Saturday, August 30, 2008

4 day weekends rock!!!

The park!!  Yeah!! P was in school...so sad...so she missed out, but

we rocked it out!  

First, a picnic...delish PBJ Sandwiches (i love that my kiddos are PBJS *big sqeal of delight*) and fixins. 

...and a nap for little miss sofie!












Second, a fab bike ride on the nature trail.  Kiddos and Hubby helped me find some goodies to make a centerpiece for the dining room table (thx screaming meme)  Pics of that to follow later.










And then, the grand finale...
...the playground.













We are off today for more family fun...this time at the homefront. :)

Happy Labor Day Weekend...get some rest!  Have some fun!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Rockstar

We were at our friends house last night visiting with b-mom for #3 and her bio sibs.  

And who has a party without a rock band??

The venue was amazing...or not!
(notice the dolls and animals who also attended)


And the band..."High School Musical 2" rocked it out!  (they obviously named the band themselves)

Against the (neon green) walls of Andre's bedroom, and the lights from the light saber, the show was pretty hot.  My favorite part was when everyone sang their own favorite song all at the same time.  Sweet!

Happy Friday...long weekend!  Yeah!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I like myself!

My blogger friend, Lindsay, had this little sniblet on her blog this morn.  So, I thought "why not?". 

HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are
1
or fewer people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Now, I know that my name is not normal...thanks to my Mom, who thought she made up my name (reality check...but it's still very sweet) and a hubby, who I love, that well, is from a great family, but really, there are only 335 in the US?

Well, all in all, I think it reminds me that I am special.  And, it's just like one of kiddos fav books...you have to stop and read this!!!

"...I still would be the same you see...
I like myself because I'm ME!!"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wordfull Wednesday

Sisters always have each others backs...


Play along with Wordful Wednesday...check out angie's blog to see who else is in today.

Shhhh...did you hear something? NO?! Really?!

As a parent of 4 girls, I have learned to appreciate the small things in life.  Really, some the of the smallest things end up being the biggest.

Last night, for the first time ever, Little Miss slept through the night.
  It took almost 8 months, but she did it!  And, to add to the victory, B and JK didn't wake up with any monsters or need for anything either.  The Lord certainly shone peace on this house last night.


I am sooooo excited!!  I know, it's not that big of a deal.  But IT IS!!!


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I just couldn't. Oh, okay. I'll accept! Yeah!

I am just so honored...

...I'm not sure who I should thank.  Oh, the little people. 























Just kidding.  I did, however, get two (count them, two) more blogger awards today from Penelope at Life's Sweet Passions

So, now the honors go to.  Envelope please.  

Meaghan at Meg and the Boys
Carrie at Oikology

...and ladies...here are the details on how to pass on your awards:

1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog. 
2. Link the person you received your award from. 
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs. 
4. Put links of those blogs on yours. 
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you’ve nominated.
6. Enjoy your awards!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Team...thingamajig???

My family and some of our friends are walking in the Mitochondrial Disease Walk in October. We have close family friends, Nicole and Johnnie, who have a daughter, Abigail, with Mitochondrial Disease. We are walking to raise money...but there's a very serious problem with the walk.

WE NEED A TEAM NAME!!!! Ok, seriously, it's gotta be good. So this is where you come in. Help me out...and keep it clean, please! :)

It's Hard Being a Parent...

My parents had this hanging in their house when I was a kid.  A number of years ago, I picked it up and brought it home.  I had a great childhood...I have a great family.  So, I thought I should re-look at this little memory and take it to heart.



















It's small, so this is what is says...

Thou shalt look upon thy child, not as a possession belonging to thee, but as a sacred trust from God.

Thou shalt be honest in all dealing with thy child, then honesty and obedience can be expected of him.

Thou shalt regard thy child’s respect and love, not as a duty to be demanded, but as an achievement to be earned.

Remember when thou art out of patience with they child’s faults to take time to count to ten—of thine own.

Remember that the surest way to make it hard for thy child is to make it too easy for him.  He should learn early the meaning of discipline and responsibility.

Thou shalt have daily prayers and Bible reading with thy family, and thou shalt always thank God for food before partaking of it.

Remember that the example of thy life is more effective than thy fault-finding and moralizing.

Thou shalt practive the teachings of Christ in thy home by being kind, unselfish and loving.

Thou shalt early teach thy child to love and trust in God, and thou shalt wisely help him to choose Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Remember the Lord’s day by worshipping God in thy church as a family, for this is necessary if thy home is to be truly Christian.

--Gordon H. Schroder



Sunday, August 24, 2008

Look Mom! I got my first blog award!!!.

So, my fun friend, dysfunctional mom, gave me my very first real blog award.  It's so much fun!  I am now a kick a$$ blogger...i really wish (on a side note) that it didn't have a$$ in it, so I'm a kick booty blogger!  Oh yeah!










Now, I get to award my favorite 5 blogs...and it's hard!  There are so many...but here they are:


Take a few minutes and check these ladies out!  They will rock your face off!! 


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

Treasures

I noticed yesterday as B and JK were outside playing...they seemed to find a lot of treasure. Most of what they 'discovered' and gifted to me were the things outside we rake or blow away or put chemicals on to kill.



















So I got to thinking...I know, not now...it's Friday. But I did. Why is it that I don't see the beauty in the dandelion...that I see a weed and that I need to call the lawn application guy and talk to him about the fact that we pay good money to get rid of those darn things and they are coming back. You know what I mean, I'm sure.

Anyway, I decided to take a different look at what the girls brought to me yesterday, and I decided there was great beauty in the simple things.

Leaves...fascinating. How in the world did the Lord create all of those ideas with the veins and colors and well, everything.



Dandelions...what a beautiful color of yellow. It's bright like sunshine and really, when there's a lot of them in one place, (like a field, not my yard, of course), they are beautiful.

It all brings me to one of my favorite reminders...I like to refer to it as First Things First. Matthew 6 talks about treasures and remembering what should be first in our lives. And it ends with this great reminder:

"...seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.." Matthew 6:33

Funny, my kiddos just are enamored at creation, while I rake it up. That's maybe why I should have faith like a child more often. I worry about lunches and groceries and dusting and laundry and finances and, well, just about everything else. And where should I focus...yep, on the Creator himself. Then, His Word says,

"Don't worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today."

Ain't that the truth?!

So...this weekend, I plan to challenge myself (and you too if you'd like) to look through the eyes of a child at the creation set before me.

"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Mommy of the....week??

Ok, call me crazy, but my fab sister-in-law, Meaghan (visit her at MegAndTheBoys), inspired me to make my baby food.  Now, I'm the Momma of 4 girls...and Gerber has been just fine, but I have to say, I really have fallen in love with the whole thing.  Thanks, Meg!!

So, here's to fresh baby food.  And thanks to Wholesome Baby Foods for their fab recipes and ideas.   Yummo!! 











































Sofie (or little miss baby bird)...loves the peaches!!















...and she's super sweet too!!

Anyone can cook

My middle two have a passion for cooking.  It was enhanced by the incredible Disney nove, Rattouille.  I have caught them making some interesting 'recipes' of late. 











The worst...definitely red pop, sour cream and onion chips, pink
 lemonade, sugar, gum balls, water.  "Red Soup", as they call it, was truly one of the grossest things I've ever encountered as a Mother.  (And...they tasted it!)

So, to push along my little chef's, I found sweet pink toque's at Target ($1) and they donned their aprons...and we cooked!
























Ok, it was instant pudding...but it turned green when the milk hit it!  
















So, remember: Anyone CAN COOK!






























(and leave it to B to have her own 'little chef')


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Soothing...


...herself!  And for those of you with preemies, you know how great this is!  Yeah!



























And, when it's all over, I always 'feel the love'!  So much fun!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Australia...and our many visits

My husband, Ryan, and I have been more than blessed with 4 girls, who are all so different and all so majestically perfect in their own way.  We have come to parenting in many ways...i think maybe every way you can, but I'm not certain!  One daughter is biological to me only...one privately adopted, one foster to adopt and one biological to the both of us...and 11 other foster children in the mix so far.  So, I share this story that was shared with us during our first adoption.  Maybe someone can relate...or get some strength through it. 












Our Trip to Australia (Poem By Diane Armitage)

Deciding to have a baby is like planning a trip to Australia.  You’ve heard it’s a wonderful place, you’ve read many guidebooks and feel certain you’re ready to go.  Everyone you know has traveled there by plane. They say it can be a turbulent flight with occasional rough landings, but you can look forward to being pampered on the trip.

     So you go to the airport and ask the ticket agent for a ticket to Australia.  All around you, excited people are boarding planes for Australia.  It seems there is no seat for you; you’ll have to wait for the next flight.  Impatient, but anticipating a wonderful trip, you wait—and wait—and wait.

     Flights to Australia continue to come and go.  People say silly things like, “Relax. You’ll get on a flight soon.”  Other people actually, get on a plane and then cancel their trip, to which you cry “It’s not fair!”   After a long time the ticket agent tells you, “I’m sorry, we’re not going to be able to get you on a plane to Australia. Perhaps you should think about going by boat.”

     “By BOAT,” you say.  “Going by boat will take a very long time and it costs a great deal of money.  I really had my heart set on going by plane.”    So you go home and think about not going to Australia at all.  You wonder if Australia will be as beautiful if you approach it by sea rather than air.  But you have long dreamed of this wonderful place, and finally you decide to travel by boat.  It is a long trip, many months over much rough seas.  No one pampers you.  You wonder if you will ever see Australia.  Meanwhile, your friends have flown back and forth to Australia two or three times, marveling about each trip.

     Then one glorious day, the boat docks in Australia.  It is more exquisite than you ever imagined, and the beauty is magnified by your long days at sea.  You have made many wonderful friends during your voyage, and you find yourself comparing stories with others who also traveled by sea rather than by air.

     People continue to fly to Australia as often as they like, but you are able to travel only once, perhaps twice.  Some say things like, “Oh, be glad you didn’t fly.  My flight was horrible; traveling by sea is so easy.”

     You will always wonder what it would have been like to fly to Australia.  Still, you know God blessed you with a special appreciation of Australia, and the beauty of Australia is not in the way you get there, but in the place itself.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I'm feeling the love!!! I am so excited! I'm one of the saucy blogs this week on SITS (the secret is in the sauce...check it out!!)

Yeah! Hello SITSa's!

These are a few of my fav summer things...



















...sitting on the swing with some of my girls (since we all can't fit at once!)
...the smell of fresh cut flowers
...softball
...fresh fruit
...a tan on me
...sunshine on my shoulders
...time outside with da girls
...bbq
...my birthday
...flip flops all the time
...free time with the fam (no school!!!)

what about you?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Oh, the wonderful things miss paige can do...

I am going to sound like an old woman (symbolic of how I remember my own Mom talking when I was a kid), but I just have to say that time with my kiddos is passing before my eyes. Paige is 13...8th grade...and just simply a beautiful, fun girl, who still is a teenager, don't get me wrong.

So, as always, on her first day of school, I took a picture...this year, in front of the pantry. Pantry, you may ask? Yes, the pantry. It is the place in the house she spends the most time with the exception of her bedroom, where she eats what she gets from the pantry.

I am so proud of her...her choices...her dedication...her, well, just her! So, this post is for my little pig...who's grown into a beautiful young woman.

Friday, August 15, 2008

3 1/2 years...really????

I don't usually take this blog to rant, mostly b/c i have so many t hings to be thankful and happy about.

but...

there's JK's adoption and it still not being final after 3 1/2 years. We have totally loved being foster parents...we've fostered more than 11 children (not including JK) and have learned and grown through each of them. We love foster care, so please don't misunderstand that. What I don't love is the adoption process through foster care. Here's a pictorial prepresentation of the time JK has still not been adopted.

This is me holding JK thevery first time...she was so precious...she was 10 days old. Couldn't you just eat her up?













And, this is us 3 1/2 years later...happy as can be with my #3!!












Ok. Back to my rant.

The adoption...or lack there of. No reason for it. All the paperwork is done. Judge is on board...has been for over 2 years. She has never spent a night in the home of her biological parents (sad), but visits with them still to this day because of us and our efforts to keep that connection open for he rin the future. Parental rights terminated and they signed papers for us to be her adoptive parents over 2 years ago.

Really?

So, I ask, what do you think the hold up is?

I have a constant reminder of her not being adopted...still a 'foster child' almost every day. Today, I have to renew my foster license...b/c we have a 'child' in our care. Ok, here's clue, State of Indiana...the child in my care is mine. Her name is not KDL but JKE. I am her Mom, Ryan is her Dad, PB and S are her sisters. We have been from the beginning...and although we are so grateful for her biological siblings and parents, we are the ones doing everyday life with her. We deserve...she deserves to be final.

JK starts preschool next month. You should hear the conversation with the director. I know her legal name is KDL, but she has been always JKE. I'm sure it's not confusing at all for her....no!!

Okay, I'm off the high horse...now, I ask two things of you. Please pray for us and for the finalization of this adoption (B's was 2 months...private adoption rocks!!!). Second, comment me for support. :)


"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Colossians 1:9-14

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Brooke-isms























1. My butt has a crack? What? My butt has cheeks?
2. You've got to see this...
3. Mommy puts this cone on her breast and then milk comes out. It's amazing.
4. Dad, you're doing a great job.
5. I need some air back here!
6. My feet are filthy. I think I need a bath.
7. Or, maybe he got a tattoo.
8. Gabby lives in my heart forever.
9. Oh pickle.
10. Barnacles.
11. I want to be the princess, not the nasty step mother.
12. I did not eat the cupcake.
13. Jesus love 'root naks'...its his favorite food. (fruit snacks)
14. Hey, what's up homey?
15. Stop talking. I am trying to concentrate.
16. Come on people. We're gonna be late for Florida.
17. My Dad drinks a lot of beer. And...he poops a lot. (not true btw, but seriously funny)
18. My finger nail polish came off.
19. Can I give Gabby a P-K-U-G-R-T, treat?
20. Mommy, you're the best mommy ever.

5...already?

We started celebrating with the big, bad sport of bowling! Oh yeah!





































And what birthday is complete without a cake?

I made a promise to B that I would make her a unicorn cake. I am no Ace of Cakes, but I gave it my best shot. The best part of B being 5, she thought the cake was the best unicorn cake she'd ever seen! Gotta love the enthusiasm of a kid!!!


Monday, August 11, 2008

Big and little

Look at the love...and it's a little extra special b/c it's at the Ehaus Farm...

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Family...together again

The whole clan...all together at the farm.

I love Grandma E! She rocks my face off!!
4 generations and going strong.