Saturday, February 26, 2011

I heart Wild Olive tees!!

The girls and I have loved our t-shirts
from THIS amazing company.
They are passionate about displaying God's Word
in such a creative way, and they also have big
hearts for various charities, one of which is
fundraising for adoptive families.

They are having a fabulous giveaway,
so go "get your verse on"
and check out Wild Olive Tees!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Last week was downright busy...
Gracie had 2 appointments in Charlotte.
We'll see her surgeon again in April & schedule
her next surgery. He's very pleased w/ how her
palate is healing! Our main issue right now
is working with her on her speech.
(She's still receiving therapy twice a week.)
She's doing so much better, but gets so frustrated
when we can't understand her!
("I not say that Mommy!!!!")

Poor girlie is sick right now -
some kind of croup/cough thing that
she seems to get quite frequently.
(I'm wishing there were such a thing
as a coffee IV!!)
In all honesty, she's been so
healthy since her surgery last October-
we've been sooo grateful!

Brian went w/ the girls on the church youth group
ski trip last Friday. They had a blast -
sunburns, aches, pains & all!

Finally, the kids had no school yesterday,
so in honor of our national President's Day holiday we
slept in, ate a fabulous breakfast together,
did yard work, and made
"Fabulous" is an understatement.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

a spring in your step - guaranteed!

Ahhh, spring is in the air in our neck of the woods...
Maybe it's a little warmer where you are,
or maybe ol' man winter is still on your doorstep,
but I know a SUPER way to put a little Spring in your step!!

Hop on over HERE to my friend Lori's blog
and check out her fabulous fundraiser to bring her
two handsome boys home from China.
(You must see their faces - honeys I tell ya)

*The fundraiser has been extended to Sunday the 20th!*

Please know that when you do give of your time,
financially, and with your interceding prayers
to help an adoptive family, you ARE being
the hands & feet of God the Father in changing
the life of a child, or children as the case may be!!

Now, put down that coffee mug and Spring into action!!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

have a Love-ly day!

"How great is the love the Father
has lavished on us, that we should be called
children of God!
This is the message you heard
from the beginning:
We should love one another.
This is how we know what love is:
Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.
And we ought to lay down
our lives for our brothers."
I John 3:1, 11, 16

Friday, February 11, 2011

Ali's day

dinner at the birthday girl's favorite Italian restaurant

a three year old full of sweet tea =
hours of entertainment ahead

a "happy birthday" serenade
by the birthday girl's nutty sister

one of the birthday girl's favorite movies

books from Grammie

the birthday girl's favorite
dark chocolate cheesecake

there was singing

there was dancing

thank you thank you
I'm here on Tuesdays and Thursdays
don't forget to tip your waitresses

our beautiful friend Diane!

the perfect day ends with
Grandma & Grandpa!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I blinked

I was 23 years old.
An ice storm was brewing outside.
The "lessons" learned in birthing class...
out the door, honey!

After 14 hours of labor
our beautiful little
blue eyed baby girl was born

and today
she is 17 years old.

Literally, I blinked...
and time has flown by!
Happy, happy birthday to
our beautiful, Spirit-filled,
funny, artistic, hard working

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CNY continues

Saturday we were able to celebrate Chinese New Year
with our local Chinese cultural association.
Gracie especially loved the dragon dance and the food...
authentic "tastes like it did in China" food!

as close as she would get to the dragon

I know what's in this here red envelope...


Thursday, February 3, 2011

xin nian kuai le!

Happy Chinese New Year 2011!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011