Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What Have You Done?

What Have You Done?


(mine are in bold )



1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea or from an airplane (yeah, baby from a plane!)

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (actually, it was closed, but I would have)

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelos David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in one day

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

She's Here!!!!!

Mary Grace




November 18, 2008



8:58 am



7pounds 10 ounces



20.5 inches long

Friday, October 24, 2008

Apple Harvest

1 Bushel of apples =




2 pies for the freezer



4 pints apple butter



1 small bag of dehydrated apple rings



1 tray fruit leather



1 apple cake



11 pints apple sauce



a crisper of eating apples



I am pleased!

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Simple Women's Daybook

I thought I would participate this week in this bloggy tradition.




Outside My Window — Beautiful, sunny 70 degree weather.



I am thinking – about the joy of delivering my newest blessing in the next few weeks.



I am thankful for — Gods’s hand in what could have been a fatal accident last night, when the car I was in broke down on a busy highway in the dark going highway speeds. Cool thing, if I had gone into labor, I was with my midwife. She is just as good at controling out of control vehicles as she is at delivering babies.



From the kitchen — my 13dd cooking dinner.



I am wearing — maternity clothes with nice spots on the belly of the shirt.



I am creating — a clean and clutter free home.



I am going — to the apple orchard soon.



I am reading — "The Age of Opportunity" by Paul David Tripp



I am hoping — to adopt blessings soon.



I am hearing — my blessings being quite, studying and resting (so I guess that I am not hearing anything).



Around the house — vacuum cleaner taken apart to be fixed.



One of my favorite things — the dinner table set and a few candles smelling the house.



A Few Plans For This Week — Apple picking, washing, dehydrating, canning, pies, etc


I thought I would participate this week in this bloggy tradition.




Outside My Window — Beautiful, sunny 70 degree weather.



I am thinking – about the joy of delivering my newest blessing in the next few weeks.



I am thankful for — Gods’s hand in what could have been a fatal accident last night, when the car I was in broke down on a busy highway in the dark going highway speeds. Cool thing, if I had gone into labor, I was with my midwife. She is just as good at controling out of control vehicles as she is at delivering babies.



From the kitchen — my 13dd cooking dinner.



I am wearing — maternity clothes with nice spots on the belly of the shirt.



I am creating — a clean and clutter free home.



I am going — to the apple orchard soon.



I am reading — "The Age of Opportunity" by Paul David Tripp



I am hoping — to adopt blessings soon.



I am hearing — my blessings being quite, studying and resting (so I guess that I am not hearing anything).



Around the house — vacuum cleaner taken apart to be fixed.



One of my favorite things — the dinner table set and a few candles smelling the house.



A Few Plans For This Week — Apple picking, washing, dehydrating, canning, pies, etc.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Adoption

YOU KNOW YOU’RE AN ADOPTIVE PARENT IF …


(Or should be…)





1. The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to kiss them goodnight has made you lose sleep.



2. You realize DNA has nothing to do with love & family.



3. You can’t watch Adoption Stories on TLC without sobbing.



4. The fact that, if 7% of Christians adopted 1 child there would be no orphans in the world, is convicting to you.



5. You spend free time surfing blogs about families who’ve experienced the blessing of adoption.



6. It drives you crazy when people ask you about adopted child’s "real" parents.



7. You’ve been "pregnant" with your adoptive child longer than it takes an elephant to give birth.(2 years!)



8. You’d no idea how you’d afford to adopt, but stepped out in faith anyway, knowing He’d provide. (& He does!)



9. You’ve taken an airplane half-way around the world with a child you just met.



10. You believe God’s heart’s for adoption.



11. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart & family is one of the most important legacies you could ever leave on this earth.



12. You know what the word "Dossier" means & you can actually pronounce it correctly!



13. You’ve welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of your life.



14. You shudder when people say your child’s so lucky that you adopted them, knowing full well you’re the blessed one to have him or her in your life.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Business of Being Born

There is a new documentary that was released in January called "The Business of Being Born." It’s produced by Ricki Lake and directed by Abby Epstein, who incidentally became pregnant during the filming of the documentary. I am so looking forward to seeing this movie and if the Lord blesses us with another little one, I am so going to stay home.




If you are interested, there is a movie trailer on the website.



Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

We Are Doing Something Right!

I have tried to post this a few times and for whatever reason it keeps vanishing before it posts.




So, in December we took our DS to Indy for an eye doctor appointment. Afterwords we went to lunch and then to the Art Museum.



As we pulled up, one of the DD asked if it was another hospital. Nope. Their dad told them it was the Art museum and cheers went up all around. The same DD said she had wished she had brought her sketch book. Of course I did. More cheers went up. Then dad told them that there was a Roman Art exhibit from the Louvre. Now three children are shreiking with delight as we approach the door. Better let them get it out now.



After we went into the Roman Art display all three pull out their sketch books and two plop down in front of a statue and they all proceed to sketch. I stood in the area reading the information as they kept their pencils busy. I really enjoyed all of the old sophisticated people walking by and moving their head in order to see better what these children were doing. It was amusing to see their shocked expressions.



Surely, children aren’t interested in Roman Art and surely they can’t keep quiet in a big person museum.





It was a good day and yes, we are doing something right.