Our Journey To Ethiopia video
Friday, February 29, 2008
They are continuously asking us why it is taking so long for them to see their brother and sister. We keep telling them that waiting for something we long for is so hard but the Lord is always faithful and we must trust in Him to reveal our babies in His timing. They have been "chewing" on that for a while (along with Brad and I, too!) The waiting period has been very long (even though we know "long" is a relative term) but the Lord has carried us through the entire way. It is truly amazing how He continues to prepare our hearts to receive these precious blessings and that has been the most amazing part of this journey, so far!
We are so thrilled for a couple of Gladney families who have recently received their referrals...Congratulations Thorne family, Roberts family and Farmboy and Buttercup!
Happy "Leap" Day!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
They quickly put on warm clothes and shoes and out the door we went to find the treasure! Isabella continued to ask questions like, "Who rang our doorbell? How did they get into our backyard? Why do they want us to have their treasure? Don't we need a shovel to dig up the treasure?" At the last question, Brad began laughing hysterically and I was definitely in the dark until he explained......
Early this morning, he drew up the letter and the maps and then took our shovel and the "treasures" down to the lake close to our home that is situated just past a forested area behind our subdivision's community pool. Since it was kind of rainy, he wrapped the "treasures" into their own large plastic bags so they wouldn't ruin when buried. Great idea, right? Yes......until it is very early on a Saturday morning and a large suspicious man with a rusty shovel and two large plastic bags containing unknown items quickly descends down the remote hill to the water's edge and begins burying the plastic bags! What do you think the policeman thought who had pulled up his patrol car and was watching him?
Needless to say, Brad saw the policeman's car, threw the shovel down and left it there and walked back up the hill thinking how he was going to explain himself! He ended up getting back home without much trouble from the police!!
After we arrived back at the buried treasure spot, we all felt like we were sneaky little ex-cons and I kept telling the kids to "hurry up!" I didn't get a chance to take pictures because I was on the "lookout" for more police....I mean "pirates"!! I felt like Harrison Ford in "The Fugitive" as Brad was laughing the entire time (especially when Isabella discovered that the "nice pirates" left us a shovel to dig for the treasure and was appalled that we were "stealing their shovel" as we brought it back to our car!)
It definitely was a fun time, but then again, we always have fun with Clark Griswald!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
8 things I am passionate about:
- My husband, Brad
- My children, Isabella and Elijah (and my children in waiting)
- Children's Ministry
- Making a difference
8 things I want to do before I die:
- See my children walk with the Lord
- See my children marry
- Become a grandmother
- Write a children's book
- Learn to knit and crochet
- Travel to Switzerland and Austria
- Own a log cabin with a wrap around porch and creaky rocking chairs somewhere in the mountains
- Own a children's boutique/tea room that also sells unique dishes, fabrics and beautiful dolls
8 things I say often:
- I love you completely and forever
- Hurry up! (This should actually be said to me since I am always late!)
- Good night, Nurse!
- It's freeeeeezing in here! (Brad keeps the house at 67 degrees!)
- Did you wash your hands? (I say this every day, many times a day)
- Vomit! (Not as a command, just in response to something disgusting)
- Do you need to go potty? (Always asking the kids this before we leave the house since my biggest pet peeve is taking the kids to nasty public restrooms!)
- Ummmm, helllllooooo? (Example: “Mommy, I can’t find my pirate underwear?” So I walk to his bedroom, open his underwear drawer, smile and point to his pirate underwear and say, “Ummmmmmm, hellllooooooo?”......giggling always follows!)
8 shows I have watched recently:
- American Idol
- Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
- Barefoot Contessa
- Take Home Chef
- So You Think You Can Dance?
- Lazy Town (my kids LOVE this show on Noggin)
- The Biggest Loser
- Little People, Big World (LOVE this show!)
8 artist I never tire of listening to:
- Barry Manilow (don't judge me....I actually paid to see him at the rodeo and screamed "I love you, Barry!" while he was singing "Weekend in New England"....I was "that" woman in the crowd......Brad literally slid down in his seat and broke into hives!)
- Celine Dion
- Rascal Flatts
- Kenny Rogers
- Natalie Grant
- David Phelps
- Josh Groban
- ABBA (Who doesn't love a little Dancin' Queen and Take A Chance On Me?)
8 things that attract me to my friends:
- Sense of humor
- Heart for the Lord
- Love for my children
- Don't take things too seriously
- Shared interests
8 things I learned in 2007:
- My heart can truly ache for children that I have never laid eyes on yet!
- The Lord doesn’t promise a “bird’s eye view” of His plan when He calls you to obey and follow Him
- Following the Lord’s calling on your life can be lonely and full of joy all at the same time
- Waiting is harder than I have ever thought
- Homeschooling is not as difficult as I once thought
- My husband truly loves me in sickness and in health
- The adoption community is a tremendous support group of people, many of whom I have never met in person but share a lasting bond and friendship with through blogging (Who knew?)
- What doesn’t kill us, truly makes us stronger!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
So, tonight she decided she let Aunt Brittany give her other front tooth a pull and that one came right out as well! She started with 20 teeth in her mouth, then she lost her first tooth on the bottom. A week later, the dentist pulled 5 more teeth on the bottom to make room for her adult teeth! And now, her top front teeth are missing, so we are really not sure how she is going to eat or drink with all the holes in her little mouth, but she is so proud! Now, she is affectionately called our little "toothless wonder"!
We have now entered into our 14th week of waiting for a referral and I asked Elijah if he could make a "14" with something. He immediately rant to his bin of cars and started "racing" the cars in line to make his "14"! He was very excited about it that he wanted to make another "14" with his train tracks (I can see that coming in the next few weeks!!).
Tonight, we celebrated our 14th week with Malva Pudding! It is a South African recipe that I have and it is delicious!!! We made it for Christmas Eve dinner this year but somehow during the baking process "someone" turned the oven up to 500 degrees! It was rather crispy and dry, so we thought we would give it another try tonight. Brittany actually made it for us (I am glad we both share a love for cooking!!) and everyone enjoyed it! I forgot to take a picture of it but I have one that was attached to the recipe. It is simliar to bread pudding and so good that I thought others may like the recipe: (you cannot taste the apricot jam in it so I am really not sure why it is there except maybe to moisten it)
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp. apricot jam (or preserves, chopped very finely)
5 ounces all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. butter (a generous tablespoon)
1 tsp. vinegar
1/3 cup milk
3/4 cup fresh cream
3-1/2 ounces butter
5 ounces sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1 tsp. vanilla essence