Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
It made me smile and I AM SURE it reassured Bella too.
Monday, February 23, 2009
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Friday, February 20, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
OF COURSE, we headed back Saturday night- and I must say - he SO outdid himself. This wasn't the symphony (well, kind of). The orchestra was "backing up" ARRIVAL - a group straight from Sweden that sings ABBA songs - oh my - I was just sitting there in my glory and had all I could do not to break out in song with them! That is THE CLOSEST I will ever be to a REAL ABBA concert and it was MARVELOUS!!! I am all for the class and sophistication of the symphony, but sometimes this is exactly what I'd rather do! Go listen to music from the 70's that makes me smile and takes me back! I love it - thank you, my favorite Valentine, for TWO fun nights out AND one amazing concert!!! It was ALMOST as good as the time with you! :)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Yesterday we are eating dinner and Chloe asks, "Mom what does related mean?" I answered, "Well, it's like you are in the same family." She sat there for a minute, SMILED her BIG Chloe-smile, hopped down from her chair and walked the two steps to mine, laid her head on my shoulder and gave me a GIANT hug and said, "I am so glad you got me in China - Thanks, Mom - now we're related."
That girl makes me smile!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
We had such a great time with our friends - we hardly wanted to leave - I know, they were ready to push us out though!!! They provided us with such a wonderful weekend - we had a great time together. We are blessed with dear friends.
Our Chinese New Year celebration was such fun - this is just a taste of the fun...more to come!
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
But that was not to be the end of the badness...Monday we go to get our taxes done - we have them figured by a professional - who are you kidding, we have to - I can hardly do 6th grade math somedays!! So he tells us we OWE this year. Ok, we kind of knew we might owe if our second adoption didn't go through this year, but I don't think we dreamed he meant owe as in ALMOST FOUR DIGITS!!! Oh my - I'll admit it - when I found out, I sat down and cried. (I think by this time Joe is wondering if I am pregnant as those are about the only other times in my life when the tears were OUT OF CONTROL!!) BUT, I think today, that my wheels are already turning, I mean really - look at THIS GUY - he owed TONS and didn't have to pay, and now he works for the president. So I have started praying for that - a new job! OR that the year of jubilee will be re-enacted and all will be fine - that is my new plan. I like that law in the Old Testament - why can't we start it again today!?!? And here my positive side is showing through - at least I got to use MY money for the last year - that's positive, isn't it!?!?
I'll be real honest on another front - I love being home with my kids - most of our days are very good together. I enjoy teaching them school - they are fun to be with and USUALLY good workers, but yesterday was another story - no one wanted to work and then when they did get finished - they had so many corrections that we were doing school until 8 pm. I did not do what every homeschool mom does at least ONCE every week, I did not threaten them with the old "I can put you in school" routine. But I wasn't very gracious either, I did handle it well and so I had to apologize. But I can do that, and they can see a REAL mom - one that fails often!
So - I wake up today - ready to take on another day, be more patient, be more loving and gracious, handle our struggles with more strength. And as I sit and type this - I look over at the dog - dragging her bottom on the ground. (I know TOO MUCH INFORMATION, but hey, it's real!) I know she needs to go to the vet and have her anal glands aspirated again - I am thinking positively here - remember, it's a new day. I smile - first of all, I know I won't have to do the cleaning out of those glands. And secondly, I am glad I am not the poor dog that has to have it done as I'm sure it's not a pleasant process. Then I wonder - is that comparable to hemorrhoids?? I suddenly have a whole new sympathy for the dog! But it's a new day - the dog and I will keep our chins up and face it fresh!