THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Saturday, November 29, 2008

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



Good Morning Everyone! Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group! I have been out of touch over the past couple of days because Thanksgiving was a very busy time for us, but I'm back home and we had a really wonderful holiday.

Please sign up for the Christmas Card and Christmas Ornament Exchanges. It was so much fun last year to come home to so many wonderful cards every day. I am hoping that the ornament exchange is a lot of fun too! Just send me an e-mail at timnkim@gmail.com and let me know your address and which exchange you would like to participate in or both.

The Christmas Card Exchange addresses will be sent to you in e-mail on December 16th. You will need to send a Christmas Card to everyone on the list. For those of you participating in the Christmas Ornmanent Exchange, you will be given the name of one person to send a Christmas Ornament to and those names and addresses will be sent out on the 16th as well.


Lea at 'Oh My #6' is having a wonderful drawing at her blog, so head on over there and get signed up!

*The chat room is now closed, have a wonderful weekend!

170 comments:

Truly Blessed! said...

Good morning, dear friend!

So glad to hear your Thanksgiving was fun and you got home safely after your travels.

Truly Blessed! said...

I'm off to make a big pot 'o coffee (all for me!) -- back in a minute or two!

amy said...

good morning my friend

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Ladies! I was just writing down addresses for the exhanges out of my e-mail.

redmaryjanes said...

How was your Thanksgiving Amy and Kelly?

Truly Blessed! said...

Hey, Amy! Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?

We had a nice, but somewhat quiet one. Not as many people to feed (but that means there were fewer dishes, so it's an okay trade off!).

Truly Blessed! said...

Kimberley,

So, are there two different exchanges going on? Yeah, I'm slow (haven't had any of that coffee yet).

amy said...

it was beyond wonderful thank you. how is everyone else??

redmaryjanes said...

Ours was smaller too. Just Tim, Eli my FIL and me.
We are usually in Kansas City for Thanksgiving with my family, but I'm trying to push some of my vaca time into next year to help out for when our daughter comes which will HOPEFULLY be next year :)

redmaryjanes said...

Zach and Tyler went to their father's for Thanksgiving since they are usually in KC.

We're good. We got our Christmas Village put up yesterday and the mantle done, so I think I'm doing pretty well with getting the house decorated.

Truly Blessed! said...

So glad your special holidays went well. This is always a hard time of year for me.

I had my boys bring up about 16 (eek!) boxes of Christmas stuff up from our storage room yesterday. Most of it is sitting in my living room and dining room, taunting me.

I did just a little bit yesterday and want to tackle the rest of it today. I'm just talking decorations, mind you, not the trees -- those might be done next weekend.

redmaryjanes said...

Yes, there are two different exchanges. The Christmas Card one is the same as last year, I will send out a list of everyone who signed up and you can send them each a card.
The Christmas Ornament Exhange would give you the name on one person to send an ornament to and you would receive one in return.

redmaryjanes said...

Why is Christmas so hard Kel?
Your house is so lovely, I am sure it is gorgeous for the Holidays!

redmaryjanes said...

I think we'll do our tree next weekend. I'm going to try to get the rest done this weekend. I want to do more outdoor lights this year...we'll see how that goes.

amy said...

i bet both of your homes are beautiful

OH MY #6 said...

Good morning,

I wanted to say, have a great day everyone.

We are off to the country for the day to visit old friends.

Please, drop by my BLOG for some BLOG anniversary fun!

Lea
xo

Truly Blessed! said...

Thanks. I put up a lot of Christmas decorations! You can come back and see it when it's decorated.

The holidays are hard because of some family issues that never seem to go away or get any better. It's just hard trying to create a magical Christmas for the kids when your mind is occupied with other people who used to be there celebrating with you but who aren't anymore.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Good Morning Ladies..
I have not been on here for a LONG time.. Miss it..Sounds like everyone had a Great Thanksgiving..we might put up our tree tom. if I get the living room/dining room rearranged today..
Have to move some stuff around.. not the biggest house.. lol..

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Lea, I'll go and check it out!

Truly Blessed! said...

Speaking of outdoor decorations, DH spent last weekend getting the outdoor lights up (a big production, I assure you!) and tried to light them on Thanksgiving night and they wouldn't stay lit. Poor guy!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Kim!
Yeah, our house isn't that big either, I will have to re-arrange our living room furniture to get our tree up.
Did you want to be in just the ornament exchange or the card exchange too?

Truly Blessed! said...

Hey Kim,

Does this mean you're not working today?

redmaryjanes said...

oh no, Poor Eric!! We watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation last night, kind of like that huh?

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Probably just the ornament exchange.. We already send out about 200 Christmas Cards..
I know I have some from many of the ladies last year.. and those will go out..
Just don't know if I can do another 50-100..

redmaryjanes said...

Nope, I don't work on Saturdays.

Truly Blessed! said...

{{chuckle}} ....well, not quite as big an extravaganza as the Griswold's, but something like that.

That movie is one of our favorites. I have a BIL who is exactly like Clark Griswold and looks so much like Chevy Chase. He is funny to be around.

redmaryjanes said...

Yeah, I am trying to get our Christmas Cards together too. I went through a lot last year, we'll see how this year goes.

Truly Blessed! said...

Sorry Kimberley, I meant Kim B. -- doesn't she normally work on Saturdays?

redmaryjanes said...

Amy,
Michael came to the chat last week!

redmaryjanes said...

Yes, she does, are you home Kim B?

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I am NOT working.. they are kind of messing with my schedule right now.. not liking it..
We have mtg. on Monday's and I usually have sun,mon off.. but they want Operations to be in on Sales.. doesn't make sense.. so have to attend once or twice a month.. so I had originally taken off Sat,Sun,Mon.. but only got Sat. and Sun.. Have a Bday party today for a little 3 year old..and trying to get the living room arranged

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Sorry I am having trouble with the comment section.. I have to close it and then reopen it.. to see what I have missed.. I though I could refresh it ..Not working..
I know .. DON"T LAUGH..

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Speaking of WORK.. YESTERDAY was torture.. tried to get to Target before I went to work.. but made the mistake of calling to see how the girls were.. WRONG.. it was a mad house.. they just opened and so I went right to work.. that is what happens when you are boss and care I guess...lol..

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I must be the only one who is winded..lol..

amy said...

i heard, thats awesome..im sitting here listening to the most powerful version of of o holy night i have ever heard..

oh my gosh that was awesome

david phelps

Truly Blessed! said...

Speaking of Christmas card lists, I just finally entered all of ours into my computer -- I am SO looking forward to hitting the PRINT button and having labels come out of the printer (yes, I'm lazy in my old age!).

However, I always write a personal note on each card, so maybe the recipients won't mind too much.

Truly Blessed! said...

Girls are up. Gotta run. I'll be back.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I print my labels also..
That is the easy way..

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

Good AM girls! Glad to hear of happy T'giving get-togethers! We are having a great week -- I kept thinking that yesterday was Saturday!!!!!! ANyone go shopping yest? My hubby and older girls went out at 5 AM and came home with a bunch of stuff for our little girls from Gymboree! Great sale! My fav store for little girls too! Lucy

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Lucy! This year I did not go out early yesterday to shop, but I'm glad you got some awesome deals!

redmaryjanes said...

KIM BISON

right click on the 12 comments and then select open link in window.

Your comments will open wide up and you can hit the refresh button on the top of your screen and the comments will refresh

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

Just an update on our status -- big week - we got our 797 (approval of 800A) and our official LOA! There is a SLIGHT chance we may (at least we hope) leave for China on Dec 26. I'm optimistic, but not making plans just yet!

redmaryjanes said...

Oh,there are 41 comments now, back out to the post, right click on 41 comments and then hit open link in window.

redmaryjanes said...

Oh Lucy, that is fantastic!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Thank you.. much easier..

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

A friend of mine (and Amy's) leaves on Thursday for daughter # 2. If anyone wants to follow her trip to China thru her blog, you can find the link on mine to "Shelby". I can't wait!

redmaryjanes said...

Lea is having a really cute drawing on her blog, you guys should get over there and sign up.

redmaryjanes said...

I am so glad to hear of some little ones coming home. It seems like there aren't so many people traveling lately. I know you are working on it Lucy and so is Jill with Eli.

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

Our agency received 7 LOAs for SN children this past week. Hoping for speedy TAs. We shall see.

I would LOVE to sing up for the ornament exchange! Can I do that here, RMJ?

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Kimberley... how is your agency doing with the list.. Are they getting more info now..

amy said...

yeah im ready for some more good news too

redmaryjanes said...

Lucy,
Do you just want the ornament exchange and not the card too? Some people are doing both and some are just doing the ornament.
Send me an e-mail with your address, since you probably don't want that info here in my comments.
I will be happy to sign you up! You will be my 7th lady so far.
timnkim@gmail.com

Special K said...

Thank you Amy for reminding me that it's Saturday!

redmaryjanes said...

I hear you Amy!
My agency isn't really doing much with the list that I'm hearing about.
They just came back from a trip to China where they viewed several children and have a list of 32 from their trip to match. The 32 are mostly children around 8 years of age and boys, so that doesn't help us much.
I'm glad to hear that some agencies are matching.

Any news Amy?

redmaryjanes said...

Hey there Karen! How are you all doing?

Special K said...

Hi Kimberley! Today marks one week that Bruce has been sick. His fever finally broke yesterday, but it's been a LOOOOONG week.

amy said...

karen, glad he is feeling better!!!!

redmaryjanes said...

oh, poor Bruce! I have heard that quite a few people are sick right now.

redmaryjanes said...

Any good baby names Amy?

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

It is great that they are trying to find homes for those older kids - that is a hard age to place, especially with first time parents! I read a blog of a young couple (early 30's) that adopted a 12 year old girl! AMAZING! Talk about "jumping in with both feet"!

Truly Blessed! said...

Back now...for the moment anyway.

Kimberley, I think I'll just sign up for the ornament exchange. We do a whole lot of cards.

I've got my two nieces over (almost 13 & 9) and they're going to entertain the little girls while I'm decorating -- that's the plan, anyway.

Special K said...

I don't think I could have jumped right into parenting a preteen.

redmaryjanes said...

Hey, did any of you watch 20/20 special on IA and disruption?

Truly Blessed! said...

Speaking of older children, there are a few about to age out kids on the Children of Hope lists -- I would adopt another in a heartbeat if I could. I just don't think I have it in me to deal with the emotionality of this wait again -- even a SN wait is interminable and I just don't think I could do it (plus I've heard the new Hague-created paperwork is ridiculous). Still, I'd bring another older child into my home in a second (but for those reasons I've listed above!)

redmaryjanes said...

Ok Kelly,
I have you signed up for ornament only.
I didn't know you had local nieces?

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

We also got that email about the older children through our agency..
I sooo wish we had enough room..
Kelly sounds like you might get your decorating done..
That is good..

Truly Blessed! said...

Missed 20/20 last night (watched ELF with the nieces instead). I'm just so tired of the one-sided reporting in ALL of the media these past few years.

Special K said...

It was tough enough to jump into parenting a toddler.

Anonymous said...

Mommy can we go see Bolt today?

Love you Eli

amy said...

rmj, we still get a few newborn obama's and even had oprah last week

redmaryjanes said...

Oh my word, look what Tim and Eli just sent me...I guess they want to go to see Bolt today.

Truly Blessed! said...

These girls are my husband's brother's daughters. They also have a teenage son and he is with my DH and two of my boys up north skiing at Crystal Mtn. today. And, yes, they're local, we don't see them often enough though.

Truly Blessed! said...

Kimberley,

Is Eli asking you to come with them, or if Daddy can take him to see the movie so you can decorate?

redmaryjanes said...

Some Obama's, that's interesting for a first name.
Any movie stars?

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

I hate it that I missed the 20/20 -- I'm afraid our TV was on football! My hubby is out in the rain today at the UGA/GaTech game!

redmaryjanes said...

I don't know...he says he sees a 4pm show that he wants to go to and I thought that would be good and we could go out to dinner afterwards. We'll see how it all works out.

amy said...

just oprah..we do get a young and the restless actor and his kid a lot and

redmaryjanes said...

The 20/20 special was about families who had some very bad experiences. Children with very severe issues who needed to be sent away to a special camp. One family adopted 3 children from Russia. One has RAD, one adjusted fine and their little boy had brain damage.
Most of the children were Russian. It did paint a scarey picture of IA.

Special K said...

We'll probably watch the Georgia game, but I think we're staying inside!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Sounds like you will have fun..
I don't know what Bolt is .. but don't have any little ones..
Kelly.. skiing.. I have always wanted to try that.
We are thinking about doing that for Christmas break..
Up in ShowLow..

redmaryjanes said...

Oh, the true Oprah was at your hospital?? Very cool!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

That is too bad.. for the families who experiance the situations that they don't know about..
If they would just be honest , families will still adopt them..

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

That is SO cute that he is asking you on a mommy date via your blog!

amy said...

im sorry,, no not the real oprah...

a baby named oprah..it was wierd..the parents made you say it just the right way

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Delete my Oprah part..
lol

Truly Blessed! said...

Hey Kim,

You want snow? Come to Michigan. You can stay with us and we'll go out to a fun dinner with Kimberley and some of the other local folks.

However, if you want hard-core skiing, Michigan is NOT the best place to go. It IS a good starter location, as we don't really have "mountains" here (we do have the Porcupine Mtns in the UP, but I've never seen them and don't think they measure up to the "real" mtns. of the west.).

Come to Michigan - we'd have so much fun!

amy said...

i want snow

redmaryjanes said...

I am busting up! I deleted the comment, but I think it was ok.

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

3 years ago (pre-adoption) we went to Breckenridge - it was AMAZING! Right now there are a few things that will keep us off the slopes -- $$ and a 3 year old! It is the most fun winter thing I've ever done!

Truly Blessed! said...

Oh, and Kim, some of our travel mates live in AZ (outside of Tucson). Lovely, wonderful people. We are excited to see them in just a couple of weeks when we go to San Antonio Texas for a reunion. Can't wait!

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

Snow where we live is a once a season treat, if that!

redmaryjanes said...

We would have a great time! I went to high school in Colorado, so I can say that there are no mountains here.. :)
We don't have any snow on the ground here, but made a great snowman yesterday at Tim's Dad's house.
Our lake is freezing over though. The poor swans are out there in a little patch of water that still hasn't frozen over yet.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I meant .. disregard it.. sorry.. Iknow you are laughing you butt off..
And Kelly.. I will come to Michigan one day..I sooo can not wait to meet all of you WONDERFUL ladies.. And I KNOW we would have sooo much fun..

redmaryjanes said...

San Antonia sounds like a lot of fun. I am in Cincinnati/Kentucky on Monday and Tuesday for a company kick-off. Maybe it will be a little warmer there.

Truly Blessed! said...

Kimberley, aren't there any high schools in Kansas? ; )

I didn't know you lived in CO.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I lived in CO. for about 5 years... In Loveland..and then went there every summer until my Senior year when my Grandparents built a house next to my parents..
LOVED IT..

Truly Blessed! said...

Okay ladies, I'd better go. As much as I'd love to sit and chat, there is MUCH to do and the natives WILL get restless before I'm done.

Enjoy this beautiful day everyone!

Cupcakes and Hairbows said...

That is a funny thought to me -- going to OH/KY to warm up! We went to college in KY and I don't remember Nov in KY being warm -- it's all relative, huh?

redmaryjanes said...

One of these days someone will plan a get together somewhere central and we all can fly and stay for a weekend and get to meet each other.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

My two uncles still live there.. in Granby...don'tknow if that is how you spell it..lol

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Bye Kelly..
Nice talking to you this fine Sat..
Hugs girly..

amy said...

ill go visit anyone..

ok gotta go to bed

thanks for always making me smile


me

redmaryjanes said...

I think of KY as being South, but I'll bringing some warm clothes I guess. :)
We are staying on the border. They say that our event is in Cincinnati, but my hotel is in Kentucky. So, I guess it's on the border.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Kimberley are you going to decorate today????

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great week Amy and Kelly!

redmaryjanes said...

Yes, I am going to try to get some lights on the outside of the house today and get some more work done inside. I have our Christmas town up and our mantle done, but I have some more work to do.

redmaryjanes said...

My downstairs bathroom is the grinch bathroom. I have window clings for the mirror and a stuffed Grinch and Max and I put the book in there. It comes off really cute for the kids., so I have to get that done and decorate upstairs too.
I don't have a ton of stuff. But our home is very festive.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

How FUN..
I don't have a ton of stuff.. because we don't have a lot of storage.. so I have to be limited.. Or I would go all out for every holiday..lol..
John likes real trees.. so have to get stuff ready for the tree..with the new furniture and stuff.. so John has to move the tv and everything over to the other side of room.. he doesn't like it tooo well..a lot of work..

redmaryjanes said...

We have to move a lot of stuff around too to get our tree in. I think you and I are in the same boat with houses, we talked about it before.
They will be fabulous though! Both of our homes :)

Special K said...

We have to move furniture out to the garage to fit the tree into our house.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Have you started on Sophia's room yet..
I thought you were going too.. don't remember

redmaryjanes said...

I have kind of started on Sohia's room. She will share with Eli for a couple of years until Zach goes to college, then she will take his room. So, I am trying to figure out how to do a joint room. She has her own furniture already and dolls and clothes. I have her things on one side. We are trying to decide if we should do a bunkbed with her on the bottom, or have his and her beds on each side of the room.
I am kind of waiting to see how much longer we will wait. I like the room the way it is now for Eli as it is blue. If it is another year of waiting, I'll just keep her with us or in his 'boy' room for a year until Zach goes to college and then re-do Zach's room for her. I'm in limbo until I get a referral.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

When is Sat. morning chat over..
Are you still there..???

redmaryjanes said...

Yeah, I wish I had more space in our home. We have 4 bedrooms which is good, but they all are filled. We only have one living room, no family room, and one dining room, no breakfast area, so it's a full home.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I understand..
In the summer we are going to switch rooms.. Colton will go into the smaller room and we will put a futon for Nick whenever he comes home.. as you know he leaves for bootcamp in Aug.. so he will not be here except for holidays or leave.. and then moving girls into the big room..having someone come in and paint a mural on the wall.. she works with me.. might do a co-room also.. and paint something teen for KyLee... we have bunkbeds.. due to room..lol

Special K said...

We set up a room for Micah, but had to then combine our home office and guest room into one little bedroom.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Too bad we all just can't win the lottery and have a house built with plenty of room...lol..
I always say that .. maybe one day I will win.. I will share don't worry..

redmaryjanes said...

Yeah, I was worried that our SW would frown on her sharing a room with Eli, but she said that was fine. Zach is a junior in high school this year, so college is coming soon. I want him to stay home and go to a local college for his first two years, but it looks like he will go to school 9 hours away, that's his plan for right now.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

What time is chat over Kimberley..And it is 10 there correct...

redmaryjanes said...

My husband really needs an office, but his desk is in our main living area. I keep telling him he'll have one one of these days, but it's not looking good for him :)

redmaryjanes said...

It is 10 here yes. I usually keep the chat open until noon if it is lively. But if it stays quiet for 20 minutes or so, then I close it.
You can hop off whenever you want to. It's great to talk to you though today :)
Didn't my doll turn out cute?

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I thought Zach was the same year as Nick.. I didn't want KyLee to share with Isabella and didn't know if it mattered.. but SW said it didn't matter.. she might not like it .. but KyLee said it is fine.. she says that now till she starts screaming.. lol.. KyLee might be back in the little room by the time Isabella gets here.. by my predictions of when we will go Colton will be at the end of his Junior year and KyLee at the end of her Soph. year....

Marla said...

Morning all! Totally forgot today is Saturday, LOL.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE the doll.. I am sooo pleased with those dolls.. I had got two.. the doll and the bunny.. LOVE them.. I am sure the girls will attach to them very well..
I think Alyzabeth plays with hers..
I saw it in one of the pictures that Alyson posted..

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I was just wondering when you close it.. I can chat for a little while longer..
I never get to be on here...

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Marla! How was your Thanksgiving??

redmaryjanes said...

Zach is 16 years old and a Junior in HS. Tyler is 13 and in 7th grade. Eli turns 4 on Dec. 6th.

Marla said...

It was wonderful. One of my cousins that was supposed to come was sick, so I was disappointed that I didn't get to snuggle with his little baby girl, but other than that, the day was perfect. How about yours?

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Hello Marla.. just checked out your blog.. your children are sooooo beautiful...
Looks like a great Thanksgiving..
I am trying to get my picture downloaded and posted..

Marla said...

PS- Love your new Christmasy look!

redmaryjanes said...

I love the doll. And the ladies are so nice who make them. They asked me to send a photo of Sophia with her doll when we go to bring her home. I love that they pray over each doll.

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you! Daleea made the header for me and I just love it. She is so talented and so sweet to me to make things for me. I wish I knew how to design blogs.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

They are very nice... They told methat too.. and I told them that it would be awhile.. and she said. that is okay..
They are sooo real.. I had to design the asian one I got.. so it took many emails.. she had not done it before..
So very neat..
I love when you buy things that are homemade and made with allthe love..means sooo much more..

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I sooo wish I could design also.. I have to have someone else do mine also.. I did get photoshop elements for Christmas ..but it is sooo much to learn.. easier to have someone else and pay them..lol.

Marla said...

Thanks Kim, I love your dragonflies too! I sure wish I knew how to do animation like in your siggy.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I wish I knew how also.. but don't.. hopefully one day..
Your Christmas decor. look beautiful...
We are hoping to decorate this weekend..

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Whatcha doing Kimberley...

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Okay.. I think I am going to get going..
Have the house to clean, laundry to do, rearrange the living/dining area and pay bills , go to Birthday party.. and then hopefully decorate house...
Have a Great Weekend..
Hope to get pictures up of Thanksgiving today or tomorrow...
Hugs girlies..
Glad I got to talk to everyone..
Miss being on here..
Love ya all..

Marla said...

Thanks, this is our first Christmas in this house, so I started shopping a bit early and just couldn't wait to get it done. It's been really nice to have it out of the way for this weekend, which is normally when I'd have decorated. Our outside lights just went up last night (my hubby is a big chicken so we have to pay someone to do them), so now we're officially done.

Marla said...

Bye Kim! I must go too, I'm hosting a big breakfast this morning, and need to get started. Happy weekend to all of you!!!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Bye... Nice talking to you Marla..
And Kimberley..
Don't know where you went..
Hugs to you my dear friend..

redmaryjanes said...

I'm so sorry girls! My computer crashed and I just got back!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Don't you just hate that..
Have a Great Weekend girly..

redmaryjanes said...

I do hate it when I'm talking to people, I had too many side windows open.

You have a great weekend too!

Carol said...

Hi everyone...just popped on......are we closed?

redmaryjanes said...

Nope, I'm here!
Good Morning!

Carol said...

Marla I have two more gifts to pick up and then I'm done!

Just have to wait for the kids to get back in school so I can WRAP!!!

redmaryjanes said...

How are you Carol?

redmaryjanes said...

I think Marla dropped off, I had a computer glitch there and people thought I left them, but I'm here.
I have to start wrapping too. Hopefully we'll get the tree up soon so I have somewhere to put everything.
I'm going to try to get some lights up outside today.

Carol said...

Oh we had a semi cold, cough thing go thru the house, I think we are doing better now.......didn't make for a nice thanksgiving other than we were home and didn't have to rush around!! Which is NICE!!

Carol said...

what about you??

any news from the agency???

redmaryjanes said...

No news about a baby for us. Our agency is focusing on placing 32 children who are mostly older as in age 8 or over and boys.
So, I think it will be a while for us.

redmaryjanes said...

So far everyone has been healthy. Tyler had a runny nose for a week or so but seems to be past it now.

Carol said...

we were offered an 8 yr old before Emily, but our then 8 yr old son didn't deal well with that...and we didn't want him angry about the adoption, I was also scared about school, but now I've met a family with an older child, and I feel so dumb! The child came over, started school, and is doing fine....caught up to his age group in one school year....can you believe that! I'm amazed everyday by what these children can do!

redmaryjanes said...

I have heard of some wonderful experiences with families who have adopted older children.

I just really want Eli to have a sibling close to him in age.

redmaryjanes said...

How do I get to the new blog? I need to get it on my list. It's hard for me to follow private blogs though, sometimes my tracker won't take them.

Carol said...

I can understand. I think in some ways an older child would do better in a family where the other children are older...

Carol said...

Oh I just have to let you in...I'll resend an invite...just look for an email from me and open it and log on ..then you should be able to follow along.........

Carol said...

I haven't done much with it....

Hey I better let you go, I'm looking at the time........

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great weekend Carol!

Special K said...

I'm going to go watch the Charlie Brown Christmas DVD with Micah.

Carol said...

Kim I resent it to you, check your email...I used the timandkim one....

Russia..hmmm...I have heard families here in MD that have adopted from there and some of the medical was not as stated in the paperwork......very sad.......

I missed the show........

Carol said...

bye ladies................

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Karen, I didn't know you were still here. I love the Charlie Brown Christmas! We have it in VHS...old copy!

redmaryjanes said...

I signed on to follow your blog Carol, have a great weekend!

redmaryjanes said...

Ok, I think all is quiet around here, I'm signing off.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Nancy said...

Man, this long weekend is messing me us...I didn't even realize it was Saturday today;(

Denise C said...

Oh...I'd love to do the Christmas card swap...and the ornament exchange too! I am mailing out my cards this week....but I still have several left...so I will still do the swap as well! I love to give and receive cards!!!
Thanks for doing this Kimberley! You Are such a blessing to so many of us!!!
Hugs!!!
Denise

Christine said...

I wish I could get in on one of your chats someday!

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

Thank you for the prayers for my Princess! Our blogs do look a lot alike :)