Saturday, May 03, 2008

Break A Leg

Olivia had a first grade musical on Thursday night. She has been practicing for quite some time. There were four classes that participated together in the musical and Olivia was one of about 20 that had speaking parts. The show was called The Unity Tree. All the girls were cats and all the boys dogs. It was about a puppy and kitten who want to play together, but the dogs and cats keep telling them that they can't because cats and dogs don't get along. I was a bit tearful at the end thinking of the greater meaning. The lead roles were played by a Caucasian "cat" and an African American "dog." The end song they did together was thought provoking, to me. I hope others got out of it something bigger as well. Our community is not known for great "race relations."
Olivia did GREAT! Of course at home when she practiced she was much more dramatic, I think she was a bit nervous seeing the audience, but she got her lines and knew when to speak and just did wonderfully!!!

I'm so proud of her, and so was her brother Braeden. The two little ones were home with a sitter. A sitter we've had many times and is really good with the kids, and yet Girlie gave her a run for her money! :) That's Girlie!

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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

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• 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