THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Saturday, June 28, 2008

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

Good Morning Everyone! What are your plans for this week? We are going to have a quiet weekend. Tyler just got home from camp and Zach is coming back from his church youth group trip to Colorado on Sunday. I am working until Wednesday and then I'm off for the 4th of July weekend!

THE CHAT ROOM IS NOW CLOSED...HAVE A WONDERFUL 4TH OF JULY WEEK EVERYONE!

170 comments:

Chelley said...

G day!!!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Chelley!
Thank you so much for the e-card, I love it.
I didn't know your name was Michelle.

Chelley said...

Well when I moved to where I live now EVERYONE shortened my name!! but when you reg for some things YOU Have you use your REAL name LOL!!!

Chelley said...

but when I saw that e-card I thought of you~~

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you, I think it's cute.

Chelley said...

Hows your family?

redmaryjanes said...

ok,I'm all set now. I had to come downstairs with Eli, so I had to sign on to another computer.

redmaryjanes said...

We're doing good. Tyler just got home from camp yesterday, he's my 12 year old and Zach my 15 year old comes home Sunday after his church your group trip.

redmaryjanes said...

How are you?
Still waiting for Foster? I can understand your CW waiting for a good match for you guys since you are just starting out.

Chelley said...

Tyler was on a summer camp??

Chelley said...

heheh still waiting!!


I sent an email to her and said throw me in the deep end I promise I will use a swim ring!! LOL

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Good Morning Kimberley and Chelley...
Sounds like a Great Weekend..
Relaxing..
You know me.. working..
The boys are all leaving on Wed.. Go back to CA. to go on the boat... I don't get to go... can't take two vacations back to back...
So I will be HOME ALONE with the fur-babies..
then on th 10th I am off until the 22... YEAH..
going on a ALL GIRLS vacation for 5 days... have never been...
Sounds like the boys have been having fun..

Chelley said...

Ugh work does suck huh!!

But wooohooo 5 DAYS girls only!!!

oh sounds like too much funn

redmaryjanes said...

Where is your all girls vaca Kim?
That sounds wonderful.
Good Morning!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Can't say right this sec.. but I will be revealing on my blog in about a week.. You will understand when I do...LOL..

redmaryjanes said...

Ok, sounds good. I'm voting Vegas!

Chelley said...

Awwwww

hehe no fair!! LOL

redmaryjanes said...

What time is it in Australia Chelley?

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Stop by my blog sometime today... TODAY is our BIG DAY...
14 months... we are getting there slowly but surly...
TA already as come for those who got referrals a couple weeks ago.. that is a plus..

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

I should do a poll.. huh..LOL

Chelley said...

But anywhere I didnt have to cook or clean WOULS be nice!

Chelley said...

it is 9;16PM Saturday night!!!

redmaryjanes said...

I'll come right over girl! 14 months is a big one. It's sad though, because they don't count all of the paperchasing months. It took us 9 months to get our dossier together.

redmaryjanes said...

Wow Chelley, you are way ahead of us here in MI. Is it 7:51am on Sat Morning.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

It has actually been almost 22 months from the beginning..
And Chelley.. you will not have a hard time with time difference in China..That is good..
It is 4:52 in good ole Arizona .. AM

Chelley said...

well at 7 this morning I was runnning out the door to Football for Kagen! Then off to ballet for Arliah then droped Tiarna at a Birthday Party picked her up went to brush her hair before heading off to the hairdresser and found she had HEAD LICE!! omgoodness so treated her hair then took all 3 kids for hair cuts!

Chelley said...

since then I have washed and folded 4 loads of washing and retreated everyones hair and pulled sheets and bedding off all beds and washed them and made all clean beds!!

Chelley said...

Kim I can sadly only DREAM of China since the rule changes!!

I am now waiting for my first placement as a foster mom!

Chelley said...

But I still LOVE following China blogs!

redmaryjanes said...

I'm glad you are hanging out with us China Moms Chelley and I can't wait to see your first foster child.

redmaryjanes said...

I have heard that headlice is tough to deal with. My kids haven't had it yet, thank goodness.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Well sorry ladies.. I never get to chat long.. Glad I got to for a little bit with the both of you..
Have a Great Weekend..
HUGS..

Chelley said...

Byeeeee Kim!!!! Have a great weekend!

Chelley said...

this is only my second time!

first time was my wedding day and one of my bridesmaids had them and the hairdresser by law was really spose to kick us out!

redmaryjanes said...

Have a good day at work Kim!

redmaryjanes said...

Oh man, your bridesmaid had them? Are they common is Australia?

Chelley said...

Ummm well i dont know I guess twice in 8 years isnt too bad!!!

redmaryjanes said...

I would agree with that. Who does your blog work it is so cute? Do you do your own headers? Your scrapbooking looks great.

Chelley said...

hehe must be some sleepy heads in the states not many in chat today!

redmaryjanes said...

It's windy and stormy here, it started last night. I am hoping it will clear up for at at least a little bit today.

redmaryjanes said...

Friday is the 4th of July, so I'll bet that a lot of the ladies are off starting vacations.
Also Kelly and her sister Karen who are usually on here are in China to bring home Kelly's new daughter Elizabeth.

Mom of 5 said...

Hello all !
I can't chat long I am heading off to the farmers market. The kids are all sleeping.
Shelly

redmaryjanes said...

Does Australia celebrate any national holidays. I know so little about your country but I would love to go there. It is supposed to be gorgeous.

redmaryjanes said...

Hi Shelly,
How are you?

Chelley said...

I had my blog done by Artistree Blog Designs
http://designsbyrebecca.blogspot.com/

she is reopening on the 1st July!!!!

After Rebecca done my blog I got stuck into digi scrapbooking! I have only been trying to for a few months but I LOVE it and HOPE to soon do my own blog!!!!

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Hi everyone. :)

redmaryjanes said...

Now will your Eli be Eli or Elijah?

Chelley said...

G day Shelly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Jonni, how are you?

Chelley said...

Shelly did you get your pay it forward gift??????????

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Great! I am sorry I have not had a chance to come by in so long. It just seems like I am always running around on Saturday morning. :)

Mom of 5 said...

Great! All we are waiting for is our 171 then we will be DTC for Eli. I would love to know how to digi scrapbook/ make cute collages. Recommend any programs?

Chelley said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE my Adobe Elements 6.0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Mom of 5 - Congrats on almost being DTC for Eli! That's great news. We are also waiting for our I-171H and hopt to be DTC soon. Best of luck.

redmaryjanes said...

How are things coming with Samantha? It sounds like you are moving along.

Chelley said...

We have Australia day which is on the 26th of Jan I guess it is like your 4th of july>>?

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Chelley,

I hear ya! I use my Photoshop everyday. It is so much fun and there are so many great tutorials online.

Mom of 5 said...

Chelly- YES !
It's on my wrist right now. My proper THANK YOU to you is on my counter. Can you e-mail me your address please
(6packwaala@charter.com) so I can send it out.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Just popped in to say Good Morning. I can't stay but I hope you have a lovely weekend. Sounds like fun plans for your family.
Love ya

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Hi JOMH.

redmaryjanes said...

Is Bethany's adoption moving along?

redmaryjanes said...

Have a wonderful weekend Daleea!

redmaryjanes said...

It's too funny. Chelley and I were just talking about how no one was on here except for us and then everyone started popping in.

Chelley said...

hehe must be POP IN and OUT morning!!!

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

RMJ - Things are moving right along with our dossier. We just finished our homestudy and should have our I-171H any day now.

We are SO excited to be on this journey to China again. :)

Mom of 5 said...

Hope your 171 comes soon !
I just bookmarked your family and will spend nap time checking your journey out. I LOVE finding new families to follow.
I will check out the photo programs.
Gotta run to the market.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Thanks mom of 5, I am bookmarking yours right now. I LOVE finding new families too! Thanks. :)

Chelley said...

Shelly your email bounceded back

Dannye said...

morning jonni!!

Mom of 5 said...

Chelly-
6packwaala@charter.net
:) OOPS

Dannye said...

and morning all

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Dannye!

OH MY #6 said...

morning ladies!

Lea

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Hi Dannye girl!!! It's great to see you here. How are you guys doing?

Chelley said...

GDAY Dannye & Lea

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Lea,
How are you? I have been thinking about you.

OH MY #6 said...

I am OK. Sleeping a little better than I was and that makes a huge difference.

LaLa said...

Good morning lovely ladies!! I hope you all are having a peaceful Saturday morning so far : ) We are watching Cinderella right now and then heading to the pool of course!

Dannye said...

just have a few mins (and I just got booted, so that wasted some time, lol) before I have to jump into the shower and get out the door to get my festive July 4 fingernails done

OH MY #6 said...

can't wait to see the referral and see if Forde & Ally get through!

Dannye said...

wow, what a great time to come in...i think i actually know everyone in here, lol

redmaryjanes said...

I am glad to hear that Lea.

redmaryjanes said...

So, are you going to be shopping today with your Mom Dannye? I love that you two spend Saturdays together.

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Dannye, I always love your nail designs. Can't wait to see them you patriotic girl you. :)

Dannye said...

Kim, April said she was passing those books I sent to her onto you since she got them also from Paula...

Jonni too cool you are joining the journey again...

Lea, so very great to see you here (and glad your sleeping better)...

Lala, how's the adoption coming?

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Laura! We are watching Lilo and Stitch and it is really overcast and rainy this morning. It's hot though, so I'm hoping it will clear up so we can go swimming.

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Gotta run ladies, my little alarm clock is stirring. (lol).

Hope everyone has a happy 4th of July. We are going to Long Island & NYC. My in-laws are there. We always have such a great time.

Have a great Saturday too!

Hugs,
Jonni

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

BTW RMJ, Loving the Van Morrison on your site. He's one of my favorites.

Dannye said...

Kim, yes we are shopping today, and her friend (Sue) comes with us today too (we took her one time to get a pedi, and now she comes with us every time, which is every 3 weeks), I love having her along too, she's too funny (and sorta lonely, her family doesn't include her in anything unless they need something from her, it sucks)

Jonni, I love my crazy nail designs too, and do you know what I pay for those great nail designs??? $20, yes only $20, my nail tech is amazing....and that is the price for me, others pay much more, I guess it's b/c I come every 3 weeks

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Jonnie! Van is my all time favorite.

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

That's a deal Daanye girl. She better give you a deal, you bring her a lotof vusiness I am sure. :) Take care Dannye. I have to get little love muffin.

Hugs,
JOnni

redmaryjanes said...

Wow, $20.00 is great for a manicure. Do you have acrylics Dannye?

Dannye said...

alright guys, gotta get in the shower, and then off to get the ladies for our day out (hopefully before the rains start again today)...have a good one

oh and if you get a chance, click on my top momma link to keep me there, my picture is the one with the cute red headed little boy with frog in his mouth, lol....I've been on top momma for 3 days now, woo hoo....

have a great week!!

Dannye said...

yes Kim they are acrylics, its a fill (and every so often a new set)...great price (only wish my real nails were so great but they would break way too easy before the acrylics)...

Dannye said...

bye all!!

redmaryjanes said...

My real nails are awful, so I get acrylics too. I'm au natural for the summer though.

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great time Jonni!

LaLa said...

I know you guys probably don't follow many Guatemala blogs but this is a local family who could really use your prayers. They lost one referral (the birthmom came forward and revealed that they are really from El Salvador and that she was taking her back there to try and sell her for a higher price)yeah, go ahead and be sick now : (

Anyway, they have received another child and have visited several times. The little girl had to be rushed to the hospital the other day and Chris and Lindsey scrambled around and flew there so they are with her now. She seems to be doing better now (must be the magic of being in your Mama and Daddy's arms) Anyway, I will just give you the link and you can read all about it yourself instead of me continuing my rambling (plus see her sweet pics)

http://thewheelerjourney.blogspot.com/

OH MY #6 said...

bye everyone have a great weekend. I am off to Dragon Boating!

lea
xo

redmaryjanes said...

Laura,

I will go to their blog. How very sad. Hopefully their daughter will be ok.

redmaryjanes said...

Bye Lea!
I thought your season was over since you guys won 2nd in the race. Or do you have many races?

redmaryjanes said...

I went over to the Wheeler blog Laura and their little girl is just darling. I am worried though about what she may have. I can't remember what it is called. Shana at waiting for Sophie's little Ollie had it and gave it to Sophie. There is a very high difficult to control fever involved. I wish I could remember what it was called.

Valtool said...

Man on the floor

Gail said...

Hi everyone, just stopping by today for a little while. My house is quiet as dh took Grace out this morning to run errands. I'm by myself. :)

Gail said...

I LOL when I read 'man on the floor'...reminds me of college!

Valtool said...

It's the way I like to announce myself here. Amy is downtown at her overnight Beth Moore retreat.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Michael!

Gail said...

Nice to meet you Michael and good morning!, I read Amy's blog.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Gail, how are you guys doing?
I am so happy to read about Will's current environment. It sounds like he is with a wonderful foster family.

redmaryjanes said...

I was wondering where Amy was because we usually hear from her.

Valtool said...

Yep. I slept in a little. I am thinking about going and getting dressed and heading over to the blood bank to make a donation (July 4 week is always a need time), maybe to visit PetCo because the Basset Hound Rescue will be there today

redmaryjanes said...

I love PetCo! And it is very good to give blood. It's hard around here though because they do it during the week and during the day when my husband and I work.

verna said...

Hello there everyone!!

Gail said...

We're doing great Kim, yes Will's in an amazing place. The foster home is called the Hidden Treasures Home, and it's in a village outside of the city of Fuzhou in Fujian province. They have a website if you want to check it out. http://loavesandfishesintl.com

They call William, 'Michael' and his picture is all over the site in the photo albums.

The people that are the directors are Deena and Mike, and I'm just overwhelmed by what they do for the kids there. Hoping to meet them while we're in China.

Gail said...

Hi Verna!

verna said...

Gail, I think I heard of the Fuzhou program on Rainbow kids. Is that possible. I just can't wait for you to have little Will home. What a blessing that he speaks English. I think language is one of our biggest frustrations.

redmaryjanes said...

I will definitely go and visit their site. I am very interested to see how they run their facility and learn about them. What amazing people.

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Verna!

Gail said...

Yes, isn't it wild that Will speaks English? I had a feeling he might at least understand it because there are several Americans that volunteer there. One barrier that has been eliminated.

verna said...

Just gonna check in once in a while. GOtta watch so the kids don't hurt the baby kitty.

Gail said...

Verna it's possible that you heard of their program. I researched some other China foster homes and found 2 in the Beijing area run by Americans. If I wasn't being a mom to my kids here, I think I'd be in China doing something like this!

redmaryjanes said...

Gail, I went to their site and it is amazing. It reminds me very much of Starfish. I sent them an e-mail. What beautiful people.

redmaryjanes said...

Oh Verna,
I forgot about the baby kitty!

Gail said...

Verna, baby kitty is adorable...

verna said...

Baby kitty is a fire-kitty today, riding in one of the fire engines that we got from Noah's bloggy shower.

redmaryjanes said...

Oh, so how does kitty feel about being a fire kitty?

Gail said...

Kim, they are beautiful, giving people. We've been emailing back and forth and they've told me so much about Will. We're going to call and speak to them sometime this week and speak to William too. I know the visit to their home will be one of those very emotional events and I welcome it!

Gail said...

So Verna are you keeping baby kitty?

verna said...

No, we are not keeping kitty. I would like to cuz the kids are having fun with him but hubby says no way and big sis wants her baby back. So, we are traveling to Rapid city this week to make the custodial transfer--Carrie lives in Denver.

Valtool said...

Verna - we'll be making our donation to Starfish on Thursday (for the blog work).

redmaryjanes said...

Wow, that's a big drive for a cat custodial transfer...

Valtool said...

Did you receive the game? I never went back to track the package.

verna said...

Kitty jumped out of the firetruck just after I snapped a picture.

Gail said...

If it was up to Grace we'd have something like 5 cats and 5 dogs. I'm a softie for kitties though.

redmaryjanes said...

My Tyler loves cats. We just have one cat though and one dog.

Margaret Miracle said...

hi everyone! I am only here for a minute.....life just got a lot busier!!!

Gail said...

We have one cat and one dog too, that's plenty IMO. Love the music on your blog Kim!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi Margaret!!! How is little Graeme doing??

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you about the music. All of my favorites are on my list, I think it helps you get to know someone if you know what they like to listen to.

verna said...

Michael. thanks so much for donating to Starfish. Yes we did get the game. Mya loves it and Noah doesn't quite get it.

verna said...

We have an old cat--about 13 yrs and a dog too. Dogs are harder since you have to get someone to watch them when you are gone. I prefer not to kennel her. She was abused.

Nancy said...

Good Morning all, from Northern Illinois. The boys and I are spending the last day of our adventure with my brother who just came back from the Czech Republic last evening.
Are driving the 7+ hours home later today.

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Nancy!

Margaret Miracle said...

Graeme is doing great Kimberly...thanks for asking. He is such a delight and lights up more and more each day.

Valtool said...

I woke up this morning and came down to feed the cats (4 in the house) but Delilah was nowhere to be sen. This is 100% unusual because all four cats are pigs. So I started calling for her and thought I heard her. I followed the sound and found out that when I closed the linen closet oor last night, she was inside there and spent a good 8 hours locked in the dark.

verna said...

Oh Nancy, glad you could join us. Feeling your pain on the 7 hour drive.

Margaret Miracle said...

we are having him baptized tomorrow morning and that should be interesting!

Nancy said...

I actually don't mind the drive. I just plug in my I-Pod and go. The boys are great travelers.
The yougest and I have been all over mid Wisconsin a couple days this week as well.

Margaret Miracle said...

Nancy...those long travels are tough....we are still getting over our jet lag. we are mostly over it but it has been a rough week for all!

Nancy said...

Michael we have done that on more than one occasion, and we only have 1 cat. Poor Belle doesn't have much of a voice, and can't even let us know she's there.

redmaryjanes said...

Oh no Michael...poor Delilah. I love that name!

redmaryjanes said...

Margaret, your homecoming photos are darling! I love that Lily's friend came and made that darling poster. Did you have any issues with sickness while you were there?

Nancy said...

I am dreading getting home to all the laundry. Myself, the two younger boys, and the oldest's laundry from camp for the week. Plus, I'm sure my hubby didn't do any laundry this week when he bachelored it. I probably will have 12-15 loads waiting for me. YUCK!!!

Valtool said...

Her brother is Samson. Amy and I got them while we were engaged. They are a Siamese and manx mix so they have the Siamese coloring but no tails

Margaret Miracle said...

I loved that Lily's Lily came to meet her at the airport. It was so sweet. I just got more pictures from Lily's Mom that I will add soon. Graeme was sick when we got him but other than that we all stayed well during the trip which was a blessing. Graeme had bronchitis and we put him on an antibiotic and it cleared up quickly. we see the cleft team week after next.

redmaryjanes said...

Nancy,

Tyler only changed his underwear once at camp.
He never bathed the entire week except for swimming in the lake and wore the same shorts almost every day.
Can you believe it?

Margaret Miracle said...

as much as I hate to go, I must. the two are getting restless and we are having the godparents over for dinner. much to do. I enjoyed my few moments here this morning and thanks to all who visited our blog and left sweet messages for us. It meant so much

Michael...tell Amy that I got her sweet card in the mail yesterday...so sweet of her!!!

Margaret Miracle said...

bye for now...hopefully I can stay longer next week! have a great week!

redmaryjanes said...

Have a wonderful week Margaret!

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

Good Morning Ladies from cloudy Canada!

We are going to do some shopping today and then visit a friend and relax outdoors ... if the weather cooperates.

I am just beginning a long weekend and I am so glad to have some time to myself to catch up on some blogs and finally get a post done on my own, it has been WAY too long!

Smiles! :o)
Nikki

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Nikki!
Thank you so much for the quotes you sent to me. I posted them on the blog last week.

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

I just saw the post you did with the quotes. I am so glad you liked them. It broke my heart to know that you were struggling with your agency over such a life changing matter.

We have recently asked to be added to our agency's call back list for the waiting children’s program. We just received an email yesterday that we should still be planning for a 2 year wait for a referral.

redmaryjanes said...

It's so hard isn't it? I tell you. I am doing much better now though. I have to keep the momentum going for our family and have faith that God is in control and our daughter will be home in his timing.

Gail said...

Just wanted to say bye everyone and have a great weekend and safe and fun July 4th!

redmaryjanes said...

You too Gail!

redmaryjanes said...

Michael,
I just went and checked out your music blog...cool! I haven't heard that song in ages!

Nancy said...

Kimberley,
My middle son (who was incredibly homesick) changed every day and showered all but once. I'm sure that is NOT going to happen with the older child.

redmaryjanes said...

Good for him. I am appalled by Tyler's lack of physical hygiene. He went into the shower for sure last night.

redmaryjanes said...

Well, it looks like everyone is off to start their day...so I am going to close the Chat Room. Have a great weekend everyone and Happy 4th on Friday!

April said...

I think I need to move to the Outback with Chelley that way I would always make it to the chat. Sorry to let you all down. I'm here but everyone is gone. :-(