Monday, March 28, 2011

Macy's Million Dollar Makeover

Macy's Million Dollar Makeover

Check out Amy Ferrell's amazing story for Macy's Million Dollar Makeover. And don't forget to vote for your favorite makeover - you'll be entered to win a $500 Macy's Gift Card!

Vote for AMY!

Stop what you are doing right now, and go check out my sweet friend Amy. She is a mama like us adopted three and has two bio kids at home she is a full time teacher and has been selected from thousands to be in the finals for a million dollar makeover from Macy's. Check out her videos and please vote for her today! She really is fabulous and deserves this chance big time!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I'm a mother I'm a daughter

Pictured with my sister and dad holding both of us. We loved him to carry us the same time because it showed how strong he is. And are you checking out the vintage overalls and cool shoes, thank you very much.
This is me pictured when I was 7, I waited every day for my grandmother on the outside of my house gate so that she would take me to church with her when she had to pass my house. I even tagged along with a can of Campbell's soup *Cream of Mushroom* so she didn't have to feel like she needed to feed me.

The time I have waited for all my adult life has come. My parents live 5 minutes from me as of this past Friday. I moved away from my parents, completely away, to the other side of the United States we are talking the Northern most Western part. Washington State. There I grew my family and became an adult. I kinda grew up there in a way. Each time I would visit my family, my heart grew fonder and fonder to be with them, it was not time yet and I didn't know if I ever would have the chance to be with them. My fathers heart was getting worse and the deep hurt of my children not knowing their other grandfather was breaking me.

Fast forward, here they are and here am I. I don't really know how to do this. I know its strange its dumb to even contimplate what the ''IT'' is. Until I was at my parents house and my kids were hungry and I realized I did not want to open the fridge and ask them for food. So, I phoned chief who was enjoying the quiet of a Sunday afternoon and asked him to bring two boxes of Mac N Cheese over. "Aren't you at your parents house?'' chief said "Yes...I whispered but I don't want to use up their food!'' I know what you are thinking what on earth is the big deal?
My kids all of them have not vacationed at my parents home since my 7 year old was 2, and we only had two kids at the time. I think I even bought food for that vacation. So I have never had my kids just hang all of us together at my parents just hanging. The last time I hung out at my parents home was in high school when I had friends over and as a teenager you have no concept for food cost or pretty much no concept of cost, period. Fast forward to 14 years later and well, I have no clue what to do!
Then my parents asked me to leave two kids for the night so I can have a quieter home in the morning. FREEZE. Didn't know what to say with that one also. I know totally silly. This is what I wanted for the longest time.
I then realized I don't know how to be both a mom and a daughter an adult daughter, its never had to happen. I am so sure that my parents would have thought I was taking crazy pills if they knew I told Frank to bring the mac n cheese for fear that I didn't want to eat their food instead of just wanting my kids to eat our mac N cheese because it has no preservatives ;-)
I am sure my dad would knock me across the head( not figurativly the man has never knocked me ever!) to know I thought twice about letting the big boys have a sleep over.
I struggle with the not wanting to take advantage of them (parents) and knowing when to give up control, and what to just let be because they are family and want more than anything to grow in relationship with them. Chief says what he says about EVERYTHING in my thought process ''You analyze everything wayyy to much!'' Just enjoy it. SO ENJOY IT I WILL!

PS. My dad still calls me baby, and calls me in the day to check on me, even if I live 5 minutes away.
PSS. My kids can't get enough of him, and I don't think he can get enough of them! Another sleep over at grandpas this weekend. Because I drew the line at school night (big fat frown from grandpa!)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bringing Hope and a Home To HIV Orphans -- Kiel & Carolyn Twietmeyer -- 1/2

Project Hopeful in Canada going wildfire with Project hopeful! I just lover Carolyn's heart check out her interview.

Bringing Hope and a Home To HIV Orphans -- Kiel & Carolyn Twietmeyer -- 2/2

Part two of the interview.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Feeding the Orphans-Meet Sydney

This is my friends daughter Sydney, she and her family have a non-profit helping sponser children to supply food for them. The orphange in this video is also where G and E lived. Precious girl!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Third Day Children Of God

Love this video! Beautiful!

Project Hopeful

Please watch this Video of my sweet friend Carolyn who is a hero to me. She is a hottie and she is a true rock star as she shares the truth about HIV/AIDS and share about the children living with the disease . Its a beautiful story watch it! She was also featured in Peoples magazine back in December a big great spread. I say it at the grocery store and said to everyone in the check stand that's my girl, she is my friend, I know her, got some funny looks but I was so proud! And I joke because in the photo of her in People magazine she is wearing a shirt she bought to support our adoption from Ghana. Frank thinks I mention that one way to much.
If you are interested in what she hast to say and want to help please visit Project Hopeful.

Adoption in Ethiopia

My emotions are too drained from all the troubles Ethiopia adoptions are going through right now. Here are a few people who have blogged about whats happening and I love the perspective they have, I can not even begin to post about it. BUT PLEASE for the sake of these kids sign this petition ! We have so many friends waiting to bring kids home.

My friend Erica on Adoption Ethics
Another mama waitng for her kids at Underhill Family
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Pray for sweet Abby Riggs!!