Sunday, December 20, 2009

Florida Time

Well we made it here.  I was exhausted, and should've known the craziness of the last week or so would catch up to me at some point.  I ended up pulling over a couple times to sleep a while, but we still made it in a relatively good amount of time.  The kids did well, but are still tired, and showing it in different ways.

One of the gifts I got Olivia for Christmas was a pair of ice skates.  She loves to skate here at a local mall where there is a large ice rink in the center.  I got some big enough that they should last here for this trip, our summer trip, and possibly even next Christmas.  So today, our first full day here, we went to watch grandma play bells at church, then I took Olivia to mall to skate.  She didn't last real long, complaining of not feeling well: I think she's truly just exhausted, but the attempts I've made to get her to nap/sleep haven't panned out, she's too excited.

We tried lights tonight, but on the way there had some issues with disrespect and are waiting.

My mom and I are going to go see the movie Invictus tonight after the kids are in bed, then I'll be wrapping the gifts I brought the kids from me.  After that, hopefully a good night sleep for all! :)

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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