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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Darling!









Happy Birthday Darling!  We hope you enjoyed your birthday!  We love you so much and we are so thankful for all that you do for our family.  You are such a great husband and such a wonderful father!  Love you forever and always, your family.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dare to Dash 2013



Today we spent the morning at the Dare to Dash 5K run and family walk.  The children had so much fun, but more important we were there to support a great cause.  No parent should have to loose a child.  Dare to Dash raises money for palliative care for parents whose children suffer from diseases like Mito.  Mito claimed the life of our good friends daughter last spring.  She was one month short of being 7 years old.  Her smile could light up a room despite that most days her life was filled with constant pain.  We will always remember her and pray that someday they will find a cure for this horrible disease.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Backroads and Bridges "Cornerview"


Portland, Orgeon
image from Google images



Image borrowed from Google Images
Charleston, South Carolina


Sunflowers along the road in Tuscany

Addy in North Carolina and Winston in Germany

When I was in collage, I lived in Portland, Oregon.  If you have ever been there then you know the city sits along two rivers the Columbia and the Willamette Rivers.  Portland, Oregon is one of my favorite cities in the United States.  It is simple gorgeous; however, because of all that water there are a lot of bridges.  While I can appreciate the architectural  accomplishment, bridges scare me and I have a hard time driving over them.  As I approach them I say a  quick prayer and hold my breath.  Silly, I know, but I am terrified of getting in an accident on the bridge and plunging to  my death.  So now you know my little secret.  Backroads are a different story and they excite me!  You just never know what you are going to find around the corner.  Yesterday, I was kind of missing Germany.  I know that spring has come and the fields are yellow and gorgeous!  I dream of someday getting lost in southern France in May when the poppy fields color the landscape with red, or in July when the lavender is in it's full glory.  Maybe, I will find a small cafĂ© along the roadside and I will eat a banquette and then finish off with a delicious pastry.  Do you want to come?   

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Simple little pleasures

Right now I am enjoying three simple little pleasures.

The first is a TV series called Call the Midwives. The show is set in 1958 in the East End of England. The show is perfection! I love it's simplicity! I love the clothes. I love all the babies. You must watch this show!  The show is a BBC production, but you can find it on Netflix and PBS!  The show is in it's second season, and I hope there are many more seasons to come.


 
Sorry for the blurry photo!  My second little pleasure is this TV series called Land Girls.  It is set during World War II somewhere in the countryside of England.  Drama, Drama, Drama!  Also another BBC series.  You can find season one on Netflix, but the series is now in it's 4th season.  I purchased season 2 at Sam's Club, but you can watch other seasons on Hulu or buy off the internet!
 
Third little pleasure doesn't come without calories, but yummy!  Gooey caramel wrapped in dark chocolate and sea salt.  A little piece of heaven and doesn't cost a fortune either. 
 
 
Just couldn't keep these to myself because then what kind of friend would I be!  I hope you will enjoy these as much as I do.  If you would like a chance to taste my new favorite chocolate bar then please leave a comment.  A winner will be picked May 5th when I get back from Utah.  Oh, I am going to Utah next Tuesday to see my best friend.  Thanks to my sweet husband and my mother I get 5 whole days to myself. Yahoo! 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A quick update


Hi!  It is Sunday evening and I would like to give you a quick update on my previous post.  I am doing better.  My tooth still hurts a tiny bit, but each day it is feeling better.  My mom had a really nice birthday party at the cheesecake factory.  Cheesecake makes everything better right?  Tonight we went to the baptism of our friends son.  It was so sweet! What a wonderful celebration it was!  Addy had a successful therapy session on Friday and has really made progress on adding some new food textures to her diet. 

Unfortunately, Roman's visit to the cardiologist did not produce good news.  Here is the background on Roman first.  He was born with a heart condition called Tetrology of Fallot.  It is hard to explain this heart condition, but basically these children are born with a hole in the heart, the aorta is not attached, and the pulmonary valve is not attached, and therefore it is hard for these babies to breath because the blood does not get oxygenated the way it should.  These children are called Blue babies because they turn blue.  Anyway, Roman had his surgery to repair his heart at 3 months old.  He is pretty much just like any other child except for his heart.  It will always be a repaired heart, so it does not behave exactly like a normal heart.  Sometimes the children either are not born with a pulmonary valve or the valve has to be replaced due to it's small size.  Roman was able to keep his valve, but it was very small.  They told us he would have to have it replaced sometime before he was 18.  We hope he doesn't have to have it replaced until he is 18 because then he can have a mechanical valve; however, if he has to have a replacement as a child then they use either cow or pig valves and these do not grow with the child meaning the child may have to have additional surgeries until they are a candidate for the mechanical valve.  The  more surgeries the more risk. 

The last couple of months Roman has been pretty tired. We did not know if this was him just being lazy or his really long school day.  My husband and I wanted to get him a medical excuse for him to go to school 15 minutes late.  He is suppose to be on the bus at 6:40 a.m. and that means we have to get up at 6:20 in the morning.  I think this is early.  If I try to drive him to get him to school on time we really can't sleep in because so many parents drive their children to school.  If I take him to school at little late the traffic isn't an issue and he  gets an extra hour of sleep.   Anyway, the exam showed that his right ventricle is enlarged.  Since our last visit 6 months ago the right ventricle has dilated a centimeter.  At this point they are not sure what is causing this; however it could be his valve needs to be opened up or it could be due to other factors.  Tomorrow he will go visit his pediatrician.  He had a 24 holtor monitor on this weekend that measures the electrical impulses of his heart.  I am sure we will find out the results from that soon.  He will get some lab work done to check for anemia and a few other things.  Then in June they will do an MRI which will give us a better look at his heart.  So little Roman can sure use your prayers.  We are hoping that the results do not lead us down the path to surgery. While it is not in our hands, we can't help but to admit we are a little scared.

Oh, and one more thing just incase you were wondering but sadly it did not work out with the little girl who we were looking at.  Her medical needs were just way more than we could handle and that decision was not made without a lot of prayer.  I am sending my love and prayers her way that she will soon fine her forever family and we will soon be matched with the little girl who is suppose to be apart of our family.
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What a week!


What a week!  Today, as I got a pedicure the plant explosion in Texas flashed on the large television screen on the wall.  It hasn't even been a week since the Boston Marathon bombing and yesterday my husband told me a horrible story of a doctor who was on trial for performing late term abortions.  As he told me about this doctor it was all I could do not cry.  It is almost too much to bear!  So much grief and tragedy in the world.  It could leave one wondering where is God!  Why does he allow such horrible things to happen?  While I don't understand God completely.  I do have a testimony in him and his son Jesus Christ.  I know that Heavenly Father  will not force us to believe in him and therefore we have free agency to do as we will.  In Romans 8:24 "For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?"  He could easily prevent all the bad things that happen in the world but then our free agency would be taken away from us.  I walk by faith.

On Monday, I bought this sand and water table for Addy.  It was a huge hit!  She loves it!  Her therapist suggested I buy it for her.  She thought it might help Addy with some of her sensory issues.  Addy seems to be getting better.  She is eating more and she seems to be calmer at times. Yeah!  One step forward. 

Today, I had a root canal!  All I can say it that I am so thankful that my husband as a good job that we could afford to get it done.  They are not cheap!  I don't know what I would do if we couldn't have afforded it because I felt like I had a brain tumor for weeks.  Ouch!

Tomorrow,  Roman has an appointment with the cardiologist.  He sure could use everyone's prayers.  While his previous visit have gone well the poor little boy has been so lethargic.  He is tired all the time and at times just doesn't seem like a normal little 6 year old.  Yesterday, he came home crying that his head hurt.  That he is tired and all he wanted me to do was cuddle him.  Over and over he said, "mommy, cuddle me."

Waiting!  Waiting is what we are doing right now.  While we received our LID which is an important part of the adoption process we are still waiting to be matched.  Once we are matched then it is just a matter of months before we travel to China.  The hardest part is that we found out it could take us 6 months before we get matched.  I feel like I did in the last weeks of pregnancy when I had no idea when our baby would come.  All I want is to see the face of our sweet child who sits in China waiting for a mommy and daddy.  Currently, we are looking at a file of a little girl; however, I am waiting for the specialist to call me back in regards to her medical conditions.  It is such a hard thing not to just be able to just say yes regardless of her medical challenges.  I mean this little girl needs a home.  She needs someone to love her and why not us.  At the same time we might not be the best thing for her if her medical challenges are greater than we can take care of!   This is where I have to trust again in Heavenly Father.  I know without a shadow of doubt that he wanted us to adopt.  I know he has the perfect little girl out there for our family, but at the same time it is hard to be patient.

So, this post turned out to be much longer than I had intended. We have a full schedule.  Roman has his appointment and then Addy has her therapy appointment at three.  It is also my mother's birthday.  Happy Birthday Mom!  On Sunday, we are attending the baptism of a friends son.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Still Life

 roasted pork loin
 Orange Julius and little girl drinking Orange Julius
 roasted green beans
 She is not such a big fan of food, but she loves chocolate!
 Happy Boy excited to eat his mommy's cooking!

Have you ever seen the movie Mona Lisa Smiles with Julia Roberts?  If you have then you will remember the scene where Julia is in the classroom and she asks her students " What is art?"  The students give her some text book answer of what are is, but she challenges them to look beyond what was once defined as art and to consider a new style of painting art.  Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying my photographs are art, but I think photos of food are beautiful!  I love looking at cookbooks and magazines.  I love food, but it is more than that.  In collage and high school I took art history classes.  I always loved the still life paintings of food.  Did you know some of the earliest still life paintings of food go back as far as 70 A.D.  and are found in Pompeii, Rome?  Cooking is my canvas.  I love combining different colors and textures to create a master piece.  I may not be able to paint, but I can cook and I love looking at pictures of food. 

Sunny Day Orange Julius
16 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
Ice
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp vanilla pudding powder
1/4 sugar (depending on the sweetness of your oranges, we've added more or less)

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend.  Simple!  Easy Peasy!  Enjoy!

My heart and prayers go out to the families affected by the bombings at yesterdays Boston Marathon.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stay Vacation and the aquarium




This spring break (last week) we did a stay vacation.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  We hung with Oma and Opa and then after they returned home to Germany, we headed to the aquarium.  Addy was totally facinated by all the fish though has decided her stroller is no longer for her which makes for an interesting visit when the aquarium is jammed packed with people.  Little did I know it was the college basketball finals and they were having free concerts in the park.  I will also not make the mistake of showing up thinking we can get in because we had to wait two hours.  Next time I will purchase tickets on-line. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Off to the Zoo









Spring has finally arrived in Atlanta.  We went from having 40 degree weather days to 83 degrees today.  I am not complaining.  I love the warmer weather. I hate wearing a coat.  While Oma  and Opa were here visiting us, we took and afternoon to visit the zoo.  I was surprised that Winston went with us because I thought he might find the zoo for babies, but he really enjoyed going.  Sadly, Oma and Opa are back in Germany now.  The children miss her and so do we.  Winston is excited though that he gets to go to Oma and Opa's  house this summer. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Roman is a Reader!

Roman is a reader!  A very good reader!  I love when my children learn how to read!  It is one of the sweetest things! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Me and My Shadow "Corner View"

This is Me!

This is my shadow my little shadow she goes wherever I go!





My Shadow

BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Color Run


At the beginning of the year, I set a goal for myself to complete a 5k run and when I saw the advertisements for the Color Run I knew that was the race for me.  What is the Color Run?  It is a 5 k race where they throw color chalk at you at vatious checkpoints along the way.  It was so much fun!  I even finished faster than I normally do!  Yahoo!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring "Corner View!




















My in-laws returned just in time for Easter after spending two weeks in Texas, but before we whipped the ham out we spent the afternoon at the botanical garden.  I don't need to tell you that the gardens were gorgeous because the photos do their job.  What I can tell you is that Spring is in full bloom here in Georgia after a few warm days.  Yahoo!  Boo hoo to feeling like I have my head in the clouds from allergies to the pollen.  It is like someone put a bag of grass over my head.  Even with taking a Zyrtec, I feel horrible!  I am just hoping that I will feel better by Saturday when I run my first 5k.  On another note, my mother and father in-law head home to Germany tomorrow.  We will be so sad to see them go.  Hope you had a wonderful Easter and hopefully spring is in full bloom where you live.