Saturday, March 31, 2007

Good Day for Sleeping

Any day is a good day for a nap in my book but rainy, dreary days are the best. I have been staying up late after work doing, of course, blog templates. So, going to bed at 1 AM and getting up by 7 has taken it's toll. Mya is also taking a long nap today. Her nap gets cut short when she goes to daycare and last night she and Keith went grocery shopping late.

So glad the warm weather is on the way. We will be able to get out and stretch our legs a bit more now.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Carrie's Poem for Lily

Please read it and comment. Check it out at Mrs.Totes in my sidebar.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Spring Showers

Today is a cloudy, somewhat dreary day. It has rained a bit but we're glad to have it because it's so dry around here. Living near "wetlands" (we call it the swamp), can be dangerous sometimes. A few years back a local wildlife preserve, Carlos Avery, had a big fire. That's when we truly realized that wetter is better.

Besides that, Mya actually showered the bubbles out of her hair today after her bath. She thought it was pretty neat -- after her initial shock.

Otherwise, just playing the blog fairy over here. Got some really great people getting blog lifts. They are so kind to donate to Erin's trip. She is thrilled. Keep an eye on her MySpace--link in sidebar--for details of her life.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Summer has Arrived!!

It's 80 degrees here--uff daa! What a shock to the system. Mya is loving it as are the rest of us. However, she wanted to use her sled to go down the driveway with me. I had to ask her where the snow went and she said Jesus took it away to the sky. Pretty smart kid!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Some People Just Watch Movies for Fun--Not Me!

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A Spiritual Lesson from the Movie “Cars”

Carrie and Jon were home from college a couple weeks ago. During their visit, they wanted to go to Target and I asked them to purchase the movie “Cars” because I had heard it was cute. Keith and Jon had seen it together last summer but none of the rest of us had seen it.

We sat down to watch it together but, as usual, I was distracted and doing other things. The next morning, Mya insisted on watching the racecars again. I was stuck. We were in our usual morning “apple juice and rocking chair” routine. So, I watched. What a great movie. If you have not seen it, I recommend it because it has a great spiritual message. Let me give you a synopsis.

The movie begins with a self-centered, self-sufficient, know-it-all racecar, named Lightening McQueen, driving in the biggest race of the year. He is so confident in his own abilities that he has fired his pit crew and refuses to have his tires changed throughout the race. He was determined to win the race and didn’t think he needed anyone else to do it. He was a one-man show. Long story short, the top 3 contestants tie and the race is rescheduled in a new location. These 3 contestants are to meet at that location for a final race to determine who really wins.

On the way to the new location, Lightening is accidentally lost in a desert town, Radiator Springs, wrecks Main Street and the courts sentence him to repair the roads. WELL, Lightening is just too good for these hicks and tries everything he can to get out of town. He’s an important racecar but no one knows it. What a blow to his ego! He finally decides the only way out is to fix the road. So, he does but his efforts are shoddy. Main Street is worse than ever. The citizens won’t let him go until they have a properly fixed road.

Who’s got time for these lowly country folk? Certainly not Lightening. He’s important and needs to get to that race but it was not to happen before he learned an important lesson. Lightening spends time in Radiator Springs. He realizes that he needs and loves the people (I mean cars). They become his family. They fall in love with him too and when they realize the big race is coming up, they want to help Lightening win.

You probably guessed that Lightening won the race but you would be wrong. Just as he was to cross the finish line, he turns around to help his friend make it across. What a change in character! This former one-man show came to the realization that no man is an island. We all need each other and need to work together to cross the finish line. The old Lightening would have happily crossed the finish line to win that big race, laughing at all left in his dust. Lightening McQueen won a different kind of race that day. He realized that there are more important things in life than winning something that we think is the all-important prize. He realized he needed his family, friends and those around him. He realized that finishing with your friend at your side was more important than being first.

In the church, there should be no Lightening McQueen’s. At least not the one-man show kind. We are all dependant on one another to finish this race. If our brother falls, we should help him up. If we see someone has a need, we should help out as best we can. Most of all, we need to realize that without one another, the church is really not the church. Just as Lightening blew his tires without his pit crew, we will blow our spiritual lives if we try to be one-man shows. In the church, we are brothers and sisters working toward the common goal, with Jesus Christ as our crew chief.
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Cor 12 14-26

And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Eph 1:22-23

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 1 Cor 1:18

Friday, March 23, 2007

This picture was taken with a cell phone because I wanted to record the day. This is the day we found out that Mya had been exposed to TB.
We were at the Univ of MN, International Adoption Clinic. They sent us to UofM Pediatric Xray to have a chest xray and then had two followup CT scans for them to decide how to proceed. She was so little and it was a trying time but God has a plan for this stubborn little peanut. Maybe she is a "Lucy".

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Blog Worthy News

For about 3 weeks now, Mya has been very good about using the toilet for pee but would poop when she had her diaper on in the morning or evening. Today, after she had her undies on, she made a small poop in the panties. We changed the panties and I realized she really hadn't finished the dirty job. So, onto the toilet she went and that was it. Her first big poop in the toilet. She was so proud that she flushed the toilet twice--STINKEEEE.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Thomas the Tank Engine

So, I bet all of you thought I brought home one of those foofoo girls. Well, not really.


Yeah, she likes her dresses but when I pointed out the Thomas PJs at Target today, we just had to get them.


And, of course, she wore them to bed tonight.

What are Sisters for??

As the blog fairy, I needed a "guinea pig". I was hoping the "Simplest Template" was actually simple. Wouldn't it be bad if I offered something simple and people couldn't even figure it out??

So, when Colleen was on the MSN last night, I asked her if she was willing to do a trial run. She agreed. Now, mind you, Colleen is pretty computer sauvy. I sent her the template and the directions and she not only figured it out but did the needed adjustments right to her existing codes. She's just too clever. By doing this, she didn't even need to reinsert her sidebar items.

Check out her blog at Russ Danielson Family.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Blog Fairy

The Blog fairy will be striking again soon. I am creating something for our dear friends, the Shockleys to honor their referral of Ethan. I hope to get it together this week. Nikki's in the line up. If you can guess her theme, you win a prize--just kidding.

Anyway, for those who want to be able to have a simple blog template that they can change as often as they wish, I am putting forth an offer to set you up and give instructions on how to make the changes. I don't want to "charge" for this service but any donations will be graciously used toward our second adoption.

Take a peek at the basic template--it's the same basic idea that I have going here on "Families Grow". Feel free to email me VERNA. Please title your email Simplest Blog Offer and I will try to get to you quickly. Thank you for your interest.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

I've Been Called a Lot of Things


Well, if you haven't already seen it, I was messing with Stef's and Gwen's blogs. Yep, it was me. Stef's kids just needed to be put at the top for a while. Don't worry, she can change it back whenever she wants. She is getting really good at it.

So, this is all leading up to the fact that I guess I'm ready to make some more templates. I have figured out how to use blogspot's main templates to look pretty spiffy. If you are a person who doesn't want to mess with the HTML code, just let me know, I'll put something together for you. All I need is your favorite colors, a couple pictures, a theme, whatever you want in there. I can get it together in about 3-4 hours now.

I also have a few templates available.

Friday, March 16, 2007


So excited for them that I am going to tell everyone to check out their blog link in my sidebar. They have not posted anything on there yet but you can see this link for the Bethany Post

Through the archives

Remember the walk to the pearl market?? I certainly do. I was videotaping so that our son could have an accurate picture of what we did. Well, in China, buses do not stop for pedestrians and neither do cars!! I nearly got run over!! We all had a good time and survived. Jay took Carrie to a Buddist Temple--sorry, Carrie has those pictures. My big girls were more interested in the jade booth than the pearls. We were sweating so bad that I drank lots of water. I remember seeing a little boy dressed in what I thought was the equivalent of a snowsuit. Truely an experience to remember.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

No Match

No more need be said.

Deep Breath

OK, I got the letter in. Now to keep busy until Grand Rapids makes that decision. This is our third time for trying. Mom, if you are reading this, the girls have very minor needs. At any rate, we will find out tomorrow. It's so hard not to get the hopes up, even though we know that we have only a small chance. This is the Chinese symbol for FAITH. The scriptures are to help me remember who is in control.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah Ps 62:8

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Children of Promise

A surprise list of special needs children arrived at Bethany Christian Services on Thursday of last week. Most of you know that we have been down this path before. I just received a call from my Social Worker (SW) to find out if we were going to put in an application this time. I have an appointment with the pediatrician this afternoon to find out what she has to say about 3 of the children. One of the pathologists at work was kind enough to talk to me about them also. So, this evening, I will formulate our request letter. This is our third try. We do not hold out much hope to be matched but want to try anyway. The decision will be made on Friday. Will post about it then. May the Lord's will be done.

Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don't stand a chance against you; you'll sweep them right off your doorstep. Ps 127:5

Monday, March 12, 2007

Just a Swingin'

What's a little snow ?????
We walked down the driveway and splashed in the puddles and got our boots (& socks) all wet and then a little swinging before I forced her to come in. What a mean mom.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Sunny Saturday

What a beautiful day here. The sun is shining and it is in the mid 40's (not as high as I thought). The snow is reflecting the sun, making sunglasses necessary. Puddles are everywhere, as well as mud. I love this time of year because we are heading into spring. Soon all will be green, flowers blooming and grass will need mowing. I have already heard the birds singing. Ahhhhhh!

Keith and Mya are enjoying a comfortable ride on the snowmobile.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Off to the Dentist

This is actually the second time that Mya will have gone to the dentist. The first time was 6 months ago. She sat very well in my lap. I'm hoping she does the same today. The dentist was concerned about a specific tooth, thinking it might need a filling. I sure hope not but hey that is life. Will give an update later today.

UPDATE: No Cavities!! All went well & Mya got a Little Mermaid tooth brush to boot.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Is something finally clicking???

Good morning one and all! It's only 10:40 AM and Mya has used the toilet about 6 times to pee. I have told her I am SOOOO proud of her. I sure hope this is it. Rejoicing in dry panties here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Found the Swim Suit

Look who found her swim suit.

Of course, we had to put it on but first, we HAD to go potty. No one wants a pee-pee swimsuit.

Front and Back and Sippy.

Hey, is it my fault that she grabbed the vacuum cleaner hose from me?!?

Gwen, how soon will your pool be warm enough?

Sunday, March 04, 2007


Mya has started a new stage. For you who have older kids, you will remember it well. It is the "Why?" stage. Nearly everything we say is followed by Mya asking "Why?" When you give an answer, the next word is "why". It started only this week and I am ready for it to leave. We have started asking her "why" before she can ask us. Why, why, why, I ask?????

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Thanks Gwen!!

I received a Cafe Press bag this week. Gwen had warned me about my surprise. Isn't it just cool. I had Mya hold it up for all of you to see.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Wanna Come Over to Play???

Mya advises no travel.

Still Snowing

Snowy needed to go out for her morning pee and only made it a few feet, did her business and then came back. We actually have drifts in the front yare and the picnic table is buried. No school, no work for Keith and I am scheduled to work at 2:30. Wonder if I'll make it ?????

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Email From Keith


Here is the latest Mya funny. I am talking to Erin about my plant in my office and Erin notes that I have a window in my office. I replied, "I'm special." Out of the blue, Mya says, "no you're not."

Where did that come from?


Snowing like Crazy

Minnesota finally looks like Minnesota should in the winter. Keith came home from work early to avoid the rush hour mania. I am heading out well before my usual time to make sure I get to work on time. It sure is pretty to look at. Glad we have 4X4 on the Explorer.