Thursday, May 26, 2011


This describes more than just my age!  This saturday, my good friend Elizabeth is throwing a 31 party as a fund raiser for our adoption.  All the proceeds from this fun brunch go towards our second adoption.  If you aren't familiar with 31 products click here (or if you are and want to make an online purchase.) 

On the adoption front, we get our final USCIS finger prints tomorrow.  Then, hopefully, our paperwork will be done and off to Ethiopia in the next few weeks!  Which means a REALLY big check is due in a few weeks too. 

So, please let me know if you are interested in coming to the 31 party and have an great long weekend!!
p.s. in one week I will be mama to a 6 year old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

spam mail + trash = tears

Once again I couldn't stop laughing tonight while my daughter wailed.  I mean crocodile tears... and snot, scaring the neighbors.  I had to go in the other room and recover, change the grin to a grimace, and walk back into the kitchen.  What caused our beautiful daughter to weep?

 I had thrown away the spam mail credit card application that she had been working on before dinner.  That's right, the 24% interest chase card letter that I tore up and put in the recycle... tormented and made weeping for over 1/2 of an hour.  At that point, I decided we should not go for a walk.  We climbed the stairs and made an early bedtime.  When we prayed, she had nothing she could think of to be thankful for, in fact the tears showed up again about the application...(I'm laughing right now!)begrudgingly she thanked God for hanging with Gigi and asked God to bring her a brother and sister.  Then, LIGHTS OUT!!! 

ahhh, and that is why I have a blog entry in before 8:30pm!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

funny winnie

I have to cover up my smiles when Winnie's being serious ALL THE TIME!  Sometimes she catches me, gives me a stearn look, and asks me not to laugh at her, "that's not nice mom".  How can I not smile and laugh when she floats into the kitchen and says,
"Precious mama.  You are beautiful, I mean gorgeous, and you are a great dancer." This being said while I am not looking beautiful, scrubbing tons of dishes, and sort of grumpy.  Hugs me, then floats away.

Next chuckle, she motions me to come over to the window and see one of the wild rabbits in our yard.  She says, "Mom!! I've got the best idea ever!  I am going to catch and KILL two rabbits for dad's birthday.  Will you help me?  We can cook them for him, and he will be sooooo happy.  DON'T tell dad!! This has to be a secret!"  A little background, Tim favorite dish is rabbit and white beans.

We were getting ready for Disney, and We were telling Winnie about all the Disney characters she might meet.  Winnie thinks real hard and says, "Am I going to get to meet Bob Dylan?"

Everyday, we I make up elaborate stories to tell her.  I have some pretty stinkin' good endings, and I am pretty proud of myself.  Winnie will say, "that's it?  geesh, that was pretty short." 

Tonight, we were discussing heaven.  Grandma Nina has just gone to heaven, and we were discussing what it would be like.  I told her that there are no bed times there.  You can play as long as you like, and dance, and be right next to Jesus.  Winnie said, "and Eat?" my response, "sure."  Winnie, "can you eat right after you finish lunch? and then keep eating until your belly pops?"  "I guess, but I don't know why you would, that sounds painful," I say.  She replies, "not to me.  I could just eat and eat and eat."  So, we are STILL working on the portion control thing, and I snuck a piece of coconut cream pie from my moms house while she wasn't looking.  I'm sitting here eating it while I type.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Life, death and inbetween

My grandma is dying.  It's been a rough few weeks caring for her and making some hard transitions.  She's been a big part of my life for the last...31+ years.  On top of this, we've had a garage sale, a car wreck that totaled our 6 day old car, a few trips to the ER, working extra and a little worrying over my dad's upcoming major surgery in Florida (where none of my relatives live)!  Never a dull moment, although it doesn't sound half bad to have a few days full of "dull moments."

I was able to sit with my Nina for a few hours today and read to her from the book of Psalms.  I was doing this for her benefit, I thought, until I read this...
"He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children.  Praise the Lord" Psalms 113:9

What a reminder!  After all, I am a blessed woman!  I had to read it again... and again.  In that moment, full of sadness and reflection on the life that I am about to lose, I was reminded of the gift I have been given to be a mother... and maybe a grandma someday too.  In fact, I might be laying in this same way with my granddaughter at my side, reading to me.  I can't imagine a better way to transition into heaven.  It brought me peace even though I initially was looking for a way to comfort her.  That's just how He works...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Garage sale glory

Yes, in one day we raised approximately $1,100 for our second adoption.  It still seems a little surreal since we have quite a bit of merchandise left.  We had friends bringing car loads of sale items, sorting and pricing, and helping the day of the sale.  Not to mention, many of our friends bought items just to be nice...
Thank you so much for all the support!  Winnie's snack shack was a huge success.  She ran out of cupcakes half way through the sale partly due to her strapping appetite and the freedom she felt as we were running around helping people and haggling prices. 

In general, people were really supportive, rounding up the prices and passing along good wishes for the adoption.  Yes, we had a few craig's listers who wanted half the sale for $2, but I had some firm helpers and I learned from them :)  The strangest reaction was from a lady who was visibly distraught that the adoption was for a human and not for cats.  She spent several minutes sharing about the plight of the orphaned cat, trying to persuade me to adopt cats...  She was in luck, we had several nice cat products that she was able to snatch up!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mickey and the Gang

 Jasmine, Jasmine and Aladdin
 A lot of glitter and glitz at the bippity boppity boutique
 Ahhh, She's been wanting long hair for a VERY long time
 Goofy got a hug at Animal Kingdom
The newest member of the round up gang
 A little magic
 Finally seeing the castle!! So exciting
 A passerby swore we were spelling it wrong.  OH-IO
 Tiana was just coming out and walked right up to Winnie.  She pulled her to the front of the line and gave her a balloon frog.  Probably one of my most magical moments!!
 Shake a tail feather!
 This was my mom's idea, I swear
 3-d movies
 Tim was pretty sure Pocahontas was not Native American, but she was pretty and sweet
 Best food in East Africa sold bad coffee and packaged danishes, so we thought we should take a photo
 Winnie and Gigi at the "gun show"

We got the chance to visit Disney World last week.  We fought the crowds, rode the rides, and wore fanny packs.  It was a much needed break from our hectic schedules.  Winnie reminded me to tell my co-workers that I would not be coming in to work for a WHOLE WEEK!!  Rest assured Miss Winnie, I scheduled my vacation time long ago.  What surprised me was that we would get to the parks and after about an hour, she wanted to go back to the hotel and swim!  The girl is a fish.  She LOVES to swim.  She made a few new friends and a lot of memories.
Here are a few of the FAQ:
What was your favorite part- "the pool"
Who is your favorite princess- response depends on the day "aurora, cinderella, or Tiana"
Who did you dress up like- "Jasmine, and I had long hair"
What was your favorite ride- "splash mountain and thunder mountain"
favorite roommate- Gigi (she only has one)