Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Braeden's Christmas Wish

The other day Braeden said that what he wanted for Christmas was a little sister! So sweet! My heart melted...

Then a few days later my parents surprised me with the news of a family gift they were giving us early for Christmas. Large and unexpected this gift was a complete shock and surprise to say the least. After I spoke with them on the phone, I brought the kids into the living room to tell them about the gift as well. Braeden hung his head and walked sadly to the couch, pulling Percy up on his lap to commiserate with him. In my head I was thinking, you little stinker, you thought it was going to be (X Y or Z toy here). But I asked, "Braeden, what's wrong?" And heard back, "I thought you were going to say my little sister."

Oh. My. Heart.

And he has continued in that regard, wanting desperately to know WHO this little one is that we've been working so hard to bring HOME and WHEN is she going to get here!? I concur! :)

Today he brought this project home from school (lovin the ONE leg! Hilarious!) to hang on our refrigerator door...

And if you look closely you'll see...


And glued under some more feathers, Braeden tells me it says "my brother and sister" too...

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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
• 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

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