Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Happy Monday to you all, kj
ps...i get all images in a week and can then post them myself on here...enjoy the sneak peek!! :)
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Well, this lasts about a minute when she gets easily distracted by a measuring cup she finds on the floor.....AND......
Friday, March 26, 2010
1. FIRST...look what just arrived from the Easter Bunny for my kid's Easter Baskets: (not these actual towels...mine I ordered are in the storage room hiding from 5 little ones :) Yes, the Easter Bunny is actually planning ahead this year (yes, sometimes i scare myself) and there won't be any last minute runs to Walmart to get the baskets filled!!!! http://www.cheathamchat.blogspot.com/ is selling embroidered BEACH TOWELS to help raise money for their Ethiopian Adoption!!! And, since we are leaving for the beach shortly after Easter morning...I thought it would be perfect for the Easter Bunny to leave a "beach themed" basket this year!!! So, each of my 5 kiddos has a new beach towel to go in their basket thanks to the Cheatham Family Adoption Fundraiser!!! They just arrived and they are SOOO CUTE!!! And, it helped some one's adoption...you can't get any better than that!!! :)
#2. Meet the Stutzman Family!! They are a fellow AGCI family:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
And, finally, Baby Drew made it to the nursery for some heat and rest!!! I left the hospital with a screaming (very loudly) one and two year old!!! You've never heard such chaos!!! BUT, the truth is...I even LOVE the toddler stage...They just had "enough" for the day..and needed a break away!! I don't blame them!! :) See....every stage of this game is a BLESSING...it is just up to US to see it that way!!! :)
FAVORITE COMMENT OF THE DAY: My newly 5 yr. old Hal said, "MOM, when Aunt Karson "adopts" her baby today...how old will he be??" Then once at the hospital Hal says looking in the window at the babies in the nursery, "MOM, LOOK, there's another adopted baby over there!" Isn't it great that there really IS NOT a difference to kids!!
***Welcome to the world Baby Drew....And, Happy Monday to you all, kj
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The boys knew they could start hanging the eggs on the tree ONCE the girls got off the bus...so we all waited anxiously by the road for them to arrive.....
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
*LL is still a complete HAM!! She is very outgoing and funny with us...yet scared of strangers and 99.9% of the time wont' allow anyone to hold her BESIDES me or daddy!!
*LL is still a great eater and will eat almost anything you put in front of her!!
** LL LOVES our attention...and would seriously do just about anything to get the whole family laughing and staring at her!! She has realized that WE ALL think she is pretty cute, therefore, she performs for us ALL THE TIME!!
**Oh, those LL faces...She is completely animated!! The girl can make any face on demand and crack her self up doing it...She is simply FUNNY!!
**LL is also VERY dramatic over EVERYTHING!! She can make the worst face at you of disgust for NOT giving her exactly WHAT she wanted WHEN she wanted it!! She has that spoiled American Toddler thing down REALLY WELL!! We call her FEISTY and SASSY!! :) She truly makes us laugh at HOW mad she can get when you take something away from her (you know, like a dangerous knife from the dishwasher or something :) She is NOT afraid to GO AFTER what she wants!! She is determined!!! :)
**LL is SOOO affectionate and sweet with us!! She is a love bear, a cuddle bear and seriously would LIVE on my hip if I let her (or didn't have 4 other kids)...She LOVES her Momma and I LOVE IT!! :)
****My thoughts on ADOPTION after 9 months: Well, I wish I had something "negative" to say to SOUND more believable...BUT....we seriously think this has been the easiest thing we've EVER DONE!! Now "the wait" was excruciating...but LL in my arms for 9 months has been heavenly!! We praise God for HOW NORMAL she is!! She is seriously a normal and happy baby girl, and she is mostly easy and easy going too!! I completely understand that EVERY child is different whether birthed or adopted, AND every family unit is different too...so mesh all that together and you get LOTS of different outcomes...BUT FOR US....LL coming into our family has been a breeze!! I just attached her to my body and NEVER put her down...simply that!! :) We bonded quickly and the entire family is BETTER because of our adoption of LL!! We are stronger in faith, stronger in our love for one another, and completely changed forever because of the LOVE and RESPECT we now have for another culture and country!! I'll forever PRAISE GOD and thank HIM for laying this on our heart!! To think I could have missed out on it MAKES ME WANT TO CRY!! :)
AND...I'll end tonight with a few pics of LL's latest happenings:
My crazy girl LOVES wearing our mixing bowls on her head...She seriously tries to walk around with them on her head and walks right into the cabinets!! She thinks she is so funny!!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
**So, with out any further ado...here are our winners tonight: (3 names were drawn at random)
1. Jill from http://www.rossfamilyadoption.blogspot.com/ Ok, so it is amazing HOW you think you are "blessing" someone else by giving them something FREE....BUT I was so blessed by going to this blog tonight and watching their VIDEO at the top of their adoption blog!! They have 4 adorable boys and are home with their Ethiopian baby girl now!! They just got home in Jan. and their video made me cry!! You gotta go check it out!! Congrats Ross family and thank you for blessing and inspiring ME tonight!!
2. http://www.teammarquis.blogspot.com/ This is a family adopting from Ethiopia currently!! They have three cutie kids already and are excited about becoming a family of 6!! They have a big heart and big dreams for their future child!! Such a sweet family...check them out! (oh, and i recently bought my 2 older girls their "Africa Peace Sign" tshirts in youth sizes!! I'll be sure to take a pic when they wear them this week.)
3. Meredith from http://www.meredith-brooks.blogspot.com/ This adorable girl has a HEART for Uganda!! She has returned recentely from a Mission Trip to Uganda where she was soul searching...She has returned with the desire to open an adoption program to teach the world about adopting HIV/AIDS orphans!! Her heart was touched by an infant with HIV in Uganda...you can read all about it by visiting her blog!! Her story so reminded me of the tshirt Michelle is selling: "I need Africa more than Africa needs me" SO TRUE!!!
***Congrats to you THREE....BUT A HUGE THANK YOU to YOU ALL for playing and leaving such sweet wonderful comments!! I know you blessed the socks off of Michelle!! You THREE need to email Michelle with your prize of choice and your address so she can mail these prizes to you!! You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org !! And, the rest of you can put your orders in for those awesome Glass Tile Pendants or her Tshirt by visiting her fundraiser blog at www.michellemckinney.blogspot.com I truly thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and know by placing an order, you are truly helping another family bring home their Ethiopian daughter...one necklace and tshirt at a time :)
***Ok, so WHY the title "Ethiopian Air-Conditioning"??? Because my Little Ethiopian Princess is quite obsessed with sitting and enjoying the cool air coming from the fridge!! Once again, some little person in our home left the refrigerator door OPEN and this is where I found LL........
She not ONLY seems to enjoy the COOL AIR, but she loves all the treats she finds in reach!!! Her favorite for this day would be the WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS!!! Wouldn't she make a GREAT "Nestle" commercial?? :)