Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ahoy Mates!

Today was one of those memorable, great days.

The weather was absolutely perfect, not too hot, not too cool. Gorgeous! My friend I've known since high school, Braeden's godmother, and her two littles and my crew, went to a wonderful park I found online. Loved it!!!

She has two boys, ages 2 and 7 months. The two year old is my godson and I had not yet even met the little one. They are too cute! We have tried plans a few times in winter to get together, but sick little ones, bad weather, etc made us continue to miss each other.

I found this park online in Elk Grove Village: Pirate's Cove. It was great. It's mostly for kids age 2-10. Parents and others don't pay to get in, only kids who will be riding. They have an antique carousel, train, bounce house, play area with a huge dragon slide, a climbing wall, train cars that you "pedal" with a hand crank, small bumper boats, and a (cheesy) pirate "show". The kids loved it! Liam was a bit cranky about getting off each ride. He was tired and loved the rides! :) We got there a little after noon and they close at 4pm. It was the perfect amount of time.

After the park we took the crew to Sweet Tomatoes. Buffets are always good choices with many littles to feed! But it was a bit pricey. And $2.50 for a child's drink - that is crazy!!! We will get water next time! :)

Here are a few photos of our day:

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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