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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Boo !

well folks my sweet lil mayan princesa has turned.......


What a journey this has been :)

Our Boo brought us a crash course in International adoption, and truly having things to deal with that are
out of your control ! Big time.
If you know anyone who went thru a Guatemalan adoption, they will tell you...they probably suffer from
The mere mention of PGN....causes my breathing to quicken and my knees to weaken. Worth it ? Yes. Fun ...not all of it ;)

My sweet Amiga Angie sent me this reminder photo for Boo's 4th birthday.

It is Angie and I in guatemala at the westin hotel, poolside in 2006 . Our babes were teeny...I think 3 months old !!! Good times :) Brought home our baby girl and made a friend for life. Love ya.

Happy Birthday Boo baby...we love you more than anything ! A sweeter , kinder little girl there isnt :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Serious thoughts~cuteness and a goodbye

Wanted to share some serious cheekiness (is that a word?) with y'all. How cute are they?
I bought the girls these matching dresses on Etsy. Oh my how sweet are they?? I loved them so much I went back and bought another set (different dress) they are so stinking cute!!

Bug's new haircut. She wanted something different ;) when you have curls, blow drying it straight IS different ! We will see how long this lasts :)

~Dossier work in under way !! Kinda excited, it looks like the paperwork for this adoption is MUCH EASIER then past dossiers :)  YAY!!!  Have apt tonite with my sis to borrow her computer and take a bunch to the notary.
~Waiting on my HS copy to review.....come on come on !!

~Had a really odd conversation  last week.  Thru the course of an hour or so I listened to some strange, not sure what the response they wanted, kind of comments.
Things commented to me ;)

~Is she yours?
~Ethiopia ? Well that's strange Why there ?
~Is it like Russia? My cousin has a child from there. He cost a fortune and he is crazy.

~How much does it cost?
~very sarcastically...WOW, What a deal !
~Your adopting again ? oh, wow.why?
~My foster child was terrified of her social worker, because she was black.

~"I could never saddle my child with a special needs or down syndrome sibling,  it wouldn't be fair to her"
I dont think we are saddling our children with anything but love btw...

Fun times :)

I left feeling irked but not really upset, just off . I answered politely each time, just enough to put it out there but not enough to share my business ya know? They arent bad people, just not adoption minded i guess. The irked feeling stayed with me for a few days. And finally  IT hit me.
They dont understand WHY we have a heart for this. They say they do, but do they really?
Why do we scrimp and save and go without things we do to pay for another adoption. Now a down syndrome child?  :) :)
 ADOPTION IS NOT ABOUT US. Adoption is NOT to bring glory to US OR OUR FAMILIES. It should not be to GLORIFY  you or your family. It is not to make you feel better or look better. It WILL bring you joy but that comes later ;)
Get ready for it...........

The orphans. The little children.The forgotten and forsaken.

not us.

They had no idea what it means to step out and fight for an orphan. Maybe they  think it should be easy and make you feel good, or why bother??? maybe I'm being too sensitive. maybe or maybe not?

**Especially a SPECIAL NEEDS adoption. This is not about doing what is "comfortable" for us. This is kinda crazy ;) Way outta our comfort range lol.  What seems COOL to our society. It is about following the word of the Lord. Now that we know these orphans are hurting and are slowly dying waiting for a family, We have to act. God wants us to. He knows if we do nothing. HUGE.

~ These children do not have a waiting list of families praying to PICKED to be their mom and dad. They sit sometimes for years WAITING for someone to WANT THEM :(  someone to PICK THEM.
~It doesn't mean everyone can or will adopt, but they  should pray for and be supportive of families that are stepping out and bringing a child into their families.
NOT critical :(

Adoption is beautiful and hard and SO worth it :) It doesn't matter where your child comes from, if they are an orphan and you hear the cry, it is beautiful.

Off my soapbox now :)

~Please pray for sweet Chrissie. She has gone home to be with Jesus. I am so very sad for her family. This baby fought so hard and had so many people praying for her. This just breaks my heart :( goodbye sweet girl. click here....


Thursday, May 13, 2010


"...Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows that we know, and holds us responsible to ACT..." Proverbs 24:12

As Christians is it our duty to GOD to act? Would Jesus turn away from children in need? Should we?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Back on the train~

The adoption train that is :) Homestudy meeting done, dr appt (ugh!)  done. Lab work still needed, hiv test, tb chest xray and drug test. They should give ya drugs with the dossier packets ;) 
Letters are getting picked up tonite. Dossier is being started...
WHAT WAS I THINKING?? am i crazy?
Ok..dont answer that.

~All of it is worth it. I know that. Been thru it 2x's so this SHOULD be a breeze.
This is a mission. A RESCUE MISSION. TRULY. We are saving a childs life.
deep breaths...time MUST be on our side.

~I was reading thru our dossier info last night and it stated there IS a risk that a child who is 4 (Taya is 4 1/2) could be transferred to an INSTITUTION mid adoption ! Oh my word. Her little heart would break! Her life now isnt sweet and comfy by any means, but to be moved from the only "home" she has ever known to a cold , dark internat with busy, uncaring strangers, with scary noises and smells, in a cold empty crib alone. What would that do to a child?? our child.
~We have been asked if there is anything you can do to help. Humbling. This time around we will need to do some fundraising. This wasnt planned (well GOD knew :) and the funds arent all there. I have put a chipin, on the side. IF you feel led to help we are grateful and humbled. I have linked the chipin to Reeces Rainbow so you will be able to deduct your donation from your taxes. Cool right?
If you prefer to send a check, just email me :) this is so wierd...asking for help ...

~The kids are excited about their new sister ! Makes this mama so happy :)
Boo isnt sure TAYA  should touch her toys yet, but she is THINKING about sharing LOL.

Our girl :) she needs some serious hugs and kisses and B.O.W.S ! and some sweet Florida sunshine on her face.
~ANNE MARIE is in Taya's orphanage too. She is 4 1/2 also and NOT valued or cared for as well as Taya. It breaks my heart. My hubby thinks bringing home 2 kiddos at once ( I asked !) is too much. He may be right. But oh this baby needs a mama!!! Can you help me find one for her ???

look at her little bow lips??? Oh they need to be kissed !!

~Happy Wednesday to everyone  :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


just took us a bit to catch on :)


TAYA !!!!!
(My dream baby :)

 She will be our newest   daughter !

I am freaking out ! She has wrapped her little hands around my heart since late last year. I have felt a huge connection to her. While I was trying to find her a home, GOD was working on my hubby and making it clear WHERE her real home WAS. WITH US !!!!!!!!!! I swear I screamed when my hubby said lets go get her !
There is a story and background I will share with ya'll in another post, but for now share my joy for this amazing beautiful child of GOD who will very soon know the love of her mama!!!!
GO HERE , to see our family sponsor page :) if you felt inclined to donate to help us bring her home, it is tax-deductible and we would be so very humbled...

All orphans are my passion.I will continue to advocate for these kids. So far I have touched the adoption of 4 kiddos!!! Timothy, Taya :) and 2 other little ones who's mama will come forward soon. God is so awesome and amazing to use me this way. I am honored.
 I chuckle thinking about how the LORD works these things out :) all for his glory!!!

Btw~ time is not on our side here. Taya turned 4 at the beginning of the year. She is on borrowed time , before she could be sent to the institution (internet) for the mentally INSANE. Not just children are housed in this awful , dark place but teens and adults. WITH BABIES. oH. MY.WORD.  We have to get our paperwork and funds in order asap!
Pray for us :) :)

Please go to reeces rainbow site and check out all the kiddos who truly NEED YOU !

Cats outta the bag...

If you are my fb friend you know our AMAZING NEWS :) if not....stay tuned.
"...Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows that we know, and holds us responsible to ACT..." Proverbs 24:12

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -(Mahatma Gandhi)