Hey there, Friends! I'm sorry to have left you hanging like that. HEHEHEHE.. well, sorta. O:-)
Before I start all the "blah, blah, blah," about our Thanksgiving... I KNOW many of you are wanting to know what the big news is??
SOOOO... my sister (Kerry) and her hubby (Shannon) are going to adopt. If you've heard me talk of my sister before, then you KNOW I'm just CRAZY about her and her family. Our children were all born in "stair-steps." Ashley (her daughter) was born in 94, Brent (our first son) was born in 95, Clay (Kerry's son) was born in 96, then Zach in 97. We had this really neat little pattern going with our first 4 (combined) but SHE had to go and mess it up. LOL!!! (Of course Gabe came along in 2000)
Seriously though, she's diabetic and because of that, Clay was a HUGE baby! (OVER 10 POUNDS) Now, my sis isn't like me... she's a LITTLE BITTY thing! Clay got stuck during his birth and it was too late to do a section. (Sorry if that's "TMI" but it's a VERY IMPORTANT part of the story). See, her doc didn't know he was so big (not sure how they missed that, but oh well) and he was practically born dead. (Due to that, his heart was TERRIBLY ENLARGED) PRAISE GOD, he DIDN'T die (or least that he didn't stay that way)! He was airlifted to Jackson, MS and his parents were told to prepare for the worst). GOD stepped in, and Clay was brought home just a week or so later. He's been healthy since.
HOWEVER, my sister & her hubby, again due to her health.. decided that 2 would be enough. (I don't know if that was the ONLY factor, but it was DEFINITELY a MAJOR one)
Well, GOD has recently shown them that HE wants to add to their family. They felt strongly that it would be a child from Russia - and GOD has MORE THAN CONFIRMED it over and over again!
They will set out to adopt 2 babies. (Two is the limit if you're not getting siblings, and very young siblings would be VERY RARE)
If you get online and research these orphanages - oh MY! It'll just BREAK your heart! (Little beds lined RIGHT NEXT to each other.. stories of children with no one to hold and love them.. it's just SO SAD)
Needless to say, I'm EXCITED BEYOND WORDS! (See, I gave you a little hint the other day.. I said the baby wasn't coming to OUR house.. what I didn't say, was where it WOULD be going) O:-)
Now... to catch up on the holidays.....
I told you I'd be fixing a turkey for Link's family dinner. It turned out REALLY WELL, I'm happy to say! I actually remembered to take out that little bag of.. I don't even CARE to KNOW what's in it.. O:-) HA!!!
See, to tell off on myself a bit... The VERY FIRST turkey I ever made......... well, I sort of didn't know there was ANYTHING inside the bird that needed to come OUT. (Sorry if this offends anyone that doesn't eat meat) ;-)
At any rate.. I was VERY PLEASED that I didn't burn it, or under cook it, or leave something inside that wasn't suppose to be there. HA!! Dinner at Link's parents was AMAZING! (They're ALL FANTASTIC cooks!!)
After lunch, we made dough ornaments. That'll be another set of pictures I'll need to load and share. (Man, am I SERIOUSLY BEHIND on pictures, or WHAT??)
We'll be doing supper with my family tonight. (If you didn't know.. my Daddy is a truck driver) HE wasn't home for turkey day so we'll be oinkin out AGAIN tonight. (Hopefully I won't.. I've started yet ANOTHER diet)
HHHMMMM... WHAT ELSE???
Well, I COULD tell you that I'm now OBSESSED with learning how to do blog makeovers! (I LOVE my Christmas one, but I always feel terrible asking the lady that's doing the makeover to keep making changes) Jennisa was VERY PATIENT with me and I think she did a GREAT job! (You can find her at onceuponablog.org)
A VERY DEAR friend of mine has been encouraging me to learn, and well, honestly, I'd REALLY LOVE to know how! I did find a spot online that gives some REALLY GOOD instructions. My biggest problem NOW is to figure out how to work my Photoshop program. (I'm SOOOO DINGY and HATE to read instructions) I suppose if I'm going to get this figured out, I'm going to HAVE to though. =-/ (Heheheh)
If any of you know of a "step by step" visual type thingy.. could you let me know? O:-)
Okay, I KNOW I'm forgetting something.. I suppose whatever it is will wait until next time?
Oh, and I've also STILL not made it around to commenting on your blogs. I'm SO VERY SORRY! I'm sure you understand.. the holidays are CRAZY, and WONDERFUL, and WONDERFULLY CRAZY! ;o)
I hope to see you soon..
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Hey there, Friends! I'm sorry to have left you hanging like that. HEHEHEHE.. well, sorta. O:-)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Morning, Sweet Friends!
I wanted to come by and wish you a VERY HAPPY Thanksgiving! I know I said I'd try to come and post pictures, but honestly, I've been so busy trying to get our house back in order that I've just not had a lot of time to "play" online. (After the BUSY week we had last week.. I CRASHED for a couple of days.. MAN, does it EVER get MESSY, FAST!)
Anyhow - I hate I've not been by to wish you all a happy turkey day in person.. HOPEFULLY I can catch up with YOU soon!
I'd also like to do a post on being thankful. I sure wish I had time today.. but I'm doing one of the turkeys for my hubby's family dinner so I REALLY NEED to go! ☺ (I'll also BE THE TURKEY at his Mom's house) LOL!!
Oh, we've got some AMAZING family news to share too! (Don't get too excited for us.. there's no baby coming to OUR house) O=-)
Okay.. I'd better run! I hope you all have an AMAZING day!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Hi there friends! I'm playing around with my blog and THINK I've discovered a fast, easy way to post from my cell. I guess we'll see if this works?!
I'll try to check in soon w the pictures I promised from last week. =-)
See ya soon!
(I'm *editing* this post to say that it WORKED! Everything above this was posted by my phone.. COOL, huh?) WHOO-HOO!
Now, I'm off to see about getting those pictures uploaded.
Oh, one other thing.... My sweet friend Jennisa from Once Upon A Blog has been doing some Christmas decorating for me. My 'Christmas blog' should be UP in a few days. I'm EXCITED to see something new.. and to have a way to CELEBRATE JESUS this holiday season!
Okay, I'll get back soon. I'm WAY OVERDUE in checking in with you guys. Things have FINALLY started to settle down, and I HOPE to get caught up with you all by tonight.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Hello, Sweet Friends!
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to "catch up" with you all. This has been ONE CRAZY/BUSY week.. but it's been a LOT of FUN! Let me fill you in... =-)
Okay, so when I last posted I told you that we had out of town company coming in. They DID arrive just seconds BEFORE I clicked the "Publish Post" button. (The boys were outside EAGERLY watching and waiting for them.. I heard them scream out, "They're HERE!") LOL!!!
So, who WAS this company??? It was our dear friends from Memphis, Mark & Mylissa Horrocks.
We met them just before we learned that Brent had relapsed, back in 05. They too have had their world "rocked" by the diagnosis of cancer in their own child. However, AND PRAISE BE TO GOD, their daughter, Bella, has done BEAUTIFULLY! She's been in remission since she finished treatment in 04!
A couple of quotes from her caringbridge site..
"Bella was diagnosed with Stage IIIa Malignant Melanoma at age of 3 on 9/11/03."
"She finished on October 8, 2004!!! She had her first annual scans and redone October 18th, WHICH PROVED HER TO BE CANCER FREE FOR 1 YEAR!!! Praise the Lord!!! In November, Bella had a baseline PET which was NORMAL and a repeat MRI...NORMAL!!"
Okay, now would you like to know just how AMAZING this family is?? They saw a GREAT NEED while in treatment at St. Jude. They didn't just carry their daughter home and forget about the things they saw, felt, and experienced while at St. Jude, they did something about it!
What did they do, you might ask?? Through the leading of the Holy Spirit they started a non-profit organization called, "Habitat for Hope."
Please, if you have a minute, go and read how this all began.
Yep, they packed up their family (they lived in Florida) and MOVED to Memphis, TN just to support families like ours day in and day out.
They helped get us housing so that we could keep ALL of our boys together after Brent relapsed. (Although St. Jude goes ABOVE AND BEYOND what you might expect from a hospital, they can only provide housing for 4 people. You are NOT ALLOWED more than 4 at any time) We DESPERATELY wanted to keep the boys under the same roof after relapse. (They told us there was NO HOPE of a cure for a child after relapse occurs)
Mark & Mylissa called and visited often, organizing meals for us while we were in the hospital. They walked the halls of St. Jude with us, praying between scans. Mark & Mylissa were there with us the day we first heard that there was nothing more that could be done for Brent. (Of course we didn't accept that, but that's a ANOTHER story)
I could go on and on telling you about how they helped meet the physical and spiritual needs of our family.. but for the sake of time, and to avoid writing a book today, I won't. LOL!
I would like to share one more quick story.. another memory that stands out. It was when they came to the hospital and threw Gabe a birthday party (at St. Jude) so that he'd HAVE one. See, we'd just brought Brent back to Memphis "to let him go" and were beyond even remembering that it was our baby boy's birthday.
They also came and got the kids and took them places during those very sad and very dark days so that they'd have a little bit of "normalcy"... so they could get their little minds on something that wasn't so tragic.
This sweet young couple doesn't just "talk the talk," my friends, they WALK THE WALK!
The very home they live in is open day and night to families in Memphis who have a child with a life-threatening illness. When I say "open" I mean people LITERALLY LIVE in their home. (I'm nagging Mylissa to build a cabin somewhere on the property so that they can have their own space.. I'm telling you, I could NOT do what they do ALL the time!) The hope/plan is to one day build cabins on the property for more families to live in while their child is hospitalized/or in treatment. As far as I know they only thing holding them back is the money. (It's a NON-PROFIT and it's running on donations)
Okay, so I could talk ALL DAY about this sweet family and what they do. I know you'd be blessed if you went over and "met" them for yourselves.
I know I promised pictures, but there are children sleeping all over the place right now. LOL!! The boys had a sleepover last night so there are some in the boys' bedroom, the living room, and one in our bed. HA!!! I'll try to get the photos uploaded sometime today and will share them in the next post. (HOPEFULLY)
Oh, I forgot to tell you what we've been doing the rest of the week... WHOOPS! Okay, so if you've not left already... I'll QUICKLY fill you in!
The Horrocks family left on Tuesday.. we were hosting church in our house Wednesday as well as having Thanksgiving supper with them afterwards. SOOO... the POWER-CLEANING/SHOPPING/COOKING began just after our sweet friends walked out the door. Then on Thursday, it was school and cleaning AGAIN. Yesterday, we went to a friends house to make dough ornaments... FUN, FUN, FUN! (I'll post pictures of those soon, too!)
Yep, it's been a really CRAZY week, but OH-SO-MUCH-FUN!
Today... I'm keeping Allie Grace! WHOO-HOO!! =-)
Okay, I've SERIOUSLY kept you long enough. THANKS SO MUCH for letting me pour my heart to you. I PROMISE to try to keep the next post REALLY SHORT-N-SWEET! O:-)
Thanks again for stopping by - I've MISSED YOU ALL!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I'd LOVE to stay and chat. Seriously. I would. However, we've got out of town company coming in literally ANY SECOND. I wanted to take a minute to ask you to go over to my friend Amie's blog and help her win a contest. Why, you ask? Because if she DOES.. she'll DONATE ALL of her winnings to help bring Owen HOME!
I PROMISE I'll check back soon with pictures from our visit with friends. That is if I don't forget to take any.. LOL!
THANKS SO MUCH for considering my girl, Amie and her contest!
Friday, November 14, 2008
I'm going to keep this post short-n-sweet, and to the point!
I got an email from a dear friend asking that I sign a petition. Here's a little info that will let you know what this is about..
FOCA Would Wipe Away Every Restriction on Abortion Nationwide
This would eradicate state and federal laws that the majority of Americans support, such as:
- Bans on Partial Birth Abortion
- Requirements that women be given information about the risks of getting an abortion
- Only licensed physicians can perform abortions
- Parents must be informed and give consent to their minor daughter's abortion
FOCA would erase these laws and prevent states from enacting similar protective measures in the future.
If you believe this is wrong, PLEASE, go and sign this petition???
This little angel is just ONE of the reasons I'm THANKFUL for women who've chosen life.. Isn't she the CUTEST???? I know the picture is blurry, she'd fallen asleep in her jumper and I grabbed my cell phone to get the picture before moving her to bed. ☺
This is my BEAUTIFUL little (ADOPTED) niece. Her name is Allie Grace and she's filled a great void in her Mommy's & Daddy's life. She's been a BLESSING to ALL that know her. I cannot imagine our lives without her.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Yesterday WAS my birthday...
Before I start filling you in on all the ways it was special, I want to THANK YOU guys for all of the sweet comments you left... You guys are AMAZING!
Okay... now, I'll tell you how our day started...
The day (for Zach & Gabe) began around 4 AM. Zach had asked Gabe the night before that if he got up early to wake him. I don't think he thought Gabe would get up THAT early. =-)
Once they got up, they IMMEDIATELY started cleaning (that was the plan from the night before)... Link & I knew they were up to something so we stayed in bed.
After a LONG WHILE we turned on the tv (in our room) so that they would know we were awake. Then we started hearing the "clank" of dishes. You guessed it - they cooked me BREAKFAST and brought it to me in bed.
Wait, let me back up... Link went ahead into the kitchen... just a few moments later they came into my room (while singing Happy Birthday), and carrying a tray and my breakfast. Now, get this... I've been doing Weight Watchers and I've been cooking things like "grilled cheese" in a special way to make it lower in points. Well, Zach cooked it JUST THE WAY I DO! (With fat free spray butter and EVERYTHING!) They even put the tiny little pickles on my plate, just the way I would! Oh, and they also fixed my water (with my FAVORITE flavored "stir in")
Did I mention I got HOMEMADE birthday cards too???? Those are THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I learned after we lost Brent that things done by their sweet little hands BEAT ANYTHING that could be bought!
THEN, they announced that they wanted to give me the day off! Are you thinking what I was thinking??? LOL!! I believe there was some motive behind that one! (I always give them the day off on their birthday... remember, we home-school)
Well, motive or not, they'd been SO STINKIN SWEET I decided we'd ALL take the day OFF! Link was rained out and he was going to be home all day... SOOOOOOOOOO... ALL of that to say that I spent the whole day with my guys!
Of course my Mom came over and hung out a while. Later in the evening my sister came a little early for church so I got to have a little *extra special* time with her as well. (It's been our week to "host" church - so everyone was coming here).... Oh YEAH, and to finish off the night... my niece, Addison, baked me a birthday cake and we all (our entire church group) had CAKE after church last night! It was a REALLY WONDERFUL day!
Now, don't let me FAIL to mention that my BEST GIRL, SUSAN, HONORED me on HER blog! (I stole the image below from Susan's blog - hehehe)
That was one of the sweetest posts EVER! Yes, I was doing the "happy cry" all day. (I got that phrase from my friend Amie... well, unless I'm saying it all wrong.. LOL!)
Friends, if you don't know Susan, you are MISSING A BLESSING! We met through our son's caringbridge sites, then GOD ALLOWED me to meet this sweet soul in person! (I'll share THAT story in another post) O:-) Please, if you haven't already, go over and say hello.. You'll be BLESSED by getting to know her!
So, from Susan's post, I had many BEAUTIFUL HEARTS to come over and wish me a Happy Birthday! THANK YOU ALL, SO VERY MUCH! You guys are BEYOND AMAZING! Yes, it was an AMAZING DAY INDEED!
Whoops, I also got some emails and text messages wishing me a great day! (I sure don't want to leave anyone out)
I have not so great memories of my birthday in history - it was the day that Brent went into the hospital for the last time, ever. We went in and things just kept going terribly wrong from there. He was in the hospital from my birthday, until he WENT HOME to be with the LORD on Jan. 2, 2007.
THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH for making my day so SPECIAL! Thank You for helping me make HAPPY memories! I ADORE YOU!
Monday, November 10, 2008
You shouldn't attempt to read if you will soon be driving or operating heavy equipment!
Yikes - I'm having a hard time knowing where to begin this post. Can you believe that someone who BLABS SO MUCH could have trouble talking?? LOL!!
My sweet friends, April, and Amie have given me some bloggy awards. Since April "awarded" me first, I'll start with her..
Yes, April gave me the Marie-Antionette-REAL Person Award!! (She tagged me through my comment section, thanks, April! I've TRULY beem BLESSED getting to know you!) ☺
Now, here are the rules for this award:
1. Please put the logo on your blog. (Check)
2. Place a link to the person from whom you received the award. (Check)
3. Nominate at least 7 or more blogs. (Can't do it, sorry! I'm SUCH A CHEATER!)
4. Put the links of those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message on their blogs telling them they've won an award! (If you wanna play, call yourself TAGGED!)
Now my friend Amie - at Heart smiles has quickly become an AMAZING friend as well. These ladies have stolen my heart for sure!!
So, to play Amie's tag/award....
In order to accept this Bloggy Award/Tag in disguise, you must do the following:
1)When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back.
2)Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in their content or design.
3)Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Honest Weblog’.
4)List [if you can and/or dare] at least ten honest things about yourself. And then, pass it on.”
(As with all tags, I'll just tell you that if you want to play along - jump right in there)
Now, it's time for me to help you doze off to sleep... Hehehehe
HHMMMM.... ten things about myself... where DO I begin?? (I'll try to share things you haven't heard me say already)
1. To be such an organizer/freakish person.. I have a REALLY HARD time staying on top of my chores! (I'm quite sure my time on the internet has NOTHING to do with this.. ha!)
2. My labor time with all 3 boys was under 12 hours. I THINK - ALMOST positive that the first one lasted only 7-8 hours. The same for the other two. I was TRULY blessed with impatient baby boys! LOL!! (TMI.. RIGHT??)
3. Other than being a child of God's - the MOST IMPORTANT thing in my life is to be Link's wife and the boys' Mom. I've NEVER, EVER wanted to do anything else. (Well, I did want to be a beautician when I was 12'ish... but when I saw that first baby boy ANY desire to leave them for any length of time QUICKLY went OUT the door!)
4. I'm COMPLETELY CONSERVATIVE! There is NOT ONE OUNCE of "a liberal woman" inside me. (The ONLY "rights" that anyone has are those given by GOD. If HE doesn't say it's "okay," then it's NOT okay!)
5. If the Bible says it, I BELIEVE it! We can't "write off" scripture because times were different. The Bible CLEARLY SAYS that JESUS is the same YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Based on John 1 we know that Jesus is the WORD too, and that means the WORD NEVER CHANGES EITHER)
The Deity of Jesus Christ
1(A)In the beginning was (B)the Word, and the Word was (C)with God, and (D)the Word was God.
2He was in the beginning with God.
3(E)All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
4(F)In Him was life, and the life was (G)the Light of men.
(The only change I see is going from being under law to grace.. and we are DEFINITELY UNDER GRACE, if we're UNDER THE BLOOD of JESUS!)
WHOOPS! Got side-tracked... sorry! (You're wondering what happened to that gal that couldn't think of anything to say.. right?) LOL!
7. My GREATEST desires (as of yet) have been fulfilled - ALL of our boys have put their faith in CHRIST! There was NO desire, even in my wildest dreams, GREATER than that!
8. I used to be shy. I know. It seems impossible, right? Hehehe... I did.. I'm not sure what happened to the old me. Now, I almost NEVER meet a stranger. (Well, there is this one guy at Walmart that is INCREDIBLY ANNOYED at my attempts to "greet" him... I think he has issues, but they have NOTHING to do with me..)
9. I HATE slimy foods! Yeah, I know that's random, but I'm TRYING to make it to "10"
10. AH HA! I DID make it... HMMMM... and my mind is BLANK................ ALL OVER AGAIN! (This is not new to me) LOL!!! Oh, I know.. speaking of drawing blanks... I'm SO ADHD that they should come up with a new term for it. I can't keep ANYTHING in my memory for ANY length of time! If I NEED to remember it, I write it down. Then, I just HOPE I don't forget where I put it!
THANKS AGAIN to my sweet friends for thinking of me! ☺
Saturday, November 8, 2008
There seems to be a pattern here... I posted a video last week (rather than a song) and here I am doing it again. (I hope that's okay, Amy?) =-)
It's a GREAT little clip and it's something that I think all parents should see. (It's geared towards the dads, but if your family is like ours, the boys actually spend more time with me)
For more posts on this "TSMSS" check out Signs, Miracles, and Wonders!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Okay, so I came back quicker than I thought.. (see post below.. lol)
I've been on and off the computer between times that the boys were working without me. I'm TRYING to catch up on mail and comments.. what I'm about to share is AMAZING! (I got in an email, but I'm not sure who sent it.. if was YOU, THANKS!)
Get ready to be INSPIRED.. and remember, we have SO LITTLE to complain about!
Man, I've STILL got goosebumps!
Okay, so I'm BACK ON! WHOO-HOO! There's A LOT I've been wanting to share, but won't do it all in THIS post. For now, I was just going to fill you in on what's been going on here and then get back to work with the boys. (Remember, we home-school) =-)
SO, the computer mess wasn't the computer at all. (It was just the quickest and easiest way to explain things from my phone- since THAT'S how I did the update)
The problem, I was told, was the modem. (We have satellite internet - no high speed available HERE)
Well, we had to place an order, then wait for the man to come install it. He finally made it yesterday, and the computer was working PERFECTLY by noon.. but then we also had to have our hot water heater replaced.
When it rains, it pours, right?? ☺
So, we were busy a large portion of the afternoon getting the heater out, and the new one in. My father-in-law did all the work.. isn't he a SWEETIE???
Well, he was concerned that a pipe that carries the fumes out wasn't in place (Mr. Sam isn't a plumber - he was just taking care of things for us) Oh, did I mention that it's a GAS water heater?
SOOOOOO.. we THEN had ANOTHER man to come and help get that pipe thingy in place.
Okay.. ALL OF THAT to say that by the time all of those "helpers" came and left it was time to go to church.. and THAT, my friends, is why I didn't do a post last night.
Was this the most BORING thing you've EVER READ??? Seriously. HA!!!!!!
Okay, maybe I'll be back soon to share some photos from the bloggy giveaway we did back on Brent's birthday. (If I don't, remind me??) O:-) I'm SOOOO FORGETFUL!
Alrighty, my friends.. I hope to get to make my rounds and catch up with all OF YOU sometime today. I sure have missed you! =-)
Have a GREAT day...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Just a quick note from my cell to say that our computer has been out for SEVERAL DAYS now. I HOPE the issue will be resolved tomorrow... I'm MISSIN YOU GUYS!
See you soon (I hope)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Okay, so this technically ISN'T a song.. I found it while searching for one on "godtube." It's Stephen Baldwin's testimony. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share it! (I pray for boldness for Christ - I want to be QUICK to tell others about HIM)
For more posts on this "TSMSS" hop on over to Amy's and see what other's are sharing.