Friday, May 24, 2013

7 Quick Takes - Lots I want to say, but will keep my mouth shut, for the most part

1.  The Boy Scouts of  America Decision
I could write a whole post on this alone, but I just do not want to right now.  I am saddened by the decision for many reasons.  I have read many comments about the decision on both sides and they anger me.  There is no charity and respect anymore.  I am most distraught by comments made by people who call themselves Christians  . . . if this is how most Chistinas act and speak, no wonder people are leaving churches. 

The only thing I will say that sums up my thoughts on this issue is a quote from the founder of On My Honor.  This is a paraphrase of what he said;  he said that Scouts in not the place for sexuality and politics and activism. And, I totally agree with him.  Scouting should be about fun and camping and character development.

One more thing that I think people did NOT understand is that the former policy already allowed for scouts with same sex attraction (which I have No problem with):
The essence of the difference between the old policy and the proposed new policy is that the old policy prohibits “open and avowed” homosexuality for both BSA youth and adult members but the new policy removes that prohibition for boys and requires every BSA unit to accept “open and avowed” homosexual youth up to 17 years old. Importantly, the current policy already allows for BSA members who have a same-sex attraction but do not act out openly or inappropriately to be in good standing and to earn Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle. This is a critical point that has been obscured by pro-resolution advocates but one which is irrefutable.
For more on this go here.

2.  It is going to get quiet around here.

Lots of new things going on in my life.  Between adoption paperwork, working more, swim team starting, homeschooling year round . . .

You get the idea.  I will not be posting much.   I am going to make a switch to wordpress soon and I feel God moving me in a specific direction right now.  I am excited about the changes!

3.  Pool opens this weekend

It currently is 56 outside.  My kids are more than welcome to jump in the pool and risk hypothermia . . . I think I will wait until the POOL WATER TEMPERATURE is about 80!  I feel bad for my boys.  Swim team starts next Tuesday.  It will be cool all weekend, which means my boys will be BLUE by the end of practice!

4.  Waiting . . .

I have talked a lot about waiting on God lately and this is how I feel right now!
5.  Run Pretty Far is in the house!
Yesterday I got a BIG box of the cutest running items from Run Pretty Far!! They are not for me, of course, but to sell at the Zooma Annapolis Expo I will be working at next weekend.  But, I will say this . . . . I now want EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of RPFs items!! They are adorable!!  I think I may need to buy this one first . . .
6. My boys . . .

I have three of the most, super awesome boys right now and I would love these two to enter the fray . . .
Seriously, it would take a MIRACLE to get matched with these two cuties.
Will you pray along with me for that miracle???
Pray for little Yi that just arrived at Little Flower Projects.  He was born with Down Syndrome.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

5 favorites

Linking up with Hallie to share my five faves this week . . .

1. Virgin Mobile

Cell phones.  They have become a necessity.   I have always thought that the monthly charges were outrageous.  A friend told us about Virgin Mobile a few years ago.  And that has been our carrier since.  When looking for a smart phone, we researched and researched and even planned on switching, thinking it may be cheaper or better.  And, even though you have to buy the phone at full price (which is somehow about $100 less than other companies), Virgin Mobile is still cheaper in the long run than going with any other company.  We live the the metro DC area, so coverage has never been issue.  I pay $30 a month for my iPhone plan . . . Yippee!

2. Sonlight (the books!)

I cannot sing Sonlight's praise enough.  I love the books that my boys read for school.  They are all, quality books that, even I, get lost in.  It is a lot of reading and can be labor intensive (for me) at times, but I would not trade this curriculum for any other.

3. MyFitnessPal App

First, let me say that I have NEVER been a fan of counting calories. Truthfully, I do not see a need to do it for most people and I tell most of my clients to not even worry about it as long as you are eating healthy, clean meals and your portions are moderate.  But, a friend and her Sardonic husband told me about this app to count calories and I started using it this week and I LOVE it. I love it because I can have a small piece of chocolate, log the calories and not feel like I am destroying my diet (I am not dieting . . . I use that term loosely).  I also can log my workouts and see just how many calories I burned in the workout.  It is a fun tool!

4. Tenth Avenue North
I am listening to them right now.  They are probably my favorite Christian, non-worship music, group.  I love their sound, their lyrics and message.  My current favorite of theirs is Don't Stop the Madness.  When I play it, my hubby and kids like to make fun of me . . . Don't Stop the Madness??? . . . . I guess I get what I ask for!!

5. Aldi
I have proclaimed my love for this grocery store before, but it is worth another mention.  They are carrying more and more organic items.  Last week I was able to get "their brand" K-cups for our Keurig at almost half the price you would pay anywhere else.  And, this week, after our successful camping trip, I went back to Aldi to buy more camping items.  Last week, they began carrying some camping items as their special buys.  I got a lantern, an air mattress (with a battery operated pump!!), a folding chair, and a propane stove.  These items were MUCH less than their counterparts at Walmart!  Saving money makes me giddy!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Our Camp Out

This past Friday night I slept in a tent, outside, for the first time ever!  Twice a year, our boys' cub scout pack has a camp out.  And for the last several years, we have either been out of town or had something else going on that we could not stay.  But, this time we had a tent and no excuses, so camping out was happening!
The pack event and Bridging started at 6:30 PM and our den was meeting for dinner at the park earlier, so I worked really hard to get to the park early enough to have everything set up before the festivities began.  But this also meant that my hubby would not be there to help me set up the tent.  I staked out our spot in the site, and started the set up.  Before  I knew it, I had about 6 scouts surrounding me, helping me!  Now, this could have been trouble (think 7-11 year old boys), but luckily they took direction well and we had the tent up in no time.

Flag retiring ceremony.
That is my son, on the middle right, looking like he is afraid he will get thrown in the fire.  He and another wolf scout were getting ready to throw one of the stripes in the fire.
The pack activities ended with smores, the perfect camp out food!  By that time is was about 9 o'clock.  I finished setting up our beds in the tent, with one minor hitch.  You know, I was so proud of the fact that we have an air mattress.  Bought specifically for camping.  What I failed to remember, is that the air pump for the mattress needs ELECTRICITY to work!  I knew that sleeping on a flat air mattress would not yield a good night's sleep.  But, I was determined to make the best of it.

We got K and A ready for bed, and my hubby tried to settle them down while I took the short hike to the bathrooms to get ready for bed.  My oldest son was still running around with his buddies around the campsite.  Before heading to the bathrooms, I started talking to one of the other families.  I mentioned our air mattress issue, jokingly.  And, they had a battery operated air pump that they let us borrow!  I do not think I have been happier about something as silly as an air pump before!!!

So, I headed back to the tent with the air pump.  And after the mattress was finally inflated, I headed in the direction of the bathrooms.  On my way back, I noticed my oldest sitting by the campfire eating a hot dog, making himself at home with some of the men leaders and scouts.  It was so cute to see him just "hanging out."  I told him I would send my hubby out so he could stay up longer while I went to sleep with K and A.

K, a new Wolf Scout!

The sleeping arrangements did not go as planned.  We had sleeping mats with sleeping bags for the boys and a nice, cushy air mattress for us.  But, K and A would not sleep by themselves and ended up on the air mattress with me.  I slept in the middle, with one boy one each side of me.  And simple physics, or air mattress economics could explain what happens when you put a larger mass between two smaller masses on an air mattress. . . . yes, I was sandwiched between those two cuties all night.

I wish I could say I slept well, but I didn't.  I think I was wake far more than asleep.  It got cold and I had to walk over my hubby and J to rummage for the extra sleeping bag.

At 6:00 AM, one of the other camp sites blew a horn to wake up the campers.  On a normally day, with a good night sleep 6 AM is a perfect time to wake up, but not so much that morning.  K turned and looked at me and asked me what time it was, and when I told him 6 AM, he said, "It is way too early!" And covered his head with the blanket! We were all pretty tired that morning.

We had breakfast with the other campers from our den and broke camp so we could all be gone by 10AM.

Overall, it was a good experience.  I would not go camping every weekend, or even every month, but I would do it again.  Most importantly, The boys LOVED it!  K told me that if he has kids, he is going to take them camping!  I think it is a great family experience.

And I learned a few other things too . .
-We belong to a really great cub scout pack with some amazing people.  I need to get to know more of them better.

- I am glad there were other campers there with us.  Otherwise our tent would have not been up properly (I forgot the hammer) and we would have been sleeping on a very flat air mattress!

- Who knew you needed to RAKE the area before you pitch the tent???

- Coffee.  Even if you must buy a special propane burner, just to make hot coffee while camping, do it.  You will need it and you will be thankful for it!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

When God speaks . . .

Brothers and sisters:
We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
and not only that, but we ourselves,
who have the first fruits of the Spirit,
we also groan within ourselves
as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
For in hope we were saved.
Now hope that sees is not hope.
For who hopes for what one sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.

In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
And the one who searches hearts
knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
because he intercedes for the holy ones
according to God's will.

Romans 8:22-27

We were blessed to travel to a good friend's son's First Communion mass yesterday. It was celebrated at a vigil mass for the Feast of the Pentecost. The above reading was the second reading at mass. 

Now, I know that I am taking "adoption" out of context and any scripture scholar would laugh at me I am sure, but I felt like God was trying to tell me something in this scripture.


Wait with endurance.

Allow the Spirit to intercede.

Because the Spirit knows my intentions for the adoption far better than I know them myself.  And theSpirit is interceding for me, for our adoption.

Praise God for the gift of His word and the precious gift of the Holy Spirit!!

Happy Pentecost!

Friday, May 17, 2013

7 Quick Takes

Thanks, Jen, for hosting!

1.  My Mother's Day present!
Yep!  The iPhone 4.  I totally thought I was cool, for like a day, and then realized that I am many years behind.  Oh, well . . .

I like it, I am glad I have it, as it has helped with work a bunch already.  I have not played with the iPhone too much yet, since my kids go nuts every time they see me pull it out (I think they think their mom is cool because she has an iPhone!). 

Anyone have any apps that they think are "musts"?

2. We are going camping, people!

Tonight, I will be sleeping in a tent for the first time EVER!  I am not looking forward to it.  We are not camping people, but that is something that God thought had to change because I have two boys in scouts and another who cannot wait to join.  I really do not know what I am doing and feel horribly under prepared.  We have no camping stove, so we will eat breakfast bars and fruit and nuts for breakfast.  We do not have enough sleeping bags.  Actually, we are lucky we have a tent!  I will let you all know how it goes!

3. And because we are camping tonight, my 5 yr old has asked, every 5 minutes since 7 AM, if we can leave now.  It's cuteness wore off around 10AM.

4. A Facebook rant
This morning, I un-friended someone on Facebook.  It was by request and I just need to rant a little.  The person posted a status, bashing people who do not hold the same political views.  This person ASKED people who did not agree with him/her to unfriend him/her.  Those people were referred to as stupid and hateful.  Because this person has posted MANY hate-filled posts about people of opposite political views, and offended my faith, I could not just click "unfriend.," without saying something.  I know this person respects respected me and I thought that if I told this person how their words were hurtful, that they might relent a little.  Well, there was a back and forth. I was diplomatic and, I felt, kind.  I got nothing but stereotypes and hatred back.

I guess the whole thing just baffles me . . . how can someone who, is spewing hatred NOT see that they are doing the exact thing that they are accusing others of doing??  I just do not get it!

5.  Do you ever feel like every other blogger can write profound, meaningful posts and you can barely eek out 7 quick takes? 

Feeling that way RIGHT NOW!

6. Some days I feel like this.  With homeschooling, with eating right, with working out . . .
But I ALWAYS feel better when I persevere!
7. Little Flower Cuteness

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Five Favorites

1.  Sevenly

I am always up for supporting a good cause.  And Sevenly helps do that by selling, trendy, statement-making items.  The proceeds support a different cause each week and the designs change each week, based on the charity.  This week is Love Without Boundaries.

2.  TV shows online
Ever since my injury, most of my runs happen on a treadmill.  It is just easier on my hamstring and my body is a lot happier that way.  But I do not like running on the treadmill.  Can you say, BORING?  Luckily, there are Full Episodes of my favorite TV shows online.  Some of my favorites to watch:

3.  Trader Joe's Cocoa Almond Spread
Need I say more??
As a personal trainer, I have tried a lot of workouts, and I have to admit, Beachbody has some great ones.  I am not worried about this because personal trainers will never go out of style, but if you are the type of person that just wants to workout at home, these are the best, most intense workouts out there.  I have done Insanity, Brazil Butt Lift, Chalene Extreme and RevAbs and have not been disappointed.
5.  These people . . .


I feel blessed to be able to journey with them each day!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Multiplying loaves and fishes again? Oh, me of little faith!

During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said,“I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?

“How many loaves do you have?”Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied.

He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.
The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”

They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”

Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
“Twelve,” they replied.

 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
They answered, “Seven.”
He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Ok, I know that was long, but did you read that?  Please do.

A few months ago, the boys and I began our school day reading the Gospel on Mark and one morning we read the above scripture.  I laughed, out loud, when I read "They began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread." (NAS translation). I  thought, "Seriously, guys, you just saw Jesus feed four thousand with seven loaves and you are worried because you only have one loaf for the 12 of you??  Wow, you ARE a hard headed bunch!"

Last year when I began the Run for the Little Flowers, Jesus feeding the five thousand was instrumental in getting me through.  I knew HE would make the run successful.  It was at that time, too, that my husband began to say things like, "I think God may be calling us to adopt," or " Why don't we do this run for our own adoption?'  At least to the latter question, I would reply, "If we are meant to adopt, God will multiply the fishes and loaves again. "

Yet, at this moment, I feel like those apostles, who, after just witnessing God perform a major miracle, feeding so many with so little, is walking along thinking, "Oh, crap,  I forgot the bread!  What am I going to do?"

But it isn't about me, is it?  It is about HIM. 

There are moments along this adoption journey that I wonder where the money will come from.  There are days, I trust that He will see it to completion, then there are days when I wonder if we will make it through the adoption process with any money left.  That may seem crazy to some.  Why do it if you feel that way?  And there are times I wonder that question too. But, it goes back to . . . this isn't about me.  It is Christ and His calling.  It is knowing, without seeing, that HE will lead this journey, that somehow it will all work out.  Not because of what I do or how I control it all, but because of the miracles He has performed.  Because of what He can do. Because of what HE will do.

So, today, I am asking for those hard-headed apostles who did not always trust in His provision, to pray for this hard-headed follower of Christ to trust just a little bit more too!

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Journey to Yes: Part II

You know, after the comments on Part I, I am feeling a bit of pressure . . . I hate to say this, but this may be bit of a disappointment after the build up . . . because,you see, God did not move big, He did not move fast, it was more of a gentle breeze, a quiet coaxing . . .

2013 began and I was looking for a BIG sign.  Both hubby and I were in the same place.  We were both ready to say YES to adoption. Yet. Yet, I felt God saying WAIT.  No movement.  I got signs that God heard my prayers and that HE was urging me to just continue to pray. There were times I was frustrated with it, but mostly I was at peace.

I knew, in my heart, it would happen.  I just did not know when.

But, in all my humanness, I was trying to figure it out.  Trying to figure why we needed to wait.  And one thing was clear . . we had no idea what agency we would use when the time came.  And, I am not sure why this became so important to me.  There are, after all, MANY good, quality agencies.  Yet, it seemed essential that we choose the right one.  The God ordained one. The one that would cover the whole process in prayer.  That would be praying for us and for the child.  The one, that on the day the referral call would come, may say something like, "We have been praying and believe that this is your child."

Created for Care.  That was it.  That was where I would get "the answers".  The green light.  I was convinced that God would move mightily.  The heavens would open and a loud voice would come down from the skies while I was at, of course, an adoption retreat.  The first day there, I searched.  Searched for an answer . . .  the big bright sign with the answer must be around the next corner.  But it wasn't.  The weekend was powerful, moving, amazing.  But the only thing that got confirmed that weekend was to WAIT.  During my "Date with God", I asked one of the prayer team members to pray over me.  I spilled out all my thoughts and feelings, wanting to move, God saying to wait.  As she prayed over me, she confirmed that I was hearing God correctly, and that HE would see it to completion.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Phillipians 1:6

January and February passed with no real answers. Lent came, and Holy Week was here.  I thought, what a nice Easter gift . . .

But it did not happen. At this point, we were pouring over agency information.  We had settled between two agencies.  One had my heart, the otherr my head.  It really came down to this.  We could not move until we knew which agency GOD wanted. After months, years really, of prayers, I was not really sure exactly how to know God's will on this one.

So I prayed a novena.  St. Therese of the Little Flower novena.  It seemed perfect.  Ask the Saint to whom Little Flower Projects was named for, for her intercession.  But, honestly, I had my doubts.  If any of you have been in Catholic cricles long enough, you have heard the amazing stories that involve this novena.  Yet, I have prayed this novena several times, and no roses showed up on my door step. I started it anyways . . .

And I prayed it for nine days.  And on the tenth day  . . .  nothing.

I had given up getting an answer anytime soon. 

About a week later, the boys I were at Trader Joes.  I love their, cheap, beautiful flower bouquets.  And as I looked, they had bunches with beautiful mini roses in them.  I was asking the boys which to pick, in hopes to trick them into giving me an answer to my novena (Yes, I was really thinking that).  But, it did not seem to work, so I just put the bouquets down and I asked the boys to pick another one . . .
A pretty bouquet with little pink roses . . . not one of the right colors. Oh, well, at least they will look pretty in our kitchen.
But, then I got them home.  And was surprised . . .

Tucked in between all the other flowers was one I did not see before.  One, big, beautiful white rose.  I knew it was HIS answer.  Life Line Children Services was our agency.  It was time to move forward.

And here we are today, filling out paper work.  I do not like paper work, but I keep thinking, there is a child in China that does not like being an orphan more than my dislike of paper work, so I fill out line by line.

I see HIS wisdom now in His delay.  I feel like the wait made me grow up a little more.  I have a healthy fear of adoption, and I think that that is good.  The rose colored glasses were taken off quite a while ago, and, yes, the call to adoption has only gotten stronger. 

And, so we are on a crazy, roller coaster ride, of adopting a special needs child from China.  We have no idea who the child is or the special needs he may have (Yes, we will, most likely adopt a boy!).  So, please pray for us, for the child God will bring to our family, and for his/her birth parents.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A post that I have been wanting to write for a while: The Journey to YES: Part I

I  had wanted to write a special post about our journey to a "yes" to adoption, but last week I realized that way too many people were asking me about adoption and I do not like to lie.  I have said  a lot lately and I am not good at keeping secrets (my own, not others). So, I figured I would just put it out there in a 7 Quick Takes and come back to a more in-depth post another time.

If you have been around here for a while and read my posts about why I decided to do the Run for the Little Flowers, you know that adoption has been on my heart for years.  And about 2 years ago, I thought God was saying yes.  We moved forward.  Then stopped.  Truthfully, my husband and I were not on the same page with it all.  And we needed to stop. While he trusted my discernment and believed that God may be calling us to adopt, he was just not "there" yet.  And I knew he needed to be.  So, as hard as it was to stop, we put adoption plans on hold.  At the time, it seemed like it may be permanent.

And last year was HARD for me.  It was hard letting go of the possibility of adoption.  I was not sure why God would put it on my heart SO STRONGLY for it not to be His will.  What made it worse was that it felt like I could not hear God anymore.  I would go to prayer and adoration and NOTHING.  I am not saying I always have to feel something, but I could not even feel HIS presence anymore.  I would not go so far to say that it was a "Dark Night" of the soul, but I think I got a little taste of it.  During this time I threw adult-sized temper tantrums that I am not proud of.  I just wanted something, anything from HIM.  I wanted to feel that He was still there and that He knew how I was feeling.

By the summer, I needed to move forward and that was how the Run for the Little Flowers came about.  As spreading the word for the run progressed and my work for it grew, I started to feel HIM more.  I began to hear HIM again and recognized HIM at work.  And I knew He was going to do something big.

While planning the run, my hubby began to mention that he was beginning to feel like God was calling us to adopt.  He even suggested that I attend Created for Care. I did not jump all over it, like I would have a year before.  Instead, I just said, let's pray about it and that we should discuss it more once the run was over.

And once the run was over, I felt like God was saying something very clearly . . . .


Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.  Psalm 37:7
 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14

It was in every scripture I read.  I heard of the virtues of waiting patiently on the Lord while listening to a sermon on the radio.  It was in a book that showed up in the mail. God was speaking loud and clear again and He was saying to wait.  The strange thing is is that He was probably saying it all along last year and I just refused to hear it.  After all, I did write this post on waiting at the beginning of last year.

And that is exactly where I stayed for months.  WAIT. Wait on HIM.  As we came to the close of 2012, I knew we were moving closer to starting the adoption process, to God's yes, but I knew we were not quite there yet. And I was totally at peace with that.

To be continued . . .

Friday, May 3, 2013

7 Quick Takes- Big news in a not so big way, trees, presents, and total randomness!

1.  The Big News
I have had lots of people ask me in real life, and I have said a little too much on Facebook, so I am announcing this here in a not so big way right now . . .

We are adopting!

More to come on that.  A real post soon.  But for now, pray for us because, God willing, in about 18 months, we will be travelling to China!

2. My Mother's Day present

I am a bit behind the "technology curve."  I always have been. When I was a freshman in college, I took a class called Popular Music in America (don't judge). And, on the first day of class the professor asked us to raise our hand if we did NOT have a CD player?  (Yes, I am that old!) I was one of the two, in a class of about 60 people, who did not have a CD player.

And, today, I am a smart phone "hold out."  I am lucky I can text on my phone, really.  But, that will change.  I need one for work, so now it will be a tax write-off.  Hubby is hinting that this may just be a good Mother's Day present . . .

I am hoping so!

3. Tree Cutting Day

We had a tree in our back yard that was dangerously close to our house and had a rotten section of trunk.  Today was the day it was cut down.  Due to its proximity to the house, the fence, and our power line, they used a crane to LIFT large sections of the tree out of the back yard, over our house and into the front yard. 

You can see the whole front section that is rotted to the ground.
Yep, that 40 yr old trunk got lifted over our house!!
Little did the workers know that they would be fodder for a blog post!
The boys were enthralled and glued to the windows.  They were convinced that being a tree cutter was the coolest job ever when one of the men rode the crane from the front yard to high up in the tree in the back yard. 

4. Wordpress???

I am thinking of switching my blog to wordpress.  Not for blogging itself, but for the other options I can do with it. Between the Run for the Little Flowers, fundraising for our own adoption, and really needing a website that has information about my Life Coaching, I need a space with a little more flexibility. The only thing I do not like about Wordpress is having to type in so much info just to comment on a blog post.  That will not be my problem, but will be problematic for anyone who reads my blog and would actually like to comment.

What are your thoughts?  Anyone have wordpress and love it?

5. Adoption Fundraiser

Susan Elizabeth

Not ours, but this one is too cute not to share.  This family is adopting a little girl, Susan Elizabeth, from China with a heart condition and is doing a virtual run as a fundraiser. Go check it out!

6. Totally random

I found this picture when uploading he tree pictures to the computer.  Yes, that is a dog in a Christmas stocking!  And, no, it is not ours.

7.  Little Flower cuteness to make you smile through your weekend!
Have a great weekend everyone!