Saturday, September 06, 2008

Flew By

The past week went so quickly it's hard to believe it's gone! Tuesday I had work, then Braeden's karate, then we went out to eat, then put the kids to bed. Wednesday I had work, then Olivia's first day of dance (she's taking ballet and tap this year in place of gymnastics, swimming, and cheerleading), then we went out to eat, then put the kids to bed. Thursday I had work, then karate (Braeden's last day - he's decided he'd done and I won't push him to do something he doesn't want to do), then we picked up chicken nuggets from Wendy's and went home to eat those with some veggies, then put the kids to bed. Friday I had work, then Olivia and I went grocery shopping and to the library, then picked up my parents and the boys and went out to eat with a friend of the family on his way back to Chicago, then put the kids to bed. And today we took the kids out for a donut, drove on the way to the airport and stopped at a thrift shop where my mom and I found some great deals while the others stayed in the "bus" and watched a movie, then we went out to eat for lunch, and then dropped off my parents at the airport. (Can you tell my parents are big "out-to-eat" people!?) :)

On top of that, the past two weeks my basement drain has been backing up more and more. It does that every once in a while, it's an older home, but usually rights itself in a few days. This time not so much and I just have not had time to do the prep work to the basement to call someone to come work on it. I am pretty sure it's due to tree roots in the line, the city even flushed the line for us the other day to make sure it wasn't that, so someone will need to come and send something in to cut out the roots. Makes a terrible mess and as the basement is like our family room there is a lot to move.

Today at the thrift store I bought some cheap sheets to tack up around the area so that I hopefully don't have to move so much. I think I am also going to get an estimate on removing my front trees. There are two huge, beautiful, trees, but that is where the roots are coming from and I don't want this situation to continue. Tonight after giving the boys a bath there was a literal flood in the basement! About 2 inches around the drain! I was not in a great mood much to the delight (not!) of the kids. Yuck!!! I'll have to be careful this weekend and call someone on Monday.

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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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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