Thursday, January 24, 2008

This Road will lead you....

This is the cobblestone bumpy crooked road that will lead you to Hannah's Hope in the little alley way from the Union hotel.....this is the road that you have waited to place your feet on. As I await for so many of you to be united with your children it reminds of the joy and the anticipation I had along with others as we walked this pathway. I am encouraged by the unity we have in this journey this pilgrimage to become parents. As you place your tired feet on this path remember us the ones that walked before you, that we are here for you, remember the families that came this same pathway to drop there babies and children here, in this care. This road is a symbol for me for sadness for joy, for sweet embrace.
a few verses on paths:
Psalm 44:18 Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed from your path.
Psalm 119: 32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.

Psalm 119:35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Proverbs 3: 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

AGCI Seattle Gathering

What fun we had today as we got to see some of the babies and kids that have came home through AGCI, there were kids from Guatemala, two that were so sweet the two Joshua's some from China( I didn't get to get a picture, but boy are they sweet!) Then what fun to see all the cuties from Ethiopia. As you can see the the Mac Daddy Ben, that is in the pics with Ruby and Grace, and oh my he is a handsome fella! It was wonderful to see Martha and Kristie from AGCI as well as see Jen and Caleb waiting for travel for the baby boy that will join there family,theGresham Clan from Belligham and there kids are very nice, we saw the sweet baby girl twins, Do you have a blog M? We meet with lots of parents in the waiting process and in the beginning process, oh I have the bug what do I do with this one? My friend Jen and I drove up together a van full of kids, Jenni you will have your sweet baby girl the next time, don't worry! It was so wonderful to meet all you to many more of these gatherings in the future!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

New hair products...and hair style

This is my hair with no product in it combed out like Ruby, just so Ruby wont feel lonely having her photo of her fro I have decided to show you mine, what a! Hot!!
I tried Carols daughter in my own hair, and styled it, its beautiful for natural curls. I even but some on "A" mans curls.

See how shiny and nice!~

You will be proud I attempted A new doo on Ruby Roo! Nice??? It took a whole 30 minutes and Voila!

Here is what I just tried out from the Carols Daughters products
To give it a smooth combing out and leave in condition I like Hair Milk, it leaves it pretty and manageable and the smell is so wonderful, I like this one the best!
To Style it I such as the hair style above I used Mimosa Hair Honey, it give it a very healthy shine and its also smells great.
I also purchased Healthy Hair Butter I used this on my sons hair he has natural curls. I used it yesterday for the first time on Ruby and she slept in and woke up and her hair smells so nice.
Has anyone else used the butter? I love these products they are wonderful and the best so far!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The hair is growing!

Rubys Hair combed out at 4 months

Ruby's hair combed out recently almost at 8 months. The hair is growing! So far its been a challenge with her hair. She has very curly hair upfront and then in the back where she lays down its very coarse. I have to wake up a little extra early to give the diva a nice doo! I make it all pretty and then she goes and lays for her first nap....and then I have to redo the doo :) Its okay I have naturally curly hair and I have to work at making me this beautiful (just a joke) but really its work. I have just purchased Carols daughter hair care and I am waiting for the box to come to the front door to experiment with it. So another funny thing is Ruby's is working on patience with her mother as I work on her hair when she sees the pic getting closer to her head she is historically crying...I promise I am gentle!
On a deeper note I struggle for Ruby's sake on what she may feel on her own hair, will she appreciate how beautiful her hair is, and not focus on how different she is. And I worry about how other kids may treat her because of her hair. Growing up on on Island everyone had Ruby's hair or curly hair like me and so it was not strange for me until my parents moved me to Florida where there were girls with the names like Stephanie and Amanda and they all had straight hair ohh so silky and smooth strawberry blond, and my hair was a fur ball (that's what happens to curly hair in humid weather.) I felt out of place many times, over the years I have learned to appreciate my curls. Even when the year 2000 hit and perms were out!
I found a great song I thought would be great to explain Ruby and her hair. Its called "I am not my hair" by India Arie

This is the Chorus: and you can hear the song on my playlist.

I am not my hair I am not this skin I am not your expectations no no I am not my hair I am not this skin I am a soul that lives within

Friday, January 4, 2008

Brothers Love

Ruby and Big Brother "J"
Ruby and Big brother #2 "A".

This is Big Brother "A" kissing his sister.

This is very supervised don't worry :)

This is Love! My seven year old J loves his sister so much. He makes comments such as "Ruby is too cute to be a human are you sure she is not an alien", I say well kinda she has a green card, eyes open big...but she doesn't have green blood :)! Today he prepared her a bottle, he just asked me "how many scoops again mom?". He Hates it when I wipe her nose because it makes her cry also thinks she needs every thing handed to her when she whimpers. Oh my she is loving the attention, believe me!

A my four year warming up to her now, he acknowledges when she cries by saying "mom she needs something, get her!" He is waiting for her to grow up, so she can eat real food!

Happy New Year!

New Years Resolutions....hummm.....

F and I sit down and write down our goals each year, mostly I never accomplish them and My ever so sweet husband still believes in me to do it. I have a few that I will keep to myself so that I wont be reminded because of my lack of accomplishments. I am cutting myself some slack this year!

Here are a few I don't mind sharing... (NOT IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE)

1. Don't take things too personal, assume the best in people, I have been really good for a little while but If I pray for people then guess what my heart totally changes for them! (who would have thought!)

2. Date my boys! My oldest and I went out a couple of weeks ago and I laughed out loud so many times with him, I was amused in a very delightful way with my kid, I loved it!

3. Make my husband very happy, by respecting his job by listening (with excitement) to his job stories. By thanking him for working so hard for us, He is a Rock, and deserves a jem on his side so I strive to be that even more!

4. Build deeper relationships, I have to say this takes time. My life has changed so much and My hubby has become by BFF but I miss having girl times, and do need them. I worked up the nerve to ask a girlfriend for coffee one night and we had so much fun! I needed that. Even scrapbook/reading clubs right Melissa :)!

5. Love my family, I mean the whole enchilada! My DH has some awesome people in his family after our life with Hudson I was awaken by how much they are there for us and how much they love us. So I want to love on them even more!

6. Die to my own flesh....oooooo...this is the hardest one yet, I want to have a fragrance for Christ like I never have. This soul is beauty from ashes. Less of me, less of me, less of me!
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Pray for sweet Abby Riggs!!