Saturday, February 21, 2009


I survived an 8 hour car trip with an almost 3 year old and a 5 year old. We arrived safely in MI about 6:30pm last night. Our original plans were to leave on Sunday morning. Yesterday morning I checked the weather around 8:00am and saw that is wasn't going to be good to travel through the Chicago area on Saturday or Sunday. By 10:15am we were on the road. I don't think I have ever packed so fast in my life.

The kids did great much to my surprise. We stopped at McDonalds for a quick lunch because I wanted to get back on the road to try to beat the Chicago rush hour traffic. While we were in the restroom in McDonalds a lady noticed my well behaved children. I actually thought I had left my kids behind and ended up with someone elses kids for the trip. She kindly asked if they were twins. *shock* I think I might have looked at her like she had a third eye. I stammered a bit hoping she would realize her mistake, and then I answered no. She quickly apologized and commented on how they look so close in age. I said, "He is 5 and she is almost 3." At this point I could tell the lady was embarrassed so I quickly explained that Andrew is adopted and yes, he is small for his age. I will admit, that is the first time someone has ever asked if my kids were twins. I would think that a dark haired, dark skinned boy and a fair skinned, blond girl could never pass as twins. But then again, what do I know? :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I just wanted to share these pictures of Carole that I took yesterday. She spent some of her Christmas money from her great-grandparents on this beautiful princess dress. I think it makes her look so grown up. She says that this dress is her Sleeping Beauty dress. :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Entertaining Children

First of all check out these pictures of Carole. When she came into the kitchen to show me, I just starting laughing and grabbed the camera. LOL! She is sporting big brothers Curious George hat, her new scarf from Nana, and some beautiful pink sandals.

I don't know about you, but I just love the sock and sandals look! :) Just kidding.

Okay, and now for the funny stories.

Story #1
Yesterday Andrew and I went out on a date. We went out to lunch and went shopping. He had some birthday money burning a hole in his pocket. Anyway, while we were shopping I told him we needed to pick up some thank you cards for him to give to people who gave him birthday presents and money. He didn't say much at that time and just went right along with picking some out. On our way home I mentioned that after his nap he needed to help me write his thank you notes. He said, "I don't need to do that, Mom. I will just tell Jesus that I said thank you and then He can tell everyone else what I said." LOL! Out of the mouth of babes.

Story #2
Lately, Carole has been taking forever to eat her meals. I just leave her sit there and she knows she can't get down until her food is gone. Well, last night everyone had finished eating and had left the table. Phil and Andrew went to someone's house and I was in the kitchen cleaning up. Carole was still sitting there playing with her food. While I was rinsing the dishes and loading the dishwasher I heard her mumbling. I turned the water off and turned around to look at her. Her back was to me, so she could not see me. She was sitting there holding her spoon up to ear like a phone. This is what I heard...

Hello? Ando, are you there?

This is Cawole. How are you?
Are you at the mall?
What are you doing?

You need to come home.

I said you need to come home and take a bath. You stink.

Ando, you better hurry up and come home and take a bath cause you really stink, okay?

Okay. Bye, Ando

I starting laughing so hard!! She turned around and realized that I was laughing at her and she quickly put her spoon down and started eating. I think she was embarrassed. :)

Birthday Boy

Here are a few pictures from Andrew's 5th birthday.

We all received Batman tattoos for the day. Andrew was very proud of his.

Here is Carole proudly sporting her Batman tattoo.

We had Andrew's party at the local bowling alley. He had so much fun!

Here he is proudly blowing out his candles with is new friends standing by.

Everyone was so eager to help small Andrew bowl.

Here is Carole wondering around the bowling alley. She came up to me and said, "Mommy, I'm boring." I think she meant to say that she was bored. And I am sure she was.

We really had to keep our eye on Carole. She was fascinated with the computer.

Carole took bowling very seriously. :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Five Years Ago Today

In February 2003, God laid it on our hearts to adopt. We began the process and then waited on the Lord.

Five years ago today our lives were changed FOREVER!

On Saturday, February 14th, 2004 late in the afternoon we received a phone call from our social worker. She said that a baby boy had just been born and his parents fell in love with our profile. They really wanted their son to go to us. We were so excited! We also learned we would have to stay in the state of his birth until all the paper work went through, but we were close enough to home so that Phil could still preach on the weekends. We were told that the baby boy was born a few weeks early and weighed only 4 lbs.15oz. He would have to stay in the hospital for awhile until he was able to eat on his own. Our social worker then asked us to come as soon as we could to meet the birth parents and our new son. She made arrangements for us to stay in the Ronald McDonald house which only charged $5 a night. We had nothing for a baby, so before we could go meet our son, we had to do some major shopping. We were so excited as we shopped. We bought a car seat, blankets, clothes, etc. We had so much fun picturing our new son. We could hardly wait to meet him!

February 15th, our social worker called us back and said that there was a chance we may not get him because some legal mess came up. So we waited an excruciating 2 days until our social worker got the legal stuff all figured out.

On Wednesday, February 18th, we met our son for the very first time. The nurses were so kind to us and provided a room for us to stay in with Andrew during the day. Because he still wasn’t eating very well he had to stay in the hospital hooked up to an IV. Believe it or not, but Andrew began to eat a lot better when we became a part of his little world. Before we came, the only attention he got was from the nurses.

A few days after meeting him, Andrew was released from the hospital. Since we couldn’t leave the state, we took him home to the Ronald McDonald house. A few weeks later, after all the paper work was approved, we got to take Andrew home. I finally had a baby! The Lord had answered our prayers! We can't imagine are lives without hims! What a precious bundle straight from the Lord!
Having some fun with Daddy.

Reading with Mommy.

In loving memory of Buster. He was such a good cat for Andrew. He tolerated a lot.

This was a rare moment with young Tigger. He did not like Andrew, but was fascinated with his bath time.

When Andrew was 8 months old we finally got to finalize his adoption in court. The judge didn't stay behind his podium, he came at sat at the table with us. What a special day that was!

Here is our handsome boy today. HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY!!! We love you so much, Andrew!!!!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Checking In

Hi friends! It's been awhile. Yes, we are still alive. Once Carole got better, Andrew got sick. He didn't get it near as bad as Carole, but he was still pretty sick. Of course I had to get it too, but I cannot complain. It didn't affect me like it did them. So we are pretty much back to normal.

Here is a picture of Andrew when he was sick. He reacts completely different than Carole does. He acts like he is dying and the whole world just might cave in, while his sister keeps on living life to its fullest.
One day while Carole was sick she came into the kitchen looking like this. She wanted to go play outside. Do you see anything wrong with this picture? :) Crazy girl! I guess she was feeling a bit stir crazy.

I did create a few cards over the past week. My Dad's birthday was yesterday. He is Mr. Fix-It type of guy. I found these stickers at Wal-Mart.
Phil came up with some witty sayings for the inside. I thought it turned out cute.

A couple in our church lost their elderly father in a tool shed fire this past week. I had to come up with quick sympathy card when I didn't feel the greatest.

As most of you know, Phil is on our town's Volunteer Fire Department. As a result he has been taking Firefighter classes two nights a week. This past week he had to go in his gear for some hands on training. I can't resist my man in uniform! And in the kitchen, no less! ;) I love you, Phil!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Our Dear Girl

Our sweet little dolly is still not doing so good. Yesterday she had a few more breathing attacks. When she would have an attack I would run her outside to clear her lungs. The cold air always seemed to do the trick. It got to the point that she would come running to me and say with her hoarse little voice, "Help, mommy, my froat. I need to go outside. Quick!" Bless her heart.

I was about to take to the ER because she just couldn't breathe. As a last resort, I had her take a hot shower. She thought that was pretty fun and ended playing in there for about 15 minutes. Even after that, she still was struggling to get a breath. So then I boiled a pot of water and had her breathe the steam. That seemed to do the trick. Although she is still wheezing, she has not had anymore scary attacks. Now we have moved on to the fun part of the sickness. A terrible head cold. That poor girl has so much fluid coming out of her pretty little face! (Sorry if that is too much information.)

She tries to remain cheerful in spite of it all.

This is our dear little "Snots."
For those of you who are praying, THANK YOU SO MUCH! We've had a scary past few days, but God has been gracious!