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7 Quick Takes - Getting to the computer while there is still a path!

I am posting early this week.  Partially because I need a break from all things "yard sale" and partially because I am worried I will not be able to get to the computer soon.  Need proof????

1.  The current state of our living room . . .

2. Now, I know I mentioned in a post a while ago that I do not like to clean, but I also do NOT like clutter, either.  This clutter is for a good cause though.  We are having a yard sale as a fundraiser for our adoption.  And SO MANY people have been SO generous to us that the items are, literally taking over our house.  So much so that we have had to move up our yard sale by two weeks!  We do not have a basement and our storage is limited, so the yard sale items have filled every spare space in our house.  The only two rooms that are somewhat normal are the boys' bedroom and my and my hubby's bedroom.

3. What you would see the second you walked into our front door . . .

4.  To be honest, by mid week, my stress level went up.  I do not …

7 Quick Takes - The "I am still alive edition!"

I am going to try to make these 7 quick takes quick and informative.  Just in case anyone in the cyberworld was wondering, yes we are all still alive and doing well.

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 I am not sure where the term "Lazy days of summer" came from, but that is not my reality at all.  We are up and out of the house early so the kids can go to swim team practice EVERY MORNING.  Meets are on Saturday mornings and we have to be at the pool by 7:20 for warm-ups.  Next week, I think the meet is like 45 min. away.  No. No lazy days of summer here.


2.  I feel like the adoption paperwork is a little like treading water.  At times, I think I am doing pretty well and keep afloat and other times I feel like I have to just dive down under the water and swim as hard as I can.  We are in the middle of lots of home study paperwork.  We got a bunch done this past week, got it notarized and sent it off.  Right now, we are taking a couple day break and then getting ready to plunge back into the water to complet…

7 Quick Takes - 7 years with our K!

Today is my middle son's 7th Birthday!  Happy Birthday K!  We have had such a fun 7 years and I cannot wait to see what God has in store with you!  -1- You arrived early evening, born to my OB's newest CD by KT Tunstall! My best and easiest c-section.  J beamed and lit up when he saw you.  We were all so happy to have you! And you were such a good baby.  A good sleeper, a good eater.  You have been our only "chunky monkey".  -2- My little 2 year old.  Your little personality came out. You were friendly and smiled and talked to everyone.  And you always seemed to look like you were modelling in all of your pictures. -3- Oh, man, those 3 yr old eyes. . . .
-4- And, your 4 yr old goofiness . . .
-5- Each year you have shown us more of your special heart.  You have a kindness that is so deep and special.  You are always looking out for your brothers and others.
-6- You have a genuine and pure heart for Jesus.

-7- Your smile lights up our days.  You are a special young boy, …

Seeking Sponsors for the Run for the Little Flowers!

This is just a friendly plea (oh, I will have a bunch more of these soon!), the Second Annual Run for the Little Flowers will be on October 19, 2013!  Registration will open next month and I am in need of sponsors for the run.  Right now I am looking for anyone, individual or business, willing to donate an item for the giveaway (see this post from last year for the items we had) or money to help defray the cost of the shirts, postage and medals.  If you cannot help, that is fine, but consider sharing this info on Facebook, Twitter or your blog to get the word out. Let's make this fundraiser a success!!  
For more information and to stay up to date on information for the run, like our Facebook page here!

Wordless Wednesday, but not really . . .

Mary, at Better than Eden, wrote a great post about homeschooling and it really made me reflect on our homeschooling journey and the lessons learned.  And, this quote from Albert Einstein sums up my motto for homeschooling . . . . 
My job, as my sons' teacher, is to find the genius in each of them and let it shine.  Those gifts, that genius, is different and unique in each, so their schooling will look so different.  And different from the homeschooling family across the street.  And that is OK. Better than OK, really.  That is the way it should be.

A not so quick update on life

I realized that it has been a while since I blogged and I am afraid that this space will lack any meaningful posts for a while.  Life is just full right now.  So, in case anyone cares what is going on with our family, here is a run down . . .

Adoption
We were in a blissful paperwork lull for a while.  That has ended. Last week we had phone calls and multiple emails from our adoption agency and homestudy agency.  We have printed off a 100+ page manual to read and sign multiple papers from our adoption agency and I was greeted this morning with an email from our homestudy with 30+ pages attached to read and sign.  The big checks are due.  We are taking it one day at a time.  And any time I get anxious or stressed about it all, I go straight to prayer.


Homeschool

I made the crazy decision to homeschool all year round.  We did that last year and it was the best decision ever.  The boys are not thrilled right now as most of their friends are finished, but they are good sports.  Right now, …