Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fun with Friends

Eileen, Lucy, Abby Therese

Having fun singing w/the Wii

Monday, December 29, 2008

COSI w/cousins

I'm Done!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Spring...in winter???

Kind of strange, but here it is 2 days after Christmas, and it was 68 degrees. Not so funny until you realize that we live in Columbus, OHIO.
Yep, that's right. We had the doors and windows open today as the Christmas lights came down. (I mean who WOULDN'T take their lights down on a day like today....oh yeah, all my neighbors! LOL!)
Actually, the lack of snow had been quite sad. (And no, all you people living up north, I don't want what all YOU guys have...I'm just sayin'....) Lucy really enjoyed the snow last year, and we were kind of hoping she'd like it again this year too.
The snowsuit and boots are still just taking up, at this point anyway, MUCH needed space in this small home. Heck, by the time we actually get snow everything might just be to small! LOL!
So, to all you moms who have pics of snow on your blogs...yeah, I can admit it..I am a bit jealous!
Here's to a snowy January!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Christmas Angel

I am not sure how to begin this story. It still is kind of a shock to me.
A couple days ago I received an e-mail from a good friend. Although only 5 miles away, I haven't seen her as often as I like since I quit work to stay home with Lucy.
This woman is truly a diamond in the rough. Although I have many Christain friends, this person exemplifies what it means to "walk the talk" when it comes to the Lord.
Anyway, she sends me an e-mail asking how we were doing and how the adoption was going.
I told her we were doing well, that Lucy was potty training and in her big girl bed now. I also shared with her that for some reason I felt that it has been put on my heart to adopt a third....shocking even to me because we don't even have a second yet.
(I told Mark in Guangzhou that although I had always said I just wanted 1 child, that I felt we would be back in China one day. I was completely dumbfounded when I realized that the CCAA was now implementing stricter rules, and that we were no longer eligible .....thanks Prozac.)
Anyhow, although I don't know why, I still feel I will be back too my daughter's homeland, just to do what , I don't know.
I mentioned to her that I didn't know if finances would allow it, but if it was God's will to keep adopting, He would supply.
She wrote back a few hours later that I (little old me) had been put on HER HEART lately. She and her family had decided to take their $50 and "pay it forward". She said she had prayed about it, and that God had said that if she talked to me, and I mentioned anything about money, that I (yes, little old me again!) was to be the recipient.
I am not sure why I shared about the POSSIBILTY of #3 with her. We had barely mentioned it to our families at this point. It just came pouring out.
She also mentioned that God had told her to add money to that, and that our check would be in the mail for our adoptions. It seems adoption is on her heart because she has family that had dealt with infertility and adoption, and it made her think of us.
Part of her letter said, "....this is a good reminder that the Lord is in control, and He will provide for His will! I know you guys are not living in want and can provide great things for yourselves and Lucy, and soon these children, but I just wanted to bless you."
What I haven't shared with you yet is that I have been praying more lately. Praying that HE would provide a bigger presence in my life once again.
So, THANK YOU Christmas angel. You know who you are, and you will truly be blessed. We WILL pay it forward somehow, and I cannot wait to share that with you.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mommy/Daddy words that come back to bite you in the butt!

Okay, Lucy has been absolutely hysterical lately! Mark and I are finding that our words are getting thrown back in our faces.

Some of my "favorites":

-Lucy was being naughty and talking back. I pointed my finger in her face and said angrily "YOU BE NICE!". She looked at my finger, then looked at me and said, "no, YOU be nice!"

-Lucy was in the tub making a "cake" and I tried to join in. She grabbed the cup back out of my hand and said "This is NOT for you, it is too dangerous!".

-One of Mark's books was lying on the floor of the car, and Lucy was demanding to see/look at it. When he told her no, that it was HIS book, she looked at him and said, "we share dad, REMEMBER?!".

We are also in the process AGAIN of potty training (this time around is going MUCH better thank you!) and the crib came down Sunday (per her request!) so needless to say life is quite interesting around here..........

I tell you, the girl is KILLING me lately. Could this be why we are adopting a boy this time around ?????LOL!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

World of Bounce

The best part about being a stay at home mom...checking out the hot stay at home dads! LOL! Just kidding hon..........or am I??? HeeHee! (Karin and Jen...told ya I would do it!!)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

AND THE WINNER IS...........

THANK YOU ladies to all of you who entered.....but we have a winner!!!!!

Mark put the names in a bag, and Miss Lucy picked..........

The WINNER is................................................

DAWN from Dru & Jilli!

Thank you Dawn!

I will give Kim your blogsite, and have her contact you for your makeover!

Maybe I should do this again?

Monday, November 24, 2008

Blog Design Giveaway!

Hey Ladies! Like my new blog design?
My good friend Kim (from our CCAI travel group) has recently begun doing some blog designing, and would like to make a go of it as a business. She has graciously agreed to do a FREE blog makeover for one of my friends! I am so excited! She is a hip momma to many kiddos, the most recent, Phoebe, from China. All you have to do is leave me a comment at THIS POST between now and next Monday, and I will draw a name.

Her prices are great, and she wants all her clients to be 100% satisfied. Feel free to check her "ad" in my sidebar for more info.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

My Kiddos

These are my kiddos. You all know Miss Lucy, and you all have seen Joey before, but I never really explained much about him. Perhaps I was afraid I would be judged, perhaps because the truth is painful. Joey is the son I placed for adoption 18 years ago as a scared young girl. Although he had always just knew me as Jill, he found out I was his biological mother in 2000. I remember that day vividly. We both just sobbed and sobbed. Last week he flew to Ohio for a week to visit with my family. During this time he confided in me that he is angry about me adopting Lucy. I pretty much had figured that out, as he really didn't have much to do with her. I cannot blame him for his feelings, and take responsibility for it. Things were just SO different way back then, and I thought I was doing what was best for HIM. But that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt, and I get that. The night before he flew back to Wisconsin, and said he would let me take a picture of the 2 of them together. My heart was so full of joy! I know he still doesn't fully understand, but I feel this is a great first step. And hey, I will take what I can get. I love them BOTH!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Photoshoot Friday

Friday we had a fun photoshoot with our friends. Becca is 4, and is from Hunan. Her mom Emily is my best friend, and was my mentor through CCAI. They moved to Indiana last summer, but drove 3 hours back just for the pics! Linley is 2 and is from Guangxi. We met her mom Shannon through Emily, and we all became fast friends. Then of course there is our Lucy, almost 3 from Jiangxi. Are they not the cutest? We mommies are so proud!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sad news

Mark's grandfather passed early this morning surrounded by family. I feel so sorry Mark's mother, as she has lost her mother, brother, and now her father all in the last year and a half. I remember the pain I felt when my father passed away. It was a pain I have never felt before, and have not felt since. I also remember thinking that "part of me" was lost. One of the two people responsible for ME was gone forever. I know when I lose my mother, although I will be surrounded by loved ones, I will somehow feel alone. Knowing this, I feel for her in a special way. Both people responsible for HER are gone. My wish for her is that she knows I truly care for her, and am so PROUD to call her my mother-in-law. She is a strong strong woman who would do anything for anyone, even sacrificing herself. I pray the Lord provides her peace and comfort, and loving people for support. I know the next few weeks and months will not be easy for her, so please continue to pray for her and her family. Thanks to ALL OF YOU who left such sweet messages last night. They did not fall on deaf ears.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Sorry I have not posted. Mark's grandfather is dying as I type this. Back to the nursing home. Please keep our family in prayer.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tagged X2

Okay guys! I have been tagged by my gals Keli and Kelly. I am REALLY trying to get to it ......I promise! Just give me a little more time!

Monday, November 10, 2008


WOOHOO!! YEAH! Praise the Lord! We are activated baby! Our profile can NOW be shown to prospective birth parents! No more paperwork! (well for awhile anyways! LOL!) I can finally relax! Between Commonwealth closing and taking our money, and switching to this domestic program from international (Nepal) we (really I) have been doing paperwork since March. I really thought once or twice I may lose it. We are over the moon excited to have a son, but we do stop every once in awhile and think we just might be crazy. And who knows, maybe someday there will be another one after that.
Maybe I should start praying now that we win the lottery!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Go Buckeyes!

Last night Lucy stayed all night with her "aunt Essie & uncle Tom". Today they took her to a fundraiser at The Horseshoe (aka Ohio State stadium). The Buckeyes had an away game, but they broadcast the game, and had Brutus show up. Although I would have loved to have a picture of my daughter with our beloved mascot, alas, as usual, she freaked out. ( we are thinking no Santa this year........?) So, instead of said photo, please enjoy the one of friends of ours with Brutus, Mr. Davis and Miss Sally, children I had the pleasure of sitting for as infants.

Friday, November 7, 2008

At The Mall

The table after lunch. Next pic, the floor. YES, we tipped him REAL WELL!