Friday, May 14, 2010

Our Newest Author

Olivia wrote this “book” in school and gave it to me as a Mother’s Day gift. It sure did brighten my day!!! And still does! (Italics are her words, the rest was already typed on the page.)

Cover: Love is amazing! MOM Especially your mom!

I wouldn’t trade my mom for all of the time or money in the world because she loves me, takes care of me, helps me with homework, and makes me happy when I’m sad. She tells me stories of when she was my age.

My mom is special because she is my mom, and she cares about me. She also gives me special things like me being able to go on a plane and go to Florida for four days. That is why she is special because she gives special things to me! She also says I’m the big sister. I also get to make breakfast and that makes her special because she is rewarding me because I’m responsible!

A Favorite Holiday Memory With Mom
Is when it is my mom’s birthday because it is her birthday and it is all about her. My mom, My mom! It’s all about her! Her birthday means she is growing and it also means it is my mom’s special day.

My favorite thing to do with my mom in the summer is to go to the mall and shop. We shop for skirts, and dresses. She shopes for me a lot. I thank her a lot too. I spend a lot of my money of clothes or earing or other jewrely. I love to go shopping with my mom.

A Funny Time With Mom
The funniest time with my mom is when one time at lunch I was done and I was suposto say may I be excused but I said my buckle was on and that is what I say in the car.

I think that my mom is the best in the whole-wide world because she loves me!
Mom Daughter Love

So, to sum it up, I guess I’m special because I buy her cool things, she loves that I talk about myself, I “make her” (she actually offers and loves it) take the boys to the bathroom when we’re at a restaurant and tell her how responsible she is, and yes I spend too much money shopping!!! LOL

The whole eating dinner and saying her buckle is on (which is what they say in the car to let me know we ready to roll) must be hilarious because it happened AGES ago and she and Braeden both still talk about it and crack up over it ALL THE TIME! LOL ☺

But truly, the fact that she took the time to write these things and that I know what she is saying and how much she loves when we spend time together, which we typically do by shopping and hanging out on a girls day, just fills my heart. She has come such a long long long way from the little, scared little girl who came to live with me when she was three. The little girl who had to be taught to hug instead of being stiff as a board when I tried to hug her. The little girl who had to be taught to play, taught to care, taught to eat healthy, taught to color. My girl is certainly growing up beautifully!

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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

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