Monday, July 19, 2010

Off and Away

Bright and early tomorrow morning we're on our way to Florida! We'll be spending time with my parents and Davids will be leaving from Orlando while we're out of town, on the 1st. I think he's really had a great time, he absolutely loved spending time with my friend's 13 year old son, but had lots of fun here as well. :) Even though we had a couple rough times working through some parenting issues, he's done really well! I can't imagine the transition that is to come so very far in distance and culture and relationships and learn what a family and parent is about, all at the same time and in such an upfront way. It would be too much for many of us I'm sure. We still have not found a family yet who is interested in potentially adopting this amazing young man. If you are interested in more info or know someone who may be, please email me!

Today Olivia went to see her doctors in Chicago and all looks good. Her abdominal area started itching yesterday and she was afraid that that meant it was getting worse. I assured her that meant it was getting BETTER and she was thrilled. She hasn't taken any meds prior to having her area cleaned and repacked as she had been, and is feeling better daily. She was given the "all clear" on riding rides, but if we go on water rides we're to try to tape saran wrap over it to keep the water and chemicals out. So, no swimming, but she was more worried about the rides so is pretty psyched about that. :)

The first 6 days we'll be at my parents' in Clearwater, FL. We then have rented a house with a pool in Orlando for 6 days (SO much cheaper than a hotel!!! And we rented a two master suite, plus 3 addl bedroom home!). While there we'll do a day at Magic Kingdom with Davids, some time at Downtown Disney, time at Give Kids the World Village, tickets for all of us and Davids to see Blue Man Group, and a day at Universal after Davids leaves. We'll then be back in Clearwater for the remaining 9 or so days prior to coming back. We've had to rearrange things due to Olivia's hospitalization and will do a day at Busch Gardens once we're back in Clearwater. My Vegas trip with a friend during this time was cancelled. :( Just too much going on with Olivia and everything. But that's ok.

And... BIG news... I'll be having my first giveaway starting August 1!!! I've been given some AWESOME donations and you will LOVE what is up for grabs!!! If you'd like to donate something, I would be humbly appreciative, just email me!

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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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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