THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group!

Welcome everyone to the Saturday Morning Chat Group! I have to finish decorating the house today and get started on my Christmas cookies. I love holiday baking. I also have a lot of presents to wrap. What are your plans?

Thanks for a great chat everyone! Talk with you next Saturday AM!

133 comments:

~Amy~ said...

GOOD MORNING!!!!

BIG news today ladies!!!!! :)

redmaryjanes said...

What's the news???? Engaged???

~Amy~ said...

YESSSSSSSSS

amy said...

Good morning lades..Im going to clean and bake cookies for our party tomorrow

redmaryjanes said...

Oh, congratulations!!!!! WOOO HOOO! That is wonderful. This is going to be a great Christmas for you!!

amy said...

oh congrats other Amy,thats awesome

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Amy, our friend Amy got engaged last night!!

amy said...

i love good news

amy said...

is there a date set?

~Amy~ said...

Thanks so much Kim! Tyler and I are actually on our way to his uncles house to visit family and show off my new "bling!" Have a wonderful day everyone and I'll be posting pictures tomorrow!!

XOXO

~Amy~ said...

spring or fall of 2009...we are still deciding!

redmaryjanes said...

Have fun showing off that bling Amy!

redmaryjanes said...

Yeah, I'm cleaning and baking too, getting rest of our Christmas stuff up so that the house is officially ready for the holidays.

redmaryjanes said...

WHERE IS THE BLING ON YOUR BLOG AMY??? I want to see it : )

amy said...

HUbby posted on our blog last night about our support group..Another great speaker...Amy Eldredge from Love without boundaries,,Michael went into detail..haha

redmaryjanes said...

Your support group sounds so amazing. Hold on a minute. I'm going to your blog to read the post.

amy said...

Enjoy his post. Special needs is now very much on my heart. God was speaking loudly to my heart last night. We will see

redmaryjanes said...

We can't see the SN list until we are out of the review room per our agency. So, we have 5 more months until then. I think you should go where your heart leads you.
What a sad story about the mother who had to have her daughter treated before 30 days or give her up per her mother-in-law. I think it is so good to know these things though so we can explain to our children that their situation most likely has nothing to do with their birthmothers not wanting them.

amy said...

thanks for the sweet comment..Im glad hubby is posting more

amy said...

We are using CCAI and one of our friends just got their referral and they switched over in June but they were logged in way over a year ago

amy said...

We are using CCAI and one of our friends just got their referral and they switched over in June but they were logged in way over a year ago

redmaryjanes said...

I love it when the Dads are so involved.

redmaryjanes said...

Any cool baby names lately at work?

Verna said...

Good morning from MN. It's 10 below this morning and Mya wants to go outside. I said NO! The dog will hardly stay out to pee. Congrats to Amy S!! Cookie baking for Amy C -- yum! Will have to check out the support group posting. RMJ -- is the coffee hot? I need another cup!

amy said...

hmmmm.. lots of Miracles and of course our floors favorite Princesslee

amy said...

GOod morning verna, thanks for all that you do..Michaels blog is one of my favorites that you have done!

redmaryjanes said...

Tim is just getting to making the coffee! I need some for sure, we have some cinnamon creamer for the holidays.
Good Morning there Verna!

amy said...

I so wish I drank coffee..I think I would end up having a little bit of coffee in my flavored creamer

redmaryjanes said...

I was just over checking on the Hoppes. Thanks so much doing that graphic for their fundraiser. I'm trying to figure out what her SN is. I think she may have spina bifida. They are getting all prepared and seeing specialists and getting the house ready for her. Wonderful family.

redmaryjanes said...

Too funny Amy, that's about what I do. I use a lot of creamer.

redmaryjanes said...

Verna,
I can't believe how much colder it is there. I think it's in the teens here this morning.

Verna said...

The Hoppes have posted on our local FCC site. I'll gleen it to see if I can find anything.

redmaryjanes said...

Thanks Verna,
I'm just curious because it sounds like they are having to take some precautions regarding her head and neck area.

amy said...

I signed up to work the FCC CHinese New Year..It will be first time I have done anything with them

amy said...

Im interested as well. Most of my patients are spina bifida

redmaryjanes said...

What is the FCC? Families With Children from China?

amy said...

I loved seeing the referrals this week...Such cute babies

amy said...

Yes.Atlanta has a pretty big chapter

redmaryjanes said...

I really didn't look at the babes this month. I usually do. I just am feeling kind of bleek about the timeframes and so I thought if I just didn't notice this month, maybe I wouldn't get so sad. Burying my head in the sand I know, but I haven't been sad about the dates.

amy said...

HUbby posted a few times this week and he has realized the wait is a lot longer than what we anticipated.. We were hoping for a referral late 2008

Verna said...

I couldn't find anything. Sorry. Her posts are vague. Hmmm. . . now I'm curious.

amy said...

I really need some motivation..lots of work today for the party tomorrow..We just ordered BBQ for our Christmas dinner

redmaryjanes said...

Yeah, I am curious too. They are such a sweet family. They already have an idea of the specialists they will need and what they need to do with their house to protect her.

amy said...

what state do they live in?

redmaryjanes said...

I loved reading Gwen's latest post. That they can actually stretch the scalp so that Maggie will have a head full of beautiful hair. I tell you, I have met Gwen for an evening and I wish I would have known the things I know about her then.
She is so amazing and has tremendous faith.

redmaryjanes said...

I don't know what state the Hoppes live in, hold on a minute and I'll try to see on their blog.

amy said...

Sounds like a wonderful family

amy said...

There is nothing like Saturday morning chat group while watching a Hallmark movie

amy said...

I hope that all of you have a most wonderful holiday this year!

amy said...

anyone still around?

redmaryjanes said...

Yeah, I'm here. I'm trying to figure out where the Hoppes live, but I don't see it on their blog.

redmaryjanes said...

We're watching the Higgly Town Heroes Christmas. Woo Hoo.

redmaryjanes said...

What movie are you watching?

Verna said...

The Hoppe's live here in MN

amy said...

Under the Mistletoe.I think I have used all the memory on our DVR for cheesy Christmas movies

redmaryjanes said...

Man, I just can't believe how much colder it is in MN. You'd think we would be more similar.

amy said...

Lucy the basset hound does not want me to watch any tv today

redmaryjanes said...

I love cheesy Christmas movies and the classics.

Gail and Dan said...

Good Morning everyone! I was just checking in and wanted to sat Hi. DH, myself and Grace are in Chicago this weekend for 3 days. Today we are walking over to Marshall Fields(Macy's) to see the big tree and the windows. Also going to the American Girl Doll Store...we'll see if we can get Miss Grace out of there, tomorrow going to a museum. The weekend trip has put us in the Christmas spirit. :)

redmaryjanes said...

How's the weather where you are down south?
Lucy probably wants to play. Were you up all night at work Amy?

amy said...

sounds like a wonderful trip

redmaryjanes said...

Hi Gail! I love Chicago. You guys are going to have the best weekend. I can't wait until our daughter comes, we will be at the American Girl store too...but that's a few years away. : )

amy said...

NO I went to the First Friday meeting so I was off

redmaryjanes said...

OH cool, then you are awake this morning.
Any good work stories?

amy said...

NO, Ive actually been on vacation getting ready for the party tomorrow

amy said...

Everyone coming to the party has been asked to bring a toy to be given to one of the kids in the hospital

Gail and Dan said...

Santa is bringing Grace one that is Chinese (she is a new doll), with a little red Chinese dress for it too. Grace is so excited about Christmas this year, it's so cute. It is a wonderful time of the year and helps me keep my mind of the wait too. :) Have fun this AM ladies!

redmaryjanes said...

Oh, tell me about your party. Who is coming over?

amy said...

That sounds like a wonderful doll

We have neighbors, coworkers, people from our small group, a couple of friends from the adoption community..Should be fun! We always have too much food!

amy said...

Im making everyone a tin of cookies and we always make a Christmas cd of our favorite songs and give out copies

Verna said...

Hi Gail, We are up to 8 below this morning!! CCCCold! Sounds like you have a fun day planned. We have some stuff to do but not really CHristmas shopping. Mya can't keep a secret and wants EVERYTHING so I can't take her along. Erin is not available to watch her. So, the shopping waits :(

redmaryjanes said...

Oh, I think I may have to check out that Chinese American Girl doll. I think I should wait though until our daughter is the right age and can get it as a gift for herself. I don't know. Sometimes buying things for her makes me happy and pulls me out of a waiting funk.
I can't believe you guys are in Chicago. I just love it there. I have never been there over Christmas before.

redmaryjanes said...

I have some more shopping to do too. I have to get wrapping though. The gifts are all piled up in our bedroom and I'm worried about peering eyes seeing what they are getting.

Verna said...

RMJ, where do you get most of your graphics? One of my clients wants a New Year's blog but I need to find something really cool for the header.

amy said...

as much as I want to stay and chat, I have way too much to do... Talk to you this week via the blogs@

redmaryjanes said...

Verna,
I look everywhere. Some good ones are commentcherry.com and satisfaction.com
I find stuff in chat groups, under yahoo and google searches. I spend a lot of evening hours looking for things. I have some new years graphics if you want me to send you some.

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great week Amy!

chloesmama said...

Good morning, everybody! I'm not going to stay...have to do a quick email check before we head out to the mall for the last few items on the list. Should be fun...it's rainy and Chloe's nose is all runny. :) Have a super day!

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Chloe's Mom, have fun shopping. I hate it when the kids get runny noses, but I guess it comes with the season.

mommy24treasures said...

just wanted to pop in and say good morning.Busy today Caitlyn's birthday and must finish mailing off gifts to others and get my cards addressed. You will send us the addys for card swap next week right?
Love the pic of you on your header;)

redmaryjanes said...

Hi Connie!
Yes, I'm hoping to get the list off to everyone on Monday. Happy Birthday to darling Caitlyn!
And thanks about the header, I had to have it to match Marilyn Monroe singing Santa Baby.

Verna said...

Hi Chloe's mom! Mya told me I had boogies in my nose and when I blew my nose she said I sounded like an elephant!! She is so funny AND, I do have a long nose!

RMJ, I'll check those 2 sites. You may have guessed the client is SB.

redmaryjanes said...

Oh, ok. I will look around and see what I can find that I think she will like. I have a new years header or I'd be ordering one too. Let me see what I can find and I'll send it over to you. I haven't heard from Stef this morning. Usually I do.
How are you doing preparing for little Noah?

mommy24treasures said...

you do find the BEST graphics RJ!

nikki said...

Good morning ladies!
I really enjoyed reading all about what you've been up to today.
And I think I would like to be one of the guests at Amy's party - how fun would THAT be?
RMJ, what kind of cookies are you baking today?

Gail and Dan said...

Verna you made me smile when you said how Mya doesn't keep secrets. Grace is exactly the same way...and even tries to tell me what dh has bought me for Christmas! She asks me if I want to know what Daddy bought me and starts talking. I put my hands over my ears and walk away. You can't tell Grace ANYTHING!

Verna said...

Hi Connie, sounds like a busy day. Our oldest son turns 24 on the 11th. December birthdays are challenging and fun.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Nikki!
I am making Tyler's favorite sugar cookies for certain. Then I have a Betty Crocker cookie book and I let everyone pick out what cookies they want for this Christmas. Tim and I stocked up on my baking supplies last week, so I should be able to handle almost any request.

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mommy24treasures said...

yes Verna Dec bdays can be challenging.
we had she and Chloe a party together back in Oct so today will just be us and cake and candles. Thats the most important thing as far as she is concerned, the official blowing of the candles ceremony!
Have a great day...

Verna said...

We got refingerprinted yesterday. Keith has exzema and the lady said if there was a problem, they would notify us by Tues or Wed to tell us if he needs to re-do. Hoping not. Still no news on LOA. SW said this past week but no, so thinking this coming week.

redmaryjanes said...

December Birthdays are tough. The house is decorated for Christmas, I was so tempted to get Eli a cute snowman cupcake cake, but I wanted it to feel like a birthday.

redmaryjanes said...

We were re-fingerprinted last week too. It seemed to go ok. I told my SW that I thought it was odd that we would have to be re-checked every year and she said she did have a case where a family was disqualified because of criminal activity that happened over the year after they had initially sent in their paperwork to China.

Verna said...

Hi Nikki! What's new?

Verna said...

RMJ- That's incredible! Amazing that someone would start the process and then become criminals. Hmmm . .

Verna said...

Hey ladies- have any of you met this gal
http://parkersparadise.blogspot.com/
She has been sending me this 12 day of cookies:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_37295,00.html

YUMMY

nikki said...

Oh RMJ, sugar cookies are MY favorite too! You are such a good momma, letting everyone pick a cookie for you to make...sounds like fun!

Hey Verna! You know my little one is a horrible secret keeper too!

redmaryjanes said...

Yeah, I was surprised to hear about it. I just think it's crazy that we have to re-do everything and now that the wait is so long, who knows...we may have to go back 2 more times. We should be through the review room in 5 months, so we can see the SN list then and maybe that is where we will find our girl. We'll just have to see. Sometimes I wish God would leave me a note telling me what to do.

redmaryjanes said...

Verna,
I do go to Linda's blog. She is so wonderful. She has been sending me the cookie recipes too. Her daughter is adopting I believe.

redmaryjanes said...

Lily melts my heart. I love the stories you tell about her. What a dear girl. When I read your blog, I think about how wonderful it is that a girl filled with so much sweetness made it to where she is. I am so happy for her, but sad for the girls who are still in the orphanages. I wish they could all get out and reach their potential.

Ashley said...

Good morning ladies!! Expecting a warm 80 degrees today ... ugh THIS IS DECEMBER for goodness sakes!

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Ashley!
80 degrees??? Wow, it's freezing here.

Ashley said...

I'm so near coveting right now!

Ashley said...

RMJ - thanks for the sweet words you left on my blog! ;)

nikki said...

Thanks RMJ, you are so sweet. And my heart also breaks to think that there are so many more "Lilys" still in orphanages...
(but, there will be one less because of you.) I so look forward to the day that your sweetie is finally home where she belongs and SHE can pick HER favorite Christmas cookie for you to bake!

Ashley said...

Finals are next week, so I'm busy preparing for them!!! Just wanted to stop in and say good morning!

redmaryjanes said...

Oh Nikki, I think about her all of the time. Is she born yet? Where is she? I know you felt the same way before Nikki came. I love that you share her with all of us who are waiting. She is my dream. I see her cute dancing pictures and hear what she talks about and think that someday I will be taking similar photos and writing similar posts.
We really should meet. I'm sure we will be having another dinner soon and I hope you can come.

redmaryjanes said...

Ashley, I was so touched by your last post. You are such an amazing woman for God. I just can't wait to see what the future holds for you because it is going to be very impacting on the lives of others, I can just tell. You will be a blessing to many. Your faith and your outlook on life and what is important is already a blessing to me.

Ashley said...

Awww ... thanks, RMJ! :)

Laura Nipper said...

Hi ladies good morning. Its rain here this morning. I am going to a chruch brunch this morning.

redmaryjanes said...

I always hated finals. I hope they go well for you. We always got a long Christmas break though, how much time do you get off?

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Laura!
We haven't even figured out breakfast yet. A church brunch sounds wonderful.

Ashley said...

We get 4 weeks off!! Whohoo!!!!

Ashley said...

Well, I really need to go study now. It was great dropping in this morning! Have a great Saturday! ;)

Laura Nipper said...

We are just getting up around here have not eaten yet either. Its a ladies christmas brunch. I invited my mom but she just cancelled. Not a believer yet. :(

Laura Nipper said...

Good luck on your studies Ashley.

Verna said...

RMJ, I figured out how to get the graphic in.

redmaryjanes said...

I'm sorry that your Mom can't go. It is hard when you love people who do not believe.
I read your post on your little girl and I think it's going to work out just fine for her. I agree she should stay in her preschool class.
Also, your Christmas header is GORGEOUS!

redmaryjanes said...

Verna,
Which graphic?

Verna said...

Hi Laura and Ashley - Ashley, you can have our cold today--below zero! Hope finals go well. Love reading all the comments--can't keep up.

Laura Nipper said...

Yes it does make it hard. I just have to remember to hand it over to the Lord and in his time it will work out.
You should have seen Morgan yesterday she was totally compliant and using the right sounds.
Hi Verna! She is the one who did my header. Love it.

redmaryjanes said...

Laura,
I did recognize Verna's fabulous blog talent when I saw your header. Love that woman! Hear that Verna??

Laura Nipper said...

Yes Verna I agree!

nikki said...

Oh yes, RMJ, I remember thinking, dreaming, and praying CONSTANTLY while we waited...and the real thing is even better!

I would love to meet. Let me know when the next dinner is and I will do my very best to make it.

redmaryjanes said...

I will have to talk with Stef about planning another dinner. They are no big deal, we all just meet for some good chinese and some beverages. It's fun though, we talk until the restaurant closes.

Laura Nipper said...

Hi Nikki Good Morning. How is Lily feeling?

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

Good Morning Ladies!!

We have a very busy day here with 2Christmas parties. I am just getting ready to leave but I wanted to drop in and say "HI"!

Have a great day!

Smiles! :o)
Nikki

redmaryjanes said...

Have fun today Nikki!

redmaryjanes said...

Wow,
2 Nikki's on at the same time!

nikki said...

Good morning Laura! Lily is feeling much better, thank you for asking! I didn't even have to give her any medicine yesterday - Thank God.

OK RMJ, just tell me when the next dinner is - sounds VERY fun! I was wondering where Stef was this morning...she is usually here chatting.

Alright, I'm off to shower. We're running a few errands and then I need to clean my house. I'm planning on staying up late to get our Christmas cards out by Monday. How come the picture for the card is never QUITE as good as you'd hoped? Oh well. Have a wonderful weekend all!
XO

I'm

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Nikki!

Laura Nipper said...

Well I am signing off as well. Got to get ready for the brunch. Have a great weekend girls.

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend everyone! I'm closing down the chat, thanks for a great morning!