Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I know what almost feels like.

Most adoptive parents do.

It is those last stages of adoption when you are either waiting for referral, or travel.

You are almost there.

Almost can be hard.

Remember when you were a kid and it was almost Christmas?

The closer it gets the harder it is to wait.

That is the closest comparison I can make.

My dear friend is almost there.

Almost ready to come home.

If all goes well she should be home next week.

I cannot wait to see them all together again.

It is almost time to welcome home Alex to America!

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

I hardly had time to pick up my camera.
We had a great time and tons of food!
The weather was perfect and we spent the majority of
our day on the porch and in the back yard.
We have a new tradition. Instead of a Thanksgiving Day football game
we have Thanksgiving Day corn hole tournaments.

I think Emily and Uncle Jimmy were the winners.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Celebration and Preparation

Adam's class had a Thanksgiving Celebration last week.

They sang cute songs.

They told what they were thankful for.

Here he is with his sweet teacher.
It was so fun.

I am certain I left the celebration and went to the grocery store.

This is one of about 6 trips I have made.

I have made 3 trips today alone.

10 lbs of potatoes

Equally as many sweet potatoes

One 16 lb turkey and a turkey breast.

2 hams


Green beans

Several pies


two other side dishes

and this is just what I am making.

My mom and sister are contributing also.

This is no rinky-dink meal.

I am serving 19 people including my football playing nephew
and he counts as at least two people.

This is not for amateurs.

Not the cooking or the eating!

So let the cooking, cleaning and table decorating begin!!!!

Check back Friday for pictures of our Thanksgiving.

I will be too busy to post between now and then.

Right now I am thankful to God for the resources to purchase
the food and the energy to throw it all together!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011


I can't believe I am showing this but this was my linen closet .

Thanks to my new favorite blog, Delightful Order, and a few containers,
my linen closet has had a make over.

It now looks like this and this makes me happy!

I need a few more containers and my new favorite
blog suggests labels which I am going to do.

I was just so excited I had to share.

My containers came from the Dollar Store and Garden Ridge.

Check out Delightful Order by clicking the link below.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

A rare treasure!

Everyone should be so blessed.

Recently I was able to spend a weekend at Seabrooke near Charleston.

The view was fabulous.
The sunrise was beautiful.

The wild life was abundant.
Yes, that is the alligator that lives in the back yard.

And the deer that lives across the street.

But these girls are the real reason I am so blessed.

God brought us together about 8 years ago for women's bible study.
We are from different churches.
Some protestant, some Catholic.

We are working moms and stay at home moms.
We are from different political parties.

We have large families and small families.
A few of us are adoptive parents.

We read and study God's word together.
We have prayed each other through some rough times.
And rejoiced with each other through some joyous times.

Kim and I have been friends since I was 18 years old.
She first invited me to join the group.

If you are so blessed to have this in your life hold on to it.

It is a rare treasure indeed!

A few of our girls were missing from this trip.
Trying to find a weekend 14 busy moms can get away is challenging.
Angie is still in the Dominican Republic.
Brooke has a successful photography business and was booked for the weekend.
Heather had company in town.
Julie has a new baby.
Deanna had family obligations.

I am looking forward to next get away already!

Sunday Snapshot

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Terrific Kid!

I am getting ready to brag about one of my kids.
Read on if you want to.

She's a terrific kid!
We've always known that.
Now others are starting to notice too.

Samantha was selected from her class as the terrific kid for the month of October.
The local Kiwanis clubs recognizes terrific kids at a breakfast each month.
We go to a great school full of terrific kids and as the principal said it is quite a distinction to be
pulled out of such a group as the best of the best.

But that is what my Sammy girl is.
The best.

This month's characteristic was creativity.

Her teacher wrote about how she uses creativity to solve problems in the classroom.
She was described as a leader.
She also told about how creative her stories are with a clear beginning, middle and end.

Way to go Sammy. We are so proud of you!

As I was sitting there my eyes filled with tears.
Not because I was so proud. I was.
But because I was thinking about how this girl started her life.
I was thinking about all she has overcome.
I was thinking about how her birth mother has no idea how smart and wonderful she is.

And of course this led me to think about all the little gems still waiting for their forever families.

Every single one of them is a terrific kid just waiting for someone to notice.

Yep, all of that from that one breakfast!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Play ball!

I know. I have been absent.

Truthfully I have been way to busy to blog.

This post is actually the result of sitting down to the computer on three different days.

Pitiful. I will try to do better.

We had a blast this weekend at the Rolling Bobcats
Basketball tournament.

There were chairs everywhere. If you didn't use a chair to move
around you were in the minority.
The everyday chairs lined the walls while the kids used the sports chairs for competition.

Adam was nervous.

He wasn't sure about competing with the older kids.

He was the youngest kid at the whole tournament.

But if there is one thing my boy gets that is competition.

He loved the huddle.

And cheering on his team mates.

He wanted the ball all the time.

He loves Coach Mike...

and Coach Lottie!

His good buddy Anna played great too.

She passed him the ball.

He caught it and took a shot.

What a wonderful time he had.

This will linger in our memories always.

The kids are so supportive of each other.

They get the daily struggles each faces.

I hope this is always a part of our lives!

These are the sports stories that deserve media coverage.

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