Saturday, June 25, 2011

Braid undo-ing blues


I got a little cutie,
Winnie is her name
da-da-da-da-da DA
we spent a pretty penny
braids and beads were to blame
da-da-da-da-da-da DA
we were singin' their praises
for 2 weeks with no pickin'
da-da-da-da-da DA
Then came that fateful day
you could hear screamin' and kickin'
da-da-da-da-da DA
got the tweezers, got the comb
got stiff backs and fingers too
da-da-da-da-da DA
four hours and counting
got the "braid un-doing blues"

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dad Love

There is NO project too big or task too small for dad! 

He's not afraid to do Winnie's hair or paint her nails.  He feels quite comfortable behind a bobcat.  He can tell you the name of every tree and plant in the forest.  He makes up great stories about the chipmunk family robinson's adventures... WE LOVE YOU DAD!
Love, Winnie and Mommy

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Thanks to Lisa for the birthday teepee!
She slept in it on her birthday, hey... whatever the birthday girl wants
Gigi took her to get her hair braided and beaded... 4 hours later, mom is broke and putting the beads in :)
Her pick for birthday dinner was tacos and a tiara

Thanks Gigi for the big squirt gun things, she got me good while we were gardening today

A special sparkly cake

Fun at the Westerville Rec center pool

Miss Winnie is 6!  She is a very energetic, playful, happy girl.  She is starting to read and has lost two teeth (the third is coming, and it's a FRONT tooth!).  On her birthday, she said, "ok, I'm six now.  When can we get brother or sister?  You said when I was six we could get them."  Patience my pet!!  I shouldn't have made such a statement, given the slow down in adoptions right now.  In the last week, all the alphabet sounds have come together, and she is starting to read!  She is interested in the Holy Spirit this week, and has been praying that the Holy Spirit would help her to make good decisions :)  The only foods she doesn't like are mushrooms and salad... she will eat the salad, but fake gags.  She has decided to call my dad "poppy".  She would really like to have bunk beds someday.  She wears a size 13 shoe!!  She is VERY excited to go to all day Kindergarten next year.  Everyday credit card junk mail makes her extremely happy.  She's a little nervous to try the two wheeler, and prefers the small bike that looks like the one clowns use.  She likes to play Barbie games online.  Her purse had $5 in it, and she decided to stand behind me in line at the grocery store today and buy the applesauce with her own money... having her own receipt thrilled her!

We sneak in her room at night and still stare at her.  This has been going on for a year and a half, but it never ceases to amaze us... she is ours!  She is so wonderful!  and she's getting so BIG!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Few Well Deserved THANKS!

I met Elizabeth before Winnie came home.  She helps lead a group at our church called CHOSEN FOR LOVE.  C4L is a group of people meeting once a month to explore adoption and foster care topics, answering questions and sharing resources for those just starting the journey, and bringing resources to the table for the ever changing needs of parents.  She is one of those people that just makes your day better when you see them.  She encourages me at the times when I most need it or feel the most lacking :) as a parent or person in general.  Last Saturday, Elizabeth opened her home for a fundraiser.  She makes a fine quiche, a proper cup of tea (she'll tell you it's due to growing up in New Zealand), and a warm welcome.  I owe her a huge THANK YOU for a very successful fundraiser!

I had not met Katie, the 31 rep, before our brunch.  She generously gave all her commission for the party to our adoption.  She spent ALL day setting up, selling, tallying orders... and had a HUGE smile on her face.  We earned quite a bit of money for our adoption, thanks to Katie's generosity.  She made our party a lot of fun, and her products are really neat too.  A purse party would be an understatement, as most people got lunch totes, beach bags, laundry bags, and really cool customized cards.  Our party is closed now, but you can still visit her web site at

Thank you to everyone who came and gave so generously.  I think she even asked customers to round up for our adoption... wow! Thank you!

I can't wait to tell our son or daughter about this someday..."you were loved so much before you even came, why some friends even threw a 31 party in your honor..."