Saturday, July 31, 2010

bacon grease challenge

Oh those kids say the darndest things.

But nothing tops the things teens come up with.


"Mom, I'll give you $5 if you freeze that bacon grease
and eat it like a popsickle."

Thursday, July 29, 2010

shree waters please

Yesterday we had ANOTHER fabulous lunch date with
a dear friend!!

My sweet friend Teanne and her husband waited 4+
LONG years to get their precious girly!!
And let me tell you,
their entire story of it all is nothing short of
God's fingerprints are ALL over this adoption,
from beginning to end.

Aren't our girls darling?!

Ok but here's absolutely funniest thing that happened
at the restaurant yesterday.

I hope I can convey just how hilarious this was so here goes...

We were ordering our drinks while Teanne was in
the restroom.

The girls and I just wanted water so the waiter
(he was clearly Chinese)

"OK, I'll be right back with shree waters."

Macy looked at me and said,

"SHREE???.....Oh, he must not be from around here."

OK seriously, I nearly fell on the floor laughing.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

oh the drama {but first a special date}

CRAZY DAY yesterday.

It ended in a trip to the ER
for Ms. Medical Drama.

More on that later.

But first,
Macy's friend, James, who has only been in America
for about five weeks now,
was visiting in our area with his new family.
SO, of course we got these two sweet kids together for lunch.

And it looked alarmingly like a date.
Snap out of it, you two!

They sat and talked for 2.5 hours!
And I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know James' parents.
We had a super fun time!
They are a wonderful family!!
These are two great kids, I'm tellin' ya!

Aren't they cute?
It was such fun and I kid you not,
Macy was fast asleep within five minutes after we got into
the car to go home.
The girl ain't used to talkin' that much!


Ok, so after our lunch date we headed back to
pick Lucy up from my friend Angela's house.

Lucy was worn slick from a ridiculous amount of play
time with her guy-pal, Michaiah.

There was some major monkey bar business going on.

I was trying to lure her up off the floor to go home...
casually lifting her up as I held onto her hands...
*some of you may envision what came next*
and within seconds she was howling in pain, saying
that I hurt her arm.

Honest to goodness,
I was rewinding time in my head trying to figure out what I had just done
because there was absolutely no jerking involved,
she hadn't resisted me pulling her up or anything.
I was baffled.
I wondered if she was simply mega tired and was being well,
She screamed all the way home.
I knew something wasn't right.
But I also know how this girl is with pain.
Which makes it extremely difficult assess any injury or sickness.

VERY long story, short.
We spent too much time at our doctor's urgent care center
for them to end up sending us to Children's Mercy.
Not thrilled about that.
But it was truly for the best.
Since xrays didn't show anything, the doctor
examined her and quick as a flash, twisted her arm...
and was totally back to normal, and so was she
(minus a brief blood-curdling scream).

My gracious.
For HOURS this precious pumpkin was in horrible pain.
Her drama was appropriate, as it turned out.
And once the doctor did his thing...
she was up and playing and laughing as usual. many of you have probably know from experience...
no more picking her up like that!
Now she's really susceptible to this happening again.

Seriously, I really have raised two children almost to adulthood
and really do know what I'm doing much of the time.
*I think I'm going to get a t-shirt that says that*

All in all,
I came to one conclusion after last night.

There's no doubt in my mind that I will only be
getting ONE grandbaby out of this child someday.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

our new fella!

Again, I

so very much for your continued support
in our current fundraiser.

I really do teeter between whether it's in good taste to
ask for adoption money.
Not sure if it's a pride thing or what.

But in my heart I feel like as a body of believers
(since most of you are Christ-followers),
it's important to share our needs
and trust that God will lead those who are called
to help out to do so.

And if it is really repulsive to you to hear people asking
for money,
please know that I don't want anyone to give unless
you are fully convicted to do so.
I hope you will at least continue to follow along our
journey and pray for us.

So I thought I needed to share a bit more about our
new fella!

I'm rather limited to what I can say about him.
This Hague thing has everyone on pins and needles
not wanting to rock the boat and mess things up over misplaced
And my agency reads my blog (Hi, Agency!).
So, it's kinda like Mom riding in the back seat on a date.

Our new son, HH (not even sure if I should put his name here)
is 11 years old and has been on the list waiting for a family for
almost two years.
He is from Macy's orphanage.
And yes, Macy knows him.
She says he is a very nice boy and is very shy.
Another shy one.
Oh well, Lucy seems to make it her mission to balance all that out.

We have lots of pictures of HH but since I can't share them
with you...well, I can't share them with you.

But he's a cute young lad (oh my gosh, I sound like a grandma).
And for whatever reason, he reminds me of a
Chinese Beaver Cleaver.

But here's the saddest part.

HH has a big brother.
That he will leave behind.

Both boys were on track to be adopted together
but because of some sort of mix-up with
brother's name, his paperwork wasn't in place
in time before he aged-out.

Macy talked to the brother on QQ (Chinese-type Facebook),
DIDN'T tell him about us, but did ask a few
questions regarding adoption.

Brother said that he realizes that he is too old to be adopted
but very much wants HH to have a family.

It's more than my heart can take.

I do ask that you will spare your advice on this.
We have done all we can do to figure out a way to bring
them both home.

And yes, I'm well aware of Vickie's situation. She and I are
friends and have already talked about this.

A few things are in place, just in case.
But right now it is completely and fully up to God to work
it out, if that is His will.

I've probably shared too much.
I'll likely edit this after I hear from my dear friend Patty
who always keeps me in line on these matters!


Don't forget...
the drawing for the iPad is on Aug. 9!!
Get in while you can!

Share my link on your blog and/or FB and get an entry!

A gift of $25 gets you an entry!
A gift of $50 gets you 3 entries!
A gift of $100 gets you 6 entries!!

*and of course, any amount in between will get you
an entry or two also!

Monday, July 26, 2010

little miss tornado

This evening Lucy and I took a scooter ride down
our drive-way.

This was what we saw lurking in the horizon...

Beautiful isn't it?
*Though pictures don't do it justice*

But behind me was where the real storm was

Little Miss Tornado didn't like that I had
scooted so far ahead of her.


Some might say she's a tad controlling.
Like her mother.
Did I just admit that out loud?

$13 birthday party!

If you've been reading my blog for very
long, you know about my great friend Patty that I adore!

She and I have a ton in common,
including the fact that our little Chinese girlies are
both from the same orphanage.
our big girlies are from the same orphanage.

we are both adopting big boys from the same orphanage.

Cool, isn't it??

she's doing a super fun fundraiser today because
it's her boy's 13th birthday!!
And as a way to celebrate AND raise money
for bringing him home,
she's asking everyone to prayerfully consider a
$13 "gift" to help with his adoption expense.

Isn't that fun?!

Go check it out!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

easy to ignore?

"...orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names.
They are easier to ignore before you see their faces.
It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them
in your arms.
But once you do, everything changes."

by David Platt

Saturday, July 24, 2010

our friday afternoon

Sadly, it's rare these days for all four of my kids
to be with me at once for an entire afternoon.
The older kids always have
something going on, whether it's work, friends, sports, whatever.

But yesterday they were all with me (love that!) for a trip to town.
I know, that sounds so red-neck, doesn't it?
True enough.

The girls got bored with going to stores that the boys
wanted to go to.
And vice versa, of course.

It's a balancing act, no doubt.

But my golly,
let me tell you...
this 4-year old of mine is a piece of work.
God love 'er.

I keep waiting for the difficulties of raising teenagers.
But it seems that as long as I have
a feisty Lucy,
teens are an easy walk in the park.

Which really makes me wonder what God is preparing me for.
I shudder to think.

Oh and you should know that on our way to town,
the odometer on my mini-van turned
100,000 miles old.

We seriously drove down our country road watching with
great expectation as it changed.And took a picture.

It was pure excitement like nothin' else.

My goodness.

The fun just never ceases.

Note to self:
Perhaps exposing the children to some rich culture
would be a good idea.
Find a museum or something.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

a boring summer day

First of all,
my goodness gracious, ya' can I ever thank you
for jumping into my fundraiser with such

We are so very grateful!!!

Remember, the drawing isn't until August 9, so you've got
plenty of time to get in on it if you haven't already!


Boredom rears its ugly head...

Yes, it's come to this.

My boys.
Driven by boredom.
To do, well...whatever it takes to
make the most of a stagnant moment,
and an empty diaper box.

When does school start?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Oh, BOY, this is BIG! {You'll want in}

*Insert trumpets blaring here*

Call your neighbors.
Gather your children.
Email your hairdresser.
Text your grandma.
Open your window and shout to the world.

It's here.
In my house.

And YOU get the chance to have it at YOUR house.

Introducing my big FUNdraiser!



What? You still can't figure it out?
Come on.

Here, let Lucy show you.

iP*d, baby.
(And that's PAD, not POD)



Exciting, isn't it??

Here's how you can have a chance at it:

*One entry if you put my button on your blog (be sure to tell me!)
*One entry if you link our fundraiser on Facebook (again, let me know)

*One entry for a donation of $25
*Three entries for $50 donation
*SIX entries for $100 donation

*Please use Chipin on side bar

All of your generous donations will go directly to the adoption
expenses of our
new son waiting for us in China.

All entries will go into a "hat" and the big winner will
be announced on Monday, August 9, 2010.


*Details of fundraiser subject to change in order to keep fairness
and fun at a maximum!

Any questions, please email me.

Monday, July 19, 2010

it's about to happen

Brace yourselves.

My big fundraiser announcement is happening
earlier than planned.

Tune in tomorrow.

You won't be disappointed.

Friday, July 16, 2010

next wednesday night {hopefully}

Well, I was really hoping to have our
super duper great
FUNdraiser up and going by this coming Monday night
but it looks like it won't happen until Wednesday.

I'm sad.

But trust me,
it's worth the wait.


I simply cannot wait to tell you all about it.
But I have to wait.
I must.

But since I tend to get my cart before the horse
quite often,
I'm going to go ahead and put a Chipin thingy on my sidebar
to get ready.

If, by chance, you want to go ahead and jump into
this sweet deal,
I'll give you extra credit for your efforts.

I'll also give a good deal to any new followers.

Ok, ok...if you are already a follower leave me a comment
and I'll put you on my good list too.

I want everyone to have a chance at this
jackpot of a deal!

That's a rather vague post, lacking any detail at all,
but you're just going to have to trust me on this.


If you have no idea what this is all about,
read the post below!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

here's what's brewing

Some of you gals are way ahead of me.

But here's what's brewing.

Yes, another adoption!

Remember the boy that I posted about a while back?
Well, after many months of praying
about him (we began praying long before that post),
we feel God leading US to adopt him.

And we are thrilled.
Along with nervous and every other emotion that goes along with the unknowns!

We have PA.
Our homestudy is done.
Working on our dossier now.

But we've got a ton of work to do to raise funds.
Three adoption in about as many years,
isn't easy.

We've got a MAJOR "giveaway"
that we will launch (hopefully) early next week.

Oh my gosh.
It is SO BIG.

And I need your help to spread the word.
Pretty please.

stay tuned....

Something is definitely brewin', ya'll.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

vegas, baby!

Lucy is a performer.
Though don't you dare request certain routines or songs.
She will only give the audience what
she wants, when she wants.

And yesterday, her mood was all about Vegas, baby.

Ah, shucks.

Thank you, thank you very much.

Don't forget to tip your waitress.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

a new do for lucy fu

Lucy agreed that she needed a new look.

We ALL do from time to time.
*My free and professional advice to all of you*

I tried to make sure she really wanted to cut it all off.
She happily agreed
that it would look fabulous in
a sassy bob.

So here we go....

You probably noticed a few looks of
what in the world have I done?

You'd be right.

Her smiles quickly turned to tears.

Oh we've all been there, haven't we?

But everyone loves it here in our house and I'm sure
she will too once she gets used to it.

I hope to get a better finished pic but every time
I bring out the camera, she hides under the coffee table.

Been there too.

Friday, July 9, 2010

dumpling day

Today was the day.

The day that Macy and I took the plunge and made
our own homemade dumplings.

Chop. Chop. Chop.
And chop some more.

Carefully putting together these delicate delicacies.

Dumpling hot tub.

And the sauce.
Oh, the sauce.

The best part.

For mine it was
a lovely concoction of two different Chinese vinegars,
soy sauce, and hot chili garlic paste.

Oh so yummy.

And don't you just adore my little sauce cups?
I bought them in Seattle in China Town.
I love them soooo much!

Sorry for no more pics but that's where the photos ended.

The rest is deliciousness history.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

corn {harvest & fancy fixins'}

With all the corn growin' at its peak here in these parts,
it reminded me of when we were in
China (Luoyang) during their harvest last year.

As you can see,
their harvesting methods are a tad different from ours.

They would take all the corn off the cob and lay it
out in the sun to dry.

It was pretty fascinating.

Macy loves corn.

But she puts sugar on it.

And thinks we are totally weird for putting butter and salt
on ours.

Our differences make us crack up at each other at times.

Yes, even our corn oddities make us laugh.

Laughing is good.

So what kind of fancy fixins' do YOU put on your corn?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Every time we go to Sam's Club Lucy oogles over this ginormous
She begs me to buy them each and every time we are there.
I always tell her no.

Well somehow, someway, we ended up with them the other day.
Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that
her daddy was on this particular shopping trip.

I'm thinkin' that's exactly it.

Look how proud she is.
It's pretty much a major award.

Mission accomplished.

And notice how her outfit coordinates with her treasured snack.

That's right...I'm that good of a mom.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

lunch with claire

We went for the most delicious lunch at our friend
Claire's house.
(reminder: she's the Chinese friend God brought into our path)

She made the most amazing homemade dumplings,
vegetable stir-fry, and cold green bean soup.

it was all incredibly amazing.

Our visit was equally wonderful.
Claire shared more about how she and her husband
came here from China (separately).
Their stories are pretty remarkable.

And again, she openly shared God's love with us.
She prayed the sweetest payer over lunch and for Macy...
for her to understand and to KNOW Him personally.

It was a beautiful visit.

I couldn't be more thankful for God's provision in this.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


We had a quiet but fun-filled Independence Day.

Watermelon, at Lucy's insistence.
The girl loves her some watermelon.

But it didn't brighten her grumpy demeanor
so her father played along too.

Time for fireworks and I kid you not,
this was Lucy's reaction before the first bang.

So Mama had to show her how it's done, baby.

That was just the encouragement she needed.
I'm happy to help any way I can.
You're welcome.

Fireworks are old hat to Macy
and what we set off didn't hold a candle to what
she experienced in China.
But she had fun anyway!
Look how incredibly different their skin tone is!


Sweet, priceless freedom.

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