Tuesday, January 31, 2012



And...... here's the even BIGGER surprise and a blessing beyond all blessings....... This little girl who is called "Dana" has found a mommy & daddy as well. I have been bursting with this news for weeks and now can FINALLY tell the surprise. Mike & I knew there was something special about her. We both prayed, agonized and requested more info. Something about her wouldn't let me go. You want to know how God answered our prayers?? Yes, she is getting a Mommy & Daddy. No, it isn't us... even better...... Daniel & Jessica D. in our church are adopting her. Talk about crazy love. Mike had emailed Daniel a picture of her requested he put her out on Facebook etc. Daniel opened that email and BAM!! He knew. He knew that she was his little girl. There are so many cool "Godincidences" in this story I wish I could share it all. She has Treacher Collins Syndrome. She will need facial reconstruction surgery, Cochlear Implants and LOTS of Speech/hearing therapy. But they are paying her ransom to have a chance! And we get to watch it all happen. If you'd like to help support them, please go to www.reecesrainbow.org and find her under "My family Found me" page. GOD IS SO GOOD!
If you'd like to follow their journey you can read more about her at their blog ahomeformaria.blogspot.com.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

He's HERE!!!

Grandmothers are HAPPY!

Baby Duncan is Happy!

All is right with the world.

Welcome Baby Duncan AKA "Baby Donkey". He arrived today (1/26/12 )at 1:05pm weighing 8lbs 1 oz., 21 1/4 in. long. Mommy & baby & Daddy are resting after the whole ordeal :)

Praise our Great God!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


No, "Baby Donkey" hasn't showed up yet. He is now officially 2 days LATE!! He must be pretty cozy in there.

And in other news........ my little, just turned, 5 yr. old baby boy who was just in my tummy is READING!! He just all of the sudden started showing interest in it while I had really backed off it for a while. I saw it frustrated him and so we took a break. Tonight he started to read. I'm so proud of him I don't know what to do. Way to go Noah!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


I'm a bit behind on the "Resolution" posting for the New Year but it doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about them. My first one was to follow our church plan this year to "Dig & Delve in 2012" and read through the Old Testament. Already enjoying that...... ask me how I'm doing when I get to Leviticus! Another Resolution was even one that I really thought up but just is kind of happening & gets addictive, ways to save money!! I didn't have a contract on my cell phone and it broke so I needed a new one. I didn't want to go into another contract and so we tried out the Walmart Straighttalk Plan. At risk of sounding like a paid advertisement (which would be nice but isn't happening) I LOVE IT!! My old carrier was Verizon which had great coverage so I was leary but I found out that what phone you chose determined what carrier you were on..... so drumroll please.... I chose a Samsung Blackberry which I paid $60 for and am on the same network I was but without the big price. I chose the $30 a month 1,000 minutes,1,000 texts and 30Mgb. of web. I've tested the phone and it is actually better than my old phone. So.... saving a good chunk of change and no contract.!! Yipee! Also, we are gonna dump our Dish & go with $8 a month Netflix that hooks up to the TV. I'm excited about this one b/c it will save some significant dough.

So, that's how my brains been working these days. Looking for good, easy ways to cut a few corners. Does anyone out there have some money saving tips that aren't insane? :)

PS: In my next post I just may have some REALLY EXCITING news about the little girl "Michelle" we've been praying for for so long from Laurel's orphanage (see sidebar & picture).!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Want to Make a Difference? A REAL Difference?


lcot-23H MIRANDA
Girl, Born November 2008
Spina Bifida
Miranda is just stunning, and a true joy for any family. She was born with SB, but she has had several surgeries already and is doing SO well. FULL MEDICAL RECORDS AVAILABLE, lots of wonderful photos as well. Married couples only, small families only (no more than 3 at home).
From a missionary who knows her: When you meet her, you would not know that she is an orphan; she behaves like a typical girl with a mommy and a daddy and yet, she is so alone. She lives in an orphanage since birth; her mother abandoned her at birth after she learned of Miranda's condition. But after the surgery that removed her spinal tumor, Miranda made a tremendous progress: she walks, holding the nurse’s hand and supporting herself by pushing against the wall; she climbs up and down the chair; she talks in sentences; she knows colors and shapes. This progress was possible because of her strong and purposeful nature and because Miranda saw that she is needed and that her nurse cares about her; Miranda only started to walk during her stay at the hospital, before in her orphanage no one worked with her. Miranda has a very good memory, loves to put puzzles together, and loves books with pictures. Another distinguishing feature is an attempt to organize life around her: for example, she loves to help her nurse clean the table after a meal; she takes a piece of cloth and wipes the table carefully. She is friendly and shares toys with other kids easily. A few words were recorded from a volunteer who visited Miranda in one of the hospitals where Miranda is undergoing treatments for her urological problems: “Miranda greeted us at the door of her room. Then we went outside to take few pictures of her, and on a way back she said: ‘Thank you.’ After we came back to her room, she saw the books and puzzles that we brought her, and for every present she said ‘thank you’ to each of us – it was so touching. I was surprised how well she talks and how clearly she expresses her point of view, not every child of her age can do it so well. She is very attentive – she studied every picture of the sticker book I brought her, and when she came to the last page , she pointed to pictures of other books of the same series and said: ‘we must read them too.’ She is so radiant, so light, and so communicable! Her positivism is so magnetic that it was very difficult to leave her.”

$0.00 is available towards the cost of my adoption!
Donations are tax deductible.
posted in: Available to Older Parents, Other Angel Girls, 0 - 5, Russia Region 23


2qnn-23HDate of Birth: August 2006Gender: FemaleEyes: GrayHair: DarkCharacter: calm TREACHER COLLINS SYNDROME
This goldilocks princess is a favorite of the orphanage as she is very smart, calm and good-natured. She is a very kind and friendly and always there to help the younger kids in the group. Dana was left in the orphanage next day after the birth because of the facial deformities, undeveloped ears and cleft lip. She wears a hearing aid, but she can hear without it.
The orphanage’s administration is very interested in finding the parents for her and will fully cooperate with the adoptive parents. Dana needs a facial reconstruction surgery, speech and hearing corrections.
No more than 3 children at home, married couples only. Travel required. MORE PHOTOS AVAILABLE!

OK so these 2 little girls have completely stolen my heart. They are both in the same orphanage and both are beautiful little girls who are REAL, ORPHANS & SPECIAL NEEDS. They will not get the care they need where they are and Dana especially will most likely be shunned in her country because of her facial disorder. She will not be able to thrive because she will not get the hearing aids, speech and language therapy she needs to succeed. After seeing Laurel and the love of life that she has I can't imagine her languishing and wasting her life in an orphanage. She was God's Child! He has big plans for her. I believe he has big plans for these 2 little girls.

Given the resources I'd take them in an instant. When I look at Reeces Rainbow and see the faces I feel so helpless sometimes. Yes, people say, "You rescued your one". True, with the help of the body of Christ, we were able to ransom Laurel's life and save her from a life of unspeakable misery. But sometimes that doesn't feel like enough. Once you've been there and seen the REAL faces, and hear the REAL cries, a day doesn't go by that you mentally turn your clock back and say I wonder what those kids are doing right now.

You want a New Years Resolution that will change a life forever??? Ransom a child or help someone else pay the ransom for a child. These are souls. They are real, not just pictures. Pray for these children. Take that leap of faith. Yes, it's HARD. Yes, it's LIFE CHANGING! Yes, It's WORTH IT!! They are children of God and deserve to be treated as such.

Consider one of these sweet angels to add to your household in 2012. Go to www.reecesrainbow.org (other angels girls 0-5) for more info.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gorgeous Weather

When did we get wrinkles??????? Oh yeah... about 5 years ago- enter Noah
We enjoyed and absolutely GORGEOUS day today outside. 65 degrees in January is ridiculous and awesome! We hike at a state park and the kids did 2 miles with minimal whining! Rachael's had all her baby showers so she is officially "nesting" & ready for Duncan to "pop out"- as Laurel & Noah say. Yeah, we've had some interesting conversations about that :0

I have to share a funny Noahism that happened yesterday at the dinner table. He had been somewhat sassy & I said "Noah, don't talk back to me just say yes Ma'am." He asked what "talk back" meant and I told him. Then he said "Yes Ma'am Mommy. From now on I will talk forward and tell the truth!"
I about spit my drink out it was so funny. He was dead serious & it made us smile :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

And 2011 is Outta Here...

This was suppose to be Baby Jesus' manger.... apparently nobody told the cat
Christmas morning at our house
Grandaddy showing Noah how to work his new train!
The BEST chicken wings in the whole entire world.... thanks Ma!
Yep! 4 wheelers from Nana & Poppy..... I mean SANTA-look at those smiles :)
Anybody as exhausted as I am from the Holidays? They were wonderful, Christ-filled, full of family fun and lots and lots of food which leads me to my New Years Resolution. ;)
The babies had a wonderful Christmas and we love seeing it through their eyes.

I'm excited about 2012. I always love new starts, and this year our church is digging into the Old Testament. I've already started this with the kids too and they'll have a memory verse from the OT reading of that week every week. Of course, you have to begin with Genesis 1:1 and even Laurel can say that one! I'll have to find a harder one for them next week. I've enjoyed the 2 week break from therapies but Thursday we start back with everything. Oh and a breakthru with Laurel....... she is getting the "f" sound. I know this may not sound like much but we have really been working a while to get this sound. She said "knife" on Christmas Eve as we were cutting something. That was present enough for me! :)