THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Good Morning and Welcome to the Saturday Morning Chat Group!


Good Morning Everyone! Today is Amy's Baby Shower, so I hope you all can attend after the Chat Group.

There are still babies at the new Starfish Cleft Home who need sponsors. If you would like to help, please send me an e-mail. The information on the post below with the babies photos is accurate, so you can see which babies still need help.

THE SAT CHAT IS CLOSED SO EVERYONE CAN JOIN US AT AMY'S BABY SHOWER!

135 comments:

Truly Blessed! said...

Good morning Kimberley!

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there!!

Truly Blessed! said...

I had to pick up Toby and his friend at school at the ridiculous hour of 7:00 am.

Truly Blessed! said...

How are you doing on this fine, February day?

redmaryjanes said...

Oh, I'm about as good as it gets!! It is finally all sinking in.

Truly Blessed! said...

Awesome on so many levels.

Truly Blessed! said...

How are all of your boys doing?

redmaryjanes said...

The boys are doing really well. I think it's kind of hard for them to believe after all of this time too.

Truly Blessed! said...

I'm so incredibly happy for you!

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you! What was Toby doing at school at 7am?

Truly Blessed! said...

Toby was at school for a "lock in" for the band. They went bowling, swimming and ice skating, in addition to playing their band instruments and playing games in the gym. It was his first "all nighter" and he's sleeping soundly now!

redmaryjanes said...

That sounds like a lot of fun, I'll bet he'll sleep until afternoon.

Truly Blessed! said...

It may be time to change your comment for commenters. I can't believe it's already the last part of February. Where is time going?

redmaryjanes said...

Oh yes, hold on!

Truly Blessed! said...

You don't have to do it this second!

Truly Blessed! said...

Kimberley, do you do any type of digital scrapbooking? I want to really learn how to do it, and got Adobe Photoshop for Christmas, but just can't figure it out. Any suggestions?

Truly Blessed! said...

Aw, that's a sweet comment for today! You have such a big heart, I can't wait until we get to throw YOU a shower!

redmaryjanes said...

I think Tim got me something, but I don't know how to use it either and I need to learn because I am constantly bugging people for graphics.

redmaryjanes said...

You made your own header and it's really cute.

redmaryjanes said...

I truly am just in shock. I keep looking at her. I know she's my girl...but truly she is so lovely. She has the largest eyes.

redmaryjanes said...

I am trying to get my carepackage together and figure out what to send her. I am going to buy a little photo book, her info says she likes dolls, so I'll probably send a doll.

Truly Blessed! said...

I made it on Scrapblog.com. It was pretty easy, but I have this PSE .6 that so many people rave about and I just don't understand it.

Thank you for the compliment on the header, btw, I just really want to learn more.

Truly Blessed! said...

So, you realize you just made an announcement, right? Anyone stopping by for the chat is going to read this and start asking a million questions!

redmaryjanes said...

I want to learn more too. I want to be able to make my own shower graphics and things so I don't have to always ask everyone for help.

redmaryjanes said...

I'm going to post about it today after the shower, or tomorrow morning, so that's ok. I'm ok if people know since we have everything confirmed.

Truly Blessed! said...

I know how your heart is hurting and elated at the same time. There's no way around that. All you can do at this point is PRAY and PRAY and PRAY some more. Make a list of specific things you need to pray for and ask people to pray for her.

Truly Blessed! said...

You should get some books on attachment, especially toddler attachment. I've got some great titles to share with you.

Truly Blessed! said...

Oh, you need to start a journal of all of your thoughts and feelings about what you're going through right now. It is such a therapeutic thing to do. Plus, you'll go back and read it a year from now and it will be eye-opening to you what you were going through at the time. You think you'll remember every little thing, but you'll forget.

redmaryjanes said...

Yes, all this time I have been preparing for a baby, and Sophia is definitely a toddler.
I know that there is a fabulous toddler attachment book, but I can't remember what it's called.

redmaryjanes said...

I probably should. I have to go through all of my clothes, so many won't fit her.

Anonymous said...

"mkkjmkjueieiljjdjiid"

translation
Where's Eli? Kimberley is Eli's Mama. Are you feeing better?

Love, Katie

Truly Blessed! said...

I'll put together a list for you of books that have come highly recommended to me. Also, do you still have the Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox book of mine? Read that, and there are a LOT of great book recommendations and website recommendations in it.

amy said...

There are so many good attachement books. Donna gave me several to read. One was called Toddler Attachment

Good morning everyone!!! We are careful with care packages as CCAA has been really watching who we contact

redmaryjanes said...

What do you mean Amy about who we contact?

Truly Blessed! said...

Good morning Amy! It's your big day!

Any idea on travel dates yet?

redmaryjanes said...

Hi Katie! From Eli.

Truly Blessed! said...

Yes, Amy, do you think the CCAA is watchdogging care packages now?

amy said...

Hello Hello!!! CCAA does not want us contacting the people directly. In other words, its perfectly fine to send packages to the addresses our agency gave us but Lynnmarie is in a foster home that is sponsored by the agency. If they find out I sent something to the foster home, they will know i have direct contact....Oh well. she is in a fabulous place.

Love the header by the way

Truly Blessed! said...

Okay, but if a child is in a SWI, it's still okay to send a package?

amy said...

I assume that is correct..we were encouraged to send a package!

Truly Blessed! said...

That's a relief for new waiting parents everywhere.

redmaryjanes said...

Daleea made the header, isn't it just darling??

redmaryjanes said...

Sophia was in a foster home, but they took her back to the orphanage to prepare her for adoption. My poor girl. Our agency told us we could send a package, so I am waiting for an address.

amy said...

I love the header..Hope I can print it out but our printer is low on ink.

Do you guys know baby Faith and her mom Donna from myshelbybaby???

Truly Blessed! said...

The header IS darling.

I don't know that blog/blogger.

Nancy said...

TB - I have you beat... I had to have my son at school yesterday at 3:30am for a fieldtrip.

RMJ - I will be e-mailing you for information for Amy

Truly Blessed! said...

Kimberley, you don't need to wait for the agency. You can get the address on Blessedkids.com - they have addresses (in Chinese and English) for almost every orphanage. check it out.

amy said...

myshelbybaby.blogspot.com she has 2 kids from China, good friend of mine..Anyway, got to see her at work last night as they were admited

Truly Blessed! said...

Good grief, Nancy, 3:30 AM? That's ridiculous!!!!

Good morning, by the way!

redmaryjanes said...

What were they admitted for Amy?

Truly Blessed! said...

Oh oh, Amy, I certainly hope it wasn't serious.

redmaryjanes said...

Good Morning Nancy!
I haven't talked with you in such a long time. How are you girl?

I sent over Amy's info.

Truly Blessed! said...

Field trip to WHERE? How far did they have to travel that made them leave before 4:00 in the morning? Sheesh!

Nancy said...

RMJ- I read back and think I missed something. Fill me in, however, my dad is here, I have 3 boys to register for spring sports, a basketball game and need to get lasagna started for dinner so I can't stick around. Send me an e-mail:)

Truly Blessed! said...

Oh my. It's AWFUL outside - I can't believe it's snowing this hard AGAIN! Yuck.

I am SO ready for spring!

redmaryjanes said...

I will send you an e-mail :) We accepted a referral officially yesterday for a 3.5 year old little girl.

Nancy said...

It was to Brownsburg, IN for a Challenger Spaceship fieldtrip. They got to go to the moon to pick up a lost probe. Brownsburg is 3 hours from here, and an hour ahead of us. They got back around 6:30pm last night.

redmaryjanes said...

We have baby powder snow here, but nothing big yet. I hear this is going to be a bad weekend though.

amy said...

she will be okay, just respiratory issues.

its cold here in atlanta today

Truly Blessed! said...

To the moon and back in 20 hours, I guess that's pretty cool!

I'm glad your friend's child is going to be okay.

Have you all been keeping up with the story of Lydia M? It's heartbreaking.

Truly Blessed! said...

Oops, I meant 15 hours...

Truly Blessed! said...

Kimberley, you're not that far from me - it's blizzarding here!

redmaryjanes said...

Just a light dusting here so far. Who is Lydia M? What's happening?

Truly Blessed! said...

Well, gals, I have to run. Gotta get the girls dressed and out the door for a 10:00 function.

It's been fun chatting with you and I'll try to get back in time to join in on the fun for Amy's shower...

Truly Blessed! said...

Oops, sorry, Lydia was adopted from Guangdong (where Katie is from) about 3 years ago. She has leukemia. Her adoptive family found Lydia's birth family, hoping to find a bone marrow match, but the leukemia is too far along. They're just waiting now. It's heartbreaking.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lydialimeieikomiyashita

Okay, I really have to run now.

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great day Kelly. Oh, I do know who little Lydia is and it is so sad.

redmaryjanes said...

Boy, it's pretty quiet.

amy said...

it is quiet..I know Karen and Bruce are at the beach

Gail said...

Good morning Kimberley, just wanted to stop by and say hi!

Gail said...

Hi Amy too!

Nancy said...

I'm back, but temporarily so. I am doing OK. Hubby still won't consider SN. I think I am going to be waiting 5 years.

amy said...

Good morning everyone

redmaryjanes said...

Hello there gail! How are you?

redmaryjanes said...

Sophia is SN, she has a mild heart condition. We believe asd/vsd.

redmaryjanes said...

Amy's Baby Shower is Today Everyone, right after the Sat Chat. I can send you her list if in e-mail if you like, just let me know.

Gail said...

I am very well and I just read your post, so happy for you RMJ. I don't know what to say, you must be over the moon.

amy said...

RMJ, then you need to read donnas blog at www.myshelbybaby.blogspot.com

her second baby she got a afew months ago was a heart baby

Kristy said...

KIMBERLEY!!!!!! I am so excited for you , I am jumping up and down. See for every one thing that happens and crashes our world, HE lifts us up in HIS arms and blesses us incredibly!!!!

Gail said...

Kimberley, when are you planning to make the 'official' announcement on your blog? I have a big smile on my face BTW. :)

Kristy said...

I can't wait to see her precious face!!!

OH yeah Good morning ladies!!!!

Amy can you please email me your mailing address?

KrisLRodriguez@aol.com

Love, Kristy

redmaryjanes said...

Oh, thank you Kristy, we are so happy. I think we are still in shock!

redmaryjanes said...

Gail,
I will announce after the shower or tomorrow morning, but I'm so happy to share the news with the Sat Chat ladies because you all have cheered me on for over a year now.

amy said...

we are soooo excited you you

Gail said...

I know what you mean about being in a state of shock, I was the same way for quite a while after Will's referral and we've had him now 7 months and still sometimes can't believe he's ours. Can't wait to see her beautiful face.

Gail said...

I just read back on the comments and saw her age. We will definitely have to talk before you travel and I can give you some hints and will support you in anyway I can. Toddlers are GREAT fun. V

redmaryjanes said...

Our agency is so conservative about photos. So I will post her shoes today. LADIES, SHE IS WEARING RED MARYJANES IN HER REFERRAL PHOTO. Can you believe it?

Kristy said...

Ladies I could sit here all day and talk to all of you but today is my sister and my neices birthday and we are going to Austin for a day of pampering, so I will talk to you all soon!! Oh Kimberley you have just made my day!!!

I love the heck out of all of you!!
Have a great weekend!!!!

Love and blessings, Kristy

redmaryjanes said...

Have a great time today Kristy!!

Truly Blessed! said...

Hey Gail, Kristy, Amy, Nancy & Kimberley (if you're all still here).

I decided it's just not worth the effort to get these girls out and to the library in this blizzard. I just put in a video for them and am back.

Gail said...

She's wearing red shoes! Why of course she is...she's your little girl.

redmaryjanes said...

Amy,
Did you send Kristy an e-mail or would you like me to forward your address and wish list to her?

Truly Blessed! said...

Kimberley, I think you should make Sophia's shoes your blog header!

redmaryjanes said...

Maybe I will. It's so funny, I couldn't believe it when I saw the photo. Tim is working on cropping her feet out for me.

Truly Blessed! said...

I don't mean to brag (okay...yes I do!), but I've seen her and she's GORGEOUS!!!! And the shoes are just the icing on the cake, a sign from God above that THIS beautiful child is mean to be with HER BEAUTIFUL MAMA.

She's beautiful and is going to be worth the wait for all of her fans around the world!

Kristy said...

I really need to get ready but I am just crazy over the red mary janes!!! Do you know how truly amazing that is!!!! WOW!!!

Ok for real I am going now!!!

Gail said...

Amy I just want to say how happy I am for you, you must be so excited to be leaving soon. Are you packed, I mean pretty much?

Truly Blessed! said...

Bye Kristy, have a great time today with the birthday girls!

Nancy, if you're still around, I hope you know we understand and we hurt for you. We've all been there, we all know that awful, not in control feeling you're having. {{{{{{BIG CYBER HUGS}}}}}}}

Cry, scream, vent, yell at the CC*AA and wail about the wait that sucks...you're safe with us, we agree and we understand.

redmaryjanes said...

I will tell you that I prayed and prayed and begged God for a sign to show my when I saw a child that she was mine.

I really couldn't believe it when I opened the photo.

Pam and Jeff said...

Hi,everyone. Just sopping by for the shower.

Pam and Jeff said...

I guess stopping would be better instead of sopping.

redmaryjanes said...

Yes my sweet Nancy,
I know how it feels to see people get referrals while you are waiting for so long. It is so bittersweet. I love you girl. And I am here for you.

Gail said...

U sure got your sign Kimberley.

redmaryjanes said...

Hi there Pam! How are you doing?

redmaryjanes said...

Amy,

I have received quite a few e-mails asking for your gift list and I am keeping a list for you so you will know who everyone is.

Pam and Jeff said...

I am doing pretty good. Ready for spring. I just realized the shower starts at 12n. I probably won't be here at that time.
Amy-I cannot wait for you to pick up Lynn Marie. It does my heart good.

k1 said...

Good morning everyone and Congratulations Kimberley on your referral and Amy on your TA and shower.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Hello Everyone,
BIG HUG to you Kimberley..... I just popped in to say, "I'm so happy for your family!"
Thank You Jesus for answered prayers!
I read in the comments that you shared your happy news! Woohoo!
Ok, I just found a darling kit for our special project that reminds me of you..... so I am off to work on it. Oh, I hope you love it.
Enjoy walking above the clouds.
Love you,
Daleea

Gail said...

Kimberley, Could you please email me Amy's gift list? We are renewing Grace's passport(they expire at 5 years), and have an appointment to do that at 11:30am. Then we are going out to get shoes for the 2 kids and that is an event always.

redmaryjanes said...

Sure Gail, I will get it right out to you.

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you Karen! We are very excited. Still kind of in shock.

redmaryjanes said...

Thank you Daleea, you are just wonderful!

Truly Blessed! said...

Good morning Karen, it's early there!

amy said...

Im still here. I sort of fell asleep for 10 minutes whil watching Dirty Dancing..

DOnt laugh, Im awake now!

Truly Blessed! said...

Heh. We took the boys to the shoe outlet for new shoes. Katie and Ella were in HEAVEN clomping around in way too big ladies shoes, carrying purses over each of their arms. They were very cute and put each pair of shoes they tried on back in the original boxes when they were done.

redmaryjanes said...

Ok Amy, you know I have to laugh just a little. So, how many more days until you are in China?

redmaryjanes said...

That is so cute. Eli said he wanted Sophia to be big like him and I told him she was going to be the same size as Katie and he said that was ok.

k1 said...

Morning. It's too early here!. But gotta get up early if I'm gonna talk with you gals.

Can't stay for the shower though. Have more stuff to plant and a room to paint at the church.

In two weekends is the Community Open house of our new recreation center and campus. The week after that we leave for Honduras.

k1 said...

Amy, have watched DD at least 15 times!

amy said...

Pam, the shower ends atnoon!!!

8 more shifts at work until China..we leave March 11th1!

redmaryjanes said...

Wow Karen, you all have been working on your church for such a long time. I am glad that you are almost done and it look great.
What are you doing in Honduras? Didn't you go last year too?

redmaryjanes said...

Oh no, the shower starts at 12 noon. After the Sat Chat, but we can start it now Amy if you want...I'll get the post up.

redmaryjanes said...

I wouldn't talk about Sophia at your shower. :) There will only be LynnMarie talk!

Truly Blessed! said...

Another DD fan here. I've probably watched it a dozen times myself.

Karen, you do so much for your church. They're lucky to have you.

redmaryjanes said...

Do you want to start now Amy??

redmaryjanes said...

I can get the post up and change the music!

amy said...

sorry I got confused

k1 said...

I don't think the work at the church will ever end. It may just be less often.... maybe.

We did weekly cleaning in order to get it occupied. Then we did weekly planting to save paying the landscapers. We are finishing that project up finally!!!!

I'll still clean once a month in addition to greeting once a month, shuttling once a week, and doing the money count every other week.

It's our annual adult mission trip to the Tegucigalpa dump. We'll be building a kind of out door covered community picnic shelter thing I guess. A place for the children's families to gather outside the school. Haven't heard what other projects there may be.

amy said...

sorry for the trouble..I thought you were splitting it up within the 4 hours

redmaryjanes said...

Amy, you are no trouble!! Just let me know what you would like, we will start whenever you want! I am so happy for you and your girl! We already have a prize winner. I'm sorry, I obviously didn't explain it very well. What time is good for you. This is your day girl! I changed the music :)

amy said...

I just read your older post. you explained it perfectly!! Sorry!!!!

redmaryjanes said...

Girl! I am here for you and your little princess, so this is your day. I will happily put up the post whenever you like. I am so happy for you.

redmaryjanes said...

Let's just do it. Let's put up the post and jump up to the shower.
Hold on a minute.

redmaryjanes said...

OK EVERYONE, jump up to the shower post, we are starting the shower!!

k1 said...

congratulations again Kimberley

Ivy said...

I just rec'd 10 donated blankets for Amanda. I have so many things I have to get out here. But more people are sending items for both the babies and Amanda. Here she is a big fan of salsa and chips!

Ivy