Friday, November 28, 2008

5:00 am

That's what time I got up this morning to hit the stores. I can't seem to get up in the mornings to exercise, but to go shopping?!? You betcha!

This is second year Todd and I did the whole Black Friday shopping madness. We had such a good time last year that we decided to go for it again. The boys spent the night at the grandparents' so it was just us.

We got to our first store around 6:00. We hit a few stores, then had some breakfast, then did some more shopping. We called it quits after lunch because the traffic was getting crazy.

We got some pretty good deals and are only missing one gift from our list. Now I can just sit back and enjoy the rest of the Christmas happenings!

(I was going to take pictures to post, but in my sleepiness, I forgot the camera!)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

This year, this is what I am thankful for:

From left to right: (seated) Meme (my mom), Curt, Pa (my dad), Jack, Nanny, and Uncle Ron. (standing) Gran (Todd's mom), Grandad (Todd's dad), Todd and me.

I'm also thankful for my big brother, Greg, who couldn't be here today.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Editorial

Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman has written an op-ed piece for his local newspaper, The Tennessean. As you may know, the Chapmans have adopted three daughters from China. They are also very involved in orphan ministry through Shoahannah's Hope. They partner with Focus on the Family and Family Life for the month of November to promote orphan awareness.

Here is the link to the article: Op Ed piece that was written by Steven.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Adoption info.

I got this in an e-mail this week from Focus on the Family.


A half-million kids in our own backyard...
Friends,
From the beginning, God's plan was for children to remain safely in the homes of their families, experiencing His love through nurturing parents.
However, we live in a broken and hurting world.
Currently, more than 500,000 children are living in foster care in the United States. Of those, approximately 127,000 are "legal orphans" and are waiting for forever adoptive families. Where will these precious children grow up? Will they experience God's love, or will they receive little more than basic care, constrained to cope on their own when they reach 18?
For the third straight year, Focus on the Family®, FamilyLife®, Shaohannah's Hope, and others are joining voices to share the good news that God has a plan for the more than 127,000 l egal orphans in foster care and the 130 million orphans living in our world...and His plan is you.
Take a few minutes today and pray for these little ones that God loves so dearly. Pray also that you will be open to God's leading. Now visit CryOfTheOrphan.org--and click on Get Involved to receive a personalized list of resources and ways to help based on your interests. Become a part of God's plan for the orphan today.
Be sure to tune in to a week of very special radio broadcasts on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife the week of November 17-21.
Join the millions of believers whose lives have been transformed by caring for the least of these.
Sincerely,
Jim DalyPresident and CEO

If you have a chance to listen to any of these broadcasts, I know you'll enjoy them.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Today is...

National Adoption Day! All over the country there have been special events marking this very special day.

There were no special events here at our house. We played, baked a cake, made homemade pizza, and had a friend come over. Just an ordinary day.

An ordinary day made possible because two young girls showed bravery beyond what I can comprehend and love that is amazing.

An ordinary day made possible because our hearts were open to God's leading and His will for our lives and for our family.

An ordinary day made possible through God's miracle called adoption.

An ordinary day spent with two extraordinary boys! Mama loves you, boys!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Happy Birthday...

to me!

In the interest of full disclosure (and to make Stephanie happy), I admit that today is my birthday. There will be no pictures because I feel that the ones from Monday are sufficient!

A note to Autumn:
Happy Birthday, girl! It is such fun to share this special day with you. Thanks for all of the ways you bless my life. You are the closest thing I have to a little sister! Give Pepper a hug and kiss from Nanny!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Birthday Steffie!

Stephanie is my very best friend and today is her birthday.

We have been friends since the second grade. When we were little girls, we spent the night at each other's homes, went to camp together every summer and went to many a Christian skate night at the local skating rink. (New Orleans World's Fair, 1984. We look like little boys!)
In high school we cheered together, went midnight bowling, double-dated and on our senior trip together.
(Cheerleader Camp, 1986)

In college we roomed together for four years even though everyone said it would ruin our friendship. It didn't---it just made it stronger.

(With Leisl, 1990?)



As grown-ups (and I use the term loosely), we have stood by each other through weddings, graduations, births, adoptions, state-to-state moves, and other life events. (North Carolina, 2003)
Stephanie is the one I turn to when I need advice on everything from marriage, to jeans, to kids, and, of course, my hair. Everyone needs someone they know who will be extremely honest and Stephanie is that for me . She tells me when I need a new perspective on a situation and sets me straight when I am getting off track. She sends me cards in the mail for no reason and Bible verses that remind me that God is in control and that He loves me and has the best in mind for me.


I wish everyone had a friend like Steffie. I am so glad and grateful that God gave her to me! (And, after looking at these pictures, I hope she remembers how much I love her.)


I love you, my friend!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. There are many ministries and organizations that will be having special programs and a special emphasis on ways to help throughout this month. I will try to post links to some of them as I become aware of them.

The one I heard about today is called The Cry of the Orphan. I have posted a link to this organization down below. It is a joint ministry of Focus on the Family, Family Life and Shoahannah's Hope. Check it out and see how you or your church can get involved.