Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Silas at one

I'm so behind in the blogging arena but wanted to post a few of the little mini-shoot I did with Silas right after his birthday last month.

In his traditional Ethiopian gear. He was NOT cooperating when we were doing this so this was the best shot I managed.
It was a warm November day!
These eyes of his are amazing!
He's just so squeezable!
"I'm SO BIG!"
Serious face.
He loves to point and say, "Dat?"
Country livin baby.

Monday, December 7, 2009

just a quick rant-sorry

Oh Kroger...I love you and I hate you. The Kroger near our house has been under renovation for 4 months or longer. It has been chaos, with everything in a different place every time you visit. I seriously would have rather them shut it completely down for 2 weeks and just get it done. Apparently the grand re-opening is tomorrow because they were hanging the flags when I pulled in the parking lot. My first thought was why on earth is it so crowded on a Monday morning? It was more crowded today than it was when I lost my mind a few weeks ago and went the day before Thanksgiving. It was also packed with extra workers getting ready for tomorrow's big celebration (not sure it will be, but they sure acted like it). Almost every aisle was blocked for stocking and did I mention is was more crowded than the day before Thanksgiving? Not only could you not get through but people were being downright rude! Christmas spirit people-find some.
The two oldest came with me today (Silas was at the dr with Daddy, but that's another story). I have recently been so proud of Gibson and Maya because they have been just wonderful in stores, listening, being polite, etc. Well apparently they decided they'd rather not behave today. They argued, pushed and shoved each other, and sang loud for all to hear. I had to stop quite a few times to reprimand in the midst of my coupon flipping.
I finally got up to the check out so I could get the heck outta dodge. My back was screaming at me (I injured it really badly last weekend and I've been going stir-crazy sitting at home) and I needed to go! We checked out, I paid, and I was pushing us away from the register. Just then one of my worst fears was again realized...the girl behind me propelled her cart forward nailing me right in the heel. I could have punched her. Of course I did not, I politely told her, "Oh it's OK!". Yeah, not OK. After limping to the van I loaded the groceries and buckled the kids in. I was backed out of our space and just getting ready to hit the road running when I looked over and saw a car backing up and they were headed straight for us! I laid on the horn and they seriously missed us by an inch. At this point I really wondered if I'd make it home alive.
We pulled in the drive way...home at last! I opened the back hatch to unload and down came crashing one of my bags. Yep, you guessed it, it was the one with the eggs in it. As it was falling I dropped my purse in an effort to rescue the falling bag. It was like slow motion. Well, I missed and in the process my phone fell out of my purse and into pieces on the pavement. I almost sat down criss-cross applesauce to cry right there in my driveway. Thankfully my sweet husband was home and finished unloading for me. By the way we miraculously only lost two eggs in the tragedy.
So here I sit, icing my back, eating my lunch. I am no longer stir-crazy, in fact I might not leave the house ever again!

**edited to add: how could I have forgotten the lady who hit my cart, causing me to drop my coupon holder only to have them scatter all over the floor?! And she just kept walking with no apology. Phew. Ok, now that I have it all out I can move on.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Water for Christmas

Water for Christmas is a wonderful charity that helps provide people in Africa with clean water. Today they are doing a special campaign. I pray that you will consider donating even just $10 will provide clean water for one person for 10 years! 100% of your donation goes toward these fresh water wells. PLEASE check it out here!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Yesterday you turned ONE! You are such a special part of our family. As I laid you down for your nap I looked down at you and all I could think of is that you are a GIFT. A true and precious gift. God did miraculous things to bring you into our family, and I couldn't be more grateful.
-Your smile can truly make ANYONE smile.
-You're a little comedian already!
-You are my little snuggle bug, and I think you would snuggle all day long if you could. I love it!
-You LOVE to eat and we've hardly found a thing on this Earth that you don't think is tasty.
-You are on the move, crawling faster every day, pulling up onto your knees, and loving to stand! You've come such a long way sweetheart.

I could just keep on bragging on you! But most of all I just want to let you know that you are a JOY. I am so blessed to be your Mama. I hope you had a very happy birthday.
We love you sweet, sweet boy!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

All of the kids (including Silas!) love Electric Company. They sit just fascinated by the words and music. They have seen this song on a few times and they think it's the best thing ever. And now I'll be singing it the rest of the day...

Sunday, November 1, 2009

little tricky treaters

We had such a fun day yesterday. Phil was gone for work all day, and since it's no fun to trick or treat alone, we headed to Brookville, Indiana (my hometown). The kids got to snag candy with their cousins and as Gibson said, "It was awesome!" Silas also had an amazing day and happily let my whole family hold him. It was a nice break for me! He had a ball just hanging out. He also showed off his new skill...calling me mama! He started saying it to me on Thursday but I was still unsure. I'm definitely sure now that he knows. He says it so sweetly and it's music to my ears. Now on to the pictures!

All the little cousins in a row
They were adorable and had such a great time going around the neighborhood.
And then there's this one...
How could he do this to me?!
Goodness gracious.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

a new phase

When each of our babies came home, we placed them snugly in the pack n play bassinet beside our bed to sleep each night. There they remained for 6 weeks until they were ready to transition to their crib and not wake so often for feedings. We stayed with the trend, and placed Silas in that same bed when we arrived home. Tonight he slept in his new crib (new to him, even though it's on it's 3rd kid) in the next room over with his big brother. He was ready, he's been sleeping through the night since the 2nd week he was home. I didn't even realize it until I looked at the calendar, but it was exactly 6 weeks from when we first laid eyes on him.
I remember the first nights that Gibson and Maya were across the hall. I didn't sleep well, I stared at the little lines on the monitor when I thought I heard a sound, and all kind of irrational thoughts went through my head about their safety. They were no longer within arms reach. For some reason I thought it wouldn't be that way with Silas. He is almost a year old after all, and they were just tiny newborns. I think I was wrong.
Phil was at a meeting late last night, so there I laid in our bed alone, listening to the silence. No snoring husband (love you babe!) and no little baby breaths and gentle rustling to keep me company. And I was sadder than I thought I'd be. It will be a new phase that is better for all of us, but just made me a little sad to wave goodbye to the old one.
The first night with the boys in the same room was a success, and this morning I walked in to see a very happy baby sitting up in his crib clapping.
I think we can get used to that.

Friday, October 23, 2009

oh my heart

Out of nowhere from Gibson today:

"Mom, when I grow up I'm going to go to Africa someday."

Why Gibson?

"Because I'm going to go adopt a baby. I'm going to grow a boy and a girl, and then I'm going to go adopt a boy and a girl, too."

And then I sat there with tears welling in my eyes.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

one month

One month ago today we met our son for the first time. It was such a joyous day. Phil and I talked that night about how the day literally could not have been more perfect. He smiled at us, snuggled us, and we were TOUCHING him after all that time! It was like a dream and we were in love! The last month has not been easy. It has been filled with ups and downs...physically and emotionally. I feel like we're finally finding our groove and what our life looks like as a new family of 5!
What he's been up to the last month:
-Learned to wave hi/bye-bye
-Sign for "more"
-Claps his hands and sometimes says "yay" while clapping
-Blows kisses
-His army crawl has taken off!
-He could hardly bear weight on his legs and now he stands for long periods of time and loves it!
-He eats like a MAN. He loves food and we literally have not found one thing he doesn't like, and he eats everything!
-He smiles so easily. His little giggle is coming out all the time and we love it. This boy is ticklish!
-Two new teeth coming in!
-Says "mama" and "dada" a lot, but we still aren't sure if he's actually calling us that.
-Says "na-na" while shaking his head no. He has learned that one quickly!

We love our sweet boy! It's hard to believe in a few short weeks he will be turning 1!!!

One month ago today:
A few days ago:

Monday, October 12, 2009


So is it weird that I look at these on my kitchen window and I kinda don't want to clean them off?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

long time no see!

Has it really been 2 months since I posted something here? I've wondered if I should recap what's happened while I was away, although some of that was done over here. Instead I think I'll just jump right in as if I never left. OK? And give things a cutsey facelift while I'm at it.
We have been housebound! We've had little colds and with Silas' low white blood cell counts, we just can't risk the public. Sometimes it's nice, sometimes I want to pull my hair out. This could be a long cold/flu season! It's time to pull out the crafts, kids, otherwise mama might go crazy.
Gibson and Maya are such good siblings to Silas. They adore him and almost smother him with love. We were all excited to see his latest trick this morning- blowing kisses! So cute.
Time for some pics!

I pulled this hat out last night before his bed time. So far, this boy HATES anything on his head, especially hats. So far so good...
How could you hate hats when you look this cute in them?
Uh oh, here we go...
"I HATE THIS HAT!!!!!!!"
There we go. Happy dear?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Silas is ours!!!!

Head over to our adoption blog to hear the great news and see our cute SON!!!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

tooty booty

Gibson just came out of his room when he was supposed to be napping. He said, "Mommy I think I better go potty. I just tooted a whole bunch back there in my room. I had a really LONG one too." He was so serious about it all. I just had to try not to laugh! I LOVE the hilarious things that come out of their mouths these days!

Monday, July 27, 2009

um, YUM

I had a fridge full of yummy berries yesterday and decided to whip up something delightful for dessert. This recipe did not disappoint! Now, don't get me wrong, it will not be winning any low in calorie awards. Believe it or not I cut down the sugar from the original recipe and used a light butter. In the future I would probably cut the recipe in half and bake it in an 8x8 just for our family. If I had company I would do the full recipe listed here. It was even better today warmed up with some whipped cream on top! Seriously a crowd pleaser. So good!

-1 pint strawberries, quartered
-1/2 pint blueberries
-6 oz package of blackberries
-2 T. sugar
-2 cups all purpose flour
-1 cup brown sugar
-2 cups oats
-1 t. cinnamon
-1/2 t. nutmeg
-1 cup butter (2 sticks)

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl toss berries in sugar. Set aside. In another large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a 9x13. Cover with berries. Top with remaining mixture. Bake for 40 min. until fruit is bubbly and top is golden brown. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy the deliciousness!

Friday, July 24, 2009

sweet girl

I sat on the edge of Maya's bed tonight holding her and squeezing her tight. She said, "I'm never gonna let go of you Mommy. And you never let go of me either, OK?".

Never in a million years baby girl.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


So I'm in a blogging funk.


It was that obvious?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The 4th...on the 12th

So I'm a little behind on the July 4th post, huh? Oh well. I wanted to post some pics of the festivities. At the last minute we decided to go to a parade. Honestly, it was kind of a bust. It was long, a little boring, and NO candy. It's only redeeming qualities were the veterans, the marching band, and lunch at City BBQ. Later that day we went to church and then out to dinner with friends. We finished it off by watching the fireworks from a parking lot. They were such great fireworks! Overall...a great Independence day.

Gibson waving to the firemen:
The old plane flying overhead:
Getting a better look from Daddy's shoulders:
Dude on stilts:
Ye old flag:
Watching it all unfold:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


The other day I walked in the kitchen to find her eating her crackers at the table wearing just her little undies and a conductor hat. This girl cracks me up!

Monday, June 15, 2009


I had the absolute pleasure of heading with some great girls to Pittsburgh this weekend. We attended a Beth Moore conference and it was amazing! Pittsburgh is a sweet city, and I had no idea! We had so many laughs as well as just hearing some wonderful truth. Ok, Beth Moore is the tiniest and cutest little thing you've ever seen. We just kept saying how we wanted to put her in our back pocket and carry her around everywhere we go. Such dynamic teaching comes from that little woman though! Wow. Such good stuff. I feel like I am still processing the weekend, but I know that God is doing some new things in my heart.

Here we are doing a classic pose in front of the conference center:
Here is Jenny, Kate, and Marisa:
Jenny, Me, Kate:
And last but not least...we met Miss Boomama herself! We just had to go say hello. She was one of the very first blogs I ever started reading several years ago and I've not stopped laughing since. And let me tell you, she is just as beautiful and sweet in person as she is on her blog. Seriously, you meet her and you feel like you've been friends for life. Look how cute she is:

Monday, June 1, 2009

she's funny

One of the kids' favorite cartoons is Super Why on PBS.  There is a story about a farmer who gets 3 wishes and he keeps wishing for silly things.  At one point, the fairy (or is it a genie, I don't remember!) says, "You wished it, I poofed it!".  Well Maya just came into the living room with her shiny silver wand.  She proudly walked up to Gibson, shook her wand and declared, "You wished it, I POOPED it!".  

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


The season's first round of running through the hose was a rousing success:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

never a dull moment

So the doorknob on Maya's door has been sticking lately.  I've only had a few times of panic when I thought, "Oh crap, I'm really not going to be able to get this girl out!".  Getting a new doorknob just hasn't been at the top of our list lately, plus I thought I'd figured out the trick to getting it open.  
I thought wrong.
Today I went to get her up from her nap and I couldn't get it open.  I seriously tried everything.  Finally I knew I just needed to take off the whole knob.  I did that with no problem at all, but the part still in the door would not budge.  Not one little bit.  I called Phil for a little guidance (PLEASE HELP!!!).  He suggested I get some pliers and try to use my huge muscles to pull it out.  I tried.  I failed.  Finally I called him and just said there was no way I could get it open.  So Phil said he would come home right away.  What else could we do?!  You know, other than Gibson's suggestion to call 911.
Look at those little fingers:
At this point I seriously had to keep myself in check so I didn't flip out.  I wasn't even the one stuck and I was about to have a claustrophobic breakdown.  Maya on the other hand was doing just fine.  She had one moment where she started crying and just really wanted out.  So I slipped her a granola bar under the door and that perked her up fast.  
 About 15-20 minutes later Phil got home to assess the sitchiation.  After trying his best to get it open and listen to Gibson say, "Daddy are you done with the flashlight?  Can I have it?" approximately 15 times, Phil declared it un-openable.
So he broke the door down.  And I think it filled a secret dream of his.
Now we're wishing we would have just found the time for that new doorknob.  Now we need a whole new door...