Saturday, November 21, 2009


I start this post thinking a lot lately about how thankful I am for dear friends! Without my friends I couldn't make it- don't really have a lot of support from family sometimes and that makes me so appreciate all the advice and love and support I get from my true friends!
Thursday night I stayed up late to go see the second movie in the Twilight series, New Moon- it started at midnight! I didn't get to bed until 3AM- I realize I am no spring chicken any more! It was worth it, great movie! Then on Friday was the annual Cup of Cheer Homes Tour to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks- It's a handful of houses in the Springfield area all decked out for the Holidays! Totally gets me in the mood! My mom and I and a group of great girls go every year- this is our 6th year. Each year you get a different china tea cup to commemorate the day. It's so much fun, we shop and eat after we are finished- so that was yesterday and I didn't get home until midnight! Needless to say, I am wiped OUT! In Springfield, we visited the World Vision Africa Aids Experience Exhibit. You took on the identity of a child from Africa as you walked through a village as that child, and finding out you had HIV and how you dealt with that.... There was a prayer chapel with pictures of hundreds of people affected by AIDS in Africa and you could leave a prayer pinned up on the wall- it was very moving! Overall we had a great day!
I am starting to think about our Christmas card and what kind of picture to use- I found a great artist named Laura Kelley- below is a picture of my kids in her creations! I LOVE them! You can get your own at Check it out! It supports her adoption from Ethiopia! She is great to work with, too- I am already working on an order for a friend of mine with her own cutie from ET!
Last but not least, it is National Adoption Day- so Happy National Adoption Day! I am so thankful that we live in a Nation that allows us to adopt, domestically and internationally! I thank the Lord for that and for all of the children that have been and will be adopted! Praise the Lord!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


We are now 6th!!!! on the UNofficial waiting list for a baby girl from Ethiopia with our agency, America World. There are so many families getting ready to go travel this month and next to pick up their kiddo's, it's going to be very exciting to see what happens in the next few months! There are so many things to be thankful for! Just wanted to let everyone know about the progress moving on up that list! Keep those referrals coming! On another great note, I get to watch a sweet baby girl from Ethiopia this Friday, for my friend, and I can't wait! I'll be getting my practice in- (and lots of hugs, too.) My neice turned 16 today!! She is having her "party" at our house this weekend, pictures are sure to come.... it ought to be interesting, when about 30 teenagers crash here on Sat. night!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Fun,Coffee Fundraising and Update.....

We survived another Halloween...... Since it fell on a Saturday this year- we had a busy evening! We started off trick-or-treating a few neighbors and then we headed to our first party. The kids and Dad's trick-or-treated some more and then came back. Then off to our other party! By the time we got home, Harrison was laying on the floor in the bathroom, too tired to crawl into the tub! Sugar Crash! Thankfully we gained an hour Saturday night! Sunday afternoon we headed to Houston, to my Mom's shop. My Dad took the kids to the farm while my Mom and I decorated for Christmas! Yes, I said it- Christmas! In retail, most of the Open Houses are the first weekend in Nov.- So we had to get it ready! Which is ok with me, because I LOVE CHRISTMAS! My mom has a shoe store and in the back we have a small business with gifts and all kinds of home decor- needless to say, Christmas is busy and lots of fun!
On to more important things: We are now UN-Officially 7TH IN LINE on the unofficial list. There are so many families with our agency getting ready to travel this month and next to go pick up their precious children! Which means, the Transitional Home will have lots of room for new kids!!! It's going to be a great New year, I just know it!

One more thing.... We have signed up with a company, JUST LOVE COFFEE- They sell Fair Trade Coffee and they give adopting families approx. 30% of the proceeds to go toward costs of their adoptions. All our friends and family have to do is go to the website: and buy great coffee! You can even buy Ethiopian coffee- You know Ethiopia is the original birthplace of coffee- it came from the Kaffa region. So we would love to have your support! More later, enjoy the pics!