THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group!


Good Morning Everyone! I'm a little late this morning. Last night was exciting for us, we went to Fed Ex and mailed six of the Starfish boxes. Anyone who participated and would like the tracking numbers, please send me an e-mail or leave a comment and I will get the numbers to you.
Anyone who would like a Saturday Morning Chat link for their sidebar, let me know and I will get one off to you.



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Truly Blessed said...

Hey Kimberley, good morning to you!

Looks like you had an exciting Friday evening with your hubby!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Kelly?! How was the lunch yesterday?
We had fun last night. We took Zachary too to help carry everything.

Truly Blessed said...

The luncheon was nice. Carrabas did a really good job.

I dressed Katie in her little traditional Chinese dress -- she was so cute!

Wasn't the weather stellar yesterday? What a blessing.

redmaryjanes said...

I wish I could have gone. I had a circuit cut that I was hoping would get pushed out, but it didn't. So, there I was working and eating a lean cuisine. Not very exciting.

Truly Blessed said...

Sorry you couldn't come.

What's a circut cut?

redmaryjanes said...

I sell, design and build circuits for corporate networks. T1's are what they are called. There are different types for different applications. Companies use them making phone calls, typing sites together or accessing the internet.

Carol said...

Morning ladies...sorry I've been hiding lately. Seems everything is happening at once lately.

Today is Emily's meeting with the social worker. We have to start on the 6 month post placement....

My house is a wreck of course!!!

Truly Blessed said...

Can you believe yesterday's weather?

I even let Katie go outside without a jacket on, so I could take a picture (okay, seven pictures!) with her in her dress -- it was so shiney in the sunlight!

What a blessing it was -- I'm hoping today is sunny and "warm" too!

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Carol! Wow, your SW works on Saturdays?

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning, Carol. I don't know that I've ever "met" you. Is that Emily on your lap in your avatar? What a little sweetie!

redmaryjanes said...

I went out to go home yesterday and just couldn't believe it. Do you think it will stay this way?

Carol said...

ha ha she is behind....as usual...we won't go there....but she made us 2 months late going LID....ok I said I wouldn't go there......but as usual she is rushing us now because she put us off too long.............

Truly Blessed said...

Ah, but Carol, if she had been more timely getting you to LID, you might not have that sweet baby girl sitting on your lap! Everything works for a reason (even when it doesnt' make sense at the time!)

Carol said...

I was thinking about the postage costs guys.....if we all sent $10 that would probably finish the postage problem for you right Kim???...for the Starfish....

I know you don't like to ask, but I can send another $10........

redmaryjanes said...

Our LID is later than what it could have been too. Our agency held ours until they had enough others to send them all out together.

Truly Blessed said...

Carol, Kimberley and I were rejoicing in our beautiful weather. While it is definitely still winter in Michigan, it was a balmy 55* yesterday. It was incredible!

How is/was your weather where you are?

Carol said...

Truly Blessed you are so right...Emily's file came when we were family number 2, and the 1st family turned her down!! We were so happy!!

Truly Blessed said...

Speaking of DTC, some agencies send them out when they receive them, ours sends them out 3x a month (unless you're SN, then they do it as soon as they can). Every agency is different, I suppose.

I would imagine the China only agencies are hurting now, wouldn't you think?

amy said...

Good morning friends!

amy said...

Michaels off today so if he wakes up he may make an appearance

Carol said...

Weather here is around 60 today, but we are getting ready for some major rain....sad because the birds are singing this morning!!! But the boys want to go to the Horton Hears a Who movie so that is good for rain!!

I agree the China agency's have to be hurting!!!!

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning Amy!

redmaryjanes said...

The 4 boxes we have left are the biggest. I knew that the postage was going to be costly, I just didn't imagine how costly. I think it's going to be around $600 to get the last 4 boxes to China. If people want to donate again, that is wonderful, but we are willing to take them in as we can and ship them out. The advantage though is to ship them together. We actually saved quite a bit of money by shipping the 6 boxes together. FedEx gave a us a good discount for multiple boxes. It would have been around $1200 the man told us if we mailed them seperately.

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Amy!
Any good baby names or celebrity appearances at your hospital?

Truly Blessed said...

My youngest son saw "Horton" last night. He said it was really good (but he's almost 13, so there's that!).

Carol said...

$600...ouch....ok I can spare a few dollars....I'll send you some more.....you shouldn't have to foot all that.......

amy said...

NOt really. Lots of Shilohs and stuff but nothing too odd this week

Truly Blessed said...

$1200!?! Wow.

I'm sure people will continue to chip in. I'll happily do so tomorrow.

I would love to see Amanda's face when she gets the delivery and starts opening the boxes. Do you think we got her "most" of what she needed? I know there were a lot of contributions that weren't specifically requested (but I'm sure will be appreciated and used, nonetheless).

Carol said...

Truly, thanks!! My oldest is 10 and he said it was going to be too babyish for him!! Wait until I tell him!!

You know they make these movies for us adults anyway!!!!!

Nancy said...

Good Morning Carol, Kimberley and Kelly. The weather down here has been decent too. Ironic after getting 5 inches of snow just last weekend.
Our Social Worker drove the 3 1/2 hours met with us for 2 hours and then drove back on a Sunday. She has always been great with meeting when we have time.

amy said...

its sooo cool that you did this..Im praying each box gets there safely

Nancy said...

GOod Morning Amy. Didn't mean to leave you out.

Truly Blessed said...

Amy,

There is a kid in my son's grade whose name is Mowgli (like the Jungle Book Mowgli). His little brother is Barron. Ever hear those?

Carol said...

Morning Amy and Nancy!!!! Welcome!!

redmaryjanes said...

I am glad to hear that your 13 year old liked the movie. I would love to see Horton, maybe my older boys will like it too.

redmaryjanes said...

We didn't pay $1200, but he priced it out with the boxes seperately or together and together was a little over $800, so that's the way we went.

amy said...

NO, but barron is certainly interesting. Not sure I would ever use that.

I dont feel left out.I havent been here in a few weeks and I enjoy just reading

Carol said...

ok my 10 year old has made eggs this morning....let me go see my kitchen...............I shall be back !!!!!!!!!!!!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Nancy! How are you doing? Is it warming up where you are?

amy said...

Hi Carol and RMJ!

Truly Blessed said...

Hello Nancy! Glad your weather is decent. I am SO tired of this cold and snow.

I wanted to say thanks again, for organizing the bow swap. The ladies who sent bows for Katie were awesome and sent more than they were required. Katie got SIX bows when we were expecting two.

That was so much fun, I think we should do it again!

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly,
Mowgli and Barron's father was here once. He's in construction and gave us an estimate on something for the house.
Small world...

Nancy said...

Horton is on our agenda, but probably not this weekend. My hubby hates going to movies opening weekend.

But wait, maybe I can get him to go since I know next weekend is out since March Madness begins. He has already informed me that he is taking Friday off. I of course told him I have the day off and would be going shopping:)

OH MY #6 said...

I wanted to say Good morning to everyone. I also wish you a great day! I can't wait for the Saturday morning routine to be calm around here so that I can stay and chat!

Lea

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

Good Morning Kim.. Looks like I am late.. really it is 5:30 here... you guys are way ahead I think.. I am going to kind of get caught up.. have to go to work... Good morning Kelly...

amy said...

someone here at the chat went on a Disney cruise a few week ago, anyone remember who it was?

Nancy said...

Kelly I saw you disable your other blog. I am seriously considering going private.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Lea and Kim!

Nancy said...

Good Morning Lea and Kim. Actually I just popped by before hitting the gym.

redmaryjanes said...

If anyone wants tracking numbers for the boxes, let me know and I'll e-mail them or post them here but delete them later.
There are so many lurkers who read the blog and I don't want the numbers out there.
Is that weird?
I just don't really want them out there for the world.

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning Lea & Kim!

Kimberley, small world, indeed! I can't believe you know Jim. Mowgli & Toby were in Kindergarten together. I met Jim when he was at my house pricing some windows. At the time, I thought he was pulling my leg when he told me Mowgli was his son's name.

Amy, we did the Disney Cruise just a few weeks ago. It was wonderful.

Nancy said...

I just can't wait to see Amanda's post when she gets these packages. I have a feeling she may be overwhelmed.

redmaryjanes said...

It was little Miss Kelly pants on the FABULOUS Disney Cruise!
Kelly, I saw that cute photo of Katie on The Red Thread Stitches Blog!

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

Kelly~ I was reading and I don't really understand.. but is it that you can not post while in CHina??
And if your blog is private ... how do they know..Maybe I am misunderstanding..
I did hear they are raising the prices .. from 3000-5000.. I told my husband and he just sat there looking at me..

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly,
He was only here once, but I will never forget him telling me his son was named Mowgli like the Jungle Book.

Nancy said...

I did get confirmation from my agency that China is raising. It depends on providence, however. They said some providences went into effect March 1, 2008, others have not done anything yet.

amy said...

Kelly, we are cruising the Disney Magic April 26th

redmaryjanes said...

I sent Amanda an e-mail last night to tell her that 6 boxes were on the way. She e-mailed me back and said she'd tell me when there was touchdown. I gave her the tracking numbers. I think she will be overwhelmed too. I have been completely overwhelmed. I took photos, but they did not capture the magnitude of what came in. Truly, she will have a years worth of clothing.

Truly Blessed said...

Kim,

The thing with the contract is specific to my agency. They are very conservative.

Also, the orphanage "dontation" is going up in places, but not all. I would assume it will eventually go up everywhere, but it is not controlled by the CC*AA, but by the province leaders themselves.

Nancy said...

Well, I am gonna try to motivate my bum. The gym hasn't gone to well this week, and now I have cramps...UUUGGGHHH!!!
Was just waiting for the Advil to kick in.

Truly Blessed said...

Kimberley,

The picture of Katie I sent to Robin is cute, but did you see the close up of her wearing her Kimberley dress? It's beautiful. I did post it on my blog.

Nancy said...

I saw the picture, and it is adorable. Katie has such a cute personality that shows in her pictures.

Truly Blessed said...

Amy,

You'll have such a wonderful time on your cruise. We had a blast!

Nancy,

I admire you for keeping up with the gym & workouts. I'm a really LAZY person!

verna said...

Good morning. Just wanted to greet everyone and tell you we are having nice weather here too. The kids are hoping the snow is gone soon so they can swing outside. Me too but I'm just glad they can go out at all.

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

Well.. I am going to go get ready for work..
I will not be able to keep up... SORRY..
Have a Great Day..
And a Great Weekend..

amy said...

it will be our 4th cruise and we are sooooo excited

Truly Blessed said...

Nancy,

If you want to know why I took the OBOBOBOG blog down, email me. My mom called in a panic to see if everything was okay (it is).

verna said...

Becky told me they saw the Horton movie and all of them really liked it. I'd say it must be good.

redmaryjanes said...

My agency sent an e-mail out too that they are raising the donation. If it goes to the orphanage, then I don't mind. I will naively hope that it will encourage more paper ready babies and supply more needed items.

redmaryjanes said...

Verna,
You are the sunrise now!

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning Verna! How's that beautiful boy doing?

Bye, Kim, have a great day!

Amy, this was our 4th DCL cruise, too. Love it, love it, love it!

amy said...

Good morning Verna! How are you? You certainly have a beautiful family

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly???
What's up? I have to know now.

Truly Blessed said...

Or the sunset!

amy said...

Yeah we have lots in common thats funny!

Its true Verna, that Noah is just too cute

Anonymous said...

rkrtfccccccccc yy6yy6666uo6yy66kyko wkrorrrtoylrrty6y6u

(Hi from Katie!)

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great day Kim!

verna said...

The wagon wasn't working for me so I loaded this sunset from our vacation last summer.

Thank you on all the compliments on our fam. The littles are up pestering their dad while he lays in bed this morning. Poor guy was hoping to sleep in late. No such luck.

Truly Blessed said...

A lady who posts to RQ put her "gotcha" day video on YouTube. Someone making a documentary took it without permission and used it in what RQ readers say is a horrible film about stolen babies being adopted to the West.

This woman is furious (rightfully so), and it made me think about my children's information being public. It's not that widely read, but I felt uncomfortable having it out there (even though I didn't use names or locations).

It's probably silly, but I feel more comfortable using my "invitation only" blog to show pix of my kiddos (at least that way I know who is looking at them!)

redmaryjanes said...

Here are the tracking numbers if anyone is interested in following the boxes.

MASTER
862287556633

795511710765
795511710776
795511710787
795511710798
795511710802

verna said...

Kim,
Those fee increases are a real bummer. I do hope things speed up soon but there are really no indicators of what will happen.

Also wanted to ask if you had looked at the COP list? There is a darling little girl on there still waiting.

K1 said...

Good morning everyone from the Pacific NW where is really is MUCH too early to be uawake on a Saturday. You must be a special group of people..... or I'm just crazy!


Karen

redmaryjanes said...

Wow Kelly,
That is horrible. Lots of people put their gotcha day videos on You Tube. I can't believe that. That poor woman.

Truly Blessed said...

Speaking of YouTube, I have never used it (and never will -- everything on YouTube is visible for the entire world to see, and take and use for whatever purposes they want to use it).

FWIW, I use DropShots, I can upload videos, but my site is 100% private (unless I invite people there, which I haven't -- I upload my videos there so I can post them on my blog).

K1 said...

Hmmmmm, taking my blog private... I wonder if that would make mom start talking to ME!

redmaryjanes said...

Verna,

I got to see the list where the children hadn't been claimed. There was only one 6 year old girl on it.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Karen. You have been missed. I'm glad you are back. What an amazing trip though.

verna said...

Stolen gotcha video?!!!? That is wild and sad and scary. We have Mya's video out there but I can't remember which service.

amy said...

My sister loves using Dropshots!!

K1 said...

Thanks, Kimberly. It was a good time. Am already looking forWard to next year!

K1 said...

Kimberley, sorry, I forgot the "e".

verna said...

Kim,
Don't know about that 6 yr old. I just had a discussion with Karin (mom to JunFen) and this little 1.5 yr old was remaining. I sent you the file.

redmaryjanes said...

I definitely respect anyone who goes private, but I just can't.
I think about how much the blogs helped me to make my decision to adopt. They were a huge help to me when I needed it with the paperwork. So many women came to my aid with advice and told me what groups to join and how to get things done.
I would have been lost.
When I told my family over Thanksgiving a couple of years ago, I showed them Sophie's Gotcha Day video that Shana made. They were all in tears and they got it.

amy said...

I just cant go private either. Heres my problem. I use bloglines to keep up with my many blogs I read. If its private, bloglines doesnt show it updated. I was worried I would forget about the private ones.

I solved my problem. Added my private blogs to my bookmarked links and just check those daily.

I totally understand the private thing. When we first started, we got a comment asking us to really think about this and the fact that we werent ready to be parents, much less parents to an oriental kid.

I was perturbed

K1 said...

If I am not mistaken, there is an option that you can select in your Blogger set up that prevents you Blog from showing up during a Google search. You can also select that your blog name not appear on your profile. THEN, if you politely asked others NOT to link to you on their blogs, you wouldn't get much stranger traffic. It isn't fail proof, but it's better than being totally "out there".

redmaryjanes said...

Verna,
Hmmm.....
I may forward this to my person and ask for the file.

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning, Karen!

You know, speaking of going private, I probably wouldn't have if it weren't for ONE person -- but now that I've done it, it works for me. Of course, I feel a little sorry for myself at times, that I can't share more with people who are in the journey (I'm like you, Kimberley, I read every blog and website when I was enduring my wait for Katie). But this is what is best for us now.

amy said...

so what are everyones plans this weekend?

K1 said...

Amy, nothing really exciting.
Laundry, groceries, maybe getting in some exercise (wish I was as dedicated to that as Nancy is!), talking with R sometime on the phone, church tonight, and a video chat with friends in TX later tonight.

Exciting, huh?

redmaryjanes said...

Zach is in a hockey tournament this weekend, so we'll be at some games. This weekend is also 'clean out your closet weekend', so we will be sending many bags I hope off to Goodwill. I was thinking of cleaning up my garden a bit,but there was frost last night so I think I will leave it alone.

amy said...

This is day 4 of weight watchers for me and as much as I want to get on the scale, I am going to wait until Tues to see if and what I lost! Gonna try it for a 6 weeks and then theres the cruise

redmaryjanes said...

I completely understand Kelly. I may not post a lot when we have our referral and go to China. I have been thinking about it more.

amy said...

I would sooo enjoy meeting some of you ladies some time

Truly Blessed said...

We won't be able to post from China (that still breaks my heart!) due to our agency's new contract. However, our agency has said that they will allow some posting to private blogs. However, I can email updates (that's not against the contract), so that's probably what I'll do when we're in China.

Truly Blessed said...

Amy,

We'd love meeting you and Michael too (and your new baby, when he/she comes home!). We don't have any plans to be in Georgia any time soon, but if you're in Michigan, give us a shout!

K1 said...

Amy, good luck on the WW. I was in it a few years ago and lost 20 pounds. when I put it, and more on last year, I decided to use the tools learned in the program... while not attending the program... and I've lost 24 since Christmas. It does work.

amy said...

email updates sound great as most of our friends and family dont check our blog which is why we started it in the first place

verna said...

Kim,
Please don't tell your SW that we are passing aroung files. I'm pretty sure it is prohibited behavior. We don't need trouble :o)

Wonder why your gal told you a 6 yr old--maybe there were 2 children girls remaining at first

Truly Blessed said...

One more thing about the contract (then I'll stop): it's because of the Hague agreement. Basically, the Hague specifically says that referral information can only be used by medical professionals and home study professionals for it's intended purposes, and otherwise must remain confidential. I have a copy of the Hague Agreement (that the US signed) if anyone wants a link.

Basically, if agencies want to keep their Hague accreditation, they will end up enforcing this rule also. Maybe not to the extent that my agency is, but they will have to have their clients not post referral information anymore.

But, as I said, our agency is VERY conservative.

Truly Blessed said...

Speaking of weekend plans, I'm entertaining my SIL today. We might head up to Rockford and browse the little shops.

No other big plans. Two of the boys are competing at "National History Day" today at GVSU, one is sleeping, and Katie is playing with Aunt Jane.

My DH is hiding in the basement!

redmaryjanes said...

Verna,
What I forwarded her had none of you or your persons info on it, because I don't want any trouble either.
But I do like her to know that I can find things out so she stays on her toes.
This one looks so beautiful.

Glinda said...

Good morning everyone...only popping in for a second as I must strike while the iron is hot...which is to say The Big Cheese has decided he will go shopping with me! Now that I am "workin' 9 to 5"--hum it with me--we have precious little time together, so he realizes if he wants to see me, he must endure...I hope he can adjust.

P.S. Usually when we do this he ends up paying for everything...what a man...

verna said...

I think I will have to stop sending files around cuz I'm sure it would be big trouble if we were caught. I surely don't need that. And I don't want to jeopardize Bethanies status.

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly,
I think you may be safer not to post from China. I couldn't bear it if anyone lost their baby because of it.

K1 said...

Is DH hiding BECAUSE your SIL is there??

redmaryjanes said...

Glinda!
Grab your purse girl and head out then....who can resist a man with his wallet/I mean heart in his hand? Have a great Saturday, are you out for breakfast too?

redmaryjanes said...

You know what
Verna.
We should just send a case number and forward nothing.
How does that sound?

Truly Blessed said...

Kimberley,

You're right about posting from China. That's why we were relieved when we found out we could email friends and family WITH pictures. I'll just put together a list of people who want the updates and do a daily email.

After waiting this long, I will do NOTHING to jeopardize this adoption.

verna said...

Kim, I see what you mean. I know others whose SWs are not too on the ball either. So it is good to let them know we are not ignorant.

We are meeting my parents for lunch--halfway to their Sunny and cool here.

Glinda said...

Rainman here, no we will not have breakfast out because I must eat a certain kind of cereal every morning, lest my routine run aground...

Have a fantastic weekend all.

RMJ, I hope you will get some much needed rest after all of the fantastic philanthropic February fundraising you've done.

You rock, dear friend.

Truly Blessed said...

K1,

Yes.

redmaryjanes said...

You rock too Glinda! Have a wonderful weekend : )

redmaryjanes said...

Hey, are you guys all voting this morning for the Blogger's Choice Awards?????

verna said...

Case numbers are great-RMJ. I like advocating for these little ones.

Well, better run. Have a great day everyone. We'll catch ya next week.

amy said...

of course, I have to figure out how to register

Steffie B. said...

hi girls....just wanted to say "Good Morning" I'm off to get Sophia's hair cut....hope you all have a great day.....and Kimberley....the check is in the mailbox!

GNO when I get back....
Smooches....

amy said...

Seriously my MIchael wanted to stop and say hello. Hes still sleeping..Played cards with friends last night

Truly Blessed said...

Okay, I guess it's time for me to go. Got to get the girl changed and dressed, and head up north.

Sorry I can't stay and chat, but it's been fun.

Everyone, have a great weekend!

See you tomorrow, Kimberley.

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great day Steffie! Thank you. Just a trim for Sophia? Or a whole new look?

Truly Blessed said...

Hey, I just saw Steffie's post (hi Stef!).

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Verna! Give Noah a big hug from us.

redmaryjanes said...

Yes, I'll be there tomorrow Kelley. Have fun with your family today : )

amy said...

Have fun gals! There are a lot of people in China right now, speaking of blogs!
Tomorrow (or today) is gotcha day for so many people

redmaryjanes said...

Who has a Gotcha Day Amy?

Kristy said...

Good Morning Ladies!!!! It is so good to see all of you here today! It is only 8:45 here, you people must have gotten up with the chickens this morning!!!

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Kristy!
How are you doing?
Is your son home with you?

amy said...

Firehouse Journal..Mom and Dad are both firepeople..

Let me find their blog, plus someone named Baby M

http://adoptionandfire.typepad.com/

redmaryjanes said...

Oh wow Amy!
I have talked with her before, they are a wonderful couple!

Kristy said...

Well he is home, but he is with his wife! Doesn't that suck!!!lol I love my dil, but I have to admit that not being number one is just awlful!!! I know that makes me sound like this awlful person, but it just sucks!!!

amy said...

I hear MIchael..he should be here soon, I hope.

Kristy said...

This entire tour all of our information came from Megan, which I have to say is exactly the way it should be, she is his wife. But it was a huge lesson for the "mother", who is sort of a control freak, who always likes to know all of her eggs are in order and so on. We raised him to be responsible and such and now that he is , it makes you go hmmmmm!!! sure wish he needed me more!!!lol

amy said...

Wonderful blog!

I really would love to meet some of you. I would love Michael to meet some China dads

redmaryjanes said...

I just went over the their blog. Their little Catherine is just gorgeous!

Valtool said...

Man on the floor!

redmaryjanes said...

Kristy,
I didn't know that he was married. I am sure that it will be hard for me too. I am kind of a 'very' involved mother.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Michael!!

amy said...

Good morning my Michael!

Kristy said...

Yes they got married in August and two days later he deployed. Good Morning Michael!!!

amy said...

where did everyone go? I think my computer locked up?

Nice to have MIchael join us this morning

redmaryjanes said...

There are so many people talking about putting together some type of centralized get together.
The hard part is figuring out where people will stay and trying to organize some type of a dinner and activities.

redmaryjanes said...

Wow,
So those two haven't had much time together as a married couple.

amy said...

that would be sooo much fun!

redmaryjanes said...

So, Michael and Amy,
What are you guys doing this weekend? Do you work Amy?

K1 said...

Morning Michael. Do you have a song in mind that could be the Saturday Morning Chat theme song?

Kristy said...

Hey everyone, if you want to see something just absolutely unbelievable and gorgeous go over to victoria-grace.blogspot.com and click on her jaw dropping amazing video and watch, it is beautiful, you have to se the swan.

redmaryjanes said...

Ok Michael,
So..how are you handling the wait? My husband seems to be so much more mellow about the whole thing than I am.
Are you more relaxed or is Amy?

amy said...

I am working tonight and tomorrow. Usually I am working fri and sat nights. I dont know what Michael is doing..I am assuming Michael will come downstairs in a bit and we will watch AI or a movie together

redmaryjanes said...

Yeah, we need a theme song. That would be cool.

amy said...

MIchael where did you go?

Kristy said...

Speaking of husbands and the wait, how are all of yours taking it???? Frank has been great knowing that it is all in God's time and such but here lately he has gotten a tad bit more cynical about it, I think his words are like come on already, and that he will believe it when it happens??!!

redmaryjanes said...

I just went over and watched that video. Unbelievable. The woman stand on her toe on top of a standing mans head. It is beautiful and completely amazing. I have never seen anything like it before.

Kristy said...

Me either, isn't it just beautiful!!!

Kimberly how is your friend?

redmaryjanes said...

My husband is very patient, so he is at peace with everything. I am the one who worries and frets.

amy said...

Gotta check on Michael, haha!

ANyone have any positive news to share while I wait for my Michael

redmaryjanes said...

My friend is holding firm. She gets lonely sometimes she says but she has two children who are in their early 20's and they are visiting regularly. I am hoping to have her over for dinner next weekend.

Kristy said...

We are mothers, that is why we worry and fret.

Kristy said...

I am praying for her, I know that this has been the hardest thing she has ever had to do in her life. I am praying that God is giving her the strength that she needs to stay away from him for the rest of her life. But I also know she has a long road ahead of her, it is like learning how to live all over again. She is in my heart and prayers.

redmaryjanes said...

There is going to be baby shower soon! I don't have an exact date yet, but I am hosting a shower for Lucy Joy at 'Our Little China Girl'

amy said...

oh my gosh what a cute name

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you Kristy.
Yes, it has been a long road. She has never been on her own really, so I hope that she will come to believe that she can stand on her own two feet and face this life.

redmaryjanes said...

She is such a cute little girl. I think she is a little older. She has to be at least 2.

~Amy~ said...

GOOD MORNING LADIES! Sorry I haven't been around much...I've been gone almost every Saturday! I do have my best friend here for the weekend so I can't talk but I just wanted to say HI! I hope you all have a GREAT Saturday! We are going to have some breakfast, hit up Starbucks and Old Navy and then who knows....I love having a friend here with me!!! Love you all! xoxo

redmaryjanes said...

Amy,
Have a great time with your best friend! Starbucks sounds fabulous! I love Old Navy too.

amy said...

Having girl time is soooo fun. I miss that1

Kristy said...

Good morning Amy, have a great time!!!

Ashley said...

Good morning everyone!

~Amy~ said...

Thanks ya'll! Be sure to watch the blog...pics will be coming! ;)

BYE!

amy said...

Just checked out Michaels video for the day..Hadnt heard that one in a long time

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Ashley!
How is Spring Break going? How is your homework?

amy said...

Hi Ashely!

Ashley said...

Spring Break has been fabulous! I went to Washington D.C. for 6 days and now I'm just relaxing at home!

Those papers are still waiting to be written, although the due dates did get extended! (yay!) I hope to tackle one of those today! ;)

Kristy said...

Ok ladies, I need to go make my house payment, pay my water bill and electric bill so I have to go for now, I will see all of you here and there this week!! Have a great weekend!! Love you all.

Love, Kristy

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great week Kristy~
So, is your son done now with being in Iraq? Could he have to go back?

Ashley said...

How exciting that some of the Starfish boxes got sent off! Will Amanda let you know when they arrive to her?

redmaryjanes said...

I have always wanted to go to Washington DC. My 2 oldest sons have been there and had a wonderful time.

redmaryjanes said...

Yes, I sent Amanda an e-mail last night and I had one from her this morning. She said she'd let me know as soon as the boxes touched down.
I am really hoping she will take some great photos of them opening the boxes up and post them.

amy said...

I have a question, when you put in your Medical checklist, how long for a referral. I know people who have waited 8 months and I know somone who got a referral just 2 months after..Does it depend specifically what you mark down?

Nancy said...

Good Morning all, again. I am back from the gym.

I watched that Swan Lake video and was amazed. I would love to see it live.

amy said...

MIchael is okay, btw..Not sure where he went..he will be thinking of a song

redmaryjanes said...

Welcome back Nancy!
It is a nice mellow morning on the chat. We're thinking of a theme song...what do you think?

Waiting for the World to Change...Lullaby?

redmaryjanes said...

Michael is a guy...what can we say? We tried to enchant him into staying around, but he was probably distracted by some cool guy thing.

Nancy said...

OR, he found the remote...

I don't think I have heard that song.

amy said...

Well now he is leaving to do a charity thing for work

Nancy said...

I need to go out shopping today for a suit for my oldest, and invitations. He gets confirmed the end of April and we haven't done anything yet.
Due to family situations, we are probably going to have a get together at a restaurant instead of the house.

Nancy said...

WELL... not only does he bless us with his musical knowledge and chat with us, he helps others too.
He may be a keeper.

redmaryjanes said...

Nancy,
Good Luck with your shopping. I had a really hard time finding a suit for Zach that wasn't really expensive. I hope you can find something nice that isn't crazy expensive.
I'm sure that the restaurant will be very nice.

K1 said...

We have a visitor. Say hi to R

redmaryjanes said...

Good for Michael,
I hope he has a great day.

What's the weather like there today Amy?

redmaryjanes said...

Hmm....hello R.
Who is R?

Nancy said...

I am scared to buy one for him. I don't think he has really hit a growth spurt yet, and I am sure that once I buy one, he will hit it and it won't fit the end of April.

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