Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wisdom Teeth and Wishes

Stephen had his wisdom teeth out.
This is him three days out and starting to feel a little better.

He is never without his texts.
It is what has gotten him through three days of doing nothing.

Last night Adam and I had a chance to help
out at a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish.
Adam received a letter from the Panthers requesting an
appearance just as the players receive for speaking engagements.
He was so excited.

His good friend Amy from Make- A-Wish was there.
We shared our story and what it has meant to our family with those who were there.
We hope if helped raise lots of money so other kids can experience what Adam did.

It was fun to relive our wish.
We showed everyone the newspaper articles, the autographed balls and helmets, and the pictures from our fabulous wish weekend.

As far as what it means to our family, well it is hard to put into words.

What I shared is that for families that deal with chronic medical issues
it is a huge part of your daily life. It is something both the child and parents deal
with on a daily basis. There are always surgeries, procedures and treatments to coordinate.
Just when one is completed there is another on the horizon.
From small issues of how to travel around town and school issues to
major issues of quality of life and long term health issues, it is always there.

For a child to receive a wish means for that moment
in time you are no longer focused on those issues.

It is a moment in time that there is nothing but smiles.
Memories being made, memories that you carry with you that
get you through the hard times.

For us Adam had a wish that no matter how much I wanted to make that happen for him it just wouldn't have been possible without the people from Make-A-Wish.

He not only is a football player but a pro -player.
Adam believes with all his heart he is a Carolina Panther.

Thanks to Make-A-Wish!

On the way home from the fundraiser he said "So mom when is my next game?"

We had to break the news to him that Cam Newton got his number.

He said it was o.k. if Cam wanted to use his number one jersey.

They are tight like that!

We are looking forward to the season!



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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hold Fast


H.O.L.D.F.A.S.T.
God has set his love upon me!

Anyone else out there know what I'm talking about?

If you were at Time Warner Arena last weekend you do.

My friends and I had the privilege of going to see Beth Moore live last weekend.

The pictures are terrible.

The teaching was fabulous.

What are you holding fast to?

Fear the Lord your God and serve him.
Hold fast to Him and take your oaths in his name.
He is your praise; He is your God, who performed for you
those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.
Deuteronomy 10:20-21




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Monday, July 25, 2011

Crafty! Not!

I love to try new things!

However, I am not always good at the things I try.

Over the years I have tried various crafts, sewing, needle point, painting,
refinishing, you name it.

I have learned one thing for sure.

I am not crafty!

My children of course love crafts!!!

To me they are messy and a lot of work.

I decided to let them do crafts until their hearts content this summer.


Here is what they have done so far.



They have painted bird houses, pottery, and one other piece of their choice.


Here they are with all there crafts so far.

We also have all the things we need to decorate T-shirts next weekend.
They each picked out iron-ons and glitter and numbers and whatever they needed
to make their t-shirt their own!

Those of you who know me well are laughing I am sure.

At least I am trying!

Stephen did fine today getting his wisdom teeth out. He is resting and recovering.





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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summer Camp


Sammy had an acting camp last week.

We figured since she was full of drama it would be a good fit!

We were right!

She loved it.

She was so excited everyday to go to camp.

At the end of the week they had a performance.

Audrey Kate, Adam and I went to see the show.

Here are the last minute rehearsals.

Waiting in the auditorium for her turn.

And finally... she has the part of a bird in the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

She did a great job.

The funny thing is she knew all her parts...

and everyone else's part too!

We really enjoyed the show!

Way to go Sammy!



Stephen is having his wisdom teeth out tomorrow.
Please pray for him and that all goes well.

We are still waiting for more information about his school next year and then I will update.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Beach Trip 2011

Let me start by saying that this post contains lots of bad quality photos.
The card in my big camera has been full for a month and still is.
I have been using my little camera and it just doesn't take good pics.
I will get around to reformatting the big camera as soon as life settles down.

Never!

Anyway, back in June we took our annual family vacation.
This year we went to Holden Beach.
Something new.

We left the day after we picked Stephen up from the airport after being sent home from the Academy. None of us were in very happy moods when we left but we made the best of it.
I did not take many pictures because of how we were feeling.

Greg and I spent a good portion of the vacation working to get info from the academy and trying to find Stephen a place to start college this fall.

Greg even went out one day to an office supply to store to buy a copier, printer, and fax machine so we could send the needed forms to schools. He would do just about anything to help Stephen find a place to go this fall, although at least one person has said it is not enough. Some people are just mean.
He is a great dad and would walk through walls for his kids.

I do have an update about Stephen. We are waiting for one more decision and hopefully I can post an update by Friday.


We do have some good memories from this years trip!


The kids cleaned up one (just one) night after dinner.

Almost everyone helped and I think it was a first at the beach
which is why I took so many pictures of it.

We caught them early in the week while they were still
fresh and they actually seemed happy to help.
Good times!




Mostly we just hung out in the sand playing on the beach.
The boys did some fishing and caught a couple of baby sharks.



The girls went shopping one day and my niece Emily and
I bought matching "Hey Ya'll "
T-shirts.


One morning we woke up to find a Turtle Watch volunteer
marking a nest out in front of our cottage.

We learned so much about sea turtles from the volunteers.

This nest was below to highest waterline so it had to be moved.

The volunteers dug up the eggs and placed them in a cooler to be moved.

There were 109 eggs in all in the nest of this Loggerhead turtle.
We enjoyed each others company.

We went out to dinner to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary.

We gave them a picture of their senior prom and a recent picture of them framed together.
They have been together a long, long time!!!!


Looking forward to next year already!



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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Adoption Friends

Both Joy and Angie have been my friends for a long time,
long before adoption entered our lives.

It has been so nice to have such close friends who have experienced the
joy I have with adoption.

I wish I could bottle the feeling I get when
one of my friends adopts a child.

It makes me so totally happy to be part of it and the thrill I get
from taking a small part of the journey with them is priceless.

I would be wealthy beyond belief if I could bottle it and sell it.

It seems unfair to keep it to myself so I am sharing with you!



This little princess is about to meet her forever mommy and daddy.

She also has brothers and sisters waiting to meet her.
They leave Wednesday to travel to China to bring her home.
You can follow their journey at

This little stinker is giving his new mommy and daddy a run for their money.
They are all in the Dominican trying to complete his adoption.
He is an adorable two year old with two older sisters who I am sure are spoiling him.

You can follow their journey at


I know both families would love for you to leave comments.
Those comments mean so much when you are in a foreign country trying to get home.
Please stop by and encourage them!



Sunday Snapshot

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Adam Update

Adam and his friend Sarah Mei

It has been a while since I have posted an update on Adam.

The last time I posted he was 28.4 pounds, nine pounds under weight,
and diagnosed with iron deficient anemia.

We have been on iron therapy for several months and trying to help him gain weight.

Well last Thursday we went for another blood count and weight check.
The doctor called later that day to report NORMAL blood counts in ALL areas.
He also weighed 30.7 pounds.

NO more yucky iron for him!

He just has to take a multi -vitamin with iron and we will continue to work on his weight.

We do not have to go back to the hematologist for 3 months!

Our next appointment is with the neurosurgeon in August just for a check up.

We needed some good news around here.

Check back tomorrow for a special update on my friend Joy.

It is time to go get her Hannah Li!

More good news!




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