Friday, January 07, 2011

Home at Last!

Well I'm sure you've probably guessed by now that we made it back from Florida! :) Sorry for the lapse, but it's been a bit crazy! We arrived home Saturday night, after a two day trip in the car. The kids did well but we did have a couple meltdowns. We stopped Friday night, New Years' Eve at a hotel in TN. Of course, the pool was a great way to burn off some energy!

My cold babies...

Sunday was a day of unpacking the car, unpacking some of the things we unpacked, putting away, laundry, cleaning, and lunch OUT! :) A little less cooking and work, not too shabby, and they LOVE dipping their pizza!

Then it was back to it bright and early Monday morning, dance for Olivia and a doctor appt for Braeden, so we weren't home until 6:30pm. Each day since it seems it's been similar. Little time to finish unpacking and taking down Christmas items. This weekend will be a catch up time for me hopefully!

In the midst of it all I feel what I'm guessing is a form of "nesting." I'm rethinking how I'm going to redo the girls' room (Olivia pretty much takes up the room as is, much is needed in the form of a bed and storage to add another), and also about working on our unfinished-but-used basement to turn it even more into a family room. Currently the concrete floor and walls are painted and our tv and most of our toys are down there, but we don't use it much. It's cold and fairly bare and just not "friendly". I'm hoping to fix that to have more usable space.

Lately I've become a big user of Free*cycle and am hoping to find some things through there as well as IKE*A, love me some GREAT deals! :)

On the adoption front, I heard right before our trip that my homestudy was done and approved by our state. It then had to be sent to my adoption agency to be signed by someone there and would be able to be sent to me to include in my i800a application to the US. They talked about sending it to me in FL, etc, but ... I still don't have it. :( I'm hoping for it SOON!

Tonight, some Christmas storage and our family movie night and meal (KFC and Netfli*x thanks to some great Christmas gifts). Tomorrow, more unpacking of the van (yep, still not done with taking out the gifts and the van was in the shop until tonight), grocery shopping, and going to see Tang*led again (thanks to some great coupons and a couple free tickets - plus our theater is pretty cheap and has free refills!)

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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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Orphan Crisis

• 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