You've lucked out!
Kate has saved you from another post about my case of the nerves...(which are much better by the way. Thanks bloggies for all of your wonderful posts of encouragement.)
She posted this neat little quiz about pie...
Give it a try...and let me know what you are.
You Are Apple Pie
You're the perfect combo of comforting and traditional. You prefer things the way you've always known them.
You'll admit that you're old fashioned, and you don't see anything wrong with that. Your tastes and preferences are classic. And classic never goes out of style.
Those who like you crave security. People can rely on you to be true to yourself - and true to them. You're loyal, trustworthy, and comfortable in your own skin.
And because of these qualities, you've definitely earned a lot of respect.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The long range forcast is looking a bit wet for Kiev.
I just checked it out on the weather.com.
Check it out HERE.
An umbrella is now on the list of stuff to take! :)
Monday, November 26, 2007
The poor child is going to have to wait until we get home for most of her presents (assuming it's a her). Santa has promised to drop off a couple of books and a stuffed animal in Ukraine, but I'm hoping Meshack and the kids can find the time to go shopping for her after he gets home.
We'll see how that works out.
And have I told you that the mom-mobile has decided now is the time to nickle and dime us?! It is only four years old for heaven's sake, but in the last week the heater went out, we had to buy a new battery, the airbag light keeps going on and now I have a tire that chronically loses air!
I may have to ask my Dad to have the tire checked. It holds air for a couple of days before the indicator light goes on, so I'm hoping he will have time to take it in to have it worked on while we're gone.
Let's see, what else...
The furnace still needs to have the part replaced, but Meshack can't get in touch with the heating/air guy so we can get the part ordered.
I finally finished the Christmas letter...let me know if you want a copy, but I haven't gotten it printed yet because our home printer decided to quit too. Meshack picked one up on Black Friday, but we haven't found the time to hook it up yet.
I'm starting to really pack.
That means washing clothes that we want to take and having to wear ugly clothes to work because I have to take the pretty ones (relatively speaking) with me to Ukraine! :)
Is anyone else tired yet?
Oh yeah, and we only have...
Sunday, November 25, 2007
We got the 'phone call' this weekend.
Our agency called to go over everything we need to know for our trip.
There's a lot to know.
Now keep in mind we've been through this process before...
But each time is a little different.
And add to that the fact that this time we're going to a different country and you've got the recipe for a big case of the nerves.
I've been downing pepto tablets like candy in the last week.
Thankfully we are working with quite possibly the most patient person in the world.
And the best agency I think we have ever had.
Nothing against our previous agencies (they're both out of business now) but I never had any one of them call me on a Saturday afternoon to answer my questions. They never gave me their cell phone number so that our families could get in touch with us in case of an emergency. And they most certainly didn't pray with us.
I like 'em.
We talked about everything under the sun.
She told us where our facilitator would be waiting for us.
We discussed the SDA appointment and what to do if there are no children that fit our requests.
And we talked about warm shoe inserts that we can buy at the underground mall.
An hour later our questions were spent.
I feel better now.
Much more relaxed...
And a lot more prepared.
I think I'll save the pepto for the airplane ride.
I'll need them in only...
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Sorry...didn't mean to confuse anyone with the change in the comments section.
I went with unmoderated comments for awhile, but I missed being able to really read the comments. They had a way of sneaking into the blog - and even though I got an email letting me know they were there...I didn't always catch them all.
This way, when I log into my blog, I'll see a little note telling me...
'Hey! You've got comments!'
I'll read the notes...
And approve them.
It's quite lovely.
So I'm back to moderated.
After you post your comment, the system will hold it for awhile, until I can take a look at it and truly appreciate your wit and wisdom.
And don't worry...I won't censure you.
Unless you start talking smack about my turkey cooking abilities. ;)
Friday, November 23, 2007
I saw this over on Jenni's blog and just had to give it a try. Check it out...it's hilarious.
Yes...I know I have better things to do with my time than to 'elf' my family...but I neeeeeded a break! (Am I whiney enough for you? - I thought so.) I promise to put up a 'real' post later.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
- - We got the Power of Attorney forms signed. Another item checked off the list.
- - The mom-mobile had to go into the shop on Monday. It started making a weird clicking noise behind the stereo and I had no heat. Since it is winter, and my parents will need to drive the mom-mobile while Meshack and I are gone, we took it in. Thankfully, it was a relatively cheap and quick fix. And the best part was I got it back in time to drive to work this morning...in the first real cold day of fall. That heater felt goooood.
- - Thank goodness for Meshack's obsession about having everything mechanical checked before we leave. We had the furnace inspected last week - and wouldn't you know it, there's something wrong. We have to order a part...and fork over another $300, but we have the peace of mind in knowing our children will be warm and toasty while we're gone. Good thinking, Meshack!
- - We have company coming for dinner on Thursday. Lynda's family will be coming down for the day. We always have a ton of fun when they come down...I just need to figure out how to fit 12 people around my kitchen table. We still don't have a dining room table so we may have kids sitting on the floor! ;)
- - Christmas begins Thanksgiving night. After Lynda's family leaves we're pulling out the Christmas decorations and kicking off the holiday season a little early. Since we'll be gone most (if not all) of the month of December, we need to get everything put up so the kids can enjoy it while we're gone. Sigh. I love this time of year. I've been racking my brain trying to come up with a way to take a little bit of my homey Christmas with me to Ukraine. A mini-tree with lights, a candle, some music...something. Any ideas?
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
For some reason this trip I'm wanting as much hand-holding as possible.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Today, I told them I'd take it.
So, when I get back after the New Year from maternity leave, not only will I have a new child...I'll also have a new job.
One that will give me a some new challenges.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
- - Sign the POA forms
- - Buy Christmas presents for the kids (all four of them! YEA!!)
- - Get the new bills
- - Pack
- - Finish the photo album
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The closer we get to our travel date the more conscious I become of where our daughter is and what she is going through right now.
I wrote in my very first post about all the questions that go through my mind at this point. I start thinking about Maddie laying in a crib...waiting for someone to pick her up and hold her.
Knowing she may be cold, wet and hungry.
She doesn't have anyone to lovingly tuck her in at night or rock her to sleep.
No one plays with her, reads to her or colors pink bunny pictures with her.
And while I know the caregivers often do care - no one cares for her like a Mama would care for her when she is sick, starving or in pain.
And Maddie is not alone.
There are hundreds of thousands...no, millions of others just like her - all over the world.
Many of you may already know this is the campaign week for 'Cry of the Orphan'...a week highlighting the plight of orphans internationally and domestically. But there are many of our family and friends who read this blog, who may not have heard about this week and how they can help children all around the world.
The scriptures are full with stories and illustrations of God's heart for orphans. My favorite is in Ephesians 1:5 -
My prayer is that you will follow some links below and let them touch your heart. They will help you better understand the plight these children face...and how you can help.
Let me know if you have any questions.
(WARNING: You will need a very large Kleenex for the video! ;) A friend of ours from the blog Kristina's Story put this together and published it onto You Tube. She is getting ready to travel back to Ukraine to pick up her daughter Kristina. What a beautiful story!)
Cry of the Orphan - http://cryoftheorphan.org/
Family Life Today - special broadcasts on adoption - http://www.familylife.com/
Focus on the Family - special broadcasts on adoption - http://www.family.org/
Sunday, November 11, 2007
But then again, so is our time!
We're down to...
Saturday, November 10, 2007
This is the weekend.
I'm going to get it done.
I'm painting Punky and Maddie's room.
We went to the store last night and purchased the paint...a lovely Bahia Grass.
It will look great with her purple bedspread.
I know...I know...It's a little over the top, but come on! This is a little girls bedroom! What would it be without tons of color?!
Actually it looks pretty good together.
Wish me luck.
I had big dreams of getting it all done today, but so far I haven't done much more than get all the stuff out of Punky's room!
I still need to track down the step ladder...
There's a roller and tray around here somewhere...
Meshack needs to pick up some spackle on his way home from work...
There are still about a billion windows to run blue tape around...
And it's already 11:47 a.m!
This project can't take up too much time.
I only have...
Friday, November 9, 2007
EDITED AGAIN TO ADD:
YEA!!! It worked! Thanks to everyone for all their techie advice! Enjoy!
EDITED TO ADD:
Okay...that didn't work! Does anyone know how to put the slideshow on here?!
I've seen so many other people attach albums to their blogs through Picasa, but I don't have the foggiest idea of how to do it, so I'm testing it out BEFORE I get over there!
Seeeeee...I'm thinking ahead.
That...and I'm putting off painting.
So, for your viewing pleasure, here are some pics from our journey to find Q-ball.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
26 DAYS LEFT!!
Sorry I've been MIA lately.
My life has been in fast-forward...times 8.
You know the option on your DVD player that makes time skip forward at break-neck speed...so fast that you can't even see what's going on in the scene, let alone the background.
That's what I feel like right now.
My life is in Fast Forward x8...and it's stuck and I can't find the Power Off button!
It's been non-stop at work...and the bad news is it may stay that way until we leave.
All yesterday did was add more meetings and work to my day!
It's been so crazy around here I haven't been able to find the time to even blog about Punky's birthday.
And YES I'm cheating.
I'm posting this on Monday's date...
Because I can...that's why.
(Thank you blogger.)
I'll try to put up a post about Punky's birthday later today...
or maybe tomorrow.
Definitely by Friday...
I don't know, it may be Sunday.
I'll let you know.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Okay...I have a confession to make.
I made waaaaay too much out of yesterday's babysitting duty and I need to apologize to Lynda. I'll do it the first chance I get. (Unless of course, she's reading this...in which case, 'I'm sorry, Lynda!')
I also need to admit I have been a little too concerned about myself lately and not nearly concerned enough for others.
Call it self-absorbed...
call it ego-centric...
I call it selfish.
And to top it all off I was convicted by a couple of toddlers and my pastor.
All of the kids were absolute angels. No problems whatsoever. Even the toddlers. I probably could have gotten some painting done, but then I would have lost out on the chance to play.
And what fun would that have been.
And then Pastor drives it home with today's sermon.
It was about complaining.
Hmmmm...sound a little familiar?
I can't remember the exact passage - because of course the kids drew all over the bulletin and have since lost them, so I can't even look it up - but I think it was in Colossians.
And it was good.
I'm going to try to be less self-centered this week. And pay more attention to those in need around me.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month I've gone grape. (At the urging of Elle.)
Purple is actually one of my favorite colors...thanks in large part to my alma matter.
You couldn't survive five years at that institute of higher learning without picking up some loyalty to the most royal of colors...Purple. (Go Cats!)
I'm supposed to have a neat little graphic on here celebrating National Adoption Month...but I can't seem to get it to work.
I'll keep trying.
In the meantime, enjoy.
And head on over to see Kate. She fixed me up all purple-y...Thanks Kate!
I like this so much I may keep it this way!
Friday, November 2, 2007
I survived the shot.
It was a little touch and go for awhile...
but the Tootsie Pop saved the day.
(Actually, I got two for being such a big girl! ;) )
That's the sound of two more items getting crossed off the list.
- - Get flu shot - check.
- - Buy Punky's birthday gifts - check.
Unfortunately all of this great progress is coming to a grinding halt tomorrow.
I'm babysitting...six kids.
My best friend called tonight and asked if I could watch her children while she goes Christmas shopping with her husband.
I wanted to check another item off the list tomorrow...
- Paint Punky and Maddie's room
There's no way I can watch eight kids (Q-ball is going to the K-State football game with Meshack - GO CATS!) and get that bedroom painted.
Soooo...It will have to wait until next Saturday. I'm still hoping I can get something done. Perhaps...
- finish addressing Christmas cards and
- finish Christmas letter
or the biggie...
- Get one set of each size clothes out of storage for Maddie (this way I'll know what size to have Meshack pull out of storage when he comes home after court.)
Either way, it's not going to be as productive of a weekend as I had hoped.
I need to be careful how I phrase this because my friend reads my blog. Honest, Lynda...
I'm not bitter or anything. Just disappointed.
I know she would do the same for me in a heartbeat...that's what best friends are for.
It's just that right now I'm haggard, run-down and overwhelmed.
And I'm quickly running out of time to get things done.
I only have a few weeks left of just being a family of five...
I haven't been able to spend any quality time with my kids lately..
And my house is a WRECK!
And to top it all off, while I was typing this my counter reminded me that I only have...
Thursday, November 1, 2007
- Me - 'My husband and I are getting ready to complete an international adoption. We will be cleaning out our account in the next few weeks and need to have the good, clean, new-looking bills in $20s, $50s and $100s. Who do I need to talk to about getting these bills ordered?"
- Teller - "I don't think we're going to be able to help you."
- Me - Dumbfounded - "Can you tell me why?"
- Teller - "I do the money ordering and we are not able to get brand new bills."
- Me - "The bills don't have to be brand new. Just in good shape...new-like. The $20s you just gave me from your drawer would be just fine...there are no visible folds, marks or tears."
- Teller - "I just don't think we'll be able to get that much new cash for you."
- She looks at me.
- I look at her.
- Me - "Sooooo...what do you suggest I doooo."