THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group!



Good Morning Everone! Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group. I want to thank everyone who is participating in the Starfish Supply Raiser. It has been an incredible experiencee for myself and my family.
Earlier this week we received a box of donations and my son Tyler became a little emotional about it. He said, " Mom, one person can make a difference in the world can't they?" And I told him, "Yes they can." "The people sending these clothes are making a difference". I was so proud to see my son understanding what this was all about.
We're going to have a lot of fun this weekend. Tonight we are celebrating Chinese New Year by meeting Steffie and her family at our favorite Chinese restaurant for the Emperor's 10 Course Dinner. We are very excited about that. Our families will be able to meet each other.

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Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Good Morning girly..
Sounds like you are going to have a Great Weekend...So glad that I get to actually chat for once..
I am off until Tuesday... YEAH!!

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Kim! You are off today!!! So, how are things going with you?

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Good... I am just doing laundry..
Nick has to go to the Marine recruiting office for his weekly HARDCORE workout..John has an appointment with one of our neighbors @10 .. they are going to buy a new airconditioner... YEAH so that is two people right next to each other...and then we are going out to John's step-mothers and the boys are going to work on Nick's car.. and I am going to start the quilt with my grandfathers shirts on it.. Help of his step-mother of course..

redmaryjanes said...

Sounds like you all are going to be busy.
I can't wait to see that quilt. What a beautiful idea.
I wish I had some sewing talent, but I never learned.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

You are going to have so much fun tonight...
We haven't started going to the FCC events yet...
THe wait is so long and I guess we don't really have a good reason..
We will someday..

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

My mother crochets... and for she has been working on a blanket for my Secret Buddy...I can not tell you how many thousands of stiches she has done..
It is going to be one of the final presents...
She is on the last of the ruffles.. and she had two rows left and she said it had about 9000 stitches... I can't imagine..
I wish I had some talent in sewing , knitting, or etc..

redmaryjanes said...

Our 1 year LID tied in so closely with CNY that we decided that it was a good way for our family to celebrate that milestone. Things are moving so slowly that we wanted the children to be reminded of their sister and that she is coming. It's also special because Steffie and my's families will be able to meet which will be nice. Also, both Stef and I before we even met have had relationships with the family that owns the restaurant for many many years. For me it's been since my 15 year old was in kindergarten. I plan for our family to go every year from here on out.

redmaryjanes said...

Wow, your SB is going to love that. I just got the Kimberley dress in the mail yesterday from my SB. Very special to say the least.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

That is going to be my presents to my Secret Buddy and Secret Palthis month.. I am sending them out next week..
I got me one.. LUCKLY.. she had sold out and I asked her if she could make me one more...
I LOVE that dres... she keeps coming out with more and more stuff...
I LOVE IT ALL..
It is great quality too.. she does a wonderful job.. my next thing to purchase is the panda dress and bag.. hope she still has them when I get to order them..
Got my first bow from London, England.. that was neat

Carol said...

Good morning....we had Bruce's dad's funeral yesterday...the boys cried and it was sad but then Emily fell head first into a funeral arrangement and she had on these black stockings so all we saw was this little black butt sticking out of all these flowers........she was ok and we all laughed so it lightened the mood....ha ha I'm still laughing about it..............

Steffie B. said...

Good morning girls.....hope you all have a great day!

Kim...can't wait to see you tonight...Sophia is all excited to see "the dragon"! lol

Getting ready to email you.

The Johnson Family said...

Good morning everyone!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Good Morning everyone..

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Carol! How are you?

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Steffie!
I am very excited too. Eli and I talked about the dragon earlier this week, but I haven't said much yet this morning. I'll tell him after nap time.

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Johnson Family.
What is your first name, I haven't caught it.

The Johnson Family said...

RMJ thanks for the post last week and also to all of you left comments it does help so much knowing so many people are praying for your child...hoping we get the papers SOON

Carol said...

Good I'm good...doing laundry too...
Steffie just glanced at your blog sorry about your daughter...kids are cruel aren't they!! My son got a black eye when we moved here because he was the new kid.........we are on a first name basis at his school........love it.

The Johnson Family said...

My first name is Crystal

Anonymous said...

Good morning everyone...Just starting some dishes before bed time

Amy

(trying to sign in)

redmaryjanes said...

You are so welcome. I heard about Savannah through Gwen and I am just praying that you are able to bring her home soon. It looks like she is being very well cared for. She looks very happy and healthy.

The Johnson Family said...

I am reading to catch up who is it that sews ?? I just made my girls matching dresses and it is seriously the first thing I have ever sewn in my life...I love them and would like to learn to make some more and learn to smock but not sure I am that talented!

Carol said...

Hi Amy!! Good morning to you....what is new in your world?

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Amy,
What's up? You have to work so much this weekend..

Carol said...

Hi Crystal, just tried to see your blog but you are private....cute picture!

amy said...

not sure how long I will be on..really tired...


all of you sound soooo busy

The Johnson Family said...

yes Savannah-hope is being extremely well cared for which is a huge blessing!! but we want her home so bad the wait has been much longer htan we expected!

redmaryjanes said...

Carol,
That photo of Emily in the bathroom with all of the toilet paper is busting me and my husband up!

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning everyone!

I was struggling with my FCC CNY post, but it's as done as it's going to be now.

I'm going to take a minute to get caught up (right after I get a cup of coffee!)

redmaryjanes said...

How long have you been waiting Crystal?

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Good Morning Amy..
FUN FUN DISHES

Carol said...

We are taking Emily to the CNY parade in DC tomorrow in Chinatown!! I'm so excited!!!

You stand on the street and it's supposed to snow!!!!!

The Johnson Family said...

Carol I am sorry I did not kow it was set to private try going directly to it

www.johnsonangels.blogspot.com

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Kelly!
How are you all this morning? I just got a fresh cup of coffee, so I should become a little more lucid any minute now.

amy said...

nothing new going on. Working tonight and then church tomorrow and then there is all the thoughts about Union!!!

Carol said...

Oh Crystal thank you!!

RMJ yeah that photo may be funny but I think Ms Emily is in her terrible two's!!! I'm pulling my hair out!!!!

The Johnson Family said...

her finding date is september 1,2007

we filed the i600a on the 4th and have been waiting fo rthat to return ever since malawi has already granted guradianship but keep miving back our adoption court date because we are not there yet..

redmaryjanes said...

Crystal,
I just ordered a second set of bows from your Mom. The first set I sent out in a bow exchange and they are just beautiful. I'm sending this second set to by secret buddy.

redmaryjanes said...

Amy,
I saw the destruction on your husband's blog and on the news. I am so sorry that you lost such a big part of your life's history.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Kelly~ Love the pictures...
Looks like you had a Wonderful time..
SO glad you are DTC.. I am sure that is a lot of weight off your shoulders

Truly Blessed said...

I can't keep up with all of you!

Kim, your SB is a lucky gal! I love hand-knit/crocheted stuff. sounds like your mom is putting a lot of love into her work.

Loved the story of the little one falling into the funeral arrangements -- too funny!

Truly Blessed said...

I just finished the post about our FCC new year event. Blogger is giving me fits!

The Johnson Family said...

Carol I just went to your blog and the photo is hilarious I have one very similiar when my twins were about 18 mos! She is too cute!

redmaryjanes said...

Eli used to unroll the toilet paper too, our cat likes that little trick also.
For us the terrible twos have turned into the terrible threes.
We're having dinner tonight with Steffie and her family. I'm sure that her little Sophia is going to be an angel with good table manners and Eli is going to look like a caveman. : )

Carol said...

Crystal those photos are amazing! What a gift for your daughter!!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Kelly~ your post is wonderful...

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly,

Katie looks so beautiful. Did you get her dress in China or here?

Truly Blessed said...

I have ZERO talent when it comes to sewing, but I know someone who does a fantastic job -- Robin, from Red Thread Stitches.

I just got my order yesterday (2 Kimberley dresses, 2 matching headbands, 2 satin edged pillowcases & a panda bookbag (that's a gift for my SB). Everything is wonderful and I can't wait to order more -- she's put up new ADORABLE things in the last week!

I don't know how she does it.

Carol said...

caveman...I like that one!!!!!
We call Emily a stripper because she likes to dance on the coffee table in her diaper.......I swear she is tap dancing!!! Too funny I have to video it for all of you!!!

amy said...

Thanks !! Many bloggers are sooo sad. I cant believe i have found so many people this year from Union by blogging..

btw, you guys are funny!

Truly Blessed said...

That particular dress came from China Sprout (size 3 -- a little big). We only brought one dress back from China (head slap!) and she grew out of that a long time ago!

Thank you, she did look adorable!

We had a great time. Even if Katie was a little contrarian at times.

The Johnson Family said...

amy we drove righ tthrough jackson on the right to the uscis office in memphis wedenesday mornign..it was unbelievable. I am very fond of that campus we went to chruch camp there on 1993 and this is where I gave my life to Jesus. It was unreal to actually see the devastation, I am so sorry for your loss and i am continuing to pray for these families.

Carol said...

hey another topic...I mean this in the best way.............is anyone excited that Dec referrals are almost done? I saw that 8 days....it's a good thing right?

Truly Blessed said...

Kim, we are ECSTATIC that we are FINALLY DTC!!!! I cannot fathom why it took over 4 months to get to this point, but I'm sure God has a reason for allowing us to wait. I have to work to see the positives, though.

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly,

I got my Kimberley dress yesterday from my SB. Robin has another VERY large bill coming up from her agency. She needs to raise another 6k. So, I'm going to place another order with her. I love that apron she has, I'm going to order one for my SB, also that one tote, not the panda one, but the brown one. I'm going to order one of those too.
I'm going to do some posts for her in mid-March.
She has been sewing her little heart to bring Hope home and she has arthritis.

The Johnson Family said...

Carol thanks those pictires will be truly treasured by her and already are by us..we also have pictures of both parents!

The Johnson Family said...

RMJ I am sure your caveman will do just great! Boys are just different little creatures I have three 7 year olds one girl and two boys and thye are so different!! Amy is all about beign grown and the boys just love to play!!!

Margaret Miracle said...

Good morning ladies! I am going to pour myself a cup of coffee and read the posts to catch up. So happy to be here with ya'll this morning.

amy said...

cant wait to see pics of all your dresses

The Johnson Family said...

I always say about my kids the boys are busy and the girls are bossy!! but they are all preciuos!!

Truly Blessed said...

The tornado damage is incredible. My prayers to all who were affected.

Also, Daleea's husband works at that sugar refinery where there was an explosion. He is fine, but several people died and hundreds are critically injured. Please keep them in your prayers as well.

redmaryjanes said...

I really want them to start assigning 2006 LID's since mine is in 2007. When I keep hearing 2005 over and over again, it makes it seem like I have FOREVER.

Does anyone know if Bethany is one of the agencies still receiving the SN list moving forward?

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Margaret!
How are you?

Truly Blessed said...

Kimberley, I LOVE Robin's new tote bag (with the mod flowers) -- and love the new dress, too. I think I'll place another order (my DH loved the dresses and thinks Katie needs to wear her new Kimberley dress to the CAWM CNY Gala tonight (with a long sleeved shirt underneath, of course!)

Hi Kelley & Margaret -- glad to see you this morning!

redmaryjanes said...

Oh my word, I hadn't heard that about where Daleea's husband works. I'll have to get over to her blog. She is such a nice woman.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

I am sooo happy they are almost done with 2005... But I have a feeling things are going to slow down around the March 2006.. there are A LOT Of people in March..
But 8 days is better then 2...
We just have to keep the faith..

redmaryjanes said...

I must say that Robin's dresses are the finest quality. She does such a great job. I think I will start ordering them in larger sizes, so that Sophia will have them as she grows up. I don't know if Robin will want to continue after Hope comes home or not. I have the Panda and the Kimberley dresses and they are amazing.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Robin has soooo many cute things...
It makes you want to buy one of everything..
She is going to be so busy..
She needs a sewing partner...

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Kimberley~ what sizes did you order...
I ordered size 2T..
I get worried that someting that I buy smaller will not fit..
Watch Isabella won't be in size 2T until she is 3...LOL

The Johnson Family said...

Good mornign margaret, I just looked at your blog your little ones are adorable is your daughter feeling better??

truly blessed I tried to go to your blog but it is set to private!

redmaryjanes said...

STARFISH UPDATE:

Week one of the supply raiser has passed and here is where we are:
9 pairs of shoes
4 coats
19 sleepers
13 girls outfits
9 boys outfits
4 packs of socks
1 pack of bibs
2 hats
2 boxes of oatmeal
2 bags of craisins

Carol said...

Our agency assures us that they are going with the on-line sn program....I think they all will, it will just take time to get them all set up................isn't that going to be harder on us the sn parents? How are they going to decide on a family? I see bad things there....like who has the most money wins!! Tell me it isn't so!!! I want to adopt again, but we have to wait to gather some $$$$

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Kimberley~ what are some things you don't have that you need..
I haven't got anything yet..

The Johnson Family said...

Kim,
what is Isabella's middle name? I just went by to check out your blog!! How old are your other children?

amy said...

im interested in what agencies have made the SN list as well

Carol said...

RMJ I was thinking that hats and gloves must be on clearance by now.....should I pick those up? What are the ages she keeps at Starfish? Is size 3t the biggest she needs??

redmaryjanes said...

Kim,

I ordered a size 2T for my Kimberley dresses, but I have ordered them for other people.
The dress I have is from my Secret Buddy and I don't know what size it is. It looks like a 2 or a 3.

Truly Blessed said...

Johnson family,

(sorry, I missed your first name), my blog is invite only, but I'll send you an invite if you give me an email address. You can leave it here in the comments and come back and delete it later if you don't want it "out there" -- I'll send the invite as soon as you do.

amy said...

Any of yall near Jackson or Memphis? we are planning on visiting there in 2 weeks

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Crystal~ we won't pick out a middle name until we see what her name will be from birth...
My other children are
Nick-just turned 18 on the 7th
Colton- 15
KyLee-14

redmaryjanes said...

You know what Carl?
I was thinking about boots. Boots must be on clearance now and those children I'll bet are needing them with the storms going on there. Hats and gloves would be great too. I am sending Eli's winter coats and snowpants from last year and the year before. They are Columbia's and in great shape.

The Johnson Family said...

truly blessed my email is shanesgirl81@yahoo.com

amy we live 100 miles from jackson

kim we have an izabella also thta is why I asked the middle name!

redmaryjanes said...

Sorry Carol, I called you Carl.

The Johnson Family said...

rmj, are the children at starfish adoptable? or is just just a sponsor program? do you need all new items?

nikki said...

Good Morning, Ladies! Just read thru all of your comments (and I haven't even had my first cup of coffee yet)...

Kimberley, have a WONDERFUL time tonite - please give Stef a big squeeze from me.

Kim, enjoy all your time off this weekend - I'm sure we'll "chat" at some point.

Now, I'm off to check out some of the blogs that were mentioned and then I have to work. sigh.
XO

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Do you call her Isabella or something else..
My husband says Izzy.. the kids say bella..
It is funny

Carol said...

oh yeah...boots are clearanced I'm sure...ok I can look for boots, hats, gloves, and it looks like we are low in the socks and bibs....ok I can do that!!!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Nikki~ get that cup of coffee...LOL..
Have fun at work..
I will chat with you later girly..

Margaret Miracle said...

We are doing better this weekend. Lily was really sick all last week. we ended up back at the pediatrician after 6 days of fever with it going up to 103 and 104 and were finally diagnosed with influenza. The flu is really nasty this year.

redmaryjanes said...

Crystal,
The children in the Starfish Foster Home are adoptable. They are all special needs children, the majority of them are brought to Starfish because it is feared that they will not survive in the traditional orphanages because they are so fragile when they are found.
Amanda is the most amazing woman I have ever seen. She finds ways to raise money to pay for their surgeries, she arranges their transportation and nurtures them to recovery. Then she prepares them for adoption.
The last of her original children Antoinette who is two years old is leaving this month to go with her forever family in Spain and I can tell that Amanda is really having a hard time. She has had her since she was 4 days old.
She told me in an e-mail that means a lot to her for her children to be dressed well. She doesn't want them to look like orphans. That really touched me.
She is very happy to receive gently used items, so feel free to send whatever you like.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Kimberley~ if they don't have to be BRAND new.. I was going to go to Scottsdale and they have this shop there were you can get new and REALLY nice used things for lower price.. and since it is in the my expensive part of AZ. there is A LOT of name brand things for cheap.. and they might donate some stuff to me.. I am going to go see ...
THey know me .. I get A LOT of bows through them.. One of the owners make them... that is what they are famous for..

The Johnson Family said...

well originally we said we would call her Bella ..I usually say Izabella my family calls her bella the kids call her izzy b and so does my mom often and hr sunday school teachers call her izzy and isabel...she will pretty much answer to anything!!

Truly Blessed said...

I was wondering who "Carl" was...

Johnson Family -- sorry, what is your first name? I just sent an invite to Katie's Antics. The email should come from "Truly Blessed" (that's me).

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Girlfriend! How are you Nikki?

The Johnson Family said...

Nikki have fun at work !! Your little lily is such a cutie my izabella has so many of the same dress up things and ballerina clothes i see Lily wearing on your blog..this is her first year dancing!!

redmaryjanes said...

Kim,
That would be fantastic. I know that Amanda has 15 children right now, so I was thinking of how many sleepers she must go through in a week. And it's 105 and that's if no one spits up. She needs a lot of clothes to keep that place going.

Carolyn said...

RMJ-
I think its fantastic you are organizing things for Amanda. I am wondering if it would be better for me to send a box directly over to her or to send it from here down to you first? How are you planning to get things over there?

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great day at work Nikki!

nikki said...

OK Kim, talk with you later!

Kimberley, I am good thanks! Just gotta get ready for work...I never get to really "chat" with all you lovely ladies on Saturday mornings.

But, take care, all of you!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Just in case anyone wants to know the name of the store it is Kid to Kid.. they have them in different states too..
I actually found out about them through a fellow blogger because her little girl always had these cute little headbands.. and that is where she got them..
I LOVE THEM..
http://www.kidtokid.com/show_location.php?id=53

The Johnson Family said...

truly blessed my first name is Crystal

rmj thanks for the explanation

my husband and I met working at an orphange in san diego and the kids were always dressed in gray swets looked like small prisoners..hated it so disney store started donating clothes and I always got talked to by my supervisor for hiding clothes for my kids to wear I too struggled with them looking liek orpahns i wanted them dressed adorable right doewn to the hairbows and socks i also liked to match my whole group of children

Chrissie from heart4malawi used to wash and keep my stash hidden on the overngihts!!lol

amy said...

Ok, Im sitting her watching 90210 and chatting and a commerical made me cry..I must be really tired. It was a superbowl commericial asking him what he is going to do now and he replies :im going to Disney World...

Kelley said...

Good morning! Wanted to say "hi" before I see what you are all talking about. Kimberley, looks like you have a lot of great plans for CNY!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Have a Great Day Nikki..

Margaret Miracle said...

I really need to go through all of Lily's clothes. We have so much that is in storage in the basement that was waiting for Baby Becky and since she turned out to be Toddler Graeme....well that frees up a lot of clothes. I will try to get to that this weekend when we take breaks from painting. We are finally starting on his room.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Carolyn!
You can send your donation directly to Amanda if you like.
I am going to be organizing boxes for shipment here. I am going to mail them in groups of 4 or 5 to help save a little on the postage. Feel free to send your box here or to her. All that matters is that she gets it.

How is your little wild man doing? I wish our boys could get together, they sound like two of a kind.

redmaryjanes said...

Margaret,
How fun to be decorating your sons new room!

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Kelley! I thought I saw your duck in all of the comments.

LaLa said...

Good morning ladies : ) Kim, I am so excited about the Starfish response (still getting mine together..mailing Monday for sure) I looked on the Robeez website b/c I know they have donated shoes in the past but couldn't find anything..does anyone know how to do it?

So jealous about your dinner tonight : )

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

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These are all the states they have them in..
If anyone lives near one.. check it out.

redmaryjanes said...

Amy,
That is too funny. Let the tears flow girl....I'm going to Disney World!

Truly Blessed said...

Getting back to the thread of the CCAA finishing 2005, I will join the chorus of the multitudes saying "Hallelujah!" I cannot believe it has taken three years to get through 2005. How in the world does China justify still accepting applications?

By the way, IAAP ( a wonderful Christian adoption agency) just lost their right to be involved in the China program. They fought hard for an wonderful single mom to adopt a SN child- a mom who was pre-approved, but when the CCAA director found out she was African American, they said NO. IAAP fought for her (and won -- Mom's been home with her daughter for about 8 months), but IAAP is now cut off from the China program. This is SO SAD.

Carolyn said...

OK- maybe I'll send a box down to you along with a little bit of help for the postage to Chin. I'll try to get it together this week, since it may take 1-2 weeks to cross the border and find you!

DX is great! Boundless energy these days. Bedtime at 8 pm is becoming more of a challenge! I have a feeling that one of these years we'll get a chance to meet in person. I bet the boys would have a blast!

So, I'm off to get a few things ready for the day- there is basketball practice, a Brownie sleepover tonight, and I also have to work!

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Dannye said...

morning all...

amy said...

I live in one of those cities.whats in those cities...i live in kennesaw, ga

The Johnson Family said...

Truly blessed..what is your first name?? your blog is to cute and your girls are precious!! i love Ella I really wanted the name Eliana and call her Ellie but got outvoted on both girls!! i kicked around Ella for Izabella but more people call her Bella. All of my girls have the same middle name Elizabeth. I wanted to name savannah Elizabteh and call her Libby!! but DH said no!!

redmaryjanes said...

How are you Laura,
We'll take lots of pictures tonight. I wish that all you lived right next door to me.

Margaret Miracle said...

I love reading about the CNY celebrations. Katie looks beautiful in her red dress. Funny story, we live in a really small town right now. For perspective, we are in the Appalachian mountains about 2 hours from the nearest mall. Anyway, we have one Chinese restaurant and they know us well. Last year, Lily dressed up in one of her beautiful outfits and we all went out to eat. Well our Chinese place was closed so the family could celebrate CNY. So with Lily in full Chinese splendor, we headed over to the local Mexican place for dinner. It is still a sweet memory.

Truly Blessed said...

Crystal -- sorry, I am so slow this morning. I knew a Crystal was on this chat, but I didn't make the connection it was you.

BTW, we love the word Crystal around here. We have a cottage on the incomparable Crystal Lake in northern Michigan. It's absolutely heaven!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Dannye!
How are you this morning?

Gail said...

Good Morning Ladies! Just wanted to say hello, I've been reading your posts and I think I'm #100 or so! Kimberley I was also wondering how you are getting things sent over to Amanda's, kind of as they come in? Or all together?

amy said...

good morning dannye and all new people

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Amy~ it is a store called Kid to Kid...
Check it out..
LOTS of neat bows and clothes..

~Amy~ said...

GOOOOOOD morning Ladies! :)

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

Good morning ladies!

I am just finishing up some reports for work and then I will catch up on all the messages.

I hope someone is still here!

Smiles! :o)
Nikki

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Good morning Amy

Truly Blessed said...

My given name is Kelly. My kids call me Mom.

But, in cyberspace, I'm also known or referred to as "Truly Blessed," "K3" (by my blogging sister, K1), and "notallboysanymore" on the Yahoo boards.

Feel free to call me by any of the above!

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly,
I am completely shocked by that news. We supply photos of our family's. She made it through the review room and then they gave her a hard time? I have heard of this before. I know that there are African American families waiting right now in the China Program. I hope that they will be ok.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Kelly ~ you are too funny..

Gail said...

Hi Amy, I'm so sorry about your school. I know I'd be devastated if that happened to my college.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Amy and Nikki!
Yes, there are good many of us here this morning talking away!

~Amy~ said...

Ok Ladies, I can't stay and chat because I'm heading to a Wedding Expo today! I'll be sure to take pictures and post them on the blog...I'll need some opinions I'm sure! ;) Oh yeah...check out my blog...I dyed my hair last night...eeekkk!

Carol said...

I have to go guys...little ones are up and hungry.......Happy CNY!!

The Johnson Family said...

Good morning amy and Dannye!!

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Carolyn. I would love to meet you and your family : )

Kelley said...

Ok, gals, I officially "give up" on trying to catch up with the conversation. I keep getting sidetracked...telling myself "oooh! Gotta check that blog!" or "oooh! Gotta look at that link!" or "Oooh! Gotta go order some dresses!" Too many fun topics today!

Three years to get through 2005--I was part of that (August 2005). At that rate, it will take us 6 years to get Holly home. (Waiting for all of 2006 and 2007, that is. We're LID 1-10-08) Oh well. We'll get there when we get there.

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Carol! Guard that toilet paper!

Carol said...

RMJ
one last note...can I send any small toys, like rattles, or chewing rings or anything???

Kelley said...

And of course, now that I'm ready to "jump in," Miss Chloe has a poopy diaper. Be back in a few!

Truly Blessed said...

Names are HARD! Especially when there are teenage boys who think they are allowed a vote in the naming of their little sister.

It took us a LONG time to settle on Elizabeth, and we still all aren't in agreement over her nickname For now we think Ella, but reserve the right to change it once we have her in our arms! Thankfully, Elizabeth is the queen mother of all nicknames (yeah, pun intended), so we'll have options!

redmaryjanes said...

Margaret,
I just read your comment about dressing for CNY and ending up eating at a Mexican Restaurant. That is a great story!

Margaret Miracle said...

Kelly,
I remember when I first heard her story. I was shocked that this was an issue since all of our families are transracial. I just didn't get it. How unfortunate that they lost their program. I must say that I am impressed by how they stuck behind their client. So what happens to all the clients in process with this agency?

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Amy~ have fun at the EXPO.. they are soo much fun..
Can't wait to see pictures..

The Johnson Family said...

kelley, I just checked your blog and chloe is so cute!!!

Amy have fun at the expo I loved going to those when we were planning our wedding!

~Amy~ said...

RMJ, Have SO MUCH fun with Stef and the tribe tonight...I miss all of them so much! Can't wait to see pics! ;)

Happy Saturday!

~Amy~ said...

Thanks guys!

redmaryjanes said...

Carol,
I don't see why you couldn't send some toys along if you want. I'm sure that Amanda will be so happy to receive anything you choose.
I really don't think she has any idea of how much is coming her way. It's going to be a great surprise. I can't believe how many families have responded.

redmaryjanes said...

Amy,

How are the wedding plans coming? Are you going to post some photos of your flower choices, dresses? You know I used to be a wedding planner.

amy said...

awwww Amy, have fun!

~Amy~ said...

You did Kim?! OH my i'll need your help! My mom bought me a big wedding planner binder for Valentines Day so I'll be starting on that ASAP! :)

Truly Blessed said...

Kimberley,

That was the thing. This lady had already been approved. Nobody had a problem with the color of her skin except Director Lu (according to what she told us). He said NO. IAAP went to bat for her (BTW, not that it makes any difference, she wanted to adopt an older girl (4, I think) with a double cleft lip & palate -- definitely one of the harder to place SN children).
Sadly, there are many IAAP families who are angry at HER for their SN program shutting down (she's gotten lots of 'hate mail', and many AA families who are worried that they won't be able to adopt now. None of this is her fault, and she feels so badly about 1st IAAP's SN program stopping, now about the entire China program stopping. It's so wrong.
Keep her in your prayers if you think of it. Her name is Sabrina, her daughter's name is Lavender (who just had surgery to correct her lip on the 7th).

Margaret Miracle said...

Amy,
We have been praying for all the people affected by the toranados including those at your college. We spent a good part of that morning at my school with the kids in the halls due to tornado watches but we were lucky. It is so devastating.

redmaryjanes said...

I'm calling her ELLA. I already made up my mind.

~Amy~ said...

All I know so far is I want shades of pink and black accents as my colors!

The Johnson Family said...

Amy I love the brown and pink on your blog and think your hair is nice brown!!

Dannye said...

things are well here....trying to wake up some, ugly day here today so far, but the sun is supposed to come out...

kim, you should get my box today...don't forget to look in the red envelope, I didn't put a note in my box to tell you and I didn't want it to get lost...

and my mom's friend Sue sent me a whole bunch more stuff so I'll mail you another box this week...

Truly Blessed said...

Margaret,

I have no idea what will happen with the other IAAP families in the China program. They just sent out an email yesterday announcing that the program was closed.

Their greatest concern is the foster home they have in China. They cannot continue to fund it now. It's just like Amanda's Starfish home -- they take the sickest of the sick babies. It's heartbreaking.

amy said...

As much as I dont want to, I have to go to bed..Check out the blogs for my refelctions of the week

Two Kayaks said...

Good morning, everyone! Hope you all have a fantastic Saturday! Much love to you. :)
Kim, how did the dance go for your son? I have been wondering...

The Johnson Family said...

I am so sad to hear about the situation with the iaap and I will e praying god will have his hamd in this and some good can come of it..I will also pray for sbrina and lavender how did her surgery go?

amy said...

Ill be much more focused next weeek

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Good night Amy..
Have a Great Weekend..

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you so much Dannye, I'll look for your box. I have had one arrive almost every day for the past 3 days, so it's been a lot of fun. Tell your friend Thank you also. It is very sweet of her to help.

redmaryjanes said...

Poor Amy,
Get some sleep. You are working too much this weekend.
Have a wonderful week and I'll keep in touch.

Margaret Miracle said...

I thought there was a post on our cleft group about Lavender and there was. Her sister posted yesterday that her surgery was successful and that she is even more beautiful than before. She said that Sabrina would update the group when they got home. Do they have blog?

The Johnson Family said...

it has been so fun chatting with you ladies this morning and checking out all your blogs and I am going to keep up with them, but I gotta go get my monksys some breakfast!! I will check back later if I get a chance!! have a great weekend!!

~Amy~ said...

Ok BYE ladies! Hugs to you all!!!!

Truly Blessed said...

Sabrina hasn't posted about the surgery yet. I'm still praying for her.

I think, right now, that Sabrina needs more prayers than Lavender. Her heart hurts so badly over the issues at IAAP and the pressure from other APs. She really feels like she's being blamed for things that she has no control over. Please keep her in your prayers.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning K1!
How are the Kayaks today?

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly,
Does Sabrina go to our church?

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

Oh my goodness...I can't even keep up, lol!!

I love that there are so many peeps in here this morning but I have totally given up on my reports for work and I still can't keep up with all the messages!

But I love it!!

I need to go pee but I know if I do I will get really far behind, lol! I think I need to wear Depends to participate in the Sat. morning chat!

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Crystal!

Truly Blessed said...

Sabrina does have a blog. I don't know if it's okay to post it publically, but if you email me, I'll send you the addy.

redmaryjanes said...

Nikki,
That is too funny. I feel that way too some mornings, but I love it. I really look forward to Saturday mornings now. It gets me in touch with everybody and with what's going on out there.

Truly Blessed said...

Kimberley,

Sabrina lives in California. As great as our church is, I doubt she'd be able to be there for Sunday services!

Dannye said...

well guys I better get dressed and go to start the day....love you guys!!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Bye Crystal..
Have a Great Day

redmaryjanes said...

K1,

Well there has been drama for my little Zach. He desperately likes a girl who only wants to be his friend and then two other girls like him, but he won't like them back because he's holding our for girl #1. So, he went to the dance alone, only to see girl #1 with another boy. But he said that he had a good time.
Breaks my heart.

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great day Dannye!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

WOW... I walk away from the computer for one second and there are so many comments..
You guys are amazing..
this is only like my second or third time being here all morning..
Usually have to leave to go to work..

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Kimberley~ that is sooo hard..
I have been through that with the oldest one... not the other two yet...
It is soo hard being a teenager these days...

Two Kayaks said...

The kayak family is about to travel into Toronto to pick up their new car! We bought a Toyota Yaris on Thursday and it is ready! We have been looking for a second car for a long while now and finally found the one that suits us to a tee.
How are you doing?

Gail said...

Oh I'm so sorry about Zach, Kimberley. I remember those days with my son Nick and similiar situations. It used to break my heart.

OH MY #6 said...

good morning everyone!

It is snowing here in Toronto AGAIN this morning.

Lea

redmaryjanes said...

I am so glad that you don't have to go to work today.
Yes, the Sat Chat has really been catching on.

Gail said...

Good morning Lea! All it does here is snow in WI. Wish spring would come early. :)

Margaret Miracle said...

Kelly,
Just sent you an e-mail. Hope it goes through.

redmaryjanes said...

The Toyota Yaris! Very cool. What color?

We are all doing well. Eli has a runny nose, but besides that, everyone is healthy which is good because this has been a bad winter for flu bugs.

I still have your chapstick on the nose graphic from last year ready to go if we get sick.

amy said...

ok so im back..hubby wanted to me to sign a blog thing for him

OH MY #6 said...

As pretty as it is, I NEED SPRING!

My dogs just love the new fresh snow. they get very frisky. It is very cute . But, thats it.

Lea

OH MY #6 said...

I am off to get one girl to the subway so she can get to her Karate. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Kim enjoy tonight. We need pictures.

Lea

Margaret Miracle said...

Kimberley,

I am really not looking forward to those teenage years. SO many emotions and heartache. Zach sounds strong and confident which will definitely serve him well.

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

RMJ, could you send me what I need to put the Sat. Chat picture and link on my blog?

I have seen it on many blogs but I'm not sure how to get it on mine so that it will link to your blog when someons clicks on the pic.

Have a good day Danny!

Kelly ... AKA, "Truly Blessed," "K3" (by my blogging sister, K1), and "notallboysanymore" (LOL!) I would really like to check out your blog if you wouldn't mind.

Kelley said...

I'm not looking forward to the "teen years" with either my stepdaughter or Chloe. It's too hard to keep up these days, with all of the technology available.

To everyone with big plans today, I hope that you have lots of fun!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Okay..~ totally off the subject...
I have been doing laundry all morning..I think I am almost done.. due to the laundry in laundry room ~ go into the kids rooms...~ OKAY...
I have about 3-4 more loads...
Does anyone else think that the laundry from teenagers is CRAZY...
My husband always says.. just wait till Izzy gets here...

amy said...

Hubbys having a hard weekend and that makes me sad. Nothings wrong..Just things just pop up that makes life a bit difficult. I pray he will find some Godly me

but until then
he has you lovely bloggers


www.valtool.blogspot.com Hes doesnt get home until 430 so there is plenty of time to sign one of this blogs and cheer him up!

redmaryjanes said...

Oh Gail, I just hate seeing my boys heart hurt. He has likes this girl for two years and has put all other relationships on hold for her. He's only 15, so it's not a huge deal. He isn't allowed to date yet. He can go to movies and things in groups, but no one on one until he is 16. But with this situation, he may pine away for all of high school.
When I did the post about a girl coming over, I thought it was the girl who called all of the time, but no, it was girl #1.
And last night she went over to Zach's Dad's house for pizza and a movie.
He's just trying to hard to win her over.

Gail said...

I'm leaving now, have lots to do today. Have a great weekend and Happy Chinese New Year!

Margaret Miracle said...

anyone watch 20/20 last night. bless little Anna Mae's heart. I can't imagine what that child has been through

redmaryjanes said...

Nikki,
Send me your e-mail address and I will get the Saturday Morning Chat link to you. It's an html, so just choose to add an html instead of a picture to you sidebar and copy and paste the code in the box.

My e-mail is timnkim@gmail.com

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