Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Happiness...it's something that lives inside us, and spews out when we choose, or spontaneously, whatever your pleasure.
Andy has always said I'm excited by the little things...a new pack of Sharpie markers that are to die for, a fountain Diet Coke, or when he's scammed the perfect deal for a quick getaway.
She was a trooper in the office, and couldn't stay awake any longer. But, when I pulled into the next parking lot, she woke up.
Disclaimer: these where not taken while I was driving!
Sometimes, I wonder how I was blessed to be chosen as the mama of three wonderful, active kids. How was I chosen to travel around the globe, bring this fairy home, and give her a family?
I was asked today by an interpreter,"Did we choose to adopt a child with Down syndrome?"
Yes, we did and we've never looked back. She's one of us and will forever be a part of our family.
That's what true happiness is.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake. Marie Ray
After the kids are in bed, I upload the pictures and relive the star moments I've captured during the day. This time, I've Sarah sitting in my lap, after waking from the town's fireworks.
She always looked ornery before. But with her new sassy do, the orneriness factor has tripled.
Our town had its annual festival this weekend, so we walked down to see the sights. Families on the lawn, music playing, and the fried food vendors throughout the park.
We stopped at the Animal Shelter booth so she could pet some dogs, and she loved it. Of course, getting her back in the stroller was not pleasant. She didn't want to say goodbye.
Whether the kids are playing, sleeping, or any activity, I capture these star and snowflake moments in my mind or with my camera, because these moments are what I want to do now.
My snowflake that melts.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
|Taken on my new phone:)|
I love the summer, staying up late lost in a good book. Not the kind that make me a better person, learn something new, or about someone's life, because I do love reading those genres. But, a good fiction novel where I'm sucked into reading page after page until the wee hours of the morning. I'm thankful the new little one has learned to sleep in as well.
Our family is that, a family. We're learning it may take us longer to get out of the house, and we may forget an item. But, there's always Wal-Mart or Target around the corner. We are always on bike rides, walks, pool trips, or any other adventure we can find. And if you stop by, and please do, you'll be stepping over mounds of shoes, and our space will be splattered with toys and books, and the library is still not fixed from the spring roof leak.
How do you welcome summer?
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Gate in Eastern Europe and proclaim, "I'm your mama," a deeper appreciation, gratefulness, and blessings abound when love surrounds my own children.
"I'm DONE!" She slowly kept sliding down with each camera flash. Miss Sarah was done for the day.
She slept from 4:30pm and I had to wake her at 7:45. Of course, she was awake until 10:30 that night. Someone asked us how she's getting along with our different schedule from the orphanage. I wanted to laugh, "It's summer. What schedule:("
Early Sunday morning, Andy walked into the kitchen and saw this.
Miss Sarah hurdled over the 3 foot gate in her room, walked downstairs, opened the pantry, and grabbed the bag of goldfish. Breakfast of Champions!!
This is how we ended a PERFECT Father's Day.
It was a Great Day.