Thursday, December 18, 2008

Quite a Night

After a week and a half of rough. Rough times, big and little, just hard, struggling to get through it, thinking it can only get better, to have it feel worse each day, I wanted to take the kids to a Christmas party tonight. We were invited to be one of only certain foster families to attend a Christmas party given by the Walter Payton Foundation. I really debated all day whether or not to attend, even though we had already RSVP'd. We're expecting a HUGE ice storm tonight. Huge. At school we were given our paychecks even though tomorrow is our pay day. Just in case. And it was supposed to begin at 3pm, with the party from 4-7. But we went. As I said, it's been a long 10 days in many many ways.

And it was nice. Good food. Braeden a little off the wall, but what's new, and a load of toys on the stage making all the kids' mouths drool. :)

I even got some adorable pictures of them while we waited at the table.

And then, 10 min or so after we got in line to see Santa (one of the last tables to get in line) I realized I had left my now semi-new digital camera on the table. I glanced over and didn't see it. Well, maybe I put it in my coat pocket? I sent Olivia to check the table, but she couldn't find it either. So I checked. I checked the table, my coat, my purse, the kids' coats, and I checked it all again. It was gone. It is gone.

It sickens me. It angers me. It saddens me. I can replace the camera. I think insurance MAY even cover it. But I can't replace the photos I never uploaded to the computer. I only upload certain ones to put here on the blog or to send to someone. The rest now sit on someone else's camera. My camera in their hands. Luckily all video I take with it does get uploaded and deleted, so I have those. It just feels so violating. So wrong. They have our memories. Captured on film and now in the hands of people I don't even know.

And I leave for FL in two days with no camera. Who am I kidding, I'll probably buy one tomorrow unless we're iced in. I can't do without a camera. Sad, isn't it.

I bawled the whole way out to the car after the party. I did leave my name and number in case they find it - yeah right. Poor Liam just kept staring at me and saying mama. He hasn't seen me cry I don't think. And when Braeden said that he had a good time and Olivia snapped at him for saying that when I had lost my camera, I snapped at her. Way to go mom. Good role model to show them how to act when mad or sad. I told Braeden tonight maybe we should pray for the people who took mom's camera. Maybe they could realize it was wrong and give it back. We'll see.

I leave you with a funny story because I need that. :)

Yesterday morning we had some snow on the ground. I put on my "ugly" black snow boots to warm up the car and Liam just stared at me with big buggy eyes as I put them on. He said, "Santa's boots!" It was too cute!


Shea said...

Years ago I lost my favorite camera. I still miss it to this day, and it had a roll of film in it. I have never had a camera since that has took as good of pictures. I am so sorry yours was taken. ~HUGS~!

Julie said...

Awwwwww Santa's boots- I am sorry about your camera- that SUX! I would hate that!!!!!!!!!

Rebecca said...

{{{{HUGS}}}} to my sweet friend! I wish I could be there to help! You never know--you may be blessed with a better camera!

Post a Comment

Let's Connect!

Search This Blog


About Me

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

Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Blog Archive

What you should know about HIV

-HIV can NOT be spread through casual/household contact. HIV is not spread through hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toys, sneezing, coughing, sharing food, sharing drinks, bathing, swimming or any other casual way. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and blood to blood contact (such as sharing needles). - HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease. With treatment, people who are HIV+ can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives. - People who are HIV+ deserve to be treated with love, respect, support and acceptance as all people do. Additional information on transmission of HIV can be found on the Center for Disease Control website:

Other Awesome Blogs

Orphan Crisis

• 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
• Every week, AIDS claims as many lives as American fatalities in the Vietnam War
• 854 million people do not have enough to eat
• Malnutrition is associated with the deaths of 5 million children under the age of five
• Every 2 seconds an orphan dies from malnutrition

Hence the title of my blog

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