Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I am sorry I haven't been able to blog very much. I am in Kansas City and my Grandmother is not doing well. Her cancer has spread to her spine and she is in considerable pain. The medication for the pain makes her nautious, so she won't eat. She weighs around 83 pounds right not. Her pain medication makes her loopy, so she requires 24 hour a day care which my two aunt's have been trying to provide. We are now wondering if she needs hospitalization because we are worried about dehydration and malnutrition as she won't eat anything unless you feed it to her and even then it's next to nothing. We have a difficult time ahead of us.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Well...here we go! This morning I am leaving for my FIL's home to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. On Christmas morning I am driving 2 hours to be back home by noon to celebrate at home with all of our children. I make Christmas dinner and we open presents, then it's off to Tim's Aunt's home to celebrate with our extended family. And then bright and early on the day after Christmas, we are loading up the minivan and heading to Kansas City to visit with my family.
I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank you for your friendship, support and prayers over this past year. Your cards and photos of your beautiful children are displayed so happily in our home. God Bless You!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This is a very hard Christmas for me this year. We are in a place in our journey where I know my daughter is alive and I am pretty certain she is in her orphanage waiting. I cannot tell you how emotional I have been over this. The tears have just overwhelmed me. I pray that God sends angels to comfort her, I pray there is heat in her orphanage, I pray that somehow she knows she is loved. I pray she holds on. I pray that someone who passes by her feels the need to smile at her and hold her. I hope that a mother from somewhere has sent a box or left a donation with warm clothing and blankets so she has something to keep her warm. Everything feels wrong, I have her stocking but cannot hang it. I was too late to order her 3rd 'Waiting for Sophia' ornament, so now I have none. I have several Christmas dresses because I don't know what size she will wear and black patten Mary Janes..I was so certain she would be home this year.
I hope that from across the world, somehow she senses me....like I sometimes sense her.
I love you babygirl, hold on.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here he is waiting for the family ahead of us to finish visiting with St. Nick.
He was very comfortable this year climbing onto Santa's lap and telling him what he wants for Christmas.
After seeing Santa, we went back into Macy's to mail our letter to Santa and make sure that it gets to the elves at the North Pole. Eli loved the special mailbox.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
*You must be a true Christmas lover to receive this award.
*The person to whom you give the award must also be in love with Christmas.
*You must link back to the person who gave you the award.
*You must list 5 things that you love about Christmas.
*Pass the award along to as many people as you like. That can be 1 or 45; it's up to you. But, you must pass it on to at least one person in order to keep the Christmas cheer going!
*Let your recipients know that you have tagged them by leaving them a comment on their blog.
5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS
-I love knowing that God loved me enough to send his son to save me.
-I love Christmas decorations, the lights, the village, the bells that play 12 Christmas carols, the tree......
-I love Christmas music, I listen to it all of the time during the holidays. I love the classics and the new!
-I love watching the same Christmas shows on television with my children that I watched when I was little.
-I love always telling my children that I believe in Santa Claus and I always will!
Who should I give this award to.....well, I decided to give it to everyone who decorated their blogs for Christmas and I started going through all of the blogs I follow and writing everyone down, but there are so many of you fabulous Christmas Chicks out there. So...if your blog is all jazzed up for the holidays, this award is for you!!! Please take it and post it on your blogs...or I'll have to spend hours listing everyone :)
Monday, December 15, 2008
How do you know that someone has a 4 year old? There is a Pirates of the Caribbean action figure on their Christmas Village train.
The Christmas Village is very special at our house. The kids can't wait to open up all of the boxes and put everything together. Our pieces are from all over, I don't keep to one collection, I am more interested in finding unique pieces that will complete our village. This year we had some wonderful additions. The train station above is one of them.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
There are 19 ladies signed up for the exchanges, I am working to get the lists to you all today in e-mail. Thank you so much for signing up, I think it's going to be a lot of fun this year.
***IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE THE HALLMARK 'JOY AROUND THE WORLD' ORNAMENT FOR CHINA THAT DEBUTED LAST YEAR AND SOLD OUT, LET ME KNOW...I HAVE ONE THAT I CAN EXCHANGE.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Good Morning Everyone! Welcome to the Sat Chat. It's going to be a short one today...we are visiting friends whose son Jacob is having a birthday party today. We need to be at their home about an hour away by noon. Eli is so excited! He loves to go to birthday parties.
I think I'm going to put out a last shout for the CARD AND ORNAMENT EXHANGES. If you would like to join in please e-mail me asap, I am going to e-mail all participants on Sunday so that they can get their cards and ornaments out.
Linda at 'Parker's Paradise' has a new Granddaughter who will be home from China soon, please visit her blog and leave your Congratulations. I am so happy for you and your family Linda!
Also, our dear friend Lala and Annslee should be home very soon with little Coby, their blog is 'Ladybugs and Dragonflies'.
I AM CLOSING THE CHATROOM EARLY TODAY. WE ARE ATTENDING A BIRTHDAY PARTY AT 12 NOON TODAY :) HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVERYONE!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Ok, is it just me...or does Zach actually look pregnant in this one? We laughed and laughed when we saw it.
Tyler's looking away from the camera, Eli has his cheeser smile and Zach looks expecting again....
All in all we took well over 30 pictures and did get one good shot. You all will be seeing it in your Christmas cards :)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This morning is going to be crazy, I have to get Tyler in to the ortho at 8:10am and then get him to school and me to work. Hopefully the rest of the day will be pretty mellow. We should probably take Eli in to see Santa tonight so that I have some photos to send to you all in my Christmas cards!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
On Sunday we went to the Children's Museum to meet some friends and have some fun. We met Katie and Ella from 'Living My Dream' and Josie from 'The Kenward Blog'. We had a fantastic time and Eli didn't want to go home.
Katie is catching Josie at the bottom of the slide. Josie was a little hesitant at first to go down the slide, but Eli and Katie helped her.
Josie going down the slide all by herself. Looks like I got this picture with her eyes almost closed..I'm not a great photographer :)
I love this picture because it really shows a man and a woman. Eli's got the steering wheel and Katie's got the money!!!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Hi there everyone! 16 ladies have signed up to participate in the card and ornament exchanges. Not everyone is participating in both, you can choose to participate in just one of the exchanges if you like.
I will be sending out the addresses on December 16th. For those of you in the card exchange, I will be sending out a list of addresses and you will need to send a card to everyone on the list. For those of you in the ornament exchange, I will send each participant one address and you will be sending your ornament to the person whose address you receive.
It is still not too late to sign up, so if you would like to participate, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and which exchange you would like to be a part of or both.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Eli had a lot of fun on his birthday. He opened his presents pretty early in the morning and played with them non-stop until nap time.
Eli received quite a few super hero gifts which he loved, he has really made a change in the toys he enjoys and it is super heroes all the way! He received some Transformers, Superman and Batman toys that he would not put down.
He saw this laser gun at Crackerbarrel when we were there after driving home from Grandpa's house on Thanksgiving and loved it, so we bought and got it out of the store without him seeing it. Man is it loud, but he loves it!
I told him to make a wish and gave him some examples of what a wish was and he chose to wish that his little sister would come home.