Saturday, November 15, 2008

Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group...

Today is National Adoption Day.

I have been up since 4am today. My FIL came in last night and he and my husband left this morning in hopes of bringing home the big buck...oh yes, it's the opening day of deer season here in Michigan.

I finished the book Wild Swans while I was flying home from Pittsburgh this week. This book was very impacting for me. Being an American, I truly have no real concept of the suffering that goes on and has gone on in the world. This book is a true account of 3 generations of women from the same family. It is absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.

There are two fundraisers going on that I am aware of, they are on my sidebar. One is for Mia Hope and you can win a $500 gift card, the other is for Kris' baby E. and you can win a wii. Please do what you can to support these families.

I have 2 ladies who have joined me in Project Christmas Angel to send a shoe box with a 2 lb bag of rice and a small gift to be delivered to The Angel House Orphanage in Haiti. If you would like to join us, please send me an e-mail and I will get the details to you.


You can see photos of the waiting children and find information about the orphanage, the school and opportunities to volunteer.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The gift that has inspired me to tell the story of Sophia's Sisters...

I recently received an e-mail from Sharon at 'Bai Li Makes 3' asking me if I would like for her to send a pair of Bailey's red maryjanes that she had outgrown for Sophia. The e-mail just really touched my heart. The first thing that came to my mind was what a 'big sister' type of thing this was, for Bailey to hand her shoes down to Sophia and how in a way our girls are sisters. Thank you so much Sharon, your gift means so much.
When I held the little shoes, I started to think about all of us and I just sat and cried. I thought about all of the stories and the pain and the sacrifice and how we women have joined together on so many occassions to raise funds, pray and support each other. I thought of the babies who have come home and tried to remember them all and the feelings in my heart when I held little Ella for the first time...the first little girl whose story I followed from the beginning who I have actually been able to meet soon after her arrival home.
I have been sitting here waiting for my great story to begin, for Sophia to come home so I can start that phase of my life...the phase where I am Sophia's mother.
But my story has already is the story of all of us and I am going to start a scrapbook of us. I want Sophia to know about all of you. I have saved every card and every letter that has been sent to me. I have photos from Christmas cards and notes. I am going to print out pages of your blogs and put them all together in a book with your stories and your notes and photos. I want my daughter to know about all of you and things that we did together to bring our children home. It will be the story of Sophia's sisters.

Monday, November 10, 2008

This Week Is Crazy!

This week is going to be nuts for me. I am slammed at work, I leave tomorrow for Pittsburgh for training on a new network for 2 days. My FIL is coming on Thursday night for the beginning of hunting season here in MI.
My husband bought me a new camera for my birthday last month and I can't figure out how to get it to download any of my pictures, so that's why you haven't seen anything from Halloween on...I'm working on it.
I'm trying to start Christmas shopping. I did get the kids' pictures done for Christmas cards, so that's a good thing. I got all of the Hallween decorations put away over the weekend.
I am constantly on the run with the kids, hockey games, tryouts, doctors office, ortho's getting wild. We had snow yesterday and the roads were icy this morning, so I left at the crack of dawn to follow Zach in to school today because he doesn't have a lot of experience with icy roads.
I started reading this book and I can't put it down. Be warned, it's a tearjerker, but it's wonderful. Thank you to Kelly who has been my personal librarian and has loaned me so many wonderful books.

Sunday, November 09, 2008