Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Drinking Deeply and Snowy Egret

My amazingly talented cousin has done it again!!!

She sent me two more paintings use as auction
They are both watercolors and just gorgeous!! 
They are valued at $150 ea.

The Snowy Egret is so lifelike.
I love the colors in the water and his
Graceful neck! 

Drinking Deeply is really beautiful.
After my younger brother was
In a car accident, butterflies
Have had special meaning.

The wings look so real you'd swear
It was going to lift off the petals.

These are both really beautiful pieces and I'm so
Blessed to have such a generous family.
I love you Paula!!
Thank you again!

We only have 2 and 1\2 weeks before we
Leave for our trip.
So far we are about half way
To our goal.
But here's my verse for tonight.
And unless the Lord provides for our trip
We labor in vain.

God bless you and your families!!!.
We'll have to do a catch up post about
School with this bunch next time.
Life is never boring!! :-)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Whats for you...

Its been a while since I've done a "Catch up" post. 

                                                    So here goes. 

In October of last year we took in two little people. 
A 7yr old and his little sister who was 2.  
What followed was 9 months of public school,
Mysterious bruises, grandparents and their lawyers.
Last month they transitioned home to a grandparent,
We were then a family of 8 for a few weeks. 
In the lull between cases we decided to adopt "the twins".
The social worker and GAL asked the judge if he wanted
them to start the "going to school" process.  
Get this!!!! 
The judge said, "I don't think so. I'm in favor of them 
That is a huge answer to prayer. After this last year I DID NOT
want to deal with the public school system again! 
Ten days ago we got the call to take in a little guy.
He's 21 months old. VERY expressive. But no habla englas! 
;-). So we installed translating apps on our phone again.  
He was severely malnourished and the neglect is obvious
In his muscle tone, but I know he'll bounce backfriende good! 
the mom needs an interpreter so visitation was hard to schedule.
But the day before our first visit we took "little man" to the Dr.
We got a yucky diagnosis, and so visits are suspended until 
Everyone gets a clean bill of health. 

Ok. So that's us. :-) 

We are still doing our fundraising.  And David has been fixing up
The RV.  Re doing the ceiling vents and patching the leaks. :-) 
She should be road worthy. ;-) 

So here's where a little reality sets in. 
I was talking to my friend she's near Edinburgh.  She said, 
"Whats for you, wont go by you.". 
I love that!!! 

Made me start thinking. 
All the planning in the world won't guarantee 
Anything !
I can kill myself trying to make 
My other endeavors pay off.
But in the end this is all there is.

I am choosing to commit it to the Lord. 
Knowing myslef as I do I will probably have to re-commit
It to Him every day. Every hour. 
And minute by minute. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A WARNING about Jamberry's

If you give a girl a sample,

She's going to want to try the 7 day challenge.

If she tries the 7 day challenge, 
She'll remember how bad nail polish smells, 

When she remembers how bad nail polish smells. 
She'll have to wait until her husband goes to work. 

When her husband goes to work she'll lock the door,
Open the windows and turn on the fan. 

After she paints her nails and adds her accent nail,
The baby will start to cry.

After she gets the baby settled she'll look down,
And where used to be pretty polished nails, she sees

After she cries and fusses with them a bit she goes online, 
While she's online she finds some ridiculous 
Lengths that people go to in order to protect their wet nails!  

Then she'll join Jamberry and get her own pack of samples 
So she can encourage someone else
To try the 7 day challenge. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mountain Stream

Mountain Stream 
Matted and fits an 11x14 frame. 

Isn't that just wonderful?!? 
I'm in love with this painting,  and here's the fun part..... 

You can own this beautiful piece!!! 

Last week when I blogged about our fundraising efforts, the artist contacted me!  
She said, "I'd like to donate a piece for you to auction,  if you'd be interested." 
I am so humbled at her generous offer! 
She is shipping it here until our auction is over so we will be able to enjoy for a few days.  I may put in my own bid to keep it!!  ;-)
Thank you again Paula it is just stunning!  

We will be auctioning this beautiful piece and the proceeds will be going towards our trip. 

It is valued at $150 

About the artist:
Paula Walden is a professional artist with an undergraduate degree in art. 
Born and raised in Colorado she currently lives and works in Minneapolis. 

You want another look at it?  I do. 

The auction will run tonight through next sat the 26th. 
Please post your bid in the comments or e mail me and I will add it. 

Thank you Paula,  I can't wait to see it in person,  your generosity has overwhelmed us!  

Saturday, July 12, 2014


If you had a wedding and a funeral that you had to get your family of 10 to,  what would you do??
We're doing all the obvious things, but it's time for some NOT SO OBVIOUS. ;-)

With just over 2 months before the wedding,  we need to kick it into high gear.

If you've always seen hand made wash cloths and thought they would really be asking $____, now's your chance.

I have made 20 washcloths in a variety of colors.
A donation of any amount will WIN you a wash cloth of your very own. ;-)
It's like having a %100 chance of winning the cotton lottery!!

The other thing we're doing is Jamberry. 

Abi and I are actually having a lot of fun with this.  There are something like 300 patterns.  And last for weeks!  
Here's the best thing,  most of the business is done online!!  So I can still be mom and teacher and valet and laundry mat. ;-) 
Let me know if you would love to try them or host an online party. 

Wish us luck!!!  I really wanna be there when these two get married!!!  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

An Open Letter

Dear Special Needs Momma,

 I saw you walk in with your little guy, using his crutches like a pro, and the baby in the stroller with the oxygen had a beautiful smile!!
That waiting room although they catered to special kids, they DID not cater to families.
 My 5yr old was enamored with your baby and kept wanting to sit closer and closer to you. An hour and a half in the waiting room was making everyone a little anxious. Your boy started rocking and verbalizing his discontent, mine were running out the "appropriate behavior" clock.
 I know what's its like to be stared at, the pointing and the whispers. I, too have silently willed the checker at the grocery store to scan those items a little faster, and considered making a break for it leaving the groceries and cart behind in a cloud of dust as my children go from "cute" to "there's something obviously going on there".
When my 5yr old, who has FAS, 30 second memory, social development delays said something childish about your child, I understand that your first reaction was to lash out at my "rude/undisciplined" child.
 But I wish that you hadn't.
 I wish that you had responded with, "Come meet my son ___, let's be friends!"

 Dear Curious Fellow Wal-mart Shopper,

 I'm sorry my 4yr old hoots like an angry owl.
I'm sorry that my 5yr old mistakes your eye contact with an invitation to be held.
I understand that seeing my multicolored family kicks your imagination into overdrive.
 (I blame too many "reality" TV shows)
I would like to invite you to talk to me about it! I'm passionate about foster care. I believe in adoption! I love having a big colorful family!!

 Here's a list of things NOT TO SAY:

°Where'd you get them? (I will respond with, "Aisle 10!  I had a coupon!!"
°Can't you control your kids? (This remark has been met with, "I'm busy controlling my temper right now.")
°Wow, you have a lot of kids! (To this I look shocked and say, oh no! They're not mine!) ;-) The lady at the DMV didn't think that was funny.
 °Soooo, your husband is black? (I hear this all the time, believe it or not. I just matter of factly tell them. "No, he's white. Boy, were we shocked!")
 °You must have a big house! (I actually enjoy this one, the answer is simple. Small house, big heart.)

 If you have said, or heard any other funny questions or comebacks, I'd LOVE to hear them!! Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I can't drive and chew gum at the same time

When my hubby leaves the house for work, and the sun is just starting to come up, and the house is still and quiet, the inner struggle begins. "Stay in bed, go back to sleep, let the therapists help themselves." OR "Get up, start the tea pot, have a little quiet time and savor the peaceful moments." Wednesday morning I chose the latter. 
I got up, reached for my Bible and had a little "come to Jesus" moment.  It went something like this, "Lord, take this trouble from me!!! But if you don't, give me stamina, give me patience, be near me, and help me to not lose my freaking mind!!!!!"  It was a reverant moment. ;-) 
But I've decided that Jesus appreciates an honest heart, as much as I do! :-) 
Then I thought, "I have another hour before the meeting, I'll go sit on my bed, put on my headphones and started up a movie I've been trying to finish on my I pad. 
Not five minutes later I hear the doorbell being rung....persistently. Hahaha 
I sprang from the bed, and went to the door slipping into my robe and there was the social worker and the CASA.  "Hi! I hope it's ok, we're a little early , we wanted to see the kids before the meeting."  
If you are going to anyone's house, except mine, you would call, text, SOMETHING and ask if you could come early. Right???  I mean, it's not just me, right??? 
Any who, woke up the ones they wanted to see, got them dressed, changed little's diaper and fed them while they talked. 
When it was time for the meeting our home supervisor came. Actually 2 minutes after the meeting was scheduled for. (She's my kind of gal!) 
The meeting, did not go as planned. 
The judge denied our request for a referral.  
We haven't talked about this much, but this last placement has been bad, and we are asking the judge to find another placement. Hopefully one that will adopt them, as their bio situation has deteriorated. Things here at home, well, lets just say there have lots of opportunity for character development, and "come to Jesus" moments. 
The judge is denying our referral request because. The "dad" who is actually not related to either of the  children, has a sister. This "Aunt" who isn't related to either of them,  wants "little".  That leaves them with a bit of a problem. 
We will adopt "little", but not "big", and this "Aunt" will only consider taking "big" if "little" is part of the deal.  It is crazy to me that this "Aunt" who isn't even related is who is holding up the process!!!  
They are going to subpoena me to come and speak to the judge, (about what I'm not completely sure)  but court isn't until the 8th ...... OF MAYYYYY!!!!  Can you believe that?!? Another 6 weeks before we can even talk to the judge! Ugh
If you think about us, pray for our little family. 
Pray for wisdom, and strength, pray that we are making good memories. We want to show Jesus' love, not just His tolerance. ;-) 
About the title here, I was driving to my happy place, (aka Hobby Lobby) chomping on my gum, and out of nowhere, I bit my tongue!!!  I don't mean, nipped it, or almost, I mean, I bit it so hard I had to pull over and cry for a minute.   That not the saddest part of my story.   I have been completely obsessed with Wasabi and Soy Almonds!!! And with this "owie" I can't eat them!!!! 
Cue the violin music, and the mournful wailing! 

Made some fun new things this week. 
They are one foot square, and lined with minky.
I think they are so fun! 
One of our therapists said, there would only be one addition if she was ordering one.
A paci ring.
Boy was she right! 
Now you have a little Lovey, with satin tags, and a Paci loop. 
I've made them in three fun colors, but they could be made to match any color scheme! 
Thanks for stopping by! 
I hope y'all are having more fun days  and fewer character building moments.