Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Boys Wait

Dear Bloggy Friends,

Our agency, Bethany Christian Services, has 3 cleft lip/palate boys and others who wait to be matched with their forever families. I am constantly amazed at how the girls are quickly matched and the boys wait. If you love looking at pictures of Noah and can open your heart to one of these boys (or a boy on your agency's list) contact a social worker. Go HERE (BCS ADOPTABLE CHILDREN) to see the Bethany's waiting children. The Chinese boys are listed there. You will have to search the listings.

Thank You from the boys,


Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

Erin spent Saturday taking pictures with a friend. Here is one I found on the laptop. We will be doing graduation picture soon. Yep, I can't believe it!

I am working this 3 day weekend. For those who don't remember, I am a lab tech at a local hospital. I made a switch with a friend. She will be taking my July 4th holiday (thanks Marns). It has been quiet at our little hospital. I am thankful for that because one of the instruments had a cuvette jam and yesterday we had abpower outage. So far, I am unaware of any traffic incidents. However, one of the local towns was badly hit by a tornado. A 2 yr old died and a significant number of injuries. The hospital was without main power for 3 hours. Don't worry. All the important stuff is on auxilliary power. We were able to do our work with only a few minor issues--things that do not have auxilliary power.

I am in a bloggy slump lately and don't feel too inspired to post. I've been keeping up with looking at your blogs through bloglines. I am happy for those who have gotten referrals. It is really wonderful to see more children matched with forever families. Gail at Aging with Grace has posted pictures of her little William.

I hope that you will all keep watching for details on Savannah-Hope's bloggy shower. Laura at Nipper Family of 4 will be hosting it on June 14.

Hope you are all having a great, fun, and safe weekend.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Paying it Forward--My Thoughts

I have noticed many blogs participating in the "Pay it Forward" posts. While I think it is a nice idea to share gifts and do nice things for one another, I have a different understanding of Pay it Forward.

When we first started our Church, our Pastor told us about his step dad, Rudy, who is about 95 now. Each month, Rudy got a lot of mail solicitors for charity donations. He'd sit down and decide who and how much to send to each. When asked why he continued to this, he would say that he was paying it forward. To Rudy, investing his money in ministries and charities was the only way to store up treasures in heaven. He wanted his gifts to have eternal reward.

I believe that Jesus Christ was the very first one to Pay it Forward when he paid the overwhelming debt of sin for all mankind by dying on the cross. If he was willing to make that kind of sacrifice for me when I was lost in sin, then it is a small thing for me to lift someone else up with unexpected kindness.

At the risk of sounding out of touch and possibly ungracious because I have not seen the film, I prefer sending little gifts to someone who is down or some cash to someone struggling or a donation to earthquake relief or sponsor a child from an organization like Compassion International. To me (and Rudy), that is truly Paying it Forward.

Trying to Keep Up

My posting has went down. Guess life truly is busier with two!!
Well, then there's work and nice weather ;).
Daddy and the kids enjoy a late morning snack after Dad helped mow the Church lawn.

Popsicle and juice pop season has arrived.

Motorcycle season too.

Noah colors some times.

Of course, the bubbles have been out.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Mya!

Mya celebrated her birthday at church last night. It was our Pastor's birthday also. Each had a cake and we ate together. It was fun. Just enough of a party to satisfy our girlie. I forgot the camera. So the only pictures were taken on Pastor's cell phone. :o(


When we got home, she insisted on opening her gift. Here she is in her PJs, holding her new Sleeping Beauty outfit that Daddy bought at Target.

First thing this morning she put on the dress, crown and jewelry.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Joe and Rachael Visit

Joe and Rachael got me this beautiful necklace for Mother's Day. It says "Many Hearts, One Family". Isn't that just cool. We don't see them as much as we would like. So, when we do the time is precious.

Joe and Rachael came up to our house for a late Mother's Day visit. It was so nice and they play with the littles which is wonderful. As you can see, they are just kids of different ages.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Back to Work

Playing near the barn.
Left pic: Noah and Miranda discussing the ball.
Right: The little blondy is my grand-nephew--Mitchell. Jenny is cut off on the left.
Buds for Life!

Lots of emotions running through this old body today. We spent yesterday at my parents, celebrating dad turning 84 on May 5. Dad has Parkinson's Disease and it is taking a big toll on him. He was diagnosed nearly 10 years ago. He spends a lot of time sleeping and is often confused. We are thankful for each day we have him and for Mom, who is his caretaker. She works hard to keep dad going and it is taking a toll on her also. Through the ups and downs, she has stuck with it when others may have left. She is a tremendous example of "in sickness and in health". I had already sent a card from Mya and Noah to Mom but failed to actually with Her Happy Mother's Day in person. I did give her a big hug before we left. When the family gets together like that there are so many people that it is hard to spend more than a few minutes with each one. With 6 siblings, spouses, grandchildren, their spouses, and great grandchildren, it gets pretty hectic. Mya and Noah had a blast hanging out with their cousins, Jenny and Miranda who are young teens and like little kids.

Today is back to work for me. I'm going in early to get trained on a couple new analyzers. Lots of changes over there in the last 3 months. I have a new team lead starting today too and some new coworkers coming on soon. Things are never stagnant. I'm hoping for it to be a happy return. There are some folks having difficulties lately and that makes it hard to maintain positivity. I plan to do my best to be objective.

Mya turns 4 on Thursday. Unfortunately, I am scheduled to work that evening. We will celebrate with our Pastor (whose birthday is the 14) and Church family on Wednesday evening, following service. It will be fun and she will be happy with that. We will also send some treats to daycare. Better remember to get those ;)

Hope your week holds lots of interesting stuff. My blogging has decreased lately due to busy life and back pain (getting much better). We are outside a fair amount now and it will only increase as the summer arrives. I am checking blogs but have not left comments in a while. Just know that I do stop by even though I don't leave a note.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Prom 2008

The above is my beautiful daughter and her steady BF at prom last night.

To the left is the uncropped version. Notice Aaron's "other" much younger date in the blue ;)
I told Mya that all of Erin's friends were going to be dressed up like princesses at the prom. She decided she needed to dress up too.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Hmmmm . . .

Here's a funny for you about Noah
Last week, I was teaching him about body parts and I asked him where his elbow was. He started pulling at his shorts and I was wondering what he was up to. Turns out he thought I wanted to see Elmo on his undies!

When you are finished chuckling, I just want to let you know that I have been trying to keep up on everyone's blogs. I just don't have it in me to comment on them all.

I'm thankful for warmer weather to get outside. I'm heading back to work next week :o( Life only gets busier. For that we are happy. The calendar is nearly full now. That's summer!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Back and Stuff

Busy week here. First, I have been to physical therapy 3x this week with some improvement in my back. At least I can get out of bed and put my socks on by myself today. Thursday was difficult--many spasms. If it does not get better this week, I will be making an appointment with a back specialist. Needless to say, my patience has been low and my voice raised often. I did a couple blogs this week. I have put the laptop on top of a box so that I can stand and type. I rest and use heat as needed. I feel pretty good this morning. So, hoping it will all dissipate soon.

I made it to Noah's hand Doc on Thursday. She will be doing surgery in October to release his thumb and pinky. This will allow him to have some opposability of that thumb.

He also had his eyes checked on Friday. Since his eyes did not dilate enough, we will be returning on June 6 for a followup. They thought they saw some astigmatism. Not sure if he will need glasses or just to have frequent checks.

That's life here. Not much is new. Just trying to keep it all together. Thank you to all for your concerns. I hope to have good back news this week.