Sunday, May 16, 2010

A First for Braeden

A few weeks ago, this was Braeden's mouth...

He had two new teeth coming in behind his two bottom ones, but no wiggly teeth there yet. He wanted so badly to lose his first tooth! And I was hoping it would happen so that these new ones would have a place to go!

He kept wiggling, and they kept growing.  Finally, on Friday, one popped out while he was wiggling it!  He was beyond excited and his teacher emailed me that he had pronounced it his "lucky day" due to losing his tooth!

See how big the two behind are??? :)

When Olivia lost her first tooth, the tooth fairy gave her a five dollar bill!  Lucky duck!  Since then she's gotten quarters, a piece of gum, etc, but that first one, boy!  So Braeden was thrilled when he received a five also!!!

Of course it was burning a hole in his pocket, so when we stopped at Big Lots to pick up a birthday gift for Olivia's sleepover yesterday, he just had to look around.

At Christmas, Braeden had wanted a remote control car.  He jokingly told my dad that he wanted one that shot missles, and amazingly, my parents found one that opened up and shot missles!  Can you even believe it!?  BUT, we think in the hubub of packing and throwing away after opening gifts, the remote was LOST, completely gone, so he was never able to try it out and has wanted another remote control car ever since.  

So going into Big Lots with five dollars, which to him is riches beyond measure, that's what he wanted to look for.  I didn't say anything, but of course thought that there was NO WAY even there that he would find one!  Well, God knows our hearts, and imagine my surprise when the ONE remote control car I saw, on the top shelf of an aisle, was pulled down, found to have a clearance sticker on the bottom, and was the whopping price of $3.45!!!  So Braeden not only got his remote control car, but he also got one dollar and some change back!!!  His change he put in our adoption fund jar (more in another post) and the dollar he is keeping for a trip to Dollar Tree another day!  He was blessed, I was humbled, and tonight we will be using that example to do a Bible study on God's granting us the desires of our heart, in so many wonderful ways! :)

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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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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