Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We were there in May the last time so we really only had one climate to think about, hot and humid. This time we will be up north for about half the trip and then in the southern part of China for the last half. We're told to expect Chicago type weather in Beijing and Xian but Florida type weather for Guangzhou. Sure wish there was an easy way to pack for that!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
On May 23, 2007 she posted the most precious and touching story about a little girl named Rebecca who lived at the Starfish Home. You can read her story here:
Monday, December 8, 2008
On a not so woohoo note, Emma is going to be a flower girl in a friend's wedding on January 24th. Oh my, a jet lagged flower girl :-)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I recently blogged about all the "Starfish" connections that we have encountered via the cyber world. It's just simply amazing to me and I struggle to find the words to explain how much I treasure and appreciate each little note on Rebecca that I receive. I have no idea how many volunteers have passed through the doors at the Starfish Home during the time that Rebecca has been there but it seems like that for the ones that have somehow found me, they all were touched by her little soul. All these little glimpses into her personality - what a treasure chest of words! I still haven't even blogged about the very first thing I ever read about Rebecca, I need to get that done.
Anyway, earlier this week there was a delightful comment on my blog that tickled the absolute daylights out of me. The pictures from my new friend from the Netherlands were a delight & then now from a lady who lives in Canada - how cool is that!
"Nearly fell off my chair when I saw Rebecca's cheeky little face.........we spent 3 weeks at Starfish last March ......please check out our blog and email us. I probably have some photos to add to your collection. I am so happy for her and for you."
We've traded emails now & she posted this on her blog - what a sweet post!
All these people who have met our daughter and all of these people that care about her life. Isn't that just amazing!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Check this out! I ran across this on the Ni Hao Y'all site.
Stefanie has such a heart for adoption and especially for special needs children. Her story really touches my heart because not only have they adopted several special needs children, but she works tirelessly to help others and is such a strong advocate for special needs children. She truly puts into action that which is in her heart.
She recently had a giveaway on her site to raise money for her sister's adoption and I was the lucky winner of a beautiful Suzanne Myers necklace! She made individual charms for it for each of my kiddos & even though Rebecca is still in China, her name is proudly displayed on it too. I would take a picture & share it with my blogging buddies but unfortunately my canon baby is the repair shop. :-( It looks like this one, but the stones are different.
But - bop on over to My Charming Kids & enter to win your own Rebel! I absolutely love mine! There's even more in the package than the camera too, wow - lots of stuff. More importantly though, the proceeds go to help bring children home to their forever families.
Monday, December 1, 2008
With that said though, we will not be able to make our travel arrangements until our consulate appointment has been made and our agency is working on that. Hopefully we will know the consulate date later this week.
Our agency is giving us a tenatative departure date of January 8th. We had hoped and prayed for a December departure date, but I'm so happy to just have a date that we will take whatever we can get!
It won't be long until Miss Rebecca is with her forever family!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I’ve posted several times about the pictures that I have received from various people who have visited the Starfish Home and have talked about what a blessing those are. To everyone who took the time to do this, bless your soul! Your kindness is truly appreciated.
There’s another aspect of this that I would like to share as well. Not only have we been blessed with lots of adorable pictures but we have also been given several glimpses into her little personality. The resounding theme on Rebecca seems to be ‘strong willed’ and ‘delightful’. Sounds like she is the perfect child for our family!
Here are a few of the comments I would like to share from people who have spent some time with her:
• Rebecca is one very special little girl, strong willed, independent and determined, and when she smiles or hugs you your heart could burst! She is so curious and hungry to learn and see new things.
• Your Rebecca is sweet, demonstrative and very engaging.
• She’s a hand full!! You will have lots of fun with her! She’s ticklish, has the cutest giggle, loves to run and hide and climbs the ladders at the playground until the highest level! Her eyes just sparkle!!!!! Be prepared to be wrapped around her pinky!!!
All of this is going to be really funny when I finally get around to telling some more about Miss Rebecca!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I mentioned in my last post that my cyber-buddy-from-the-Netherlands sent more pictures & I'm just now getting a chance to get them copied over & uploaded. Goodness, you just don't know how much I appreciate this. Nor can you imagine the irresistible urge to just kiss the cheeks off our baby girl!
Come on January!!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
They have since traveled to China & have now adopted their daughter. They were able to spend some time at the Starfish Home and she took the time to take a whole boatload of pictures of Rebecca for us! Can you possibly find someone any nicer than that? I'm truly humbled! She sent me a link last week with over 30 pictures on it and I have looked at them so many times. Then they went back late last week to visit again and took even more pictures!
THANK YOU JET! May your kindness come back to you ten-thousand fold!!!
Here's a few of my favorites from the first set she sent us. I'll post some more taken from their last visit later.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Her name is of Hebrew origin and some of the meanings are: Captivating, To Snare and Servant of God.
I’ve shared with some friends and family how different this adoption has been when compared to our adoption of Emma. With Emma’s adoption, there were yahoo groups that had been setup for people logged in during certain times. There was also a yahoo group for the people adopting from our agency that were logged in during the same time frame. Needless to say, I “met” many people who were in the same exact time frame of their adoption that we were. We had fun activities such as cyber showers and post card swaps. It was a lot of fun.
With this adoption, those same types of yahoo groups exist but adoption as we knew it has changed drastically. Namely, the process has slowed wayyyyy down. Given the 2+ years that we have already waited, coupled with being so stinking busy – I just haven’t had the time nor the energy to form the same types of relationships that I had during the first adoption. There have been a few I’ve really connected with, but it’s just different. Hard to explain.
With all that said though, lately I have crossed cyber paths with lots of people who have either been to the Starfish Home, work diligently to raise money for the starfish children’s surgeries or people who will be going there.
Which brings me back to Rebecca’s name ... Believe it or not, but I have been chatting back and forth with the lady who actually named Rebecca! Is that awesome or what! When I asked her how she came about naming her, this was her response:
“We picked Rebecca because we love Biblical names and wanted the Lord's hand to be on her life.”
How appropriate, because that is the same desire we have for our daughter.
We adopted Emma in May of 2005. I looked back through some notes I have kept to see when I first started asking our agency when we could apply to go back for another daughter. The first email I sent was in late September of 2005. Brian & I were talking about it – and I was praying about it weeks before that email was sent. Anyone want to guess when Rebecca was born? She was born early in September of 2005!
I truly believe that even then, the Lord’s hand was on her life.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Then along comes Emma & my creative juices start flowing again but this time I'm armed with friends who can actually create things!
Check these out.
Emma's first Halloween with us & she goes as an Elephant. The outfit was lovingly made by my friend & co-worker Susan who grew up around the theater and is VERY talented. She made this without a pattern!
Her second Halloween, she was a Candy Corn. This one was made from a pattern by another talented lady who we go to church with. How cute is this?!
For her third Halloween, she was a Scarecrow. Believe it or not, but it was made from the same pattern as the Candy Corn but this time my mom made it. I loved the fabric pieces she picked out for it!
Then of course I've already shown the "Skunk" one for this year - it certainly fit the "little stinker" that she is. But, she's now discovered that her friends wear princess things, pretty things, frilly stuff - so I guess the funny/different stage is over for now.
She put the full court press on trying to get me to go out and buy a princess costume for trick or treating but I told her she would have to wait until next year. We modified the "skunk" as much as we could by adding a tiara - I just haven't had a chance to download the pictures yet. Emma The Princess Skunk.
My poor kids :-)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Ok, lots to blog about but no time to write.
A quick snippet about Rebecca - Fedex delivered our LOA on Saturday. We filled out the necessary paperwork and then drove to Lexington after church on Sunday & dropped everything off in our agency's mail slot! Hopefully TA will come soon!
On another note, I mentioned a few weeks ago about buying some monogrammed things for the girls. She has the cutest items for sale! Check out her site:
Here's a few pictures of buttons I bought for their backpacks. I also bought some that I put on lined baskets in the top of their closet. Cute stuff!!!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Our agency has down January 8th as our tentative travel dates. I'm praying for earlier, but will take whatever we can get!
I mentioned getting a new picture of Rebecca, well here it is via a family from the Netherlands. They were at the Starfish Home adopting their daughter and emailed some pictures to someone else from the Netherlands who will be traveling there VERY soon to get their precious daughter. Then she passed it on to us! What a huge blessing. You know, you just do not go to bed thinking some kind soul is going to bless your socks off - but that's exactly what has happened over and over with this adoption.
Our sweetheart is the one on the right!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
And Emma, well - she's already a little stinker so what better costume to fit her personality than a SKUNK!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Over the weekend we received pictures of her from a family who had visited the foster home back in Aug/Sept when they adopted their son. It was a little on the emotional side for me to look through those, but goodness what a blessing. Then late yesterday I received some more pictures from someone in the Netherlands that will be traveling there to adopt their daughter in a little over a week. I need to get her permission before I post one of those though since it also contains a picture of her daughter.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Hopefully we will receive our LOA (letter of acceptance) soon.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Then Sunday at church, Emma asks me if the band is going to sing "Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys".
I'll shamefully admit I have this bizarre interest in Willie Nelson music, but I've never been that big of a Waylon fan. Not knowing that, Brian picked up a Waylon cd for me last year on our way home from Thanksgiving in Oklahoma. We've listened to it a few times but not enough that I would have thought Emma would have known his name or a song he sings.
That child doesn't miss a thing!
Monday, October 20, 2008
- Ryan recently purchased "Guitar Hero" for his nintendo ds & subsequently discovered some older rock songs. He seems so very surprised when it's a song his dad knows. Not sure exactly how old he thinks we are, but I guess that's another discussion. He has brought up the song "Smoke on the Water" several times - I can't say that I've ever heard it, and if I did - I guess I just didn't know the name but I can pretty much guarantee that Emma hasn't heard it. So she comes into the den the other night and is playing one mean rock-n-roll air guitar and she starts singing "Smoke on the water. Gently down the stream". Oh how I wish I had that on video.
- I was teasing Ryan the other day about buying a lawn sweeper thing for his parents and he replies that he can't buy it because his money is all on "disk". I finally figured out what he meant, his money is in a CD. LOL.
- Emma & Ryan are really into cars these days & have to discuss every single car that we pass or that passes us. If it's a corvette, Ryan has to discuss what generation. If it's a mustang, the discussion centers on whether or not it's a GT. Not that either one of them know what the GT means, but when I asked Emma how you know a GT from a non-GT - her reply spoken very slowly "it has a Geee-Teeee-" on the side. Am I smarter than a 4 year old? Apparently not. Oh, and last but not least. A "Mitsubishi" is an "eetsi beetchi"
- When talking about the weather, Ryan asked what the "Wind Shield Factor" was.
Oh man - we really should get them out more often :-)
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
- "Forty days and forty nights" describes the period for which rain fell during Noah's flood
- "Forty days"was the length of the period that the twelve spies explored the Promised Land (Numbers 13)
- "Forty years" was the length of Israel's wandering in the wilderness. This period of years represents a generation, that is, the time it takes for a new generation to arise.
- Moses' life is divided into three 40-year segments, separated by his fleeing from Egypt, and his return to lead the people out.
But did you know, forty is an octagonal number, and as the sum of the first four pentagonal numbers, it is a pentagonal pyramidal number. Adding up some subsets of its divisors (e.g., 1, 4, 5, 10 and 20) gives 40, hence 40 is a semiperfect number.
Given 40, the Mertens function returns 0. 40 is the smallest number n with exactly 9 solutions to the equation φ(x) = n.
Forty is the number of n-queens problem solutions for n = 7.
Since the greatest prime factor of 402 + 1 = 1601 is prime and obviously more than 40 twice, 40 is a Størmer number.
40 is a repdigit in base 3 (1111) and a Harshad number in base 10.
And even better: "To understand a people, you must live among them for 40 days. ~Arabic proverb"
40 more days like this & I'm not so sure any of my friends are going to remain understanding :-)
Anyone ready to go back to Emma pix?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
While Ryan was at baseball practice Saturday a.m., Emma & I went up to the library and she played model while I played wannabe photographer.
What a fun way to spend a few hours! Baby girl was working it!
I've picked out my favorites & I'll be posting some more this week.