Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day (Yesterday)

Our day started off very well. I had laid out a little heart box of chocolates and a book for each of the kids at our table for them when they got up in the morning. They were so excited. They actually got to eat candy first thing in the morning. ;) Olivia got to wear a cute dress she had gotten for her birthday that's red and has white embroidered hearts around the hem. She also got to wear new tights that are white on white with hearts all over. She thought she was so cool! :) The others didn't have necessarily Vday clothes, but wore red, which Braeden thought was very fun. They each brought their Valentines to class, and Braeden even had to make a card box - for day care! Seeemed overboard, but oh well. We actually made a very cute, easy and creative box. We took a Safari hat from our dress up area, put a cardboard bottom on, and then cut a hole in the top. Very cute. My class at school also did really well. They didn't get all crazy like many classes do on days like this. We have no room mom for our class, the joys of special ed, but the kids loved just eating junk and watching part of a movie. I actually got Valentine gifts from some of the kids which was so cute. (I often don't get anything - for Christmas I had one gift, unlike many other teachers who are loaded down - another part of special ed it seems.) I got a heart of chocolates, a chocolate rose, and candy. So cute. :)

Then, on the way out of the parking lot, my cell phone rang. Oh joy, Girlie's day care, she had 102.5 fever! I get to stay HOME on Friday, today, lucky me! What a concept! I emailed a pastor from my church earlier this week to see is she knew of someone who is at home, retired, whatever and may be interested in helping us out on days like this. She's going to put it in the bulletin at church. I really hope someone feels called to this. It would be such a blessing. So, today Girlie and I hung out. She is ok on medicine. I hope it's not another ear infection.

All in all a wonderful Valentine's Day though. The kids were so excited and saying Happy Valentine's (or -times) Day all the day long. :) So, Happy Valentime's to you too...

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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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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
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Little did I know that love could be so powerful
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Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
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But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
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