Monday, November 09, 2009

Counting Down

Yesterday Olivia had a lot of homework to work on since we were gone Saturday and Friday was crazy. While she was working away, the boys and I made a paper chain counting down the days until Christmas. Liam was given paper, scissors, and a glue stick to "play" while Braeden and I made the actual chain. This was a first for us (shock, I know!) and it went really well. I drew lines on the construction paper for Braeden to cut out the strips, then we glued away. After we were finished we wrote some special events on some of the slips: November 26 - Thanksgiving, November 27 - Traveling to my hometown to visit and show kids the area again, November 28 - going to our family's town, November 29 - Christmas with my dad's side of the family, December 3 and 4 - Olivia dancing as a bon bon in the Nutcracker, December 18 - Traveling to Florida, December 22 - Special trip with Grandparents (They got the kids Polar Express tickets for a ride on an actual train with hot cocoa and carols), and of course December 25 - Jesus' Birthday! They are excited to take turns tearing off a link each day and to watch as our chain diminishes as the holidays progress. We've talked about why we celebrate Christmas, and reminded ourselves to think of others in this season especially. We're counting down...

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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
• 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

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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