Sunday, October 16, 2011

Catching Up - Photos

I hadn't wanted to post many pictures until my blog went private, and now I feel comfortable doing so again. Last week I took the week off to decompress and have a little time to not focus on work. It was much needed and so good for my soul. The week prior I was off three days and the last one of those was spent with this munchkin who hadn't been feeling well.


Luckily we've only had the "gunk": sore throats, coughs, etc and not the flu like many I know!

This past weekend we spent time with Grandma who came up to visit. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so we took advantage of the weather and our Six Flags season passes and went to Great America on Sunday. It was all set for Fright Fest which the kids haven't been to since they were very young (just the olders) so all was new to them and they were thrilled!


Liam, however, wasn't so sure of the "scary" decorations!


LOL! (Mom did spend a couple nights after this warding off zombies, but did you know they are repelled by Mom kisses?!) :)


Olivia didn't get the chance to ride any of the "cool" big kid rides this day as it was crazy packed and the lines for those were way too long. But, despite the look in the photo, she had fun riding with Liam! :)


And this one, while not a big ride guy, still had fun anyway!


Also this week we finally got our new swingset built! This was mom's big splurge on the kids with the amazing tax return we were granted this year with our adoption tax credits becoming a refund. (And that was AFTER paying OFF the van and credit cards, AND keeping some in the bank for savings!)

In this picture the slide isn't up yet, but it is now and they are loving every minute of it. That and the trampoline have proven WELL worth the money even after having them such a short time!

Tomorrow I head back to work and the routine. And I'm looking forward to it and to seeing my class again!

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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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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