THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group...



Good Morning Everyone and welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group! I hope you all are well!

I had a wonderful conversation with Amanda yesterday and she gave me quite a big of information about herself and Starfish. (What she could through IMing).
She told me that there was some damage from the earthquake to the Starfish home which is a 3 bedroom apartment. They are trying to get repairs done. She said it is mostly drywall repair and the carpet will need work. All of the babies now stay on the first floor. I told her all about the fundraiser and the auction. She told me to please thank everyone. She cannot see our blogs, they are blocked in China. She sent me an article that she wrote a little while ago, so if you want to know how she began Starfish, please read the post below.

I know that many of us are still very emotional about the earthquake. All I can say is please continue to pray. The stories coming out about the devastation are just overwhelming to me.

The auction still needs your support. Please look around your home and see what treasures you may have to donate. So far over $1000 has been raised, but each surgery costs approx. $3000. If you are unfamiliar with the auction, press the link on the upper right hand of my blog. Head on over there today and do a little shopping ; ) I just donated 3 dresses.

Sharon from 'And Bai Li Makes 3' is in China right now to bring her daughter Bailey home. Please pray for them and follow their journey.

Janet from 'Tuininga Treasures' is home from Africa with her two little ones. She is posting about their adoption experience, so if you would like to know what it's like to adopt from Africa, please visit their blog.

THE CHAT ROOM IS NOW CLOSED....HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!

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

Good Morning girly...
How are you???
Any big plans for this weekend.??We are just getting ready for our trip to CA.~ can't wait... relaxing...
Did you see rumor queen.. you might be in the review room soon..
I am sooo excited for you...

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there! I'm trying to find the right graphic for today. We hope to have a relaxing weekend here.
I do believe we are in the review room, but to get our agency to see that is another story : )

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

Can' talk to long..you know I am off to work.... have to open the store... so at least I get off early to start my weekend..
The boys starting lifeguarding last weekend.. and they work this weekend.. then after Memorial Day it will be full time till back to school... that will keep them busy...

redmaryjanes said...

I think that is the perfect job for them, they can get a great tan and hang out. Meet a lot of girls : )

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

I like the cats.. they are cute...
Have you got the boat out ..I read one post where the guys were putting the dock out...
We are taking our boat to CA next weekend.. so we will have some relaxation and some picture taking... as you know with that new lens.. he will be in picture heaven..

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

I told them.. what more could a teenager boy want.. but to sit and get a tan and play in the water and watch girls all day....LOL
and on top of that get PAID for it...

redmaryjanes said...

We did get the boat out. I am in heaven, it is so relaxing for me. We are hoping that it won't rain today so we can spend some more time on it.
I can't wait to see some pictures with your new lens!
I want you to know how cool I think you are. You are always there for every post I do and you support everything for the women in blogland.

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning Kimberley & Kim!

It's a gorgeous morning here.

Kim, I love your blinking icon -- I'm thinking about having Diana do one for me, too.

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

That is what we are all here for... to support each other through the tough times... and in the end we will all be home with our girls.. then we can use each other as "Helping mommy's... we will all need a ear then too....
I will meet you one day.. Did you like what I mentioned the other night about the SB

Truly Blessed said...

BOTH of you are blogger cheerleaders. Seriously, you two are everywhere I travel, leaving words of encouragement and comfort behind you. You are both so kind and encouraging...you're the best.

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

Thanks girly..
Diana is trying to get business.. Just let her know that you liked mine.. it only takes her a few minutes.. send her as many pictures and if you want something written on it..
I had her make me some letters and other things for my SB.. so I will post them with her blog ... she is excited. she has got about 4 blog makeovers from my site..well girls I have to go.. or I will be late for work..
LOVE YA BOTH..

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Kelly, how are you? It is gorgeous this morning!

Truly Blessed said...

Bye, Kim, have a great day!

Kimberley, three of my guys (plus a nephew) are at the lake getting our dock, boat, hoists, etc. in the water. I can't believe next weekend is Memorial Day already and that the boys have FINISHED their last full week of school. Wow this school year flew by!

Truly Blessed said...

So, Kimberley, were you able to make heads or tails out of that list I forwarded to you?

amy said...

Good morning friends!

amy said...

Hope you are all doing well

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning Amy!

I wasn't around much last Saturday, so how was your cruise? I'll have to pop over to your site to see pictures. It's just so relaxing on those cruises.

redmaryjanes said...

Tim got it to print out, so yes, thank you. It was great to see it. I still don't think Bethany is even trying to view it yet. We'll see.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Amy, how are you? Any good baby names? I have one for you. A baby at Eli's daycare is named Blaze.

redmaryjanes said...

Diana makes some very cool things. I would like her to make a header for me. Is she reasonable price wise?

amy said...

I had a rocking time, ready to go back. Now there is some drama in my yahoo group

amy said...

One member posted that her son gave his heart to Christ and apparently that post was the straw that broke the camels back. People want to leave because God was mentioned..


Oh its sooooo bad

Truly Blessed said...

Amy, what's the drama about now?

Kimberley, I don't know about her prices, but she is VERY into the whole computer/digital scrapbooking thing, as well as a talented seamstress.

I met Diana, Dori and her guys in Guangzhou at the White Swan. We were in the same DTC Yahoo group.

amy said...

Lets see baby names..

Had an Adonai come in last night and last week we had a Placentas!

Seriously

redmaryjanes said...

What? That is nuts. One families spiritual experience shouldn't freak everyone else out.
If someone told me they went to a budhist temple, I wouldn't leave my yahoo group.

Truly Blessed said...

Amy,

I find it very interesting that the people who scream and preach about "tolerance" are quite often the ones who are completely INtolerant when someone says something that they don't agree with. In other words, "I'm tolerant of you IF you agree with me." So sad.

redmaryjanes said...

I have heard of the Placentas before. Evidently mother's hear the doctor discussing it during the labor and they think it sounds pretty.

redmaryjanes said...

I agree Kelly,
That is just unreal. A chat group is just that, a chat group. People should be able to express themselves.

Truly Blessed said...

Placentas? Oh dear. How awful.

Adonai sounds like a greek kid -- he better not be blonde/blue eyed! (and yes, I do know it was first used a name of God!)

Truly Blessed said...

Heh. I don't think "placentas" sounds pretty at all!

I sure hope that poor child gets a cool nickname soon!

Truly Blessed said...

I was listening to the radio when a (man) caller called in - his name was Autumn. The DJs gave him such grief about that. Poor guy...I'm sure he's gone through that his whole life.

redmaryjanes said...

Yes, I think names are important.

Mom of 5 said...

Good Morning everyon...placenta ?
That is crazy. This is our first weekend without a fundraiser. Just set to relax.
Shelly

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Shelly!
How are you guys?

amy said...

Our LID yahoo group is just torn. We suggested to out the subject matter in hte subject line but that still offends some. Every yahoo group does this, why is mine different

Nancy said...

Hi Ladies,
Can't chat today.
Our 17th anniversary is Monday, and hubby has something up his sleeve today. We are suppose to leave in an hour.
Tomorrow my son is having his 14th birthday party so I also need to get ready for that.
Spent yesterday doing laundry, cutting up fresh fruit, and making muffins.
I made cupcakes Thursday and put them in the freezer. Need to ice those at some point today too.

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning, Shelly. I don't think I congratulated you yet on your new son! That is so cool!

How's the paperchase coming?

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning Nancy!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 17 years is quite an accomplishment. Hope whatever he has planned is exciting and fun!

Happy Birthday to your son, too!

redmaryjanes said...

Happy Anniversay Nancy! I hope you have a wonderful time and I can't wait to hear all about it.

Margaret Miracle said...

Hi everyone! I'm here and will now go catch up on the posts. Good Morning to all!

Truly Blessed said...

You know, Amy, let the people who are SO offended leave. They should just quietly go and not be allowed to stir up the group so.

Maybe the person/people who reacted so strongly were just having a bad day.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Margaret!

redmaryjanes said...

Shelly,

Maybe all of us women on the chat can do a post today for the Wii fundraiser...: )

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning, Margaret.

I hope you weren't too disappointed at not getting your TA yesterday (or did you?). I thought 2 weeks as a little improbable myself, but it sure would have been nice!

Mom of 5 said...

Happy 17 !
We are doing great. We had our last home study appointment this week. Now we need our fingerprinting then 171. Authentication/Notorization/translation then DTC. It's coming along. Thanks for the congrats. We are so excited ! We really did not think we would ever do it again.
Never say never I guess....

amy said...

Its funny, its Christians and non believers arguing.

At this point, I hate being the moderator!

I dont want anyone to feel uncomfortable. I had one member say she felt unwelcome since the yahoo group had such a powerful number of Christian posts. I hate that people feel uncomfortable

redmaryjanes said...

That is really just too bad Amy. Life is about tolerance.

Truly Blessed said...

There is a lady in China now adopting her fifth daughter (they also have two sons). She and her hubby brought their four Chinese daughters back to China to pick up the fifth little girl. Mom is quite stressed out and spends a whole lotta time journaling her story on the computer.

It's funny and sad overwhelming and a tad bit scary all at the same time.

Not sure why I told you this, but it just popped into my mind. (oh, I know why, it' cause Shelly said "never say never")

amy said...

It makes my heart sad but I prefer to focus on more positive things

redmaryjanes said...

Sharon from Bai Li Makes 3 is in China now too.
She is adopting the little girl that Tim and I were interested in.

amy said...

So whats going on with everyone today? We made try to make it to the Greek Festival

Truly Blessed said...

Oh, Kimberley, isn't it fantastic that "your" little girl has a family now? Even if she isn't in your family, she has a FAMILY. That is so lovely.

Margaret Miracle said...

Amy,

I am on the group too and I have not posted regarding the topic because it really has gotten out of hand. I think the bigger issue was that the post that started it all did not mention Off Topic in the subject line and that many of the religious postings on the group do not menttion Off Topic and that this has gone on for a while. For whatever reason, it struck a cord that day and has started a huge debate.

Personally, I think a strong statement from the moderator needs to be posted that it will be handled like all other groups and as long as Off Topic is in the subject line, there should me no issue. You have such a giving heart and are trying so hard to make everyone Happy. Unfortunately, not all people want to be happy and some just want to complain. I would just make a firm decision and if some leave, do not be offended personally. Maybe, they were looking for a reason to leave. Make sense?

redmaryjanes said...

I am very happy because Sharon is an amazing woman. And it was Bailey who brought us together. My girl hasn't revealed herself yet, but she will.

Margaret Miracle said...

Kimberly,

I will have to go check out their journey. I know that you are happy for them but that it pulls on your heartstrings too. We had the same thing happen when we were adopting Lily. I know that the little girl is with the family that was meant to be hers but still I wonder....what it would have been like to have her in our family.

Margaret Miracle said...

Kelly,

I thought it was unrealistic too but after such a long wait for LOA, I have to admit that I was hopeful!!!!! Maybe this week. I would still love to be there that first week of June. He has waited long enough for us!

Dannye said...

a quick hello to all

Walker said...

Good Morning!
This is Keisha from The Walker Household!
Found your site by way of Lynn from "Somewhere in the Sun"! What a Great Post! I love checking on the Starfish babies & Amanda! What an Awesome Woman is all I can say.. such compassion! Just like Christ!
Thanks for the update!
Nice to meet you too!

*I've got to round up some hairbows for this auction thing!! What a Great Idea!!!
Blessings,
KEisha

Mom of 5 said...

I can not imagine taking a ton of kids back to china to get another. That would be stressful. Moderation for a group must be challenging ! The kids are starting to stir and want breakfast. Have a wonderful weekend everyone !!

Alyson & Ford said...

Checking in to say Hi and Good Morning. Salty Dog, Alyson and myself send out our best to you all this fine day...

fm

Truly Blessed said...

Margaret, it sure would have been nice. I just wonder why all of the agencies don't see the same things when they check the CCAA site. Why did your agency feel so strongly that TAs were on the way, when mine said "no way -- not yet"? Interesting.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Dannye! How are you girl? Great photos of you from last weekend.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Keisha and welcome to the chat! How are you this morning?

Alyson & Ford said...

and good morning to you Lay-D-Frog

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Ford and Alyson, it is great to have you leave a post this morning!

amy said...

Thank you Thank you Margaret!!! Loved your words.


Hola Dannye!

amy said...

its soo neat to see the people here whose blogs I read all week

Walker said...

I'm great! I've got to run though... Ballet Recital.. Rehearsal.. busy day!! I've GOT to bookmark this site!!! LOve it!!
Y'all have a Wonderful Day, Ladies!
Keisha

Alyson & Ford said...

good morning Amy!

Dannye said...

Im still trying to rest from the long weekend...we had a ball though...and I so loved meeting Cyndi and Dean...we just clicked...and Cyndi and I are so much alike it's scary...

redmaryjanes said...

Margaret,

I asked Sharon to please give Bailey a special hug and kiss from me on her gotcha day because she will always be special to me.
And Sharon told me the she definitely would. She is such a great woman.

What is hard for me truly is that my agency is so far behind with information and unwilling to put in the extra effort to learn and view the new shared list.

I feel like we will be waiting forever.

Dannye said...

Amy, we thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and Michael too....the more I think about it, Michael and I may have briefly met in YoungLife...I just don't think we couldn't have since we were both attending at the same time...

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Keisha!

amy said...

Good morning Alyson!

Margaret Miracle said...

Kelly,

I am not sure if they specifically said that they were on their way but rather that they hoped to have them by end of last week or early this coming week. People heard different things and one person posted that they stated TAs were on their way. I heard they were hoping which is what I put on my blog. I think the bigger issue is that if they get TAs for all who received LOA on 5/1 that is 30+ families to plan travel. Many of the families are going to different locations and adopting from different orphanages...a lot to coordinate. I think they had to start early to get it organized but who knows when they will come. I am still Hoping for early next week.

Truly Blessed said...

OMW, I just popped over to Keisha's blog and it is GORGEOUS! Keisha, if you're still here or if you read this, your children are beautiful and so is your blog!

Dannye said...

Ford, you and Alyson have big plans this weekend?

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Shelly!

redmaryjanes said...

Hey everyone!
Can you do a post for Shelly and Jill this weekend to help them raise money through their Wii raffle?
They need funds for two adoptions.

amy said...

dannye we cant wait to hang with you again

Margaret Miracle said...

Amy,

I am so glad you Loved the words. I tend to be a little direct which can offend some. I Totally Support YOU!!!

Alyson & Ford said...

YES! We were over at St Augustine last night finalizing the big birthday bash for Alyson next Saturday and today we are attending a Fishing Tournament for kids followed by a big fish fry tonight.

How about you?
fm

Dannye said...

our fundraiser garage sale is next Friday and Saturday, and the drawing for the $500 vacation voucher is next saturday

Mom of 5 said...

One last quick question. Once our H/S is complete this week we can apply for grants. Anyone have suggestions for legitimate ones ? We are hoping that a older SN boy will help us qualify ? Of course we will try Shohannah's hope...

Dannye said...

my nephew is coming over Friday night to spend the night to help on saturday morning

redmaryjanes said...

Keisha's blog is just darling! She designs blogs too.

Dannye said...

Ford, we can't wait for Don and Be to get TA for Joanna Mei....hopefully they will travel before the Olympics....what a cutie pie she is...and they are soooo excited

Mom of 5 said...

Thanks for the Wii reminder- it is coming to a close !!

Alyson & Ford said...

What a heart Don and Be have. If any of you fine folks on here have not been to their blog - get thy self over there. A great, great couple that Dannye is talking about.

Pregnancy by Adoption
http://donandbe1.blogspot.com/

Nancy said...

Thanks ladies!
BTW - Correction, our anniversary is tomorrow, the boys birthday is Monday.

Dannye said...

well all....i gotta get my butt in the shower and then on my way to get my nails done...will chat with you all again soon!! hugs to all!!

amy said...

we are sooooo happy that we met Don and Be

Alyson & Ford said...

Later Dannye....
peace
fm

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Nancy!

amy said...

post pics of your nails!!

redmaryjanes said...

I mean Dannye...my brain was jumping.

Alyson & Ford said...

We'll back you up on that Amy. What a cool couple and so close to having their little one home!

fm

Truly Blessed said...

Margaret, what agency are you using? It sounds huge.

My agency, Christian World Adoptions has three families (us included) in the SN program and two NSN families. It sounds like three of the five families will be going to Guangdong the whole time, we'll go to Jiangxi and the fifth family hasn't been heard from. When we traveled for Katie, all 11 families went to Guangdong the whole time.

Alyson & Ford said...

My typing may be filled with tons of misspelled words - I laughing too hard to type. Alyson is on the other laptop checking out Business Class tickets to China

:) :) :)

Yeah, right..... Hello economy.

redmaryjanes said...

I went over and left a comment on Be and Don's blog. They do look like a nice couple. I love their ebay cartoon.

Margaret Miracle said...

Kelly,

We are with CCAI - I love them!!!!!

Margaret Miracle said...

Ladies,

I really hate to run but I have so much to do just in case we leave in 3 weeks!

Alyson & Ford said...

Did I read CCAI? That's our agency as well. We like them. A lot...

fm

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend and week Margaret. It's always great to get to touch base with you : )

amy said...

once again thank you margaret

Truly Blessed said...

Margaret, I really hope you (and I) leave for China in three weeks! See you at the White Swan!

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly,
I tried to get the bid up on that bedding, but it closed out an hour after I got the picture on.

redmaryjanes said...

Oh, and Kelly, I have your pay it forward gift, are you going to be in church tomorrow?

Truly Blessed said...

As I sit here with my cup of coffee, I'm listening to my youngest son (13 years old) and my daughter (2 1/2 years old) on the monitor in her bedroom. They've been up there for half an hour playing and reading and singing.

It doesn't get a whole lot better than that!

redmaryjanes said...

That is cool.

redmaryjanes said...

Ford,
I have to tell you that I think you are fantastic. I love your posts. You are a wonderful writer and I am always touched by how you can put your heart into words. Your dialogs with Alyzabeth are very touching.

Alyson & Ford said...

A 13 year old taking time to play with his 2 1/2 year old sister. That is cool... Proud of that boy.

amy said...

all of you guys just rock. NO matter how tired I am, you all make me smile

Alyson & Ford said...

RMJ

You're too kind. I fear I too often express more than I should. I don't want to be known as a girly-man after all...

:)
fm

Truly Blessed said...

Ford,

We also have 15 & 17 year old sons and they love to spend time playing with her too. They're up north with their Dad putting the dock and the boat in the water at our cottage.

I'm very proud of all three of my fantastic sons and the men they are becoming. They love their little sister and it warms my heart to see them playing together. She loves them so much. Life is good!

redmaryjanes said...

I love that you stay awake after an all night shift to join the chat. You are here every week Amy and I love talking to you.

redmaryjanes said...

Ford,
I have seen your photo and you are not a 'girly man'.
: )
You guys are getting close to your date coming up. Do you have everything ready?

amy said...

Did I tell you we are thinking about turning in a medical checklist?

Alyson & Ford said...

Truly Blessed,

Keep doing what you all are doing! We need Good men... Bless your hearts.

Cottage up north. Oh, I hope Aly doesn't read this. I'll feel the pressure to take her home to Maine.

fm

OH MY #6 said...

Hi all.

I am just heading off to the market on a rainy Saturday morning. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Lea
xo

Alyson & Ford said...

When I worked shift all I could do was come home and crash. I don't know how you do it Amy...

fm

Truly Blessed said...

Ford, you're expecting your referral in the next month or two -- how fantastic!

We are headed back to China (hopefully next month) to bring home our 2nd daughter, Elizabeth.

I've got a friend who shares your LID, so maybe you'll meet up in China with her!

Alyson & Ford said...

#6

Thank you for stopping by our blog and always leaving the nice comments. Have a great weekend.

peace
fm

redmaryjanes said...

Have a wonderful weekend Lea!

Truly Blessed said...

Oh, yes, Kimberley, we will be in church tomorrow. Can't wait to see what you picked out for the PIF thing. Don't have a clue what I'm even looking for yet.

BTW, the dresses you chose for the auction are GORGEOUS!!! Love the pink polka-dots.

I hate that that gorgeous bedding set went only for $50 (lucky Tenley's mom!). I wonder, though, why April isn't using it for Eliana.

Kelley said...

Good morning, everyone! I'm glad to "see" you this morning!

amy said...

http://www.poshtots.com/Themes-for-Girls/Top-10-Themes-for-Girls/Fantasy-Fairy-Tales/Fantasy-Coach/7/2459/3002/927/PoshProductDetail.aspx

Alyson & Ford said...

T-B

Keep us in mind when we get our referral so we can look your friends up! Next month for you! You have to walking on air...

fm

amy said...

that would be LynnMaries future bed

amy said...

never mind that didnt work

redmaryjanes said...

Amy,
I think that is wonderful.

Alyson & Ford said...

Morning,,,,Kelley

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Kelley!
I love the little yellow sweater : )

redmaryjanes said...

Kelly,
Thanks, now go on over there and bid on them : )

redmaryjanes said...

I had a hard time picking the right pay it forward gifts. I hope you like it.

amy said...

Just posted a pic of LynnMaries bed on our blog!

Truly Blessed said...

Yes, we are walking on air. This has been a long time coming. I hate that our sweet girl is STILL waiting for us -- she should be home by now (if it weren't for our social worker and the Detroit USCIS, that is!).

Oh well, I'm the first to admit I have NEVER been in control of this adoption and have to trust that this timing is the right thing.

Looking forward to getting my arms around that baby girl, though!

BTW, my friends also have three teenage sons. Their little Abby-girl is going to have three awesome big brothers. Lucky little one!

Alyson & Ford said...

Hey all. Salty Dog is giving me that "it's time to go outside look"...

Have a great weekend. Stay safe and find a way to enjoy yourselves.

Life is good. With friends like you all.
peace
fm

amy said...

If you look at that bed for LynnMarie can you guess how much it would cost/ Got a great deal on it!!!

Kelley said...

Hmmm...why do I get the idea that you would have a LOT more things to do with $47,000 than spend it on a bed, Amy? (Smile!)

I'm glad you like the sweater set, Kimberley! I felt bad that I never used it, but it makes me very happy that I could put it in the auction!

redmaryjanes said...

Wow,
That is an amazing bed Amy.

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Ford and Alyson!!

Truly Blessed said...

Kimberley,

I'd love to bid on those dresses. Can't unfortunately. First, I've got a trip to China to pay for in the very near future (please, God!!). Second, I really, really, really want the photo package and am trying to figure out how to work that into my (pre-China) budget...

There are lots of items I would like to bid on, but I do have to be a responsible steward at the same time!

amy said...

Can you believe that bed is almost 50,000 dollars?
poshtots.com is a dreamable website

redmaryjanes said...

I totally understand and I would love for you to get that photo package. Debbie is just wonderful.

redmaryjanes said...

I can't even imagine having $50,000 to spend on a bed.

amy said...

She is very nice. One of the first CHina moms I have met

Kelley said...

Kelly, I hope you're able to get that photo shoot. That would be amazing!

redmaryjanes said...

I was telling Amanda at Starfish about the auction and the photo shoot and I forwarded her some of Debbie's photos and she thought they were amazing.

Truly Blessed said...

DH just called from the cottage. The roofer was just there (we had to put a new roof on - it's been leaking for two years). The roofer needs to put copper sheets in the valleys because we are plagued with pine needles and moss. Do you know how much copper is going for these days? It's unbelievable.

I may not be able to bid on that photo package after all.

amy said...

ok ladies, i starting to get tired so Im going to bed1!!!

redmaryjanes said...

Amy,
How do you do it? You get to meet everybody. You guys are the social butterflies of blogland for sure...I want to meet you.

Truly Blessed said...

Debbie IS an amazing photographer. She's also building a cabin in northern lower MI.

redmaryjanes said...

Good night Amy...sleep well!

redmaryjanes said...

Debbie told me that she has ties to Michigan and may be returning, depending on her husband's job.

redmaryjanes said...

I would love you to win it Kelly. You could time it so that Elizabeth will be home and it would just be amazing.

Kelley said...

Sleep well, Amy!

amy said...

thanks my sweet friends.

Hope to see you in bloggyland!

Truly Blessed said...

Belated "good morning" to you, Kelley.

I'm going to send off those outfits today (that's the plan, anyway). I hope you like them!

Special K said...

Good morning! Looks like I missed Amy. That's the story of my life lately. She still hasn't met Micah!

Truly Blessed said...

Do any of you get the Holt magazine/newsletter?

I'm on their list because we seriously considered using them for adoption #2...anyway, there is an article about a mom with three Chinese daughters. The youngest looks SO MUCH like Kelley's Chloe, it's unbelievable. It'd be interesting to see if anyone else thought the same.

redmaryjanes said...

So, are we going to have a little shower for Elizabeth?

redmaryjanes said...

We only get the Bethany newsletter.

Kelley said...

I'd like to see the Holt newsletter...

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redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Special K!

Truly Blessed said...

Oh Kimberley, how sweet that thought is.

Elizabeth needs nothing.

The only thing I was thinking would be the 100 Good Wishes quilt square/wish thing. I never did that for Katie, but would love to do it for both girls now. Could you work that into a "shower"?

They could each have a 50 square quilt instead of one 100 square quilts.

Special K said...

Good morning everyone! It's a beautiful day here in GA.

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning Chloe!

I hope you're in a better mood than Katie is right now!

redmaryjanes said...

Yes, I could do a very cool shower around that idea. A 100 Wishes Quilt Baby Shower. I think it would be fun.

Kelley said...

Somebody said, "Wanna type?" and "Type-a-letters....type, type, type!"

She needs her own keyboard, I think. ;)

redmaryjanes said...

I am going to host a shower for April too. Maybe I can work out some dates with both of you and get them planned.

redmaryjanes said...

You did just miss Amy Special K. Have you met here there in Georgia.

Special K said...

Yes, I actually know Amy IRL!

Kelley said...

We can absolutely do a 100 Wishes Quilt shower...but shoot for a 100 square quilt for both girls. You can count on several squares from me!

redmaryjanes said...

I think Amy is fantastic, I was teasing her about how she has met so many people who we blog with.

Alyson & Ford said...

Good Morning! Jumping back in - this comment is from Alyson (Ford's other half),
Truly Blessed,
We don't have access to your blog - I thought we did at one time but have lost it! Can you add us? Send an email from our blog if you wish to add us.
We are off to start our weekend chores! Have a great day!

Alyson LID 01/27/06

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Alyson!

Chloe's Mama said...

Special K, I just visited your blog...what an adorable little guy you have!!! I love what Verna did with your blog design, too. She is so good!

Truly Blessed said...

Alyson, sure, the invite will be sent in a minute.

Katie's playing with her little dollhouse (we bought the AA family to have a little diversity in our household, but big sister is a blue eyed blonde!).

And she's watching her "DBDB" (DVD) Big Bird in China (she loves Xiao Fu!)

Chloe's Mama said...

Oops! Sorry everybody...I switched log-ins, so that I could update my family blog. It's still me (Kelley from Sunshine and Rubber Duckies), in case you don't recognize my picture...

Chloe's Mama said...

Whoa...what a coincidence, Kelly! We're watching Big Bird in China, too!

redmaryjanes said...

Katie is such a doll. I love seeing her at church. She is always so sweet and well behaved, and then there is my little Elijah with a scowl on his face and a little attitude.

redmaryjanes said...

Are you there special k?

Special K said...

Thanks Kelley! I love Verna's redesign of our blog. I miss the Chinese takeout theme, but her work is really cool.

Special K said...

Yep, I'm here. I'm still getting the hang of comment chatting. (I forget to hit refresh!)

redmaryjanes said...

I wasn't aware of cleft speach, so it was interesting to read your post about little Micah.
He doesn't look at all like he had a cleft repair, his surgeon did a fabulous job.

Truly Blessed said...

Hey Kimberley, speaking of pushing your agency to see the SN list, I spoke with someone who used them and had a similar problem a couple of years ago. They wouldn't willingly send it to her, so she took a day off of work (she teaches at WMU) drove to the HQ and sat there looking at it. She found her daughter that day on the list and has been home since December 06. Her original LID was 3/06 sometime.

Keep pushing, Sophia is waiting!

Truly Blessed said...

Thanks for the kind comments about Katie at church. She's always in a good mood at church because she loves playing with the kids and she gets cookies and juice and her big brothers are carting her around...

Believe me, she can have an attitude!

Special K said...

His lip was repaired in China and the repair is just wonderful. He has a small scar, but not much. He's scheduled to have his palate repaired in June.

redmaryjanes said...

I will tell you that I have been all over them. My e-mails have been very direct. They know exactly what I think. Tim says we'll either be matched right away so they can get me off of their backs, or we'll never be matched because I have made them angry.
When I was talking to my SW and she was taking notes about what I know because she hadn't heard of it, that was SO DISCOURAGING FOR ME.
They should be my source of information, not the other way around.
I never get any answers from them regarding what they are doing. My SW just tells me she is forwarding my e-mails to the China team.
I will get the next SN list, but the last one only had 3 new babies on it. The babies are going on the shared list, not the list Bethany sits and waits for.

Special K said...

I'm so sorry you're having to fight to get a chance at a child.

Truly Blessed said...

Kimberley,

I know the feeling that comes from thinking that your agency is working against you instead of for you. Even though that really may not be the case, it sure feels like it.

Keep pushing and don't back down. YOU are paying the bills here!

Truly Blessed said...

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redmaryjanes said...

I am a fighter when it comes to my children. We'll see how this all plays out. Plus, I know of 2 other families waiting too who are very discouraged and we all deserve something better than what we are getting.

redmaryjanes said...

You guys, I had the most amazing conversation with Amanda yesterday.

redmaryjanes said...

She is amazed by the amount of attention that she is generating. She said she can't see the blogs to know and that she's just living in her apartment and taking care of the babies.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Little Kate!

Truly Blessed said...

Amanda is such an amazing person. I have followed her journey from the very beginning. I would love to do what she does when my children are grown up (heh...it's going to be a LONG time before my house is empty -- as my oldest son keeps reminding me!).

What an incredible difference she is making in the lives of those children and the families who are fortunate enough to parent them.

When she first started, she was given the babies the doctors expected to die. Now many of them are healthy and have families, and many more will also find their families.

Valtool said...

Good Morning

Truly Blessed said...

Good morning, Michael.

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