Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lovin' the Free Stuff

Now that we are staying here and not moving, I've been unpacking all the things that were packed up to de-clutter the house while it was up for sale. I'm finally done. :) I've also been looking around the house to see what we need or what would be nice to do with the house to finish making it truly our home. I have some great ideas for practically free decorations right now to "fill" up some empty space in our living room, but waiting for time to actually make them (as if I have time... we'll see... ) :)

One thing I've wanted to do but had put off to see if we ended up moving was to get the kids embroidered towels and a new shower curtain for our (one and only!) bathroom. After talking about this with my mom the other day she said she had always wanted to get the kids embroidered towels, but other things always came up and they just hadn't, and that they would love to get those for the kids for Christmas. I was so excited! (Silly I know, but that's awesome!!!) I had seen some great ones just the day before (which is why it was on my mind while I spoke with her) in a catalog along with a shower curtain.

On a side note, a few weeks ago I found out from my credit card company that Six* Flags and C*hase were discontinuing their "relationship." I have had a Six* Flags card for some time now, and had some of my monthly bills put on this so that I would just pay that one bill instead of cell, cable, etc. (It isn't used otherwise unless I know I'm paying it off the next month.) Plus, those "purchases" then netted me points which I used each summer to take the kids to our Six* Flags basically free each year. I always had enough points the past few years to get tickets and food vouchers, so that all I paid was gas and parking... so GREAT! But now they were ending and I had to switch my card, so I opted for a Disne*y one instead. I don't think the points will add up as quickly, but seeing as we don't go to Disne*y (more than a day anyway) often, I figured it was better than nothing.

I remembered that upon using my new Disne*y card for the first time I'd be given a $50 credit to my account, so I decided to "splurge" on the shower curtain, which then ended up FREE and I still have credit on my account as well! I know, not a major thing, but as I'm really cutting back on purchases right now to save as much money as possible ourselves for the adoption, it was a big deal to me and fun to get. Love how it looks, and can't wait to see all the coordinating towels hanging on the adjacent wall!!! The boys have navy towels with green letters and the girls, yes girls, have green towels with navy letters. :)

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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

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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