Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Aileen Quinn makes a great Annie, no doubt, but this young lady, Charity Farrell, has a fantastic voice too! Thank you, Charity, for the permission to post this on my blog!
picks out some super cute fabric at the fabric store (and on clearance to boot!)...
and positively begs to have something special made out of it?
Well I don't know what YOU do, but I proceeded to borrow my mom's sewing machine...
Search for an appropriate pattern to work with for my first venture in sewing for real...
Muddle my way through the for dummies version of something I doubt I could ever understand if it were NOT for dummies...
But then get in a groove and TOTALLY LOVE making a really cute skirt and decide partway through to make a matching purse with the left over fabric ...
Get ALMOST done with the skirt - just have to finish the waistband, then it's on to the purse -
And then have to call Mom and Dad for help because I have somehow managed to BREAK THE SEWING MACHINE!
One day I hope to be able to post a picture of Katie modeling her cute little skirt and purse but for now...it's almost done.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
pepperoni and mozzarella puffs, and
So, it's true, the wonders never cease. As it turns out, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Whether or not all these creations are actually edible remains to be seen.
Monday, December 22, 2008
This year, as I pulled this ornament out to sit it on the shelf near the tree -- we'll put it on the tree when everyone's home together -- I couldn't help but smile thinking three's perfect.
"I'll be home for Christmas...if only in my dreams..."
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
It was adorable, if a little surprising at first, when she was a toddler and it's heartwarming and still precious now that she's a Kindergartener. These are Christmas memories. One of many I hope to never forget. Have any Christmas memories of your own you'd like to share?
Saturday, December 13, 2008
In the meantime, I am in a state of constant search for resources and information on Down syndrome. At the kids' recent well kids checkup, I spoke to our pediatrician about the adoption to try to get some insight from her. As it turns out, she was really more concerned about what region of Colombia we will travel to (which we don't know yet) because some regions will require special immunizations. She gave me information about where to go to get those shots but really didn't give me any information about Down syndrome at all -- not even so much as whether the practice has experience with children with Ds -- so I was a little disappointed with that but the more I think about it I have decided that maybe it was because Down syndrome wasn't as much of source of concern for her as the potential for the illnesses common to the regions of Colombia that she spoke about? That would be a positive thing, I think. Either way, I still wanted them to be aware of the new patient that would be coming to their practice, God willing, within the next year sometime.
Through it all it seems that God is raising up a network of support around us that only He could orchestrate: a friend who is a Speech Therapist who has given us some guidance in that direction; a friend of a friend in a graduate program for Occupational Therapy who has offered to provide us information and direction in that area; and one after another of our family members and friends who have offered prayers, love and encouragement in so many different ways. We are so grateful for you all. God is good and we are so blessed. We love you!
Monday, December 8, 2008
What would happen, they conjectured, if they simply went on assuming their children would do everything. Perhaps not quickly. Perhaps not by the book. But what if they simply erased those growth and development charts, with their precise, constricting points and curves? What if they kept their expectations but erased the time line? What harm could it do? Why not try?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
DON'T FORGET TO SCROLL DOWN AND SHUT OFF THE BACKGROUND MUSIC TO WATCH THE YOU TUBE VIDEO.
I finally decided after a bazillion blogs mentioned Sitemeter to add it to my blog. Since I have I have been able to see the generalized locations of the people who link to my blog, either intentionally or by accident, and it's pretty cool! (I still haven't been able to figure out how Renee does her "You found my blog how?!" posts, though...)
It's surreal because there have been hits on my blog from ALL OVER THE WORLD! I'm sure the majority of them are "accidental" hits, meaning they had no interest in my blog at all and just click right on through to someplace else, but it's still neat. Besides the international clicks, I am thinking there could be hits from almost every state in the US.
So, whether you're here by accident or on purpose, WELCOME! Peace and blessings to you and your family! And while you're surfing the truly WORLD WIDE Web today, consider doing something really great for some kids that need it! Check out the Angel Tree at Reece's Rainbow, or Sponsor an Orphan through our agency, Children's Hope, or do your own search on how to offer help to those in the world who need it most.