Thursday, June 26, 2008

My girl

Allie has been a rascal lately. I am not sure what is up with her but she's been doing some destructive things. There's been a lot of talk between Jeff and I about selling the house and I think that is one thing that is possibly affecting her. She did announce on Sunday that she is ready to move, but she's so fickle I am sure she'll change her mind again. As we consider our options about house size, we have also talked about Cameron heading off to college soon (at least by the time our house would sell-he'll be living at home for the fall semester) and I know that affects her too. She and Cameron are very tight. She and AnnaClaire share a room now and each have their names hanging over their beds. Yesterday she pulled most of AnnaClaire's letters off the wall, breaking one in the process. I was beyond mad with her. Anyhow, this morning she is being a doll. I have had a migraine for a few days and haven't done much. She came into my room a while ago and declared that it was lunchtime. She said she was going to make me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich since I was sick. Of course, I got tears in my eyes that my baby girl was taking care of me. I hugged her and said, 'Oh Allie, I love you so much' to which she said 'I am going to miss you when you die'. What am I going to do with this kid?:)

Monday, June 23, 2008

In memory of Maria

On May 21, 2008 tragedy struck the Chapman family in which young Maria
Chapman died . But through this tragedy, Steven Curtis and Mary Beth
Chapman continue to think of the many orphans in China. In order to let
the world show how much they loved Maria, Angel Covers has been asked to
accept donations in honor of Maria for baby bouncers. These bouncers
will provide hours of interaction and fun to the babies cared for at the
Shaohannah’s Hope Healing Home (SHHH), a new project in China, of the
Chapman’s organization.

Because of a partnership between the Chapman’s and Dr. Joyce and Robin
Hill, this 60,000 sq ft facility will care for 128 medically fragile
infants and toddlers . One hundred baby bouncers are needed for SHHH in
order to help provide these babies with the best care possible.

Maria was a beautiful little girl with a huge smile and contagious
laugh. Please help us spread her joy for life to the children of SHHH.
Only $10 purchases one of these bouncers and will bring countless hours
of happiness to these needy children. Please feel free to pass this post
along to any groups you'd like. We want to provide as many bouncers as

Angel Covers -
Caring for orphans and needy children worldwide

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Do you know someone looking for their daughter? Are you?

There is a beautiful 8 year old girl from Brady's orphanage who is now on the shared waiting child list and in need of a home. Please read about her on the Love Without Boundaries blog.

LWB fought for many years to get Fen's file submitted for adoption again but the CCAA didn't think anyone would want to adopt a child like Fen (????). I hope all that advocating for her was not in vain. It's a good thing for Jeff that we don't qualify currently or I would be filling out the paperwork right this minute.

Reckless Faith

I saw this on one of my groups. It's long, but very much worth watching.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Brady!

Brady is 3 today:) We will celebrate tomorrow. Today we took the little ones to see Kung Fu Panda. It was Brady's first time going to the theater. One of the previews was for the new animated Star Wars movie. During the trailer, Brady let out a blood curtling scream. Normally that would have mortified me but for some reason I just found it funny. He was pretty good during the movie, but that's easy for me to say since Jeff is the one that sat by him. Everyone really liked the movie but I do think AnnaClaire got a bit scared during some of it. At one point she even asked to come home. Ha! That could have been the worst movie on earth and we would have stayed. Anyone been to a movie lately? Somebody should have warned me. Let's just say that ticket prices make gas seem cheap. It's a good thing the older kids didn't want to come. We would have had to take out a loan!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Lake Day!

Jeff took Cameron, Brandon, Ryan and Allie up to the lake to camp on Friday night and AnnaClaire, Brady and I joined them the next day. It was HOT and we got baked, but we had a great time (well, most of us). The girls begged to camp another night so I headed home with the boys while Jeff and the girls stayed beind. That lasted until about an hour after dark when Allie started crying for her brothers and her mommy. Then AnnaClaire decided that she wanted to come home too. So poor Jeff had to pack everything up in the dark and load up the boat, head back to the dock and bring them home. He's a softie! I think I would have told them 'too bad, so sad!'

Cameron LOVES the lake!

boating is hard work.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

On second thought...

Maybe this thing isn't so accurate...

Beyonce baby! Apparently I am HOT!

I have too much time on my hands it seems:)

I guess Brady looks like a girl?

I am getting far too much entertainment out of this!

Jeff and Cameron must look alike after all. Who is Kim Rossi Stuart?

Ha! In your face, Jeff!

After being told since Cameron was born that he looked just like Jeff and nothing like me...wrong. And guess what? Brady looks equally like us as well;)

Loos Look-alike Meter

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebrities - Collage - Morph

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

BIG NEWS! Woo Hoo!

Those of you who know Cameron and Brandon are going to fall out of your chairs and those who don't are going to think 'what took so long?'

Drumroll Please.....................

I am now the proud (and very nervous) mother of
TWO LICENSED DRIVERS! ACK! Not only that but Brandon drove somewhere by HIMSELF this afternoon and we both lived to tell about it! I don't know whether to celebrate or medicate!

A God Moment

Don't you love how God sometimes just surprises you with a bit of encouragement or affirmation? Last year we realized that for many reasons we needed to find a new church home. We attended a new church on Christmas weekend and felt a connection. A few months after we started attending, they made an announcement that the young man who was leading worship had been hired permenantly. He's an incredibly talented musician and has a beautiful voice. On Sunday, he was giving his testimony. Here is a man that God has chosen to use his voice to serve Him and bring Him glory. He told us that he was especialy touched by Psalm 139:13...For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. Why? Because he was born with a birth defect-as soon as he said it, I know exactly what was coming next. When he was born he had a cleft lip and a cleft palate. Then came the tears...mine, of course. I haven't ever shared on here, but Brady's doctor told us a few months ago that he will never be 'normal'. That's not the word he used, but it is what he meant. I don't know what God has planned for Brady, but I have a feeling He's got something pretty amazing in mind. I believe he can do anything he sets his mind to. He's stubborn that way:)

Monday, June 02, 2008