THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Friday, February 29, 2008

Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group!

I am putting this together for you all, but I am not going to be here. I know that many of you are planning to come by and hold the Saturday Morning Chat Group even though I will be away and I think that is fantastic! So, Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thank you LeeAnne and Gwen!


Thank you LeeAnne and Gwen for your very generous donations to the Starfish Postage Fund. It is very much appreciated. We have a lot to ship : )

Thank You Hayley!


Hayley, thank you so much for your Starfish donations! That is the biggest bag of Craisins I have ever seen. And the motrin and tylenol and vicks are wonderful to see. I know that Amanda needs them. Hayley's blog is 'The Happy Hoppes'.

Thank You Carol!


Carol, thank you so much for all of these darling clothes and for your generous donation to the postage fund. The Starfish are going to look smashing! Carol's blog is 'At Home with Emily'.

Guest Hosts Needed for the Saturday Morning Chat!


I am not able to be here this Saturday Morning and was wondering if anyone out there would like to host the Saturday Morning Chat for me. It really is an easy job. People just come and go and the conversations start themselves. The chat group is open from 8am to 12 noon. Multiple people could host and cover different time slots. I think it could be fun. I'll have the post all ready to go for you here on the blog.
Just leave a comment if you'd like to do it : )

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Thank You Robin!


Robin, I want to thank you for donating a part of the proceeds that you raised this month to bring your daughter home to the Starfish postage fund. You never cease to amaze me. Here you are working so hard to raise money for your family, and yet you reach out and make a very generous donation to the children at Starfish. Thank you my friend.
I hope that everyone will continue to support 'Red Thread Stitches'. I just got the customized apron that I ordered for my secret buddy gift for March and it is darling!

Thank You Michelle!


Michelle, Thank you so much for all of these wonderful donations for Starfish! I will be forwarding Ella's picture to the Starfish Foster Home in China. I think that they will love it. : )

Thank You So Much Texas Family!

I received these items in the mail. There is no name or card, but the return address is from Texas. Thank you so much for these donations for Starfish. Please leave a comment if you sent these items, I would love to properly thank you...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Little Eli is Sick...


Tim had a meeting tonight and it was just Eli and me, so I decided to get some McDonald's for dinner. (Everyone who knows I'm dieting, please don't say anything). Eli was so excited to get his toy, but wouldn't eat any of his dinner. This is definitely not normal for my very big eater. I let it slide though. About half an hour later he told me his stomach hurt, which usually means he needs to visit the restroom to go potty. Well, thank goodness he was in the bathroom, because there is no nice way to say it...the chunks flew! Oh man, all over the wall, the door, the potty seat, the area rug. It was awful. I can't even go downstairs now because it still smells awful to me. I gave Eli a bath and I took a shower and I still don't feel free from it.
He is sleeping now, and hasn't been sick since, so maybe it's a one time deal. We'll have to see. Tim is bringing home some Pedialyte.

Quote for the Week...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Thank You Roy and Lori...You Make The World a Better Place Award...


Thank you so much Roy and Lori for giving me this award. It really means a lot to me. It made my day to see this post on your blog this morning.

Rules are to link to Ukok's Place http://catholicconvert.wordpress.com/
then choose 5 other bloggers for this award.

I cannot choose just 5 people to give this award to. And I cannot list all of you out because there are well over 40 of you. To all of you who are helping with the Starfish Supply Raiser...please take this award and display it on your blog.

Thank You Lisa!

Lisa, thank you so much for your starfish donation. I just love all of the hats. Especially the hand-made ones on the left. They are the same as the one I received for each of my children when they were in the hospital. Very special. I did receive the sheet and the beanie babies too, but I just couldn't get it all into the photo. I can't believe how much you fit into your box! I need you to come over and help me pack all of this up at the end of the month!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Two Women...


I received this poem from an amazing woman who I am growing to call my friend. Our paths have crossed in a very unusual way and I have to tell our story.

I am sure that many of you remember several months ago the post that I wrote about the baby whose information we had requested from an agency that wasn't our own. As it turned out, we couldn't leave our current agency without having to start our paperwork all over again and we would lose all of the money that we had invested with them up until that time. So, we sadly stepped back and were later informed that she had been referred to a family.

A couple of weeks ago I was reading Daleea's blog and I saw a comment from a woman named Sharon and her graphic was a photo of the baby. My heart just stopped. I just had to click on the link. As you will see from her blog, she is a woman with a beautiful soul. A wonderful person with a lovely family. I had to go to her a blog a couple of times before I could decide whether or not I should tell her about myself and our experience. I finally did and I am so glad. She reached out with such kindness.

She left this poem for me today and it touched me to the point of tears. It means so much to me coming from her.

This is just one more amazing experience that I have had on this journey to my daughter. I feel so blessed to be able to watch Bailey come home to her mother Sharon and her family. And I am glad to have another special friend there to help me along as I find my way to my Sophia Jane. Sharon's blog is 'And Bai Li Makes3'.
You should meet her.

This is the poem:

Even though I was afraid
you laid a hand on mine and said "it's ok, don't cry Myla, ...your baby is out there
and she's waiting patiently for you."

Even though I didn't believe somedays,
you believed for me
when I couldn't muster it, you called,
you wrote, you came around anyway.

When I couldn't stand any more questions or talk
you said you were thinking of me and that meant so much
even if I couldn't express it

I was angry and hurting,
so much grief, pain, and loss-
when I could not see beyond it you said "love, Myla"

When I was too close to the situation and my vision clouded,
bogged down in logistics
you reminded me of the reason,
love
of the direction,
faith
of the necessity,
trust
of the power inherent in us all to rise above.

My tears are grateful ones now, friend, believe it.
I take you with me when I go.


Copyright Myla Stauber 2000

Myla Stauber adopted her child from Viet Nam in 2000. She writes, "I dedicate this poem to all those who helped, understood, worked, provided advice and loving kindness to us on this journey. To thank you .... and to bless those still waiting. It happens and it is the mightiest miracle in the world."

Sunday...