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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Conner Prairie






I am not sure if you remember, but last weekend we went to Indianapolis to meet up with some other families who were in our travel group when we picked up Avery.  Anyway, Erin and her family had to go back to their home, but Stephanie and her family stayed with us over night in Indianapolis.  There really wasn't a clear plan of what we were going to do the next day except do some swimming; however, I had mentioned to a friend of mine who lives there that we were spending another day in the area and she suggested we go to Conner Prairie.  I took a look at their website and was so excited to take the children there as it is a historical park sponsored by the Smithsonian.  This park is a true treasure. The children had so much fun petting the animals, playing old fashioned games, and seeing how people lived back in 1823.  A first for me was seeing a pair of Oxen.  I never realized how big they are!  They are probably about twice the size of a cow. They are huge!  After spending a good part of the day at Conner Prairie, we went back to Stephanie's hotel  where the children swam and for dinner we ordered pizza.  It was another perfect day! Thanks to Stephanie and her family for staying with us the additional day in Indianapolis.  The children all played together perfectly.   I should mention that Harris, Winston, and Frank stayed back in Atlanta.  Given all the children were so little I figured the big boys would have more fun staying home.  They did!  Frank and the boys went swimming, a trip to Subway was made, and I even think some slushies were bought at the local gas station.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Beautiful Eyesore "Corner View"



While I was so grateful to have my son alive, the perfectionist in me could not get past the scar on my sons chest.  It was ugly and it was crooked.  In my head I wondered why they had to make it crooked. I slathered vitamin E oil on it and Aloe Vera on it for months until it was no longer red.  7 years ago on the 25th of May my son was given a second chance at life.  He went into cardiac failure because he was born with a heart defect called Tetrology of Fallot.  He would not live without open heart surgery because they needed to patch up the hole in his heart, attach the pulmonary valve, attach the aorta, and fix the right ventricular hypertrophy.  Today I look at this scar with beauty.  It is apart of my son.  It will never go away. He will have it his whole life, but without this scar he would not have lived.  

Roman is a pretty normal 7 year old.  He like Mindcraft, swimming, playing with his friends, is a fantastic brother, a great reader, and always makes me smile.  This weekend he tried to convince me that sugar was good for you because it was made from good resources.   

Next Monday, Roman has to go in for a revision of his surgery.  His pulmonary valve is too small and they are going to try and balloon it open.  I believe in the power of prayer and if you do too I ask you to please join me in prayer this upcoming weekend.  Please pray that he will tolerate the procedure well and please prayer for the doctors hands that they will be steady and do a good job as they thread the instruments through his veins.  Please pray that their will be no complication.  Thank you!  Our family would greatly appreciate your prayers and we love this little boy with all that we have and can't imagine him not being in our lives.

Corner View is a weekly appointment - each Wednesday - created by Jane of Spain Daily, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme

Indianapolis Reunion





It has been almost 5 months since Frank, Winston, and I boarded the plane for China and I still struggle with putting our experience into words.  Amazing doesn't do it justice.  I sit here and stare at the screen.  Time is ticking away and in a few hours I will have to get up and start a new day.  I write a few words and then I erase them not because I don't have anything to say, but because the words are so dear to me and how does one put something like that on paper.  God whispered in our hearts to go to China and we listened.  A family was broken and out of that tragedy our families love was increased and blessed by the miracle of Avery. She is really a miracle. On our adoption journey we have made some really amazing new friends.  In the group that traveled with us to China were 5 families from our adoption agency we will be forever linked by our experience.  While in China we promised to keep in touch.  We even went so far as to hatch a plan to get together as soon as possible.  Stephanie's husband had taken their girls to the Children's Museum in Indianapolis and seen an announcement for a China exhibit, we all agreed that would be perfect to take our children too!A date was set for Memorial weekend. Sadly Lindsey couldn't make it with Marcus as they are in the middle of moving and Stacy could not come with Zoe as they live to far away to drive by car.  They were missed and we hope they can come next time.  On Friday, I picked up Roman from his last day of school and we drove with the and my mother to Kentucky where we stayed overnight with Stephanie and her family. The next morning we drove 90 minutes north to Indianapolis where we met Erin and her family at the Indianapolis Children's Museum. The museum and the exhibit were amazing!  The children has so much fun playing together. The girls have grown so much since January. We finished off the day with going out to Chinese for dinner.   It was a perfect day!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What Makes Me Happy! "Corner View"


What doesn't make me happy should be the question because so many things make me happy!
Little girls with watermelon dripping down there faces, good food, beautiful art, yummy desserts, good friends, and places to go are just to name a few.  When one begins to count their blessing then happiness follows.  I hope you have a very happy day!  

Corner View is a weekly appointment shared by people around the globe, an appointment started in the spring of 2009 by Jane in Spain and currently hosted by Francesca over at Fuori Borgo. We welcome you to join us.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Forever a Family












Today our family became officially a family of 7 not just in the eyes of the government, but in the eyes of the Lord.  We have dreamed about this day for over a year, and the day finally came today.  The day Avery would be sealed to our family for all time and eternity.  We were surrounded by our family and friends and it couldn't have been any better of a day!  It was perfect.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Taste "Corner View"




Summer is just around the corner for us here in Georgia which means swim suit and I have to say my body has seen better days. The long winter, being sick, and adopting were not conducive to loosing weight. Unfortunately, I am a stress eater and packed on additional pounds that I did not need.  Nicer weather means I have been able to get our more and now Avery and I are going to the gym just about every day. She likes to play with the other children in the play center and I get to do something good for my boys.  It takes more than working out to loose weight though and so I am working on changing my diet and eating more healthy.  In a moment of insanity of maybe just a stupidity, I feel for buying a juice detox.  The idea is that for so many days you drink these drink and detox your body from all that is bad and at the same time you loose weight. The drinks were not all that bad though the first one was horrible; however, by the end of the day I was starving and thinking about real food.  What I have learned from all this is that I just need to eat better and cut back my calories.  No fad is going to help me!  Today my husband and I had lunch together while the girls were sleeping.  Love that he can work from home at times.  I have been craving salmon all week and so finally I made it!  Yum and I love that 3 out of the 5 children like it too!

Corner View is a weekly appointment - each Wednesday - created by Jane of Spain Daily, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Undefeated


This weekend Winston played his last game of the soccer season.  His team went undefeated.  He has really formed a great bond with these boys.  Sadly not all of the boys will be moving up with him in the fall as not all of them turn twelve by the cut off date.  Way to Go Galaxy!

On another note, there are only 9 school days left this year.  It seems like the school years are going by faster and faster!  The children are having a hard time focusing on their studies as  it has been 88 degrees this past week and the pool is calling them.

This past week I went to see the movie The Other Woman.  It was hilarious!  Frank is finally home.  He was in Mexico this past week getting additional certification for scuba diving.  Harris and him want to be Master Divers.  They will head south to Florida in June with the Boy Scouts to attend a special camp called Sea Base!

Well, it is late and I am exhausted.  I went to Zumba today and am terribly sore!  Can't wait for my head to hit the pillow.  Please say a prayer for my son Harris today as he is taking his AP test today in Human Geography.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Good Memories "Corner View"







On Friday, good memories were made as my friends gave me a baby shower for Avery!  The theme was beautiful as Keleen had two globes on the table as center piece.  One was marked with a heart on China and then second heart on the opposite globe showed Georgia!   I can't believe this sweet girl has been with our family for 4 months now.  It is as she has been with our family for forever.  We just adore her!  Each day her body gets stronger and strong and her vocabulary is just soaring.  She is all ready putting three words together.

Happy 4 Months baby Girl!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy CInco de Mayo


Hi!  How are you?  I hope you had a good weekend!  I did!  My friends threw me a baby shower for Avery on Friday night.   It was lovely!  I will have to post pictures soon. We also went to dinner prior to the baby shower to celebrate my husbands birthday that was on Monday.  He is now taking his first get away in our whole marriage and is off with his scuba buddies in Mexico.  He is having a great time!  Everyone is finally healthy and boy did we enjoy the great weekend weather over the weekend.  It was in the high 80's both days.  I am looking forward to going to the pool now that it is open.  Anyway,today is Cinco de Mayo.  I love Mexican food.  I always have.  When I was little, I lived with my father from the time I was 2-5 on the east coast and would beg for tacos as I had been born in California.  In the 70's the east coast didn't know what Mexican food is, but that has since changed.  All my children adore Mexican food too except for Avery, but we are working on that.  You may have seen this recipe before as it has been floating around the blog world, but it is for fruit salsa.  You serve it will either cinnamon fried tortilla or cinnamon baked pita chips.  It is super simple to make and I think you can make it with just about any fruit; however, strawberries are the main ingredient.  I took one pint of berries and diced them really fine, and to that I added one 3/4 of an apple.  Now here is where I changed the original recipe which calls for kiwis because I didn't have them, so I used a handful of green grapes and chopped them up.  I thought a few blueberries would look pretty too!  They aren't necessary, but added some pretty fun color.  Then add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and honey and allow to sit for 1/2 hour to 1 hour until the juices are flowing from the fruit.  This recipe is such a fun alternative to the traditional chips and salsa, and kids love it!  Have a great day!