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7 Quick Takes

Thanks, Jen for hosting!

1. Not guaranteed tomorrow ...
This past week, my husband's cousin's husband died suddenly.  It was shocking news and so sad.  That day, I was reminded that we are not guaranteed tomorrow.  I know we all know that, but it is different when you are reminded of that.  With Sarah's death last month and Tim's death this week, it set a resolve in me to make all of us going to China together work.  We do everything as a family.  And why shouldn't we all be there together for this very special event for our family?  Since we are not guaranteed tomorrow, I want to make today and each moment count.  I want to make memories. I have no idea how we will make it all work financially, but at this point, our family being together in China is way more important that a few dollars saved.

2. Waiting is hard
I will be completely honest, this time of waiting to get Felicity Grace has been so hard on me.  But, what I did not realize is that the kids found it dif…

7 Quick Takes - pictures of my girl, the run, and other Friday thoughts

1. Yesterday morning, I opened my email and saw an email from Helen, a woman who works for our agency in China.  She had sent pictures of our sweet Felicity Grace!  It just made my day! Our paperwork is going slower than expected at this point and that, combined with other things, has made this week difficult. These pictures came at the perfect time to give me some more endurance to get through the next two months before we bring her home.

2. Murphy's Law

It is in full effect here right now.  In the last few weeks we have had to buy a new refrigerator, get our dryer fixed (for the 2nd time in a month),  and attempt to fix our leaky toilet. The tuition to the new tutorial is due in the next few weeks.  The worst of it is that it looks like the transmission on our van (my car) is going (for the second time) and we will have to either get a new car for Pete or put significant money into his dying car.  Two cars with significant work needed!!! All two months before the bulk of our adop…

My new toy

I have wanted a camera, a good, DSLR camera for years, but just could not justify the cost.  Before digital camers came on the scene, I used very good 35 mm SLR camera.  My dad had purchased a Pentax Ashai camera while in Japan on furlough from Vietnam.  He purchased everything; about 5 lenses, filters, tripod, etc.  When I was a teenager, I had found the camera collecting dust in a closet.  I learned all about aperture, shutter speed, and lighting and took that camera everywhere.  I stopped using it about 8 years ago when we got our first point and shoot digital camera and it had gone back to collecting dust in a closet.

Our point and shoot has taken good photos over the years, so I remained fairly content with it, but I really did miss playing with a camera and seeing the world through the eye piece verses the digital screen.  So when we knew we were going to China, I knew I wanted to take a DSLR with me.  I sold off a bunch of things on Craigslist and eBay, including the old Pentax…

Do Something! Register for the Run for the Little Flowers!

Matthew West, writer and performer of the song "Do Something" is encouraging us all to have a Do Something Summer.  Since his song "Do Something" has been the inspiration for this year's Run for the Little Flowers and the refrain is featured on the back of the shirt.

So, if you have not, please register now, for the Run for the Little Flowers and Do Something for orphans in China.

If you have received your shirt already, please put it on, and take a picture of yourself in it and put it on social media and hashtag it #dosomethingsummer .  Matthew West is watching all of those #dosomethingsummer and will repost those he likes!  Let's give the run and Little Flower Projects some great publicity!

Please watch this video.  Mathew West explains his inspiration for the song. (And do not forget to register!)

Monday Daybook

Outside my window...
It is a cool, over cast August day.  It seems like the fleeting days of summer are already gone and we are in the Fall already.

I am thinking... About our adoption, our girl, the start of the homeschooling tutorial and all the projects that need to get done around our home before we travel to China.  I cannot seem to turn my brain "off" lately and just relax.  And in the quiet moments all I can think about about is how I want to go to China and get our little girl.  That thought is overwhelming at times, yet I trust in His timing and pray for His patience and peace.
Oh, and the Run for the Little Flowers!! Please consider registering if you have not yet.

I am thankful for...
My husband.  He is the most wonderful man and I cannot imagine life without him by my side.   Friends and our local community.  God has planted us among amazing families.

I am wearing...
Khaki shorts and a flowered short sleeve shirt and I am clod!  I may have to put on my yoga pants soon!

I p…

Living in the Moment

(Written last week while on vacation.)  From The Screwtape Letters: Screwtape explains: Our business is to get them away from the eternal, and from the Present. With this in view, we sometimes tempt a human (say a widow or a scholar) to live in the Past. But this is of limited value, for they have some real knowledge of the past and it has a determinate nature and, to that extent, resembles eternity. It is far better to make them live in the Future . . .  In a word, the Future is, of all things, the thingleast likeeternity. It is the most completely temporal part of time — for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays . . .To be sure, the Enemy wants men to think of the Future too — just so much as is necessary fornowplanning the acts of justice or charity which will probably be their duty tomorrow. The duty of planning the morrow’s word istoday’sduty; though its material is borrowed from the future, the duty, like all duties, is in the P…

Getting ready for another year of homeschooling and some changes

I had the best of intentions of writing a post about wrapping up last year, our homeschooling plans for the summer and the big changes that are coming this next year.Yet, today is the first day that I have been able to sit down and take some time to click out some words on the laptop and share about how homeschooling has been going and what lies ahead of us.
To give a brief synopsis of last year is simple; it was a tough year.Probably one of our toughest yet.Homeschooling, the way we have been doing it, was no longer working.My two oldest needed a great deal of intense one-on-one time.My oldest also needed to learn how to figure things out on his own, to an extent.He was in 5th grade and I tried hard to give him room to work on his own and figure out how to manage with his learning disabilities, in a safe environment, but he continued to use me as a crutch.Homeschooling became a regular battle.And I was getting worn out.
By March, I began to research tutorials.And I already know what so…

Adoption Update

Since getting matched with Felicity Grace, I know I have been silent about details on the adoption.There has been not much to report.Once we received PA from China, we began the long wait for LOA. LOA, or Letter of Acceptance is the official document from China that our paperwork has been reviewed, the match has been reviewed and is official.Once LOA is received, the process moves quickly and you travel to hold your child forever in your arms, 8-10 weeks from that point.
I am not a numbers person and I tried to stay away from counting the day we were on in our wait.The LOA wait can be variable.Some families get it in 60 days, others 100.The average wait is around 75 days.Last week, I knew we were on day “seventy- something,” but that was a close as I got to counting. Dates of ours along the way were longer than others, so I prepped myself for a nice long, 90 day wait.But, in the middle of being “in the seventies”, we were headed on vacation.We had had no movement in our paperwork; in t…