Friday, February 09, 2007

Living With a Sleep Walker

Well, we've come into a "I hear feet and am not so scared because I know it's my five year old" phase. Olivia continues to sleep walk, though it's really only happened about 6 times. This last time, three nights ago, she came up to my room where I was huddled under a down comforter, a wool blanket, and a down throw. Did you know the midwest is under frigid conditions right now??? It is COLD!!! And being that my room is the attic, turned bedroom, and has one register, it is FREEZING. So there I was, huddled under the pile of warmth, watching American Idol, when I heard feet coming upstairs. There was Olivia. I asked her what she needed, because this is the way I know if she is sleep walking or not. She does come to me sometimes after a bad dream, or if she needs something. Anyway, she started saying something about "I talked to my mom, and I LIED." I just smiled, said I love you, and gave her a hug. I told her it was time to go to bed and asked if she could make it there ok. She smiled, said yes, and went back to bed. Sometimes she is really out of it and can't make it to bed, but then I just walk her there. I was glad this time she was ok to get there as I didn't want to freeze anymore! :) This weekend it is supposed to warm up - to the mid 20s!!!!! Woo Hoo!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

Liam - 9

Macy - 5

Macy - 5

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• 147 million orphans in the world
• 50 million orphans in Africa 
• Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS
• 16,000,000 have been orphaned by AIDS
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Little Did I Know

Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you