"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tick tock.... tick tock...

I'm sure that the 'Fab 5' are feeling the tick tock more than I am! But we are awaiting our home study agency to get back the Adam Walsh paperwork, so they can send our home study to the FBI to match up with our I-600A.... that is ALL WE ARE WAITING FOR to complete our dossier. Its driving me batty that one friggin' piece of paperwork is all we are waiting for! I can't STAND not being in control of the paperwork. We are waiting on thier time to get it completed, and I can't stand it! :)

Mostly though, the program could use some prayers. Everyone is waiting for one position to be filled in Kyrgyzstan before things can move forward. I have these wonderful visions of our Christmas next year, as a family of five, our baby girl home. I feel it in my heart that it will happen, but I'm hesitant to let my heart do the thinking for me. :) So specific prayers for someone compliant will take that position open in Kyrgyz, that the papers will be signed correctly and quickly, and that they have some processes put in order so things can continue to move along smoothly. And that our darn paperwork from the FBI will stinkin' get here already!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

So much to be thankful for! And also alot of prayers still being sent up hoping they get answered!

I'm thankful for my family... those two lovely little boys and my wonderful husband! We have so much, and while at times it seems we do nothing but struggle, I know we have it pretty good.

Tomorrow as we sit down for our dinner at noon, we will all be praying for our baby girl, that if she is born already that she is safe, warm, and cared for. And if she is not born yet, that God will still watch over her and her mother. We will also pray for the other children, and all the waiting parents. That this will be our last Thanksgiving without her. And as we eat our dinner, take our nap, and then head out into the back acreage to find and cut down our Christmas tree, we will all be praying that next year we can have her here with us, and continue this wonderful tradition as a family of 5.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Let it snow, Let it snow...

Oh who am *I* kidding! LET IT MELT! LET IT MELT! LET IT MELT! :)
Eh, I guess its not too bad. Since I'm a stay at home mom, and I don't HAVE to go anywhere when it snows, so I don't mind it as much. The boys were over the moon about it, and when Big A got home from school he was begging to get his snowpants on and get his shovel out! They had a blast 'plowing' the driveway. After the disappointment of finding out that there wasn't quite enough snow to put the plow on the four wheeler, they were content to shovel and play. :)

Monday, November 10, 2008


So most of my friends have already heard my ramblings on Real.Simple.Soap. but I thought I would give it a shout here too, as I know that people are looking for gift idea's.

Valarie at Real.Simple.Soap got my business a fairly simple way... she responded to a freecycle ad, and when she came, she brought me 3 bars of her soap, one was Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey, as a thank you.

Now my oldest son suffers from eczema. Not just dry skin, but broken, oozing, crusty skin boils. It comes and goes, but its always there, and after 6yrs of dealing with it, we had just started 'dealing' with it. He has a dairy protein allergy that stems from introduction to infant formula in the hospital nursery against my wishes. Thats another story.... but to this day, too much dairy and he is suffering, but his skin is constantly bad, even when we are diligint in keeping the dairy away.

ANYWAY I started using the soap on him, and within a week his skin was softer. Even he mentioned that his skin wasn't itchy. We continued through the 3 bars she had brought me, and whne they were gone, we were using our old soap again, and he immediately told me he was itchy again. I ordered a bunch of bars from Valarie, and they were here the next day!

Now, everyone here uses Real.Simple.Soap. Even my husband complains when we are out and he has to use commercial soap! I mentioned her soap to friends last year, and now they are all 'users' as well. I keep bars on had to use as gifts too!

She is a marvelous lady, and her soaps are phenomenal! You can visit her website at
or her blog at

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween (and new photo cards!)

Here are the boys on Halloween....

Wicked cute little train engineers! We had a blast on Halloween... we've sort of started a tradition with the neighbors out here. We hook up the trailer to the four wheeler, and all the kids (13 this year!) and adults (9 parents this year!) all pile on and we haul around out here in the country. We had beautiful weather this year, and everyone had so much fun! We stopped at 11 houses and had to be done, the kids' buckets were full! I love this 'tradition', and so do the kids!

Also, I added a few new Christmas photo cards, scroll down to the bottom to see them. Its getting to be that time of year already! I can also make Hanukkuh cards, so don't hesitate to ask! Of course these are all samples, wording and number of pictures can all be changed. If you don't see something you like, I can custom make one for you to fit your family's style. I do hope you, and your friends, find something you like!