Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tagged (About Me)

I was tagged by Janice over at Our 3 Kids. I have to share 3 things about me. Hmmm...this was actually a little harder than I thought it might be. But here goes....

1)Some out of the ordinary.....I drive the speed limit, I have never drank even one cup of coffee, I floss daily and actually enjoy it! : )

2) I try so hard to give all of my fears over to God as I know I should. But I have trouble doing this with my biggest fear. I was always so fearful(still am with the little ones) of one of my children being taken (kidnapped) while we are out and about. I am sooo cautious about not taking my eyes off of them for a second. And I do not like Dave taking them anywhere without me, because his idea of keeping a watchful eye and my idea are 2 different things!!

3)My favorites....

book- The Purpose Driven Life
music- Contemporary Christian
food- pizza and Girl Scouts thin mint cookies!
soft drink- Dr. Pepper

I am going to tag....

Julie at Journey 2 Malia
Retta at The Kelleyhut Blog
April at Mei Mei Journal

I received such a special gift for Mother's Day and I want to share it with you. When Ella came to our family at 14 months of age, a few things were obvious about her beginnings in life. While she lived at the SWI, it seemed as if they took fairly good care of her physical needs...she was a healthy weight, dressed warm, clean, etc. But we came to realize that she had no idea what it meant to be close to and love another person. She had no idea how to hug or receive hugs, no idea about kisses and just was obviously not used to being close to people or human contact. It took a good year to show her and teach her these things. These things that we all think are just natural...they are not. They are not to many children that spend their beginnings in an orphanage that is understaffed.

So, you are wondering about my gift. Sunday morning, Ella decides she wants to play the Mommy and Sophie is her little girl. I am watching from the sidelines as she takes some hair clips over to Sophie and starts putting them in Sophie's hair as all good Mommies would do. She then leans over and just starts showering Sophie(her little girl) with kisses all over her face and telling her how much her Mommy loves her.

It was just the BEST Mother's Day gift I could have had....my little girl who just 2 years ago had no idea about love or affection or what a Mommy was - it made my heart so happy to see that she now, without a doubt, knows love, especailly the love of a Mommy!!! Happy Mother's Day!!


Friday, May 9, 2008

Pay It Forward


I found out about this from Lisa and thought it was such a great idea!! Some of you will remember that I posted a few months back about random acts of kindness and how happy I would be to see more of them and less acts of hate and anger.

Here's how Pay It Forward works....I will send a gift to the first 3 people who respond to this post. In exchange and to keep this going...if you are one of the 3, you would make the same pledge on your blog. Doesn't this sound fun?!

I have been so blessed by all of the friends I have made through blogging and by having the chance to meet such caring and supportive people! I have also been the recipient of several blog giveaways and now is my chance to give something away and get to know a few of you a bit better!

**I will need to get your mailing address if you are one of the 3 who play along so I can send your gift. We can do this through e-mail.**


Prom Night

Tonight is Prom! The weather here is just not nice. Rainy and cold. The kids made the best of it, though. They gathered in our home for pictures, since they could not take them outdoors.

Chelsea found this hairstyle in a magazine and took the picture to the hairdresser with her. Isn't it so pretty?

Pretty in pink

"Mom, how do I do this?? Got it!!"

Chelsea and Joe...don't they make a sweet couple?

Chelsea and her friend Kelly

Beautiful girls in their princess dresses. What gorgeous colors!!

Here they all are!

Hey, wait a minute...look closer at this one and see the cute little face peeking out!

Here's the gentlemen.


Hold the umbrella closely...I don't want that hair getting wet!

The Party Bus has arrived!

Ready to go.

If any of you are like me and have never heard of a Party Bus before...this is the inside of one!


I hope they all have a wonderful night. I am sure they will!!!


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The little ones had a play date today and had lots and lots of fun! It was such a beautiful day here!

Now, for the big ones...I love them with all of my heart, but when I read this-oh, how so many of these apply to them and many of these things I have actually said to them or indicated the same idea. They are such good kids, but they are definitely teenagers growing up in times that are much different than when you and I grew up!

The following is from a speech given by Bill Gates to a High School.
The following is for all you Moms and Dads of teenagers!!

1. Life is not fair - get used to it!!!

2. The world won't care about your self esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

3. You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both.

4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

6. If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes-learn from them.

7. Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were.

8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many chances as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

9. Life is not dividded into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

10. Television is not real life! In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

11. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Do you know a teenager these may apply to?? : )


Saturday, May 3, 2008

How to make a little girl happy....

Buy her a new little red tricycle!!!

Let her help you put it together


Wait until she sees it has its very own little bell!

Let her put the handlebars on.

and unwrap the pedals




and you have one very happy 3 year old!!!
We were going to get Ella a very small 2 wheel bike with training wheels, but when we went to the store and put her on the smallest one they had, she must have not felt steady enough and didn't care for it. So, we found this and she LOVES it!

Have a wonderful week-end and enjoy the time with your families!!!

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