Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
So this is the time of the year that I start to get a bit whiny...and truly wonder why we live in Wisconsin when Dan could easily get a job in San Diego which is a huge area for Biotech. So why do we live in a place of the 'never ending Winter?' It's because the area where we live has some of the best schools and medical care in the country, not to mention easy access to Chicago and so many friends and family nearby. I get a major case of cabin fever in late February. So do my kids, especially Grace. Yesterday when she begged to go outside and play in the new snow I had to oblige. It was 18 degrees with a single digit wind chill. She went to make her snow angel and her facial expression in one of the collage pics show her feeling a tad bit cold and maybe not so sure of her decision to lay down in that freezing cold stuff. Of course Grace being a kid managed to forget about it and stayed outside for half an hour. BTW 'date night' went fabulously well...when Dan and I got in the car and left for the restaurant, it was just so quiet. Quiet...what a concept and very much appreciated now and then for me. You sometimes forget in the task at hand of raising children that there is a relationship between mommy and daddy and that does need to be taken care of too. So believe me there will be more date nights in the future! And Mr. Will did extremely well. :)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
My new addiction seems to be this camera, which I suppose isn't a bad addiction compared to some of them out there. Sunday afternoon Miss Grace was in a compliant mood and we shot these in some good indoor light(or as good as it gets in the Winter here). I remember before we received Grace's referral and it was close to arriving that I was anxious. The anxious part of it for me was not raising another child, it was loving another child. I recall asking my mother, "How could I love another child as much as I loved my first...Nick?" I loved Nick with all my heart. Now I realize what a silly thing that was to be anxious about. Love isn't finite....it grows and grows. Everyday I love this little girl more and more. And she is so easy to love.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Will sitting inside a stepstool that we keep in our bathroom for the kids to wash their hands and brush their teeth at the sink. This boy loves to play in it.
They play for hours with this puppet theater and crack us up frequently with the little plays they make up.
This was the end of one of the 'shows' and Grace was saying 'bye-bye.'
Will does play Barbie with his Jie Jie pretty frequently. He is usually Ken(here he's the groom) and Grace is Barbie(the Bride). Sometimes Will is surfer Ken. Will doesn't seem to mind who he gets to be.
Before we left for dinner a couple of weeks ago and I had the 2 of them sit like this for what I thought might be a cute shot. Will decided to stick out his tongue....
And finally Miss Grace looking closer to 12 and not 6 and a half.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Now little Will's way of assisting is to jam 2 kisses in his mouth, below you can see how much he enjoyed them!
Peanut Butter Blossoms:
48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates. 2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. 3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet. 4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.
Enjoy the weekend! We have a busy one coming up with more CNY get togethers.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Grace drew....Ashley of Waiting for Lilly! Congrats Ashley! I hope you love the necklace as much as I have. I'll have another give away coming up in a few weeks. This has been lots of fun for us.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Children with medical special needs are near and dear to my heart and especially those affected with a cleft lip and palate. William was not in the Starfish Foster Home, but another one that was similar. People like Amanda of the Starfish Foster Home in China and Deena and Mike of Will's foster home are on the front lines making a difference. We donate to Will's foster home and also will be supporting a cleft affected child from Amanda's. I chose to put Will's before and after surgery pics here to show what a difference these places make in a life for a child. Please read my friend Kimberley at the Seventh Diamond post from her blog. If you'd like to help please contact her.
Amanda was contacted a couple of days ago by the Director of the orphanage in her area. There has been a large group of infants left, many with cleft palate issues and the orphanage has no room to take them in. There are 12 who are due to be released from the local hospital in the next couple of days with nowhere to go. Amanda has been planning to open a Cleft Palate Home in the distant future when funds were in place, but because of these 12 little ones, she is converting the volunteer quarters into a the Cleft Palate Home and will take in these 12 babies. She only has funds to support them for 3 months, so this is where we come in. We need approximately 72 families to come forward who are willing to sponsor a child for $25.00 a month. It costs approx. $150.00 a month for Amanda to feed and care for each child, so it it will take 6 families to step forward for each child. Or if a family is willing to contribute more, that would lessen the number of families needed. This would be a year commitment. Amanda will send out updates to the families and photos of the sponsored babies.The amount is totally tax deductible and the donations will go through the STARFISH CHILDREN'S SERVICES and the tax number is 20-4682816If you are part of a woman's prayer group, or work with a youth group, perhaps you would consider having your group sponsor one child for a year.
If you are willing to come forward as a sponsor family or group, please leave a comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. A new blog is being created for the home and we will have all of the details to you soon. But we need sponsors quickly, because these children are being released to Amanda in a couple of days if we can get everything together. If you have ever sat in your living room and wondered how you could make an impact, this is it. Amanda is moving forward not knowing where the money will come from. These 12 children need a place to heal and grow. I need help finding approx. 72 families who are willing to contribute $25.00 monthly to support these children. I don't know that many people, so if you all could help spread the word about this project, it would be wonderful. So far 7 families have come forward to sponsor children...thank you! 3 out of the 12 children are completely sponsored.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Our CNY celebration will continue next weekend with Grace's travel group. Please remember to sign up for my 300th post give away(previous post).