still hear those words as if they were just spoken to me. The next moments went by so quickly, I ran to pay for what was in my cart and jumped in the car. I was on auto pilot as I drove to Yvonne's house. I kept looking on the side of the road because I knew I was going to find her sitting in a ditch on the side of the road with an injury that wouldn't allow her to get home. I was also thinking about how I was going to lecture her on being out on her bike or walking in January. She would have expected me to lecture her about that because I know if the roles were reversed, she would be lecturing me!

I finally made it to Yvonne's house and I was completely shocked to not find her there. I knew she had to be there because this couldn't be happening! She couldn't be gone. After waiting, wondering, speaking with the police, more waiting, crying, worrying...we left the house to go to the police station. I had heard on the news that a woman's body was found about a mile from Yvonne's house and my heart instantly exploded. I knew with everything in me that my friend had gone to be with the Lord. Many hours later I was told that it was Yvonne who was found that morning.

I still can't believe she is gone. I keep thinking about everything that happened 3 weeks ago while I was praying for her to be alright. She can't be gone, she is my 2nd mom and I need her to be here. I wonder how long I will feel the way I feel. I come to work and convince myself that she is just on vacation; she will be back. I don't know how I will ever learn to not have her with me every day. I have learned that every day is precious and I need to be sure to tell everyone how much they mean to me.

Dear Yvonne,
I miss you so much. I keep thinking you will be back. I keep hoping I will see your beautiful face again. Your smile is something that keeps me smiling. I look at the picture that was taken of us a little over a week before you were taken from this earth. The person sitting next to me is the person that I was lucky enough to have in my life and lucky enough to have a my 2nd mom. I don't know if I ever told you how much you mean to me. I hope you can feel how special you are to me. Your opinion has always mattered to me and you are someone who I could always talk to. I keep asking myself if I ever told you that I loved you. I makes me very sad because I can't remember. You were always supposed to be there, so I didn't have to tell you. I know that sounds silly, but you were suppose to know. I am trying to do things that will make you proud. I hope you are looking down right now and you are proud of how I have been handling myself and this situation. I hope you can see and feel how much I love you and how special you are to me.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Missouri Heart Gallery

This past Sunday we had a display set up at our church from the Missouri Heart Gallery. The display was absolutely gorgeous!! It is hard to look into all the beautiful faces and realize they don't have someone to call Mommy or Daddy! I would love for you to take a look at some of the faces of children who are waiting to find their forever family. Please click the link below to view their website.

The Missouri Heart Gallery

Keep watching for a fantastic give-away; just in time for the holidays!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Help an Adoptive Family

Follow this link and purchase a CD for $10. Your $10 will go directly to the Blair family to help with their adoption. Just $10.....don't eat lunch out one day, 2 can really make a difference!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Orphan Sunday

We participated in Orphan Sunday at church today. It was absolutely wonderful!!! I was part of a team that put together all of the resources at our church. We had a great display set up with multiple reference pieces, a display of children waiting to be adopted, an opportunity to sign up to be part of a support group... If one heart was touched I feel like I did what I was meant to do.

I also did something else today that is out of my comfort zone. I gave our adoption testimony in two of our four services. I love talking about adoption, I love telling our story, I love advocating, I love helping other people; but I am not a public speaker. It was a wonderful feeling standing up at the front of our church and explaining our story and I hope I touched someones heart today. Our story is a wonderful one and I hope everyone enjoyed seeing a glimpse into our life. If you are ever interested in our story, let me know; I would love to tell you all about it.

There are so many ways to help save an orphan. For as little as a few dollars a month you can make a huge impact on someone. If you would like to help save an orphan, message me and I will give you some ideas of what you can do to help.

Happy Adoption Day!!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another Fun Day

I had another fun day yesterday!! It was my turn to volunteer in G's classroom again. I love being in the classroom with my son. It is so awesome to be able to see him grow in so many ways. He is learning so much; here are some of the things he is learning about:
Sharing-this is huge since he doesn't always like to share with his sister!
Being a friend
Manners-WOW!! He knows to raise his hand when he is finished with his snack.
Singing fun songs
Learning what God did each day while creating the earth
How to use scissors
To go potty ALL BY HIMSELF!!
The list could go on and on!! I am so proud of G and everything he is doing! It is hard to believe that he is growing as quickly as he is! I can think back to 3 years ago...I had just returned to work after being off with my new baby!! We were getting ready to take a trip to Colorado to finalize our adoption, trying to figure out the perfect Halloween costume for our gorgeous baby boy, enjoying every moment! Now he is learning things I never even thought about!!

Now that I have bragged on G; it is I's turn!! WOW!! That is one way to describe my baby girl. She is a motion machine. I don't think she stops from the moment she gets up until the moment she finally falls asleep. She is so much fun and is certainly a ball of energy. She is really enjoying going to school and is always excited to go back. The unfortunate thing is that I don't get to volunteer in her class. The class she is in does not have parent workers due to the age of the kids and the attachment to their parents. I can't wait until next year when I can see for myself all the things she is doing.
Here are some of I's favorites:
Talking on her cell phone
Going potty
Playing with her babies
Tormenting her Daddy
Listening to her Daddy read a bedtime story
Helping Mommy in the kitchen

Our lives are as normal as normal can be. What we view as normal some people may think is chaos!! How many families normal is having a 2 1/2 year old and a 3 year old? Just us!!! We like our routine and our home full of noise!! I bet if you drive by our house between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00pm you will be guaranteed to hear all kinds of chaos, yelling, singing, stomping... Quiet---what is that???

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fun Day

Today I had a SUPER fun day!!! It was my scheduled day to volunteer in Garrett's classroom. I could spend every day in his classroom!!! It was very interesting to see how Garrett interacts with his teacher and with the other kids. Something tells me he acted a little differently today with me there.

I finally am getting to learn some of the songs that I have heard Garrett singing. His speech is great but I have been having a hard time understanding and figuring out the words and the tunes of the songs. It is great to finally know what he is saying, now I can use those songs at home....the pick up song is great and I hope I can get him to scamper about and pick up toys the way he does at school.

Isabel's class doesn't have a parent helper. The thought is that kids her age aren't able to adjust to everything taking place in the classroom with mommy there. I totally understand what they mean!! I did get to see a glimpse of Isabel with her classmates while she was on the playground. Garrett's class was on the big kid playground playing when Isabel's class came out to play. I was hoping she wouldn't see me and get upset. I watched her playing and swinging with kids...and then she saw me. It was so totally cute!!!! She started yelling across the fence, "Hi mommy!!!, Hi mommy!!!!" We waved at each other and then she went back to playing with her friends!! Goodness, my kiddos are growing and getting so big and independent!!

Tomorrow it is back to work; I could get used to spending the day helping out at the preschool and then spending the rest of the day with my munchkins!!

Here are a couple pictures for you!! I will try to get better at posting! My goal is to start posting at least once a week!! I am sure everyone is itching to know what we have been up to!! Ha!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Feeling Sad

It has been a week since my brother accepted a new job. He called last Saturday to say he had accepted a position with a company that he thought was a chance in a lifetime. He also said he was leaving Sunday the next day!! I am happy that Chad is on a new adventure and that he is doing something he really enjoys, but I still miss him!!

Chad was in the Air Force and was gone for a few years. It was difficult for me to tell him goodbye then and each time he was home and then left again. All of that came back to me last Saturday when I had to tell him goodbye. He will be working all over the country and I don't know when he will be back again. I know in my head that he will be back sooner than I think, but my heart is still sad that he is not here. I guess I had gotten really used to seeing him multiple times during the week. I also got very used to him spending the evenings with me and my little family!!

Garrett and Isabel also miss their Uncle Chad. They have asked me a number of times this week if "Is Uncle Chad coming over?". That shows me they have gotten used to him being at our house and that they have gotten used to Uncle Chad being at my folks when they are there.

I wish my brother all the luck in his new job and his new adventure!!! I can still be sad though!!! I guess that shows how much I love him!!!