Monday, October 30, 2006

Ice Cream, Anyone?

Look, dad, I bit a hole in my cone!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Sharing the Bounty

Each fall, our church collects food for the local food shelf. For the second time, Mya has shown up with her little shopping cart full to the brim with lots of good food that kids enjoy. She and Tami did a little advertisement as the kick off for the event, titled "Share the Bounty".

No matter where you live, your food shelf needs your help. Please make a donation. Many children go to school hungry, causing them to have a difficult time learning. Many elderly, on fixed incomes have used food shelves in difficult times.


I'm also going to put out an appeal, for everyone who is able, to donate blood to your local blood bank. With the holidays coming, and due to shortages, it is crucial for anyone who can give to give.
As a Laboratory Scientist, I can tell you first hand the difference that a pint of blood can make. You never know whose life will be affected by your gift. I also am keenly aware of the shortage of blood in our supply. Recently at work, when calling for units from the American Red Cross, I was told that they could not send us extra units because they were running short and needed them on site for emergency purposes.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Official Log In Date

Our SW emailed today to tell us that we were Logged into the China adoption system on Sept 21, 2006. Truthfully, I was hoping it was sooner than that because the LID is truly the beginning of the countup to referral. With referrals taking a minimum of 15 months, we will be doing well to see Lily's face for Christmas of 2007. I'm trying to be excited but when something is that far out in life, it feels unreal.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Frogs & Fountains

It started with a simple cough and moved into my lungs. Now I'm coughing up ugly stuff in the mornings and have lost my voice. Some may think that is funny. Don't worry, I can still croak out what I have to say.

Mya's flu, on the other hand, just came on out of no where. Standing in the kitchen, she throws up her apple juice. I had no idea she even felt bad. Afterward, she tells me her tummy hurts. Go figure.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Today Keith and I will see an attachment specialist. The behavior we are seeing could be normal 2 yr old or attachment issues. We felt best to talk to a professional to make sure what it is. As would be exptect, the closer we have gotten to the appointment, the less we have seen the behavior. Why does that always seem to happen?

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Aunts--Wedding Shower

Carrie's aunts, on my side, threw her and Jon a shower. It was very nice. Everyone brought recipes for Carrie. They were very generous. All of the shower items are stored in Carrie's room for now. They will be finding an apartment in either Duluth or Superior pretty soon and will move everything in after the wedding.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

OH sNOw!

I didn't think it was going to happen but sure enough, during church, the snow began to fall.
Mya proclaimed "wintertime"! She had to have a nibble of the snow from the top of the car and was disappointed that it was gone when we got home.

Monday, October 09, 2006


Mya has redefined jumping in the leaves.

Fall Clean Up

At this time of year, we enjoy the color of the leaves and then the month long clean up. I have always wondered if I could find someone who wants oak leaves. If you have any ideas how we can make some money off our "harves of leaves", please let me know.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Walk in the Woods

Wooly bear caterpillers are used to predict the coming winter.
Can you see his brown stripe?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Erin Gets a Job

I guess all kids get tired of asking parents for money. Not usually as quickly a parents get tired of being asked for money. Erin reached that point yesterday and got a job at a Starbucks. Hmmm . . wonder if mom's get a discount?

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Leaves are falling

It was nearly 80 degrees here today. The trees are bright yellows, oranges, and reds. It is a beautiful time of the year. With a rain or some wind, those leaves will fall and Mya will be jumping in them. Soon we will host a bonfire for all of the church to attend. It's one of the highlights of the year.