Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Things I am NOT Thankful for...

Working on my day "off"

Technology that makes it nearly impossible to do said work on day off. =(

rough morning...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Cheered me up...

It's so in this holiday season... :)





P.S. I hear it is actually very good exercise and all that... but this is still funny!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thankful

So, I am shamelessly stealing this idea from Erin. ;) With a week left until Thanksgiving, I thought it was fitting to share (a few) of the things I am most thankful for.

After events of this morning, I feel very thankful for my job. I am very fortunate to work in a position that is intellectually stimulating and with some reallly wonderful people. We are so lucky that we can afford for Mark to stay home with the kids right now. Although it won't be that way forever, the last 2 years have been invaluable and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Guess What Happens in a Fortnight?

Our court date! Whooooooo!

Oh, and don't think I used the term "fortnight" on accident! ;) Been looking for a way to "sneak" it into daily life... Yep, I'm a geek like that.

Anyways, I have to say that the wait for *S* is going much better (overall) than I did with our adoption last year. Not that I'm not anxious to get her home! I think I just have a much better handle on myself and the process. And being super busy does keep the days moving!

But now that it's getting closer... all bets are OFF!

My co-workers are throwing us a little shower for her tomorrow. So cool. Makes me excited all over again!

Keep your fingers crossed for us - so close!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Little Groupie

Ally would like to share her favorite song with you..

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First Snow

Abenezer and Hana arrived home on Easter Sunday of this year.  Sadly (for me!) there was still snow on the ground.  However, they never really got to "see" it snow really, or really play in it.

Today we got our first real-almost-kinda-snow of the season.  What a treat to watch them play!  It was really almost more like rain since it wasn't hardly sticking, but they had so much fun with it anyways...




99 Balloons



There... there just are no words. If you haven't seen this before, please take six minutes to watch it. Grab a tissue.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Oooh! It's Two of My Favorite Things!

Agriculture and fighting poverty! Whooo hooo!


See the full press release here.

John Deere Foundation and Opportunity International Join to Fight Hunger


$1.2 million grant will create $10.6 million in economic impact for the poor in hunger-afflicted Sub-Saharan Africa

Last update: 11:29 a.m. EST Nov. 13, 2008

OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov 13, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Opportunity International, one of the world's largest microfinance organizations, today announced it has received a $1.2 million grant from the John Deere Foundation to provide increased access to financing for the hunger-afflicted in Africa.

Through Opportunity International's unique financing model, the grant will have a $10.6 million economic impact over the next three years. It will benefit thousands of farmers, food processors and retailers and their ability to provide affordable food to the rural poor in Malawi and Mozambique.

The John Deere Foundation grant will enable Opportunity International to implement low-cost, technology-driven programs that provide a full range of microfinance services to poor families living in rural areas in Malawi and Mozambique. The goal of the joint project is to create a sustainable framework in Africa to increase food production, food availability at local markets and family income for food....

Since the Week is Getting Away...

I've been wanting to put something interesting and worthwhile up here all week... but yeah, that's not going to happen. So, I decided to just steal this from the Dalai Mama. ;)

It’s easy–ONE WORD answers only (okay, well, that's harder than I thought!)

Where is your mobile phone? pocket
Where is your significant other? refereeing

Your hair colour? brown =(
Your mother? dedicated

Your father? constant
Your favourite thing? sunshine
Your dream last night? unmemorable
Your dream goal? contentment
The room you’re in? office
Your hobby? sewing
Your fear? death
Where do you want to be in 6 years? happy
Where were you last night? concert!
What you’re not? researching
One of your wish-list items? vacation
Where you grew up? boonies
The last thing you did? committed
What are you wearing? boots
Your TV? indifferent
Your pets? sensitive
Your computer? indispensable
Your mood? pensive
Missing someone? yes
Your car? clean!
Something you’re not wearing? earrings
Favourite shop? AHOPE store (shameless plug)
Your summer? lovely
Love someone? immeasurably
Your favourite colour? kelly-green
When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
When is the last time you cried? yesterday
Consider yourself tagged!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Morning Thoughts...

First, thank you all for the well-wishes on my birthday. A big extra-thank you to Cris and Stephanie for babysitting! It was really nice to get out, even if just for a couple of hours and we really enjoyed your visit as well. :) All-in-all, my birthday (well, the entire weekend) was very nice - relaxed, low key. Just great!


This morning was a little rough for reasons I won't go into. Interestingly, I ended up reading
this post by my friend Lisa. It really spoke to me on several levels and I think it is something that every parent should read (although I think it is especially important for adoptive parents). So if you haven't checked out her blog, please do - its wonderful.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Happy Birthday to Cat!



I don't post very often but today is Cat's birthday and the kids had a few things to say...

When I asked Abi to say something nice for Mom's Birthday this is what he had to say: Happy Birthday Mommy! I love her and I made her a card and I love her and when she go buhbye, we miss her. And Mommy is purdy nice for me. And thank you mommy for [drawing] lions for me. And Amen.

Hana said: Mommy is so special and does good job and I hope Mommy has a good present. I like for Mommy to have special money. Ummm, Mommy is so good. I love Mommy. That's all.

Grace said: Mommy is very special to me. More special than any toy I ever had. I would be very sad without her. I just think she is just a very special mother. She is very smart and I just love her very very very much!

If Ally could answer I'm sure she would echo the statements above... only with much more INFLECTION and FLARE!

As for me I think there truly is no better mother and wife in the world. Our kids adore her and look up to her example. She has the biggest heart and the most compassion for others. I thank God for her every day.


PS. Ally has a very special gift for Mommy this year...




Friday, November 7, 2008

Crazy Dreams...

Apparently Abi is quite the little ninja in his dreams... and apparently not a fan of Spiderman.


(as recounted to Mark this morning) :

Dad: Abi, here is your (Spiderman) underwear.

Abi: I no want it.

Dad: Why not?

Abi: I no-e-like espiderman.

Dad: Why not?

Abi: Ummm... Daddy, last night, I sleepin, and then, I fly, and then, I see espiderman, and I go like dat! HY-YA! And him dead.

Dad: Why did you kill Spiderman?

Abi: I no-e-like espiderman.

Dad: Abi, we're not supposed to kill people.

Abi: Why not?

Dad: Because its not very nice.

Abi: But I no-e-like espiderman and I no wanna wear him.

Dad: Just put on your underwear so we can go eat breakfast.


Be afraid, be very afraid...




HI-YA!!

Conspiracy Theories

So, after our fiasco of problems with Abi and Hana's adoption, it has been hard for me to really 'gear up' for the Dec 3 court date. I am trying to be optimistic, but still sort-of preparing for the worst. So far, we are hopeful that things will go well.

But sometimes, I just wonder if someone is out to get us. ;) We found out this week that, even though we received our 171h weeks ago, the embassy is saying that they don't have our immigration approval yet. Sigh.

This is actually pretty standard and it is very good we are dealing with it early. Basically, it is just sitting *somewhere* and they need to find it. But still - why can't things go off without a hitch??

So, wish us luck this all gets resolved easily! I'm not too worried or anything, but I'll feel better when I know the approval is in the hands of those that need it!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

At Mark's request, I'm calming down my political-ness.  ;)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Public Service Announcement:

Get Out and Vote!


This public service announcement was brought to you by:


Our future.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Saturday Night Photo Shoot



We built our first fire of the "chilly" season on Saturday (even though it was hardly chilly - we are having wonderfully unseasonably warm weather!).  The kids were so cute that we snapped a few photos.  Even Ally cooperated (mostly).




^^  My personal fav  ^^

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Halloween-Eve

Pre-pumpkin carving dance party.

Grace is an old hat at pumpkin guts these days...

Hana was ALL about the squishy-ness and got right in there!

Abi did NOT enjoy touching the guts while in the pumpkin and would not help scoop them out.  But he did gush them in the bowl (...?)

Ally would have nothing to with the pumpkins (she didn't even want to sit near them) so she just squashed the cat instead.

Happy Halloween!

I took the day off work (mostly).  The older girls had a half day of school (well, Hana always does) so we went up to watch their "parade" of costumes. So cute!  

Mom and Al waiting for the kids.

Daddy practiced camera settings on Abi while we waited. :)

Grace perfecting her "scary" face.

Hana lookin' sweet.

Halloween afternoon.  Ally post-nap.  Share the progression with me...

Above:  Sweet, bit tired.
Then...

The fun begins to wear thin...

Sobbing. (this entire process took less than 30 seconds and she was fine!)

Pre-trick or treating.  Waiting oh-so-patiently for the other members of our group




(Ally was scared of the pumpkins so wouldn't sit by them for her photos)

Post-trick or treating-candy binge-Spongebob marathon.