Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday Favorites

Today we spent the day in downtown Chicago for the lighting of the Magnificent Mile.  Radio Disney was the main sponsor and had a stage with performers...

such as Olivia Holt (from Kickin' It)...

and Shane Harper (from Good Luck Charlie)...

Snacked on some FREE Eli's Cheesecake...

And staked an early spot for the parade...

Finally it was time!  You can see past the trucks how some trees were starting to be lit along the sides and some weren't yet, until the trucks passed.

Mickey and Minnie led the way...

Colton Dixon

Some balloons though not as many as at Thanksgiving...

Garrett's Popcorn, a Chicago staple...

Bella from Shake It Up!

and of course Santa finished it off!

Then on to the fireworks!

We took the train which was great and made for a very cheap day... weekend passes for me are $7 round trip (all weekend actually I could come and go if I wanted) and kids are free!  Getting home was literally standing room only on the train but we got on as some of the first and had seats!  It was a long but very fun day!  Braeden opted to stay home with a sitter and did fantastic!

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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

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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